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Bumbling Buffoon on Boros
« on: June 12, 2017, 01:04:07 PM »
It was his first time off world and Weasel was practically jumping from foot to foot in excitement! It had been a massive gamble running from his job with Syrius but the young mechanic had always known he was destined to be... out there. Boros was not exactly what he'd had in mind, the risk of being caught up in another job in a garage was pretty high so he'd used what little money he had left to look more like a tourist. So he scouted the ships every day, looking for something that would fit. It wasn't just the ship, he could work on any engine and be happy, he wanted to have a boss who would be more fun, someone who treated him more like family. If Weasel was to commit to something this serious then he wanted it to be a better working environment than the one he had fled on Albion.

Walking up and down the docks he smiled and waved at folks, turned down offers for transport and chewed on a piece of bread that was closer to stale than fresh. He was running out of credits and he was starting to fear that he was being too picky. Weasel could not afford to have such a narrow view for much longer and he was feeling a little despondent when he finished yet another day without any joy. Since he had no money for a room he nursed a glass of beer in a tavern close to the docks, keeping his head down and trying not to draw attention. Of course that would have been excellent if not for the fact that Weasel loved to tinker, and this night he was tinkering with his favourite bot, Jengu.

The mechanic was a little distracted by a woman and her breasts passing by his table when he leaned on the stick and pushed it up, making Jengu dip and dive at the head of a rather angry looking fellow! The disc of Jengu hit the guy in the head, knocking him into another man, the first spilling his jug of beer all over man number two! Weasel swiftly called Jengu back to his table and stashed the bot in his backpack, but he was frozen to his little booth, the guys were between him and the door!
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Re: Bumbling Buffoon on Boros
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2017, 02:46:20 AM »

The stop on Boros wasn't all that bad, despite these military punks being stuck-up and arrogant. Still, there were some 'civvies' about, and the bar didn't have a HUGE Alliance soldier presence, which was a 'good thing' in Gavin's eyes. The merc wasn't keen on Alliance-types, but as long as they stayed out of his way, he didn't go looking for any trouble from them, either.

The watering-hole was better than nothing, and the best part was, there were only a few military grunts making a lot of noise in the back corner. Good for them. As long as they stayed back there, so much the better. He nursed his second beer, even though it tasted like a mix of water and warm... something, something-not-beer. But, it gave him the slight buzz he was looking for, and the scenery wasn't half-bad, either. Another good looking gal walked by, and she had a sizable rack, long legs, and a pretty smile she tossed his way, to boot. Gavin smiled – maybe for a few credits he'd get lucky...

His attention was drawn over toward the bar, and he turned his head to see one guy lurch suddenly into another. Some sort of small... contraption... was zipping back to some kid at a table by himself, who stuffed it into a bag and then quickly sat back and tried to look innocent. Only, the two guys who seemed upset by this didn't appear to be the forgiving type.

Two against one, and the kid all alone at the table didn't look like he could beat his way out of a wet paper-bag. To Gavin, that didn't seem quite fair, and smiling to himself, he downed the rest of his beer, slamming the empty mug back on the table as he rose to his feet and made his way toward the table where the kid was sitting....

The two guys whom Weasel had 'interrupted', began to walk toward where he was sitting by himself. They didn't seem to be too happy about what had just happened. When they came to a stop – one on each side of him – the bigger one, who happened to be the guy wearing most of the other guy's beer, spoke up with a deep, gruff voice.

“Hey, pip-squeak! Your toy made my friend here spill his beer on me. You owe my friend a beer – and you owe ME an apology,” the guy demanded. Both men looked very well-built – and itching for a fight. The second man kept eyeballing Weasel's pack, curious what else was inside it, along with the 'thing' that had caused him to spill his beer in the first place.

”Maybe as an 'apology', you'll fork over that piece of junk in your back pack. Maybe we can sell it for scrap and buy a few beers that way,” he said, chuckling ominously as he spoke.

”Fellas, fellas, fellas! Let's just calm down here a bit... it was just one spilled beer. No blood, no harm. No need to be such pussies about it,” a third guy said, a newcomer, walking up beside the bigger of the two guys. He was almost as big as the bigger of the two grunts that accosted Weasel, with black, spiky hair, dark eyes, and a bit of a wild look about him.

Both men turned their attention from Weasel to the new guy – Gavin. The two men scowled, obviously not happy to be called the name that Gavin had given them.

”And just who the fuck are you?” the bigger guy asked.

Gavin smiled politely, raising a brow. ”Who, me? I'm just the guy's brother, that's all,” Gavin said, nodding toward Weasel. ”So if you have a problem with him... well then you've got a problem with me...

