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London: Two Months Later

Fyfe
Right. I’m not sure where to start. Your brother told me you have some unique skills.

Pleschette
I’m not sure what you mean.

Fyfe
I came across something yesterday at SB. Some Russian bloke’s going away for money laundering. Ten years. We fool around in the archives with personal effects. Auctions, lottery, grab bag, whatever. I got this bloke’s laptop. It’s brand new. Four thousand quid worth of software and hardware. Stuff I can’t even understand.

Pleschette
You want me to clean the hard drive?

Fyfe
No. The hard drive’s got one hundred gigs of … images and videos on it.

Pleschette
Is it children, mate? I’m not touching that stuff.

Fyfe
No. I saved them on these USB flash drives. Take a look. I recognise some of the people on here, but I can’t get my head around this.

Pleschette
Did you sweep this stuff for viruses? We sometimes use them to infect people’s machines.

Fyfe
He’s a techie. I used his fingerprints to access the laptop. Most of the files have got passwords.

Pleschette
Righteousness. Alright. Let us have a look. Holy … is that … ? That’s uhm, uhm… I don’t remember her name, but she’s always on the telly. Entertainment Tonight and them.

Fyfe
Exactly, right.

Pleschette
I know this one, and this one. She’s got one of those BAFTAs. I know her. She’s in the men’s mags. GQ. This is messed up, mate.

Fyfe
I put the laptop back but I broke the law opening that machine, much less possessing stolen images.

Pleschette
I feel you. So what you want me to do?

Fyfe
I want to see if we can, you know, sell them to the tabloids.

Pleschette
Ah. You want me to act like a broker? Sell them without revealing your identity?

Fyfe
Yes.

Pleschette
I’m not really into this scandal mag bullshit. I dunno how much you’re going to get. This isn’t black market contraband, mate. It’s junk. You could sell a bag of heroin faster than this shyte. Have you got any heroin? I’d make you one hundred thousand quid right quick.

Fyfe
No.

Pleschette
You could wank to it.

Fyfe
I know that. But this is like potentially… can we auction it off or …?

Pleschette
I dunno. I don’t think anyone is interested in some naked girls. Some of the shots are blurry and all. Let me ask around but I’m not making any promises.

Fyfe
Thanks.

Pleschette
Later.

By ΠιCΘLΣ

Life is short, so let’s be decent.