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 a left-handed form of human endeavor, noir au w/ taylor
Adlai Babler
 Posted: Jun 24 2017, 06:40 PM
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"Nothing, as far as I know," he says, which is not technically a lie. He keeps his nose clean and doesn't argue, but he knows he's not the boss's favorite. He can't pin down a reason for it. Too much ambition, maybe. A little bit proactive when he ought to hang back. "Somebody's gotta take the fall, might as well be a... non-essential personnel."

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 Posted: Jul 4 2017, 12:41 AM
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Parker lets out another breath of smoke, "A liability, that's for sure."

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Adlai Babler
 Posted: Jul 4 2017, 05:41 PM
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"A liability," Adlai repeats, sighing softly and taking a drink of his coffee.

It's bitter. He tries not to wrinkle his nose, but he's never liked coffee. He doubts he ever will. "They're going to try to make it look like I did it. But they won't want the police to look too deep into it. I expect them to come for me, to make it look like I have killed myself out of guilt."

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 Posted: Jul 22 2017, 08:50 PM
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Parker pauses, his brow furrowing in thought, "And I assume this is something they've done before, right?"

But he doesn't wait for an answer as he lowers his cigarette,"So you're looking for protection, an alibi? Or you want me to see what I can do for Mr. Spade? Because unfortunately I'm going to have to insist on knowing whatever you can tell me about him and Kang that I don't already."

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 Posted: Jul 25 2017, 07:05 PM
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"Plenty of times," Adlai says grimly, shifting uncomfortably. He looks away from Parker, thinking.

He supposes he's already in too deep, already a marked man. He may as well explain what he can. He still doesn't trust Parker, doesn't want him knowing the extent of his connections to the criminal underworld, but he can be vague and still get Kang's dirt out in the open, at least.

"Kang is not as squeaky clean as you would imagine," he says. "He doesn't like to get his own hands dirty, but the man will do anything for political gain. His interns are not meant to know much about these dealings. Gerald Spade got in the way."

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Parker ashes his cigarette, "Well, unlike some in my field, Mr. Babler, I can assure you I don't exactly hold politicians in high regard. Even those that seem as clean as Kang have dirt under their nails, just like the rest of us."

He allows a pause as he takes a sip from his coffee.

"Lemme guess, Spade had too much heart? Or did he get too greedy?"

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"I did not know him well," Adlai says simply, taking another drink. He sighs and slumps forward slightly, increasingly feeling pessimistic about the whole undertaking.

Maybe he should just face the music.

He sets the mug down and looks past Parker towards the door of the cafe.

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Parker tries not to sigh, feeling himself hit a wall with Adlai. He realizes he's been pressing too indelicately and needs to back off a bit. Without a page of notes before him though, it's harder to navigate the right things to say.

(Right now, Parker knows that Gerald Spade, an intern for the politician Daniel Kang, is expected dead. Apparently, he knows too much about some of Kang's illegal dealings, which no doubt involves one of any number of established crime families in the area, so Kang needs him dealt with discreetly. Adlai, then, is the 'non-essential personnel' that typically take the fall for this sort of deed if anyone goes looking.

Adlai also said earlier that he knew the who and the where - which means if Parker can get that information and also figure out a when, there might even be an opportunity to save Spade.)

After taking another drink from his coffee, Parker notices Adlai looking past him and speaks up, motioning towards the menu, "It might be a while before the rain eases up, we might as well order."

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Adlai shifts uncomfortably in his seat. Sitting with some strange detective is really not his idea of a good lunch, but he supposes he has little choice, so he nods reluctantly. He orders a steak sandwich when their waiter comes back around.

He fiddles with his tie, which loosens slightly around his throat. He hates conversing with strangers, but he hates the silence too, and it's not too long before he speaks.

"How did you get involved with Allman?"

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It's not a situation Parker is entirely comfortable with either, though he's accepted that most of his job involves things outside of his comfort zones. Generally, it has been getting easier, but today feels... off. He tries to tell himself it's just the weather, (the rain reminding him of all the stories his grandmother would tell him about a country he's never seen) but more than likely it's Adlai himself.

Parker orders another, cheaper sandwhich and lets the silence settle for a moment, hoping for Adlai to occupy it - and he does.

He burns out the butt of his cigarette into the ashtray, and gives a small, wry smile before responding. "Well, that depends. But back when he gave a shit, he helped me out when I needed it. Gave me a temporary job until he realized he couldn't let me go too easy."

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"I struggle to imagine him 'giving a shit,'" Adlai says, pressing his fingers into his temples. The door opens, then, and Adlai blanches as a man around his age enters. One of his co-workers. Adlai doesn't know him well, can't even remember his name, but he can't help but feel like it's not a coincidence -- he thinks he must be being followed.

"Scheisse," he murmurs, then stands from the table. "Excuse me, Mr. Emery."

And he quickly makes a beeline for the restroom.

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Parker notices the change in Adlai's face before anything else, and shifts in his seat to glance over, towards the door.

Just as he catches sight of the man that enters, Parker's attention is brought back over to Adlai as he takes off from the table. He just barely keeps himself from trying to call Adlai back, and watches him disappear in the direction of the restroom.

Shit.

Immediately, Parker is curious about the man that just entered, as well as suspicious of Adlai's apparent need to hide from him. For that reason though, Parker realizes he needs to not draw attention to himself at the very least. So he fixes a few things on the table that were displaced by Adlai's rather hasty retreat, and appears to look over the menu while glimpsing partially over his shoulder towards the entrance again.

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The man at the counter looks around the restaurant briefly, but other than that, nothing he does is particularly noteworthy. Still, Adlai doesn't reappear. Even when their meals arrive, he remains missing.

He is, in fact, spending several minutes locked in a stall panicking, trying to figure out what to do, when he sees a small window in the corner of the bathroom which, as luck would have it, faces towards the alleyway. He exhales quietly and makes to climb the sink to reach it.

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