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Moderator — The Dude Posted 2 weeks ago ( 2020/10/10 03:09:31 )
One.. by... one.
They only fall... a-part.
Can it be.. undone?

Jake was silent as he finished his newspaper, having gone through every single part of it. He'd finished it completely, and always completed the crossword and sudoku for last. Once he'd done that, he tossed it in the recycling bin that was behind his desk, and sighed, looking at the clock on the wall.

"Hm." he mumbled.

"Slow day." he said. "But then again, it always gets slow this late." he reasoned.

He then perked up a bit, as he smelled... something. Food. But where? Was someone walking by inside with food?

No. It was coming from outside.

A few seconds later, the outside doors opened, and he saw someone walk in with some paper take-out bags that smelled delicious.

He smirked when he saw her.

"Hey Lunet." he greeted the youth.

"Awww, did you bring me some dinner?" he then asked with a chuckle, his serpentine tongue darting out of his mouth a few times.

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Moderator — Female Posted 2 weeks ago ( 2020/10/10 03:19:03 )

"Yep." Lunet answered with a chuckle.

"Want to let me in so I can give it to you?" She asked. "Glass wall makes it a biiit of a challenge."

After she was let trhough, she stepped up to him and set one of the bags down in front of him.

"And yes, there's one of the cheesecake slices Anya adores in there, for her." She said simply with a light laugh.

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Moderator — The Dude Posted 2 weeks ago ( 2020/10/10 03:39:32 )
One.. by... one.
They only fall... a-part.
Can it be.. undone?

Jake just smiled when she did that.

"Wasn't serious, but hey. I know better than to turn down such generosity." he said.

His tongue then darted out again, and he nodded.

"If you're looking for your father, yes, he's still here." he told her.

"Not sure where, exactly, he is, but he should still be in the building." he added.

"I'll be sure Anya knows who to thank for the cake." he said further, letting the aroma engulf him.

"And daaaamn, that smells bold and savoury. You know what I like." he added.

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Moderator — Female Posted 2 weeks ago ( 2020/10/10 03:53:38 )

Lunet just laughed.

"Yes. I've bought enough food for you by this point, I'm sure that I can get you whatever to make you happen." She added with a chuckle.

"Anyway, I'mma go find Dad." She said with a chuckle before waving and heading off, deeper into the building. She knew that it shouldn't be hard to find him, it was late, so there was a good chance not many people were here at this hour, most had gone home, she was sure.

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Moderator — The Dude Posted 2 weeks ago ( 2020/10/10 04:13:30 )
One.. by... one.
They only fall... a-part.
Can it be.. undone?

Sure enough, her walk to her father's office was silent and uninterrupted. She passed a few closed doors where she heard light chat and tapping away on computers, but that was normal.

When she got to the receptionist's area, she saw that the woman wasn't there, as she had gone home for the night.

But the door to her father's office was open.

She could hear him inside, muttering to himself.

And he did NOT sound pleased. At ALL.

If anything, it sounded like he was getting more and more worked up and stressed out by the second.

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Moderator — Female Posted 2 weeks ago ( 2020/10/10 04:18:50 )

"Eh...?" Lunet wondered before approaching the door and knocking.

"Hey, Dad." She said as she made her way in, setting the bags of food down on his desk, making sure to keep it in a clear spot.

"Are you all right?" She asked

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Moderator — The Dude Posted 2 weeks ago ( 2020/10/10 04:46:03 )
One.. by... one.
They only fall... a-part.
Can it be.. undone?

Hal looked over, an irritated expression on his face, but it softened when he saw who it was and what she'd brought.

"Oh, hey sweetie." he greeted her.

He then paused and looked at the clock.

"...it IS late..." he mumbled, sighing.

"And no. Not really." he admitted.

"It seems there's new cyber-threats cropping up every day, and my team can barely keep up." he said. "In the past month, there's already been 5 attempts to get into the system." he informed her.

"We've stopped them and nothing was compromised, but they're getting closer and closer."

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Moderator — Female Posted 2 weeks ago ( 2020/10/10 04:50:09 )

"So let me do some work on the security." Lunet commented, Hal just sighed lightly.

"You know I can't do that." He commented.

"You know I can fix these issues, easily." Lunet countered.

"That may be so, but you know there would be issues." She added, which just net a sigh from Lunet.

"I know... " She conceded with another sigh.

"Anyway... I brought dinner." She said.

"Eat up. I ate with Cain, earlier."

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Moderator — The Dude Posted 2 weeks ago ( 2020/10/10 05:17:25 )
One.. by... one.
They only fall... a-part.
Can it be.. undone?

Hal was silent, and smiled softly.

"You're amazing, sweetie." he told her.

"You're always so thoughtful." he said further, looking at what she'd brought him.

"I was in the mood for korma. You know me all too well." he chuckled.

