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Nadja Carelli

"CAUTION: may contain round-sum adjustments."

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a character in “The Multiverse”, as played by Saviarre

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"There are 2 rules for being a successful accountant.
1. Don't tell them everything you know."

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Nadja Carelli's Story

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Not cool. Not cool!

A shaking hand pushed open the door to Gambit’s in a hurry, and a woman entered, looking behind her to see if her flight into the bar had been noticed by anyone outside. They were watching her. They had to be.

Stay calm, Nadja. Stay calm. They can’t know anything. Even the auditors hadn’t seen it.

Heels clicked across the floor as Nadja looked around the bar and then back to the door.

They won’t kill you in a public place.

With a shaky breath, Nadja moved over toward the counter and slowly slid onto a bar stool, wary eyes watching the door. At the quiet question from the bartender, Nadja’s eyes never left the door as she answered. “Coffee. Black. Strong.” Her shaking hands folded together and she swallowed, her eyes finally leaving the front door. “And Bailey’s,” she continued. “Double.”


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As the bartender brewed a fresh pot of coffee, Nadja looked down at her fingernails, picking at a spot underneath one of them. Focusing on her breathing, she forced herself to be calm. There was no sense in getting upset. She hadn’t gotten this far by worrying. She’d gotten this far by looking at a situation from every angle. So, perhaps that was what she should do.

A steaming mug of coffee was set in front of her. Placed beside it was a short glass of Bailey’s. Wrapping her hands around the coffee cup, Nadja stared down into its depths, frowning and lost in thought.

Okay, so, he’s dead. What now? Just because he’s dead doesn’t mean they’re going to come after you. As far as they know, you only handled the books. Surely they’ll notice the missing money though. No. No, they couldn’t. It’s impossible.

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She lifted the mug to her lips, blowing across the steaming liquid to cool it, her eyes unfocused and distant as she pondered her situation. She should leave town. No. No, that would be a bad idea. Skipping town would be the worst thing she could do right now. She’d have to tread carefully. But then again, she was used to that, wasn’t she?

As the stranger sat beside her, Nadja glanced at him from the corner of her eye, certain for a flickeringly brief moment that he had been sent for her. Another swallow of her coffee and another silent internal lecture about jumping at shadows and that notion was pushed aside. Her head turned and she studied the stranger beside herself before straightening and reaching for the glass of Bailey’s. Interesting.

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As the stranger spoke to her, she was silent for a moment, her eyes scanning him, appearing to think seriously about her response before speaking. “Absolutely nothing,” she commented before raising the corners of her mouth in a carefully controlled smile. Turning back to her coffee, the smile remained on her lips for a moment as she lifted the mug to them. The moment the ceramic touched her lips, however, the smile faded quickly.

The bar was getting pretty busy, and while that made her uncomfortable, there was safety to be had in surrounding herself with so many people. She’d just have to make a point to relax. She would be fine as long as she wasn’t alone.

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The hubbub of the fighting had perhaps the opposite effect on Nadja as it would have had on many other people… particularly those of her profession. While most accountants would shriek at the fight, the weaponry, the threats, Nadja found herself able to focus a bit more on her situation, losing herself in her own head.

So, “the Snake” was dead. That was fine. That was better than fine, actually. That was… that was great. Except for the fact that it left her unemployed… and, if his accounts were scrutinized too closely by the wrong element, it also left a huge target on her temple.

For the moment, however, she just had to batten down the hatches and ride out the storm. She’d be fine. She’d be just fi--

Her coffee was cold.

And the fight was getting a bit closer to her. Standing inconspicuously, Nadja moved to a different seat, turning to keep her attention on the brawl.

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Her eyes took in the fight with careful scrutiny. The girl. The young guy. The older guy. Despite the fact that the young guy had the benefit of age on his side, the older guy clearly wasn’t quite all there. And the girl? In the way.

