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Mieke smiled up at Arthur, glad that she wasn’t alone in this. Yeah, the whole situation was a frightening mess, but she could get used to it. If this was what her life looked like now, she would have no choice.

“That’s… oddly comforting. I guess if I’m going to meet more Stand users no matter what, I’ll always have someone to talk to about this stuff.”

Hogan laid his head on her lap, and the action warmed her heart.

“Aw, you’re so sweet!”

After a little pause, she spoke up again, “So, people usually name their Stands, right? How do you come up with that? I’ve just been thinking I should give her a proper name sometime.”
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A sudden strike with an unexpected question left Arthur scratching his head. “Hrhrm, uh, name your Stand? Well, I suppose I didn't give it too much thought, really...” He leaned back and put his hands on his knees. Around him, the air flickered, a great silver gleam briefly visible. Its large size might have been intimidating, but if anything Arthur meant it as comforting and in solidarity, his own Stand a giant in whose shade Mieke's could relax and feel safe.

“It sort of just came to me,” Arthur confessed after another moment. “But in retrospect, it makes sense, doesn't it? When you think about what it does, it's a weird entity that puts spaces into words.” He shrugged, giving a defeated smile. “Then again, I've met a few Stand users whose partners' names are anything but appropriate, strange or ill-fitting. So go with whatever pops in your head, I guess. Whatever it is, I imagine it's meant to be. Strange how this business gets one believing in destiny, fate, and the like, eh?”

He watched Hogan nuzzle the girl, the display of affection noticed by curious and worried onlookers as well. With a stern expression Arthur shooed them away. “Well,” he said after another few seconds. “If things are okay here, we should head on out. Only a matter of time before someone gets the wrong idea about Hogan, I should think.” A thumb jabbed in the direction of the parking lot. “Got a van we can use. Not much to look at, but works fine.” His brows furrowed as thought struck him. “Er...how'd you get here again? Did one of the others drop you off?”
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‘Blue, Blue,’ her boss uttered soothingly, ‘rest assured, you’ll have your chance to properly execute those who need executing. For now, the fact that you managed to take a target in without needing to use violence is something I’m pleased to hear. Also understand that I had nothing to do with that girl’s incorporation into your team...’ He trailed off, falling silent for a moment as he occasionally did, his thoughts inscrutable over the voiceline.

‘And remember that she is, ultimately, a Stand user,’ he eventually reminded her. ‘Whether or not she knows it, under that frail exterior is a core of iron, and if you wish to avoid babysitting her, forging that core into an edge of steel might be worth your time. Think of it as a way to further your social abilities,’ he suggested congenially. ‘You’re able to persuade others to give in to your desires, but what about persuading them to change themselves? To become something more useful to you? Mastery over others, which can easily be turned to put them where you need them for a kill.

‘In any case, you’ll want to head back to HQ,’ he informed her. ‘Mister Armstrong has plenty of work for you, or at least plenty of work to defer to you, and I imagine he’ll want to debrief you on your overwhelming success.’
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Mike hummed thoughtfully, "I guess I should try to figure out what she can do, then, huh? Well, I’m sure I’ll get the opportunity soon enough.”

Truth be told, the idea of getting into a Stand battle made her want to throw up a little bit, but Arthur’s pep talk left her feeling much more positive about being able to deal with this whole ridiculous situation. No matter what, she would figure it out. That, or she would completely lose her mind and nothing would bother her anymore!

“Yeah, I’m ready to get going. I came here with Leonard, but he had to leave when Blue found the target.”

She maneuvered herself out from under Hogan, and turned to go, but stopped.

“Oh, hold on one sec,” she took out her phone and snapped a picture of the scenery, “For my mom. She’s gonna be so jealous!”
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Some time passed, and sooner or later, everybody made it back to the HQ unscathed - and in Leonard's case, with a new protégé of the Speedwagon Foundation in tow. About five minutes total were spent waiting in the same entry hall as before, until the receptionist informed them that the boss was ready to see them again, and yes, that included the newcomer, who was by now clearly calmer and more self-assured than he had been. He was not any less clumsy than he had been, however; yet somehow, the way he took his trips and stumbles in stride was far less pathetic than his former self-pitying, and he even chuckled to himself once or twice in the process before they entered the CEO’s office for the second time that day.

‘Hello again,’ Louis greeted them, nodding politely to each, and taking a moment to look Bugsy over. ‘I think it’s safe to say you’ve succeeded with flying colours, team. I’ve been informed, in fact, that Laurie handled the initial encounter solo, and with no violence whatsoever.’

‘Oh, she did, she did,’ Bugsy interjected, grinning lopsidedly. ‘She’s, uh, she’s given me a new lease on life. I’m very grateful to her.’

Louis’ silence conveyed his annoyance with the interruption aptly, he felt.

‘And well done to you for that, Laurie,’ he continued calmly once he decided he’d been quiet long enough. ‘It’s nice that a mission has gone without incident for once. Aside from anything else, that greatly reduces the amount of paperwork I have to do. If only every Stand battle was so relaxed.’ His lips quirked upward briefly, only to drift back down once more as he added ‘Of course, fate is not so kind. I would be shocked to see another person who comes along so quietly as our man here.’ Now did he nod to the man who, evidently, wanted to say something else.

