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Post by illirica » Wed Jan 09, 2019 1:22 am

"Maybe," Laine said, "Maybe I'll see it later." She shook her head a little. "I don't know. I think that if he has to recontain it four times, something... isn't working right? What would happen if I just tried to walk out of here? Would they recontain me? How? What's the process like?" It was obvious that despite the somewhat worrisome nature of the inquiry, Laine meant it only as a curiosity. She had no desire whatsoever to leave the Foundation, except perhaps it if were to see some of those other locations.

Actually, she thought she would like that very much. "Oh well. Will you still take me to see the other one? 707. You mentioned it when you were talking to Mr. Starek and it sounded interesting. Something about bugs." Laine wasn't sure how she felt about bugs. Certainly some of them were fine, but some of them were honestly a bit gross. She supposed that was something she was going to have to get over, because if she was going to be working with anomalies, it wasn't precisely a good idea to begin with "Wow, that's a bit gross."

Hopefully it wasn't maggots. Laine could handle most bugs just fine, except for maggots. And centipedes. With the exceptions of maggots and centipedes, Laine was fine with bugs, aside from grubs. Except for grubs, maggots, and centipedes... this really wasn't going any better, was it? Well, it would be something to work on.

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Post by Containment » Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:50 am

Alex gave a brief little laugh. "Oh, he knows it's not working right. The problem is paperwork. Sometimes the system gets jammed, then they've got to read it through, get it approved, and send out a high-class security team to escort its transfer. It's a long process, too complicated for me, and too long for Agent Starek most of the time. But it'll get contained properly, soon enough."

She considered the second question. "If you were to try to just walk out, it would be pretty hard. The security agents are a lot more efficient when it's an anomalous individual involved rather than an object, or mass of objects. Not to say they're not efficient to begin with. But they're better with containing people. Then your security would get updated to match the cause of your breach - that's what we call it when something gets out, took me a while to catch on to that - and paperwork runs its course."

She turned and started walking again, speaking as she went. "Yes, we're still going to see seven-oh-seven. It's this way. And... they're definitely interesting." Her voice changed - she was obviously reciting the official file. "ACF-seven-zero-seven takes the shape of a kaleidoscope of butterflies, although this might simply be its selected form. Seven-zero-seven has been nicknamed 'The Butterfly Effect' because of its reality-changing abilities, its ability to defy all known laws of both science and magic, and, of course, its chosen form. These abilities manifest the most in the presence of the whole flock; individual specimens have extremely limited effects to their abilities."

She paused, ready to repeat anything Laine hadn't quite understood, before continuing in a more casual tone, "Seven-oh-seven is a good introductory anomaly, I think. Even interns like me are allowed access, and I think it's a lot like you, not really interesting in leaving. Comfortable here. At home. I think the two of you will get along really well." A more delicate laugh than before followed. "You and Dr. Papillion, on the other hand..." She shook her head a little, then pressed on, toward the containment unit without expanding.
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"It sounds like you need some secretaries," Laine pointed out, on the topic of paperwork. Security and research were all well and good, but someone had to make sure the paperwork got filed. "Or just some people who are good with paperwork." Laine considered, then added. "I'm good at paperwork, but I'm an anomaly." She didn't know if that would matter or not. "Is there anomalous paperwork?" If there was anomalous air and anomalous particles, it would not surprise her much if there were anomalous paperwork. Of course, that wasn't really all that relevant, Laine was just... curious.

It had been a long time since anyone had actually encouraged her to be curious, but...

No, she wasn't going to think about that. She was going to think about "...Butterflies?" Her tone shifted, much more positive about that revelation. "I like butterflies." Everyone did, as far as she knew. "I was worried, when he said bugs, it was going to be more like centipedes. Or flies. Or maggots. Or... um, I'm not very good with bugs." Laine shook her head. "No. I wasn't very good with bugs. I'm going to learn to be good with bugs. There. That's better. Who's Dr. Papillion?"

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Post by Containment » Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:32 pm

"Trust me, some security agents aren't really much more than fancy secretaries. And a lot of us research interns are responsible for the doctors' paperwork. But with how big the Foundation is, it's hard for us to keep track of everything, at least at a decent rate. It's a work in progress, from what I understand." Her step faltered a little as she took a moment to try to remember whether they had any anomalous files. "We work with anomalies all the time, I don't think that would be a problem... I don't think there's anomalous paperwork on-site, but I'm sure there is somewhere. Anomalies come in all shapes."

