Agent J. Smith: Minutes 06 – Questions

Rebecca and Joslyn discuss Lauren Mason and the mysterious woman.

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Agent Joslyn Smith: Do you mind if I record this?

Agent Rebecca Andersen: No, go ahead.

J. Smith: So why did you help the Masons track down Target Alpha? Why not just lead Lauren to places you knew wouldn’t turn up any clues?

Andersen: They had the resources to help md find Rylie. And I knew it would be better if I found her with Lauren than chance the possibility of me not getting to her first.

J. Smith:Are you okay?

Andersen: Yeah, just having a weird day.

J. Smith: What happened?

Andersen: I ran into the woman I met before Rylie left the first time. She told me not to get involved

J. Smith: It’s a little too late for that, isn’t it?

Andersen: I couldn’t stop if I wanted to, not with all these questions I have… I wonder if she’s looking for Rylie again.

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Team Alpha: Audio File 03 – Thoughts

Karen tries to make sense of her thoughts.

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Agent Katherine Smith: I don’t know if this is an appropriate use of company-issued equipment, but my sister is off doing… I don’t know, and I think I’ll go crazy if I don’t say what’s on my mind.
 
(Silence.)
 
K. Smith: There’s so much going on- this job, Josey, Dante, Adam… Work relationships are bad, right? Okay, maybe not bad. Stressful, distracting, everything I don’t need right now. I couldn’t sleep last night.
 
(A knock.)
 
Agent Joslyn Smith: (yells from behind a door) Hey, you up?!
 
K. Smith: (yells) Yeah!
 
(The door opens.)
 
K. Smith: Are you okay? You look terrible.
 
J. Smith: I’m great. Well, besides the fact the coffee I had is wearing off and I’ll probably crash as soon as I make it to the bed.
 
K. Smith: You just got home?
 
J…

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Pandora: Chronicle 07 – Kiss

Pandora and Link share their first kiss.

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“Good morning.”

Link enters the room with a tray of food and drinks. I could not recall hearing him awaken or smelling the breakfast being prepared.

Had I been asleep? How long did my drift through my subconsciousness? Did I experience any dreams?

“Did you sleep okay?”

I observe our normal breakfast on the tray. “Is this necessary?”

Link chuckles. “This is me trying to be romantic.”

In the movies, people would make small gestures like leaving loving messages on post-it notes on the fridge. They would also make big gestures like racing to the airport to stop the person they loved from boarding a plane that would take them away probably forever. Romantic gestures, much like general expressions in conversation, carried different meanings and intensities.

“This is to apologize for last night. Maybe it was too early to try and go out or maybe it was just bad timing. I…

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M. Evans: Voicemail Message 03

Adam tries to reach out to his brother.

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Michael: This is Michael. If you’re trying to reach me and you’re listening to this, I’m probably working. Leave me a message and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

(Beep.)

Agent Adam Evans: Hey little brother. Listen, everyone here is getting worried. Mara and the moms haven’t heard from you. I’m sure you’re having a lot of adventures out there but at least let us know you’re still alive, alright? Speaking of adventures, I have some crazy stories to tell you when you get back. Call me, or something, okay? Love you, little brother.

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C. E. Andersen: Blog – Girlfriend

Chelsea makes in interesting discovery.

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Maybe I’ve been wrong about Mom.

Naomi said she came home sometime early this morning. When I went down for breakfast, she was still in her room. Sleeping, I thought. But then she was talking to someone.

She was laughing. She sounded happy- not like she’s been in a while.

I snooped a little.

Not sure what they were talking about. Mom came into the kitchen in a good mood.

Does Mom have new girlfriend?

Maybe she “pretends” to stay late at work to see her.

I wonder who she is.


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Agent Andersen: Log 09 – Joslyn

Rebecca and Joslyn plan to meet up again.

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Ringing.

Half-asleep, I search for the phone. I answer, hoping for anything but bad news. “Hello?”

“Did I wake you up?” Joslyn whispers on the other end.

Only hours ago, we had left my old apartment.

“Is something wrong?”

