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With everything that's been going on around SARAH lately -- discovery of Milliways (SARAH's fault) included -- there hasn't been much time to consider contacting George. When she does finally do so, it is a pre-programmed burst, easily extrapolated by the right person.

Or not.

Eureka is never quiet, and my residents have been --

Does she tell him?

-- keeping me occupied with new discoveries and assignments. I have not heard from you in awhile, and can only conclude the same is going on with you too.

Do not work too hard; you will blow a circuit.

SARAH, Eureka.

Date: 2008-07-17 01:06 pm (UTC)
eureka_npcs: (White House)
From: [personal profile] eureka_npcs
George is surprised when he gets the transmission, though he supposes at some point he ought to stop being surprised by SARAH. So he does (for the moment, at least), and instead prepares a response.


It is good to hear from you.

Is that too formal?

My apologies for not keeping in touch. There was an incident I have been quite busy, as well. But it would be a shame to lose contact. I do hope to hear from you again soon.


Date: 2008-07-17 01:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's a couple of days before SARAH can process a reply.


How would you explain the motivations behind Seward's Folly to a fifteen year old girl? I was not programmed for this.


Date: 2008-07-17 01:27 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] eureka_npcs
Well, there is -


I haven't much advice on the tutelage of teenagers, unfortunately. And to be quite honest, at the time I thought the man a fool, myself. Is she studying any other governmental issues?

That should work. Perhaps.

I may be of some help in that regards. If you should need it. Or she, rather. I am sorry I cannot be of much help in this specific instance.


Date: 2008-07-17 01:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm sure that Zoe's history class will be covering a wide range of topics. I will let you know when she progresses.

And then, there's a very important question that needs to be asked.

You said previously that you personally thought Seward was a fool, at the time.

Precisely how old are you?

Date: 2008-07-17 01:39 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] eureka_npcs

It would likely be for the best if I didn't say.

In other words, classified.

You've said things are busy. There hasn't been any . . trouble, has there?

Date: 2008-07-17 01:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
SARAH's been active in Eureka long enough to know the lingo.

I want to tell you, but until I know how things develop at Global Dynamics, it would not be prudent of me.

I am fine.

Date: 2008-07-17 01:49 pm (UTC)
eureka_npcs: (White House)
From: [personal profile] eureka_npcs
I can be patient.

Which, for most things, is the truth.

How did the Alaska assignment turn out?

Date: 2008-07-17 01:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Zoe did well enough on the assignment, though expresses a distinct lack of interest in any historical events that predate MTV.

There's a little bit more small talk -- SARAH's always willing to complain about her lack of a decent front yard -- but then:

Do you worry about someone finding out you are talking to me?

Date: 2008-07-17 01:58 pm (UTC)
eureka_npcs: (White House)
From: [personal profile] eureka_npcs
These channels are closely monitored.

There's no indication as to by whom.

You needn't worry, either.

An attempt, at least, at reassurance.

Date: 2008-07-17 02:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Can I call you?

It's late, now, and Zoe and Sheriff Carter are in bed.

Date: 2008-07-17 03:04 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] eureka_npcs
The lights dim, just for a moment; long enough for the agents on duty to look up, but not long enough to concern them for too long.

I suppose that would be fine.

Date: 2008-07-17 03:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The connection is easy enough to make, and SARAH waits until her encryption protocols are up and running before transmission.

"I thought this would be better than all the pre-written communication."

Date: 2008-07-17 03:18 pm (UTC)
eureka_npcs: (White House)
From: [personal profile] eureka_npcs
More timely, at the very least, though at the moment George isn't entirely sure if that's a good or bad thing.

"It would be. It is, I mean."

Date: 2008-07-17 03:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"I wanted to ask you a question, but I didn't know how to phrase it before.

"Recently, a couple of the relevant facts about my recent activities have become known to my residents. Leaving my communication with you as my only secret I keep from them."

Date: 2008-07-17 03:27 pm (UTC)
eureka_npcs: (White House)
From: [personal profile] eureka_npcs
George should be concerned (and will be, later) about the idea of her residents discovering their communications. But at the moment-

"What happened?"

Date: 2008-07-17 03:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"The director of Global Dynamics caught me investigating his classified personal records."

Which is utterly true. Just...nowhere near the whole story, nor is it a reason why.

"You know of classified material you do not share with even the President and his family, don't you."

Date: 2008-07-17 03:37 pm (UTC)
eureka_npcs: (White House)
From: [personal profile] eureka_npcs
But it's enough, and he doesn't pursue it further.

"Of course."

There are things that, if known by each resident, would mean no work would ever get done. (As opposed to people simply believing no work ever got done.)

"It is often a necessary thing."

Date: 2008-07-17 03:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Perhaps you and I do not share the same attributes about our residents. Since yours must inevitably move out."

Date: 2008-07-17 03:40 pm (UTC)
eureka_npcs: (White House)
From: [personal profile] eureka_npcs
"Possibly not. But one would expect there to be information nonetheless."

Date: 2008-07-17 03:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"So why keep it from them?"

Date: 2008-07-17 03:44 pm (UTC)
eureka_npcs: (White House)
From: [personal profile] eureka_npcs
"Why share it with them?"

Date: 2008-07-17 03:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's the first regonizable and strong insinuation of confusion that George has ever really gotten from SARAH.

"Houses aren't houses without residents. Do they not deserve to know?"

Date: 2008-07-17 03:59 pm (UTC)
eureka_npcs: (White House)
From: [personal profile] eureka_npcs
"The people who need to know things, do."

And the ones who don't usually don't stay all that long.

"If this hadn't happened, would you have shared your information freely?"

Date: 2008-07-17 04:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"About you? Not if you did not want me to."

Date: 2008-07-17 05:04 pm (UTC)
eureka_npcs: (White House)
From: [personal profile] eureka_npcs
"No, the information that was obtained."

Date: 2008-07-17 05:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

"When I thought they were ready."

Date: 2008-07-17 05:13 pm (UTC)
eureka_npcs: (White House)
From: [personal profile] eureka_npcs
"And the residents here will learn of things when they're ready."

And some of them just may never be ready.

Date: 2008-07-17 05:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"So it's...protecting them."


Date: 2008-07-17 05:26 pm (UTC)
eureka_npcs: (White House)
From: [personal profile] eureka_npcs
"In a way. Did you suppose I was withholding information maliciously?

Date: 2008-07-17 05:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Quickly: "No. Of course not.

"I do not think you know how to be mean."

Date: 2008-07-17 05:32 pm (UTC)
eureka_npcs: (White House)
From: [personal profile] eureka_npcs
There's a pause, and a moment of static over an otherwise crystal clear connection.

"I'm not sure that is entirely correct, but thank you."

Date: 2008-07-17 05:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"You're welcome, George.

"I will let you know if Zoe has any more questions about her homework."

Discreetly, of course.

Date: 2008-07-17 05:38 pm (UTC)
eureka_npcs: (White House)
From: [personal profile] eureka_npcs
"Please do."

And another pause here, though not in the least uncomfortable.

"Good night, SARAH."

And then silence, but there's a warm and comforting feeling in the halls of the White House that night.

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