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Post by Kiskaloo on Sun 4 Jul 2010 - 12:44

"Yeah, it should look pretty amazing at night," Kara noted. She checked her watch, which showed the time as just past 20:00.

"Are we going to spend the evening here or head back to Vegas?" Claes asked.

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Post by MP5 on Sun 4 Jul 2010 - 12:53

"Well, while the sun sets, the gunship I was on earlier is ready to go. you guys should have a turn raining death from above, and the rest of us can take the Dillon. After that, we head back to Vegas for some dinner and gambling, and another on-camera evaluation of what we've driven. Sound good?"

"My only suggestion is that we use 'Ace of Spades' instead of Wagner this time." said Laine.

"All right. Jay, Adeline, Petra, Let's get ready for the world's most explosive (and expensive) drive-by shooting."

"By the way, folks, we just slapped TOW missile launchers on the gunship." announced Rock n' Roll Ricky.

"Let us make haste!" said Laine, rushing off to the helipad.

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Post by Kiskaloo on Sun 4 Jul 2010 - 17:16

Once again, I'll let video do the explainin...just pretend to hear Kara whooping it up as she rains depleted uranium from above:



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Post by ElfenMagix on Sun 4 Jul 2010 - 19:29

Fernando decides to take the girls to a paint ball arena for a bit of fun, against live targets... Evil





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Post by MP5 on Mon 5 Jul 2010 - 18:56

As they covered ground in the Dillon Tactical Vehicle, Jay held onto his camera filming the chaos of the scene as Allison stood in the pop-out minigun turret and began throwing tracers downrange at every vehicle in sight. Everyone was using rifle-caliber weaponry loaded with appropriate tracer ammunition, and as Adeline, Triela, and Petra opened fire with a mix of assault rifles and belt-fed weaponry, they further added to the brilliant orange web of fire that now crisscrossed Rock n' Roll Ricky's Open Range, and it was not long before Laine, in the copilot's seat of The Fifth Horseman, let loose with a salvo of rockets and machine gun fire at the targets below before opening up with a TOW missile at one of the trucks in the field. From above or below, the scene was a mesmerizing work of art, punctuated by the glorious explosions of the tannerite-filled vehicles.

"Jay, are you getting this?!" yelled Allison over the din of her own gunfire.

"Yeah! Keep shooting!"

Allison grinned and obliged, opening up again with the minigun. In the Lynx above, Motorhead's "Ace of Spades" was blaring from the helicopter's loudspeakers as the gunfire and the explosions of their targets added to the adrenaline-pumping soundtrack.

It was a good ten minutes spent firing, reloading, and destroying targets before the frenzy died down. As they returned to the helipad and offices, Jay filmed the scene of carnage behind them before finishing taping.

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Post by Kiskaloo on Tue 6 Jul 2010 - 17:59

Their time on the range soon came due and with other parties waiting to “blow stuff up real good”, everyone returned their weapons and started back towards Las Vegas.

When they returned to the hotel, Michele, Kara and Claes each claimed a bathroom and proceeded to shower off the dirt and gunpowder before changing into “casino wear”.

Kara selected her Prada Techno Dress and her black Christian Louboutin boots, while Claes choose a retro dress in black and white matched with a pair of Christian Louboutin Prive open-toe sling-backs.



They walked into the main suite, where Michele stood fixing a drink at the wet bar dressed in an evening suit of striped navy-bordeaux silk from Kiton.

“You know the drill, ladies. You each start with $1000 plus whatever you win, which you can either keep or gamble. Keep the alcohol intake moderate and try not to get caught counting cards,” Michele said.

Kara smiled and took Michele’s right arm in her own. Claes took point and they rode the elevator down into the cavernous casino floor of the Bellagio.


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Post by Marder on Tue 6 Jul 2010 - 23:32

When the elevator touched down to the casino floor of the Bellagio, Adeline could not believe her eyes or her ears. All the flashing lights, bells, and whistles of the machines coupled with the shouting of people was almost too much to handle. But she took it in stride and walked around in the handpicked black dress George bought for her, though she didn't like the high heels whatsoever. "I hate you," she pouted. George rolled his eyes.

"You have to have some class in here," he told her. "Now go on and gamble."

"Yeah whatever," she said. George walked away, confident that his cyborg would stay put and enjoy the casino. He was sorely wrong.




On the Edge Blade Emporium was the premier destination on the Vegas strip for Adeline to find the perfect edged weapon she was looking for. She wasn't much of a knife person, but all she had on her was a small swiss army knife, hardly a combat weapon even in desperation. Plus, it wasn't even close to what she hoped to get. If it all worked right, she was going to make someone wet their pants.

The door on the shop jingled as she walked inside, where a heavily tattooed middle aged man with chin and ear piercings and small glasses on stood polishing a buck knife on a glass counter with a rag and some shine. The rest of the store was vacant at this hour. "You just got in before closing," the man said. He then stood up behind the counter, setting the buck knife down. "How can I help you?"

"I need the biggest, sharpest, scariest fucking blade I can possibly wield with one hand," Adeline put it. "Do you have anything like that?"

A sinister smile went across the man's face. "I think I got something," he said. An equally sinister smile was on Adeline's face. This couldn't go any better

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Post by MP5 on Wed 7 Jul 2010 - 0:09

Arriving at the Bellagio in a freshly-polished Sonia, Allison and Jay pulled up to the valet as Jay got out ahead, and like a true gentleman, opened up Allison's door and led her by the hand out of the driver's seat as the valets moved in to park the Alfa Romeo. Allison had picked out a lovely single-strap Faviana Couture evening gown in a shade of red that matched her Alfetta, in addition to wearing her hair down once again, topping off the look with a nice shade of lipstick.



For his part, Jay complemented his companion's look with a nice suit and tie from Calvin Klein.



When Jay went to go meet Allison at the Mirage, each was temporarily awed at the way the other looked.

Minutes earlier...

Jay was all set to go, waiting in the lobby of the Mirage when the elevator dinged. He stood up at the sound, looking to see if it was Allison who was exiting, completely unprepared for the sight of his evening companion. Her slightly-curled brunette locks swayed with each step, the red dress trailing majestically as she approached, her lips adorned with a colorful pink-red hue of lipstick that shined, drawing his eyes to them. She suddenly stopped, noting Jay's appearance for the first time in a while.

From Allison's point of view, she could not ask for a better-looking companion for the evening. Jay's suit added further masculinity to his slim build, and certainly, the boy cleaned up nicely for the evening of chance ahead. She felt a warmth flush her cheeks as Jay stared at her in awe, a feeling that had not popped up since their time together at SixFlags.

"Allison... You look stunning." Jay finally said, breaking the silence between them.

"And you look handsome as ever." replied Allison with equal admiration and sincerity. "You clean up very nicely."

"As do you. I really love the way you look right now." blurted Jay, bringing a blush to Allison's cheeks. "I mean-- n-not that you don't always look nice, but right now, you look even better!" he quickly added, afraid of misinterpretation

"Th-thank you, Jay." Allison replied meekly to his praise..

"Um... shall we go?" asked the boy.

"Let's."




Now, the young couple entered the Bellagio floor arm-in-arm, a thousand dollars each at their disposal as they prepared to join their friends at the tables.

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Re: US Road Trip Special

Post by boomer_gonz on Wed 7 Jul 2010 - 5:39

After they took a few steps out of the elevator, another elevator near them suddenly opened.

Out walked Liesel wearing a tight fitting pair of black jeans over a matching bodysuit, covered by her signature duster; this one however crafted in Italian leather. Her hybrid boots and a pair of black wire frame round shades complete the look.

Following her was Alpha dressed in dark blue denim jeans with a charcoal Dickies work shirt untucked and hanging loose, and a pair of his ever present Converse Chuckers. A matching pair of wire-rimmed round shades to match Liesel's and a black leather Porkpie hat completes his look.

The only other things with their wardrobe are the small black handbags they hold close to them. Kara tugged a bit on Michele's arm getting his attention. Looking over at Michele and Co.; Alpha and Liesel smile and nod, Alpha tipping his hat as he did so.

Soon they make their way to the poker room and on to the high limit tables.

"Doesn't their dress resemble that of their work attire?" Claes asked looking back at Michele.

Smiling Michele looked to Kara and then Claes, "They are going to work."


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Post by Kiskaloo on Wed 7 Jul 2010 - 7:05

@boomer_gonz wrote:Smiling, Michele looked to Kara and then Claes, "They are going to work."

"Please tell me they're not going to rob the place," Claes said with a look of genuine concern.

"Haven't you heard of 'Alpha's Two'?" Kara teased.

"I've seen Ocean's Eleven, which I recall took place at the Bellagio. And based on how Terry Benedict responded then, I expect he'd be even more annoyed now," Claes dead-panned.

Michele rested his hand lightly on Claes' shoulder. "Eddie Valiant said it best in Who Framed Roger Rabbit—"

"'Everybody needs a hobby'," Kara finished for him.

