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Subject:Taking care of business.
Time:04:46 pm
Current Mood:annoyed
Justine parted ways with Austen long before she reached Badger's offices. She enjoyed Austen's company, but she didn't want him with her for this. Besides, she already had the feeling that Austen was unhappy with her. She didn't want to make that worse. She knew he wouldn't approve of her bargaining with Badger, especially the methods she might have to use to do so. Austen could frown and dissapprove of her all he liked -- she would deal with that when she got back to the ship.

She walked through Badger's front door without a word to either of the guards there. Just like before, they made no move to stop her. At least for now, she was still welcome in Badger's den. There was no way to tell how long that would go on, but as long as things between Badger and herself were somewhat friendly, Persephone was a pleasant place to be.

Just as she thought she would, she found Badger seated behind his desk, looking smug. "Well. I'm not sure I want to know what's got you smiling so wide." She helped herself to a seat. "I'm here. Let's talk business."

((Tag to Badger! Sorry about the shortness of the post, Anne, I'm on my way out the door. My responses will be longer!))
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castle_king
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Time:2004-12-20 11:20 pm (UTC)
Justine still breezed in as if she owned the place. Had a way of filling a room, making a man sit up and take notice. Not like Saffron, but no less potent in its effect.

"Well. I'm not sure I want to know what's got you smiling so wide. I'm here. Let's talk business."

"Nice to see you again, Justine. And I'm flattered you came by yourself this time. I have the information you wanted, but it's a mite more complicated than I first anticipated. We'll have to tread carefully with the negotiations."

Justine wouldn't miss the way I said 'we', I wasn't about to let the opportunity to be in on the action, and to prolong our contact with each other, pass if I could help it.

"But first things first..." I reached into a drawer and pulled out the pass Saffron had given me. I waved it in front of Justine's face with a toothy grin on my face.

"An 8 month Persephone docking pass, bonafide, official and squeaky clean. And it could be yours if all goes well, and we come to the right terms. So, you see, I make good on my promises. I do have honour, when it suits me."

I moved back around to sit behind my desk, placing the pass carefully down in front of me, tracing it's sharp edges with my fingertips. It was useless without the correct ident codes, so there was no need to worry about her snatching it from me.

"So, this business of a companion. I have the name and the ship she's currently boarded on. But as I said, it's a difficult one, needing some finesse if we are going to coax her onto your ship."
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dragoslav
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Time:2005-01-23 05:24 pm (UTC)
"An 8 month Persephone docking pass, bonafide, official and squeaky clean. And it could be yours if all goes well, and we come to the right terms. So, you see, I make good on my promises. I do have honour, when it suits me."

"Impressive." Justine actually smiled a bit. Despite the occasional flub, Badger was generally good on his word. He was a decent middleman, even if he let his own ambitions cloud his judgement now and then. That, at least, was something they had in common. She had often been called out as guilty of the exact same thing. Leaning forward in her chair, she narrowed her eyes and examined the docking pass from where she sat. It looked authentic, just as Badger claimed it was.

"Honour indeed." Honour of some sort, anyway -- as much honour as there could be among thieves. "Alright. I'm listening."

"So, this business of a companion. I have the name and the ship she's currently boarded on. But as I said, it's a difficult one, needing some finesse if we are going to coax her onto your ship."

"Well, if it's 'finesse' that's required, I guess that leaves you out." Justine folded her arms and leaned back in her chair again, crossing her legs and studying Badger from across the desk. "Elaborate. What exactly does 'difficult' entail? And do be thorough this time. I don't appreciate having details left out, dear."

She would get around to asking him just who "we" was later.
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castle_king
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Time:2005-02-01 09:39 am (UTC)
"Impressive."

Strange how one simple word would set me to preening. I straightened my lapel, puffed up my chest a little and smiled at her.

What was it about Justine, that had me acting like a gorram fool sometimes? Something about her drew me in, made me want to reach out and touch. Even if it meant I'd get my arm bitten off in the process.

"Well, if it's 'finesse' that's required, I guess that leaves you out, Elaborate. What exactly does 'difficult' entail? And do be thorough this time. I don't appreciate having details left out, dear."

I rolled my eyes at the first part.

"Very funny, Justine. And the details are right here." I passed her another cortex pad. It outlined the name of the Companion, her history and also her current berth on Serenity, captained by the esteemable Captain Malcolm Reynold's. Hardly my favourite person in the 'verse at present.

"We've had dealings before, the captain and I. He's not an amiable sort, and may be a bit over-protective of Inara. We'll need to make the right approach. But she's perfect for you. I've seen her before. A classy wench."
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dragoslav
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Time:2005-02-03 02:40 am (UTC)
"Very funny, Justine. And the details are right here."