"And yes, while I know you'd be able to take care of these issues no problem, you know there are people that would try and get me to suffer consequences for it." he lamented.

"My hands are practically tied here." he growled.

"Regardless, sorry if I've been late getting home more often." he then apologised to her.

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Moderator — Female Posted 2 weeks ago ( 2020/10/10 05:25:29 )

Lunet just sighed.

"It's all right, Dad. I'm seventeen. I can definitely take care of myself." She commented with a light chuckle.

"Plus, Cain can come over if I need him." She continued. "Oh, and I can't really die and stay dead."

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Moderator — The Dude Posted 2 weeks ago ( 2020/10/10 05:45:25 )
One.. by... one.
They only fall... a-part.
Can it be.. undone?

Hal sighed again.

"I know." he said. "You're more than self-sufficient, and more than capable of taking care of yourself." he said further, with a half-smirk and an eye-roll.

"Anyway..." he then muttered, trying what she'd brought him.

"Mm, that is good." he said quietly and happily.

"You want anything while you're here?" he asked.

"A smoothie, shake, any sort of drink or anything?" he asked further.

"You said you ate with Cain earlier, but you might be thirsty." he shrugged.

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Moderator — Female Posted 2 weeks ago ( 2020/10/10 05:58:05 )

Lunet paused.

"Actually... I think I'm good." She told him simply.

"I'm gonna head out though." She then said.

"I brought that for you, but I got Cain out in his care waiting for me. So I probably should head off."

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Moderator — The Dude Posted 2 weeks ago ( 2020/10/10 06:18:33 )
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Can it be.. undone?

Hal nodded in response.

"All right, I understand." he said.

"You go on, then." he told her.

"I'll be home in about an ho-" he started to say, before looking at the clock, and then looking at his computer screen.

".....don't wait up." he said, changing the previous statement.

"But thank you once more." he added with a smile.

"Love you, Lunet." he finished.

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Moderator — Female Posted 2 weeks ago ( 2020/10/10 06:23:54 )

Lunet just smiled before approaching him and giving him a hug.

"Love you too, Dad." She said simply before stepping back.

"Just make sure to eat." She added.

"I'll see you later." With that, she waved as she headed to the door, and out.

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Moderator — The Dude Posted 2 weeks ago ( 2020/10/10 06:54:56 )
One.. by... one.
They only fall... a-part.
Can it be.. undone?

"Bye, sweetie!" he called to her as she left, before sighing heavily.

"...damn it all." he cursed quietly.

Lunet made her way back to where she'd come in, to see Jake sitting there, leaning back in his chair, eating what she'd given him.

"Guessing you found him." he said.

Lunet nodded.

"Lemme guess... in his office, overworked, and stressing out." Jake lamented with a sigh.

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Moderator — Female Posted 2 weeks ago ( 2020/10/10 06:57:35 )

"Yup." Lunet answered with a sigh.

"Can you give me any sort of information? You know I'm a whiz with software, maybe I can help." She added.

"... y'know, without Dad knowing."

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Moderator — The Dude Posted 2 weeks ago ( 2020/10/10 07:21:01 )
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They only fall... a-part.
Can it be.. undone?

Jake thought for a moment, sighed again, and sat back up.

"What he needs is... well... a lot." he said.

"Cyber-attacks have been on the rise." he told her.

"But his budget for that sort of thing isn't as much as it needs to be." he went on.

"What he needs are two things. He needs to be able to have a central hub for everything, protected by more sophisticated security systems, and a miracle employee that can manage it all." he muttered.

"But such a person doesn't exist."

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Moderator — Female Posted 2 weeks ago ( 2020/10/10 07:24:09 )

"Leo can't help?" Lunet asked.

"Even with his connections, he doesn't have the means of helping with that." Jake responded. Lunet just sighed and shook her head.

"Well... thanks." Lunet then said. "At least that's some sort of information."

"Anyway, I gotta get out of here. I'll catch you later." She didn't say it, but she had ideas starting to form.

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Moderator — The Dude Posted 2 weeks ago ( 2020/10/10 07:46:04 )
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They only fall... a-part.
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"See ya." Jake responded.

"Thanks again." he told her as she left, waving to him.

Waiting for her right there was Cain in the red and black car he was driving, and he smiled at her as she got into the front passenger seat.

"Hey." he said.

"You find your Dad?" he asked, as she buckled up.

"Well, clearly." he then answered. "No food." he chuckled.

"How's he doing?"

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Moderator — Female Posted 2 weeks ago ( 2020/10/10 07:52:41 )

Lunet just sighed after Cain asked his questions.

"... he's stressed." She answered after a few seconds.

"And I already have a pretty good idea as to how to help." She added with a smirk.

"I just need some help from Leo. Oh, and you. You cool with hiding a girl in your closet for however long it takes??"

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