Well, that didn’t go according to plan. I think I took a blow to the head, or something shot me, I don’t remember, but everything went bright for a second, then dark.
When I came to, that damn Autumn guy was there. I guess Dad didn’t kill the asshole after all. Kinda makes his own death seem pretty pointless, doesn’t it? So much for noble sacrifices. They’ve taken the GECK, they’re the good guys, blah, blah, blah. When he left the room, that President Eden guy’s voice came over the intercom again, and somehow… Well. Let’s just say I had an inkling that he wasn’t all he seemed. No, that’s not quite it, from the first time I listened to the Enclave Radio broadcasts, it was pretty obvious that he wasn’t what he was made out to be. But I figured he was an actor, or a stooge, or recordings from someone who really was President, maybe. Anyway, he invited me, quite cordially, up to his office to meet him. Released me from my bindings, told me where to find my stuff, all perfectly pleasant.
The thing with pleasant, is when it’s out of place, it makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.
Still, I didn’t have any other choice, really, so I took my things and cautiously left the room. Of course I was immediately stopped by a guard. It was weird, but I’d swear I’d heard his voice somewhere before. Another life, maybe. He spoke with Eden, who confirmed my story, and I headed on. Got kinda lost, but I found my way in the end, naturally that asshole Autumn had figured out what was going on, and didn’t appreciate it. Would’ve thought he’d follow what his President said, but there you go. So, I had to fight the rest of the way to the office, where my suspicions were confirmed. Eden is – was – a computer. Of course, the thing with computers is, however smart they are, they’ve usually got some kind of bug you can exploit to get them to do what you need to, even if that’s… not strictly what they’re meant to be *for*. It tried to get me to use some kind of virus in the purifier, that would wipe out Super Mutants and Ghouls. Not really my style, especially after meeting Fawkes.
Oh God, that reminds me, on the way in to Vault 87, I caught a GNR broadcast… I guess I over-estimated how things would go at Tenpenny Towers, I knew it wouldn’t be all tea parties and candlelit suppers, but… That. I don’t really know what else I could have done, though, either way it would have ended with a bunch of people dead. I hope Herbert got away, at least.
In any case, I talked Eden into shutting down, took the virus just in case Autumn got his hands on it, and split. Outside, there were gunshots and – FAWKES! I have never been so glad to see someone. He’d come to help me out, and it was just starting to occur to me that I didn’t know where Syd and Cross were. We headed to Megaton as quickly as we could – Syd and Dogmeat were in my house, thank goodness, and Syd said Cross had headed back to the Citadel. They got knocked out, too, but luckily they were just left where they were, rather than ‘disposed of’. They had no idea where I’d gone, of course, so they headed home. Luckily it was the middle of the night, so nobody saw Fawkes, I was so worked up I didn’t even think – I doubt they’d have taken kindly to him. So, we should really get some sleep, I’m hoping if I go out and explain to Lucas before Fawkes comes out, we’ll be able to leave without a fuss. Then to the Citadel, I guess.