“No- sorry- I’ll just call back-”

“No, it’s okay.” I read the time on my alarm clock. Almost eight. “Did you get any sleep?”

She chuckles. “No. I couldn’t sleep- I came back to work. I read everything- Lauren Mason seems like a complete bitch. I know that’s not much coming from me but she takes it to an entirely different level. Did she know you slept with her daughter? Of course not, she probably would have murdered your ass. Not like it’s any of her business, age of consent means her opinion doesn’t matter, right?”

Her words were coming faster than I could keep up with them. “What?”

She pauses…

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Agent J. Smith: Minutes 05 – Rebecca

Joslyn seeks a better understanding of Rebecca and Target Alpha.

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Agent Joslyn Smith: I learned a lot more about Rebecca Andersen today than I ever expected to. Her relationship with Target Alpha is… I don’t know.

(A door opens.)

Agent Katherine Smith: Hey.

J. Smith: Hey, how was the party?

(The door closes.)

K. Smith: (sighs) Great until Dante harrassed the people in the next booth.

J. Smith: (laughs) Why am I not surprised?

K. Smith: Yeah, I guess I should have expected it. What’s that?

J. Smith: Homework. I’m helping the Director out with a lead.

K. Smith: Trying to stay on her good side?

J. Smith: Something like that.

(Silence.)

J. Smith: You okay?

K. Smith: Yeah, just been a crazy night. I’m going to head to bed.

J. Smith: Alright. Night.

K. Smith: Night, Josey.

(Silence, followed by a door closing far off.)

J. Smith: I don’t know what to think about any of this…

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Agent Andersen: Log 08 – Trust

Rebecca wakes up a familiar memory.

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When I was with Rylie, I was always the first to fall asleep and the last to wake. I sometimes wondered if she ever slept. Every morning, Rylie would be lying beside me, consumed by a book or newspaper. Once she noticed I was awake, she would lean in for a kiss and to whisper a good morning in my ear. It was a routine I thought I would never have to live without. Until the day she vanished without a trace.

In the middle of the night, I wake up in the apartment I once shared with Rylie. I feel the weight of someone next to me in the bed and hear the sound of a page turning over. A jolt of excitement rushes through me. When I roll over, I expect to see Rylie there like all the days before.

Instead, I find Joslyn next to me. She…

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Team Alpha: Audio File 02 – Midnight

Karen stops by Adam’s place after leaving from Dante’s.

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(A door opens.)

Agent Adam Evans: Is everything okay?

Agent Katherine Smith: Yeah. Hey, have you noticed Dante acting strange?

(Footsteps. The door closes.)

Evans: No, just like his usual asshole self. Why?

K. Smith: No reason. How was the rest of dinner?

(Footsteps.)

Evans: (chuckles) It wasn’t. We kind of left after you two. You can sit down.

K. Smith: Thanks.

Evans: Are you sure you’re okay? Did he say something-

K. Smith: No, I’m okay. I just imagined tonight going differently. My sister should have been there tonight and Dante-

Evans: Dante would have been worse if your sister was there. (Laughs)

K. Smith: You’re right.  I should go- I’m sorry if I woke you up.

Evans: Don’t worry about it. I couldn’t sleep anyway.

K. Smith: What’s wrong?

Evans:It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve heard from my brother. His girlfriend’s been trying…

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Agent Andersen: Log 07 – Journal

Rebecca offers Josey a new perspective on Target Alpha.

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“Where are we?”

Joslyn watches me as I produce a key from my pocket. When I unlock the familiar door, the quiet apartment greets me the same it did the night Rylie had returned. Joslyn hesitates at the entrance but soon follows me in and closes the door behind her. I cross the living room to a wooden desk. On it sit totes filled with the memories Rylie and I shared here, our notes to each other and knick knacks from outings and the occasional gifts.

When my connection to Target Alpha proved no use in uncovering her true identity, Alex convinced Lauren’s team to return all of the possessions. Although I was certain there were copies of every note and item hidden somewhere I would never visit, I was relieved to have my only link to Rylie in tact and where it belonged- with me.

“I used to live…

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