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Jason McCallister - March 2, 2013 05:42 AM (GMT)

Jason was glad to have at least a few days off. Now that he had successfully installed the gift from Asid into the Mustang Shelby Cobra, he was anxious to take it for a spin so his present. Much to his surprise, he was given an Artificially Intelligent being that called itself Iota which now "lived" in his Mustang via advanced computer chip and a hidden control module. He took the time to interact with it so they could gain some trust.

He taught the AI being about his past and current team members, and it was after a day or so of interaction that he decided to see if his XO wanted to visit and perhaps meet the new addition to his car. Jason hadn't had a chance to take time off with his team members off base before, so he decided to give it a shot.

Contacting Steph by phone, he sent a text asking if she wanted to meet for lunch somewhere off base. What he really wanted to do was challenge her to a race, but that could wait. He already knew how she could handle herself in combat, he saw that enough - but he also knew what kind of car she had, and it had been a while since he had some fun with driving. Plus it was winter, even better!

Stephanie McMillan - March 2, 2013 06:30 AM (GMT) Stephanie had enjoyed having her siblings in town, but they were on their ways home, and it was back to her off-time routine. Her morning run was done, and she was in some casual clothes, killing time by playing some Fallout New Vegas, the re-release of the 2011 hit, and was wandering the virtual Mojave Wasteland when her phone began playing the main theme to Rainbow Six.

She reached over and picked it up, seeing it was Jason. Pausing her game, she checked it, noting that it was a text message from him. She had wanted to catch up with him since he had gotten back, but time had not permitted for it until now. Stephanie replied that she wanted to do just that, and to name when and where. Meanwhile, while waiting on the reply, she saved her game, turned off the console, and started getting ready.

The weather still made riding her beloved Triumph, so the Challenger it would be. She still pulled on her jacket, and waited for Jason's reply.

Jason McCallister - March 2, 2013 07:06 AM (GMT) Confirming the text, he told Stephanie to meet her by the gate so they could discuss where to go. Jason considered where would be a good place to get a full meal, and decided they should meet near the gate of the base before they agreed on a place to get food. The black Mustang with gold racing stripes and a license plate reading "Vortex" approached the gate about half an hour later. He stood outside the Mustang in a side parking lot to be sure she would see him.

At least Colorado wasn't short of a good supply of restaurants and fast food joints. He was considering Village Inn on his way there, it offered breakfast 24/7 and he considered it better than iHop in most ways. There was nothing wrong with getting Pizza or picking another restaurant either. Golden Corral always had a good variety of food and was usually one of the best buffets available, one could be found in just about every state he visited. Japanese or Chinese food was good from time to time, so it was really all up to the XO.

He had a light breakfast earlier and was now starving. Anything would suffice for this initial stage of the meet.

There were certainly benefits to having a female civilian XO. Since he rather liked what he observed of her so far, Jason decided he rather liked Steph, but regardless of his interests he kept his professional air about him unless he either felt brave or simply knew something else was up.

Stephanie McMillan - March 2, 2013 08:09 AM (GMT) Stephanie shrugged to herself, tossing over some ideas in her head as well as she grabbed her things, locked up her apartment, and headed down to her car. She pulled the keys to the Challenger out of her pocket, disarmed the car alarm, and clambered in. Part of her wanted to get something even more to really play with, but there were only two cars that fit that bill, but too hard to find: an honest-to-God, signed off by the man himself Shelby Cobra 427, or a Ford GT. Pipe dreams at best, but the Challenger here was a piece of work. The previous owner had overhauled it, fine tuned it, gave it more power and more control, but she was considering looking into seeing what Dodge would charge her to swap out the engine with the V10 from a Viper, though forgoing the entire drag racing package. Part of her was eager to see if her CO would indeed challenge her, it had been a good long time since anyone had challenged her to a race.

Stephanie grinned at the thought as the Challenger growled to life. Jason was a good sort, had done a good job making her feel more welcome when she had first arrived on the team. She wasn't sure what to make of things yet, but at the moment, she was intent on letting things go where they did. She pulled up to the parking lot where Jason was waiting, taking the moment to rev the tuned Hemi V8 after parking before turning off the engine.

"Morning, boss." Stephanie said with a grin as she climbed out. "So, lunch, then? You feel like something Chinese? There's a mom-and-pop place one of the SFs told me about. Otherwise, I'm up for just about anything that isn't seafood." Stephanie said as she leaned against her Challenger, crossing her arms with a bit of a smile.

Jason McCallister - March 2, 2013 08:27 AM (GMT) He grinned briefly as he saw the Challenger approach. The Challenger was definitely one of his favorites. He liked the older models as well, Mustangs included. There was just something powerful about them, both literally and figuratively. Of course Jason took pride in his own vehicle, but he definitely "Morning, well guess it's more like noon now." Jason replied as he checked his watch. "Chinese sounds good. Or perhaps a sushi bar if sushi is on your list of favorites? I can name one or two good ones within a few miles, they tend to have a lot of variety." Chinese buffets were also good though, and they saved a little money.

