Part 1 [23/1/13]
"And so all we've got to do now is get the train safely to Central, where the coaches will pick you up," Telisa says.
"Why don't you come with us? Leave the train at the station?" Max asks. "Surely there's a lock up area for that thing?"
"Sure. It's a pile of scrap and metal with a disused station. What's going to be harder is hiding the train."
"Well just go to the- Oh."
"Can't you just put it into reverse from here?"
"Well sure, but reverse speed is slow. And I think you'll know where I'm going with this when I say that the police are going to notice that a train is going too slowly, and upon closer inspection will see that the control carriage that's meant to be moving the train is missing. Then they'll contact the government."
"No. I don't actually."
"Plutes was secretly funded by the government."
It looked to Max that it had taken a great deal of energy just to say that one sentence. And it was a revelation to him. Secret government funding meant that they were a part of this plot, which meant it went deeper than even he imagined it did. He could not tell anyone, and he would need to alert the Detection Legacy as soon as.
But no-one else could know, and Telisa would also have to be placed in the Detection Legacy's care. If Stanley was still alive, and he was definitely alive, then his contacts in the government would be looking for her.
Thankfully, everything else except what was mentioned could wait for another time soon.
"So, what are your plans for tomorrow, since you probably won't be back before nightfall today?" Telisa asks.
"We'll be going somewhere where you will be safe today," Max replies. "It's on the way to mine anyway."
"Like you said, if the government are alerted, than you will be a target."
Part 2 [28/1/13]
The rest of the train journey passes without talk for the two. The fields turn into buildings as the track starts to go underground as they reach Central station.
Telisa slows the train down slowly so that by the time it reaches the station end it hardly bumps as it hits the stopper. She then throws a switch forward and a clink is heard. She then rips a panel off the control board and pulls a few wires out.
"That'll stop anyone trying to use this thing," Telisa says. "Now let's see how everyone else is coping."
The two get out and see the amount of students who are disorientated. The two teachers look fine, and so does Jaz. All three of these are talking to each other, so Max and Telisa go to join them.
When the teachers see Telisa, they instantly fire up.
"What a phony place that is!" Tom shouts. "Why we even bothered to go there and pay all that money I'll never know!"
"What harm have you inflicted upon our students!" Lee protests. "And to us! You had us controlled all this time, and we was agreeing with your decisions!"
"It- It wasn't me," Telisa tries to argue. "It was Stanley!"
This just brought more angry protests.
"You was still supporting it though!"
"You could have rebelled at any time!"
"What do you think she is doing here?" Max speaks up for the first time. "During the entire of this scam holiday, I've managed to convert her. She helped me, and she will continue to do so."
"Oh," Tom says surprised. "You converted her? She got you out?"
"No. I got myself out. You see, that place has some severe security loopholes," Max chuckles. "And what with Jaz and Telisa wearing microphones and a camera each, I've been able to get around easily."
"So, what happens now?" Lee asks.
"We get on the coaches," Max says.
"I meant to Plute- Oh. I see it now. Plu-Tes. Set-ulp. Set Up. Very good. But what will happen to the place?"
"Well, there's a good amount of live explosives around the place. Easy enough for it to be set off by accident."
"Will anyone be hurt?"
"No. Of course not. There isn't even anyone there any more."
"Bu-" Telisa starts.
"No-one to worry about, anyway."
"To the coaches then," Tom says. "And as soon as we get back, that advertisement for Plutes is coming right down.
"Everyone!" Lee calls. "Up the stairs and out to the car park!"
Students, teachers, Jaz, Max, and Telisa all start walking to the stairs.
Part 3 [1/2/13]
Up the stairs, Max turns round to look at the train again. It wouldn't be moving anywhere any time soon, that was for sure.
The entire group turn left at the top of the stairs, and Max was surprised he hadn't really noticed how close the stairway to the Plutes train was to the main entrance of the station. There was quiet a lot of history he didn't know about the place, but if he could, he would.
There was a lot of grumbling as students got on the coach, and Max deliberately told Telisa and Jaz to get on the one that was less crowded. Fortunately, that also meant getting on the coach without the teachers on it. And Max was glad of that, as it meant he could do something he hadn't done in a while.
This whole week has been great. Finally getting everyone to see the truth of Plutes, as well as shutting the place down-
TELISA: What are you doing?
It's a voice recorded journal I keep.
TELISA: On a memory stick.
I'll explain later. Anyway, now that we are away from the place, and heading back home, it feels good to have done all those things. Sure the capture and torture weren't fun, but we got the end result just fine. Shutting Plutes down, well, it hasn't really. That will be for just the right moment. The news teams will get a field day, for sure.
