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First Contact-Part One-Chapter6

First Contact-Part One-Chapter6

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CHAPTER SIXINFILTRATION
‘ 
Elion Status Upgrade
,’ the computer voice echoed around the Black Hole Room. ‘ 
New Status … Link God 
.’ ‘YES!’ Elion whooped. ‘YEAH! WOOOOO!’ He continued, thrusting his arms in the air whilst performing an impromptu victory dance.‘Curses,’ Totoro said, laughing as he collapsed through the doorway. ‘I believed forcertain that I would return here first.’ ‘C’mon,’ Elion smiled, ushering Totoro forward. ‘You can be the
second 
Link God thatALLUC has.’ ‘GET OUTA THE WAY!’ The door had swung open again and Jeebus had combat rolledthrough, throwing the contents of his large Link bag into the infinite depths of the BlackHole.‘ 
Save Me Jeebus Status Upgraded 
,’ the computer chimed. ‘ 
New Status … Link God 
.’ ‘SACREZ-BLEU!’ Totoro frowned.‘Nice going Jeebus,’ Elion nodded warmly.‘Yeah,’ Jeebus nodded. ‘You can’t relax for a minute in this game boys. One minute you’re stood around patting eachother on the back for doing what you’re supposed to bedoing and then BAM! Some filthy feathery bastard creeps up from the undergrowth andsteals your nipples! There’s no depths those evil blighters won’t sink to!’ ‘ … Okay … I’ll try to remember that,’ Elion nodded as Jeebus checked the coast wasclear before throwing Waldo out into the corridor as a decoy and disappearing off into theIndex, gun in hand.‘Do you sometimes wonder at Fink’s mentality when he hired Jeebus?’ Totoro questionedas he poured the Links he had collected into the Black Hole.‘I try not to think about it too much,’ Elion admitted. ‘It’ll only cause me distress.’ ‘ 
Totoro Status Upgraded,
’ the computer voice announced. ‘ 
New Status … Link Guru 
.’ ‘Link Guru?’ Elion frowned.‘Hmmm,’ Totoro said, standing up. ‘That is not right. ‘I ascended to the level of Link Guru yesterday.’ ‘We’d better tell Fink about this,’ Elion mulled. ‘There could be a serious problem.’ ‘Or merely a glitch,’ Totoro shrugged. ‘I intend to continue my Link Hunter positionregardless. My titles are not important.’ ‘Still though,’ Elion replied, heading for the door. ‘That’s a bad omen at no mistake.’ *‘…and that’s basically what we do here,’ Red shrugged as he, Beakedbard and Will-ko wandered through the Index Section.‘So, what happens when you’ve collected all the Links together then?’ Will-ko inquired.‘Well, once we’ve got a decent amount, Fink’s going to open The Mercury Rooms up to theInternet so everybody can come in and use the Links to transport them to the Videosthey want to find.’ ‘… Cool …’ Will-ko surmised. ‘Hey, thanks again for putting us up. I really don’t know where we’re going to go.’ ‘I wouldn’t worry about it,’ Beakedbard said, blowing out a cloud of smoke. ‘Fink’s cool with you guys sticking around for the time being.’ ‘Thanks,’ Will-ko nodded appreciatively, examining his hands closely for a moment beforesnapping back to reality and finding himself staring down the lengthy expanse of theIndex Section. ‘So … is this place just for Links then? People come in and use them andthen … that’s it?’ ‘Not a chance,’ Red replied. ‘The Links are here yes, but that’s the ALLUC portion of theplace. The Mercury Rooms has loads of different sections where people can hang out and
 
chat. Discuss TV-shows and movies, request Links they want, give us Feedback etc. It’s amassive undertaking. Fink and the others have put a lot of work in.’ ‘So, say that I wanted to go into a room just to chat about stuff,’ Will-ko proposed. ‘How would that work?’ ‘Simple enough,’ Red replied as he strolled off down the Index, beckoning for them tofollow. ‘Something like that would go in …’ ‘Off-Topic,’ Beakedbard prompted.‘Yeah,’ Red nodded, coming to a halt outside a large building with a sign outside saying:“OFF-TOPIC”. Red ushered them inside to find a long, deserted corridor.‘There’s nothing in here just now,’ Red explained. ‘But that’ll soon change once we getpeople coming in.’ ‘So, how do you make a room then?’ Will-ko asked curiously.‘Simple,’ Beakedbard replied, striding over to a computer terminal by the doorway. ‘I’vebeen on other forums before, it’s simple. You just press this button,’ He indicated a largeorange key on the terminal labelled CREATE NEW THREAD. He pressed it. The screen onthe terminal blipped into life and displayed a blank box. ‘This is where you put in theRoom name,’ Beakedbard continued. ‘So, we’ll call this one … Will-ko … It’s going to be a… Discussion Room … because that determines what’s going to be inside,’ he explained.He typed in the name and clicked ENTER. Immediately, a door blinked intoexistence next to them, sliding open to reveal a large room full of comfy sofas. The three of them poked their heads inside to look around. Red and Beakedbardexchanged similar looks. Beakedbard nodded to himself. ‘We gotta stop being thisrandom,’ he said.*‘ 
HMMMM 
,’ Fink replied as Elion recounted the glitch in the Black Hole Room to him. ‘ 
WE HAVE DETECTED NO SYSTEM ERRORS ON OUR END. WE SHALL SEE IF JASON CAN DISCOVER ANY FAULT WITHIN THE HARDWARE. BUT THANK YOU FOBRINGING THIS TO MY ATTENTION ELION 
-’ ‘Brown-noser,’ Jason commented under his breath as he examined the inside of theBlack Hole Generator.‘ 
I WILL COMPLETE A FULL SYSTEM DIAGNOSTIC OF THE MERCURY ROOMS AND REPORT ANYTHING OF CONCERN TO YOU AND THE OTHER MEMBERS OF STAFF 
.’ ‘Okay,’ Elion said, casually saluting the ceiling. ‘I’ll stick around here in case I can be of any help.’ A derisive snort came from the upper part of Jason’s body, now obscured by amass of wiring and cables as he made his way deeper into the control panel. If Totorohad heard it, he said nothing.‘… And this is the Black Hole,’ Vash said as he and Danny wandered into the room. ‘Thisis where our Link Hunters deposit all the Links they gathered.’ ‘What?’ Danny frowned. ‘They just chuck ‘em into a Black Hole?’ ‘ 
It’s a special kind of Black Hole 
!’ Jason’s muffled voice came from deep within theconduit.‘Indeed it is,’ Vash continued, raising an eyebrow at the legs protruding from the openpanel. ‘Once the Links are processed, the Links are added to our New Links and MovieLinks Sections. Either a New Room is created for a Link or they’re added to an existingone for each different show and Movie.’ ‘It sounds more complicated than it is,’ Elion chimed in.‘I didn’t think it sounded complicated,’ Danny replied contemptuously. ‘It’s really simpleif you think about it properly.’ ‘How are his people?’ Totoro asked Vash, nodding towards Danny.‘They’ll live,’ Vash replied simply. ‘But if nothing more the incident has confirmed thatthe Administrators need to hire a Medic of some kind. The Infirmary is operatedautomatically, but we really should have an on-site Medical Practitioner.’ ‘Did you hear that Fink?’ Elion called towards the sky.
 
