Jul 23, 2019 1:34 PM
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"Last thing to go is a factory space, any word on that? UV lights first, but a lot of the infrastructure for those can be used for all the other future-tech."

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"What are your requirements for that? We can get you an empty warehouse in Seattle with electricity..."

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"It's gonna need hundreds of kilowatts eventually. Not sure if standard breaker boxes are good for that. And it would ideally be a relatively new building so my climate control doesn't have to deal with mold, asbestos, rust flakes. Empty warehouse is good enough to start on, though."

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"On what timescale do you need the improved model?"

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"Whenever you want more than a few hundred UV flashlights a day."

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"Okay, that's probably flexible and incentivizing enough for everyone involved."

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"Glad to hear it. I'll be expecting someone to come talk about what they're going to be paying me sooner or later, too."

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"D'you have a desired salary range?"

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"Thirty thousand a month ought to be a small price to pay for technology from a hundred and fifty years in the future. It's not as much as a typical CEO makes, even."

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"They complain about their budget all the time but I'll pass that along. It'll probably save them in kickbacks to the Vatican, anyway."

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"...That was me being flippant, I'll negotiate seriously if they send someone for the purpose."

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"You're still need to know but Seattle's probably thicker with people who need to know."

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"At some point I'll get fed up being need-to-know. I want to do a university tour, throw two dozen antibiotics at the CDC, build factories, bring the future here."

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"Easier once you're formally classified as a neutral demon and can apply for legal residency and fun stuff like that. Not a fast process."

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"They ran out of grease for the wheels of bureaucracy, so they used sand."

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"I don't think new species of demons who want to be classified as friendly come up that often, so they don't have a reason to have it expeditable."

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"Fair enough. I can't make that much more progress here, even with angel stuff, but I'll poke at it until the paperwork falls through."

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Nod.

She brings him lunch and then goes to report on the proceedings and comes back to tell Nick they're relocating him to a Seattle warehouse and she may be assigned as his attaché but she's a little harder to move right away because she's a minor.
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Nick moves to the warehouse.

There's lots to do, both with the industry and the bureaucracy. But the chance to do interesting, charitable things on a sizable scale doesn't come very often.

The first UV flashlights start rolling off the line eight days later. He's not satisfied with their quality, but they're still bright enough to dust a vampire at twenty meters in a fifteen-degree cone, and durable enough to last years.

He branches out into other devices. The promised antibiotics show up, along with other new medicines, new batteries, new computers, new body armor, various robotics...
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Bella does indeed get assigned as his attaché in addition to her other daeva summoning duties once the USADI manages to extract her from her parents. But he gets a different attaché after her first promotion comes along, and by that time he's not so secret.

He gets very very rich, and once fairies are officially declared a neutral demon he can even have direct control of his money.
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