Some information on how Ione found and tracked her contact, some character development for Jack and Mara, and a bit of fun, at least for the author. At least the group is now in Paris, so the plot can get going again.
Ione's tracking of the Dunning-Kruggerand reflects the use of the cryptocurrency. Money moves up the chain, from low-end dealers to high-end criminal enterprises, leading to Silk Road 2.0. From there, it's just a matter of correlating when the cryptocurrency moved with known criminal deals to find out what was bought and sold. The catch, though. is that over half of the Dunning-Kruggerand is in the hands of one organization, Mt. Gox, formerly the Magic the Gathering Online Exchange, thus well suited for tracking virtual widgets of dubious value.
Mara turned out to be fun to write. I did almost no work on her, just figuring out her appearance and a general background, and that was because Jack's jet needed a co-pilot. Mara made the most of her first appearance. She then became useful to have, as will be seen next chapter. However, Ione doesn't seem to like Mara. The main reason is that Ione worked /hard/ to get where she is. She had to show that she was as good as her male counterparts by putting in twice the work. Mara, from Ione's point of view, is eye candy, getting her job because of her looks instead of ability. First impressions, and Mara isn't helping her cause. It's part of the reason Ione corrected herself after asking for a Coke. She wanted the drink, not the powder.
The scene with French Customs was more to show Jack's influence on the people around him than for any other reason, other than exercising my meager French skills. Most of the dialogue was my own work, with just quick checks to make sure I used the right gender of preposition. Some translations if you didn't understand what was happening, though not word for word:
"Monsieur Renaud. Et Monsieur Favre. Trés enchanté. Vous vous souvenez Madelle Mara, oui?" -> "Mister Renard. And Mister Favre. So delighted. You remember Ms Mara, yes?"If it seems like Jack is getting off lightly here, he is. It's not for a lack of researching procedures at Customs, either. This is deliberate. Jack knows Renaud and Favre. And they know Jack. Earlier in the chapter, Jack mentioned that he analyzes people. He has analyzed Renaud and Favre in the past. And note the vousvoyer; everyone is using the formal vous instead of the familiar tu.
"Et qui est elle? Un autre des votres filles, Monsieur Jacques?" -> "And who is this? Another of your girls, Mister Jacques?"
"Oh, non, non, non, Monsieur Favre. Elle ne travaille pas pour moi. Mais, j'ai besoin d'aide et elle est la personne idéalle." -> "Oh, no, no, no, Mister Favre. She doesn't work for me. But, I need help and she is the ideal person."
"Je viens d'Ottawa. Mon employe est dans le gouvrement du Canada." -> "I come from Ottawa. My job is in the Government of Canada."
"Avez vous de contrebande dans votres velises?" -> "Do you have any contraband in your luggage?"
"Non, Monsieur. Vour pourrez regarder si vous voulez." -> "No, sir. You can look if you want."
"Et vous, Monsieur/ Jacques? Avez vous de contrebande?" -> "And you, Mister Jacques? Do you have any contraband?"
"Moi? Non, Monsieur. Jamais." -> "Me? No, sir. Never."
Friday, correcting Jack and arranging meets, in the The Devil You Know Chapter 12.
Also Friday, over at Psycho Drive-In, expanded universes.
Saturday, over at The Seventh Sanctum, balancing nostalgia and adaptations.