"I think I'll be across the street at Paris," Claes retorted.

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Post by ElfenMagix on Wed 7 Jul 2010 - 10:40

As the day winds down, and many who had entered or the paintball prize money had left due to the overwhelming competition, Fernando and the girls start to gather themselves when the referee calls an end to the games. In the Gun Return area, many gathered to return their rented weapons and those who bought their own to cash in in recycling their ammo. The group of many turn to see Fernando, Rachel and Francesca stand behind them in in the line that had formed, dressed in what would appear to be their best and not a single paint ball smudge in them. (In actuality Fernando was wearing the same suit he's been wearing for the past couple of days, and the girls similarly with their dress.) All on the line start to take off their protective gear. A voice yells out from the crowd.

"I dont believe it! Is That Them?!!"
"Its them alright..."
"He's wearing a suit!"
"Yeah, look at the girls..."
"Fuck that! They're getting splattered here and now!!!"

As a few stupid but daring paintball guns are raised into firing position, the girls' defensive programming kicks in. The following seconds was a paint bath and wrestling match the likes the place had never seen. It ends with much of the line on the floor, faces splattered with paint and hands holding onto groins. Fernando walks up the Paint Ball Palace Cashier, turning in the weapons, loose paint balls and protective face gear he and the girls had. The manager was next to the cashier with prize of a $250 gift certificate for anything in the store. Fernando takes the gift certificate and pockets it.

Fernando: Come on girls, lets go home to wash up and then some din din.

As they leave the store, Rachel just had to kick one of the laying wounded in the groin one more time.

Fernando: RACHEL!

Rachel: Coming daddy!!!

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Post by MP5 on Wed 7 Jul 2010 - 16:23

As Jay and Allison went to try and find the Pagani Fratello, the pair was stopped for a moment when they saw Brian surrounded by a small crowd of people at a nearby blackjack table. Somehow, merely five minutes had gone by, and the elder McDonnell was already up to his neck in large-denomination chips. At present, he was probably on what had to be his twentieth round. Brian currently stood at 17.

"Hit." said Brian. The dealer dealt him a two, and Brian chose to stay after that card. The dealer then revealed his hand, which resulted in a ten and a two.

"Blackjack. Sir is lucky today." said the dealer as he passed another stack of chips towards Brian. the crowd broke out in polite applause, to which the half-Irish, half-British man bowed before choosing to opt out, requiring a cart to be brought over to collect his amassed stack of chips.

"Holy crap, Brian. How in the world..." marveled Allison in awe.

"Luck of the Irish, dear sister. Luck of the Irish." replied the elder McDonnell with a grin as he went to cash his winnings.

"Sure hope some of that luck rubs off on us." said Allison as she watched her brother go.

"I wouldn't worry too much." said Jay. "You're my own 'goddess of fortune' this evening."

"Oh, you!" laughed Allison with a playful pat on Jay's arm. "You're too much sometimes, you know that?"

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Post by Kiskaloo on Wed 7 Jul 2010 - 17:20

The heels of her Christian Louboutin boots might have only added 50mm to Kara’s 165cm height, but as she walked down the grand carpeted pathways of the Bellagio’s casino floor on her handler’s arm, she felt 16m tall.

She took in the admiring glances of the men around her, but while they probably thought how lucky Michele was to have an attractive twentysomething Asian woman by his side, for Kara, the truly lucky one was she.

As she looked around, Kara saw many beautiful women with handsome and wealthy men, but she would not trade places with any of them, no matter how handsome or how wealthy. They might be able to provide any material want she could desire, and perhaps satisfy the physical intimacy she wished Michele would allow her, but she didn’t think it possible they could ever approach the level of spiritual intimacy she shared with him. They’d literally faced death together and had come out stronger for it. No €1.000 pair of boots, no €10.000 designer dress, no €100.000 piece of jewlery and no €1.000.000 car could replace that.

Kara pulled herself even closer to Michele, her face lighting up like one of the thousands of slot machines.



For his part, Michele felt relaxed and comfortable for he was but one of many men with beautiful women half their age next to them.

To his eyes, Kara remained the daughter he never thought he wanted, but thanked the Almighty every night for bestowing upon him. There were times she drove him up a wall and he wondered how someone so level-headed could display such shocking lapses in common sense, but then he remembered he was once a teenager himself and that he’d survived it to reach the ripe old age of 40 had been at times as much due to luck as forethought and planning.

He felt Kara snuggle against him and he gave her bare thigh a single pat with the back of his hand, causing her to only burrow that much harder against him and almost unbalancing him into an empty blackjack table.

“Sorry,” Kara said, giving him a few millimeters of room. “This place is nothing like Le Grand Casino in Monte Carlo,” she added. While she and Claes had not been able to visit the first time they had been to Monte Carlo, when she and Michele next paid the Principality a visit, she made sure to carry documentation proclaiming her of suitable age to enter the premises.

“So what shall we play first?” Michele asked.

“Baccarat,” Kara replied.

“You want to blow through your $1000 that fast, eh?” Michele said.

“It’s the game James Bond always plays and I feel like a beautiful woman on the arm of the world’s most famous spy,” Kara replied.

“Also, the version they play in North America minimizes the house’s advantage,” she added.

“Well, let’s see if we can find a table that won’t have a three figure minimum bid,” Michele agreed.

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Post by MP5 on Thu 8 Jul 2010 - 0:58

Allison and Jay saw Michele and Kara head towards the Baccarat tables.

"I don't suppose you know how to play baccarat?" asked Allison.

"My gambling-fu is more invested in Blackjack and poker, maybe craps." replied Jay.

"How about something a little easier to understand? Roulette, maybe?"

"Sounds like a plan."

The two walked over to the nearest roulette table with a $50 minimum bet and sat down, the two of them playing together with a group of other people. The couple began with a logical outside bet, each placing $50 on red first, as per the color of Allison's dress, each gaining another fifty when the ball landed on a red number in the wheel. They did the same on the next bet, going with black this time, and with fairly even odds of winning, they lucked out again and won another fifty each. With confidence, they soon began getting more and more specific...




Fifteen minutes later...

With great stacks of chips at their disposal, Allison and Jay looked at each other and nodded, placing one stack of chips totaling $1000 each on 21. The croupier began spinning the wheel before rolling the ball in.

"No more bets, ladies and gentlemen."

All eyes watched intently as the ball raced around the outer ring before beginning its hop on the roulette wheel slots. The wheel began to slow, as did the bouncing of the ball on the partitions between numbers. Then...

"21."

Allison and Jay developed huge grins as they cheered in triumph. Their huge risk paid off enormously, their suicidal bet on a single number with all the money they had made thus far now paid off 35-1. Their multitude of chips now traded for a stack of more manageable ones in larger denominations, they wisely backed off from the table with the great amount of money they had made. Each had enough to buy a fairly decent new car; now was the best time to quit.

As they walked to the cashier, Allison couldn't help but talk with Jay about what had just transpired.

"Can you believe we put all our eggs in one basket and survived?" asked the brunette.

"Oh man, I still can't believe it! $35,000; all with one single bet. Why'd you pick '21', though?"

"Just felt like it."

At this, Jay decided to do something impulsive and bold. Taking hold of Allison's hand, he knelt down and planted a long kiss on it, much to Allison's surprise and slight embarrassment.

"Did I ever tell you that you really are a Goddess of Fortune, Allison?" said Jay with a sincere and passionate fire in his eyes.

"W-well sure, Jay..." replied Allison, turning as red as her dress and trying to speak properly. "But you might want to get up now--people are watching us!"

Jay looked around and did see that other gamblers were taking an interest in them, some other couples grinning and wanting to see what might happen next. Realizing his folly, Jay quickly got to his feet, and taking Allison's hand, hurried both himself and his companion to cash in their chips. Even as they exchanged their winnings for the actual monetary value, the blushing couple never let go of each other's hands. Once they did notice, however, they quickly let go.

"Uh--well, would you look at the time?" said Jay, nervously glancing at his watch. "You hungry?"

"Well, I wanted to use dinner as a chance for our group to evaluate our cars and what we've driven. But I don't think we've decided on a restaurant yet."

"Well, if the others are still playing, why don't we go and get some cameras and tripods for that segment?"

"All right, I'll just send a text to Kara regarding dinner. Have the valet bring Sonia around?"

"Sure!"

Allison handed Jay the card for the valet service as he dashed off to have her Alfetta brought around. pulling out her iPhone, Allison tapped off an SMS to Kara:

Allison wrote:
It's just about time to start winding down our evening. Where should we all meet for dinner? Will it be in the Bellagio?

--Allison

As she put her iPhone away after sending the text, she couldn't help but reflect on what happened with Jay earlier. For that brief moment, he had changed from a shy and awkward boy to a dashing, charming young man with a flair for the romantic. The way his eyes shimmered as he complimented her was enough to bring yet another wave of warmth to her cheeks, cooled only by the fact that the Alfetta had been brought up from the parking garage and that she had to concentrate on driving now.


