Recruitments – A scrapped project

Recruitments – A scrapped project

Missing people, strange individuals and gatherings. The following is a transcript from a journalist’s personal notes, depicting his journey of trying to uncover the mystery surrounding the most recent disappearances.

September 23rd 2020, 20:48
Today was the 6th day in a row – I once again heard the name Henry R. Smith around the
Student Campus. The scope I thought I caught a few days ago turned out to be nothing but a
fake rumour, yet it seems that this Henry R. guy could make for an even more interesting
subject.
I hope that tomorrow I will be able to find out more about him.

September 26th 2020, 19:56
In the last few days I gathered more intel on Henry:
– he talks to students late in the night, in secluded areas;
     – is responsible for all the posters hung around the Campus;
     – is well mannered and kind????? (allegedly);
What is he up to?

September 29th 2020, 23:09
It seems that Henry hangs around an old, run-down building lately. Every few nights, people
gather to hear him talk. It’s as if they are having some kind of weird gathering.
Note: There was one of those posters on the building.

October 2nd 2020, 20:29
Today I passed by the old building and stuck over the recruitment poster there was an
advertisement that read FOR SALE (I don’t know why anyone would want to buy these ruins
though).

October 3rd 2020, 20:23
I saw Henry in front of the Central Bank, accompanied by a blonde businessman with
sunglasses and a suit (who even wears sunglasses at night?). They seemed to be making a
serious deal. I tried following them afterwards but lost their track in the huge crowd.

October 3rd 2020, 22:05
Another peculiar thing I noticed today: a young girl that passed me quickly, but slow enough
for me to see something that looked like blood on her hands and skirt. I called her out but
she picked up her pace. What was that about?

October 4th 2020, 10:05
I went to check the building and just like last time, there was something new on the wall:
written in red paint there was a graffiti that said “WE WANT YOU”. Does it have anything to
do with the girl I saw yesterday?

October 5th 2020, 15:30
I’m currently trying to find out more about what’s going on in that building. For that, I went to
the second floor of the gym across the road and looked through the window. The zoom from my phone’s camera helped me see better.
There was nothing spectacular apart from a white board on which the following words were
written:
“Deadline posters: 8th. GET YOUR TASKS DONE! – Monika” and “Companies calling
sessions with Francis”.

October 6th 2020, 16:21
I just looked Monika and Francis up and found some info on them:
Monika: – freelance designer and illustrator, takes commissions for a fair price
     – was detained by police for vandalizing the walls of the town hall;
     – is part of a few local associations that promote modern art;
Francis – aka “Loan Shark”
     – his sources of income aren’t known although he seems extremely rich;
     – is keeping in touch with various companies (reasons unknown);

October 7th 2020, 10:48
Today I found a great coffee shop.
Steamin’ Mugs, Eternity Street 14.
To check it out again!

October 10th 2020, 17:12
Nothing new about the building and Henry for 4 days. Did they cease their activity?

October 12th 2020, 15:27
I was wrong, they ceased nothing. Right now I intercepted a letter Henry lost on the
sidewalk.
Transcript:
“Everything is ready for purchase and renovations.”
Why are they sending letters in this day and age?

October 13th 2020, 20:09
The letter was a decoy.

Today I passed by and somehow made eye contact with the man himself. He winked at me.
They know who I am.
I’ve been compromised. What do they want from me?

October 13th 2020, 23:58
Looked up the building online, it’s been sold just hours ago.
Someone posted this picture:

October 14th 2020, 20:37
It’s only been one day but the building looks as good as new? They even changed the
colours. Just who are these people?

October 14th 2020, 21:45
Spotted new people from the gym. A short guy, red haired and a tall one, all proper. There
sure are a lot of them.

October 16th 2020, 10:21
Looked into those two. New intel:
Coin McTrezor:
     – Scottish;
     – appears to know a lot about economy, probably works in this field;
Sam File:
     – seems to be obsessed with order. Probably has OCD;
     – quite strict, even towards his own comrades;
     – helped a few associations with rehabilitating old buildings;
Such different personalities. Will I ever find out what they’re doing together?

