It wasn't something that was according to plan. Rather it was something that was an action made perhaps on a whim. Right after Joker had appeared and disappeared no less. It wasn't someone who was making a fuss or a stir, it was someone who was simply occupying a bench and kicking their feet about idly before of their rather short stature. It ran a simple risk on both sides, as this relied on some people being rather occupied at the moment. It was tricky timing as this was the usual cooling off period that occurred when beings like Sirius took a fall. The traps had already been set even then and were simply waiting to be sprung, which was why they were here to call out a particular name.
"Gamma~. It'd be nice if you could just relay the message that the family is as functional as ever without sending the message."
It was a rather vacated area. That only made sense given Electopia's recent disaster catalogue. But it still looked strange that the rather short young woman would be speaking to what looked to be nothing at all while she idled the time away.
Upon stating Gamma's name, Magnolia would experience the feeling of momentary confusion, surprise, and genuine happiness.
Gamma: Magnolia! It's nice to see you, how have you been?
Then Gamma processes Magnolia's statement as a conflicted feeling rises.
Gamma: Oh... I'm sorry, but it's really not that simple. If I say that, Gate will know that I'm lying. And I'd really like to help Joker if I can, he's really upset and I know that I can help him. I know that you must have a good reason for saying this, but is there maybe some other way that we could do this?
A hopeful feeling follows, as Gamma appeals for a compromise from Magnolia while attempting to balance the two sides of the situation.
It was nice to see that she was able to get her hotline to him in time. It wasn't exactly slow by any stretch of the imagination, so she imagined it was sort of tough to catch him before he did. Still, she offered up a smile to the confused, surprised, but happy fellow of hers.
"I was in the middle of a job actually, so I don't exactly have long either. Unfortunately, due to being good at my job they'll notice the folks that haven't dropped yet if I don't pick up the pace. I'll have to keep this concise too."
It made sense that Gate would know that he was lying. Especially with the empathic nature that arose with Gamma's presence as it was. Besides, teaching him how to lie to others was sort of bad. Keeping secrets was fine but teaching him to be a good liar would be a line she didn't want to cross. She didn't want to make this seem as dire as it was, but no matter how she phrased it, the message would get across. She sighed, thinking about it and just nodding her head and accepting it at face value. Then they would need to approach this from a loophole. In that case... she clasped her hands together, deciding to be pretty direct about it here.
"If you connect with Heartless, the woman, you'll get the information you'll need to tell them. You can cross reference it with Edge if necessary, as trying to do it from another source would yield false results. You can only trust those two sources on this matter. But under no circumstances should you connect with the rest of that family. Not until all of this is settled. Until then it's better off to say that they aren't even connected anymore and are just dead ends. Not exactly inaccurate anyway."
As Magnolia speaks, she would feel a curiosity rise, and a drop in the empathic connection with Gamma, as if his attention turned on a dime to somewhere else. A second later, she can feel a shock, then a genuine worry coming from the Third System.
Gamma: W-what's wrong with them, Magnolia? I didn't connect, but I can see it... something is wrong with their souls. Can we help them?
Genuine empathy rises, as Gamma honestly searches for an answer to the problem with these strangers
It certainly was a child-like curiosity that would make them peek just a little when asked not to. Luckily it was only just that, meaning he was able to tell due to how thorough his analysis was that something was amiss. Just from that it could be seen, and the connection itself was something else. The results of the tampering made plain to see.
"You could say they were the unfortunate mishap of the Big Bad testing your reflexes. Well, and actually just an accident. They were in a bad spot and kind of got caught up by trying to leave and so he got an idea that he wanted to test out to cover a few bases just because he can. They would have been better off staying stranded."
She had side glanced then, largely because while she did feel bad for them they could have avoided all of this if they weren't up to no good. It would have gotten dicey and such but that was sort of their fault for their hare-brained schemes. Now they were cleaning up their very literal mess, though she supposed it was better that the mess was only witnessed by some rather than by all. If everyone had seen that then it would have been considered a foregone conclusion for what happened here. As for what they could do, that at least was the easier part of this actually.
"Anyway, while incredibly dangerous, it's largely prepared if you went in without looking first. Right now, they're technically fine and are functioning just fine, despite one woman losing her mind constantly to the pressure of the unknown. But she'll be fine she's sort of tough anyway. As for them, we can help them once the Big Bad goes down. There won't be a them to help if we try anything now. He's pretty unreasonable when it comes to the value in things. Even if he did this on a whim, these people couldn't even be classified as expendable to him. More like easily forgettable. Since they aren't expected to get any results, nothing will happen to them so long as they don't get any results."
That included positive as well as negative results. Simply letting them pass under the radar was fine. They weren't intended for much use but was still done in the event that if any of his targets lived up to certain qualities that they would be able to happen upon it anyway despite no expectations. The nature of their engineer was being as thorough as possible on all subjects, even ones he deemed mundane like this.
"That's why it's fine if you don't connect with them. Because it isn't actually a lie. They're as functional as ever without you having to but are weirder than usual until we can get this all sorted out. I can guarantee they should be fine unless they literally put themselves in harm's way."
She wanted to say that if they were as abrasive as one of their kids that it was inevitable, but that would defeat her reassurance and so she would keep that tidbit out. It was an honest plea on her part for him to heed her warning on this front.