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    Freelancers-09 The Right Way

    Freelancer Debt Solutions
    Episode Nine: The Right Way

    Starring:
    1. Gawain Riordan Fairweather, Alias "Falconsong" - Timesheart
    2. Brand Duran, Alias "Goldenfire" - Timesheart
    3. Cyril Dewitt Dunlop, Alias "Trailblazer" - Timesheart

    1. Johnathan Edward Mercer, Alias "Felpaw" - Darquirrin
    2. Theodore Barker, Alias "Mercurial" - Darquirrin
    3. Cinaed Drustan, Alias "Flamefang" - Darquirrin

    Also Starring:
    Lord Davyd "Original Saberfang" Arden, Pizza Magnate (OWNER of Arden's Pizza) - Timesheart
    Swordfang Arden, Beta Hell Hound, Son of Davyd Arden - Timesheart
    Stunstripe, Hell skunk (OWNER of Freelancer Skunks) - Darquirrin
    Wyldstripe, "Rocky Northbury Ruile", Hell Skunk (Freelancer Skunk) - Timesheart
    'Studhoof', Hell Stallion herd member, in love with Charlie - Timesheart
    Charlie Phillips, male human, family friend to Mercurial - Darquirrin
    Steve Tygger, male human, owned by Heatshaft - Timesheart
    Snipe, Hell Rabbit Boi - Timesheart

    ==================
    PART THIRTEEN: A new Beginning

    The Freelancer Corporation; Grand Central Arrival Dome
    One Week Later...

    The old office had been converted into the new Head of Security Station and the new main office was placed front and center in the grand arrival dome in a circular series of Welcome and Information Desks rimming the outer circle and the main desk with Falconsong in the middle. It was right out in the open and nothing behind closed doors could occur there. There was also a brand new Electronic Freelancing Job Board stationed directly behind semi-circle where those coming in could see available jobs at a glance, and jobs could be updated and renewed on the fly. Everything was literally out in the open. The only Hell Hounds still choosing to pair up with Falconsong and his new staff were busy working the new shifts and getting used to the new layout.

    No longer did you report to the boss to get your job. Now you could simply activate your collar to get a live feed from the central job board and choose a job to take while on the go. Those offering the jobs would send reports to Freelancers as proof of their hiring those who worked for them. And only those Lords who didn't care about purebred or not were allowed to post new jobs on the Freelancer Board.

    Falconsong smiled. "This is actually working out quite nicely. I've never gotten so many compliments and smiles from Freelancers before. I've even seen some of the originals in here reporting for work. This was the best idea yet. I wonder how the others are doing?"

    ~~~~~

    Trailblazer was escorting the newest Freelancer around the complex... Brand Duran, Alias "Goldenfire." Brand had accidentally rammed a multi million dollar riverboat directly into a railroad bridge while it was in the down position and it literally gave the barge a horrific haircut. It had been an accident, but Brand admitted that it was his mistake and he would make restitution... and that is what brought him to Freelancers.

    ~~~~~

    Swordfang stood on the observation deck above the entry dome watching people come and go. "Everything smells so clean in here... unlike to how it used to smell."

    #2
    Flamefang smiles and nods, "Yeah. That's one thing I'm very grateful about." He takes a deep breath and smiles, "It's nice being useful AND working in the field I always wanted to. And having a very loving boyfriend at the same time... though why you picked me, I'll never get."

    ~~~~~

    Mercurial smirks, "Well most of us initial Freelancers aren't really 'indebted' in the same way as before with the proof of his involvement in our original debt causing being revealed but... Almost all of us are back to work... And most of that's because of you, Falkey."

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      #3
      Falconsong smiled. "The most comments I've seen have to do with the electronic updating job feed collars. The Freelancers love being able to check on new jobs while in the field."

      Trailblazer led Goldenfire up to the front desk. "...and that's the full tour of the whole layout. Hi Falconsong. Goldenfire here is ready to receive his new collar."

      Goldenfire smiled as he held still for Falconsong to affix the new Freelancers collar around his neck. "I love the layout here. Everything is so clean and everyone is so polite."

      Falconsong smiled. "You're all set. Trailblazer will escort you on your first job outing. After that, it's up to you to do jobs on your own. You will always have a bed here at base if you get tired."

