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CHAPTER 99

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Fontaine pounded his fist into his hand. He paced the conference room and stared out at the spinning Crypto lights.

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"Abort! Goddamn it! Abort!"

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Midge appeared in the doorway waving a fresh readout.

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"Director! Strathmore can't abort!"

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"What!" Brinkerhoff and Fontaine gasped in unison.

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"He tried, sir!" Midge held up the report. "Four times already! TRANSLTR's locked in some sort of endless loop."

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Fontaine spun and stared back out the window.

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"Jesus Christ!"

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The conference room phone rang sharply. The director threw up his arms.

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"It's got to be Strathmore! About goddamn time!"

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Brinkerhoff scooped up the phone.

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"Director's office."Fontaine held out his hand for the receiver.

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Brinkerhoff looked uneasy and turned to Midge.

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"It's Jabba. He wants you."

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The director swung his gaze over to Midge, who was already crossing the room. She activated the speaker phone.

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"Go ahead, Jabba."

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Jabba's metallic voice boomed into the room.

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"Midge, I'm in the main databank. We're showing some strange stuff down here. I was wondering if-"

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"Dammit, Jabba!" Midge came unglued. "That's what I've been trying to tell you!"

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"It could be nothing," Jabba hedged, "but-"

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"Stop saying that! It's not nothing! Whatever's going on down there, take it seriously, very seriously. My data isn't fried-never has been, never will." She started to hang up and then added, "Oh, and Jabba? Just so there aren't any surprises... Strathmore bypassed Gauntlet."

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