Iota observed quiety, "she" wasn't going to make a peep until Jason wished to introduce her and make her known. She knew that she was unique and though prided in it, wasn't going to make trouble out of it, nor did she want to irritate Jason.

Stephanie McMillan - March 3, 2013 01:47 AM (GMT) Stephanie grinned, "Sushi is seafood, therefore, no go there. I'm just not at all a fan of seafood, I'm afraid. I know the way to the place. You need the route, I have my GPS and my tacpad to upload it if you need it. I tried driving with my tacpad and HUD combo once, it's actually pretty cool, I guess like flying a jet with all the readouts."

"At any rate, I guess it's good to finally meet the other car the SFs so detest around here. I always liked Mustangs, my first car was one. '04, 60th Anniversary model. I got it on the cheap, had to, my mom had to help my sister buy a better second car." Stephanie laughed as she walked around Jason's car, "My sister first bought a BMW Z3, purely on looks alone, but that was a train wreck. You could fit a gearbox through the holes between gears, and it was clear someone wasn't keen on paying the price for the parts upkeep. I drove it all of four times, and refused to do so again. So she got a stupid little MX-5, but at least I didn't have to drive it."

Jason McCallister - March 3, 2013 07:02 AM (GMT) Jason facepalmed. Sushi WAS sea food, what was he thinking? Sometimes the types he'd tried weren't raw and very creative, to the extent that they didn't even have sea food in some of the California rolls and other various types. They had so many varieties you could always try something new. But it didn't matter much to him, Chinese sounded good too. "Right, well I meant some of sushi I've had doesn't even have sea food. Like the California rolls and such, those are pretty good even if they do have a little sea weed in them. But anyway, I got a GPS too on my phone so you can send the info that way, I have a charging dock for it on the dashboard." he raised an eyebrow when Steph mentioned the MX-5.

Admittedly, he had to do a quick search on his phone to figure out what the car looked like because he wasn't sure of the maker. So it was a Mazda. "MX-5, haven't seen that one too much of late. You talking about this one?" his expression turned into something of a dead pan look when he scrolled through more pictures, observing how the front on some of the models seemed to have a "face" on them. "Not sure if it's just but some of them look like they have a face." the initial reaction then turned into a brief chuckle.

Stephanie McMillan - March 3, 2013 07:44 PM (GMT) "Yeah, that's it. Hers was an amber colored thing, but when she went off to train for the FBI, she sold it. I forgot what she drives now. But yeah, it does kind of look like a face, like those talking cars from the cartoons." Stephanie replied, fishing her phone from her jacket pocket, and called up the directions. "I was told this place is a good one. Mom and pop place, and those tend to be more interesting anyways."

"So, I take it that yours isn't stock, is it?" Stephanie said, nodding to his Mustang again, "I can't take the credit for mine, that was the previous owner's handiwork. Fine tuned it mainly, runs a lot better than it would off the lot. I may undertake my own project for it, since once this winter lets up, I'll be back on my bike. Thinking of dropping in the V10 from a Viper under the hood, like what Dodge did with their drag racing package, but not quite that far. I don't feel like stripping it down just to run a quarter mile on the weekends." Honestly, it was nice to finally talk shop with someone who was going to do more than politely nod and then admit they had no idea what she was on about.

Jason McCallister - March 4, 2013 07:54 AM (GMT) "Actually, most of it is stock. The V8 engine is one of the best there is, though eventually I may upgrade to a V10 from a maker of choice. But for now, with how busy I usually am, I'm content with this V8. Top speed with minimal braking can reach 200. I decided to make the most of my purchase by getting the latest performance package, which has a lot of extra dash board features for a sport mode of sorts, rear differential and transmission coolers, a splitter, quad exhaust pipes, and electronic adjustable dampers. This is a "KR" edition, short for Knight Rider. It's essentially almost like what was featured in the Knight Rider show a couple decades ago except it has a few major differences: of course, though I wish it was, it isn't bullet proof nor can it transform. However, I do get NOS installed in it periodically but I use it very selectively, as it's hard on the car, and this thing has a considerable amount of power. It's kinda top heavy at high speeds, but it's got the durability that speaks its name. Now that I think about it, I normally would add that another key difference is that my car isn't intelligent. But much to my surprise, it is now. Rather shockingly, I can now legitimately get away with talking to my car." Jason rambled, patting the roof briefly. He tilted his head towards the dash board where the control panel was installed into the system. For the most part however other than a few additional ports to connect a laptop to it, the dash board and driver displays all looked like a typical dash board .

