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Bypass Gemini By Joseph R. Lallo Characters: 5569

Updated: 2018-01-19 19:02

"Trev, you aren't making any sense. How will I know the story when I see it?" she asked, concern fighting its way past her anger.

He glanced over her shoulder.

"You'll know, " he said. He leaned forward and kissed her. "You look amazing, by the way."

"Trevor, you can't just come here and say things like this--" she began, turning to see what he'd been looking at.

He took the opportunity to switch the mental cloak on again.

"We haven't spoken since. . . Trevor?" she said when she turned back. She furrowed her brow and craned her neck, unconsciously trying to see around him in order to find out where he'd gone. He slipped away a moment before the security guard arrived.

"Excuse me, ma'am. I'm sorry, I need to use this intercom, " he said. "You haven't seen anything unusual, have you? A man with face paint and a backpack?"

Michella looked around once more, failing to see her cloaked ex-boyfriend edging toward a door further along the wall.

"No. No, nothing like that. Why, should I have?" she asked.

"I doubt it. I think the guys in the surveillance room are running a drill. They've got us running all over looking for--"

"Peterson. Don't talk to the press, " his supervisor sternly instructed.

"I need a decision on this, Ms Modane, " said her camera man.

Michella chewed her lip thoughtfully for a moment. She looked in a direction her mind vaguely indicated was a significant one, but saw nothing but an activated access panel near a security door.

"Go with the low-res hovercam on the podium, close as you can, but keep the full-def cam ready to go on me. And keep your eyes open, Ted. I think I just got the scoop o

himself in a labyrinth of identical halls. Without the schematic, he would have been hopelessly lost. Hell, he wasn't sure that he wasn't lost regardless.

Eventually he came to a worn blue line on the floor and a step-through, metal detector-style doorway. A small placard explained in three languages that beyond this point full sensor sweeps were strictly enforced, ending with a list of prohibited items. The line was guarded by an alert security guard. She had a sidearm in a holster, and was clutching one of modern law enforcement's proudest achievements: a stun rod.

Engineers had looked at the problem of crowd pacification. They knew that less-lethal methods were a must, but things like pepper spray had too high of a tendency to incapacitate the officer as well as the target. Stun guns had proven effective, but were slow to deploy and required training to use effectively. Batons were simple to use, but lacked stopping power unless used aggressively, at which point the line between "incapacitated" and "persistent vegetative state" was a bit too easy to cross. Thus, the stun rod was born.

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