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Rachel Mills has been given a special mission by the Hunter and has stumbled on REBEL's use of codes hidden across the Internet to reach out to allies and fugitives. REBEL witnesses Rachel's discovery and threatens to expose Rachel's secret to the world. Rachel also gains a new partner, and is blackmailed into participating in one of REBEL's missions.
Now, Rachel notes to herself the military-issue 12-gauge shotgun that is being pointed at her head from five feet away. She guesses that two seconds has transpired and that the man holding the shotgun plans to pull the trigger. Rachel also notes that REBEL has been trying to kill Rachel all day, and begins recalling prior events, starting with what occurred about a week earlier.
In Rachel's recollection, she jumps into the passenger seat of a van Danko is driving, and Danko asks where she was. Rachel replies that her boot lace snapped and she had to fix it. Danko then hits the gas, leaving an area where Rachel thinks cops would soon arrive. Rachel makes eye contact with Jason, her new partner, in the van's rear seat, and wonders if either Danko or Jason suspected what she had been up to.
A couple days later, Rachel is practicing firing her weapon at the shooting range with Jason. She notes to herself having been there a long time—that Jason was starting to look tired, but she was used to the practice having practiced shooting holes in stuff as therapy since the day in Pinehearst when she found out about her condition.
Jason starts up another round of firing. Rachel watches him shoot, placing his elbow low in a way she recalls a lot of Navy SEALs do. She watches the intensity on his face, under the ear protectors and goggles, and figures he wants to beat her bad. When Jason places down his pistol and stops the timer, he gets an eighty-six percent, and challenges Rachel to beat it. However, Rachel replies that she is done for day, and is tired. Jason insists that Rachel shoot the targets, but then Danko walks in and interrupts them.
Rachel recalls that a day ago, one of the fugitives had made it all the way to his apartment, almost killing him. Some of the agents started looking at Danko differently, but she didn't. Danko rewarded that loyalty with an assignment.
In the firing range, Danko tells Rachel and Jason to get their gear together—that the will depart on a plane in fifteen minutes. Rachel asks where they are headed, and Danko answers that they are headed to Costa Verde to find the fugitive, Alex. As Danko tells him this, Rachel's cell phone beeps with incoming text messages back on the shooter's bench, and Rachel figures that REBEL knows as well what is happening.
Rachel disregards her phone and tells Danko that she will get him. Danko then informs Rachel they think that Alex had help escaping them before, and that the cheerleader is in the same town. He also instructs Rachel to inform him if they can find any evidence that the cheerleader is involved, and await further orders.
Danko leaves and Rachel turns around to get her beeping cell phone, but Jason is already holding it. She asks for it back, snatching it from him, and Jason asks if she just got a text. Rachel confirms she did, and Jason asks if she is going to read it. However, Rachel ignores that question, presses the shooting range button and begins firing. She imagines they are fugitives and impresses Jason with her precision, noting that she comes there a lot. Jason compares her to a killer robot, pulls off his eye protection and tosses it on a table. As Jason leaves, Rachel drops her cell phone in a trash can, thinking that would be the end of REBEL's interference on her mission.
Upon reaching Costa Verde, Rachel and Jason meet the lead agent at a command truck. The lead agent comments that they are Danko's go-to boys, and Jason clarifies that Rachel is but he just carries the bags. Rachel asks for the latest intel, and the agent informs them of three leads. The first lead is Alex's car, for which they haven't found anything in their first look, but the agent guesses they might have better luck. The second lead is that the target spent a lot of time with the local beach crowd, so they might have an idea where he is hiding. The third lead is that his apartment might hold some clues, as agents are watching the place but no one has searched it yet.
Jason comments that since it's after lunch, local time, they might not be able to hit all of the leads that day. Rachel responds that they need to get moving, then.
The player gets to choose whether Rachel decides for them to head first to the abandoned car, the beach or the apartment.
|Option 1A: Rachel decides they should head to Alex's abandoned car...|
|Rachel and Jason meet two agents at Alex's car. The two agents watching the car inform them that Alex has not shown up, and it should be okay to take a look around. Rachel notes to herself that the agents look bored, but are taking it in stride as professionals. Rachel and Jason agree that Alex is unlikely to return to the vehicle, so they take a look around the street. While they are looking around, Rachel notes to herself that ditching the vehicle does not seem like something Alex would do on his own, and suspects the Claire was involved in helping him escape.
Jason spots a security camera on the corner of a nearby self-storage facility pointed at the side street where Alex's car had passed, and lets Rachel know about it. Rachel notes to him that there isn't an office in the storage building, so the camera must be remotely operated. She then instructs Jason to call back to base and find out if they can hack the archives for the camera footage. While he calls, Rachel wanders the street, trying to place herself in their shoes to figure out where they would head next.
A couple minutes later, Jason catches up with Rachel and asks what she is doing. After Rachel explains, Jason says that Rachel is good at that, noting seeing her performance in training. Rachel asks what they found, and Jason says they found something and are going to stream it to him in a second. Jason's cell phone then buzzes and he comments that someone is texting him. Rachel guesses that it is REBEL.
The player then gets to choose whether Rachel bumps into Jason's arm or snatches the phone from him.
|Option 1B: Rachel decides they should head to the beach...|
|...and they arrive near a local sand-side restaurant where the surf crowd hangs out when the surf isn't calling. Rachel spots a clump of young men and women in swimsuits draped over the wooden seats outside the restaurant, and begins to head toward them. Jason asks if she is serious, and Rachel answers that she always is. He then tells her to compare what they are wearing. Rachel then notes to herself that Jason and Rachel are in dark suits and glasses, while the surfer crowd is dressed in rags. She also notes that she wasn't much of a surfer girl while growing up, southern California or not, and often got into fights at school with this crowd.
