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It took a jolt to get Raguel to leave Southdown. The need to find out what happened had been growing for a while, but it was a half-heard conversation between Aziraphael and Gabriel Tam that finally got him to do it. There are still more questions he didn't want to ask the angel, and the longer he stayed, the harder it became to ask them. He needs some face time with the Senator.

He's planted himself in the crowd watching Tam's latest speech to calm the paranoia over yet another Reaver attack on a settlement, but he isn't really watching it. He's thinking, talking to himself - and if we are completely honest - justifying his absence from Persephone.

In his opinion, tracking is a pleasant change from moping and doing nothing at the abbey. That was necessary, but now it's time for action, if action is possible. Someone planned this. Someone pulled the trigger. Gabriel is another step toward getting there.

And once he's found the one behind it, maybe then he'll allow himself to go back.

Date: 2008-09-16 03:14 am (UTC)
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The once-standard media conferences at each of the stops on his -- tour, he decides, for lack of a better term -- have gotten a great deal more difficult since the Amesbury Incident.

Gabriel Tam deals with aplomb, as much as he can manage, which is no insignificant amount. He shakes hands with the town's mayor, smiling for the camera, and it's thanks to years of training that he doesn't flinch when he spots a familiar face in the crowd out of the corner of his eye.

Date: 2008-09-21 02:24 am (UTC)
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All things considered, it doesn't take long.

Gabriel nods to the media liaison, who moves forward with practiced ease and takes over the more routine aspects of the conference, freeing the Senator to attend to whatever else has been placed on his schedule for this stop.

Everything's going according to routine protocol -- at least until he gives an unobtrusive sign to Mark Jiang, who makes his way to Gabriel's side with deft, professional ease.

"Sir?"

"Mark, I'm going to need a few minutes before we proceed."

"Of course, Senator."

Date: 2008-09-28 04:50 am (UTC)
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He nods to him.

"Raguel."

Pleasantly said. It's a start.

"I don't actually know anything more than the Prior does, I expect."

Yet.

A beat.

"I am sorry for your loss, though."

It sounds sincere; more than that, he looks sincere.

Date: 2008-09-28 05:30 am (UTC)
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"I can't begin to imagine how difficult it must be for him."

For either of them, for that matter, but he's walking a fine enough line as it is.

"For what it's worth, I'm looking into it as best I can."

Date: 2008-09-28 08:37 pm (UTC)
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You'd know what that's like, he doesn't say. Nor does he let the sudden stab of sympathy show; if it were mistaken for pity, there's no telling how things would go.

"As best I can," he says. "I'm tracking what hints I can find."

A pause.

"I don't suppose you know if there's anything of a more ... specialized professional nature that might have come into play here?"

Date: 2008-09-28 09:11 pm (UTC)
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"Somebody knew, yes," he says, carefully. "Otherwise it doesn't seem likely that he would have been shot."

Gabriel takes a breath and says,

"What I meant, though, was -- would you happen to know if this was a result of any, er, official displeasure? From --"

He still can't bring himself to say 'Lucifer.'

"-- Rosse, for example?"

Date: 2008-09-28 09:32 pm (UTC)
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"You'd certainly be better suited to inquire in that arena than I would," he agrees, with the dryness to his tone somehow pointing out the understatement.

Date: 2008-09-28 09:51 pm (UTC)
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"I know."

The quick shifts in Raguel's demeanor are extremely unsettling. It's all he can do to keep from taking a step back.

"And that's where I plan to start looking."

A breath.

"I'm afraid I don't have much longer before Mark comes looking for me..."

Date: 2008-09-28 10:25 pm (UTC)
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It's true; there's a lot they need to discuss, evidently, and very little time.

A thought strikes him, and without letting himself consider it too much Gabriel reaches into an inner pocket and comes out with a coded link, which he offers to Raguel.

"Here. It's encrypted, and preset to reach one that I have. Textwaves are easier on the power cell, but it'll support audio and video link too."

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