Continuation of my previous story arc. Characters are genetically modified humans called Cygens. They work for a special division of the security force that handles Cygen related crime and threats. Here is a brief overview of the characters.
Cpt. Chrys Mercier: Leader of the team. Red hair, slender yet muscular build. She has electromagnetic powers.
Col. Michael Hughes: Assistant Director of the team. Old war vet. Graying hair. He is not a Cygen.
Sgt. Batista Ramirez: Second in command. Average height, dark skin. White hair, like all members of his generation of Cygen.(Gen III)
Spc. Terrell Machavoy: Technical support for the team. Large black male with bizarre eyes.
Spc. Abigail De'flour: Infiltration and Recon specialist.
Cpl. Donna Smith: Elimination expert
Pvt. Ino Vitias: Investigation specialist.
Scene 2: Debriefing
(Scene opens with the team sitting in Michael's office/Briefing room. They are musing among themselves and chatting.)
Batista: Hey boss! When we gonna get started with this meeting?
Michael: The captain has decided to take her sweet time. We are waiting for her to get here.
Batista: (grumbling) Well, you could at least fill us in on the details of last night's mission. You barely had time to explain it before you had us mobilize.
Michael: I know. We didn't have much time for explanation. Time was of the essence. I guess I can explain it now. I will fill Chrys in later. Now, for the details.
(Michael taps a button on his desk. A monitor on the other side of the room lights up to show the face of the dead man.)
Michael: This was Mr. Seyero Namara.
Donna: Fun name.
Michael: He was a scientist working for the Golden Star Construction Company. He was working on developing a new type of building material Golden Star is calling "smart concrete".
Donna: We blew up a guy that makes cement?
Michael: It's not that simple. Mr. Namara's finances took a turn for the worst. His wife left him and took their kids with her. He racked up quite a debt trying to recover. In summary, he was a very desperate man. Mr. Namara decided that he would pay off his debts by stealing the plans for the "smart concrete" and fleeing to Sino-Korea to sell to the highest bidder.
Batista: People would want to buy plans about some concrete?
Terrell: You would be surprised. Advanced building materials are incredibly valuable to companies trying to sell materials repair the damage from the last war. This concrete idea could have been worth quite a bit.
Ino: Still doesn't explain why we blew him up. Or why we were even involved in the first place. We handle Cygen cases, not corporate theft.
Michael: I'm getting there. The problem was the server that he stole it from. Apparently, according to Division 3, the data was being stored on a high-sec server. Mr. Namara used his access code to open the server and steal the files. However, he did a sloppy job and ended up getting more than he bargained for.
Terrell: Don't tell me the boys from Division 3 did one of their deep cover plants of vital data?
Ino: I'm missing something here. What is a deep cover plant?
Terrell: One of the biggest problems with massive amounts of highly sensitive data is that it has to be stored somewhere. Few years ago the government was having serious problems with hackers trying to infiltrate government servers. As a solution, Division 3 started hiding information in various servers throughout the net. They have an access code of course, which allows them to bring it all back. Virtually untraceable, and one hacked server doesn't mean we lose everything.
Ino: Sounds like the perfect plan to me.
Terrell: I'm sure it does. It looks good on paper too. Problem is it's got two key flaws. One, if someone steals the files like our friend here did, they have taken a bunch of valuable data without even knowing it. People might target the different servers without even realizing it. The second flaw is that the servers are exposed to any kind of manual interference meaning that if anyone messes with the hardware they can acquire the files without us being able to do anything.
Ino: Those seem like some pretty major flaws.
Donna: I have to agree. That seems pretty stupid.
Terrell: Yes, it was. Division 3 thought that if they hid the data in high-sec servers with useless data on them that no one would target the data on them. I'm sure a server about concrete seemed like the perfect hiding spot.
Michael: A situation like this is Division 3's worst nightmare. Moreover, the data that was stolen contained data relevant to the Cygen III project.
Donna: Explains why we were brought in. They really need to keep better track of their stuff. We can't go around firing railguns at every unfortunate, washed up hack who steals some data. It's overkill.
Michael: Nia and I will handle the political elements of the case. We will make the necessary cover story and the official statement.
(The door slides open and Chrys walks in. Everyone turns to face her.)
Michael: You're late.
Chrys: Had some business to take care of this morning. I'm here now.
Michael: We can talk about this later. For now, Ino and Terrell, show us what you've found.