Episode 3: Tension
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The remote Siberian winds howl, and particles of hard ice graze the metal exterior of the D.R.I.L.L. base. The hallways and dank and wide hangars await still for the day to begin. A lonely cleaner sweeps the control room, illuminated through the silicon window, which radiates the faint morning sun.
The doors slide open, and the official comes through, tailed by a few of his minions.
"Whats this? Alexei, is that a transmission we have received. Wow, I feel popular!" says the official sipping something inconspicuously from his flask.
Alexei is already going through the transmissions by then. His eyes widen once he has deciphered it.
"Oh, thats not good news." says Alexei.
"What isn't." replies the official already descending down the steps to see what Alexei is doing.
He looks at the transcription.
"Fuck sakes." he says.
"I know right, kinda wish I hadn't come in today." remarks Alexei.
"Shut your face, you would not believe how big of a mess this will make" says the official.
"What is the "Cygnus call" anyway?" asks Alexei.
The captain makes his way to the command seat. Almost concerned by his lack of reply, Alexei's smile fades. The official begins to type into his armrest.
"Sir, what are you doing."
"Shut up and open the transmission terminal, I have to call somebody. Alexei, you heard me?"
"Who are we calling?"
"Ever heard of the New Earth Organisation (see Background 1)."
A projector drops from a hatch in the ceiling. The projection materializes. The NEO logo shines on the wall.
"Hello, New Earth Organisation support line here, how may we be of service."
"Patch me through to the cheif."
"I'm afraid we can't do that, who is calling"
"Your friends from D.R.I.L.L"
The other end of the line goes silent for a few seconds.
"The Cheif will speak to you now" says the voice on the other end with a subtle crack.
Alexei gives the official a look of suspicion.
"Don't worry, I know the cheif." says the official to Alexei.
"Its all good."
"Be nice if they put us through any time soon"
A face pops up on the projection. Before the official speaks the man on the other end begins:
"The fuck are you doing calling us directly. The our PR is already bad enough, you think the public would appreciate us talking to a Russian operation? Do you know how corrupt that makes us loo-"
"Listen, I'm the one here who should be upset." says the official, he continues: "One of our ships received a message from one of your terminals."
"Oh, no" says the face on the other end.
"Yeah, and its not good. You know the Cygnus Terminal?"
"Oh Jesus." says the man on the projector.