As Faith reaches out with the PET, Everett seems to deflate in relief, displaying a gentle smile as he meets her in the middle to take it.
Everett: Thank you, Ms. Nymphra. I fully understand.
Everett takes both PETS over to the large van and hooks them up to a machine. After a few moments, the machine releases two chips and gives a read-out. Faith would see that something on this read-out gives Everett cause for alarm, as his eyes widen, yet he quickly regains composure. Everett takes the two chips in hand and places the two PETs into a machine of some form. A white flash and a spark emanate from the machine, and Everett pulls out the PETs, handing them back to Faith along with the two chips.
Everett: Here we are: the two chips contain all non-contaminated data from your two PETs, both of which are marked. Your Navi is contained in the appropriate chip, no worse for the ware. I'm afraid that the two PETs have been entirely wiped, but those chips will let you restore them in no time. I'm really glad that you let me take care of this, as it looks like the one that had Genesis was infected somehow. He's been sent for a more through scan, and will probably reach out to you soon.
Oh, and for the record; you're actually a good liar. If I didn't already know better, you would have fooled me for sure.
Everett reaches his hand behind his head and scratches while laughing, obviously glad for the outcome.
She reached for the "decoy" PET first, subconsciously showing which of the two she was more eager to receive back, and wasted no time reuploading the data to it. While it was still going, she grabbed her own PET, but didn't seem as hasty to restore that one's data, especially knowing that Genesis wasn't in it now.
There was other important data stored on that one as well, namely the dagger she used in the Cyber World, and since everything was on the table now: if he'd just managed to export that onto the second chip somehow, then it was undoubtedly a more secure way of isolating it than she'd been able to do herself thus far. She'd certainly be willing to trade out the rest of her personal files on that chip by never uploading it back into the device if it meant better containment of that data.
Having all of that taken care of, she'd admit that she was surprised to have been complimented on lying just then.
" I do hate to fib, but I guess we all have our breaking point. "
An uncomfortable thought to dwell on: the boundaries she'd cross when pushed far enough on each of them. And to think that this one was hardly that demanding. Dishonesty was a broken virtue, and despite maintaining her enthusiasm, that didn't sit well with her deep down.
In her mind, anyone was merely a number of crossed boundaries away from ending up like Exa, and she was no exception. Justifiable circumstances existed, but they'd still take their toll on one's character -- another lesson she learned from him. And justified enough, a "good liar" would take others down a dark road with them.
Inner reflection aside, she put away both PETs on her person and spoke up on where the situation now stood.
" I am curious on how you're so well-informed, but I suppose ignorance is a fair penance, so I believe I'll settle on that. I really can't apologize enough. "
She was still dwelling on that guilt, but moving on now before it just became repetitive.
" If Genesis is back on the net proper, I guess there's no point in me sticking around. Am I all set? "
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Everett looks at Faith as she speaks, then politely laughs as she asks her question, waving it off.
Everett: Oh, no big secret there. When the Netopian government finds a security threat, they call up the OEL to help out, and I happened to be visiting Netopia on personal business, so here I am. And no apology needed; we all have our moments. The important thing is that we all turned out fine in the end. You're free to go if you want, but... oh!
Everett raises his PET and begins to work for a moment, raising his finger as if to say "please wait". A printer in the truck begins to resound, and soon Everett walks over, takes the paper, and hands it to Faith.
Everett: A confirmation that we're taking custody of your plane. This will expedite the reimbursement process by a lot, so be sure to hang onto it.
And with that, Everett waves off Faith politely, obviously happy that the situation ended well.