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  1. #1
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    Jennifer Hazelton

    Monday after the night at the bar is the appointed time for Helene's job interview. Following the address on the card that Kristen offered takes Helene to a slick new building just off of the 8, closer to La Mesa than Santee. Kristen is waiting for Helene in the lobby. Kristen is wearing a charcoal business suit and a teal silk blouse, looking like a hundred bucks. She gives Helene a warm smile.

    "I've had the van warmed up for you. The air conditioning works like a dream." At ten A.M., it was already eighty degrees outside.
    "I thought you could get inside where you'll be working and demonstrate that you know how to monitor everything, how to set up for audio."

    Cabochard

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    Caleb Fischer
    Caleb Fischer

    Predator's Bearing

    Helene walked into the building, looking around, clearly impressed. She'd made quite an effort to clean up for the interview, but that really wasn't saying much. She had washed her hair with actual shampoo, brushed it, and pulled it into a loose ponytail. She'd traded in her usual old hoodie and t-shirt combo for a donation-box black pantsuit, which she was clearly uncomfortable in. The ensemble was mussed up and wrinkled from time spent on her motorcycle.

    Helene returned Kristen's smile. "Hi! Uh, thanks. Air conditioning would definitely come in handy. Kinda hot out there, especially in this thing." She nods along as Kristen talks. "Sounds good. Playing with some machinery should calm my nerves, at least. Lead on."

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    Jennifer Hazelton

    "Right this way." Kristen hols up a name badge to the beeping black box at a door. The proximity badge clicks the door unlocked and Kristen leads Helene past two more hallways, each sealed with a proximity badge lock. These hallways have two locked doors apiece. The two women reach a door with 'Vehicle Bay' stenciled upon it. One swipe of the badge and the two step out into a vehicle bay. Three vans are lined up in vehicle bays, three rolling garage doors up to the warm day. One of the vans is idling, the machine humming.

    Kristen opens the sliding door and steps in, taking a seat inside. There's nothing left to do but follow. Within are three television monitors, all blank. Helene sees that the van is a mobile communication outpost. A radio is up front between the two captain's chairs of driver and passenger seat. Two long desks are below the tv banks, facing electronics set up to be easily reached. Locking chairs are in front of each desk. Kristen sits in one; the other is open for Helene.

    "You can set up the cameras, right?" Kristen asked, gesturing the the electronics laid neatly on one of the desks. "Setting up the cameras for a good view of the site is important. There's a side door there-" Kristen points to the side door of the vehicle bay, a mere three feet from the rolling garage door for this van.

    "- can you set up with three angles on that door?"

  4. #4
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    Caleb Fischer
    Caleb Fischer

    Predator's Bearing

    Helene follows Kristen quietly, trying to figure out exactly how much security the building has, and exactly how long it would take her to crack the locks. She follows Kristen into the van and sits in the open seat, facing the other woman.

    She nods at the question. "Yeah, sure, that's pretty easy. Or, well, really, it depends on the parameters." She peers out at the door, examining the area. "One right next to the door, on the opening side, one directly in front, one looking at the door at an angle, again on the side that opens, probably a little lower than the others."

  5. #5
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    Jennifer Hazelton

    The security in the building was exceptional. The lobby had two security guards who watched Helene closely as she walked by. She could surmise that the easiest way to crack the security would be to steal the proximity card - that bore Kristen's name, employee number and an accurate photograph. A pity that she looked nothing like Kristen, besides the dark hair. The doors bore heavy steel locks that were numeric - nine numbers were lined inside the doorknob and the proper sequence would unlock the door. Quite a lot of security.

    "Okay," Kristen nodded to Helene. "- go ahead. I need these cameras up. We're on the clock." She smiled winsomely, but Helene noticed that Kristen did push the timer button her watch, starting a running stopwatch. Kristen's PDA chirped and Kristen checked an expensive device, tapping out a rapid response.

    "Your potential partner." Kristen explained. "- is already on site with the client. Seems like things are going well."

    Stepping out of the van would reveal a ladder that could be used to mount the cameras. A handy tool bench supplied the mounts and precision tools for placing the cameras. It seemed that Kristen liked to see someone in action rather than go off of a resume.

