I just pinched the bridge of my nose. The reporters were not very kind to us. They decried us as not caring about the situation. The reach that they had was small, but the townspeople were all pissed. They gave us dirty looks when we were on the street. When Cole in particular was accused of being a sympathizer with the PEP units, he was really concerned. I told him to take Zoe out. "At the very least, you having a daughter will put people off the scent that you are a cyborg." I said. Cole just nodded his head and bought a stroller for Zoe. They went around and had fun. It also made him a symbol of hope for the remaining units around. He had his sexual upgrades and was doing his best to infiltrate human society through culture and music. That was the dream. I thought that it was a nice side effect of the situation. Things took a turn when government agents flooded the town. Order needed to be kept. Not all of the lynching killed PEP units. There were some humans that killed other humans. For one reason or another, people saw real murders on live television as well. That was bad.
Government officials and agents came in and stopped the violence in the streets. That was good. What was not good was that they were the ones disappearing people off the streets they suspected of not being humans. Their purview was very broad. It was inevitable that they would make their way to us. They scheduled appointments to speak with Paul, Brett and me. We spoke to them right away. They wanted to know everything there was to know about us. Why did we set up in this town? How many people did we employ? How much money were we making? Were we loyal to the government? What were our opinions on PEP units? Did we actually know of any of them walking around? Were any of the units employed by us? We gave them all the answers they wanted to hear. The leader was a Lt. Johnny Ulta. "Good answers. We know that they are all bullshit though so let's go through all of this again. Where are the PEP units that you're hiding from the government!?" he said with a small chuckle before banging his fists on the table. That did not frighten us at all. We were all stronger.
He smirked at us and said "As we speak, we are doing a full sweep of the building. If there are any secrets to be found, we will find them." I had no clue if that could work out, but the man was certainly very confident about it. "If you find anything, you can do anything you want with it." I said in response. "We're in the clear then." Paul added. After an hour of in-game time, an agent came in. "The sweep's been completed, sir. The building is clear." she said. I was surprised to see the agent in the room saying that was a PEP unit. She must have infiltrated them somehow. That was pretty crazy. "Are you sure?" he asked threateningly. She said "Yes sir. X-ray, heat vision, cross-referencing all of the blueprints turned up nothing. It's clear." Lt. Johnny smiled at her and said "Thanks. That'll do." He then took out a massive handgun and shot her in the head. Blue blood and brains splattered around the room. That startled me. "I did the sweep myself a couple days ago. I know there is a secret elevator shaft. A known PEP infiltrator was in our ranks. We just needed to let them hang themselves."
It was a really cunning plan. At first, I thought he was just a boisterous asshole. I now knew that he was not fucking around right now. However, we were alone right now and he was vulnerable. Brett waved his wand and a beam of red energy shot out of it. It was his Energy Drain attack. It's not our fault that they were so squishy. He died where he sat, but not before shooting him in the chest. It stung from the way he hissed. Agents stormed the room and demanded to know what happened. I pointed at the dead PEP unit and said "That cyborg over there shot Brett. Lt. Ulta then killed her. I don't know what happened to him." They went to him and tried to resuscitate him but a human without magic was ill-prepared. Just as I was expecting, the attempt to revive him failed. He was long gone. I knew that there were no cameras in the room, but there may have been bugs from the government. One of our guys needed to check. An ambulance was called over and the body was taken away. Things had to be rescheduled for later. In the meantime, I hired Percy and 2 more PEP units as security.