JAZ: Why? What are you planning?
Nothing for you except getting you back to the UK and starting our business venture. But for me, this whole thing really has just begun.
The main road ended as everyone was starting to get bored. The students could feel that they were back in home territory, as they perked up and started looking around and pointing out parts of the scenery and buildings.
When the coaches pulled up outside the college, the students actually cheered and started to rush to get off the coach. Looking at his watch for the first time in ages, Max saw it was 19:49. Very late indeed.
When all the other students had finally rushed off the coach, Max gets up, followed by Telisa and Jaz and exits the coach, thanking the driver.
Outside the coach are Tom and Lee. Standing and looking at the three.
"Follow," Lee says.
Part 4 [7/2/13]
Max, Jaz and Telisa follow Tom and Lee up the college path, where the college reception is still open.
"We waited before closing up fully, just like you asked," the receptionist says.
"Thanks," Tom replies. "Now is there a spare classroom for usage?"
"Your classroom should be open."
Tom then leads the pack to the classroom, where he turns on the lights and shuts the door when everyone is through it. He then turns to Max and Jaz.
"Okay. I want to hear the full story," Tom says. "And yes, while you did stop the scam in question, you brought others into danger and by arranging this whole set-up-" At this point he waves his hand at Jaz. "-you have also breeched a contract of trust within this state. You do realise that he will need-"
"Don't worry," Max says. "We've already sorted an agreement."
"I have got to hear this," Tom mutters.
Half an hour later, the three were walking to the Detection Legacy building. Jaz and Max also had their suitcases and other bags with them, which was slowing them down.
"You really had to tell them everything, didn't you?" Jaz asks.
"They would have found out anyway," Max points out. "After all, without the memory modifier drug, they're remembering all they have done. So they'd be able to piece it together."
"Yes, they would," Telisa says. "Are we there yet?"
"Just around here, in fact," Max says, as they turn a corner.
The office block was in the dark, but the light red plaque above the door had lit up, so the dark blue writing of 'Detection Legacy' was thrown into the light. Max knocks on the door, and the three wait. Almost instantly, it is opened.
"Ah. The valiant hero and his knights," Elijah says. "You did infiltrate Plutes?"
"Yes. In fact, I have a former member of the team with me," Max says.
"Get in. Quick. All three of you."
The door is opened wider and the three quickly pile in. The first room was pretty much the same as when Max was here last, except for the fact it had more cream coloured sofas in it.
Sat on those sofas were Darren and Chris, the other two of the Detection Legacy. Darren sits up straighter as he sees the three.
Part 5 [11/2/13]
"Now then," Elijah speaks once the three had sat down, "who are the other two you have with you and what were their roles within this plan of yours?"
"On the left of me is Jaz. He's from a college in England which I managed to visit. He was the main reason I was able to infiltrate Plutes again. But it took convincing lies to be able to get me into the trip as well. I was captured a few days in, but then that was how I came to convince Telisa here that the scam is wrong.”
“Sofi,” Telisa then says.
“Sorry?” Max asks.
“Sofi. That’s my name.” She then sets to explain. “Upon signing the pact to join we had to change our name to one of the presets that Stanley had chosen. I guess he hoped it would clue someone into the fact that something was not what it seemed with the first letters of the names equaling ‘set’ and the surname of ‘Upper’, as well as the name of the place. That way, he could have some fun if they did.”
“That doesn’t sound any good,” Elijah says. “You two, would you mind staying here while we ask for details?”
“No problem, dear chap,” Jaz says, and sits back, lounging.
“Wait- What- I” Max stutters.
“Don’t worry,” Sofi says. “There’ll be no trouble."
Max calms just a bit, but is still on edge as Sofi walks into the other room.
“She’s got fighting spirit. She’ll be alright,” Jaz reassures.
“I know, but I suppose they want inner details of the place,” Max says. He then sits down to wait.
They had only been waiting five minutes when Sofi walks out with news.
“They’ve given me a room in this building where I can stay, so I’m not a hassle to you. They say you can visit when you want.” She then ducks her head around the door and they distinctly hear her say “Can I show them the room?”
The two heard no answer but it was obviously positive as the door was swung open and Sofi lead them across the room.
When Max had been here last time, he had seen no evidence that there were more than just two rooms, what with the tables and sofas surrounding the room. On closer inspection though, he sees something he had missed on his earlier visit.
Part 6 [16/2/13]
The corners on the far side of the room weren't exactly a corner, but instead had
horizontal buffers on them, which took quite a bit of the space from the room.
