Caine continues his investigations into the Crypto department, stumbling upon a series of audio recordings made by Karen Moro, a junior member of the faculty. She was being blackmailed into spying on her colleagues and reporting any suspicious activity.
Kurt reveals that he and Karen dated briefly during the period of these recordings (though she didn't seem too impressed with him at the time). Now, a year later, he must ask for her help in tracking down the stolen equipment.
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Caine spoke to his old colleague Neville, trying to tease out more information about the secret projects of the Crypto department. The Cube Hunters sent Neville a coded message, and it seemed to win him over: he gave Caine access to a backdoor file system.
Caine and the Cube Hunters struggled to unlock the documents, but eventually, they managed to pull out a few dozen pertinent files. Some of them held details of certain high-tech devices. But six of them were audio files recorded by an unknown woman. Would you recognise her...?
That packing case - it's disappeared. I don't know when it went, but it's not there today, so... I think I saw it a couple of days ago, that was the last time. Not much help, I know...
I gave the case a bit of a kick the other day, to see if I could hear what was in there. I think it was tech stuff. Anyway... I'm meeting up with a guy for lunch tomorrow and he's kind of a hardware freak, so I might try nudging him and see if there's anything going on. He's a nice guy, so he might be helpful.
The recordings were some months old, and it emerged that the 'nice guy' was none other than Kurt McAllister - and the voice belonged to Karen Moro, a member of the Crypto faculty.
Karen had made the recordings because she was being blackmailed by somebody to spy on her colleagues. She was never sure who the blackmailers were, but they had the power to help or harm her father, in prison. She reported back to them for eight months, telling them about strange deliveries and thefts from the department - until she was told to stop back in February this year.
I appreciate what you've done for my dad, but... I've done my bit. That's it. That was the deal. You can go digging around in the tunnels if you like, but don't expect me to do any more of your dirty work. You told me to stop, so I'm stopping.
Don't ever tell my dad about this.
Kurt met up with Karen to see if she'd be willing to help him find out more. Perhaps she might agree to help him track any future deliveries...?
Anna, meanwhile, used information she had gleaned from Henrik to work out which high-tech devices had already been stolen from Crypto.
Nobody was quite sure what these parts could be used for, but at least they had a few more pieces of the puzzle.
Back on Earth, Scarlett has been stirring up interest in the hunt for the Cube. She's started a new page on MySpace, full of puzzles and competitions for the Cube Hunters to enjoy. She calls it 'The Scarlett Code'.
And all the while, more and more Cube Hunters have been signing up for the mysterious San Francisco event. But what will it involve? What does the Academy have planned? And will you be there?
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