Step 1, spy on my teammates, check. Of course this is step 1 of all my plans these days. But enough of that depressing thinking.
Step 2, find what Mette is looking for under that statue, check. Using my colossal brain, plus some borrowed AEGIS drones, I achieved the impossible! Well, the extremely possible and not even moderately expensive. But I’m patting myself on the back anyway, god dammit.
Step 3, objective judo.
I have three options here, in increasing order of risk.
Anonymously let Mette know about what’s in the tunnel. This goes nowhere else for me, it’s just a Christmas present.
Tell her up front, and try to swing it like a favor I’m doing her, that she can repay me for later. AEGIS needs her and absolutely needs to avert whatever future risk she’s personally prepping for, and I’m one way to help with that effort.
Buuuuuut, I feel like I’m okay on leverage already. That leaves
- Involve Joey.
Joey hasn’t been creeping on Mette the way some people have, but he’s definitely got some unresolved yearnings if his case notes are anything to go by. Part of my assignment is keeping that guy stable, but also exposing his deeper psychological profile.
So what if… we give Joey the information needed to find what’s in the tunnel, and have him bring it up with her? If it’s a good thing she finds, she’ll be grateful to him, hooray. If it’s a bad thing, he’ll be along to protect her, which seems to make him happy. Either way, he’s in like Flint.
So what’s the scenario? This is the easy one.
Joey: “Well, Mette, you sure look nice today, gowrsh”
Mette: “this is a simulated discussion, get to the god damn point”
Joey: “sorry. Anyway, since coming to this school, I wanted a place to hide out and be myself, and I found these tunnels, and explored them”
Mette: “like the Phantom of the Opera”
Joey: “I’m more into UK trance, but yeah. Anyway, there’s a thing I found there and I’d like to show it to you.”
Mette: “fangirl squee!”
The hard part is selling this story to Joey without immediately looking totally suspicious.
The simple but boring alternative is to tell Mette myself, but mention that Joey gave me the idea, and just let him know ahead of time to play along.
The practical considerations: I’d need to prep a map for Joey, then make sure he doesn’t get lost. Walk him through it a couple times, maybe.
Boy, this is gonna be a challenge.