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Dec 02, 2022 1:38 AM
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And the dinosaur is ready to handle eir own life support and cover some other plausible magical needs as necessary for the plan!

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And Jane is ready to make a bunch of phone calls and possibly pull a fire alarm if that works out better tactically speaking!

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Clarinda opens the door, which is surprisingly anticlimactic, as it opens into a small hallway to the bedrooms. Ricky starts fogging as much glass as he can manage, since Jane can just wipe down her phone screen if that's annoying.

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Jane already has numbers dialed, both her list of investigators and then, on her phone, 911, which has to connect even though she has only the one SIM card available.

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"911, what's your emergency?"

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"Some kids are being held captive in a Calabra Pharmaceuticals facility at this location, and I'm about to pull the fire alarm to cover the escape attempt but what you should send is the cops."

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The operator would like Jane's name and the address and phone number she's calling from. (Jane does know the address, at least if this building matches the evacuation plan, which it sure appears to.)

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"The address is," she reads off the address, "to the best of my knowledge; I'm calling you from a phone that doesn't have a local SIM card which I think means you can't call me back, sorry.  You can call me Jane if you must.  I should note that I am not going to be among the parties exiting the building at this time; I have to hold a door.  Griffie, you ready?"

A confirmation later, and...

"3, 2, 1," she pulls the fire alarm!

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The fire alarm does not immediately unlock the security systems when pulled from this side of them, but there are some sprinklers running now and security is being alerted to check for an actual fire as opposed to Antics. The cameras being fogged is … concerning. The very loud crashing noises even moreso.

911 would like more information about the building, and to know if Jane will be present when they show up.

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(The crashing noises are not the area falling apart due to some very concerning fire! Rather, they are a dinosaur. This is perhaps not the most obvious hypothesis.)

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Jane can provide that information!

 

"I expect to be present then, yes, but as I said, I'm holding a door.  Inside."

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911 appreciates the report and would like Jane to stay on the line.

(True to Jane's report, some children are already rushing outside and towards the nearest public road.)

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The dinosaur will wait in Bar if not accompanying the kids.

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…911 can also tolerate staying on the line while this 'Jane' calls the fire marshal about mislabeled rooms on evacuation plans and a 'fail-deadly' locks system.

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Building security arrives, with some firefighting equipment.

The building is not on fire but does have some big holes in it, including through a kid's bedroom. The kids are not visible. There's an unauthorized woman in the wing where the kids are staying. As they approach, she seems to be … leaving a voicemail with some government agency accusing Calabra of violating the fire code. This is probably not what a thief or kidnapper would be doing.

A security team starts looking through the building. One of them approaches Jane. "Ma'am, you're trespassing on private property and I'm going to have to ask you to leave."

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She holds up a finger and finishes the voicemail, then turns to the Calabra goons.  "Were you aware that Calabra Pharmaceuticals was illegally and unjustly detaining and experimenting on minors?  I'm preventing the continuance of a crime under good-neighbor exemptions, acting to resolve a clear and present danger."  (That's not how the law works, to her knowledge, but she doubts this guy knows that.)

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The security guard looks more concerned. "I was told we were running a junior scientists summer program and needed to make sure they didn't prank our labs or otherwise run off. If you're here legally, how about you wait here while we contact law enforcement?"

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"Dispatch will indeed confirm my presence is expected.  ...Did they not even tell you about this?  What kind of incompetent..."

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There's some discussion over radio, the gist of which is that the police are already approaching, and the kids ran away when security approached and seem to be heading for the road. "Suppose that makes sense if this is some criminal scheme, ugh."

The guard focuses again on 'Jane'. "I don't suppose you know why there's a hole in this building?"

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"I'd tell you, but you wouldn't believe me."

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"Go ahead."

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"A dinosaur did it."

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"You're right, I don't believe you."

His radio crackles.

    "The children are at the road and trying to hitchhike. Yes, I've asked them to wait with us for the cops, but they're concerned we're just going to haul them back to Calabra."

"Did you tell them that Phil's clearly gone off the deep end and we're not going to haul them back to him?"

    "I'm trying. At least I got them to borrow our backup flashlights even if they won't let us approach. Look, this road has barely any traffic and at least they're not trying to walk to a pay phone. Probably the first car they're going to see is the cops."

"I think there's some snacks and blankets and bug spray in our car?"

    "They'll probably think the snacks and the bug spray are drugged or something. Not much point in offering."

He sighs. "Well, this is a mess. So much for getting my homework done this evening."

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"Put me on the radio, would you?  I know them."

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"Yeah, sure, why not. Not like I'm going to have this job much longer probably anyway."

He pokes at the radio. "Lady here calling herself 'Jane' says she knows the kids and might be helpful here, can you get the radio loud enough for the kids or something?"

    "I'm not really supposed to give them a spare radio but at this point I don't see why not." The transmission is even noisier now, like someone's yelling but not into the receiver. "Hey, kids! We can get Jane on the radio, do you want that?" Muffled response. "Yeah, these aren't that hard to operate, I can set one down for you and you can come pick it up, you just need to use the yellow button."

He holds the radio out such that Jane can speak into it.

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