      ~~~~~

      Swordfang kissed Flamefang. "I picked you because I actually love you, silly. Besides, I'm still helping you in certain things."

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        #4
        Mercurial chuckles, "And they are some damn fine beds at that. Not to mention the small cozy not the least bit cramped kitchenet and dining room."

        ~~~~~

        Flamefang kissed back then chuckled, "True. But I never thought I'd find love here though. But, I'm glad I did, Swordfang. And I'm very glad your still helping me."

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          #5
          Saberpaw padded in and looked up at the leader board. "Seems like the tables have turned, eh, Falconsong? Anyway, I'm here to get my new collar so I can get to work."

          Falconsong never made a big deal out of it to the former leader of Freelancers. He brought out the collar, explained how it worked, and helped Saberpaw into it. "You're all set, Saberpaw."

          "You really aren't going to gloat over my situation?"

          "If I did that, then I would be the old you. Come on back when you get tired. Clean beds, clean food, and clean bathing tubs."

          Saberpaw then padded off again to get to work. He was a little disappointed that he didn't see Felpaw at HQ, but he had work to do.

          ~~~~~

          Trailblazer and Goldenfire's training job was with Arden's Pizza. Delivering food without snacking on it yourself. It was very tempting.

          ~~~~~

          Wyldstripe and Charlie were both working with Felpaw today in rehab.

          "How are you feeling this morning, Felpaw? The doctors tell me you aren't drugged up anymore."

          ~~~~~

          Swordfang smiled. "Time to make our rounds, Flame."

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            #6
            Mercurial grins, "I think your niceness hurt more than if you HAD gloated." He shrugs, "He's not a bad guy, just a bit misguided, me thinks. Though, I just hope Felpaw can recover from everything that happened."

            ~~~~~

            Trailblazer and Goldenfire's training job was with Arden's Pizza. Delivering food without snacking on it yourself. It was very tempting.

            ~~~~~

            Felpaw looked over at the two... "I'm... okay... I think. Am I okay?" His tone still had that questioning, 'am I doing this right' tone that said he would tell them whatever they wanted to hear rather than what he really felt.

            ~~~~~

            Flamefang nods and grins, "Yeah. Let's go. Maybe there is someone misbehaving somewhere." He grinned even more at that thought.

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              #7
              Falconsong glanced aside at Mercurial. "Diablo let it slip at last night's poker game. My running Freelancers is a test to see if I screw up like Saberpaw did. The idea is that Saberpaw only messed up after the stress of running the place got to him and he gave in to peer pressure from his pack. Since I don't have a pack, this is a test run to see if I can do any better."

              ~~~~~

              Trailblazer grinned. "Smells good, doesn't it?"

              Goldenfire focused on delivering the pizza. "Shut up. You are not going to make me mess up this first mission."

              ~~~~~

              Wyldstripe said, "Felpaw... you are doing this just fine. You don't need to wonder if someone else thinks you are doing something right or wrong. You are a very strong hell hound. One that Falconsong would like to see make a full recovery. He is running Freelancers now."

              ~~~~~

              Swordfang and Flamefang were now making their rounds to make sure no one was backsliding.

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                #8
                Mercurial nods, "I suppose you have a point, but I still think you have it in you to do far better than he did. Test or no test."

                ~~~~~

                Charlie nodnods, "And we've all been worried about you!"

                Felpaw looks down, "S..sorry... I just...Falconsong is? What...happened to Saberfang?"

                ~~~~~

                Flamefang eyes everything, even stopping to inspect a few places, "Mmmm.... Seems like things are going almost perfectly. Maybe it's because it's so soon but it's almost too perfect." He chuckles a little to Swordfang.

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                  #9
                  Falconsong smiled. "Yes, I have backing from Lord Impy, Lord Yuskay, and Lord Arden. Especially that last one. He was very upset when he learned what one of his sons was doing to illegally gain pack members. And Yuskay sided with him immediately. Apparently no one wants the head of Arden's Pizza MAD at you. Not to mention... he's a very studly sexy guy."

                  ~~~~~

                  Goldenfire completed the delivery without messing up the delivery and after a good head petting from the client and receiving payment and a tip, he started back with Trailblazer. "How did I do?"

                  Trailblazer grinned. "You're not done yet. Now you have to get the payment back to Lord Arden."