Nadja held her mug out for the bartender to refill her coffee, her head tilted as she considered the fight. As the woman in the purple suit sat near here, Nadja allowed her eyes to linger for a moment before turning back to the fight, silently reminding herself that it was safe in public. Safer, anyway. “My money’s on the younger guy,” she remarked, tossing the comment in Phinx’s direction without taking her eyes from the fight again. “What do you say? Five hundred?”

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Nadja Carelli didn’t even flinch as Phinx leveled the weapon at the brawlers. Rather, she merely glanced at the weapon before looking once more at the fight, her eyes narrowed as she calculated this new variable into her mental equation.

“Well, damn. Good thing I didn’t shake on it," she muttered, turning to request some more Bailey's from the bartender.

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With a chuckle, Nadja tipped some Bailey’s into her fresh coffee, watching the thick light liquid disperse into the coffee. “Pretty lady, hm?” she lifted an eyebrow at Phinx. “Wouldn’t that be the pot calling the kettle black?” Despite herself, the corner of her mouth lifted in a grin and she looked back down into her cup. Had she really almost bet five hundred dollars? Damnit, Nadja, you really need to stop that. Seriously.

“Nadja,” she responded, lifting her attention back to Phinx for a moment before Xander’s words drew her attention away once more. His words made her chuckle slightly and she shook her head. “Wouldn’t have done me any good,” she muttered before leaning back and just listening to the conversation.

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“It’s safe here,” Nadja explained before realizing herself. There had just been a fight with weapons drawn, and Nadja considered it safe? She chuckled and shook her head. “Relatively,” she amended. She sipped at her coffee and considered how much to open up. “I needed a drink. I lost my job today,” she admitted, the corner of her lips lifted in a wry smirk. She studied Phinx a moment longer. “Crazy, hm?” she asked. “I wouldn’t say that… but then again, you’re the one with the gun.”

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Another chuckle, another sip of coffee. “It’s got Bailey’s,” she admitted, holding the cup out so Phinx could see. “So it’s not just innocent coffee.” Crossing her legs, she glanced around the room once more. “I’m an accountant,” she admitted, holding a hand up and rolling her eyes. “I know, I know. Boring. Blech. Number crunching. Yes. I am boring. Really boring.”

So boring it isn’t even worth asking about, she thought. It’s safer that you don’t.

“It isn’t that I’m not upset… it’s… well, it’s complicated.” Clearing her throat, she leaned back in the chair and studied Phinx. “You don’t strike me as the type that would have a nickname like that. But then again, around this town, there is more than meets the eye with everyone, I’m finding.”

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Nadja looked at Phinx carefully, sizing her up. Her eyes narrowed slightly as she studied her, the look of someone who has worked with people with questionable motives for the majority of her life. “Of course I’m a good accountant,” she nodded, hiding a smirk behind the ceramic mug as she took a sip. “Tell me about your company…”

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The information was making Nadja’s palms itch, but she tried to play it off. Multiple interests… that would mean multiple accounts. Multiple departments. This was accounting on the large scale. The extremely large scale… This might be a very good thing.

Trying to feign mild polite interest and rope in the internal giddiness at the possibilities, Nadja cleared her throat. “Do you have many?” she asked. “Suits, that is. Accountants? Do you already have someone handling your books?”

Please say no… Please say no!

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Damn!

Of course they had multiple accountants. It made sense. Something of that scale would definitely need multiple accountants. It would be damn near impossible for one person to keep all of that straight. Well… impossible for any one person that wasn’t Nadja. She was good. She knew it. Ridiculously good.

And cocky.

“I will have to keep that in mind,” she smiled politely to Phinx. “And now, tell me,” she tilted her head. “Where does your company stand in the whole…” she waved a hand in the air as she tried to find the words. “Moral spectrum?”

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Nadja lifted the mug to her lips not because she was thirsty but because taking another sip of the spiked coffee was less of a give-away than chewing on her bottom lip, which was exactly what Nadja had the sudden urge to do. A company as large as Phinx was claiming might have more than one accountant, but Nadja was good. She was good… She’d pulled the wool over the eyes of how many auditors over the years?