These had been lifted half way to the ceiling to reveal a corridor at each one.
Sofi lead Max and Jaz to the left side one, and instantly upon entering they saw a corridor on the right that connected with the right side of the building. However, the three walk straight on to a door on the left side, and the room Sofi will be staying in was revealed.
Designed and styled exactly like the other rooms of the building, Max couldn't agree that there was anywhere better for her to stay.
"So. This is where I'll be," Sofi says. "I'm sure you two will be visiting a lot."
Max and Jaz look at each other.
"Well, the thing is..." Max starts.
"I think this would be better coming from me," Jaz says. He then turns fully to Sofi and says "I don't know whether Max told you, but I'm from another country and won't be staying."
"Another country?" Sofi asks. "Well I heard you talking about in the classroom, but I didn't think you meant an actual proper different country."
"Oh yes. And like we explained, all the agreements between us two have taken place.
Not to worry though, I'll be back, I'm sure of that."
"Well, if you're sure..."
"Hey," Darren calls. "Visiting time's over."
"What visiting time?" Max rebukes. "Unless you're trying to say something?"
"Well, won't your parents be wondering where you are? You have seen the time, haven't you?"
"Oh," Max states. He then looks at the clock in the room. "Oops. C'mon Jaz. See ya soon, Sofi."
Max runs out of the room, with Jaz and Sofi stood watching each other.
"Well, goodbye. Unless of course I do see you again," Sofi says.
"Yeah. Alright," Jaz says. "Bye then."
Then he follows Max out of the door. Max was standing just outside the building,
waiting. The two then silently, half running, walk back to Max's house.
Part 7 [12/3/13]
Max reaches the door first, and knocks on it. Jaz catches up as the door opens, and Max’s mom is revealed.
“Good time on the holiday?” she asks.
“Yes, very good,” Max replies. “We managed to get all done we needed to.”
“In you come then.”
Both get in, and the next person they see is Max’s dad. “Finally, you’re back. Never took you this long last time.”
“Last time it was a different driver who didn’t care for speed limits on the train,” Max bluntly lies.
“Well, there’s food ready in your room for you. Not sure about how warm it is, but…”
Max and Jaz then haul the luggage through to his room, where they place it down, and not talking, eat the food. Max then takes the plates away once finished, and then both get into their pyjamas. Max then climbs into his bed, and Jaz settles into the sleeping bag he had been using while staying at the house.
The next morning Jaz wakes up to see that Max had already gone from the room. Slowly, he dresses, still a bit sleep fuzzed, and then Max enters the room with two bowls of cereal.
“Just been talking to my dad,” Max alerts. “He says we can have the boat to get you back home, as well as transport to traverse the streets.”
“And before I asked him for even more trips, we’ve got a bit of checking up to do.”
“Well, you remember our arrangement of a game transfer? I was wondering if that Gamestation that opened up in Halesowen is from the same chain as the ones here.”
“But your mom works for the Gamestation. Surely you could have asked her earlier?”
“Yes. But you’re forgetting the second part of the arrangement. Six yellow datasticks, three blank and three full of games. I’ll let you choose the games.”
“Oh, yes. I’d forgot about that. So what is this mission for today?”
“I’ll tell you while we walk there.”
After eating the cereal, Max takes the bowls away to the kitchen with Jaz waiting by the front door. When Max returns, the two exit the house and start walking down the street.
Part 8 [31/3/13]
At the main entrance to the shopping mall, Max and Jaz head straight for Gamestation. Not many people were playing this early, though some were browsing through the books for games.
Walking directly to the table where the clerks were stood, Max asks for more information on the ex-employee.
"Well, for a while he had indeed been talking about expanding out from just this island. The boss had said no. To reveal our secrets beyond these borders is usually forbidden, except in special circumstances like education."
"That employee didn't like it at all though," Max's mom continues. "Even trying to argue that games could be educational and just taking them along to sell. Obviously the boss still didn't trust him. And then, abruptly, he left the company."
"And now, like you said, he is trading secrets anyway without our permission."
The store manager had walked in on the conversation.
"Since when did I say that?" Max asks.
"A few weeks ago when you was in here last. You said a store similar to this had opened up in a town near to where your friend lived."
"Well, a store like this has indeed opened, but I looked through the logs, and nowhere was a single game listed from here."
"Would the employee have recognised you and removed the games from the logs?"
"I highly doubt it. There was a lot of people with me from the local college."
"When you get back to that town then, give us a definitive answer. It's vital if he is sharing secrets with others without permission that he is brought back in."
