Your data pylon solution

From: William M.
To: Leonard Benson
Date: 18, 9:59
Subject: Your data pylon solution

Leonard,

I was forwarded your email regarding Data Pylon Solutions by a greata mutual friend. I wish to discuss this opportunity with you further – will the first day of the week be suitable?

Re: May I interest you in a data pylon solution?

From: Greta Kliest
To: Leonard Benson
Date: 16, 9:59
Subject: Re: May I interest you in a data pylon solution?

I thank you for your kind offer, but I currently have no unfulfilled data pylon needs. However, I have referred your offer to a friend I believe is interested. You should hear from him Monday.

May I interest you in a data pylon solution?

From: Leonard Benson
To: Greta Kliest
Date: 16, 10:08
Subject: May I interest you in a data pylon solution?

Greta, it’s Benzi. Benzi Leonidas. I’m using this alias to contact you because I think that they can read my ordinary email.

Look, it turns out that the angel investors who helped me get going were not so much angelic as, well, criminal. They’ve got my family, Greta. And there’s something on that data pylon that they want – it’s not your job, but it’s on the same pylon. And they don’t really care about collateral damage – that’s how the only copies of this stuff wound up on that one server ship. I’ve been trying to persuade them that it’s lost, but it’s not. I’ve attached the coordinates and planned path of the server ship – maybe you can manage to retrieve it before they do. If you can, I can get out from under them, and pay you back somewhere down the line.

Please, Greta? I really need your help.

What’s going on?

From: Greta Kliest
To: Benzi Leonidas
Date: 14, 10:25
Subject: What’s going on?

Benzi, you and I go back a long way, so I have to ask you: are you guys pulling something here? Because this whole bit with the server ship sounds…

either uncharacterstically stupid or uncharacteristically sinister.

Be straight with me, okay?

Good News!

From: Benzi Leonidas
To: Greta Kliest
Date: 12, 00:08
Subject: Good News!

We’ve found the data pylon containing your records. Unfortunately, the data pylon containing the encryption schema is corrupt, so we’re going to have to brute force them open. Not sure how long that will take.

So yeah, two jumps forward, one jump back.

Benzi

Re: Re: Re: In regard to your unreturned correspondence

From: Benzi Leonidas
To: Greta Kliest
Date: 12, 00:08
Subject: Re: Re: Re: In regard to your unreturned correspondence

Okay, I just got back, and I have some good news – we’ve managed to isolate which data pylons had the stuff about our deal with you in them, and I’m leaning on the team to make sure those ones get first priority.

I can’t say exactly when we’ll have it, but there are five pylons to search, and it’s taking us about 3 days per pylon, so I should be able to actually respond in some useful fashion in no more than another two weeks at the very most.

Can you hold back the wolves that long?

Benzi

Re: In regard to your unreturned correspondence

From: Benzi Leonidas
To: Greta Kliest
Date: 9, 0:018
Subject: Re: In regard to your unreturned correspondence

Greta,

I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry, things have been absolutely fucking insane here. We had a blowout on one our server ships, and a whole lot of data got lost. We’ve been sorting it out through backups and such, but there’s a lot to be done still.

I’ve been out-system for the last three months working on this, and I won’t be back for at least another week – how soon do you need me to act?

Benzi

In regard to your unreturned correspondence

From: Greta Kliest
To: Benzi Leonidas
Date: 7, 1:05
Subject: In regard to your unreturned correspondence

Look, this is basically a formality, but you really need to get in touch with us. Otherwise, we’re going to have to go to legal on this. You don’t want that, we don’t want that, but I can’t stall this out any longer. Get in touch, Benzi.

Greta