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Vila Restals E-mails - Year 1

By Nicola Mody
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To:               Jandy Restal [jrestal@deltalevel17.londondome.terra]  
From:           Vila Restal [vila@liberator.rebel.org]  
Subject:       Hello

Dear Mum,

Guess where I am! On the Liberator – the fastest, most powerful ship in the galaxy! I bet you’re surprised to hear from me – after all, no-one ever escaped from the Cygnus Alpha penal colony before. That was a pretty dire place – full of depressing stone buildings in the early maniac architectural style, and a lot of crazed priests whose religion looked like it included human sacrifice and possibly cannibalism. Mind you, they wouldn’t have enjoyed eating me – terror tends to make meat very tough.

I’ve got all the comforts of home here though – more in fact! A nice comfy cabin, wide-screen TV on the flight deck (though they won’t let me tune it to any commercial channels), and enough food for decades. Haven’t found any vindaloo so far though.

Remember that rebel-leader guy Blake from a few years back? Well, it’s his ship - now - and I’ve joined the rebellion! I’m no longer Vila Restal, master thief, but Vila Restal, rebel hero!!! I’m going to be the one who breaks into, and out of I sincerely hope, Federation installations for them. Blake said he was very lucky to have me! :-)  I’m a bit sorry I stole his watch now.

You can get me on this e-mail address from now on.

Your loving son, Vila. xxx



To:               Vila Restal  
From:           Jandy Restal  
Subject:       RE: Hello  

My darling Vila,

I’m so proud! That must be your fastest escape ever! The Liberator does sound like a nice ship, dear, and much more suited to one of your sensitivity and delicate constitution than those rough colony worlds.

I’m surprised you’ve joined the rebellion though; you never showed the slightest interest in politics. I suppose it’s a good career move. I’ll be checking the viscasts to see if you get a mention.

You shouldn’t have taken Blake’s watch, love. Friends don’t steal from friends, you know that. Besides, you’re the top in your field, that sort of thing should be below you.

Your doting Mum. ooo xxx



To:               Jandy Restal  
From:           Vila Restal  
Subject:       Rescue

Dear Mum,

I only took Blake’s watch to look like a incompetent fool who’d be no threat to any of the hard guys, which always works pretty well (I made sure Jenna saw me do it). I did give it back. Still, I don’t suppose it made the best first impression.

But to be honest, I can’t claim it as an escape at all, more a rescue really. I’m a bit ashamed of the whole thing to tell the truth. On the way to CA, we ran into the edge of a space battle, which was a nice diversion, and Blake organised us to take over the convict ship, but it went a bit wrong. You know how me and guns don’t mix well, Mum? Well, my friend Gan and I were meant to take the guards at gun-point, and I was nervous enough already, and when Gan yelled, “Drop your guns!”, I got confused and dropped my gun too and we got recaptured. Blake and Jenna and Avon got put on this abandoned alien ship to check it out, and took off with it, a nice piece of grand larceny. I’m surprised on the whole that they bothered to come back and rescue us off CA. With teleports too!!! Pretty cool, eh?

Love, Vila



To:               det_haskell@larcenydiv.law.londondome.terra  
From:           Vila Restal  
Subject:       Gloat

Hello Detective Haskell,

I thought it would be professional courtesy to tell you I’m out again! Getting blown across a bank vault by a loose live wire and brained on the safe deposit boxes was so humiliating I thought I’d never live it down, but I figure an escape from Cygnus Alpha has restored my dignity. Pass it round the lads at the station will you? Thanks.

Vila Restal



To:               Vila Restal  
From:           Jandy Restal  
Subject:       RE: Rescue

Dear Vila,

Teleports? You mean you were in one place, then suddenly you were somewhere else? I’m not sure I like the sound of that. What if you didn’t get reassembled properly?

Tell me about your new friends, dear. I hope they’re not too rough. Is Jenna a girl’s name? Is she a nice girl, and does she like you?

Your Mum



To:               Vila Restal  
From:           orders@amagon.com  
Subject:       RE: Your order

Dear Vila Restal,

Thank you for your order, but we regret to inform you that your Federation credit card has been cancelled due to your being a convicted felon presently in detention. We recommend that you set up a GalacPay account as you can use that from anywhere, Federation or neutral space. We look forward to your future orders.



To:               Jandy Restal  
From:           Vila Restal  
Subject:       The crew

Dear Mum,

I’m a bit concerned about the teleport too. I mean, do my atoms and molecules and bits get sent, or do I get wiped out in one place and re-created from completely different atoms when I get there? I hope I’m still me! (I can just imagine what Avon might say if he heard me say that, that any change would be an improvement, probably).

Well, Roj Blake’s our leader, a really nice guy. He even gave us a choice whether to follow him. When I voted to go with him, Avon said, “I’m sure that fills him with confidence and reassurance, Vila”. I’m not sure he really meant that.

Avon, Kerr Avon, he’s our computer tech; bit of an Alpha snob. He’s basically a thief like me, though he thinks he’s a cut above. He can fool himself that being an embezzler is classier (well, it’s got more syllables than thief), but I know better.

