>>36747079> "Let's go over it one more time."
"Boss, we've got all the intel we'll need for the layout. The only hiccup I have is how I'm going to find the equipment we lost in a timely manner. The place is a fortress, and I might be good, but even I can't fight an army by myself."> "Which is why your get-away driver is a netrunner."
"Grubber?"> "No. Someone else."
"Oh god. Please don't tell me it's-"> "Trixie. Yes."> You rub your temples to prepare for the coming headache that you'll have to endure because of her.
"Can't Grubber do it? This is the most pressing thing our group is undertaking right now. Why isn't he helping me?"> "For three reasons. One, Grubber is not a fighter, which you might have guessed by looking at his physique. If things go south, you'll need someone who's good in a fight, not just someone who can hack things."> "Two, if he tried to hack in via a deep dive, it would tip off our plan to double-cross them. Since the process of cracking their servers would be time-consuming and risky."> "And third, he doesn't want to."
"Excuse me? You're the boss, and you get to say what people can and can't do. Why not just crack the whip on him as you do with everyone else?"> "Because I've learned that Grubber is an exception. I've tried many times to get him to perform under duress, to no avail. Besides, I can afford to lose one of you, but not both."> Meaning, she's willing to lose you over her little mole friend. Not that you're surprised at this point.
"One other thing. If this mission goes smoothly, I'd like to request some time off."> "Time off? To do what?"
"I just need a break. A week to relax and center myself."> "If the operation is successful, then yes, that will be fine. However, I still expect you to spar with me every day. Including today, since you missed a regiment."> It wasn't exactly your ideal scenario for a relaxing vacation, but you suppose it's better than nothing.
"Fair enough. When do we start?"> "In two hours. Trixie will be here in one; until then, we continue to analyze and plan."
"Commander, with all due respect, I'm going to blow my brains out if this continues. Why don't we just do our training instead? I could use it to warm-up for the op."> "Not a bad idea. However, I planned on working you extra hard today to make up for yesterday."
"So you're saying I can't handle it."> "I'm saying that I don't want you suboptimal for the infiltration."
"If I can't go a few rounds with you without endangering my performance, then maybe it's your training that's suboptimal."> She shoots you a glare that you stare down. If you knew anything about your mother, it's that she hates it when her practices come into question.