Willow wasn't kidding about her secret files or about Giles and Wesley being scared. Turns out what they said they gave to the IT department to decrypt wasn't given to them at all. The information they shared with me in the meetings weren't even in the encrypted files. It was just sitting in a normal research file on the main server that all employees had access to.
I guess it isn't a mystery that this place we are trying to get in to is state of the art with its gadgets and doohickeys, all I wanted to know was if we get in via magic is it going to be traceable. According to Willow no, they don't use magic and for a corporation as forward thinking as theirs the knowledge they have about our world is basically non existent.
So us going in as us is a no no but the fact they aren't to big on the supernatural world Willow is pretty certain we will be able to go in with glamour's hiding our true identities.
She is already in contact with them and has an appointment for us to visit their headquarters tomorrow. She doesn't have to stretch the truth too much in relation to herself. Told them she was a big brain who was studying to be a neurologist but didn't feel challenged enough in that field and wanted to explore the capacity of the human brain more. She had even emailed them a copy of a thesis she had supposedly done during her time at college.
My part is that of the finance. She has told them that I am willing to donate to their facility if they help her. Apparently I am not even needed. She was told in an email reply that based on her grades and thesis they would be interested in talking to her without a billion dollar sponsor but to bring me along anyway.
Yeah me a billionaire, she sent them copies of one of the council's unused bank accounts and just transferred them in to my aliases name.
What she had already put in motion amazed me. Then again the Willow who used to use her magic to search the internet back in the 'dale certainly got upgraded when we released the power of the scythe.
When we realized what had happened all those years back that our mojo had enhanced her mojo she kinda freaked out. Not cause of the black hair and veins that used to come with all that jazz but the fact that all she had to do was think of a spell and it was performed. No potions, no words just poof and it happened. It caused a few fights between her and Kennedy too cause a few times while they were making with the hanky panky Will needed to think of someone else to achieve...to arrive at her goal.
If we thought her turning into Warren was a weird day, you should have seen the shock on our faces when we saw Kelly Clarkson leaving Will's room one morning. Turns out it was just Kennedy going to get coffee.
Anyway back to the task at hand. Willow had our way in and a free pass to tour the facility holding Faith. I was kind of hoping that I would get to tour where the dolls were kept just so I could catch a glimpse of her and see how she was but I am under strict instructions to not go in with the Faith blinkers on. I have to do as I am told.
I guess we will see what happens tomorrow.
All I know is if I see Faith and they are hurting her in anyway then I cant be held accountable for my actions.
I am in awe, this Dollhouse place is just amazing.
For people that do shitty things they really keep the people they do it to living in luxury. However for all the amazing I see there is about 10 times more disturbing I see as well.They have these people just wandering around with these blank faces.
I have been told they are dolls that aren't currently on a mission.So if they aren't programmed to be doing anything why are they just left to wander around aimlessly?I did ask that and I was just laughed at.I guess the fact that I have a lot of money doesn't matter to them.I know if I was trying to get a lot of money off someone I would not be laughing at their questions.
"Do you allow the dolls to do anything on their missions?" I ask.
"We try to keep them programmed to do what is needed of them"
"What happens if the person that hires them tries to veer them off course?"
"Each person that hires one of our dolls signs a contract.One that is specific to each mission.If our dolls are used for any purpose other than the mission we know and our clients know we know.We deal with them in our very own special way"
"What if someone wanted to hire them for a night?" I know I do not want to hear this answer.
"We have dolls that are specifically for that kind of night"
"And the people they were before they became a doll are okay with you selling their body?"
"The people that are signed up here know exactly what can be asked of them.We go over every possible scenario with them before they sign on.They can choose what they are hired out for.Very much like one signs up for college classes"
"Yeah because it is the same as that" I snort in response.
We continue the tour through the ground floor.There are people doing Tai-Chi in what looks to be some kinda of Feng Shui garden, more people wandering around aimlessly and a small group of them in a cafeteria.