Jason hadn't had much time to customize his dash board of yet since there was no need to, but that would gradually change as he planned out developments for the AI to feel more at home. The Shelby Cobra was essentially becoming a female KITT. "I know there's not too many people around but I'd rather you two meet at a place where there are fewer people."

Stephanie McMillan - March 6, 2013 07:02 AM (GMT) "Well...now I'm intrigued at this particular development." Stephanie said with a grin as she leaned back against her Challenger, "Since that sounds decidedly like you've got something rather interesting worth mentioning, yet also all secretive, so now I really have to know, doubly since my Spook senses are tingling." She concluded with a broadening playful smile.

"Enough yammering though, right? I'm starved, and we've got the whole day ahead of us." Stephanie said, "Address and route should be coming up on your phone now. I could say follow me, but I think the SFs and the cops might not like that too much if I...shall we say, slip and hit the accelerator a bit hard and you'd have to catch up."

Stephanie turned around and pulled open her door, sliding into the driver's seat and buckled in before turning over the engine, resuming the Challenger's throaty rumble as she led the way through the gates out of the Atrium and onto the road to Colorado Springs.

Jason McCallister - March 6, 2013 09:00 AM (GMT) Jason chuckled. "Indeed, going to need a big meal to start off the day." he started up the Mustang promptly and followed, the sun gleaming on the black paint like onyx. Promptly, he followed the attractive woman (which he wouldn't openly admit) to the selected restaurant, keeping a fair distance from the equally attractive Challenger while staying in sight by about two car lengths.

Jason's stomach growled audibly while he drove as they got closer to the restaurant. "I am glad I do not require sustenance." Iota spoke up, knowing it was a good chance to do so.

"Yeah, lucky you..." he agreed with a brief smile of amusement.

Stephanie McMillan - March 7, 2013 05:29 AM (GMT) Stephanie had to fight every urge to play around with Jason on the drive into town, but the last time she had thought the roads had been empty, she rounded the bend right to a State Trooper with a radar gun, and pulled over immediately. That had amused the Trooper enough to let her off with a warning, and she decided not to press her luck.

The car wasn't exactly the smoothest handling machine on the road, but that was by trait of it's muscle car status, and the previous owner's modifications could do nothing about it, it was simply a design fault. She did make sure to watch Jason as well, already scoping out how best to handle his Mustang on these roads. The thought did occur to her that she had grown to liking him a great deal, having been unfailingly good to her, so far, engendering trust in not only him but in herself as well. Stephanie was in no way about to deny that her self-confidence was returning, and he did have a hand in it, among others.

But where was that particular route going to lead, especially being on the same team? Of course, the rational side of her reasoned that it was jumping the gun on her part to assume things would go wherever she was thinking, but still...

"Focus...one thing at a time..." She muttered to herself, tensing up more on her grip of the wheel. Overthinking situations, that was what made things worse. She rolled down the window, letting the cold air hit her in the face to get her thoughts out of her head for now, focus on the here and now.

She pulled into the parking lot of the shopping plaza where the resteraunt was located, and climbed out, waiting on Jason to park to join him.

Jason McCallister - March 7, 2013 06:31 AM (GMT) Jason parked next to the Challenger, glad to see this parking lot wasn't too full which could mean that the restaurant/buffet wasn't too busy. At least buffets were quick and you had less waiting. He could smell the food as he walked in, and he practically started to salivate. "Wow, this actually smells really good." he commented on their way in. He held open the door for her then moved straight to the cashier to pay for the buffet. If they had a menu too, he'd certainly have to take a look.

Having already decided that he'd pay, he stayed in front when reaching the small line."Don't worry, I don't mind paying." the initial offer for getting lunch and visiting a bit off duty was his over, it was only fair for him to pay (and of course it was a polite gesture). He ordered for two buffets and waited to get seating should they have a waiter/waitress.

((i know each buffet/restaurants with all you can eat buffets operate a little differently so you can change it up if needed.))

Stephanie McMillan - March 8, 2013 07:47 PM (GMT) "Wow. Airman Hanley wasn't kidding about this place." Stephanie said with a smile as they got in line. She reached into her jacket to pull out her own wallet, which she carried instead of a purse or anything of the sort. It was just less of a hassle that she learned to do without back in her early years with the CIA.

"That's nice of you, thanks. I'll take the next tab." Stephanie said, nodding as they took a seat. Waiting to be seen, Stephanie shrugged off her jacket and hung it on the back of her chair.

"I admit, this has been a rather interesting past couple of months. I mean, the desk work's nothing special, but all the fun stuff, that's something I'd never think of having done in any other job." Stephanie said, "I guess what really makes it worth it is that I've had the luck of getting on such a great team. I mean, well, mainly just you and Audie. But, well, I hope you get what I mean."

