Mar. 28th, 2011

Pestle (7)

Mar. 28th, 2011 10:59 pm
Seventh Part. Getting there.

"So let me get this straight," Muskie said slowly. "McMillan is out there, cloaked, with a force of unknown size and strength. And you just told a lie that's likely to bring him down on us."

Swami blinked several times, thinking through the accuracy of Muskie's statements. "Yes," he said finally.

"And you also made false statements to our teammates, which will lure them to us, and possibly they will run into McMillan unwarned," added Gray Gretchen.

"Not so," replied Swami. "Before we parted I bollixed their comm receivers. When they receive a predetermined key at the front of a comm message, such as the one I just sent, the message will be written over with static, and their comms will send back a message indicating communications failure. None of our friends are going to come, and McMillan won't have any reason to find this suspicious."

"This implies," Lopez said, "that you had all this planned in advance."

"Somewhat so," Swami admitted. "But the key to success is preparedness. There are a variety of contingencies that I have set up should a number of events transpire."

"Events like us betraying you, you mean?" sneered Muskie.

Swami shrugged. "Lots of possible events. Including, I suppose, intra-convoy hostilities."

"McMillan's listening bugs," I said, snapping my fingers. "You didn't get rid of them. You took them over and listened in on all of us."

Swami smiled. "Trust yet verify," he said, quoting one of the ancient American orators. "The nice thing about using McMillan's gear was that there was nothing to trace it back to me."

Swami turned serious. "But, honestly now; I wouldn't be telling any of you any of this unless I were going to kill you, or unless I was taking you into my confidence. Clearly nobody is killing anybody…"

"YET," said Hoggrid.

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