The guards grudgingly followed Vaeros, guiding him towards the cafeteria. It was easy to see that none of the tables had any tablet on them, but they let Vaeros walk about for a moment, scanning the room.
Before they even could bother him to hurry up, both guards' communicators began to beep.
I... May have just set off a small alarm... Erda confessed. But I have the artifact--forget trying to sell your story, I just need you to slow them down until I can get out of this pinch, now.
...Well that wasn't good. Thankfully, Vaeros was able to disguise his quiet sigh at Erda's bad news as an expression of exasperation to find that the cafeteria was totally empty, not a misplaced electronic device in sight.
"Oh, no," he exclaimed, lacing a little subtle panic into his tone. "What if it was stolen? The professor'll kill me...! Ugh, I guess I'll have to try again tomorrow." He turned to face the guards with a defeated expression. "Thanks so much for your patience, gentlemen, I'm really sorry about all of this! I've taken up enough of your time, so if you'd like to see me out, I'll be on my way."
One of the guards grabbed Vaeros by the arm yet again and began to drag him towards the exit. The other set off to deal with the alarm.
Too soon, kid! You can't leave and they're not gonna let you stay under the current circumstances. You either need a new lie or you need to get a bit physical. Quickly, if you don't mind! He could tell Erda was in the middle of something. She needed his help, or he wasn't going to see this artifact.
Vaeros didn't need telling twice. He was already in the midst of a fit of shocked cries at how the guard had decided to manhandle him towards the exit, and with some effort, he wrenched himself away.
"Excuse me!" he yelled, his face a picture of indignation. "I said see me out! As in peacefully! Not drag me out like I'm some squatter you caught hiding among the exhibits!" He turned to look the other way down the corridor, pointing sharply at the other guard, then looked back to the one standing before him. "And where the hell is he going? What's going on here?"
"We have a job to do here, kid, beyond following you around," the guard said, exasperated. "You need to leave now, so that you're out of our way. We can't have liabilities like you strutting around the place when while we're closed. Which we are." He continued to drag Vaeros. Any discussion was quite evidently over.
...Well, here went his chances of ever coming back here again. Once more, he wrested himself from the guard's grasp.
"Let me go, dammit!" he barked. His only hope, short of physically assaulting the man, was to kick up enough of a stink that the other guard would be needed to come back and deal with him. "And don't dare lay another finger on me, or I'll press charges of assault! Wh-what's gotten that other meathead in such a rush anyway?" Once more he gestured down the hallway. "We're the only people in the bloody building! Unless a womp rat snuck in somewhere it shouldn't be and set off a motion alarm or something - do these places even use motion sensors? I'd be deeply surprised if the security systems were anything at all like in all the holos you see about galleries and museums getting heisted in the dead of night..."
Off he went, on a staccato, high-speed rant from one disjointed subject to the next, scarcely taking a breath. As he droned on, he began to pace back along the hall the way he'd just come, remonstrating wildly with his hands to point at each of the exhibits as he passed them.
The sound of loudly cracking knuckles gave pause to Vaeros' tirade. He turned, a worried frown on his face, just as the guard finished speaking. There was that sense of danger again - and he listened loud and clear. At the very moment the guard began his forward lunge, Vaeros was already turning and scrambling away, taking off down the corridor.
He's kriffing attacking me! he thought to Erda. Take out that other guard if you need to, just get out before I get dragged out!
The guard attempted to follow Kasto, but he was a heftier fellow, and didn't have as young of legs or lungs as Vaeros did. Ducking around a corner gave Vaeros several seconds wherein the guard couldn't see him, giving him a distinct advantage in getting away. The hallway he now faced branched off to several different exhibits, as well as a door to the opposite side of the cafeteria than they'd entered before.
Oh, good! Erda said with excitement, noting Vaeros's progress. Keep going, kid. You need to lose this guy, but it shouldn't be difficult. I'm by a security terminal and I've connected to their system; the cameras are on a loop, so whoever's in the main hub watching can't see you. Once you've lost this guy, I've got one tiny thing left for you to do.
Ducking around the corner as fast as he could, Vaeros came to a very brief stop at the sight of the branching junction. The cafeteria would be a terrible idea; too big, too open, too few exits. His best hope was to vanish among the many exhibits, so he banked right and vanished around another corner, pressing deeper into the building to lose himself within the exhibit halls. As he slowed down, jogging at a hearty pace but quietening his footsteps so that they wouldn't give him away, he listened to Erda's voice in his head.
This isn't exactly what I signed up for, he thought back irritably. Let's get it over with. What do you need?
Darth Xaos: Talk to ya later, mate.
Sept 6, 2017 16:51:17 GMT
Darth Strigus: Alright, gotta head out. Nice chatting, though, see you soon
Sept 6, 2017 16:50:43 GMT
Darth Xaos: I might just check those out. I've definitely never read/watched any murder mysteries with such an unexpected setting.
Sept 6, 2017 16:43:24 GMT
Darth Strigus: Found it by coincidence, too. A friend found it in a sauna, knew I liked Rome, and gave it to me for secret santa. I started in the middle of series, but they're stand alone, so it's basically fine
Sept 6, 2017 16:43:22 GMT
Darth Strigus: If you like either one, I'd definitely recommend them.
Sept 6, 2017 16:42:31 GMT
Darth Strigus: It's called Roma sub Rosa, by Steven Saylor. It's a bunch of murder mysteries that are set in Ancient Rome, so it combined two things I love
Sept 6, 2017 16:41:33 GMT
Darth Xaos: Oh, yeah? What series is it?
Sept 6, 2017 16:40:56 GMT
Darth Strigus: I'm in the middle of a series now, though, so it might be a bit before I start
Sept 6, 2017 16:40:31 GMT
Darth Strigus: I might just go with NuCanon. As much good as I've heard about Thrawn, it'll probably just be hard to keep everything straight going forward
Sept 6, 2017 16:40:14 GMT
Darth Xaos: I'd say start with the books from the '90s since that's where it all began. Unless you'd like to jump right into the NuCanon in which case any of them seems a fine place, I've heard good things about most of them.
Sept 6, 2017 16:39:18 GMT
Darth Strigus: I've never read any of the Star Wars books, oddly. I'll have to give them a shot. Any starting place you'd recommend?
Sept 6, 2017 16:38:01 GMT
Darth Xaos: Just finished Dark Disciple and it's given me an itch to read a bunch of the the NuCanon books.
Sept 6, 2017 16:37:23 GMT