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Re: Bumbling Buffoon on Boros
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2017, 08:51:21 AM »
"Ohshit..." Weasel mumbled as the two guys came lumbering towards him. He feared they were also a little drunk already, which would only make things worse! Clutching his backpack to his chest tightly he did not try to escape, there was no other way out anyways, so he had no choice but to shrink back into the booth. He said nothing as they stood by him, looming over him, scaring the shit out of him!

As they spoke Weasel tried not to tremble, he wasn't a coward was he?! At least he saw himself as being able to be bold, how else did he invent the gadgets he invented. Trying to smile at them when they mentioned drinks he delved into his pockets and tried to find some credits, but he knew even before he started searching that he'd not have enough to buy even a single drink. He was about to tell them as much and apologise when they spoke of taking Jengu from him! That was enough to make Weasel far more defensive and he clutched his back tighter to him, shaking his head vehemently.

When he opened his mouth to protest a third man joined them at his table, but this one seemingly coming to his aid. The mechanic burst out laughing when he called the other two "pussies" and he reacted to being called a brother by standing and putting his arm around Gavin companionably. Their height difference meant that he practically had his arm around the other man's waist but he still looked like a protected younger brother.

"Bye then." Weasel answered, finally, and waved, smirking. He had not expected to get out of this without a beating so he was immensely grateful for the help.

"So, brother, shall we return to the um... ship?" Weasel just wanted to get out of there and he had no idea if this dude had a ship or not! If he had then maybe, just maybe, he needed a mechanic? Or maybe he knew someone who did? It was a lot of maybes, but Weasel was a positive person, he always assumed the best!

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Re: Bumbling Buffoon on Boros
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2017, 04:33:05 PM »
Gavin did give Daniel a cursory glance, trying to gauge if the young man would be much help in a fight. Instead, it looked like the kid was gonna piss himself... which didn't stop Gavin from making his approach and talk to the two goons. He'd been outnumbered before, and he certainly wasn't going to let that stop him now.

As Gavin spoke to the two ruffians, Daniel moved over and tried to act 'brotherly' to him. For the moment, Gavin let him, simply acting like it was all true. The other two guys, though, seemed to look and stare at the two of them, sizing them up, weighing in their minds how the fight would go, if one broke out. Daniel wished the two cronies goodbye, and then asked Gavin if they should return to the ship.

With a sigh, one of the goons nodded. "Alright, then... we'll let you off easy this time... but -NEXT- time, pip-squeak...," the first guy said, pointing a finger at Daniel. The other guy with him just scowled and followed the first, and after a long, tense momentary pause where someone COULD have thrown a punch, the two men walked slowly away, as if trying to decide whether to fight it out anyway.

With the two goons gone, Gavin turned his eyes toward Daniel. "You can start thanking me by buying me a drink," he said, moving to take a seat at the table Daniel had just been seated at. "And how did you know I had a ship?" he asked, turning his head and raising a hand to flag down a waitress to get the drink he thought Daniel owed him.

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Re: Bumbling Buffoon on Boros
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2017, 01:06:52 PM »
Relieved to see the goons go away he was perfectly willing to use the rest of his credits to buy this guy a drink, since he'd probably just saved Weasel's life! Eagerly he waved down the buxom waitress and then asked her to get whatever Gavin wanted - within reason. He showed her his credits and then she listed which drinks cost the amount of credits Weasel had, so Gavin would know how high he could go - which was not very high! When she was gone Weasel answered his question while munching on some nuts he'd swiped from another table earlier.

"I had no idea, I just thought if they thought we were part of a ship they'd not take any stupid risks. Considering how moronic they were it probably didn't matter but..." Weasel shrugged and then offered Gavin some nuts. "So you do have a ship then?" Weasel asked, excitedly. He was obviously a little hyper, whether that was nerves or his natural state of being Gavin had no way of knowing, but it would have been a fair guess to assume it was how Weasel was most of the time. Oh, he had a steady hand as a mechanic, of course he did, but that did not mean whenever he was not doing engineering he was anything other than hyperactive. It was what got him into trouble most of the time.

While waiting for Gavin's answer and having pushed the little bowl of nuts between them he started tinkering on another piece of tech, a little gadget that had no obvious purpose. It was what Weasel did when he needed to put his hands to work to stop him touching things or doing things that were annoying or unwise. So he used a tool he'd made (that was actually several tools in one, including soldering and other tasks not usually known for their "portable" nature, and with good reason!) to fiddle with the gadget, his gaze flicking between his new (old) task and Gavin.
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Re: Bumbling Buffoon on Boros
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2017, 02:40:02 AM »
The young man Gav had come to the aid of seemed all too happy to order a drink for him. It was the least he could do, Gavin figured, since it looked like the guy was gonna get his ass handed to him by the two big goons. Of course, maybe the little guy was a lot meaner than he looked – maybe he was one of them ninjas from Sihon or something and would have taken care of the two guys without any trouble. Of course, that didn't matter now. The two guys had gotten a little antsy when it looked like a more even fight, and that was enough to send them packing. Seems that no one wanted to go home tonight with a busted face, broken nose, or loose teeth over a bit of spilled beer.

