Lost in Confusion

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An ISS Captain peered round the corner of the door, laser pistol in hand. He acknowledged Border and holstered his weapon before pulling out a scanner. Two junior officers appeared behind him in the doorway. As he viewed the screen of his device it spoke – “Border, Jaxon, recognised; bounty hunter co-opted to assist ISS in this sector.” “Clone, 22nd in series, Anson, non-resident; possible suspect in crime.” It stopped speaking. The Captain waved it over Jenckque’s body in an irritated fashion – “Damned thing – must be on the blink!” then, pointing to one of his subordinates – “You read the victim!”

The young officer took on a bemused look as his scanner also registered nothing. “Captain Hoathe” Border interjected – “Perhaps the two bodies down the corridor?” Hoathe nodded and turning to leave prompted his team “Don’t let the Clone leave – probably our man!” I didn’t protest – this was Border’s show and I felt I could trust him to see me right. Border turned to me – “You’re sure that’s your friend Jenckque? No mistake?” “He’s changed a lot but I guess I’m sure that’s him… I recognised his voice.” Border frowned – “He’s not appearing on the Citraxx system – I’m not reading him either – even dead he should be there!”

A new face appeared at the door – glasses held in place by an extended forefinger… “Hi Jaxon… Chief finished in here yet?” Border shook his head – “He’s having scanner problems and he’s checking the two down the corridor.” “Damn – clear weapons fire Terminates… should be straight forward.” Said the doctor – “those two down there yours?” Border nodded – “they were shooting when I arrived – I didn’t have much choice!” – He said, grimacing, and the doctor looked back down the corridor as the Captain started making his way back.

“This is damned stupid – those two don’t exist either…!” He waved his tablet around for all to see – “What the hell’s going on Border?” “John, I think someone has erased these from the Citraxx system.” Captain Hoathe stared at Border – “You’re givin’ me crap…” He said. “Do you have another explanation?” asked Border. “Have you scanned these bodies Border?” “No, but I did tag the two down the corridor a day or so back – got their info on my tablet. I’ll pass it to you – just watch out for overwrites. Those guys existed yesterday!” After a minute or so Hoathe looked at the files – “That’s amazin’ – These guys aren’t real… they’re angels and they’re shooting?” “Where do you fit in and who’s this?” he said, finally involving me in the investigation!

“I was waiting here for my friend…” I said, pointing to Jenckque’s body. Border caught my eye with a quick shake of the head – (don’t tell too much). “Just came down to my quarters and these guys started shooting at us!” Hoathe looked at me carefully – “I guess that’s the truth then – or you’ve spent too much time with Border!” He broke into a smile… “Don’t leave the station until I give the ok. I probably want the full story from the pair of you tomorrow after the autopsies have been done. Doc, All yours!”
“C’mon,” said Border “You need a beer and somewhere else to sleep.” We wandered off to Dayzee’s.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Signs

So many angles on this one so I went with this from Friday’s day out… Here’s a mobile advertisement hoarding warning those with criminal intent that they are being watched. Cable theft is a major issue in the UK due to the high price of copper. The railways and the telecommunications industry are especially at risk from cable thieves. I witnessed and photographed a theft in progress myself a couple of years back but at the time it looked like a regular contractor carrying out a recovery in an unsafe manner – ie the thieves were actually working for a licensed contractor and thus appeared to legitimate. So I went through the health and safety channels. The alarm was raised around lunchtime the same day and the persons involved were confronted in their company office. But somehow their employer contrived to allow them to leave before the Police arrived to arrest them! Makes you wonder about the integrity of some contractors doesn’t it 😦 In Telecoms terms the danger to the public is relatively minor (apart from criminal idiots using grab lorries to drag cable out of the ground within feet of pedestrians!) but on the railway they could easily precipitate a major disaster with lots of deaths. And, the most galling thing about it all…These people are often so stupid that they will grab any piece of cable including fibre optic which has no real value at all yet can take out communications for thousands of premises!

57307 'Lady Penelope' warns cable thieves.

57307 ‘Lady Penelope’ warns cable thieves.

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