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Post by Kiskaloo on Thu 8 Jul 2010 - 8:40

Kara felt her leather clutch vibrate and she pulled out her iPhone to find Allison's message. She texted back:

Kara wrote:
Depends on what you want. Le Cirque has a Michelin star so it must be good. There is also Top of the World at the Stratosphere for the view.

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Post by boomer_gonz on Thu 8 Jul 2010 - 10:31

With a sizable amount of chips now at their disposal; Alpha and Liesel turned their attention to the Baldwin Room once they were separately notified that seats had opened at the 'no limit' table.

Liesel was notified first as she had reached $50K first. Alpha was not far behind as his aggressive playing method had caused more than a few players to fold their hands in the early rounds of betting. With each paying the $30,000 buy-in, they were sufficiently warmed up and ready for the fast-paced and sudden action in the world of high-stakes poker.

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Post by MP5 on Thu 8 Jul 2010 - 10:52

Allison and Jay had just arrived at the Stratosphere when the former checked her iPhone for Kara's response:
Kara wrote:
Depends on what you want. Le Cirque has a Michelin star so it must be good. There is also Top of the World at the Stratosphere for the view.
Allison gave it some thought and then texted back:
Allison wrote:
Let's give Top of the World a try. at least we can use the view to close out this segment of the special. Plus, Jay and I are already here to get the cameras set up.

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Post by Kiskaloo on Thu 8 Jul 2010 - 23:38

Baccarat was by it's nature a high-stakes game, so the casino kept the tables segregated. With a $250 opening bid, Michele went negative at first, but within a dozen hands had won back his original $1000 plus another $8000. At that point, he withdrew.

Kara found games like craps or poker to be too "pedestrian", so their next stop was the roulette table. Kara was not a gambler - at least in the traditional sense - so she mostly treaded water, winning some and losing some. She soon grew bored and when Allison's text arrived, she welcomed the chance to bail.

"Allison and Jay invited us to dinner at the Stratosphere," she informed Michele.

"I expect neither of them want to see a handler," Michele noted. "So why don't you and Claes go hang out with them."

"I'll blow her off and stay with you," Kara said and opened her clutch. Michele put his hand on her wrist.

"I have a very early flight, Kara, and I need to do some preparation. Go have fun with your friends. I'll see you in Rome soon enough."

"Okay," Kara said, her voice with a hint of melancholy. She kissed Michele on the cheek and texted Claes to meet her up front, where they flagged a cab to the Stratosphere Hotel.

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Post by Kiskaloo on Fri 9 Jul 2010 - 19:53

"So how'd you do?" Kara asked Claes as they rode over to the Stratosphere.

Claes held up the 10 $100 bills Michele had given her.

"Broke even?" Kara asked.

Claes shook her head. "I didn't bother gambling. He said we could keep what we won, so…"

"What do you need money for? Michele will buy you anything you wish."

Claes just smiled a secret smile.

Before Kara could respond, the cab pulled up to the hotel and they paid the driver, entered the lobby, and rode the elevator to the "Top of the World" restaurant.

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Post by MP5 on Fri 9 Jul 2010 - 22:32

At the lobby of the restaurant, Jay and Allison met with Claes and Kara, camera bags in hand. upon exchanging greetings, the four headed inside the restaurant, where Allison and Jay reserved a section for several or more guests, unsure who would be coming to dinner with them aside from the rest of the Top Gear: Italy presenters. as Jay set up the cameras and began getting sound checks, Allison discussed the results of the night's festivities.

"So, how'd you guys do?" asked Allison.

"I didn't bother trying." said Claes. "I'm content to stick with what I was given."

"I did okay." admitted Kara. "Gambling's not my strong suit, but I at least walked out with a little less than triple my money. How about you?"

"Uhm...." began Allison, looking away from them. "I dunno how to tell you guys, but..."

"Let me guess; You blew it all." predicted Claes.

"Actually..."

Allison opened an aluminum briefcase and placed down a stack of $100 bills, followed by a second, and then a third, and then five stacks of twenties, equating to the $35,000 she had won at the roulette table. Kara and Claes' eyes almost leapt out of their sockets at the obscene amount of cash.

"Th-Thirty-five thousand?!" sputtered Claes in surprise.

"Jay has the same amount." added Allison.

"H-how did you two... What kind of luck do you have?" asked Kara, still stunned at the great amount of money, as Allison quickly replaced the cash into the case before locking it.

"Brian's secret is that McDonnells have the natural luck of the Irish. Maybe it rubbed off on me." replied Allison with a smirk.

"More like she's Lady Luck incarnate." said Jay with a smile.

"Flattery will get you nowhere, Mr. Valentine." chuckled Allison.

"Merely an opinion of your character, Ms. McDonnell." shot back Jay with a sly grin.

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Post by Kiskaloo on Fri 9 Jul 2010 - 22:36

"Well, clearly dinner is on you two," Kara noted. Beside her, Claes nodded her head.

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Post by MP5 on Fri 9 Jul 2010 - 22:49

"That's fair, I suppose." replied Allison. "Though to be honest, I wouldn't have minded having enough cash to make another project car..."

"Or you could invest it in stocks or mutual funds, provided that Brian is okay with that." noted Kara. "You might even triple your initial amount if you play things right."

"I'm afraid my economics-fu needs a little more work if I'm gonna do that." said Allison sheepishly.

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Post by Kiskaloo on Fri 9 Jul 2010 - 22:51

"Talk to Michele - he turned $2 million into $20 million during the Tech Boom," Claes noted.

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Post by Jacen Starslayer on Fri 9 Jul 2010 - 23:00

"Honestly, I need to hide my winnings from sis before we get back." Jay stated with an embarrassed look on his face.

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Post by MP5 on Fri 9 Jul 2010 - 23:06

Allison had a bit of a chuckle. "Wait.. Priscilla borrows money from you? What on earth for? Shouldn't it be the other way around, if at all?"

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Post by Kiskaloo on Fri 9 Jul 2010 - 23:07

"These Christian Louboutin boots are not cheap," Kara noted.

It took a moment, but Allison remembered Priscilla owned a pair of CL boots like Kara's, but in brown leather as opposed to black.

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"Hence why I could never get into fashion." noted Allison. "I find it difficult to justify spending three or four-figures on clothing when for the same price, I can squeeze another hundred or so horsepower out of a car."

"But that also gets expensive in itself." noted Claes. "How much have you sunk into your Lancia?"

"Good question-- keeping track is difficult, but last I remember, I've spent about ten-thousand Euro tuning the old girl. But it wasn't all engine mods for power, though, a lot of it actually went to improving the handling and then applying bulletproofing to the thing, and the X-nets..."

"Kind of ran away on its own, didn't it?" noted Kara.

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"I feel the same about my outfits," Kara replied with a smile.

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Some minutes later, Petra and Sandro arrived, the latter looking fairly despondent as he walked in with Petra.

"Hey, Mr. Ricci. Why so glum?" asked Allison.

"Call it a run of bad luck, but I wasn't doing so well at the craps table tonight." replied the man sheepishly.

"Don't worry about it. Dinner's on me and Jay tonight."

"How'd you guys do?" asked Petra. Allison brought the aluminum briefcase into view, and Petra understood immediately.

"I think that is indeed fair." said Sandro upon seeing the item. "How much all in all?"

"Thirty-five thou each."

"Damn, you guys are definitely treating tonight."

"Not if I can help it." said Brian, coming in. "My treat tonight, guys. Made half a mil at blackjack, set aside ten grand for the evening's libations and vittles."

"Half a mil?!" gasped Allison. "Dear lord, that's astronomical!"

"Luck o' the Irish paid off well tonight, Allie."

"What are you gonna do with it?" asked Jay.

"Seek some advice from Michele when he has the time and then toss a bit of it into the market garden to grow. The rest stays in savings."

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Post by ElfenMagix on Sat 10 Jul 2010 - 23:18

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Post by Marder on Sun 11 Jul 2010 - 20:05

Adeline walked down the street with the bag in her hands, trying to look inconspicuous. In Vegas that seemed easy to her. All the potential vice in what had been a place covered up by a clean up to make it a more family friendly destination. Of course it was cleaned up for the most part, even if Adeline wished that it still had more then a few rats left to creep the late night streets of Las Vegas. She smiled looking up at the lights, and smiled even more when she stepped out into a back alley and took out her prize.

"Well," she said, removing the blade from it's sheath. "This thing looks about as brutal as anything short of a chainsaw." With what little skill she had, she riskily threw it up into the air and let it somersault in the air before catching it in one hand. Under normal circumstances, she would be risking serious injury. But thanks to her cybernetic implants and the conditioning George requested for her, her heightened reflexes made the dangerous act much less worrisome. She put the blade back in it's sheath.

"Now to go get..." A vibrating sensation emerged from her pant's pocket, forcing her to reach inside and take out her cell phone. Allison had sent her a text message.

Allison wrote: Adeline, we're at Top of the World at The Stratosphere. Come join us.