Jason McCallister - March 9, 2013 08:20 AM (GMT) Jason smiled briefly, one hundred percent agreeing with her. "Agreed, nothing could ever beat the kinds of missions we have now, gotta say. Always gonna have paperwork." A waiter arrived to order their drinks. Once they ordered, he didn't wait long to get the food. He moved into the buffet line to get the first part of his meal, a stir fry mix, lots of fried rice, an egg roll, another plate full off various meats and a decent serving of plain white rice. Once he set down the plates. For being so active, and being male of course, he wasn't going to stop there. There was far too much here for him to try to stop eating after the first two plates.

Stephanie McMillan - March 20, 2013 08:06 AM (GMT) "Well, still, it's good to get out." Stephanie said as she piled on the orange chicken and beef with broccoli, as well as plenty of rice and egg rolls. A side effect of an irregular eating schedule from working with the CIA, Stephanie found that she was prone to eating a good deal in one sitting to make up for not eating at all, though working now at the SGC helped offset that.

"I guess all work and no play makes Steph a dull girl, because I haven't really gotten out and done a whole lot since I joined up, so I really don't have much to say outside of work." Stephanie said with a rueful grin, "I haven't even really found anywhere good to run my Challenger or my Triumph. But to be fair, it was hard to find a good spot in Virginia. Somebody at Langley told me, "Oh yeah, check out the Blue Ridge Parkway, it's a great drive". Yeah, I should have watched that old Top Gear UK episode, the speed limit is either 25, 35 or 45. What a waste of time." Stephanie concluded with a light laugh before diving into her food.

Jason McCallister - March 24, 2013 06:44 AM (GMT) Jason grinned a little. "Wait, I thought your Challenger was 'Triumph?' You have two vehicles?" he said between mouthfuls of fried rice and assortments of other items. Maybe he'd misheard her, but he thought he heard the word 'or' in there. "I used to love going on road trips after I was done with college, when I had the time anyway. Gave me a chance to drive some new roads, and not worry about actually being what some people call 'lost'. Just me and my Mustang. It was great. It was tough going overseas and leaving it behind. Didn't sell it of course even for that."

Stephanie McMillan - March 25, 2013 06:17 AM (GMT) "What? No, my Triumph Daytona 600, my motorcycle." Stephanie replied, "It's actually kind of a stupid story how I got it. See, back about when I was 14, I got my brother's old Playstation 2 after he bought a PS3. Which was fine, I wasn't big on games, but there were some James Bond games I wanted to play, being a huge Bond fan. Anyways, one of them was Everything or Nothing, and it was amazing, since it had Pierce Brosnan and the entire cast from his time, Wilhem Dafoe was the bad guy, it was cool. Better than Die Another Day. And it featured two cars and a bike, the cars being the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish and the Porche Cayenne, and the bike was, well, the Triumph Daytona 600."

"So, I always kind of wanted one like James Bond had, but I never really got into bikes until I was in Law School. My roommate rode bikes, and we got to talking about it, and she got me into it as well, and I started out with a basic one, just a Kawasaki. When I joined the CIA, I really wanted to find a Triumph, so I started looking through ads, and I found one at a dealership, used, but was lightly used and the owner just wanted to be rid of it, couldn't sell it I guess. So, at two grand under list price, I managed to get my dream bike." Stephanie said with a laugh, "If only I could get such a deal for one of my dream cars. But I doubt someone's going to let go of an authentic Shelby Cobra 427 or a Ford GT like that."

"I swear, if I had enough time and money, I'd have a garage that'd rival Jay Leno's in terms of sheer volume of cars. But I'd need somewhere to drive them too. That seems to be the curse." Stephanie had a few more bites, "Plus, like Jeremy Clarkson once said, being a gearhead is a dying race. Everyone's all into eco-friendly this and economy that, it's all a lost art now. And these kinds of cars, no one appreciates the kind of engineering going into controlling something at those speeds, or the thrill they bring. I had someone lecture me about how terrible of a person I was for liking and wanting a good car and how great they were for driving a Prius. Puh-lease." She rolled her eyes, "You know what I mean?"

Jason McCallister - April 3, 2013 08:47 AM (GMT) "Please don't tell me they were a guy." Jason shook his head. "Yeah, a garage is nice, but if you wanna stay on base, unfortunately you just don't have that option usually, kinda sucks. It almost makes me want to move off base, but I'm there so much, it's just easier to stay on it...I've only had one random case where my vehicle got um...totaled in an explosion. It was pretty bad, but that was a long while ago, thankfully." he continued to munch on more food and a sip of his soda before adding: "If my current developments on my car continue to go as well as they are, I may just have to anyway. I'm pretty sure I can afford it, at least some place fairly decent a few miles away."