"Do you have favourite dolls?"
"What do you mean Miss Montgomery?" Adelle stops walking and looks at me.
"Please call me Roxy, I mean favourite dolls.Ones that seem to get more jobs than the others or are they sent out in some kind of order"
"Our clients see a catalogue of dolls with outlines of the kinds of missions they have done and also what they will do.They are chosen that way"
"Do you give them a rating, like a success rating?"
"We do like to let prospective clients know that kind of information.Rest assured though that all our dolls complete what they are hired for.We aren't in the business of losing"
"Now I know the brain side of it is more down my friends alley but I am just curious as to what kind of method is used.Whether it is painful for them"
"They feel as if they are asleep.They are monitored through the entire process to make sure nothing goes awry"
"Have you had any cases where it has gone wrong?"
"We wouldn't be doing what we are doing if things could go wrong, we are very careful about the well being of the people in our employ"
"It seems to me you have no problem in using people as vessels to do others dirty work"
"This is a business Miss Montgomery"
"So profit line before people?" I can feel myself getting angry.
"Please don't get me wrong Miss Montgomery.I feel you are taking offence to the answers I am giving you"
"I am just having a hard time understanding how you can sleep at night knowing you are wiping people's mind blank and hiring their body out to the highest bidder.How you can stand there and calmly answer each of my questions without once thinking about the person you are doing these things too!"
"They are not people!"
"Yes they are!You may take away any scrap of humanity they have but they are still people"
She folds her arms across her chest "Your friend gave us the impression that you knew what we did and were perfectly okay with this"
"My friend told me she wanted to further her education with neurological studies and this was the institute that did it"
"She was right.We can teach her more"
"At the expense of others lives?"
"You don't have to take any part of this if you feel uncomfortable with what we do Miss Montgomery.Of course when you leave here we would have to alter your memory of being here"
I get right up in her face "Are you threatening me?"
"Not at all.You understand that we have to protect ourselves"
I notice in my peripheral vision a couple of guards standing to attention waiting to see what I do but I step back from her when I feel the all familiar tingle running down my spine.I try not to play to obvious knowing that Faith is near me.
"Sorry, I just…I'm the money she is the brains"
"Relax Miss Montgomery.Your friend Gina seems to be the kind of person we need here and if she shows the same compassion you have then she will certainly be an asset to this organization.The passion you show is what we look for, the questions you have asked we encourage"
I let out a shaky breath as I feel the tingle getting stronger.
"Would you like a moment Miss Montgomery?" She asks looking over my shoulder.
"Please excuse me" She says then walks off.
I turn and watch her as she makes her way up to Faith and a tall looking African American man.
Faith's eyes lock with mine and I am done for.I swear if they turn around right now they are going to see a Roxy shaped puddle.
My pulse is racing and my breathing is shallow and erratic and it is taking all I have to not walk up to her and just be near her, to breathe her in.
She is making her way over to me and this puddle shaped alias is shitting bricks.
She stops in front of me "I know you"
"I-I-don't think s-s-s-so"
"Your eyes, I know I know them…the rest of you I don't" She says so soft that I know only I can hear her "You have a different body"
"No" I say just as quietly.
"You know me.In a place full of people that know nothing you know me" She steps right into my personal bubble "You know who I really am"
"Echo is everything okay?" The tall man is beside her.
"I saw her with Adelle, I was making sure she wasn't here to cause any trouble" She says stepping back.
"It's okay Echo.Miss Montgomery here is taking a tour, seeing what you and the other dolls do"
They are telling her what I am doing here? Do they treat all the dolls like this?
"Echo has just returned from a mission.I was taking her to see Topher"
"Right well I will let you continue on your way then" Adelle says "Thank you Echo"
I look at her and her eyes are still on me.
She sees me, Buffy.
And I see Faith…
And Faith is scared.
I am still trying to calm down and don't notice that Adelle is talking. She is all Roxy this and Roxy that then I realize I am supposed to be Roxy.