Tracksuit Ballet

TIMESTAMP 22:00, THIRD SHIFT SECURITY ROTATION

A distorted, fisheye video feed of a long IR-lit hallway. There's no audio, and flickering framestamps in the lower corner mark it as spime footage from the Ecstatic Metamorphasis' starboard storage level. Emerging from off camera, a man in a rumpled vacsuit hustles down the hallway. He halts, glancing down an intersection nervously, then over his shoulder before proceeding. The frame freezes briefly, a heavy rectangle flickering around his face. He's ID'd as {{L. NESSMAN, APPRENTICE BONDSMAN, EXCORP}}. The video resumes and he kicks off awkwardly, drifts down the hall, then grabs a handhold outside a storage room. He fiddles at the hatch and ducks in quickly.

A beat passes. A black-haired woman enters the frame, momentarily filling the center of the fisheye shot before following the man down the hall. She walks comfortably in magboots and a baggy flight suit, passing the same intersection without hesitation but stopping at the storage room door. Reaches into a pouch at her side and produces a stubby-stocked SMG. Glances left and right… and the freeze frame snaps a square around her face, too. {{M. KLEO, INTERNAL AFFAIRS, EXCORP}}.

The video resumes. She knocks on the door twice, pauses, then there's a stuttering flicker as things move too quickly for the shit camera to capture between frames. A jerk as she ducks away from the door, a flash from inside the storage room (probably an agonizer), and a smooth, blurry twist as she swings herself inside the room before a second shot can come.

The video accelerates, skimming through 5-10 minutes with no movement before snapping back to normal speed.

KLEO re-emerges in a black dress suit, sliding the SMG into a messenger bag. Kicks off down down the hallway, tucking stray hair into her collar.

{{ SECURITY LOG: ONE BODY, L NESSMAN, FOUND DECEASED. }}

 

TIMESTAMP 02:18, FOUR HOURS LATER

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