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Jason McCallister - March 2, 2013 05:42 AM (GMT) Jason was glad to have at least a few days off. Now that he had successfully installed the gift from Asid into the Mustang Shelby Cobra, he was anxious to take it for a spin so his present. Much to his surprise, he was given an Artificially Intelligent being that called itself Iota which now "lived" in his Mustang via advanced computer chip and a hidden control module. He took the time to interact with it so they could gain some trust.

He taught the AI being about his past and current team members, and it was after a day or so of interaction that he decided to see if his XO wanted to visit and perhaps meet the new addition to his car. Jason hadn't had a chance to take time off with his team members off base before, so he decided to give it a shot.

Contacting Steph by phone, he sent a text asking if she wanted to meet for lunch somewhere off base. What he really wanted to do was challenge her to a race, but that could wait. He already knew how she could handle herself in combat, he saw that enough - but he also knew what kind of car she had, and it had been a while since he had some fun with driving. Plus it was winter, even better!

Stephanie McMillan - March 2, 2013 06:30 AM (GMT) Stephanie had enjoyed having her siblings in town, but they were on their ways home, and it was back to her off-time routine. Her morning run was done, and she was in some casual clothes, killing time by playing some Fallout New Vegas, the re-release of the 2011 hit, and was wandering the virtual Mojave Wasteland when her phone began playing the main theme to Rainbow Six.

She reached over and picked it up, seeing it was Jason. Pausing her game, she checked it, noting that it was a text message from him. She had wanted to catch up with him since he had gotten back, but time had not permitted for it until now. Stephanie replied that she wanted to do just that, and to name when and where. Meanwhile, while waiting on the reply, she saved her game, turned off the console, and started getting ready.

The weather still made riding her beloved Triumph, so the Challenger it would be. She still pulled on her jacket, and waited for Jason's reply.

Jason McCallister - March 2, 2013 07:06 AM (GMT) Confirming the text, he told Stephanie to meet her by the gate so they could discuss where to go. Jason considered where would be a good place to get a full meal, and decided they should meet near the gate of the base before they agreed on a place to get food. The black Mustang with gold racing stripes and a license plate reading "Vortex" approached the gate about half an hour later. He stood outside the Mustang in a side parking lot to be sure she would see him.

At least Colorado wasn't short of a good supply of restaurants and fast food joints. He was considering Village Inn on his way there, it offered breakfast 24/7 and he considered it better than iHop in most ways. There was nothing wrong with getting Pizza or picking another restaurant either. Golden Corral always had a good variety of food and was usually one of the best buffets available, one could be found in just about every state he visited. Japanese or Chinese food was good from time to time, so it was really all up to the XO.

He had a light breakfast earlier and was now starving. Anything would suffice for this initial stage of the meet.

There were certainly benefits to having a female civilian XO. Since he rather liked what he observed of her so far, Jason decided he rather liked Steph, but regardless of his interests he kept his professional air about him unless he either felt brave or simply knew something else was up.

Stephanie McMillan - March 2, 2013 08:09 AM (GMT) Stephanie shrugged to herself, tossing over some ideas in her head as well as she grabbed her things, locked up her apartment, and headed down to her car. She pulled the keys to the Challenger out of her pocket, disarmed the car alarm, and clambered in. Part of her wanted to get something even more to really play with, but there were only two cars that fit that bill, but too hard to find: an honest-to-God, signed off by the man himself Shelby Cobra 427, or a Ford GT. Pipe dreams at best, but the Challenger here was a piece of work. The previous owner had overhauled it, fine tuned it, gave it more power and more control, but she was considering looking into seeing what Dodge would charge her to swap out the engine with the V10 from a Viper, though forgoing the entire drag racing package. Part of her was eager to see if her CO would indeed challenge her, it had been a good long time since anyone had challenged her to a race.

Stephanie grinned at the thought as the Challenger growled to life. Jason was a good sort, had done a good job making her feel more welcome when she had first arrived on the team. She wasn't sure what to make of things yet, but at the moment, she was intent on letting things go where they did. She pulled up to the parking lot where Jason was waiting, taking the moment to rev the tuned Hemi V8 after parking before turning off the engine.

"Morning, boss." Stephanie said with a grin as she climbed out. "So, lunch, then? You feel like something Chinese? There's a mom-and-pop place one of the SFs told me about. Otherwise, I'm up for just about anything that isn't seafood." Stephanie said as she leaned against her Challenger, crossing her arms with a bit of a smile.

Jason McCallister - March 2, 2013 08:27 AM (GMT) He grinned briefly as he saw the Challenger approach. The Challenger was definitely one of his favorites. He liked the older models as well, Mustangs included. There was just something powerful about them, both literally and figuratively. Of course Jason took pride in his own vehicle, but he definitely "Morning, well guess it's more like noon now." Jason replied as he checked his watch. "Chinese sounds good. Or perhaps a sushi bar if sushi is on your list of favorites? I can name one or two good ones within a few miles, they tend to have a lot of variety." Chinese buffets were also good though, and they saved a little money.