Justine reached out and accepted the cortex pad from him, narrowing her eyes as she read through the information on the screen. Scrolling down, she spotted the Companion's current transport and its respective captain just as Badger began to speak again.

"Captain Malcolm Reynolds. Very interesting. I'd never had guessed that he would let that sort of woman on board. I was always under the impression that he liked to believe his operation was squeaky-clean. Slightly delusional man, but often irritatingly brilliant. You weren't wrong when you said this would be difficult. Anything involving Reynolds is bound to be."

"We've had dealings before, the captain and I. He's not an amiable sort, and may be a bit over-protective of Inara. We'll need to make the right approach. But she's perfect for you. I've seen her before. A classy wench."

"Believe me, I'm well aware of the captain's demeanor. Classy wench? Sounds like an oxymoron to me," Justine said dismissively, setting the cortex pad back down on the edge of the desk. "Well. It'll take some work to pull it off, but it looks like she should do the trick."
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castle_king
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Time:2005-02-17 08:18 am (UTC)
"Captain Malcolm Reynolds...Slightly delusional man, but often irritatingly brilliant. You weren't wrong when you said this would be difficult..."

"I'll go with delusional and irritating...brilliant? Well, I haven't seen it. And yes, it will be difficult, but nothing *we* can't handle."

I emphasised the 'we', wanting Justine to understand that I wasn't about to be cut loose from this arrangement. I wanted to be involved in the negotiations.

"Believe me, I'm well aware of the captain's demeanor. Classy wench? Sounds like an oxymoron to me. Well. It'll take some work to pull it off, but it looks like she should do the trick."

"Trust me, when you see her, you'll realise she's perfect for your needs. So how about a little drink to celebrate?" I moved to the side board and poured two fingers each of whiskey for us both, making it clear that this time I wouldn't take no for an answer. "To your change in fortunes...in fact, to a change in both of our fortunes." I gave Justine a little secretive smile, the deal with Saffron also at the surface of my thoughts. Perhaps very soon we'd both have what we desired most.


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dragoslav
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Time:2005-02-27 07:52 am (UTC)
"Trust me, when you see her, you'll realise she's perfect for your needs. So how about a little drink to celebrate? To your change in fortunes...in fact, to a change in both of our fortunes."

It was clear that Badger wasn't asking. Deciding that she could spare the time for a brief drink, Justine nodded a little in compliance, still focused on the cortex pad in front of her. Brushing off the dirty little smile he'd sent her, she accepted the drink with some amount of gratitude as she continue to skim through the information he'd given her. Once she was finished here, she would send everything to Bart and Esmerelda and give them their instructions. She knew she could trust the two of them; they would have the job done within the hour and then they would all be headed for the first job Badger had lined up for them.

"So. A change in both our fortunes," Justine remarked absently, finally looking up from the cortex pad. "Aside from the price we settled on earlier, what are you getting out of my nabbing Reynolds' Companion? I'm curious," she told him, giving him a small smile that was as close to innocent as she could muster. She knew that he expected more than money from her for all this -- after all, she had promised much more -- but she had no intention of following through, and didn't see how that could be considered as a change in fortunes. There had to be something else involved.
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castle_king
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Time:2005-03-05 07:59 pm (UTC)
"So. A change in both our fortunes, aside from the price we settled on earlier, what are you getting out of my nabbing Reynolds' Companion? I'm curious."

I perched on the edge of my desk looking down at her, my smile widening. Justine really was a stunning woman, and just looking her sitting there, her fingers dancing over the controls of the cortex pad, long legs crossed, back straight and proud.I wondered what it would be like to have those fingers touching me, those legs wrapped around me. Having her smile at me like that, made me want to trust her, want to...I licked my lips and swallowed hard.

"I assure you the price we agreed on was more than enough for me to feel like my fortunes have changed, Justine. However, I do have another interest in Captain Reynolds and some property of his I am hoping to acquire. If all goes well, then I'll be in an even better position to help you secure your future." That was as much as I was willing to give her. I might want to trust her, but that didn't mean I did. I lifted my glass in a toast. "Come on. Bottoms up, my dear."

I drank the whiskey down quickly and moved to refill my glass. I did the same for hers when she finally drained it too. I hovered by her elbow, watching as she took another sip of the whiskey.

"I hope that I have now proved that I am a man of my word, and I trust that you will be a woman of yours. Once you gain yourself this companion, you will be well on your way to becoming financially independent again. I look forward to you showing me your ample 'appreciation'." Did I dare touch her? Surely I'd earned that much. I decided to chance it and briefly rested my fingertips on the nape of her neck, where small wispy curlicues of her dark silken hair were coming loose. Would she flinch or swat my hand away or pull a weapon on me? I had to know...
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