After considering, Rachel responds that they will put the fear of God into them, but Jason notes they are most likely to get ignored as in the film Point Break. Rachel then surprises Jason, saying she hasn't seen that film. Jason then looks around and points to a nearby surf shop, where a rack of women's swimsuits are in front. Rachel refuses to get into a swimsuit disguise, but Jason insists saying they can go shoot lots of stuff later to fix her karma.
The player then gets to choose to either proceed with the disguise or head to Alex's apartment.
|Option 1C: Rachel decides they should head to Alex's apartment...|
|Upon entering Alex's apartment, Rachel is shocked by how cluttered it is. They both set about searching through the place for half an hour and then meet up to trade notes. Jason and Rachel agree that the place is a dump, and Jason notes he didn't find any evidence that Alex had been contacted. Rachel says that she found one pay-as-you-go cell phone with a long-dead battery. Jason responds that it is odd that he lives in SoCal and doesn't have a working cell phone. Rachel replies that he may own multiple phones, and that she also found a laptop.
Rachel notes finding the laptop on top of more stuff than under, and suspects he might have used it occasionally. Jason then finds the power supply in some laundry and boots it up. A mail program opens automatically and begins downloading. Jason comments that Alex has lots of unread mail, and then notices that the emails are disappearing. Rachel spots a tiny LED glowing on the edge of the laptop cover and realizes it's a webcam. Next, Rachel says hello to REBEL and Jason asks what she just said. Then, a new email arrives in the in box with the subject line "Leave now Rachel!". Rachel tells Jason to turn off the laptop, explaining that someone is hacking and deleting the files.
After Jason closes the laptop and ejects the battery, he begins cursing himself for a second, and Rachel tells him she is going to go call Danko. Rachel goes to the alley behind Alex's apartment building to use a pay phone that is there. She notes to herself not using a pay phone in years, recalling the closest thing being large public comm units at her base in Iraq. Rachel had used one to call her grandfather once after she got deployed, hoping to trade Marine Corps stories, but her grandfather didn't want to talk about anything military-related.
While authenticating herself to Building 26, she feels someone close behind her. Rachel says for Jason to give her a minute, but then feels something pressed hard to her back. Someone tells Rachel to hang up the phone or he'll kill her, so she does so. A minute later, he allows Rachel to turn around and talk with him.
The man says his name is Dave, and that he is worried about his son, Alex. Rachel could tell he likely served in the military in his past, but is now balding and gray-mustached. Dave asks what to know what she did with his son. He says there are no warrants or news about him, and the cops and FBI don't know about her. Rachel notices he is holding something under his coat, but doesn't know what. It is now nighttime and the alley is dark except for a bare bulb over a nearby door. She spots a car she guesses is Dave's parked in the shadows, and suspects he was watching the building to find Alex and found her instead.
Rachel tells Dave that she doesn't know why he thinks she knows anything, adding that his son is probably just hanging out somewhere. Dave replies that he heard about the comic book store, and that a cop asked about tickets, but the city doesn't know anything about it. He then asks who her people are. Rachel replies that she isn't at liberty to say, and tries to escape. Dave tells her to stop and reaches for something under his jacket. Rachel knocks Dave aside and gets about five feet from him when she hears him clock a 12-gauge shotgun and stops still.
Dave levels his shotgun on Rachel's face as she turns around. He tightens his finger, and Rachel fears he is about to kill her. She then feels a now familiar strange tingle start, her adrenalin pumping as she closes her eyes and prepares for something. But then Jason arrives and tells Rachel to look out. Then, all the lights on the block simultaneously turn off, and Rachel notices nearby air conditioners are also winding down.
Rachel, Jason, and Dave stand in the darkness while their eyes adjust, and then Rachel or someone moves, and Dave fires his shotgun at Rachel. The blast passes through the air where Rachel was standing, and Rachel realizes she has teleported onto the roof of Alex's apartment building. Rachel watches Jason scream at Dave in the dark below, pointing his pistol in Dave's direction. Then, Dave lets go of his gun, kicks it away, and lays down on his face. Rachel then looks up and around the city, noticing that the whole city's power grid has been knocked out. She assumes that REBEL has saved her life; and guesses that when she finds out the cost for doing so, she will wish she was dead.
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|Coming Up on iStory
Next week, Rachel Mills' pursuit of the fugitive Alex takes a dramatic turn. Jason doesn't appear suspicious of her, but Rachel's fears grow. And REBEL's silence lengthens...
REBEL continues reaching out to people with abilities by any means possible. Who is listening?...
- The optimal path is using first Option 1A.2.A, so that Rachel can see a video file of Alex and blond girl that might be Claire. Rachel should then follow Option 1B.1.B to learn from Liliane that a comics store worker saw a blond girl talk to Alex just before he disappeared. Rachel will then proceed to Option 1C.
- A flash screen displayed on the last page of this chapter gives a phone number, 800-709-0829, on a sticky note marked "TAP??". Participants can call that number and leave a message on Tracy Strauss's voice mail.
- The backgrounds of this chapter contain several items colored inside a circle of the same single color. It is unknown whether these items have any significance to the story. The items include a yellow exclamation mark, a set of blue notes, a red-colored brain, and a green-colored fist.
- In the original version of chapter 403, released February 24, 2009, the chapter ended with Jason Pierce finding Rachel being held at gunpoint and telling her to look out, and the following prompt:
|Coming Up on iStory
On Friday, Rachel is faced with a choice between life and death, truth and lies. The result will shock even her...Also this week, REBEL continues reaching out to people with abilities by any means possible. Who is listening?...
- On Friday, February 27, 2009, the prompt was removed and chapter 403 continued with a city-wide power blackout.
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