Iota observed quiety, "she" wasn't going to make a peep until Jason wished to introduce her and make her known. She knew that she was unique and though prided in it, wasn't going to make trouble out of it, nor did she want to irritate Jason.

Stephanie McMillan - March 3, 2013 01:47 AM (GMT) Stephanie grinned, "Sushi is seafood, therefore, no go there. I'm just not at all a fan of seafood, I'm afraid. I know the way to the place. You need the route, I have my GPS and my tacpad to upload it if you need it. I tried driving with my tacpad and HUD combo once, it's actually pretty cool, I guess like flying a jet with all the readouts."

"At any rate, I guess it's good to finally meet the other car the SFs so detest around here. I always liked Mustangs, my first car was one. '04, 60th Anniversary model. I got it on the cheap, had to, my mom had to help my sister buy a better second car." Stephanie laughed as she walked around Jason's car, "My sister first bought a BMW Z3, purely on looks alone, but that was a train wreck. You could fit a gearbox through the holes between gears, and it was clear someone wasn't keen on paying the price for the parts upkeep. I drove it all of four times, and refused to do so again. So she got a stupid little MX-5, but at least I didn't have to drive it."

Jason McCallister - March 3, 2013 07:02 AM (GMT) Jason facepalmed. Sushi WAS sea food, what was he thinking? Sometimes the types he'd tried weren't raw and very creative, to the extent that they didn't even have sea food in some of the California rolls and other various types. They had so many varieties you could always try something new. But it didn't matter much to him, Chinese sounded good too. "Right, well I meant some of sushi I've had doesn't even have sea food. Like the California rolls and such, those are pretty good even if they do have a little sea weed in them. But anyway, I got a GPS too on my phone so you can send the info that way, I have a charging dock for it on the dashboard." he raised an eyebrow when Steph mentioned the MX-5.

Admittedly, he had to do a quick search on his phone to figure out what the car looked like because he wasn't sure of the maker. So it was a Mazda. "MX-5, haven't seen that one too much of late. You talking about this one?" his expression turned into something of a dead pan look when he scrolled through more pictures, observing how the front on some of the models seemed to have a "face" on them. "Not sure if it's just but some of them look like they have a face." the initial reaction then turned into a brief chuckle.

Stephanie McMillan - March 3, 2013 07:44 PM (GMT) "Yeah, that's it. Hers was an amber colored thing, but when she went off to train for the FBI, she sold it. I forgot what she drives now. But yeah, it does kind of look like a face, like those talking cars from the cartoons." Stephanie replied, fishing her phone from her jacket pocket, and called up the directions. "I was told this place is a good one. Mom and pop place, and those tend to be more interesting anyways."

"So, I take it that yours isn't stock, is it?" Stephanie said, nodding to his Mustang again, "I can't take the credit for mine, that was the previous owner's handiwork. Fine tuned it mainly, runs a lot better than it would off the lot. I may undertake my own project for it, since once this winter lets up, I'll be back on my bike. Thinking of dropping in the V10 from a Viper under the hood, like what Dodge did with their drag racing package, but not quite that far. I don't feel like stripping it down just to run a quarter mile on the weekends." Honestly, it was nice to finally talk shop with someone who was going to do more than politely nod and then admit they had no idea what she was on about.

Jason McCallister - March 4, 2013 07:54 AM (GMT) "Actually, most of it is stock. The V8 engine is one of the best there is, though eventually I may upgrade to a V10 from a maker of choice. But for now, with how busy I usually am, I'm content with this V8. Top speed with minimal braking can reach 200. I decided to make the most of my purchase by getting the latest performance package, which has a lot of extra dash board features for a sport mode of sorts, rear differential and transmisison coolers, a splitter, quad exhaust pipes, and electronic adjustable dampers. This is a "KR" edition, short for Knight Rider. It's essentially almost like what was featured in the Knight Rider show a couple decades ago except it has a few major differences: of course, though I wish it was, it isn't bullet proof nor can it transform. However, I do get NOS installed in it periodically but I use it very selectively, as it's hard on the car, and this thing has a considerable amount of power. It's kinda top heavy at high speeds, but it's got the durability that speaks its name. Now that I think about it, I normally would add that another key difference is that my car isn't intelligent. But much to my surprise, it is now. Rather shockingly, I can now legitimately get away with talking to my car." Jason rambled, patting the roof briefly. He tilted his head towards the dash board where the control panel was installed into the system. For the most part however other than a few additional ports to connect a laptop to it, the dash board and driver displays all looked like a typical dash board .

