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    * Late at night and in the midst of a thunderstorm with torrential rainfall a pair of Gears carrying a crate between them made their way over to Jean’s abode. Once they reached the door the crate was set down right in front of it. *

    You, go stand watch over there. If I’m killed, call someone. * Paduk barked in his usual friendly way, at the soldier with him, who just shrugged casually and did as he was told. * What a waste of time. * He grumbled to himself before leaning over the crate and knocking on the door. *

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      *Before Paduk could do his third knock on the door, Jean opens it and raises an eyebrow giving him a bit of a disapproval look then it quickly changed into a questionable one upon noticing the crate in front of her* Goodness Paduk, first of all #1: I’m not going to kill you! #2 How the heck did you manage to pass this through security? You do know you are entering private property, right? and #3 what’s inside this crate?

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        They all say that at first. * Paduk said in response to her not killing him. * He reached to his back and retrieved his Lancer and gaina the chainsaw bayonet a quick rev. * That’s how. * He hasn’t hurt anyone on the way in but no one really wants to stop armour men with guns late at night. * ‘ Private Property ‘ * He said in disgust. * The COG does what it wants. Always has. * He grumbled with increased disapproval. * You tell me. * As soon as she had asked the last question he grunted and kicked the crate over loudly with force and a large cracked bright yellow helmet slid out of it and rolled across the floor. *

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      *While Paduk was running his mouth, Jean had left the door open and went to the kitchen to serve herself some orange juice. Once she was done, she put her glass on the dishwasher then heads back to the door. Jean did not pay too much attention to what he was saying but her curiosity certainly hit the peak the moment she saw the yellow helmet rolling on the floor* WHOA!!! *she picks it up and carefully looks at it* Paduk, where did you find this!

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      * The helmet was ludicrously heavy for being something a person had to wear. The right side of it had a massive impact fracture running up through the eye. A gold double headed eagle sat proudly on top the crest. * Oh so now you want to talk, typical. If you had answered door last time you would already know and I wouldn’t have to be here. So we’d both be happier. * He mocked. Paduk never did pleasantries. He barely did conversation or obedience. *

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        *Jean just looked at Paduk and smirked then looked back at the helmet* Heavy indeed! *As she carefully looks at the helmet, she almost froze when she recognized the crest. She blinked a few times then almost frowned, not wanting to give up how much she knew of this helmet just yet* This crest….looks familiar! I definitely know someone who can possibly identify it. *she looks to Paduk* Is this the only piece you found?

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      If we thought you wouldn’t recognise it, we wouldn’t have brought it. Again. * Paduk leant against the wall, still dripping wet from the rain. * Maybe it isn’t. For someone it wouldn’t fit you’re awfully interested suddenly. I’m thinking you know more than you are saying. Let’s suppose we found an old bunker, what would you say then?

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        Again?!? *reacts in shock* What do you mean “Again?” The last time a Gear came knocking on my door was to ask for the contact details of Lady Noloty and Chief Rika! *still looks at the helmet as she continues talking* You could’ve at least left a note! *she then leans against the wall where Paduk was standing and looked at him straight in the eyes* Bunker, you say? Was it a war zone? Look, I did met a soldier once who wore something like this…more like a cyborg. I can’t say from where or what military force he belonged to because I met him just a few times! *she leans her head against the helmet then tries to look inside through the fractured hole* Of only it had a name and again, I know someone who was more acquainted with him than I was… that’s is this was once him!

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      Again meaning when Baird dragged me and Cole here with a locker full of crap but you didn’t answer the door. * Paduk said sarcastically before continuing * Oh sure, we all carry paper and pencils everywhere to tell write little notes to strangers explaining why we were disobeying orders. It’s favourite pass time. * He mocked before getting up and taking a step away as if annoyed to share the same wall. * It wasn’t a war zone when we got there. It was abandoned. Just old blood and dust. There was names on lockers but wasn’t important so I didn’t learn them. But COG does not know everything we found there.

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        Disobeying orders? *she looks to him with a raised eyebrow* You! Paduk! Ha! *chuckles then turns slightly around, almost giving her back to him* Can I keep this? *looks back at him* I want to show it to her…unless the Gears need it for further investigation??

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      Yes I know it’s hard to believe. * He said calmly, well as calmly as Paduk gets.* Sure. * Paduk shrugged * There’s enough worthless crap in the COG already, mostly those in charge. * He reached under his chest plate and with a firm tug, pulled out a battered and drenched ragged piece of cloth. * You might want this. * He held his arm up and let the cloth hang down. It was a flag. The condition was appalling but the word ‘ Vostroya ‘ was still legible. * There’s coordinates for a lab on the back.

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        *she takes the flag and lays it over her open palm so that she can take a better look. She nodded her head as if agreeing with what Paduk stated regarding the letters* It does read “Vostroya”…military organization, perhaps? It does sound familiar though but I will definitely confirm it with the Chief. Do I have to report to you guys once I get my details straight?

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      Chief? * He then grunted dismissively. * Report what exactly? Turns out this military flag and helmet came from a military. How shocking. If you find something, don’t let the COG know or you won’t have it for long. * If this was a normal person it would sound like friendly advice but Paduk was just warning her. *

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        *Jean just raises her eyebrow again and almost rolls her eyes at him before looking away* Understood then! Goodness, just shoot me already! *this last statement she meant to say it sarcastically rather than funny not that Paduk would care anyway and she was totally aware of it* Anything else?

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      * Paduk looked at her then at his Lancer. * Later. * He said casually. * Yes, if you go looking you should know the COG isn’t there anymore so if something kills you, you’ve been warned. * Paduk went to leave but paused. * Your friend really pissed the COG off. Congratulate her from me, then tell her that was a stupid idea. If you pick fight with COG, be ready for consequences. * He said pointing at the burned half of his face. * 1E3E2914-6468-4A4C-8C3D-1E74498EDF6C

      * Paduk looked at her then at his Lancer. * Later. * He said casually. * Yes, if you go looking you
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        Got it! *she replied at his first statement then tilts her head and almost smirks upon hearing his last statement about Noloty* That situation is between the COG and Lady Noloty. I’m not picking sides here! Believe it or not both she and the Gears are my friends! Including you with arrogance and all! Goodness! *she places the helmet and the flag on top of her counter then takes a look at his face* Are you telling me she did that to you? You must have really provoked her, Paduk!

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      It’s only between them for now. Give it time and everyone will need to pick a side. * He stopped and shook his head just a little. * No. * He said loudly in surprise like she’d said something ridiculous. * The COG did this a long time ago. And not just to my face. That’s why she should be careful. If she had done this to me…. * He looked at the chainsaw bayonet and picked a bit of dirt out of it. * You get idea.

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        The COG? Did this to you? Oh my Paduk! I won’t even ask what have you done for them to ruin your handsome, rugged face! *she stated with a slight hint of sarcasm* I get the idea and now I must prep for work. Thank you for bringing me this *taps on the helmet* I’ll get my questions cleared once they’re answered.

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      Lightmass missiles, one of the COG’s super weapons. I was lucky to be a few miles away from the blast. They hadn’t stollen our Hammer Of Dawn yet so this was their best attempt to win the war for now. It didn’t work. * Paduk just shrugged and started to walk away. * Its your scrap now.