"Shit," she cursed. She began to quickly type a message and sent it to Allison.

Adeline wrote: Still shopping but will be done soon. Save me a seat.


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Post by MP5 on Sun 11 Jul 2010 - 20:26

"All right." said Allison, checking her iPhone. "Adeline will be here in a while."

"What's she up to?" asked Petra.

"Shopping. Now where's Triela?"

"Last I saw, they were jumping around between the slots and table games." replied Petra.

"I sure hope they're doing well."

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Post by MP5 on Sun 11 Jul 2010 - 23:50

"Uh guys, bit of a problem for recording the Roundtable evaluation..." said Jay, checking the cameras frantically."

"What?" chorused the girls.

"I forgot the damned tapes."

"Don't worry about it, Jay." said Allison.

"Yeah, if it's all the same to you guys, we can just pick it up in the morning." added Kara.

"No arguments here." said Petra.

"Nor here." agreed Claes.

"Go ahead and take them down, Jay. We won't need to film til morning." Allison suggested.

"O-ok.." replied Jay with reluctance.

"Hm, Adeline still isn't here yet... Where's Triela and Hilshire?" wondered Allison, glancing at her watch.

Suddenly, a very distinct laugh emanated from the lobby of the restaurant.

"OHHHHHHH-ho-ho-ho-ho-ho-ho-hoooo!!!"

Allison raised her eyebrows in surprise. "What the hell was that?"

"I believe that was the laugh of a noblewoman." said Petra.

"No, that would be Triela, and she's clearly pleased about something." deadpanned Claes as the pigtailed blonde strode over to their table.

"Ladies, how goes the evening?" asked Triela with a grin.

"Quite well for some of us, average and not so great for some others." replied Claes, with Allison flashing her aluminum briefcase full of money.

"Then may Hilshire and myself join the former?" asked Triela. "I've had something of an excellent stroke of luck."

"As if we couldn't tell by your laughter." said Allison. "How'd you do?"

"Well, we managed to make $650,000..."

"That's certainly something to crow about, I suppose." said Claes.

"That's not all, however! Here!" said Triela, handing Allison a pair of Carl Zeiss Binoculars.

"You won a pair of binoculars? Good for you!"

"No, not that. I want you to use them to look at a certain section of the parking lot..." said Triela, guiding Allison's gaze through the binoculars. When Allison saw what Triela was playing at, she grit her teeth.

"Oh, fuck you, Triela!"

In the parking lot was a very excellent Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, the famous Anglo-German hypercar that Allison could only dream of driving:



"Jealous? You should be, 'cause that baby is mine."

"Bullshit! I demand to see proof of ownership!"

Triela, with quite the smug expression on her face, produced the title from her leather clutch. Allison scanned it at least twice before fuming in defeat and handing it over to its rightful owner.

"Can't believe you won a goddamn hypercar." groused Allison.

"I've been looking at a lovely silver evening gown to go with it. If you somehow happen to sort of, I dunno... get it for me, I might see a way for you to borrow the SLR on a regular basis..."

"It's gonna cost me, naturally..."

"Well, that sort of goes without saying..."

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Post by MP5 on Mon 12 Jul 2010 - 0:48

Finally, Hilshire intervened in Triela's gloating.

"Not so fast, Triela. You can drive it all you want while we're here in America, but once we get back, I'm keeping that SLR under lock and key." stated Hilshire with some authority.

"B-but! I won that car! The title's in my name, I should be allowed to do with it as I please!" plead Triela as her mood began to deflate.

"And leave 617 horsepower in your hands? Far too much temptation. I'll gladly let you use the E320, but that SLR isn't gonna be seeing much of you once we're back home."

"Great. One trip across the ocean, and I'll end up looking like a soccer mom..." sulked Triela.

"You just want a chance to drive it, don't you?" whispered Alessandro to Victor.

"Well, I'm not gonna let her have all the fun." replied Hilshire with a grin.

Back with the girls, Allison went to console the lucky-yet-unlucky Triela.

"Cheer up, Tri. I'll put some heat into that boring old wagon Hilshire's handing down to you. When he's not looking, I'll yank out the stock V6 and place a Supercharged V8 from the E55 AMG in there for ya. It might not have as much power as the SLR, but it's at least going to be more practical!"

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Post by boomer_gonz on Mon 12 Jul 2010 - 22:42

Sitting across from each other at the Baldwin Room's no-limit table, Alpha and Liesel had been playing off of each other the entire night. With tourists and pro's alike coming and going, they each now had a sizable amount of chips in front of them.

Looking at them a few of the Vegas seasoned pro's asked where they hailed from, Alpha answered Switzerland with Liesel answering to the tune of Italy. Nodding in acquiescence; it confirmed their suspicions that these two were either two of Europe's notorious Internet poker pro's, among the infamous Young Guru's of Monaco who start at the tables at the age of 18 and simply get better as they hold their own against the best high-stakes poker champions in the world, or both.

In the current hand, the table suddenly folds on the turn correctly guessing that Alpha held a deuce-four spades giving him a nut flush on the turn. However, through Liesel's consistent raising at the flop as she had utter faith in her red bullets, the pot Alpha had won was a very respectable $246K. With the other players taking deep breaths, Liesel merely smirked at Alpha as he noticed that his winning hand had made only a small dent in her stack.

Before the next hand was dealt, an attendant came to the table handing Liesel her mobile as the room rules stated that no electronic devices may be present at the table.

"Message for you ma'am," the attendant said in her slight southern drawl. Walking around the table she also handed Alpha his, "And for you as well, sir."

Stepping away from the table, Alpha and Liesel read their texts.

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Kara wrote:We're having dinner at The Top of the World in the Stratosphere. Please come, no cameras we promise. Razz

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Jay wrote:Sensei, dinner at The Top of the World. Stratosphere Hotel

"Well," Alpha said looking over at Liesel, "what do you think?"

"I am a bit famished," Liesel said as she stood up. "Let us see what victuals are to be had at their chosen restaurant."

"Agreed."

"Madam; sir," the dealer said to them. "At this time I must inform you that your table spot will be held for a period of 1 hour at which time to return you must re-buy into the game when a seat becomes available."

Walking to the door of the Baldwin Room, Alpha took his hat from the attendant as Liesel took her duster from the back of her seat.

"That won't be necessary," Liesel said as she allowed Alpha to slide her duster over her shoulders.

"Just cash us out," Alpha said putting on his black leather porkpie hat. "We have an early morning."

"Of course," the dealer said with a bow, "if you both would please walk to the cashier, she will have you fill out the appropriate forms."

Walking to the cashier, a few of the players breathed a sigh of relief as those two had bankrupt more than a handful of players already.

"Now, maybe, we might win some money," another player dressed in a Hugo Boss suit said.

In the next moment; father and son poker professionals, Doyle and Todd Brunson, walked into the Baldwin room.

"How you boys doin'?" Doyle said in his typical drawl as Todd slid out a seat for his father.

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Post by MP5 on Tue 13 Jul 2010 - 11:51

Back at the Stratosphere, Allison picked up a menu, trying to decide what she would order.

"Hm, the 'Choice Filet with Red Wine Mushroom Sauce' sounds appealing." commented Allison.

"I'm thinking about going the 'Turf and Quack' route." noted Petra.

"Kurobota Pork chop, huh..." thought Triela aloud.

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Walking up to their oversized table; Alpha and Liesel waved hello to the members of TG:I.

"Good evening; everyone," Liesel said as she waved to the group.

"Is there any room for two more?" Alpha said.

"Of course," Kara said as she waved over a waiter.

"So," Alpha said as he took the seat, "what's everybody been up to?"


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Post by Kiskaloo on Tue 13 Jul 2010 - 21:15

@boomer_gonz wrote:"So," Alpha said as he took the seat, "what's everybody been up to?"

"Evidently breaking every bank in town," Kara noted. "If they knew where we were from, the casino's would probably call this night 'The Italian Job'."

Alpha laughed. "So how much did you take them for?"

"I mostly treaded water," Kara pouted. "The Old Man earned about €10.000."

"That's it?" Alpha said, surprised. He figured Michele would be good for six figures.

"Well anything more you have to declare and then the Guardia di Finanza get their claws into it and take anywhere from half to two-thirds depending on their mood."

Around the table, jaws dropped as they realized their sudden windfalls at the tables might have just made their lives more complicated, not less...

"So that's why Jethro has that Cayman Islands account..." Brian noted.

Kara looked at the menu and ordered the Tower Trio Combination with Wagyu Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio for her appetizer, followed by the Lobster Bisque, the 16oz Prime Rib-Eye with lobster tail and a side of ricotta gnocchi "Mac and Cheese".

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Post by MP5 on Tue 13 Jul 2010 - 21:29

"Hoo boy, good thing our bank is UBS..." said Allison.

"Unless of course, that too falls in the EU's jurisdiction?" asked Brian.

"Well, worse comes to worse, you still have your offshore account from your days in Excalibur Tactical, right?" asked Allison.