‘ 
FINK IS CURRENTLY OCCUPIED 
,’ Vatex’s voice said. ‘ 
THOUGH DO NOT TROUBLE YOURSELVES; WE SHALL RECTIFY THE SITUATION BEFORE THE SITE OPENS TO THE PUBLIC 
.’ ‘ 
YEAH, WE’LL ADD IT TO THE MILLION-PLUS OTHER THINGS WE’VE GOT LEFT TO DO 
,’ Krizzo added bitterly.‘Sorry,’ Elion said, abashed.‘Sorry about what?’ Mooney asked as he fluttered into the room.‘Elion’s harassing the Administrators,’ Jason said as he clambered out of the controlpanel and dusted himself down.‘I wasn’t harassing them,’ Elion said incredulously. ‘I was only trying to be helpful, that’sall.’ Mooney didn’t seem to be listening and instead flew over to Jason. ‘Did you findanything?’ ‘Well,’ Jason said, wiping his mouth. ‘If I had to make a guess … and since I can’t becertain, a guess is all you can really get from me … I’d say that something nasty haspassed through the system. Gave the poor girl a bit of heartburn as it travelled through.’ He patted the wall affectionately. ‘Whatever it was is gone now though. At least for thetime being.’ ‘Is this something we should be worried about?’ Vash asked, unfolding his arms. Jason shrugged his shoulders. ‘Until I know what it was exactly, I can’t sayanything for definite. I could have merely been a corrupted piece of data in one of theLinks; it could have been something that’s infiltrated the system independently. I can’tbe sure of anything. Fink’s Analysis might be able to tell us more. But for the momentthere’s nothing wrong with the circuitry. Whether that stays the case or not is anothermatter.‘Though I’d say it’s probably better
not to add any more links for the time being 
!’  Jason added quickly as Jeebus commando-rolled into the room again with another bag-full of Links.‘Awww!’ Jeebus said disappointedly, letting the bag drop to the ground along with Waldo.‘How come?’ ‘Possible system error,’ Elion explained. ‘Fink’s checking into it.’  Jeebus nodded sagely and quickly inserted a fresh magazine of bullets into hisassault rifle. ‘ 
If those mangy … good for nothing … flying rats have been messing around on my turf …
’ He grumbled as he tested the sight on the gun. ‘ 
… Blow them to Narnia …Feathers and blood everywhere … Pie for lunch …
’ ‘L-lets find out for definite what’s going on before we start shooting up the place though,shall we?’ Elion spluttered, holding his hands up and manoeuvring himself further awayfrom Jeebus. Jeebus narrowed his eyes at them. ‘Alright,’ he nodded. ‘Play it your way matey …but if it
is 
an invasion of Feathery-Death-From-Above, then you’ll be getting one big-fat“I-told-you-so” from me and Mister Bang Bang …’ he said icily, patting his gun.‘And this … is the Black Hole room … where … Jeebus seems to be … holding …everybody … hostage,’ Red said as he and Beakedbard showed Will-ko through the door.‘Why is Jeebus holding everybody hostage?’ Red asked unsurely, edging back throughthe door.‘He’s not,’ Danny shook his head. ‘But there’s a system fault or something and he seemsto think that … … … well, actually, I don’t know what he’s talking about … and I thinkhis dog might be dead …’ ‘ 
HE’S RESTING 
!’ Jeebus spat. ‘As per usual, lying down on the job.’ ‘Okay,’ Mooney said sympathetically, fluttering over towards the exit. ‘Let’s keep
him 
away from the members once we open,’ he whispered to Vash and Jason who nodded inagreement.‘ 
EVERYONE 
!’ Fink’s voice suddenly boomed. ‘ 
THE SYSTEM DIAGNOSTIC HAUNCOVERED A FOREIGN BODY WITHIN THE MERCURY ROOMS 
.’ ‘Dirty pigeon freaks,’ Jeebus snarled to himself, cocking the assault rifle.‘ 
NO 
…’ Fink replied. ‘ 
THE READOUT CONFIRMS THE OBJECT IS DIGITAL IN NATURE 
.’ ‘Where is it?’ Jason asked, pulling on a pair of gloves and grabbing his tool belt.

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