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Chapter 3: Manfredi’s Log
Dec 7, 2015
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No Plagiarism!a2DinpMmBOAwzix7LhqCposted on PENANA

Chapter 3: Manfredi’s Logcopyright protection68PENANAoO7lJmFLpZ

Kowalski taps his beak as he looks at the code on his workbench. “T56Z3-PL28R…” He murmurs. “Numbers and letters...If Manfredi meant for us to know what it meant, he wouldn’t have made it too hard, I’m sure.” He gets up and starts pacing. “Ergo, it should be something fairly obvious...Probably it is so obvious that it is difficult.”copyright protection68PENANA9z2NSqcENO

“‘Fredi? Wat ya talk’n ‘bout?” Rico asks, looking at him from just outside the door, having heard Kowalski’s ramblings.copyright protection68PENANAtnl2FS9r9A

The scientist stops and looks at his friend. “Skipper found one of Manfredi’s codes on the back of a photo from File 247.” He says, showing it to him. copyright protection68PENANA3yobU7yzSX

Rico looks at it and then shrugs. “I dunno.” He does waddle into the lab though and closes the door behind himself.copyright protection68PENANAz2wCPo223P

“I didn’t expect you to know, Rico.” Kowalski snorts a bit and looks at it. “Still, Skipper wants this figured out asap...And by asap, I mean he already wants it solved and in his flippers.”copyright protection68PENANAQwcbyS4Ike

Rico nods and looks at it. “‘Fredi?”copyright protection68PENANAinNHyHP7gI

Kowalski sighs some and rubs his face. “It’s not really that simple, Rico. Manfredi was a fairly private penguin when it came to his codes…You remember how he would lock himself away and lock the room after he left it.”copyright protection68PENANA4QKBsA0vC3

“Book?” He then grumbles curiously.copyright protection68PENANAltzxF8qKRK

The scientist now turns and looks at him oddly. “What book?”copyright protection68PENANAZa8MRHtGOK

Rico shakes his head. “No book.” He grunts.copyright protection68PENANAoSA9t3Jtym

“But you just were talking about a book, Rico...” He sighs and rubs his face. He then watches as Rico starts motioning and incomprehensibly jabbering on about something. Rico then slides out after some very enthusiastic motions and squabbling. “Note to self...Next invention, work on a Rico translator.” He mumbles and shakes his head. He returns his attention to his page that is covered with scratched out failures of breaking the code. Kowalski rips it out of his notebook, balls it up, and tosses it to the growing mountain of the trashcan and tries again. copyright protection68PENANAxUQ7svfSg7

“Dis book!” Rico exclaims, sliding back in with a small computer in his outstretched flippers.copyright protection68PENANADfhL19svQg

Kowalski looks over at him with a look of final understanding. “Ohhhh! A netbook!” He nods and gets it from Rico. He opens it up and turns it on only to come to a locked home-page. The scientist frowns, highly unamused, but also unsurprised. “Of course he locked it.” He then sighs and shakes his head. “We aren’t any further now that we had been, Rico.”copyright protection68PENANAff9QoDT77s

Rico rolls his eyes as he takes the computer back and types in the password. “He ma’ li’l buddy. I know password.” He grunts.copyright protection68PENANAuEmkLOQ1H7

The avian blinks his surprise and takes the computer again. He clears his throat with a nod. “Erm, yes, so I can see…” He opens up a file on the computer and looks at the code on the picture again. He tries typing the code into the search.copyright protection68PENANA8kmq6oAyTq

Another file pops up with a video recorded message; a Manfredi’s Log file.copyright protection68PENANAP9FZZ3CTbJ

Kowalski looks at Rico before he sits the computer back and presses play. He and Rico take a seat at his workbench and watch it.copyright protection68PENANAmGoJ0ayRbf

“Greetings.” Manfredi nods to the camera. “So as I told you last log, the team and I had to go Guatemala for a mission. Well, we just got back after nearly killing each other--I won’t go into details on that as I’d really like to forget all of that, as I’m sure my bros would like to do, too.” He shakes his head with a sigh. “But for in case I ever do want to get myself flipper deep into some of that sweet misery again, I did keep her card.” He chuckles. He then waves his flippers some. “And I’m off-topic, yeah? Yeah. I kinda...Maybe...Borrowed something of hers, too, just in case she’d try to find her way to us again, because that would be awesome.” He gives a solemn nod. “I have written the coordinates of the item and hidden it away in the file on Galvin Goose and I am writing the label of this video and leaving it in the Guatemalan mission file.” He grins. “Skipper and the others will probably think it is just another file label number, that is if they even notice it. That’s it for today, see ya!” The video clicks off.copyright protection68PENANAYkAlLGJlfD

