Forge Netting 22: Lead Weight

‘How did we get so behind in this hunt?’

‘This hunt has been going on for a long time.’

‘Yes. It is the province of old men.’

‘Well, as always old men are the ones who shape things and break things.’

‘Not that you would know that any of us were old men anymore.’

‘Ah, maybe not from the outside, but the actions betray the operator behind the machine.’

‘Funny – an Engineer pun, I like it.’

‘So, why did he leave the name Ledwait?’

‘A codename I believe – one he used to use. And a key to his true identity.’

‘You seem sketchy on what you know.’

‘This guy is a sketchy individual.’

‘Yeah, he went from idiot to skilled assassin in a very short period of time.’

‘You read the file – what we managed to recover and that is a fairly normal change of operating basis for this guy. He’s a data courier of old and deep cover – this whole fuck up we are living through is the result of trying to blank someone who no one in his right mind would have ever sanctioned for the process if they knew who and what he was.’
‘Did you know all this when we had him with us before?’
‘No, course I didn’t. Even Colin, when we had him on our side didn’t know shit about this. It is one of those strange coincidences that the information regarding him surfaced around the same time that all those shell personalities decided to purge and the real man stepped forward.’


‘So, what does this give us?’

‘Well, a little more of his background – and that might give us more of an idea of how and why the process mutated in him into something so wildly contagious.’

‘You think they had done something to him previously that had soem bearing on the mutation?’

‘Don’t you?’

‘Makes sense I suppose.’

‘So, how are we going to make sure that we at least get an audience with him and try to persuade him to help?’

‘That, my friend is the question for the big bucks.’


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