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Meet The New Boss

Chepi brooded in the back of the cab with her head in her hands, lost in thought.  The debriefing of their last mission had not gone well.  Commander Noriko read her the riot act over her team’s performance, and well she should have.  Chepi would have a few choice words for her team at their next meeting in the morning.  For now, she just wanted to get home and soak in a warm tub.

How in the blue hell had things gone so badly?  She’d meticulously planned out every detail and made sure her team had adequate intelligence.  Still, they’d managed to screw it up good.  Tala and Fehed had been ill equipped; Vittorio and Ezra had been out of position.  At least in the end, Ezra was able to upload the data, and she got everyone out alive.

Relaxing in the bath that night, Chepi played back the day’s events in her head.

Yesterday morning, everything seemed to start out fine.  All they had to do was break into Chysoar, upload some data files from their servers to the command center network, and get out.  They had been given a dossier documenting the security in the building, and they even had access codes.

Tala and Fehed showed up in their undercover disguise, but they had the right badges and the wrong maintenance uniforms; the set they’d brought had been used in the previous job they’d just completed.  Chepi decided since this was supposed to be a simple data grab, the cat and dog could stay in the van and act as backup, so she took Vittorio and Ezra and went on ahead without them.

When they got to the server room, they discovered that their swiped access codes had not been appropriately updated; they were two months out-of-date.  Ezra had to do an on-the-spot hack to gain access, while Chepi and Vittorio ran interference.  It was Ezra’s idea to pose as server room cleaners, but for some inexplicable reason, in the process, Vittorio just wandered off.  He never did give a satisfactory explanation of where he went.  Then, after collecting the data, Ezra took the wrong escape route, so Chepi had to take Tala and Fehed back in to retrieve him.

Distracted, Chepi pulled the chain from the tub drain stopper with her big toe, and watched the soapy water swirl away into oblivion.  She realized the main problem was focus.  Her team was not concentrating on what was happening at the time; they were not zeroed in on the task at hand.  The whole lot of them was anywhere but in the present moment.  Tala and Fehed couldn’t seem to grasp that what happened on the last mission might not happen on the current one.  Vittorio never took anything seriously, and Ezra was just plain old standard issue scatterbrained.  Rhiannon had never had any trouble supervising the team, but with her gone, and Chepi now in charge, somehow they’d lost some of that cohesiveness they’d had, and she couldn’t figure out how to get them back into ship shape, and peak performance.

Could it be she just wasn’t cut out to lead?

In the meeting room, Fehed and Tala were engaged in idle chatter, Ezra was engrossed by his terminal in what was obviously a video game, while Vittorio had apparently drifted off onto some other planet.  Chepi simply shook her head.  Everyone was in their own little world, seemingly not the slightest bit concerned about the monstrous cluster fuck that was yesterday’s activity, as if that royal shitstorm had hit their ragtag band of compatriots a decade earlier, not just 24 hours ago.  She slumped into her seat and sighed heavily, but said nothing.

Ignored by her mates, Chepi took her staff from its station at her command post, charged it with an Earth spell, then stood and looked over the others for only a moment, before bringing the rod down sternly at her feet.  A thunderous tremor quaked through the entire base, sending the rest crashing onto the floor.  Seeing them all upended unto their butts was almost enough amusement to make the whole debacle worth it, but Chepi tried her best to contain her smirk.  She hated being hard on them, but she wasn’t their friend anymore, she was their commander now.  It was time she stepped up and started acting like it.

               “We need to talk,” she stated firmly, as calmly as she could.

The rest of the group stared up at Chepi from the odd positions where they’d landed, blinking, and stunned.  Things were about to change in their little gang, in a big way they would not soon forget.