Yes, Jenna is a girl’s name, Jenna Stannis. She’s pretty and blonde, but judging by the way she leapt into Blake’s arms when we teleported, I don’t think there’s much chance there. She’s a prominent (oh now, that was felicitous!) smuggler, though she likes to call herself a free trader. Hey, I could all myself an acquisitions engineer!!! :-)  Jenna’s our pilot, and a good one too.

Olag Gan’s my good friend from the holding cells. He’s a big guy, and he likes me – not that common a combination. We were a good team on the London, me the brains, him the brawn. I suppose he’s our muscle but he’s got a limiter in his head, so he’s got about as much killer instinct as me – IOW very little.

Guess what! I’ve got two jobs, lock-pick and armaments – I’m on the neutron blasters!!! I’ve never had a tough rep before; things could be looking up!

Oh, and there’s Zen the computer who set up this e-mail account for us. Avon and I wanted liberator.com because there’s always the chance we’ll liberate more than the downtrodden, but Blake said no, we’re a non-profit organisation. :-(

Love, Vila



To:               Vila Restal  
From:           Jandy Restal  
Subject:       RE: The crew

Dear Vila,

Why has Blake put you of all people on the neutron blasters? You’ve always avoided violence and you know you tend to faint at the sight of blood.

Love, Mum



To:               Jandy Restal  
From:           Vila Restal  
Subject:       RE: Shopping trip

Dear Mum,

Well, firstly, there’s not a lot of blood with neutron blasters, and if a Fed ship wants to take us out I think I’d be able to bring myself to push the button, at least I hope so. I could pretend it’s a video game. Avon asked Blake why he was putting a puny half-wit in charge of weapons, but Blake said that he didn’t want a trigger-happy killer on them who would start a massacre, and a pacifist with a strong sense of self-preservation is a good combo. Then he smiled at me and his eyes all crinkled up at the corners like Uncle Serrin’s do, and he said “I trust Vila.”

I went to Sirius Gamma for a shopping expedition. Nice to get off the ship and stretch my legs a bit. You see, on the Liberator there’s a room full of jewels which Avon says could subvert the whole Federation banking system. Blake said they’re for the rebellion and made me promise not to steal any, and I keep my word, but I bet Avon got a pile salted away in his cabin. He had plenty of chances before they got us off CA and I’m not sure if his word’s worth much. So I thought, I’ll have to get some money of my own first chance I get, you never know when I might need it.

Anyway Blake let me teleport down to SG’s main city and buy the best tools a master thief could wish for, including one of those very expensive doohickeys that can get you through a force field if you know what you’re doing. While I was there I nipped into a bank and took out some money, then opened a neutral zone numbered account and a credit card. So when I’ve got my GalacPay account set up I’ll be able to send anyone money though it should take years for you to run out of our stash.

I also got a real craving for a nice biryani and lager but couldn’t find anything like that, so I settled for pasta with a very tasty red house wine.

Tell you what, I was tempted to take off my teleport bracelet and go to ground. A rebellion isn’t really my style, not very good for my life expectancy I suspect, but then I remembered Blake saying he trusted me, so I went back.. (I hope I haven’t made the biggest mistake of my life.)

Love, Vila



To:               Vila Restal  
From:           Kerr Avon [avon@liberator.rebel.org]  
Subject:       FW: Parking Fine

Vila.

Take care of this. Now, Vila!

Avon

----------Original Message----------

Crew of Liberator:

Parking fine for 4 hours longer in stationary parking orbit than was paid for: 500 credits.

Sirius Gamma Orbital Parking Authority 



To:               Jenna Stannis [jenna@liberator.rebel.org]  
From:           Vila Restal  
CC:              Roj Blake [blake@liberator.rebel.org]  
Subject:       FW: Parking Fine

Jenna,

Yours I think as I was on rebellion business and you were the designated pilot.

Vila

----------Original Message----------

Crew of Liberator:

Parking fine for 4 hours longer in stationary parking orbit than was paid for: 500 credits.

Sirius Gamma Orbital Parking Authority



To:               Vila Restal  
From:           Jenna Stannis  
CC:              Roj Blake  
Subject:       RE: Parking Fine

Vila, you little rat,

You were the one who demanded extra hours, and then came back smelling of spag bol and cheap Chianti. Pay up, you weasel. I enjoy seeing a grown man cry, and that’s what you’d do if I catch you alone in a dark corridor.

Jenna



To:               Vila Restal  
From:           Roj Blake  
Subject:       RE: Parking Fine

Come now Vila. Yes, you were on rebellion business buying tools, but you were on your own business in those extra hours. Do you think I hadn’t noticed the viscast reports that the main SG bank was coincidentally broken into while you were down there? Sorry, Vila, you must pay and out of your own money too. I see you got almost half a million. Carry on like that and you may be financing us. ;-)

I’ll have a talk with Jenna and calm her down, don’t worry.

Blake

PS. I’m glad you came back. I wondered whether you would. Thank you, Vila.



To:               Vila Restal  
From:           accounts@galacpay.com 
Subject:       Your new GalacPay account

Dear Vila Restal,

We have debited 1 credit from your credit card. When the transaction shows up, please go to your account page on our web site and enter the 13-digit transaction code as confirmation. Once this is done, your account will be available for use. Thank you for choosing to use GalacPay.


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