"True, but that's really more for emergencies."

"What about property? They can't just take away my SLR, can they?" asked Triela.

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Post by Kiskaloo on Tue 13 Jul 2010 - 21:40

@MP5 wrote:""What about property? They can't just take away my SLR, can they?" asked Triela.

"Certainly not," Kara noted. "But since it is a prize, you will have to pay taxes on it's value, which as I recall is just south of €700,000."

She turned to Hilshire.

"You should also know that an SLR is in the highest insurance group. Based on what Michele pays to have me on his policy, you're going to be paying into the five figures per year to ensure Triela on that thing."

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Post by Jacen Starslayer on Tue 13 Jul 2010 - 21:48

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Post by MP5 on Tue 13 Jul 2010 - 22:16

Hilshire pinched his nose. "So, that means sacrificing our winnings for the taxes, and then my paycheck for the insurance..."

Allison seized her chance. "Triela, how about instead of getting that dress, I help you guys deal with insurance if we share the SLR equally?" she offered with a grin.

"Oh, like you'll have enough money?" shot back Triela warily.

"Fine, your loss. 'Tis a shame you came alllllll the way here and win a spanking-new hypercar only to have to leave it because you can't afford the insurance on your own."

Allison had Triela backed into a corner. The SLR was now her cherished Vegas treasure, but Allison had a point about the cost. As Triela stewed under her own deliberation, Allison turned to Kara.

"Michele must have some way to sneak it in? He's friends with the PM, after all."

"Well, if I can do 250km/h on the Autostrada..."

"By the way, do you want in on the now-communal SLR?" asked Allison. "More people chip in, the easier it'll be to afford insurance. Not to mention getting to use it more often. I'll even have Q-branch add extra insurance and bulletproof it."

"You have that kind of pull with them?"

"They owe me favors."

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Post by Kiskaloo on Tue 13 Jul 2010 - 22:20

"Well, I admit to not being a huge fan of it," Kara noted, recalling her review of the SLR Roadster in their "first" episode.

"But it would probably be great on a long drive so when Michele and I need to head to Sicily or Milan or Venice, I'll be willing to 'rent' it for a nice sum - well, Michele will," she added with a grin.

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Post by boomer_gonz on Tue 13 Jul 2010 - 23:10

Liesel ordered the Fettuccine Seafood Alfredo with a side of Asparagus, while Alpha had ordered a 16oz. USDA Prime Rib-Eye with Horseradish Crust and Demi-Glace with the same side as Liesel. Right now, they were happily enjoying they're double order of oysters as their appetizer.

"You know," Alpha said before swallowing an oyster, "it might as well be considering the maintenance required on the SLR."

"It's a Mercedes right?" Allison asked. "So it shouldn't need that much maintenance."

"With the SLR," Liesel added as she dabbed her lips with a napkin, "it is not so much the amount of maintenance, but of the specialty required therein."

"Specialty?" Triela and Allison said together as Hillshire leaned back suddenly remembering the SLR's little quirks in this department.

"For exaample," Alpha said again after swallowing another oyster, "the SLR's carbon-fibre build means that it can't be raised on just any old lift."

"Really," Allison said as Kara suddenly smirked remembering reading about this in Car & Driver.

"It needs a hydraulic lift designed specifically for the SLR just to raise it off the ground and that includes anything from changing the tires to changing the oil. You can't even use a high end 'go-jack'."

"Also," Liesel added once more,, "I should not have to tell you girls of the brake issue with the SLR."

"Go on," Triela and Allison said in unison as Kara nearly died from holding in her need to gloat.

"Despite them being ceramic brakes," Liesel continued, "they aren't very good ceramic brakes. The carbon inclusion does little to deter brake fade as raw carbon tends to hold onto heat as opposed to dispersing it."

"Onto the brakes..." Triela said suddenly concerned.

"Well," Alpha said interjecting, "when you brake hard they light up like Christmas in the Vatican. And when use use them a lot, they tend to flame up."

"Flame up," Allison asked with one eyebrow raised.

"Set themselves aflame," Liesel clarified. "Do invest in a quality compact fire extinguisher when you operate that vehicle."

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Post by Kiskaloo on Tue 13 Jul 2010 - 23:16

"They also have two modes: off and 'brick wall'," Kara noted. "There is absolutely no moderation. I'd push down on the pedal and nothing would happen. I'd push down more and still nothing. Then, without warning, I'd push just enough and they'd come on at 110% and slam me forward into the belts. I swear I thought I rear-ended someone the first time."

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Post by Kiskaloo on Wed 14 Jul 2010 - 10:10

After dinner, Allison, Jay, Claes and Kara headed for the entertainment area. The hotel had dismantled the “High Roller” coaster in 2006 to make way for what appeared to Kara to be an entire series of horrors.

“How about the X-Scream?” Jay asked. Kara read the description and blanched. It involved the ride car travelling almost 10 meters over the edge of the hotel and then rocking back and forth 265m above the ground.

“That sounds fun!” Allison said.

She turned and squealed in delight.

“Oh! We have to do this!” she said, hugging Jay’s arm in her own as she pointed to the sign for “Insanity – the ride” with her right. As Kara read the description, insanity struck her as the right word.

Allison, for her part, noticed for the first time something she thought she’d never see on a cyborg’s face – genuine, serious fear. She knew her sister hated arachnids, for example, but Kara looked like a giant huntsman spider was crawling up her leg.

“Are you okay, Kara?” she asked, concerned.

“I hate heights,” Kara replied.

“You’re a pilot,” Claes replied. “You also just spent an hour having dinner some 250m in a revolving restaurant.”

“It’s when I look straight down that I get uncomfortable,” Kara noted. “If I am looking out like from a plane or the restaurant, I am fine.”

“Well we can do something else,” Allison noted.

“No, you and Jay and Claes go have fun. I think I’m going to head back to the hotel and visit Michele for a bit before he leaves.”

“Leaves?” Allison asked.

“Oh, yeah. Ferro called. The Prime Minister wants him back in Rome so he’s catching a flight in the morning,” Kara noted.

“That sucks,” Allison said, thinking how less enjoyable she’d have found this trip without her big brother around.

“Duty calls,” Kara replied with a shrug.

“Would you mind if we shoot the Car Roundtable footage in your suite in the morning?”

“Not at all,” Kara replied. She waved goodbye and headed for the elevator. Not wishing to be a “third wheel”, Claes also excused herself and followed after Kara.



Kara hired a cab back to the hotel and walked into the suite, surprised to see Michele working on his computer at the desk.

“I expected you to be asleep,” she noted as she came up next to him.

“I need to be at the airport within a few hours, so I wanted to finish up. I’ll sleep on the flight to Washington,” Michele noted.

“Where’s Claes?” he asked.

“I left her with Allison and Jay," Kara replied as she stepped over towards the couch and started performing pirouettes, the toe of her boot gliding over the carpet. While she lacked Petrushka’s natural ballerina grace, Kara’s balance was such that she could perform a number of rotations per attempt.

“What are you doing?” Michele asked her.

“Putting Mister Mancini’s physics lessons to practical use,” Kara replied. “By spinning counterclockwise, each rotation robs the Earth of angular momentum, slowing it’s spin to lengthen the night and push back the dawn to give me a little more time here with you.”

Michele smiled and rose, taking a spinning Kara in his arms and kissing the top of her head.

“Thank you, but we both have people depending on us in the morning. You don’t have the luxury of sleeping behind the wheel so off to bed with you.”

“Hai, Michele,” Kara said and started for her bedroom.



Claes took her own cab to the Venetian and walked along the “Grand Canal” of shops. She then walked down the Strip to Paris and queued to ride to the top of the half-scale replica of the Eifel Tower to watch the fountains. She then returned to the Bellagio and took her seat for the second showing of Cirque du Soleil’s “O”.

It was past midnight when she returned to the suite. She used their bedroom entrance and in the light from the city streaming through the window saw Kara sprawled out on her bed in her pajamas, sound asleep. The connecting door to the rest of the suite was closed so Claes undressed, donned her own pajamas and lay down on the bed, falling asleep within seconds of her head hitting the pillow.

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Post by rusty-spring on Wed 14 Jul 2010 - 11:33

"That's the last time I go drinking with you." Clayland noted to Laine as they stood beside a helicopter. Laine glanced at her map, turning it sideways, then upside down, then back.

"Hey, I never said I knew how to navigate in the air." She noted indignantly. "Besides, it was your idea to let me take the stick." After a night in the casino, Laine had gotten pretty deep at a Texas Hold'em table and her opponent had bet a brand new Sikorsky. She had won the pot and the next thing Clayland was getting a bird's eye view of Vegas.

[Three hours earlier]

"Who exactly taught you how to fly again?" Clayland looked a bit uncomfortable as Laine flipped switches on the S-76. In one of her rare moments of seriousness, he nearly forgot that he was mad enough to actually agree to a flight.

"I told you, Olga." She increased power and soon the helicopter began lifting off the pad.