October 17th 2020, 14:55
I can proudly say I’ve seen them all in this life.
Morning gym class – All of them were gathered up by the building, celebrating. The most
astounding thing of all? There was this little girl with them that seemed to have a lynx as a
pet!
Am I dreaming?

October 17th 2020, 16:23
Passed by the celebration and got a pamphlet??

I’ll check it out later. The words that caught my attention were “Recruiting now!”. I wrote my
phone number on a piece of paper after they said they’ll give me a call. Let’s see how close I
can get to the truth.

October 17th 2020, 20:00
Just got my call for the interview. It’s scheduled for tomorrow and I gotta say I’m a bit
excited. Guess I’ll try on my suit for this occasion. Haven’t worn it in years!

October 18th 2020, 17:00
First thing when I got there, they laughed at me for looking so formal (friendly laughter, I
must admit. But still). My two interviewers were Henry and (surprisingly) the little girl. I was
quick to judge her appearances though, because as soon as she opened her mouth I
realized she’s very mature and collected.
They asked me basic things like “Do you think you’d be an asset for our organization?” or
“What would you like to implement if you’d be a member?” but also weird questions like
“What secret conspiracy would you like to start?”.
After it was all over, I tried being the one to ask the questions but the little girl winked at me
and replied “You’ll get your answers if you will pass this interview and become a member”.
Henry shook my hand warmly and said “Hope to see you again very soon”.

October 21st 2020, 10:00
A few days passed since the interview and I still haven’t received a single call from them.
Maybe they didn’t find me suitable for a member. They surely had many applicants to
choose from. Or maybe they figured I am onto them and don’t want me digging their secrets.

October 21st 2020, 14:26
Guess they read my mind. Just got a call informing me that I passed the interview and they’ll
be waiting for my return this evening. Gotta find some way to kill time until 18:00.

October 21st 2020, 17:45
Got there before the meeting time. Monika saw me waiting at the entrance and invited me in.
She wanted to shake my hand but then realized hers were stained with paint and she
excused herself. “I’m currently working on a training for the new members who would be
interested in design. Making it appealing with paintings and stuff helps, you know?”. So the
red stains she had on her clothes when I first saw her weren’t blood stains after all, huh.
I tried finding the room where the interview was held, but tough luck, because the building
was pretty big and I couldn’t find my way around it.
I found Sam File in an office, he was busy organizing things in a drawer. I asked him if he
could help me. “Eighty one, eighty two, eighty… What is it?! I just lost the count. What do
you want? Henry’s office? Make a right, then a left and it’s the second door from the window.
Now leave me alone and please close the door.”

I felt a chill down my spine and left the room, apologizing. Headed towards the office and
passed Francis and Coin McTrezor, who were talking about money-related business.
Francis: “the company I contacted yesterday said they’d be willing to sponsor us as long as
we provide good promotion. Monika already agreed to creating materials for that purpose.”
Coin: “da piggy bank is crackin’ skinny, woulda be a wee helpful. Gotta tell the blondie she
ain’t usin’ our budget to get da art supplies anymair, aye!”
I continued to walk towards the office. The door opened before I got to knock. Henry greeted
me with an affectionate smile and invited me in. While he was preparing a cup of coffee, I
asked about all the people I encountered since I entered the building. He told me about each
of them and I understood they are in charge of different departments:

Monika – MARKETING
Sam File – SECRETARY
Francis – FUNDRAISING
Coin McTrezor – TREASURER
Henry R. Smith – HUMAN RESOURCES

I also understood that all those missing persons were actually people recruited by them. He
laughed at my confused face and said it was all a facade to attract attention.
Before I got to ask about the mysterious little girl, she entered the room with the huge lynx
accompanying her. I got up from my chair, a bit intimidated, and she saluted me politely.
“Welcome to BEST Timisoara, it’s good to see you again. My name is Prestige and I’m the
president of this Local BEST Group, please don’t hesitate to ask me any questions. We’re
looking forward to working with you from now on!”

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