She seemed much, much more casual when Rex was mentioned. "Dr. Rex Papillion, R-Class-C. He's one of our leading on-site researchers, and Leviathan staff - er, he works with our leading Councilman. He's also the leading researcher on the Butterfly Effect, which is why we generally call them his bugs. Though technically they don't really belong to anyone, and if he's to be believed they're all one entity, not bugs plural." Alex smiled again at Laine's comment on the more creepy-crawlie insects. "You don't have to get used to any other kind of bug if you don't want to. I've been here for a little over a year now and there are still things that get on my nerves."
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Post by illirica » Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:47 pm

"It's okay," Laine said, reassuringly, "I'm good with bugs now." At least, her tone was reassuring. Laine herself, probably not so much - but then again, she was an anomaly, even if she mostly seemed to be a good-natured one so far. "Does 707 take the form of butterflies because of his name? Je suis un papillon? If their primary researcher had been a 'Dr. Mantis,' would it have changed to reflect that? Or is that just a very strange coincidence? Has anyone written a paper about that?"

Apparently she thought there should be one, by her tone.

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Post by Containment » Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:30 am

Alexis came to a full stop when the question was posed. They were about two doors down from U-707, but the question suddenly seemed so obvious... why hadn't anyone ever asked it? Especially not people who, oh, worked with him all the time? Or even the butterflies. They could have asked the butterflies themselves. Rex was far from the only person who worked with the butterflies. Why hadn't anyone thought to ask that question?

"I... honestly couldn't tell you." Honest, avid curiosity was behind the statement. Now she wanted to know. But... she wasn't about to be the one to ask Rex. Maybe the Butterflies, if he wasn't in there. But definitely not Rex. Why not Rex? Because nobody asked Rex questions he might not know himself. It was an unspoken rule. Why not? Because when Rex didn't know something, he got that look. That look that happened right before what would probably turn out to be a major breach. However... Laine didn't know that rule. Especially since it wasn't an actual rule, more like a formality. And besides, what harm could come of it?

"If you really want to know, you could ask him yourself. Assuming he's in. Then we might just have to ask seven-oh-seven itself, but they're sometimes harder to understand if they don't know you very well. We'll just have to see."

She swiped her key card in the unit's external lock, letting it slide open before gesturing through the door. "After you."
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Laine, of course, made up her mind to ask. The more she knew about the Foundation, the better. She'd already decided it was her home, after all - Alex had said so. That meant she wanted to learn as much about it as she could. She didn't know about asking 707, because she didn't speak butterfly, but maybe if it was sentient (or even "not entirely sentient," as the case may have been), she could explain the question and maybe try a "flap once for yes, twice for no?" situation. Possibly. Someone had probably already worked out some form of rudimentary conversation.

Laine wished she had their reports. And she was going to have to learn sign language. That had nothing to do with the current situation, but she felt it was necessary somehow. The more ways she had to communicate with anomalies, the better. Alex opened the door and gestured, and Laine hesitated a moment, then stepped through the doorway.

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Post by Containment » Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:35 am

Beautiful chaos.

Over a dozen interns had used the same two words to describe their first impression of ACF-707. It was everywhere, butterflies on the walls, butterflies on the floor, every shape and size imaginable. The only thing that wasn't absolutely covered in butterflies was the man standing in the center of the room, but even he had a good twenty of the insects clinging to his coat hem and sleeves alone. As he turned to see who'd opened the door, it became clear that there were two more butterflies on his face - one, a monarch (that was pretty much the only kind Alex knew by name) clinging to his cheek, and the other, a little yellow one, resting on the rim of his glasses. There was also a butterfly on his hat, less colorful than the rest of the kaleidoscope, being the same brown color as the cap itself, but much, much larger than any other specimen in the room.

He wouldn't have been a remarkable man, average height with brown hair, had it not been for the way he carried himself. Somewhere about halfway between "completely relaxed" to "completely reckless", with his hands in his pockets, but his shoulders tight; his face displaying the calm gruffness of a man in his forties, but his eyes, sharp and green, clearly interested in the two people entering his anomaly's containment cell.