"And WHY was Olga teaching you how to fly helicopters?" Uneasily he watched the ground float away from him and he decided it was probably a good time to e-mail his power of attorney.

"She was going on and on about the uselessness of western training ideologies and how it was unbelievable that we girls weren't taught basic skills like flying rotary aircraft." Despite his entire body screaming at him to grab a parachute and ditch, he instead settled into the chair. "I should note however..." She added as the helicopter began to fly over the city.

"When I hear this, I'm going to be glad I'm drunk aren't I?" Clayland mumbled.

"Probably." Laine eased the controls and increased altitude. "You know what you said you didn't know I could fly a helicopter?" He nodded. She looked at him with an apologetic shrug. "Fly, yes. Land, no."
[Present]
"I'd still say that was a rather good landing, considering I've never done it before." Behind the white and blue helicopter parked firmly onto a pile of rubble, which used to be a farmer's market stand. "Not bad for a day's worth of lecturing." Watermelon and tomatoes lay around them in carnage. Clayland merely facepalmed as he watched his partner try to thumb a ride.

"No hitchhiking. For all I know we'll be murdered by someone in a Camaro." He flipped out his phone, and looked for a tow company. "What are the odds that I'd win a helicopter, take us on a flight over the desert landscape, and land us in the middle of nowhere?"

"I'd say extremely unlikely. The only explanation I can come up with is that this is all some convenient plot twist in order to explain why we've been absent for so long." Laine noted sarcastically. "Clay, where are we anyways?" She added, scanning the desolate horizon.

"Hope to John Smith we're not in Utah, that's all I can say."

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Post by MP5 on Wed 14 Jul 2010 - 19:44

@Kiskaloo wrote:

“What are you doing?” Michele asked her.

“Putting Mister Mancini’s physics lessons to practical use,” Kara replied. “By spinning counterclockwise, each rotation robs the Earth of angular momentum, slowing it’s spin to lengthen the night and push back the dawn to give me a little more time here with you.”

[OOC]: Where have I seen this before?

Oh yeah... I see what you did, there. very cute, nevertheless.

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Post by boomer_gonz on Wed 14 Jul 2010 - 21:59

After making his final preparations, Michele gives the baggage boy a few final instructions along with a preliminary tip. As the baggage boy left, Michele took a look around their penthouse suite. Taking a deep breath as if to say goodbye to this holiday, Michele walks over to Kara's room for Michele has one bit of business to take care of.


Walking softly, Michele is careful not to wake Kara. Gazing at her for a minute, Michele smiles at the happiness this trip has given him. Leaning over, Michele plants a soft kiss on her cheek before leaving Kara's room as quietly as he came in.

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At the airport, Michele takes the liberty of checking in Laine's Nissan GT-R now that she has Corvette to play with. Taking his seat in the VIP lounge, Michele sits sipping a bourbon
as he awaits for his boarding call.

"Amazing how they love to make you wait; isn't it?" someone to Michele's left mentions.

"These American Airline companies can blame it on the economy all they want, I say it's their laziness in management by cutting corners."

"With absolute certainty," another says to Michele's left, this one being a bit more noticeable.

Lowering his copy of Barron's, Michele looks to the left and see's a porkpie hat and an adorable bobbed cut with a flip sticking out of two magazines seemingly chosen at random.

"So what keeps you two out this late?" Michele smiled looking at Alpha and Liesel.

"What kind of guardians would we be if we didn't see you off?" Al said as he dropped his magazine to his side.

"And you Liesel?"

"This was Al's idea," Liesel said with a smirk. "I had...other plans."

"I see," Michele said half-smiling.

When the call arrives, Michele walks
to his gate while Alpha and Liesel follow close behind.

"This is it," Michele says holding out his hand which Liesel takes first. "Thank you, both of you."

"A pleasure as always Mr. Pagani."

"Stop it," Michele jests, "you know better than to call me that outside of the office."

"Pardon the professionalism," Liesel says with a smirk.

"Agreed," Michele smiles before turning to Alpha. "I trust that I can leave Kara to your capable hands."

Taking his hand Alpha says, "Anytime, anywhere..."

"Whatever the weather; you'll be there," Michele finishes. "I remember and I thank you."

"Take care Michele," Alpha says stepping back after a glare from the airport security officer.

With a wave Liesel stepped back as well, taking a last breath Michele walked to the clerk to present his boarding information.

Not long after boarding had finished, Alpha and Liesel watched Michele's plane leave the tarmac and into the sky.

"Happy trails; Michele," Alpha muttered.

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Post by MP5 on Wed 14 Jul 2010 - 23:42

Alpha and Liesel had barely left the terminal when Alpha's cell rang. The screen showed one "Brian McDonnell" trying to contact him.

"Lautani Real Estate."

"Alpha, It's Brian. sorry to bother you, but a bit of a situation has come up, mate." said Brian, waiting outside the Stratosphere.

"What's the matter?" asked Alpha, tension lacing his voice.

"Laine and Clayland are nowhere to be found. I imagine that just for safety's sake, we need to go find them."

"That's what Liesel and I are here for." said Alpha, motioning to his companion to hop into the Challenger immediately. "Any idea where they might possibly be?"

"Not really, but a GPS trace on their phones might prove useful. I'll go with you guys if you don't mind."

"What about Allison?" asked Alpha, starting up the Challenger as he placed Brian on speaker to free up his hands.

"She's having fun with Jay. She'll be in good hands."

Alpha made a sort of knowing glance to Liesel, who smirked in response. "All right, where are you?"

"The Stratosphere. I'm out front."

"All right, see you in a couple of minutes."

On Brian's end, the line went dead, and as he put his phone away, he saw Allison and Jay walking out of The Stratosphere.

"Hey, you two. Where are you both headed?"

"We're gonna stash my winnings in the room and then go for a bit of a drive just to hang out." replied Allison.

"Well don't be out too late, we've got a long day tomorrow." replied Brian as he saw the Challenger down the street.

"How about you? You seem to be in a hurry."

"The Stanaways are missing, Alpha, Liesel, and I are gonna go find them via GPS." said Brian. "Don't wait up for us."

The Challenger pulled up in the driveway, and Alpha stepped out to let Brian in. As Alpha got back in the driver's seat, Brian had one last message to relay to them.

"Oh, and Jay?"

"Y-yeah?" asked the boy.

"If you're gonna be alone in the room with Allison, make sure to leave your necktie on the doorknob so that I know not to disturb you guys!"

Brian guffawed at his little joke as the Challenger peeled out, leaving Jay turning very red and Allison quite miffed.

"Dammit Brian, that's not cool at all!" she yelled at the retreating taillights of the Challenger as it sped off. Blushing for the umpteenth time that evening, Allison waited in silence with Jay as Sonia was brought up. The two got in without a word and stopped by the Mirage so that Allison could have her winnings taken up to her suite. Getting back into Sonia, the two went for a cruise around Vegas to appreciate the glitz and glamor it had to offer.




Meanwhile, in the Challenger, Brian was tracking the GPS signal on Alpha and Liesel's laptop while Liesel checked her weapons and spare mags should they come into contact with hostiles. doing well in excess of the posted speed limit, Alpha still had yet to be challenged by local law enforcement as he blitzed down the darkened two-lane highway north of the city. with their current rate of speed, the GPS on the computer showed them inching miles closer every second, until...

"We're on top of them, slow down!" said Brian.

Alpha hit the brakes as he slewed off the road into the dirt. As the dust settled, the three checked around until they saw Laine and Clayland's waving figures behind them.

"There they are. Let's get over to them." noted Liesel. Alpha put the Challenger in reverse and carefully backed up to the stranded fratello.

"We were wondering when someone would show up." deadpanned Clayland.

"Hey, be thankful it's us and not someone who would butcher you and stick you guys in the trunk of his Camaro--no offense, Laine. Anyway, what the hell happened to bring you two out here?"

Clayland thumbed over his shoulder to the immobilized Sikorsky. "Ah." said Brian. "Doesn't look too bad."

"That's what I said about my landing." replied Laine. "Not bad for a day's lecture, huh?"

"Nevermind that, how'd you score this?"

"Poker."

"I see. Well, I should be able to fly it back to your hotel--doesn't look like anything got wrecked terribly. You want to keep this, I presume?"

"If we can find a place." said Clayland.

"Don't worry, I know a guy."

Brian quickly made a phone call to a contact of his. After a brief conversation, Brian ended the call.

"Well?"

"Good news." said Brian. "One of my mates from Excalibur said he'd pick it up at the airport and store it at his hangar in California until we decide to take it. Does that take care of that problem?"

"For now, at least. You taking the helo?"

"Back to the airport, at least. I'll catch a cab back to my hotel. You guys go back with Alpha and Liesel."

The two parties parted ways at that moment, and Brian soon had the helicopter up and flying again as he set course for the Las Vegas Airport, where his friend had a temporary hangar for him to store the helicopter overnight.