                  Goldenfire nodded his head and focused on the return trip, which was easier than having to smell a fresh pizza that he didn't get to eat.

                  ~~~~~

                  Wyldstripe said, "Lord Arden's son, Saberpaw, was using his father's name when you first met him. When the law caught up with him, they enforced his original name and now... he's having to work for the same company he created to pay off the debt that he created when entrapping others as Hell Hounds. Yes, how you became a Hell Hound in the first place was his doing. The law chose Falconsong as the new operator and owner of Freelancers because he helped the law to get the evidence they needed to catch Saberpaw. Although he still has his own debt to pay off and he is doing it by working for several lords directly."

                  Then he petted Felpaw on the head gently. "Falconsong would like to see the old you in charge of your current body. He's said that you used to be very street smart and very witty... a joy to be around before you went totally submissive. Was any of what he is thinking true?"

                  ~~~~~

                  Swordfang was marking something in his notepad as he glanced over things. "Perhaps it is too early, but its the little things that you miss that can snowball later. So we have to make these rounds regardless."

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                    #10
                    Mercurial nods, "And don't forget." He gave Falconsong a small lick on the cheek, "You have your loyal friends and me with you too."

                    ~~~~~

                    Felpaw says slowly, "He... He lied? He didn't... He didn't love me?" He looks down, "He said he did it because he loved me. I loved him... Was... Was I wrong?" He winces slightly, looking dizzy, "I..I don't wanna be wrong on that...he has to...he told me so..." He looked on edge of a mental breakdown again.

                    Charlie walked over and put his hands on Felpaw's shoulders, rubbing them softly, "Ssh.. Shhh.. it's okay, Felpaw. We know you cared for him. But you make it sound like... it wasn't drugs or a collar.... Maybe there is something else you can tell us?"

                    Felpaw looks down, "But...I wasn't... I can't... I'm a good boy... I don't wanna get him in trouble..."

                    Charlie smiles, "Don't worry, we won't get him in trouble. But it could actually make him HAPPIER and HELP us find out what caused this.. which make might him less punished."

                    Felpaw says, "Really?"

                    Charlie nodnods, "Of course. I'm your friend, right? You can trust me. Tell us what all happened."

                    Felpaw looked down..then curled up at Wyldstrpe and Charlie's footpaws, "It's kinda hazy... I remember he took of my collar... It felt...nice. He gave me a drink. It was real human stuff... I hadn't had it in a long time, I was mostly....eating hound food and drink... it was good... but this... this was even better." He pauses a long moment, "We mated... alot... He said he loved me... He asked me if I would join him permanently... If I would be....his mate... his omega... I said I had to...think about it... He was mad and said if I couldn't say yes right then, I didn't really care about him at all... And that... that hurt. I told him..." He looks down agian, "I was a bad boy... A really bad boy... He struck me. I ... I bit him. I don't know what happened but... in an ... instnat I was a hound again... I attacked him then he said something...and I went limp... he said that he had to do it now.. that something had changed. That...something happened... but... But it felt so right.. It was right... my master was taking me...And I was pleasing him.... I want to please him... I want him here... I miss him... I .. I need him."

                    Charlie backed off a little and looks at Stunstripe and lowers his voice, whispering to him, "Sounds to me... like someone set Felpaw up... Saberpaw... Saberpaw might have actually saved what little of his sanity is still there. It could be that they were trying to get Saberpaw in trouble. I heard Saberpaw was really anxcious to find Felpaw... Maybe this is why.. maybe he really does...care or atleast... knows somethign about this we don't?"

                    ~~~~~

                    Flamefang nods, "Yeah... Your right. Though Swordfang, can I ask you..." He stops again and sniffs, frowning, "Do you smell that?" He sniffs again, "spicy... lightly plant like... sappy...It makes me horny just smelling it... It's... It's something I've never smelt before. With a bit of a lemon/citrus scent to it but almost fetidly sweet..."

                    Swordfang probably knows immedately what that scent is. Overripe Studblossom... Extremely potent and VERY much contraband.

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                      #11
                      Falconsong smiled and licked Mercurial in return. "I am glad to have the support of my friends."