  6. #6
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    Caleb Fischer
    Caleb Fischer

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    Helene glances at the watch. "No pressure, eh?"

    She grins and grabs the cameras, hopping out of the van. She stumbles a little on her 'fancy' shoes and recovers, moving to the table. She lays down two of the cameras and grabs an electric screwdriver and the mount and screws for the first camera.

    She moves over to the door and sets up the ladder then kicks off her shoes and walks up it to install the first camera on the corner opposite the hinges, facing towards the door.

      
    Date Action Roll Result
    2014-07-07 19:33:27 Helene Jameson rolls 7 to install camera 1 (Int + Crafts + Spec) (10 Again) 5, 8, 3, 5, 2, 3, 6 1 success

    Satisfied with this one, she moves back to the table and grabs the pieces for the next one. She spends a little more time finding the right spot for this one, and finally settles on a spot on the ceiling about 15 feet in front of the door. She sets up the ladder and climbs up to install this one.

      
    Date Action Roll Result
    2014-07-07 19:35:22 Helene Jameson rolls 7 to install camera 2 (Int + Crafts + Spec) (10 Again) 10, 9, 6, 10, 5, 3, 5, 4, 8 4 successes

    Even more happy with this one, she practically sprints to grab the pieces for the last one. She picks a spot on the edge of the closest wall to the door that would allow the camera to see inside when the door was opened, and kneels to install the camera at about hip height.

      
    Date Action Roll Result
    2014-07-07 19:38:39 Helene Jameson rolls 7 to install camera 3 (Int + Crafts + Spec) (10 Again) 6, 6, 8, 7, 1, 4, 2 1 success

    She runs back to the van, abandoning the tools and ladder back on the table and hops into a seat, turning on the screens and praying she didn't screw up and they'll actually turn on.

    OOC

  7. #7
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    Jennifer Hazelton

    Kristen smiles at Helene's comment but makes no reply. Kristen remains out of the way in her seat in the van, watching Helene work. Her device chirps occasionally, but Kristen glances at it with mild bemusement. She locks the screen, setting the Ipad on her work space. Kristen glances up at the cameras through the door of the van and makes a request of Helene.

    "Link up the cameras and the video feeds, please."

    Kristen watches the screens in the vans, closely able to see and interact with Helene's work inside of the van.

    Cabochard

    ooc

  8. #8
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    Caleb Fischer
    Caleb Fischer

    Predator's Bearing

    Helene smiles. "Was just about to."

    She shifts over to the electronics, looks at them for a moment, then peers back out the door at the cameras. "What did I put them on...right..." She goes back to work, turning on the screens and working to get them all set right to receive the signal from the cameras.

      The roller decided to roll it twice for some reason, but here's the first one only.
    Date Action Roll Result
    2014-07-08 20:15:43 Helene Jameson rolls 8 to connect the cameras to the network (Int + Computer) (10 Again) 4, 6, 4, 1, 6, 8, 6, 2 1 success

    She finally finished it up and sits back, smiling at Kristen. "So, when do I get a keycard?"

  9. #9
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    Jennifer Hazelton

    "Key card?" Kristen repeats, seeming perplexed. She waggles the proximity card around her neck that boldly declared her as Kristen Port.
    "You mean this? Oh, its highly regulated, I'm afraid." Kristen's voice was tinged with regret.

    "Doing well on this job gets you a foot in the door, though." Kristen's voice was more upbeat as she turned her attention to the camera feed. Kristen spends a minute manipulating the controls, checking through the different camera views. All performed fine, the second one slightly moreso.

    "All right, this looks like you know what you're doing. " Kristen faces Helene. Her expression is somber and serious, the upbeat tone fleeting.

    "Are you ready to accept the job? You seem keen on getting a proximity badge..."

  10. #10
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    Caleb Fischer
    Caleb Fischer

    Predator's Bearing

    Helene grins at her. "Well, a foot in the door is definitely better than nothing at all!"

    She watches her cycle through the cameras anxiously, tapping her foot against the bottom of the van, but her grin returns and her fidgeting flees when Kristen finishes. "Hells yeah! I am ready! So ready!"

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