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Post by Kiskaloo on Thu 15 Jul 2010 - 0:16

Kara awoke with the rising sun. She went to the window and saw a United Airlines Airbus A320-200 climb into the clear sky. Instinctively knowing it was Michele’s plane, she wished him a safe journey and then went to the closet to select an outfit. She settled on a pair of brown fur-lined shorts held up with a leather belt with silver and turquoise buckle she’d bought in New Mexico. She wore a grey long-sleeve tee over a black camisole and finished the outfit with her black Prada leather boots.


Model: Chiaki Kudou

Claes soon rolled out of bed and dressed in a long-sleeve flower print shirt, denim miniskirt with lime green leather belt with silver grommets, and brown Loeffler Randall Eloise flat boots in tan leather. She added a bright orange beret to finish the look.


Model: Park Han Byul

“It looks to be about 600 miles to San Francisco,” Kara noted as she traced her finger just above the iPad’s glass surface. “Google Maps says that will take 12 hours, but I figure we can shave a good bit off that.”

Claes nodded and the two girls set up the HD cameras for the Car Roundtable filming. They then settled onto the couch and started listening to Peter Ustinov’s “The Grand Prix of Gibraltar” spoof, waiting for word from the others that they were awake and ready to go.



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Post by rusty-spring on Thu 15 Jul 2010 - 12:58

Once the taxi had arrived at the hotel, Liesel and Alpha stepped out first, followed by Laine and Clayland.

"Thanks for the pick up." He thanked the pair.

"I know, we're amazing aren't we?" Alpha grinned. Clayland smirked, then turned to talk to Laine, but had noticed she had already ran towards her Corvette parked in the lot.

"I'm pretty sure that if I was to paint myself Daytona yellow and put a big black racing stripe down my face, I would get more attention." He sighed and walked over to his rogue partner.

"Don't be silly Clay, yellow isn't your color." She grinned then fell into step with him.

"Well I hope you enjoyed your little victory flight last night, cause we no have no time for sleep." They walked into the hotel and walked towards the elevators. "Have to shower and freshen up then get ready to drive to California."

"Not even a nap?" She asked.

"Sure, you can ride with me in the Escalade and I'll just return the Hertz to the rental lot..." Clayland drifted off and pulled out his cell phone.

"Don't think so." Reaching out, Laine grabbed his phone and shoved it into her pocket. "You'll get this back once we're back on the road."

"You really think I'd do something like that?" Clayland noted as the elevator doors closed and he hit the button for their floor.

"If you were sneaky like me, maybe you would." She added.

"I think that's impossible." He added as they stepped out of the elevator, and headed down the hall towards their room.

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Post by boomer_gonz on Thu 15 Jul 2010 - 14:10

"Well they seem a bit more chipper," Alpha said looking at Clayland and Laine.

"Well anybody would after the scare you usually give people," Liesel added.

"That was unintentional," Alpha smirked remembering their activity from just a small while ago.

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-Earlier-

"So; let me get this straight," Alpha said as he pinched his nose as Clayland and Laine. "Clay, you won a Sikorsky..."

"Yes," Clay answered.

"And then you let Laine take the stick mid-flight."

"Yes," Clay answered a bit sheepishly.

"Laine; you somehow forgot to mention that you knew how to fly, but not land."

"I said I was sorry; dammit," Laine said before kicking sand at Alpha.

Shaking his head, Alpha then looked to Liesel, "Could you get me my bag please, I'll take care of this one."

"Are you certain?" Liesel asked. "We could always split the work."

"I'm sure," Alpha said nodding.

Laine and Clayland became very concerned for their well being as they began searching for their weapons; suddenly remembering that they had left them in the now departed heli. Although they had yet to see Alpha and Liesel in action, photos of the aftermath were enough to tell that you didn't want to be there.

"Clay," Laine whispered

"Eh?" Clayland answered.

"I pretty sure I can outrun Liesel. So if you can distract Alpha long enough, I can make a clean getaway."

"And me?" Clay whispered a bit loudly.

"I'll...um...remember you fondly?" Laine said looking up at Clay with a huge grin.

Suddenly Liesel came back to Alpha holding a gray bank-bag with the Bellagio emblem emblazoned on the side.

"Here you are," Liesel said handing the bag over to Alpha.

"Thanks," Alpha responded with a huff as he opened the bag revealing a sizable amount of cash. Pulling out two stacks in the $20K amount, Alpha walked over to the demolished fruit cart and placed the two stacks in one of the downed wheels.

"I didn't take you for being a good samaritan," Clayland said smiling in relief.

"With luck," Liesel said gaining Clayland's attention, "we can avoid filing an incident report on the matter altogether."

"I...I see," Laine said suddenly reminded that they were still members of the SWA despite being on vacation.

"Hopefully," Alpha said walking back, "the owner of their cart will think that it was one of Nellis' test drones that landed in his cart."

"Nellis?" Laine and Clayland looked around suddenly shocked at knowing where they were.

"Yes," Alpha stated. "As in Nellis AFB about 20 miles south of here. Didn't you two bother to check the map before taking off?"

"Umm," Laine muttered as Clayland bored his eyes into her soul.

"C'mon," Alpha called. "It's daybreak and we've got a long enough day ahead with not enough sleep in between."

"Not to mention the lack of recreation," Liesel added.

Looking at each other and then back at Alpha and Liesel, Laine suddenly had her inquiries stilled by Clayland.

Walking back to the Challenger Laine looked over at the magic that was MOPAR and just had to ask, "Can I drive?"

"NO!," was the response given to her in unison by Alpha, Liesel; and not surprisingly, Clayland.
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"Shower, pack, and then buffet?" Alpha asked as they stepped into the elevator.

"We could save time if we shower together," Liesel said with a smirk.

"And how many times have we been able to successfully shower together without...incident?" Alpha said jokingly.

"...Good point," Liesel said with a giggle.

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Post by MP5 on Thu 15 Jul 2010 - 22:50

The next morning, Allison woke up groggily, having had a hard time sleeping ever since the incident the previous evening. As she showered for the day, the brunette sighed to herself.

"Dammit Adeline, you and your stupid prank..."



Several hours earlier...

Adeline made her way quietly back to the Mirage, after doing a ton of bargaining with Rick, the owner of Gold's Pawn Shop. She couldn't believe how highly priced a backup costume of Jason Voorhees, her favorite horror movie character ever, was to them. Either way, she bought the costume and had everything she needed to absolutely scare the daylights out of one of her friends.

While she was walking into the Mirage with her things, Adeline looked around closely. No George, none of the other cyborgs or handlers in sight. Good, she thought. It looked like she might do this without getting stopped out of curiosity by any of the others. Her phone then vibrated her in pocket with a text message.

Allison wrote: Where have you been? You missed dinner and now we're all going to bed. We got a long day ahead of us. See you in the morning.

With that, Adeline quickly raced to the front desk of the Mirage and called a receptionist. "I need to place a call to Brian McDonnell please."

"One moment," the female receptionist said as she picked up a phone and dialed a number for Allison's room. Adeline stood there for three minutes before the receptionist said "He's not available at the moment, would you like to take a message?"

"No thank you," Adeline said. "What room is he?"

"He's in suite 501..." By then, Adeline had bolted away. Rushing into the elevator and taking up to the suite floor where Suite 501 was located. When she got there, she found herself in luck as a maid was making her rounds out of the room just at the right moment.

"Lady," Adeline said, stepping closer and fishing out a $100 dollar bill. "Can you open that door for me?" The Latino maid didn't even say a word, taking the money and opening the door for Adeline to walk into the room, where she took her hiding place inside the closet. Quickly changing into costume, Adeline lay in wait for her target.

****

15 minutes later, Allison and Jay came to the door of the suite. The two finished their nighttime cruise around Las Vegas, and Jay had offered to at least walk his companion to her room. As Jay was just about to walk back to the Stratosphere, Allison stopped him.

"Hey, you wanna hang out with me a little longer? At least until Brian gets back?" asked Allison somewhat timidly.

"S-sure." replied Jay, taking the opportunity to be a little closer with Allison. the brunette smiled and stepped inside, leaving Jay temporarily in the hallway as he looked both ways down the corridor before loosening his tie and placing it around the door handle before shutting the door.

"You mind having a drink or two with me?" asked Allison, thumbing toward the minibar. "Don't worry, I'll cover the cost."

"Maybe just one, Allison."

****

"...and the bartender replied, 'Do you think I asked for a 12-inch pianist?!'"

Allison and Jay both broke into laughter at one of the dirty jokes Jay had managed to remember from late-night comedy sessions with Ike back at the Section 2 boys' dorms. Their inhibitions fairly loosened, Allison didn't mind the inappropriate nature of Jay's jokes, and Jay was a lot more relaxed now that the two were well into their third Margaritas.

"Ah-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! Oh! Oh, Jay, I can't breathe, that was so funny!" guffawed Allison, barely holding her drink in her hand.

"Glad you liked the joke, Allison." replied Jay with a grin before looking at his watch. "Man, it's getting late. I better get out of here."