"What about if you made contact with him to join forces again?" Max asks. "That proposition I made to get their games could be made much more beneficial if it acted like a trade."
"That's not... It doesn't... I'll have to ask and see. The government are strict with that."
"It's settled then. Get back to me within three days and I'll see if I can make contact with that store."
The manager then walks away to the back room again. Jaz then walks back to the counter, asking "What are these gamer bundles advertised?"
The rest of the morning is spent inside Gamestation checking out the latest releases in games and buying new things.
Part 9 [29/4/13]
After lunch, the two took to the mall again and explored even more of the shops. Then, when it was time to head home, the two bought burgers each and walked it back making small talk about their adventures.
Upon reaching the house, there was something odd. Max could faintly remember a situation the same as this before, but couldn't exactly place it. Before he had left, he had activated the screening filter of his room's windows, and outside was someone looking at them. Max quickly indicated to Jaz that there was a secret entrance. He had finally made the connection of why the situation had been odd. The exact same scene had occurred after his first trip to Plutes. Thankfully, the man never looked their way, and so the two could slip around the house's left side and through the secret entrance.
The three were in the car. Max and his dad, and Jaz. It wasn't a long journey to the boat docks, and so conversation was short. When they arrived at the boat docks, and parked alongside the right boat, Max's dad let the two of them out and got out himself as well.
"Now then," he starts. "Some things I'm sure you'd like to know. The first thing is that the night shift boat pilot has been fired."
Max gives a small cheer and fist pump at this. Jaz asks why.
"Well, I've hired a more efficient night shift pilot, and that brings me onto the second thing. The day pilot has been given a car and clearance codes should any law enforcement stop him. And the third thing is that the boat should now get around faster due to its new upgrades. As well as speed and comfort, there are some new services available if you'd like to try them."
"Great," Max says. "Well thanks for everything, and hopefully I'll be back by next week."
"Thanks for everything, Mr Rushden," Jaz then speaks. "It has been a joy to be here. And also thanks for letting me stay at the house."
"Not at all," Max's dad comments. "Now then. Time for you two to be on the boat. And also to more adventures."
Max and Jaz wave as they walk towards the ramp, where the day pilot greets them, then shows them to their room. Ten minutes later, their luggage is brought into the room, and the pilot announces that they are on the way.
Part 10 [30/4/13]
Settled down, Max gets his laptop out and activates the Skype-like program. When Jaz sees this he pulls up a seat as well and looks at the laptop.
"Now then, we'll see how everyone has been getting on," Max whispers.
Jaz heard him say that. "Yes. But what if they ask about the holiday?"
"Say it's been fun and you'll tell them in more detail when you get back."
The call is then sent out, and the first people to get on are Jess and Liam. More people then start to come on, like Shannon, Amy and Kayleigh. The only disappointment was that Chris wasn't on, though Jess explained that he was on holiday.
Max enjoyed listening to all that had been going on, and Jaz was relating all that had been going on with him and Max. At twelve o'clock, food trays were wheeled in with lunch on them. After the pasta had been eaten, which Jaz commented had been very nice, the conversation continued fully again.
People went offline and came back on again, with Jess nursing a cup of tea half way through the day.
At five o'clock, a steaming hot roast meal was wheeled into the room, and Max could see the astonished faces of the others. Jaz commented "Your dad wasn't kidding when he said upgrades. This is much better than last time."
At six fifteen, when the meal had been washed away with orange squash drinks and a glass of flavoured water, Jess made an 'ooh' noise and said that Chris had replied to her message on Facebook, and that he said hi, and that he hoped Jaz's adventures were great and sorry he couldn't be on, but the internet connection wasn't that great. All in a really fast voice.
At 12 o'clock, only Jess, Shannon and Tasha remained, but they were all still talking about their adventures in the Republic Antarctic. Tasha had joined at nine o'clock and asked for all that had been going on.
A few minutes later, an announcement comes through. "We are now arriving at Weston-Super-Mare docks. We are now arriving at Weston-Super-Mare docks."
"What was that?" Jess asks. "You're back in England?"
"Yes," Jaz says. "It seems we are. Upgrades indeed."
A knock on the door then alerts everyone on the call. The door then opens and a waiter comes in. "We are now back, but since the day pilot is asleep, you won't be leaving the boat until tomorrow."
"That's fine," Max replies. "We also need to be getting to sleep."
"Aaaw," Jess says. "Do you have to go?"
"We'll be setting out early so it would be best."
"Oh. Okay. Hope to talk more tomorrow. And remember, the full account."