Today on Quantum Vibe: Due dilligence Strip 479 - Click strip above to goto the next strip.
First Seen: Mon 2012-11-05
Story & Art: Scott Bieser - Colors: Zeke Bieser Sci-Fi Adventure Mondays.
A thousand years in the future, humanity has colonized worlds in nearly
100 galaxies, thanks to Quantum Vibremonic technologies developed five
centuries earlier. Other new technologies have created various
off-shoots of humanity and extended life expectancies five-fold. The
story begins with how a mad scientist and his plucky assistant, along
with their robot friend, brought humanity to the stars, and continues
with the adventures of some unique people in fantastic places.
Back to the drawing room at the Po estate. Xie-Po, Peng-Bo, and Seamus are again seated around the table, in front of the holoscreen. Now in the rightmost panel is the image of Johanna Diamondi.
Diamondi: Sorry for the delay in my response, but I felt I should undertake some due diligence before responding.
Angled 2-shot of Peng-Bo and Diamondi. Peng-Bo is looking a bit apprehensive.
Diamondi: Fortunately, HuoJinGong keeps a mirror database at its facility on Rhea, so I was able to get some information quickly.
Diamondi: Your Mr. Peng-Bo appears to have had an ... interesting career.
Two-shot of Xie-Po and Peng-Bo, with the former casting a dubious glance at the latter.
Diamondi: Fifty-four years ago, as vice-admin for water services in Antoniadi Division, your decision to favor one monopoly delivery provider provoked mass protests and near-rioting.
Medium close-up on Peng-Bo, starting to get angry.
Diamondi: I do find it interesting how your Mr. Peng-Bo has managed to overcome these embarrassments and others to rise to directorship of NiuYaoRui Division.
Diamondi: Does this reflect his tenacious passion for power or a failing in the HuoJinGong vetting system?
Angled 2-shot of Diamondi and Seamus. Now Seamus looks a bit discomfited.
Diamondi: You really should choose your associates more carefully, Seamus.
Diamondi: Although, I suppose even the most seasoned among us can make mistakes.
Close-up on Diamondi, completing her transmission.
Diamondi: I admit I could have gotten the wrong impression from the database, so before I cast my vote I would like to hear how Mr. Peng-Bo responds to this message.
Diamond: Good-bye for now, and good luck, Seamus.
Two-shot of Xie-Po and Peng-Bo, both looking very angry.
Xie-Po: The nerve of that bitch!
Peng-Bo: Who does this -- this insolent yinhu think she is, insulting me this way?
Medium c/u on Seamus, with death in his eye, talking through cleched teeth.
Seamus: Most importantly to you, she is a fully-vested shareholder in this project you're seeking to join.
Seamus: But also, she is my fiancée. So I advise you to keep a civil tongue in your face, if you want to keep both of them.