After an hour of sneaking around the facility for Commercial Solar Systems, Maphira was starting to think they wouldn’t find anything of importance. It was time to try something desperate: break into the break room.
It wasn’t so much breaking in as it was walking in there, but she thought breaking in sounded more interesting. Frankly, this mission had turned into a bit of a bore. Maybe their informant had been pranking them because walking around and reading documents about how to get a 500KW solar system installed didn’t seem like it would help their investigation that much.
Maphira and Vai split up once they entered the break room, agreeing to eavesdrop on as many conversations as they could in fifteen minutes, then meet back up down the hall. She made her way toward the refrigerator, pulling it open and taking a nice-looking lunch. Without any hesitation, she put it in the microwave and pretended to spend several minutes working out how to turn the dang thing on.
“So, Joey,” said a man behind her. “Did you get those small-scale technology certificates Rob was asking for? He’s going to absolutely lose it if they aren’t done.”
“Yeah, yeah, I know,” said another guy. “I’ll get it done this afternoon. I’m busy with those big plans.”
Maphira continued to feign confusion with the microwave, pressing any button other than ‘start’.
It was only a whisper, but Maphira still managed to catch the words. “Yeah, you know. Those secret plans we’re not supposed to talk about.”
“Oh yeah, those plans. How are things down in the basement, anyway?”
Basement. Thanks, boys.
“Hey, do you need some help with that?” one of the men asked, stepping toward her.
Maphira stood straight, turning to them both. “Oh, no, that’s alright thanks. I was just leaving.”
“What about your lunch?” he said, crossing his arms.
She bit her lip, slightly shaking her head. “I’m not that hungry. Thanks, though.”
Before they could press her any further, she left the break room, ready to meet back up with Vai.