The anomaly was interested, too, a fact it made clear in the form of several specimens, different sizes, species, and colors, lifting up from the ground and landing placidly on the women's clothing and hair. Laine might feel the beginnings of a warm sensation where their feet touched her, something that could be better described as a color than a thought or feeling. They were probing, exploring, searching. They were curious little bugs, they wanted to know about the visitors, and they recognized Alex. But Laine was new, different.

The man seemed to have picked up on the butterflies' curiosity, and they seemed to pick up on his. He seemed to walk at normal pace, but he was there with the intern and the anomaly much sooner than he should have been. Reality benders could do things like that - warp space and the like. And ACF-707 was a very powerful reality bender, when present as its full flock.

"New kid?" He asked Alex, but he didn't look away from Laine, and he didn't give her a chance to reply before extending a hand. "Rex Papillion. Why's she here?" The introduction was for Laine, obviously, but the question was again directed clearly toward Alexis. Alex, however, elected not to answer this time. She'd let Laine do the talking, and the asking, and everything else. Even if some of the questions turned out... counterproductive.
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Stepping in was incredible. There were butterflies everywhere. They moved about the room, colors upon colors, flying between each other. No collisions, Laine noted, carefully. That spoke for the singular mind theory, somewhat - that, or an extremely high level of awareness and quickness of reactions. A few of them landed on her, and there was a sense of... familiarity. "Oh," she said, intrigued. "You're 707. I'm 833. Hello."

There was a man there, too, she was aware. He was talking, maybe to Alex. Alex wasn't answering, though, and Laine considered the hand extended for a moment before it occurred to her that it was meant for her. She wasn't sure about that, but after a moment accepted it, cautiously. "Hello," she added, this time more for him, and with much less confidence. "You're Dr. Papillion. Alex says I should ask you if 707 takes butterfly form because its a reflective on your surname or whether that's coincidental. And if there are any papers about it. And if I can read them."

Laine wasn't quite sure whether she should have said that last, but it was probably better to have it out in the open and see how he reacted. She hadn't asked Alex about reading the reports, only about their existence - but if they did exist, then Laine did want to read them. She returned her attention to 707, "Yes. Thank you. That's kind of you." It turned out that butterflies didn't feel all that hard to understand, after all - at least, when it was something simple like hello, who-what are you, welcome, are you staying?

Or maybe that was just another anomaly. But Alex had been right, 707 seemed benign. Quite calming. Exactly the sort of thing that Laine was happy to know was in her home. They would both stay. That was nice.

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Post by Containment » Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:42 pm

"Oh, Alex did, did she?" Following a firm handshake with the somewhat intimidated girl, he gave the intern a knowing smile. Alex managed a weak smirk in return, and a shrug. Nothing like getting thrown under the bus by the new anomaly, right? His mind seemed to quickly wander from Ms. Charleton, however. He reached up with one hand, sliding it under the butterfly on his head to bring it down where he could see it, while at the same time bringing the other to his chin. He looked like he was having an unspoken conversation with the insect. The rest of the entity was still focused on Laine, returning her greeting in its own way before becoming more still at her initial question.

After a few moments of silence and consideration on Dr. Papillion's part, he placed the butterfly back on his cap, and shrugged. "Y'know, most of the time, people come to the opposite conclusion based on my name. That is, she formed me in reality at the time she showed up, either right before or right after..." He paused. He was never good with file numbers. "Incident I-seven-zero-seven-B-one. Your theory actually does make a lot more sense, though. 'Specially since I can usually tell when she's made an edit somewhere, and I think she'd let me know if I wasn't real." No guarantees, but it as a good inference considering the rest of the facts.

"As for whether your theory's true... I don't think even she knows the answer to that one. Neither of us would be surprised, though." He smiled again. "There's plenty of paperwork on her, and you're free to read through as much as you'd like. Most of the time people leave studying her to me. It'd be good to get an unbiased second opinion."

Alex suppressed a smile this time. The butterflies were the only thing Dr. Papillion ever did paperwork on. Oh, of course the researcher worked with dozens of other anomalies over the years, but if he hadn't written his thousands of pages on the Butterfly Effect, people would doubt he even had the capacity to do any paperwork at all.

The butterflies on Laine, and most of the other butterflies in the room, seemed to get a little restless at the mention of the incident, but the wave of fluttering only lasted a moment. They went still again, and there was an air of consideration to the room. As if each bug was searching its own memory, its own reality, for a definitive answer, and was having trouble finding one.
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