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"Yeah," Ino said, spinning around in her chair. "I've got it. Thank you. Let me know if anything changes, okay? Great! I'll be in touch."

Hanging up, Ino swung her feet up and over until she was lounging sideways in her chair, knees hooked over the chair arm, her back pressed against the other, and she let her smile fade.

Gods, but she had a headache!

No rest for the wicked, though, so she rapped smartly (but lightly) on Tseng's mind—he was mid-phone call himself, after all—and said, "Got a moment? Buzz me, when you do."

Then she picked up some of her neglected paperwork and tried to focus on that while she waited.

[For that boss dude.]

Date: 2017-02-04 01:14 am (UTC)
ponytailedturk: (Cellphone)
From: [personal profile] ponytailedturk
It took Tseng only a few minutes before he managed to excuse himself from what work he was doing, to let Ino know he was free. After all, most of his efforts these days were wrapped up in trying to find Zack. For the company, and all.

Of course, he could only keep the infantry off of Zack's trail for so long, and time was running out.

Buzz, Ino. Buzz.

Date: 2017-02-04 01:19 am (UTC)
ponytailedturk: (Calm)
From: [personal profile] ponytailedturk
Look, just because Tseng was thinking it didn't mean he was going to say it.

But he was thinking it loudly.

"Iris. You wanted to talk?"

Date: 2017-02-04 01:24 am (UTC)
ponytailedturk: (Intense)
From: [personal profile] ponytailedturk
"That's the news I like to hear," Tseng said, and only those who would know him quite well would be able to pick out the actual note of approval in his tone. "And have you got an ETA on when would be best to go forward with resolving this matter?"

Date: 2017-02-04 01:30 am (UTC)
ponytailedturk: (Wistful-ish)
From: [personal profile] ponytailedturk
"Actually," Tseng said, after a moment's pause, "in a manner of speaking, I do."

Which was one of the other matters he'd been busy with, these past few days.

Date: 2017-02-04 01:37 am (UTC)
ponytailedturk: (Laughing)
From: [personal profile] ponytailedturk
Yeah, now anyone who knew Tseng could probably pick out the amusement in his tone. He wasn't worried, really, in this case.

"Arrangements," he shared, "for after the current mission has been finished."

Date: 2017-02-04 01:42 am (UTC)
ponytailedturk: (Calm)
From: [personal profile] ponytailedturk
"When are you free?"

Now? Was now good, Iris?

Date: 2017-02-04 01:47 am (UTC)
ponytailedturk: (Intense)
From: [personal profile] ponytailedturk
"Good. I'll see you then."

Without waiting for a reply, Tseng hung up, and set to arranging the pair of dossiers he'd drafted up. Iris was definitely going to want those.

Date: 2017-02-04 01:51 am (UTC)
ponytailedturk: (Heh.)
From: [personal profile] ponytailedturk
And Tseng was already waiting, standing behind his desk, hands clasped loosely behind his back, a pair of folders sitting in front of him. He'd already checked his office for any new listening devices, and had found the room to be clean. The existing bugs were already conveniently shorting out for a few minutes. Even ShinRa technology failed sometimes.

"Two jobs," he said, simply, as he nodded down toward the folders. "One is yours, one belongs to your target. I'll leave it to you to sort out which is which."

Date: 2017-02-04 02:02 am (UTC)
ponytailedturk: (Calm)
From: [personal profile] ponytailedturk
"You could be," Tseng replied, tone even. "But then you'd have to explain to your companion exactly why he's being trusted with building a business from the bottom up."

Tseng hadn't wanted to presume that he knew where Iris was going to want to go from here. But Zack? Zack was easy. For the puppy, there would be puppies.

It was as close to an apology as he'd ever be able to give.

Date: 2017-02-04 02:06 am (UTC)
ponytailedturk: (Intense)
From: [personal profile] ponytailedturk
Tseng doubted it, too. Which was why he was giving her the dossiers, leaving his name out of them entirely. It was for the best, this way.

"Mm. Indeed." He lifted his chin a little. "If there's anything else you'll be needing, let me know. And in the meantime, have you made any more progress on your own end?"

Date: 2017-02-04 02:13 am (UTC)
ponytailedturk: (Determination)
From: [personal profile] ponytailedturk
"And you know where Zack is?" The arrangement they had made had said to meet him in Gongaga, but plans could change. There was no telling what the infantry was up to out there, even in spite of the Turks' best efforts.

They had a bone to pick with SOLDIER at the best of times, after all.

Date: 2017-02-04 02:17 am (UTC)
ponytailedturk: (Side)
From: [personal profile] ponytailedturk
"Good. Then I'll have Reno fly you in as close as possible without attracting attention," he replied. "You'll have to find your own way from there, but that shouldn't take you terribly long. Your portal will appear at the agreed-upon location at the time allotted in your dossier. If you need the time or the location adjusted, contact me immediately and I'll make the necessary arrangements with Portalocity."

Possibly with threats.

Date: 2017-02-04 02:20 am (UTC)
ponytailedturk: (Wistful-ish)
From: [personal profile] ponytailedturk
Of course she wasn't.

Tseng would have been far more paranoid, if she was.

"... Have you decided, yet," he ventured, after a long moment's pause, "to what extent you're going to remain involved with the Turks, after this mission is through?"

He probably shouldn't have asked.

At the same time, he couldn't not.

Date: 2017-02-04 02:25 am (UTC)
ponytailedturk: (Intense)
From: [personal profile] ponytailedturk
Tseng watched the expression on her face shift without so much as a shift in his own. And, when she was done speaking, he nodded.

That was more than he had any right to expect of her. More than he had any right to ask of her. And it meant that he was going to have to conduct himself carefully going forward. If Iris wanted to remain not only in contact with the Turks, but doing jobs for them, they were going to have to work doubly hard to ensure that nothing tied her back to the island.

That nothing tied her back to Zack.

And that, too, was the least he could do.

"Then that will be all, unless there was anything else you needed," he said, simply.


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