"Aw man... do you really have to leave already, Jay?" whined Allison, sitting up straight.

"Kinda have to if I'm gonna do any driving in the morning." said Jay. "I'll see you at breakfast."

Jay went to stand, but the effects of the alcohol took hold as he lost his balance and fell back towards the bed, knocking into Allison in the process. The two had shut their eyes for what was likely to be a painful collision, but Jay's arms had automatically stopped him from falling onto Allison. When the two opened their eyes, however, they were surprised by how close they were. Jay had just barely stopped his body from falling smack-dab on Allison, but he had inadvertently pinned her arms above her head in the process. For a brief few seconds, the two stared at each other in silence, their faces red from more than just the Margaritas they'd had.

Then, whether it was the alcohol, their own repressed feelings, or the state in which they saw each other--Allison beautifully vulnerable in her red dress and flowing hair, Jay domineering in his partly-unbuttoned shirt--the two closed their eyes as their faces slowly moved to meet each other's lips...

Suddenly, the closet burst open, and the two were quickly startled by the sight of a machete-wielding homicidal maniac with a hockey mask coming towards them unleashing a terrifying roar. sobering up in a split second, Allison and Jay leapt into action, the boy quickly flinging a throwing knife at the threat with enough force to remove the machete from his hands while Allison leapt forward, Kimber drawn from under her pillow.

"Freeze, you crazy sonofabitch!" yelled Allison with authority. The surprised interluder raised their hands in the air.

"Mein gott, don't shoot, Allison, it's me!"

Jay pulled off the hockey mask to reveal that it was just Adeline in a Jason Voorhees costume.

"Adeline?! What the hell are you doing here?" asked Allison, bewildered and shocked.

"I was just trying to play a prank on you; I didn't know you'd react this way!"

"Well, how do you think I'm supposed to react when I see fucking Jason Voorhees coming at me and Jay with a machete?!"

"Sorry!" replied Adeline apologetically. "Look, that was wrong of me--" she looked back and forth between Jay and Allison. "--and I didn't mean to interrupt you guys."

Allison realized quickly what had happened brief seconds before Adeline's intrusion and blushed quickly, turning away from Jay, an action repeated by the brown-haired boy.

"Adeline, could you please just get out of here?"

"All right, I'm sorry..."

Without another word, Adeline left the suite with her things, leaving Jay and Allison alone again. Jay finally broke the silence with an apology.

"Um... about the thing just now... I'm sorry, I didn't mean to--"

"No," apologized Allison. "That was my fault, I should have called it quits after the first round of drinks. I got both of us buzzed, and well..."

"Yeah..."

Allison straightened out her hair and smoothed out her dress as Jay fixed his appearance before heading to the door.

"See you tomorrow?"

"Yeah."

"Have a good night."

"You too."

Jay shut the door behind him, stuffing his tie in his pocket while Allison simply went to change clothes before going to bed.




Back in the present...

Allison thought back to that moment of passionate tension. Was it a bad decision? Once their inhibitions were stripped away, did she reveal her true feelings to Jay? Were Jay's own feelings true at that moment? What if they were? What if they weren't? What if Adeline hadn't interrupted them? Would they have gone much further than a kiss?

What would Jay think of her?


Allison groaned and shook her head. With the lack of sleep and her mixed emotions, she couldn't think straight, and in her despair over the whole situation, she added a few silent tears of frustration to the water coursing over her body.

A few minutes went by, and she finally calmed down enough to leave the shower to dry herself off and face the day. After packing her things into her luggage, Allison sent a text to Kara:

Allison wrote:
I'm up and about. See you guys in a few.

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Post by Kiskaloo on Fri 16 Jul 2010 - 0:16

"Allison is on her way," Kara noted as she read the text.

Claes nodded, her mouth full of pancakes.

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Post by MP5 on Fri 16 Jul 2010 - 0:28

Finally arriving at Kara and Claes' suite in the Bellagio, Allison knocked, and Kara let her in. There was already quite a large breakfast cart in the suite, enough for several people. There were several platters stacked high with Belgian waffles, pancakes, French toast, sausages, bacon, corned beef hash, eggs, and sundry other breakfast items to satisfy almost all sorts of traditional breakfast cravings. Allison picked up a plate and started off with Belgian Waffles topped with whipped cream and strawberries and dusted with powdered sugar. On a side plate, she piled on several strips of bacon and an omelet, as well as two slices of toast

" Mornin', guys." greeted Allison.

"Likewise." greeted Claes, placing her fork through another pancake. "You see anyone else on the way here?"

"Petra and Laine should be here soon." answered Allison, spreading the whipped cream on her waffles before slicing a portion off and digging in.

Sure enough, Allison had not gotten very far in her breakfast when the aforementioned presenters had arrived, plus Triela, Hilshire, and Brian. The latter three presenters grabbing their plates with breakfast items, sound checks were quickly made before Allison kicked off the roundtable presentation.

"All right ladies, we've got one day and 600 miles left to go. We've traveled hundreds of miles of U.S. highways, weaving through entire seas of caravans, people-movers, and l...lorries. Yesterday, however, we've had the chance to really open up our own cars as well as each other's on a proper track, and even try other cars that Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch offered. I got a chance to drive a Lotus Carlton (most bonkers 4-door saloon car I've driven yet) and a replica Lotus-Ford 49, on which I'll comment later. Kara, you're arguably the head of things here. How was your experience at Spring Mountain yesterday?

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Post by Jacen Starslayer on Fri 16 Jul 2010 - 0:40

As soon as Jay entered his dark hotel room, after leaving the McDonnell's hotel room he plopped on the bed and began staring at the ceiling.

What the hell have I done? Jay thought as he remembered what had happened in the McDonnell suite not even an hour ago.

"Now what am I supposed to do about this?" Jay asked himself as one of his favorite songs played over the radio, All Or Nothing by Theory of a Deadman.

"Oh man...Seems like even the fates are against me." Jay said before laughing, "I just hope that Allison doesn't hate me for what happened."

"Damn, I'm beat." He said with a yawn, "Sink or swim, I'll deal with it tomorrow."

His last thoughts were of Allison, before sleep took him.
The next morning, Jay woke up to the sound of someone knocking on the door.

"Who is it?" He asked as he climbed out of bed.

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Post by Kiskaloo on Fri 16 Jul 2010 - 9:53

"First off, I love the 599 HGTE. It truly deserves to be Ferrari's flagship model, even if they're coming out with amazing machines like the 458 Italia. I know there are beefs with the onboard computers and how you can use the manettino dial to literally decide how close you want to take a corner in centimeters, but it just responds to your will and desires in a way that is pure magic. It's as comfortable and at home cruising for hours on an Interstate or Autostrada as it is thrashing around a race track.

"Speaking of computers, we come to the Nissan GT-R, a car designed as much by software engineers as automotive engineers. It's like they took a car out of Gran Turismo and brought it to life as a PR stunt. I'm sorry, but if Formula One does not build engines in a vacuum chamber, then neither does Nissan. And creating engines and transmissions that only work with each other? Please. And all this for €65.000? They must be taking a bath on each one they shift.

"Now, don't think that means I hate it. I have not experienced acceleration, deceleration or cornering forces like that car generates outside of a dedicated race car. And like the 599, it's as docile off the track as it's savage on the track. It is, however, ugly as sin. Which brings me to the Porsche Panamera. Gorgeous interior, but an exterior that looks like a dead body that's been underwater for a couple of weeks. It's fast, however, at least in Turbo form."

"Now it's common knowledge my idea of a 'classic car' is something created before 1997, which certainly applies to your GTV, Allison. That being said, it is an Alfa Romeo, which means it's automatically full of win. And I've heard of this Calloway fellow - evidently he likes to tune Corvettes? Anyway, I can't really comment on her performance since, being an Alfa, she broke down, though she fortunately didn't strand me on the side of the road where I could have been murdered by a Camaro driver.

"Anyway, next up is the Ferrari California. An entirely different machine from the 599, but at this point, I'm ready for a comfortable convertible that will still scramble when I boot her."

Kara turned to Claes.

"I liked the Ferrari because it was fast, yet stable, which made me feel comfortable."

"Anything else?"

Claes shook her head.

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"Well, I did get to spank Catherine around the track a good bit." said Allison. "What Caterham has done is preserve the natural personality of the postwar British sportscar, and leaving it up to the owner as to how they want to power it. Catherine, in particular, has a lot of zip in the corners, and unlike a conventional turbo, the VGT I mounted on the S2000 engine I added makes acceleration brisk and powerful when heading out of a turn. But of course, since the Caterham is my car, I'm going to love it no matter what. I'm sure, Kara, that you'd have a different opinion on her."

"I did revive Sonia recently, and I'm glad I put in those new turbos. 420 horses makes a huge difference round those corners, and the overall response is much better. However, I will probably have to fine-tune the suspension and brakes now that she has more power to play with, but most of all, I'm glad she's alive again."

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