I left Sabine’s apartment and headed back to my ship which took some doing getting out of the basement neighborhoods and then up through administration levels. I then caught shuttle back to the Scout Base. I entered my ship Scout-301 actually not thinking about what I needed to do but that if I was going to spend a ton of time on Scout-301 it should have a proper name. I would have to think about it. Naming a ship is an important activity.
When I did finally close all the airlocks and did a security sweep with the sensors, I realized that naming this ship of mine would have to wait and I had pressing matters to attend to. I sent Mr. Small a message that I had his information. He replied quickly and seemed shocked that I had things so quickly. I replied that such prompt service deserves a bonus. His reply back was to set up a meeting time for the next morning in the same place in the spaceport terminal we had met before. I agreed and then I sent a message to Sabine that things were ready. She did not reply as I had instructed her but I did get the message that the my message had been read. Now all that was left was to wait till the meeting and be on my best acting level.
I took a shower and then slipped into bed but I was having trouble getting to sleep. I really could have used a lover at that point but I didn’t have one so I did a little self-love and then I was able to get some fitful sleep. My mind was racing about what I was getting involved with. I am not inexperienced virgin when it comes to spy work but this was different for me. I was also wondering what talents I would possess if any. The thought of going through all this and having nothing to show for it made me uneasy. When morning came and my alarm went off, I found myself dragging a little as I took another shower and got dressed. I headed for the terminal after a good breakfast and once again found myself sitting at a the same table I had when I had accepted Small’s job those few days ago.
Mr. Small was right on time and he seemed excited. He sat down.
“So what did you find out?”
“You were right, there is and Institute branch on Aurora. Here is the data I collected.”
I handed him the data storage device
“You got this information pretty quickly.”
“I am pretty damn good at getting information when I want information.”
“Well you look like you worked pretty hard on this?”
“Yes I did, but that is also a little fear. You don’t really know what you’re dealing with do you?”
“Yes, I have some idea. That’s why the price for this mission was high.”
“Knowing what I know now, it wasn’t quite enough.”
He seemed to ponder what I said and then seemed to be puzzling over what to do about it.
“Ok, fifty percent bonus for the danger and the quickness of the response, if the data turns out to be genuine.”
“It’s genuine. I wouldn’t be building a good reputation as an Independent Scout if I started out the gate with false information.”
With that he got up and thanked me and said once he had gone over everything he would wire the money. I left and headed back to my ship. Once I got there I decided the deed was pretty much done for me I just had to watch the results.
In about two hours, Small wired me the money he owed me. I smiled at the 75,000 Credits and knew then that I would only have to pay 25,000 Credits of my own money for Psionics training which I could afford easily enough. A little later, I got a message from Sabine telling me that their part had gone extremely well and that Mr. Small would no longer be a problem. I wired the 100,000 Credits for training to her. She told me to report in the morning to her apartment and that I should bring an overnight bag with some clothes and any other personal essentials as the first week was pretty intense and I could crash at her place.
I did just that and she welcomed me with a hug and a kiss on the cheek. What followed for the first week was indeed intense as they tried to find out what talents I possessed. We did not do this in Sabine and Madame Hawker’s apartment but in a storage facility that the Institute owned through a member who was a businessman. I in turn met a few more of my psionic brothers and sisters. One of these was a man named Jacob. He had no surname he would say and he was an odd character who was probably at least seventy years old. He was also a powerful telepath and telekinetic. He could move objects with his mind and that is one of the first things he tested me on and I failed. I was not a Telekinetic. He then switched me to another trainer the next day who tested me on Teleportation. This also failed and I was beginning to get discouraged. That ended my first three days with the simple statement that my talents obviously could not affect the outside world. That included any special talents.
That night I spent with Sabine and Madame Hawker and they were very sympathetic to the fact nothing had been discovered. They however said the more common talents were coming up over the next three days and it was highly likely that I might have them. I was thankful they made me feel right at home. I was glad that they too were a nudist household as it had been a long time since I had slept or functioned inside a place of resident in any clothes. The two of them really worked together and I could see the love between them. Both of them would tuck me in at night and kiss me on the cheek in the morning as I went out for another round of testing.
The next three days were much more exciting. Jacob tested me in telepathy and discovered it existed as I actually was able to block a small mental attack of his. He smiled and congratulated me. I almost did a cart-wheel.
The next day he brought in another woman who was a clairvoyant who worked as a seer in a sideshow but who was actually really clairvoyant. She asked me to relax and then reach out with my thoughts and sense an object at the end of the storage area. I could sense it and then they changed it several times to see if I wasn’t just guessing but I nailed it 100% of the time so they concluded I was a clairvoyant as well. The woman told me that if I got far enough along I could both see and hear things at a distance as long as I knew the direction of what I needed to see and hear.
The last day was spent with a woman who was about two-thirds my size. The problem was she cold lift much more than I could and demonstrated to me that this was he mind giving her precise control over her body. She went into suspended animation for me and the effect was the same as going into cold sleep. She then asked me to do the same and guided me through the steps. I quickly found I could do this easily and I was labeled as an Aware psionic. As a final demonstration, the woman cut herself on the arm and then used her mind to heal it in front of my very eyes. She said after training and time to develop, I could do the same.
I was sent home that night and told to take a few of days off to rest and then to be back for a kind of four days on, three days off training cycle for the next four months. I reluctantly left Sabine’s place and went back to my ship.