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Look What I Found
Vas walked to the cockpit while staring intently at the coffee stained photo. Marisol on Santo âŠ outside the shipâŠ. Normally vas would shrugged it off but with the recent discovery of the bug this made their new engineer suspect. She was going to have some serious explaining to do âŠ after he talked to Riley about it.
Giving the gravity of the situation it was only right to defer to her as to what to do with this new discovery. Maybe he was being overly paranoid but somehow he seriously doubted that.
He sighed walking up to the cockpit entrance and knocked.
âOne visit was more than enough, AdlâŠ Oh.â Riley let the sentence hang as she opened the door to the cockpit. Her voice was flat and even toned as she quirked an eyebrow. âWhat is it, Jat?â
Vas raised a curioses eyebrow but let the questions die where they were. He liked his testical where they were.âUhh yea âŠâ He said shutting the door. âI know I said I was going to clean up the âbed bugsâ when we landed but Serena was cleaning out Leoâs room, knocked over what I can only assume was coffee on some of his photos and tried to clean this up âŠ though you might be interested in it.â Vas said holding it out for Riley.
âWhat am I looking atâŠ.â Riley asked, âChavez, street clothes, The coffee stain slightly looks like the CaptainâŠ. Impressive.â She shoved the photo back towards Vas.
Vas blinked. To him this was clear as day how could she not see it! âWhat? Well âŠ I guess it dos- I mean! No LOOK at the photo!â He held it out and pointed. âThis was taken before Ezra. â Riley shot him an incredulous look, and Vas let out an exasperated sigh. âLook,â the punk said. âEzra everything was covered in dirt and dust, there werenât no tarmac. And see how grey the sky is? Werenât anything but sunny weather in Valentine, and by then Doc was beat up, but heâs absolutely fine in this picture, which means this was taken on Persephone or Santos but we picked up Doc on Persephone so that leaves Santos. Also that puts this long before she joined up the ship as a mechanic.â
â Vas explained feeling like she was testing him. She was right? Had to be.
âNormally I agree I wouldnât think twice âŠ girl might of had her own reason for seeing the Doc and then getting hired on the same ship on a different planet. Might raise an eyebrow but stranger things have happened. But we got bugs âŠ not the shit ones either. So call me paranoid but this makes me paranoid.â He said crossing his arms. âAlso this proves Leo is a gorram creeper. YĂșchÇn de jĂŹnÇ gÇu(Stupid whore dog)â
Riley rubbed the back of her neck, taking a closer look at the picture. âAdlerâŠ would have said something if he was suspicious though. I mean, yeah, itâsâŠ unusual. She sees a shipboard dentist and then shows up on the same planet when we just happen to need an engineer, but âŠ Have you asked Adler?â
âIf I remember right Doc saw a lot of folks that day and more when he went to the local cathouse. I wouldnât expect him to remember and cleary he didnât âŠ he would have said something by now right? But he clearly met her one on one. There ainât no telling what they talked about but I do know Doc would have said something but what if âŠ he can't? If she is the one bugging this ship maybe sheâs got something on him? I honestly haven't gotten that chance to talk to him about it yet but there ainât alotta places to talk without being heard. If the mechanic IS listening in âŠ well âŠ she IS the mechanic.â Vas said pointing out the flaw in that logic. Short of the cockpit and a few of the rooms all the common areas where bugged and subtly trying to lure the Doc to a private area where there weren't bugs would prove to be a hilariously difficult task. He was a Ex-Assassin turned Deckhand not a spy! Sure he knew some counter - spy tactics but he wasnât running solo on this.
Riley drummed her fingers against the back of the pilotâs chair. âAll right. I want the mechanicâs room searched, before we land and she has the chance to get rid of any evidence, and I want the engine room searched for the same reason. On the down low. DonâtâŠ donât say anything to Adler yet, just in case.â In case what, she wasnât sure. âAnd search Hen-Leoâs room, if we have some sort of pervert on board Iâd like to know so I can break a few fingers and send him off on his ass when we land.â
âI can make that work âŠ Iâll have to wait for the night shift when most of the crew are asleep to slip into the engine room. But I can do it.â He assured Riley. âThe bigger question is âŠ why? What is she or anyone be trying to pick up? The crew is as rag tag as you get. Donât even gossip much.â Vas said admitting his confusion over the whole affair.
âThat, Jat, is an excellent question.â There could be dozens of reasons, but only two came to the pilotâs mind. Either she worked with the people the Captain oughta know to stay away from by now, orâŠ. Chavez didnât seem the unhinged type. She actually seemed more hinged thenâŠ well, any of them. âFind out what you can, eyes and ears open, Report back to me as soon as youâve searched both rooms. If I have to delay the landing, Iâll find reason, but Jat I want the culprit found before we land, clear?â
âYes Lieutenant.â Vas said with an obedient nod. How the hell did this turn into a mole hunt!