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Her eyes narrowed in as she focused on him. When Mac was in the position of being the hopeful romantic of any duo things were in dire straights. She knew love, and she loved being in love, but she was not exactly what anybody would term fluffy. "Are you saying, Achilles, that people in love are no longer able to perform their jobs up to and above the standards set for them? Efficiency is not a non-renewable resource and neither is love. There's room to excel at both." Her eyebrow arched in a mirror of his own bemused expression, even as she teasingly led him into dangerous waters.

She leaned back in her chair and steepled her fingers beneath her chin, pursing her lips as if lost in great thought before sharing a conspiratorial look with Achilles. "Ellie," she said, shrugging, as if it were self-explanatory. And for anybody who knew the technoweaver, the eye in the sky, it was. No technological marvel could ever compare to what Ellie and what she could effortlessly do, while even at the same time being a natural talent herself. "Besides, have you interacted with the government recently? It takes nothing to cause hysteria," she said, chuckling. "But a good pair of Louboutins?" Mac put the back of her hand to her forehead and swooned in her chair.

And just like that, it was back to business as usual. At some point, as they whiled away the night, somebody had put a cup of hot black coffee by her elbow, and she sipped it now, letting the caffeine sink into her veins as she mulled information.

"If this bill goes through it's going to wreak havoc on our intel communities," she said needlessly, scrunching her nose as she focused on the holo screen in front of her. There were avenues available to her here, paths as old as time. She knew what had to be done.

Mac met his gaze, noting internally that his mask was back in place. He let it slip every now and then, moments where he let people see that he was a person and more than the job, but those were rare - few and too far between. He was built just different enough from her and Bastian that it tended to concern her.

"I'll get right to work."

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Her gaze caught his for just a moment, and she knew with a finely tuned intuition the general direction his thoughts had taken. He was a legacy. His father was renowned, revered. Good. It was a familial tie that carried its whole compartment full of baggage. He carried it with a straight back and even shoulders.

Mackenzie memorized with effortless ease the information Achilles was feeding her, the same as she did for any information that came into her possession. It was filed away neatly into her brain, to be pulled and used and referenced when or if she had need of it. Whether that was in emergency ops or furthering their interests elsewhere.

Every now and then she got walloped by the impossibility of this wild world. A Venusian from another realty, in a universe where everything was slightly awry. And she walked on this Earth amongst men and this was the truth of these weird and wild times.

“Do your brains ever just...scramble?” She asked with a wry twist of her lips and the appropriate amount of awe in her voice.

And then her gaze grew serious for just a moment, her vivid violet eyes making contact with the peaceful sky blue of his. “He does,” she said assuredly, pulling her legs up and sitting casually cross-legged in the chair, even as she leaned against the arm, cupping her chin in the palm of her hand as the corner of her mouth tipped in a mischievous grin. “We were just talking about you the other day, by the way, We’ve got your perfect match all lined up.”

And without batting an eyelash, she was immersed again in the information he was pouring into her brain. It was an eclectic team to say the last. And the power level was off the charts. If there was ever a first guard needed for this world well... they wouldn’t be completely flecked with this team on the frontlines.

Mac laced her fingers behind her head, pushed her chair back from the table, and rested her booted feat on the smooth cherry wood of the highly polished conference table. The very picture of casual ease, but she was already mulling her connections and the angles as she looked over at Achilles. Because they both knew her other purpose here. Mackenzie was, as always, the failsafe. “I hope you have a high wardrobe budget, because I’m not half-assing any of those galas.”

For those who knew her on the level Achilles did, she was always joking, the humor covering the deep seriousness of her position, of her duties. Because the assassination of powerful people didn’t exclude teammates. She’d taken down a member of her own squad more than once in the past, and that was a huge reason for why she generally eschewed them now, Ellie’s current grouping being an exclusion to that rule.

“What’s the first order of business, boss?”

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@rosso: Zauby.... are you keeping tabs on me? I'm watching Buffy right now.

And you are deserving of the highest praise tbh.

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GODDAMN ZAUBY

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There's no "instead of," I'm just wondering...

The Hellfire Club vs Impero's new team? I'd love it. Both for the novelty because it's been so long since two teams--or even tight allied factions, at this point--have gone up against one another in thatway, and because I've never seen Valerie and Impero in opposition.

Need this now tbh.

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This is badass

And makes me wanna use Lena

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That RP is calling me to use Isis.

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Mac tilted her head in Achilles' direction, the corners of her eyes crinkling slightly. Those who knew of her knew her as elusive. Many couldn't put a face to her name, and that was something she guarded closely. But those who knew her and knew her well were uniquely positioned to witness her surprisingly warm nature.

"As always," she said as she casually plopped into the over-sized leather chair he had gestured to. The tech laced within the room called to her, had her fingertips tingling, as she focused on the datapad in front of her, and the state of the art holographic projector in the middle of the cherry wood table.

"You know Ellie, she doesn't tend to feck around. And we've met enough times for you to know that I certainly don't. Ellie gave me the basic specs of the operation you were running here, and to say I was intrigued was an understatement. The name you've built for yourself said more than enough." Normally faint on praise, Renegade focused on the datapad, going through some initial specs. She'd met Achilles several times through the years, usually as Mac, but on two other occasions she had run across him indirectly while undercover. She still wasn't sure if he'd been able to pin her.

Her laser-sharp focus was on him while he took her through the dossiers of Apex and Duchess. Mac was already making metal notes. Strengths, vulnerabilities, weaknesses. A team was only as strong as its weakest link, and regardless of that, if somebody had to take a rogue member down... well, odds were high it would be her.

Listening to him speak, it was clear as day how it had come to be that he was the leader of this rag-tag bunch. His charisma was off-the-charts, his assuredness and confidence would be a soothing balm to teammates. He didn't falter. Alexis would be proud.

She flipped through the datapad in front of her, pulling up ancillary notes on each of the dossiers. Duchess was of particular interest, as Ellie was continuing to track incursions into this system from other realities. "Is Duchess from one of the known alternates, or is her reality a new one?"

The phone in her pocket vibrated and Mac shifted in her seat. "Sorry, one second." A text from Ellie, regarding Bastian's current mission. Ren wasn't on alert yet, but she'd been providing support as-needed, which usually amounted to stealing things or killing people at this point. It had been too long since she'd spent a night in Bastian's arms. "Sorry about that, you know how it goes."

"What else are we working with team-wise; we're at four of seven so far. And can you lay out specifically how you see my role in this?" Spy, assassin, a bit from column a and column b, was always where she ended up, but her specialties were vast, and the answer would give her more information on the kind of man Achilles was, and the outfit he was running.