Well, Campbell's gone. Took a dive from Blackfriars Bridge this morning, no note, nothing. Can't say I'm surprised. He's been increasingly twitchy the past couple of weeks – I tried to take it up with Dusty, but nothing was done. So now we're a man down and we've got a rollout deadline at the end of the month. I think they want to show Blake off to some bigwigs.
Honestly, I can't say I'll miss Dave Campbell one bit. Ever since he came back he's reminded me of a damn lizard. I never caught him blinking, not once. Still, maybe he'll find some peace, sleeping with the fishes?
Legge's put in for a transfer. Did it as soon as he heard. The rest of the team's spooked, but pretty much everyone's holding it together. Seems like Frantzen was right – psilocybin helps you fly. One of the boffins down in Neurology said it had to do with filters and bloodflow. Whatever, I don't really care.
I'm not risking it in the testing rig – it might queer up the data, and the last thing we need is Blake registering a Virulent Novelty upsurge with one of us instream – those protocols aren't entirely debugged, or so I hear from the techs. I really don't want my brain to leak out of my ears, y'know?
Of course, the problem with Campbell deciding to cark it is that it'll be at least three months before we can get someone in-post. Not to mention the [EXPLETIVE DELETED] interview cycle. Asking the same questions over and over again for days at a time? If I wanted to do that, I'd have transferred into Psych instead of Indexing.
I heard they've started calling us [EXPLETIVE DELETED] DWARVES down in Payroll, on account of all the mining we have to do. If someone calls me an elf, I'm going to punch them, I'll tell you that for free.
Some bright spark suggested outsourcing the other day, just so they could resurrect some old 'Psychic Driving' technique the CIA used in the 60's! Can you believe it? I mean, all right, I pulled everything Blake has on the damn stuff, just to check, in case it might help us out, but it's ridiculously crude.
You can't just hit the deep stuff with a hammer. It needs to be a precision extraction, otherwise there's no way for the database to integrate it, and all you've got is an orphan-fragment. Why they can't leave it to us professionals is beyond me.
I should probably pay a visit to Medical. All the usual veins have collapsed, and there'll be hell to pay if we can't fit the cannula for tomorrow's testing run. Some of the boys down at QinetiQ we had drinks with last week are talking about basic neural jacks. Years away yet, of course, but it'd make the work so much easier if we could just plug in to go Down.
I reckon we've got about another nine months to a year before the first INDEX run is complete. Blake's extrapolating where he – it, can but in the end, the source material has to come from us. So that means more runs, and an Experience budget that would make the Treasury cry if this wasn't the MOD.
Time to go down to Pharmacology. Again.