Farah glanced back at the Yupis tower. “How long do you think it’ll take before they come after us?”
Leon stroked his chin. “Normally, they’d start by doing a thorough search of the premises. Then review the security footage of the people who left and then come after us. But, we did knock those guards the fuck out. So, I’d say we’ve got, maybe, five minutes. At most.”
“That’s not long,” Farah stated. “Let’s get some transportation, fast.”
“Certainly wasn’t planning on walking,” Leon muttered.
Lucy was waiting at the Cerberus when Farah and Leon returned. Grace was patching the ship and spared a moment to smile and wave. Farah returned the gesture, blowing a kiss as well.
“Welcome back,” Lucy said. She held out her hand. “The drive, please.”
Farah handed it to her.
“Well done,” Lucy said. “You might as well prep for your weekend.”
“The Ze’el family certainly knows what Leon and I look like,” Farah said. “Is it a good idea for either of us to be running around off of the Cerberus?”
Lucy smiled. “Don’t worry, Grace’s vacation spot is in Geralt family territory. If they send someone after you, it’ll be a full scale, guards on the street gang battle. And the Ze’el family isn’t stupid. They won’t make such a grandiose move. When they find out who you were working for, they’ll try to find a way to sneak someone into Geralt territory to get something damning on them.”
“Our job isn’t to stop that, right?” Leon asked.
Lucy shook her head. “We’ve done our job. Just have to deliver the goods.” She walked away with the drive.
It didn’t take long for her to reach her quarters. She locked the door and put the drive into her own hand held. It took some time, but she managed to break the drive’s protection.
She hurriedly scanned through the files. As she suspected, it wasn’t just a list of their contacts and payments, but a list of all Ze’el operatives and their payment history, dating back for years.
Lucy made her way through the list and located a single name. She quickly deleted it from the list and went to work covering up what she’d done.
Yuri and Allison returned to the Cerberus. Grace was still at work patching the hull. She barely noticed them as they passed.
“She was such a pain,” Allison said. “Worst teacher I had. So, one night I managed to break through her car’s security and I filled it with those small ball pit balls. It was so funny to see the look on her face the next morning.”
“Did you get apprehended?” Yuri asked.
Allison scratched her head. “Yeah, she found out it was me when I put the footage on the net. Then she lectured me about putting my talents to more constructive uses.”
The two stopped outside of Yuri and Grace’s quarters. “Guess I’d better go,” Allison said. She kissed Yuri’s hand. “Let’s do this again, soon.”
“Please do not leave yet,” Yuri stated, reaching out for Allison.
“Sure,” Allison agreed. If you wanna talk some more, I still have more stories about the crazy ways I messed with my professors.”
“As much as I am regaled by your tales,” Yuri stated “conversation is not what I had in mind.”
“Is that so?” Allison asked. She studied Yuri’s face, trying to determine if the android was saying what she thought she was saying.
“I know that we have not yet achieved the ten proper dates that protocol dictates,” Yuri said. “However, my time with you has been joyous. I also believe that I have achieved a high level of understanding regarding you. As such, I would like to ignore protocol and take our relationship to the next stage. If that is acceptable to you?”
Allison moved over and kissed Yuri, hard. The two separated, panting and gazing at one another. “Screw protocol,” Allison gasped.
Yuri began fumbling with the door to her quarters but stopped. She looked back at Allison. “We should go to your quarters instead,” she stated. “If we engage in sexual activities here, there is a high probability that Grace will return before we have finished.”
“Good thinking,” Allison said. She grabbed Yuri’s hand. “Let’s go.”