‘Yeah, I was a wimp, caved in immediately. But, uh, Leonard’s confidence charm has really helped, too!’ the would-be comedian explained excitedly, prompting the boss’ eyebrow to raise as he glanced at the hired gun. ‘Gotta thank both of them. And, I’m really happy you guys are gonna help me master my- what was it, my Stand, and help me out on the way to the comedy circuit!’

‘...quite,’ Louis stated, again glancing at Leonard. ‘Well, if you head out to the receptionist now, sir, she can direct you to the people you want.’ Thusly waved away, Bugsy quickly thanked Blue and Leonard once more before heading out, his stride awkward as ever, but nonetheless confident.

‘And that’s that. Debriefing aside, ladies and gentlemen, is there anything else I ought to know?’ Louis asked, leaning forward on his desk and clasping his hands together in front of his face, his thoughts a mystery.
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Leonard's charm had worked like, well, a charm. Bugsy's confidence had certainly grown exponentially, even if his coordination did not follow suit. Well, everyone had their flaws and not all of them will be overcome in a single lifetime. Still, the comedian had some lessons to learn about respect and recognizing authority, it appeared. Mr. Armstrong definitely seemed displeased by Bugsy's interruptions, a feeling the mercenary shared. Eventually their quarry had been dismissed and the Speedwagon Foundation's current head asked if there was anything else he needed to be made aware of.

"I did not happen to uncover any other circumstances of note, sir," he spoke in a professional tone. "At least not any as such pertains to our mission," he added, remembering the peaceful protest led by the Southern sounding woman.
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Getting back to the HQ was a relief for sure, and the new guy that Leonard and Blue had brought along was pretty cool. The guy’s positive attitude toward them made Mieke smile, glad that the mission had gone smoothly.

She didn’t have any input relating to the mission itself, but she knew that she would have to mention her own experience. When prompted for additional information, she spoke up.

“Well, while I was on my own, I came across these performers doing, like, a daredevil show. At least two of them, I think, are Stand users. One of them seems to be able to resurrect the dead; pretty sure it was part of their show. The other one, I didn’t see what he could do, but he could see my Stand. He didn’t know what they were though. It didn’t seem like they had any bad intentions, but I think they’re worth talking to. I wrote down their information.”

She pulled up the note she had written on her phone and held it in front of her.

“Oh! Also, I’ve seen a little bit of what my own Stand can do! I, uh, accidentally summoned her at one point. I got kinda freaked out. It looks like she can make crystals out of her tears. So, that’s pretty cool, right?”

After her little speech (that she definitely hadn’t been rehearsing for the entire ride over), she looked down at her feet, feeling a little awkward.
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While Arthur would have had no qualms about stepping up to the plate if Mieke's anxiety got the better of her to tell her tale, the girl piped up with what happened to her without any prompting. The sudden, more active shift in personality spoke of a strengthened resolve, maybe as a result of her acceptance of her Stand, which made the mustached man glad. Of course, it also meant that he lacked any material to cover for his completely uneventful excursion. Once Mieke finished, he gave a helpless shrug. "Soorry, boss man. Neither Hogan nor I found anything of interest while traveling around. No signs, no users, no nothin'. Better luck next time, hmm?"

Having spoken his piece, he took another glance at the stranger. Bugsy did not strike an imposing figure, though that meant little in the world of Stands. The fact that he came along quietly, with neither resistance nor coercion, did much to alleviate Arthur's initial worry about a supernatural epidemic turning ordinary people into crazed killers. Then again, it could just be luck; it would not do to let his guard down on future assignments. Arthur looked down at his hand and flexed his fingers, imagining the brilliantly silver skin of his Stand appearing over it. Aside from its rather frivolous use during lunch, he hadn't used Space Oddity's ability in quite a while. Maybe that was for the better; an ability like his, with potential limited only by his imagination and quick thinking, could be absolutely terrifying or frustratingly useless. That said, he did look forward to his next chance to give it a whirl.
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Hogan slowly dragged himself into the room after everyone else and took a position near Mieke's feet, while also keeping a close eye on the newcomer. Bugsy was a proper chatter box it seemed, a fact that was getting on Hogan's nerves. Hogan kept his eyes locked on Bugsy and made a quite rumbling sound. While yes is was a good thing that Bugsy had come quietly. Why did he have to be so stupid looking? Hogan's head dropped to the floor when Louis asked if there was anything else he needed to know, he looked over at Arthur expecting the man to explain their uneventful day and then touch on what Mieke found. But to the Lizards surprise the Mieke spoke up about her own findings, looks like she was more confident that Hogan thought she was, good for her. And her stand made crystals hmm? What kinds of combat applications could that have, hmmm. Hopefully Mieke would be able to get some practice with her stand before she had to use it in an actual battle. And if Battle did find her before she was ready, well Hogan would be there.

That out of the way Arthur went over how they didn't find anything and would hopefully have better luck next time. Hogan hoped so, he didn't want to endure another day of driving around the city, then not get the opportunity to bite something. Hogan made a groaning sound and then lay his head next to Mieke's feet.
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