Jason hadn't had much time to customize his dash board of yet since there was no need to, but that would gradually change as he planned out developments for the AI to feel more at home. The Shelby Cobra was essentially becoming a female KITT. "I know there's not too many people around but I'd rather you two meet at a place where there are fewer people."

Stephanie McMillan - March 6, 2013 07:02 AM (GMT) "Well...now I'm intrigued at this particular development." Stephanie said with a grin as she leaned back against her Challenger, "Since that sounds decidedly like you've got something rather interesting worth mentioning, yet also all secretive, so now I really have to know, doubly since my Spook senses are tingling." She concluded with a broadening playful smile.

"Enough yammering though, right? I'm starved, and we've got the whole day ahead of us." Stephanie said, "Address and route should be coming up on your phone now. I could say follow me, but I think the SFs and the cops might not like that too much if I...shall we say, slip and hit the accelerator a bit hard and you'd have to catch up."

Stephanie turned around and pulled open her door, sliding into the driver's seat and buckled in before turning over the engine, resuming the Challenger's throaty rumble as she led the way through the gates out of the Atrium and onto the road to Colorado Springs.

Jason McCallister - March 6, 2013 09:00 AM (GMT) Jason chuckled. "Indeed, going to need a big meal to start off the day." he started up the Mustang promptly and followed, the sun gleaming on the black paint like onyx. Promptly, he followed the attractive woman (which he wouldn't openly admit) to the selected restaurant, keeping a fair distance from the equally attractive Challenger while staying in sight by about two car lengths.

Jason's stomach growled audibly while he drove as they got closer to the restaurant. "I am glad I do not require sustenance." Iota spoke up, knowing it was a good chance to do so.

"Yeah, lucky you..." he agreed with a brief smile of amusement.

Stephanie McMillan - March 7, 2013 05:29 AM (GMT) Stephanie had to fight every urge to play around with Jason on the drive into town, but the last time she had thought the roads had been empty, she rounded the bend right to a State Trooper with a radar gun, and pulled over immediately. That had amused the Trooper enough to let her off with a warning, and she decided not to press her luck.

The car wasn't exactly the smoothest handling machine on the road, but that was by trait of it's muscle car status, and the previous owner's modifications could do nothing about it, it was simply a design fault. She did make sure to watch Jason as well, already scoping out how best to handle his Mustang on these roads. The thought did occur to her that she had grown to liking him a great deal, having been unfailingly good to her, so far, engendering trust in not only him but in herself as well. Stephanie was in no way about to deny that her self-confidence was returning, and he did have a hand in it, among others.

But where was that particular route going to lead, especially being on the same team? Of course, the rational side of her reasoned that it was jumping the gun on her part to assume things would go wherever she was thinking, but still...

"Focus...one thing at a time..." She muttered to herself, tensing up more on her grip of the wheel. Overthinking situations, that was what made things worse. She rolled down the window, letting the cold air hit her in the face to get her thoughts out of her head for now, focus on the here and now.

She pulled into the parking lot of the shopping plaza where the resteraunt was located, and climbed out, waiting on Jason to park to join him.

Jason McCallister - March 7, 2013 06:31 AM (GMT) Jason parked next to the Challenger, glad to see this parking lot wasn't too full which could mean that the restaurant/buffet wasn't too busy. At least buffets were quick and you had less waiting. He could smell the food as he walked in, and he practically started to salivate. "Wow, this actually smells really good." he commented on their way in. He held open the door for her then moved straight to the cashier to pay for the buffet. If they had a menu too, he'd certainly have to take a look.

Having already decided that he'd pay, he stayed in front when reaching the small line."Don't worry, I don't mind paying." the initial offer for getting lunch and visiting a bit off duty was his over, it was only fair for him to pay (and of course it was a polite gesture). He ordered for two buffets and waited to get seating should they have a waiter/waitress.

((i know each buffet/restaurants with all you can eat buffets operate a little differently so you can change it up if needed.))

Stephanie McMillan - March 8, 2013 07:47 PM (GMT) "Wow. Airman Hanley wasn't kidding about this place." Stephanie said with a smile as they got in line. She reached into her jacket to pull out her own wallet, which she carried instead of a purse or anything of the sort. It was just less of a hassle that she learned to do without back in her early years with the CIA.

"That's nice of you, thanks. I'll take the next tab." Stephanie said, nodding as they took a seat. Waiting to be seen, Stephanie shrugged off her jacket and hung it on the back of her chair.

"I admit, this has been a rather interesting past couple of months. I mean, the desk work's nothing special, but all the fun stuff, that's something I'd never think of having done in any other job." Stephanie said, "I guess what really makes it worth it is that I've had the luck of getting on such a great team. I mean, well, mainly just you and Audie. But, well, I hope you get what I mean."