Gavin gave the waitress – nice rack and all – a long, suggestive glance as she came and took Daniel's order. After she was gone, Gavin turned his gaze back toward his new 'friend' as he admitted that he didn't know Gaving had a ship at all – it had just been a guess. The kid's reasoning was sound – make it sound like they were part of a ship's crew, which meant -family- in most circles – and the two guys might have been worried they'd face retribution in the form of a ten-on-two beatdown sometime in the near future. It was a gamble, but one that the kid had taken, which showed that he had some cajones.

When Weasel asked if Gav DID have a ship, Gavin chuckled softly, smiling. ”Well, I am -part- of a ship's crew, yes, but I ain't the captain. Fuck that,” he replied, sounding like he had zero interest in being a ship's captain at all. ”It's called the Gryphon, named after a mystical goat or some shit like that. But it's a merc ship of sorts, running odd-jobs – sometimes not the easy and clean ones, if you get my drift,” he said, making it sound a bit more 'dramatic' than necessary.

”The captain's name is Decker. He's a fairly good chap. Been fair to me so far. Just so happens there is an opening on the ship for a mechanic...,” he paused, reaching for some of the nuts from the bowl just as Weasel started tinkering with... some... sort of... device? Gavin's brow furrowed for a moment. ”What the heck is that thing? A toaster? he asked curiously, just as the waitress returned with a small tray with Weasel's order on it...

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Re: Bumbling Buffoon on Boros
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2017, 09:54:06 AM »
"This?" He waved the machine at Gavin's face then grinned. "Just some junk I am trying to make into something less junk-y." As he focused on soldering some circuits his tongue stuck out of the side of his mouth, an obvious tick that indicated concentration. When he was done he announced, "I'm also an inventor of gadgets." Weasel let Gavin have a peak into his satchel which he guessed would explain a lot. In there was Jengu, waiting for reactivation.

"They all work, but some have more use than others." His success rate for usefulness was about one in fifty, but the ones that did work well, like Jengu, were exceptional. Good enough for his old boss to steal and sell to the Alliance for what ended up being millions of credits all in all. It was tech that the Alliance did not have and what they wanted. Weasel didn't know it but Syrius had a deal with the Alliance and losing his little inventor would have Syrius in trouble - serious trouble.

"Can I meet your captain? Show him my skills?" Weasel had no idea if this Captain Decker would let him touch his engine, so he had a few things in his bag that could help demonstrate how exceptional an engineer he actually was.

When the solitary drink arrived Weasel plucked it off the tray and put it in front of Gavin. "Thanks again for the bailing out." It was only a little reward but Weasel would thank him more if he got a place of the Gryphon, especially if Gavin got him on! He'd owe the man even more if that happened!

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« Reply #7 on: Yesterday at 02:17:00 AM »
Gavin furrowed his brow when Weasel waved the machined in front of his face. At least, Gavin -thought- it was some kind of... machine. Maybe it was just a hunk of junk that the kid carried around for 'good luck' or something. Or maybe the kid was a little wacked in the brain-pan, for all Gavin knew.  But he listened as the kid explained that he was an 'inventor', and glancing at the kid's satchel pretty much supported the kid's claim: more junk.

But as Gavin suspected, the kid certainly did want to meet the captain, bluntly asking if he could. Gavin raised a brow again, a bit surprised by the kid's enthusiasm. But if his hunch was right, and Weasel had literally nothing else here and was down on his luck – then the enthusiasm would certainly make sense.

“Well, sure... I can introduce you to him... AFTER we finish our drinks,” he said with a grin. ”No sense in hurrying and missing out on that,” he added, reaching for his glass. It was then that he noticed there was only ONE glass on the tray, and the kid was quick to grab it – and place it in front of Gavin. Was the kid THAT much down on his luck, then? As the kid handed over payment for the drink, Gavin dug in his pocket and pulled our some credits, and gently tossed them onto the waitress's serving tray. There were actually quite a few extra credits there.

”Fetch another for my friend here – and add in a bit of friendliness, too,” he said. The waitress glanced down at the credits on the tray, smirked at Gavin for a moment, then leaned over toward Weasel and gave him a gently peck of kiss on his cheek before standing up and walking away – with a  little -extra- sway in her hips - which, of course, Gavin openly gaped at until she was far enough away the view was blocked by other patrons.

”You know? I think she -likes- you...,” Gavin said as he took the glass – and immediately brought it to his lips and tilted it back, downing half its contents in a few hefty chugs before setting it back down on the table in front of him with a loud, satisfied gasp – followed by a little belch.

 


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