                      ~~~~~

                      Wyldstripe said, "Perhaps you are right, Charlie." He then petted on Felpaw again. "The best way you can help Saberpaw out of this is by agreeing to tell the law the truth, Felpaw. I can ask one of Yuskay's Lawyers to come in right now and get your statement. But it really sounds like someone set you up to get Saberpaw in trouble. And it worked all too well." Although that only explained Felpaw's situation. Saberpaw was still responsible for selling Wyldstripe off to the Freelancer Skunks and for screwing over Falconsong's debt.

                      ~~~~~

                      Swordfang pulled Swordfang back away from the spot. "Overripe Studblossom, love. It's a drug like substance that can make its victim enter into a totally submissive and highly sexual state of being." He raised his security radio up from his belt harness. "I need a Yuskay Detox Team to come to my location right now. And also send a Yuskay Elite Lawyer. We discovered some contraband."

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                        #12
                        Mercurial smiles, "Of course." He nuzzled him and grins, "And we're glad to support you. After all, you've done a lot for all of us."

                        ~~~~~

                        Charlie nods, "It doesn't explain a lot of the others things but it did kinda bother me why Saberpaw seemed to have done such a huge number on Felpaw and not quite as much to the others."

                        Felpaw looks up at Wyldstripe, "It... It helps? I..I want to help. I'll say anything to help Saberpaw."

                        Charlie shakes his head, "It has to be the TRUTH, Felpaw. Anything doesn't help him. Only the truth does."

                        Felpaw nods slowly, "Do.... Do you have...my old collar? I...I want my old collar. It had his scent on it."

                        ~~~~~

                        Flamefang makes a face, "How the hell did it get in here?" He sniffed a little and hrms, "The vent... It's coming from up there, love." He points, "Third on the left, second row." Flamefang's got sharp senses.

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                          #13
                          The Yuskay Detox Imps were quickly on the scene and collecting the contraband.

                          Swordfang made a report to the head detox imp. "Flamefang and I just patrolled this area yesterday during the cleaning and this was most definitely not here then. This has been planted here for some vile purpose."

                          ~~~~~

                          Wyldstripe pulled out two boxes; not one. "Felpaw... I have two collars. Both have apparently been touched by Saberpaw at some point and time. I am going to have you sniff the fragrance of each box, one at a time, then I want you to point to the box that smells like the Saberpaw you know the best."

                          He held out box number one for Felpaw to sniff.... then after the sniff was done, he pulled that one back and held out the second box with his other hand for Felpaw to sniff. When that was done, he pulled that box back.

                          "Okay, sexy..." said Wyldstripe. "...is the Saberpaw you know the scent best the Left Box or the Right Box?"

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                            #14
                            Flamefang nods, "I can attest to that. What's more, the cleaners were very thorough and there was no scent here when they left."

                            ~~~~~

                            Felpaw sniffs each one slowly... Then says without a moments hesitation, "Left. The Right one smells a little right but that's not MY Saberpaw... Mine is the left." He noses toward the box again, "Can....Can I keep it... I..I'd like....to have his scent near me...He probably misses me a lot too..." He whimpers softly, whining slightly, "I should be with him... he needs me..." his tail wagging slightly.

                            Charlie sighs, "Well that says a lot, Wyldstripe. And goes a bit further to explain why his submissiveness isn't wearing off as fast as it should be..."

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                              #15
                              Wyldstripe sighed at that point as he glanced to one side as Lord Yuskay became visible. "Sir? He chose the fake's scent over the real Saberpaw's scent. You were right... he chose the scent of the guy who likes to get the real Saberpaw in trouble." He glanced at Felpaw. "Sorry, Felpaw... but this test was the only way to find out if you would actually point out the actual guy's scent you spent the most time around. And you chose the charlatan. Looks like the real Saberpaw will be off the hook. And he might even get to go back to Freelancers to help Falconsong in running the place. Although with Freelancers being so automated now... its not like much needs that much handling."

                              ~~~~~

                              The Yuskay Detox Imp nodded his head. "We suspected someone might try this. They probably think that by sneaking this in like this, the new heads of Freelancers will be blamed for the contraband's presence. They likely didn't count on the tight daily security patrols you guys are conducting. Nice job. Lord Yuskay will be pleased with things around here."

                              Swordfang nodded his head. "Yes, well... the boys are really trying to keep things clean around here, sir."

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