Jason McCallister - March 9, 2013 08:20 AM (GMT) Jason smiled briefly, one hundred percent agreeing with her. "Agreed, nothing could ever beat the kinds of missions we have now, gotta say. Always gonna have paperwork." A waiter arrived to order their drinks. Once they ordered, he didn't wait long to get the food. He moved into the buffet line to get the first part of his meal, a stir fry mix, lots of fried rice, an egg roll, another plate full off various meats and a decent serving of plain white rice. Once he set down the plates. For being so active, and being male of course, he wasn't going to stop there. There was far too much here for him to try to stop eating after the first two plates.

Stephanie McMillan - March 20, 2013 08:06 AM (GMT) "Well, still, it's good to get out." Stephanie said as she piled on the orange chicken and beef with broccoli, as well as plenty of rice and egg rolls. A side effect of an irregular eating schedule from working with the CIA, Stephanie found that she was prone to eating a good deal in one sitting to make up for not eating at all, though working now at the SGC helped offset that.

"I guess all work and no play makes Steph a dull girl, because I haven't really gotten out and done a whole lot since I joined up, so I really don't have much to say outside of work." Stephanie said with a rueful grin, "I haven't even really found anywhere good to run my Challenger or my Triumph. But to be fair, it was hard to find a good spot in Virginia. Somebody at Langley told me, "Oh yeah, check out the Blue Ridge Parkway, it's a great drive". Yeah, I should have watched that old Top Gear UK episode, the speed limit is either 25, 35 or 45. What a waste of time." Stephanie concluded with a light laugh before diving into her food.

Jason McCallister - March 24, 2013 06:44 AM (GMT) Jason grinned a little. "Wait, I thought your Challenger was 'Triumph?' You have two vehicles?" he said between mouthfuls of fried rice and assortments of other items. Maybe he'd misheard her, but he thought he heard the word 'or' in there. "I used to love going on road trips after I was done with college, when I had the time anyway. Gave me a chance to drive some new roads, and not worry about actually being what some people call 'lost'. Just me and my Mustang. It was great. It was tough going overseas and leaving it behind. Didn't sell it of course even for that."

Stephanie McMillan - March 25, 2013 06:17 AM (GMT) "What? No, my Triumph Daytona 600, my motorcycle." Stephanie replied, "It's actually kind of a stupid story how I got it. See, back about when I was 14, I got my brother's old Playstation 2 after he bought a PS3. Which was fine, I wasn't big on games, but there were some James Bond games I wanted to play, being a huge Bond fan. Anyways, one of them was Everything or Nothing, and it was amazing, since it had Pierce Brosnan and the entire cast from his time, Wilhem Dafoe was the bad guy, it was cool. Better than Die Another Day. And it featured two cars and a bike, the cars being the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish and the Porche Cayenne, and the bike was, well, the Triumph Daytona 600."

"So, I always kind of wanted one like James Bond had, but I never really got into bikes until I was in Law School. My roommate rode bikes, and we got to talking about it, and she got me into it as well, and I started out with a basic one, just a Kawasaki. When I joined the CIA, I really wanted to find a Triumph, so I started looking through ads, and I found one at a dealership, used, but was lightly used and the owner just wanted to be rid of it, couldn't sell it I guess. So, at two grand under list price, I managed to get my dream bike." Stephanie said with a laugh, "If only I could get such a deal for one of my dream cars. But I doubt someone's going to let go of an authentic Shelby Cobra 427 or a Ford GT like that."

"I swear, if I had enough time and money, I'd have a garage that'd rival Jay Leno's in terms of sheer volume of cars. But I'd need somewhere to drive them too. That seems to be the curse." Stephanie had a few more bites, "Plus, like Jeremy Clarkson once said, being a gearhead is a dying race. Everyone's all into eco-friendly this and economy that, it's all a lost art now. And these kinds of cars, no one appreciates the kind of engineering going into controlling something at those speeds, or the thrill they bring. I had someone lecture me about how terrible of a person I was for liking and wanting a good car and how great they were for driving a Prius. Puh-lease." She rolled her eyes, "You know what I mean?"

Jason McCallister - April 3, 2013 08:47 AM (GMT) "Please don't tell me they were a guy." Jason shook his head. "Yeah, a garage is nice, but if you wanna stay on base, unfortunately you just don't have that option usually, kinda sucks. It almost makes me want to move off base, but I'm there so much, it's just easier to stay on it...I've only had one random case where my vehicle got um...totaled in an explosion. It was pretty bad, but that was a long while ago, thankfully." he continued to munch on more food and a sip of his soda before adding: "If my current developments on my car continue to go as well as they are, I may just have to anyway. I'm pretty sure I can afford it, at least some place fairly decent a few miles away."

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