And now with Jimmy the Snake dead…

But supervising? Could she be a supervisor? She’d rather have an entire account all to herself. It was easier with an account all to herself…

“I appreciate the offer,” she started, her eyes narrowed as she considered the possibilities. “I’ll have to think on it… I’m used to working alone.” For less than kosher businessmen.

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Nadja took the business card, toying with the corner of it for a moment as she stared down at the number. More people like her in the galaxy? That was probably extremely true… And probably far more scrupulous as well. Still, she grinned up at Phinx and nodded. “Consider it memorized. After all… I’ve got a head for numbers.” She laughed and slipped a hand into the pocket of her own jacket, withdrawing a very plain and basic card, navy blue letters on a cream background. Just a name and a number.

Holding it out for Phinx, she lifted her eyes to the woman. Well… What would happen if…?

“Forgive me if I’m being too bold… but I’d like to treat you to dinner sometime.” If Phinx reached out for the card, Nadja would move her fingers slightly, just enough to brush the tips against one of hers. “As in, well… a date.” There, so that there was no misinterpretation of her meaning.

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Positive reaction. This was good. This was a very good thing. Allowing a flirtatious smile to touch her lips, Nadja tilted her head slightly, jutting her chin out and to the side, parting her lips just a touch, lowering her eyelids marginally. She knew exactly what she was doing. “Well, Mary, perhaps it’s time you allowed yourself to be treated.” She let the sentence hang in the air heavily for a moment before straightening up, losing the seductive smile. “I will definitely be in touch. We will have a good time and I look forward to it.”

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Nadja’s eyes bored into Phinx’s for a moment, a smile playing on her lips. “Who says that I’m not going home with a smile on my face now that you’ve agreed to dinner with me?” She fell silent for a moment as if she was imagining what else might bring a smile to her face… and she was… however, what she was picturing might not be what Phinx intended.

“I look forward to seeing you again, Mary. Definitely.”

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Another day, another dollar. Wasn’t that how the old story went? There were so many things fundamentally wrong with the saying that Nadja couldn’t help but grin to herself as she pushed herself into the bar. Who could survive on a dollar a day? Definitely not her with her champagne dreams. A girl’s got a right to live well, doesn’t she? A smart girl makes her own way in the world, and at a dollar a day, she definitely would not consider that ‘living.’

Although, another day, another dollar would imply employment… and, at this current moment of time, any money trickling out of her hidden bank accounts was not being replaced. It was a matter of time. She had to find a new job.

Glancing around the bar, taking in the commotion, Nadja yawned lazily. This definitely felt like home. Avoiding most everyone, she moved to the counter, taking a seat and leisurely tapping in an order for a drink.

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Keeping a wary eye on the commotion, Nadja sipped at her drink idly. Her eyes shifted between those who were talking and arguing. Some wanted the guns away, some wanted the fight to continue. Either option worked for Nadja. It had nothing to do with her and therefore she had no way of becoming involved. Besides, she wasn’t even carrying the tiny cricket pistol tucked up in her thigh-highs. Unarmed, but without concern of her situation. It would play out as it played out and thus there was no reason to get involved.

But it did give her a great opportunity to study those around the room, her eyes lingering on every individual in time, returning to some, sizing up others.

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nullNadja’s eyes lingered on Twist. Powerful. Dangerous. Probably rich. Might need an accountant. She crossed her legs as she debated slipping him her business card, her lips pursed around the straw immersed in her drink. She could try to flirt… often, flirting got her situated rather well with certain people… but an assessment of his finances would definitely need to come first. He simply wasn’t her type otherwise.

Hearing her name shouted across the bar, Nadja’s reaction might not have been an expected one. She ducked, her eyes squeezing closed, her hand moving down to her thigh, reaching for a weapon she hadn’t brought. When no gunshot followed the bellow, she cracked an eye open and caught sight of Phinx. Immediately, her expression changed. She sat straight, a giant smile crossing her lips. “Ah, Mary! What a lovely sight in this godforsaken hell-hole.” Gesturing to the seat beside her, she turned on the bar stool and crossed her legs again.