Additional stories from this world, in chronological order:
| In The Beginning  |  Escalation  |  Project X  |  The Woodshed  |
| Meet the New Boss  |  Back To Reality   |  The Interview |
| The Turing Test  |  Ohm’s Law  |  Hero’s Anthem |


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Jun. 10th, 2014 09:52 pm (UTC)
Transitioning from part of the gang to manager is never easy, though I would have liked a magical staff to get folks attention with. I enjoyed the details of the heist, even if I'm not quite sure why they were doing it.
Jun. 11th, 2014 07:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reading, I too wish I had a magic stick sometimes sigh.....
Jun. 11th, 2014 12:36 am (UTC)
Neat world! Curious to know more.
Jun. 11th, 2014 07:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks for reading, If the topics allow I may come back to it. You can also read more about them here http://mamas-minion.livejournal.com/2863.html

Edited at 2014-06-11 07:42 pm (UTC)
Jun. 11th, 2014 09:56 am (UTC)
Good luck to her! It sounds like an awkward position to be in.
Jun. 11th, 2014 07:32 pm (UTC)
Maybe we will find out later how she is doing, thank you for reading
Jun. 14th, 2014 09:14 am (UTC)
You're welcome.
Jun. 11th, 2014 07:23 pm (UTC)
I'm enjoying getting to see more of these characters since the last time we visited this world, though I noticed that except for Chepi charging her staff with an earth spell, and a loose reference to Tala and Fehed as the cat and dog (which was frakking hysterical, btw), there wasn't any indication here as to what type of unique attributes they all have, though certainly the piece stands on its own without alluding to their "secrets" ...after all, it's not like people go around talking about them all the time (I just loathe "exposition" dialogue, so thank you for not insulting your readers' intelligence with it!).

I just double-checked, though, and realized we don't know anything about Ezra yet, but I'm guessing he must be the geek of the gang? He's still something of a mystery... perhaps we can learn more about his special "powers" next time you visit this group? Us geeks gotta stick together, ya know, so I'm looking forward to finding out what his deal is! :)

Also very interested in seeing more history about this Rhiannon, too... what happened to her? Did she get killed by a monster between the last episode and this one? You have us on pins and needles! We need more!

Definitely seems like you've worked it all out in your head, and it's nice to see that kind of cohesiveness here... well done! ;)

Edited at 2014-06-11 07:48 pm (UTC)
Jun. 11th, 2014 08:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reading. Ezra's powers may come out later, and As for Rhiannon she will show sooner or later, (no she is not dead). I have been wokring on this world for awhile these are only some of the characters from it I am stillfleshing out alot with the world they come from I hope to have a link to website about thier world setup (not sure when that will happen!)
Jun. 11th, 2014 08:34 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's even more detail than I imagined... that's very cool. Are there are other works about this place written somewhere else, not in Idol, or is Idol helping you to finally get them out of your head and onto the screen? (It has been very useful to me in that regard, though more about stories of my life, less about fiction... I didn't even learn to play around with fiction until I joined Idol in 2009.) Also, very glad to learn Rhiannon is not dead, and to know Ezra does have some unique gifts, too... can't wait to know what they are.

Edited at 2014-06-11 08:35 pm (UTC)
Jun. 11th, 2014 09:26 pm (UTC)
Right now all the writings are on idol (and locked away on a hard drive not seen by anyone else). But Idol is helping to be able to flesh out this world more and I hope to be able to share more of it.
Jun. 11th, 2014 07:39 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed this and want to find out what happens next :)
Jun. 11th, 2014 08:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Hopefully the next topic will lend it self to these characters
Jun. 12th, 2014 02:22 am (UTC)
A magic rod might have been useful when I needed one! I really enjoyed this.

She hated being hard on them, but she wasn’t their friend anymore, she was their commander now. It was time she stepped up and started acting like it.

I really loved these lines.

Jun. 12th, 2014 04:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I think everyone could use a magic rod every now and then.
Jun. 12th, 2014 04:42 am (UTC)
Very nicely written, I hope to see more of these folks in the future. :)
Jun. 12th, 2014 04:57 pm (UTC)
I am hoping one of the topics will end itslef to another appearance of these characters.
Jun. 12th, 2014 06:15 am (UTC)
Hooked..and now waiting for more...:) A good and intriguing read..well done!
Jun. 12th, 2014 04:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I am glad you enjoyed it.
Jun. 12th, 2014 09:06 pm (UTC)
You built this world VERY quickly and very clearly - nice! I enjoyed Chepi making the decision to take control.
Jun. 12th, 2014 11:45 pm (UTC)
Th aank you for reading, I do enjoy these characters and the world are in.
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