In a poorly lit room with nine terminal screens being the only source of illumination, a heated conversation is taking place between two men. The man in the room is decked out in standard issue military garb with badges signifying a high level of command. His face is tired and weathered, likely from a long stressful life of thankless service to the Solar Government. A person being displayed on the lower left screen is in the same uniform, but embellished with lower ranked badging. The conversation shifts from a heated debate to a commanding monologue coming from the man in the murky terminal room.
“Time is of the essence. Make certain that all pieces are in place as soon as possible. If necessary, increase shipments and double construction efforts. I’ve received word from my primary station contact that Government activity is increasing, so it is only a matter of time until they gain access to critical data of our movement. We must push forward before that time. I think it will be necessary to silence some of them. The confusion should buy us the time that we need. I will make certain that it happens soon. I also want you to make certain an observer is available to use for our future plans.”
The man displayed on screen stretches out his mouth to form a long horizontal line before he speaks: “Understood, I’ll mobilize all of my resources to increase construction speed. We are near completion with exception to the stealth systems that workers have just started to install. This system requires the highest level of care to remain unnoticed, but shouldn’t take too long. I’ll sign off of the communication terminal and get right to it. With additional skilled labor, we should not have long to wait. I’ll also arrange for that second matter to happen.”
The man in the terminal room looks pleased. While there were some quirks throughout the plan, it’s pretty amazing to accomplish their task without being noticed. A lifetime of effort is about to produce the delicious fragrant fruits of human victory. Just a little longer and the tide of the Solar System will start to change.