2009-10-25: What the 'ell?

Starring: Merrick

and Rebel

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Date: October 25, 2009

Summary:

Merrick googles Matt Parkman and gets some unexpected results.


"What the 'ell?"

NYU Campus Computer Lab

The week went from weird to chaos for Merrick. Ever since the mysterious seer from Africa came to him at the University Pool, Merrick has felt like he is being watched. He learned of a man to find and how but Merrick is scared now. He sees black vans around the University, and he is on high alert. It is in the middle of the afternoon and using his keycard, he has gotten into one of the many computer labs on campus. There is not a single person in it right now and that is a good thing since he has been marked by the goverment.

On his screen, Merrick has goggled Matt Parkman.

It's only a matter of seconds before the results show up, but seconds later the entire site is killed on Merrick's screen. It closes without the man's influence. Rebel is at it again.

The man blinks as he says, "What the 'ell?" Merrick moves his open up another window and begins the same process all over as he moves to google and enters, "Matt Parkman" once again. He watches the screen closely waiting for the sites to up load.

And once again the website is closed. And this time a blank word document is opened. After several seconds text appears on the screen: WHY ARE YOU LOOKING UP MATT PARKMAN? The words are in all-cap bold-faced type. The font is imposing, clinical, even.

As the computer begins to gain a mind of it's own, Merrick shifts his weight and the chair slides back. He is up on his feet looking at the door, the air in front of him shimmering as if waiting for someone to come in and harm him. He takes a moment to see that no one is coming and looks at the screen. He looks down at the computer and moves to slowly sit down. He begins to type, "Because I was told too. I like to find out about someone I do not know before I place my life in their hands."

There is a moment of hesitation before the Rebel responds: WHO TOLD YOU? There is a pause before more text appears on the screen. WHO ARE YOU?
As he types, "Usutu" He hits enter and then he begins to type "Merrick" Before he says outloud, "I am bloody talking to a computer." He hits the backspace bar to type to remove his name, "And no offense computer thing…person. I am not saying my name until I know who you are."

Usutu. Who is Usutu? This fellow has thus managed to stay off Rebel's radar. There is a moment of contemplation before the text comes again. THIS IS REBEL. WHY DID USUTU WANT YOU TO SPEAK TO PARKMAN?

"Because of what I can do…he said he can help me. Now that I have been marked by the government and branded a fugitive when I am not. I am beginning to believe the seer." Merrick looks at the door and says outloud, "What if this is the government screwing with me." He shakes his head and takes a deep breath. Merrick has never been in trouble his whole life and this is alot for him right now. He runs a hand through his hair and takes a deep breath.

The type comes faster now, Rebel's own naivety coming out. YES. PARKMAN MAY BE ABLE TO HELP THEN. THERE ARE MANY OF US TAGGED AND WANTED. There is a pause. THEY HAVE A LIST AND ARE ROUNDING US UP AND CALLING US TERRORISTS.
He blinks, "I am not a Terrorist. I am a college student studying physics and biology. I do not harm people with my…talents. Yet if someone one attacks me I am going to protect myself. I have a means of finding this Parkman. The seer saw to that I just have not used it. I wont lie. I am scared to see what happens but I will be bloody damn I am locked in a cage." his fingers fly over the keys.

The Rebel can empathize. He's a thirteen year old kid. Definitely not a terrorist. The text appears again. NEITHER WAS THE TODDLER THEY HAD TAKEN. A pause. AND NEITHER AM I. There is another pause and then some information. MATT PARKMAN WORKS FOR THE NYPD. YOU CAN FIND HIM THAT WAY. There is another pause and then more text. IF YOU GIVE ME YOUR NAME, I CAN TEXT HIM SO HE EXPECTS YOU.

As he stares at the screen, Merrick is unsure of what to do. He rolls his eyes, "What the hell. I have to take a chance." Merrick types: "Merrick"

Within seconds text appears on the screen once again.

DON'T LOSE HOPE, MERRICK. WE CAN FIGHT THIS. I KNOW WE CAN.
—REBEL

Merrick stares at the screen and then says, "Time to go. Have to keep moving. Need to find a pay phone." Merrick stands up, shuts the computer window and exits the lab.

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