Krennar walked into the large room of the lake house to find three people already waiting for them. Drick was dressed in a tight fitting one piece jumpsuit with a slim utility belt. Marsh was dressed in simple green fatigues, functional and loose fitting without being baggy. Rodero had come in a cream tweed double breasted suit, canary cravat, laced cream coloured suede shoes and a bright red tartan mohican above a ginger bearded face with mirrored sunglasses.
Krennar glanced out of the broad windows that filled one wall of the room. They looked out onto a wide veranda that was over the edge of the lake. In the distance a v-shaped wedge of geese came slowly into landing on the lake bringing up thin lines of spray. The geese did not settle into the water, instead they started to skate upon the top, performing some elaborate dance with sprays of water, flips, twists and turns. The geese were walking on water and performing ballet.
â€œInteresting construct,â€ Krennar smiled at Rodero, â€œis that just for me?â€ They indicated the geese outside.
â€œYeah,â€ said Rodero, â€œI thought youâ€™d appreciate it.â€
â€œYou should have used swans.â€
â€œLook it up.â€ Krennar turned to Drick. â€œI assume I am here for a very good reason? I also assume you are going to tell me you had something to do with the assault on the Volstron Compound?â€
â€œOh,â€ said Drick sweetly, â€œwere they attacked?â€
â€œDonâ€™t play innocent, Drick, it doesnâ€™t suit you. Can we go back to the aggressive sociopath please.â€
â€œThatâ€™s not a nice word.â€ Drick smiled, â€œBut I guess I deserve it for the bullshit answer.â€
â€œYou did, and so?â€
â€œYeah we were there. But I am not admitting to anything at all. Fortunate bystanders is how I will answer any question. There is no evidence that I was in their compound. I believe that if you check traffic footage, that was collected by Volstron themselves and transferred to Judicial Central during that assault, you will see that I was outside. I was clearly seen by a number of bystanders. I even had a brief chat with a robot sentinel guard who was preventing people from getting too close.â€
â€œWell thatâ€™s nicely convenient.â€
â€œIsnâ€™t it just,â€ Drick smiled broadly.
â€œSo why am I here?â€
â€œWe need your help,â€ said Marsh.
â€œAnd I need you to transfer some data to the Judiciary and I donâ€™t want them knowing where it came from. You represent a number of people, hell you could even use it for a bargaining piece.â€ Drick paused. â€œSome of it will likely be of real interest to Hooper but I donâ€™t want to pass this to them. They are using an, as close to a by the book, approach to nail their quarry. No need to directly muddy the waters with material gained somewhat unserupticiously.â€
â€œIs it obvious that it may have been gained in an illicit manner?â€
â€œDepends,â€ replied Drick. â€œCan you cook up a story that involves direct transmission traces of internal calls between Volstron and Judicial Central involving illicit obtained encryption devices? Where the information was obtained from Volstronâ€™s own deep archives.â€
â€œNot likely,â€ said Krennar.
â€œThen best not to use it that way.â€ Marsh added.
A puzzled look suddenly came over Krennarâ€™s face and uncleared almost as quickly. â€œAre you telling me you have access to Volstronâ€™s deep security?â€
â€œNot any more,â€ said Drick. â€œBut for a short while we had access to their entire internal network and servers using a high ranking security clearance. The highest ranking. We might have made a copy of a lot of information while we had that access.â€
â€œWhat the hell are you going to do with it? Once people find out the price on your head will skyrocket and that data will have an even bigger reward, whichever way it is sold.â€
â€œDonâ€™t stress. The first part of that isnâ€™t as much an issue as they donâ€™t know I took it. As I said I have an alibi, a government intelligence recorded proof of location. I was interviewed, as just stated, by a sentinel droid, outside the building, whie it was being attacked. I also will not be holding on to the data. It is going to some other associates. I just have taken a few specific pieces for my own usage.â€
â€œAnd what usage is that, exactly?â€