Kowalski immediately slides over to the filing cabinet and starts flipping through the Gs. “Gabby, Gido, Gargon, Grange--That’s out of order.” He mutters to himself. “Ah! Galvin--Grouse? No. Nope, here.” He finally pulls out a file on the elusive Galvin Goose. He opens the faded green folder as he waddles over to Rico and lays it and its contents out upon his workbench.copyright protection68PENANAL4Nq3MuGGG

Galvin Goose had been one of their first enemies--Manfredi’s very first vanquished arch. Skipper had been so proud then. The team had been at the top of its game, on a roll. Galvin Goose. He was such a liar, even his name lied. He hadn’t even been a goose. He was a mongoose. It didn’t surprise Kowalski at all that of all the files to hide something in, that Manfredi had chosen this one. It had been special to him, a prize like Private’s first fish that hangs on the tunnel door. In fact, Kowalski was surprised he hadn’t thought of checking it sooner. copyright protection68PENANAq3mOMnYkea

After spreading the sheets out, Kowalski finds what he was searching for: a little fluorescent pink post-it note on which there are a pair of coordinates, hidden in the very center of the stack of papers. The scientist copies down the numbers exactly and looks over at Rico. “Tell Skipper to come here at his earliest convenience.” He orders.copyright protection68PENANAAdvbygRhB6

Rico nods and slides out of the lab once again. copyright protection68PENANAVnbIOevjVc

“Now, these coordinates…” The scientist murmurs as he waddles over to a cord and pulls down a map. He looks over the latitude and longitudes and draws a circle in erasable marker. “Tennessee...When the hydroxide did he go to Tennessee?” Kowalski passes his flipper over his head and smoothes down his flippers. “Not just when, why and how also…” He sighs and shakes his head. “All this time after he and Johnson’s disappearances and they still haunt us with little unsolved mysteries…”copyright protection68PENANAZlfla1I9mX

“Rico said you got something, Kowalski?” Skipper then says, coming behind him.copyright protection68PENANAjXaO8I500H

Kowalski jumps in surprise before he nods and steps away from the map. “Yes. The code led to Tennessee coordinates.”copyright protection68PENANA6V4hETwacs

“Tennessee?” Skipper blinks and looks at the map. “Did you plot them right?” He asks and waddles closer to the map, scrutinizingly analyzing it.copyright protection68PENANAmbNBxYDf70

“I’ve triple checked it, sir.” Kowalski nods. “And each time it plotted at the same exact location. Manfredi has buried something there of…” He trails off into a murmur.copyright protection68PENANAcqXnf65l65

“Something of what?” Skipper looks at him.copyright protection68PENANA2d17vG02Qc

“Of…” Kowalski mumbles and looks elsewhere.copyright protection68PENANAucohOVfran

Skipper waddles over to him and grabs his beak and forces him to look in his eyes. “Something of what, Kowalski?” He snaps.copyright protection68PENANArnOpK3wQpD

Kowalski gives him a look. “Max’s...” He clears his throat and then looks away. Skipper blinks and releases his beak for a moment. “The code was actually the label of a log and in the log he talked all about it and her and--”copyright protection68PENANAWrQXymEyou

Skipper raises his flipper and cuts him off. “Did he say what it was?” He asks in a softer, but still stern tone.copyright protection68PENANALSH9av4qXf

“No, sir…” Kowalski shakes his head.copyright protection68PENANANoDBOoFle4

“Then that is where we will go.” The flat-headed leader nods and waddles away towards the door. “Pack your bags, boys, I have a feeling we’re not going to be back here for a while.”copyright protection68PENANAYawP84bNDA

Rico looks at them, with his happy, tongue hanging out, smile. “W’a’ ‘bout ‘Ri’ate?”copyright protection68PENANAhosZyCuC3r

Kowalski glances around his lab. “I suppose we should probably tell him, yes.”copyright protection68PENANASQQvsFT808

“Speaking of which, where is he?” Skipper also looks around and peeks out of the lab. “I told him to help you out topside.” He looks at Rico.copyright protection68PENANAcZjJPsN0fr

Rico nods. “I tol’ ‘im he’p K’wal’ki.”copyright protection68PENANAAxP3woG00J

Skipper looks at Kowalski now with crossed flippers. Kowalski looks at them. “I told him to go watch the Lunacorns.”copyright protection68PENANAsSAjo2YiaZ

“Great. Now what did he think to do when that went off all of thirty minutes ago?” The leader snorts and marches out. “Private!” Seeing no sign of the young recruit, he climbs topside with a sigh. He finds him swimming in the pool and nods a bit, relieved on the inside. “Private.”copyright protection68PENANArnZK6OcUOs

Private notices him and swims over. “Yes, sir?” copyright protection68PENANAlpZbsvA9wA

“Get you things, we have a rendezvous with Tennessee.”copyright protection68PENANASZtsiSuhaF

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“Ehm, okay.” He nods and climbs out, shaking the water off. Skipper nods and waddles back inside, leaving Private very confused out on the ice flow.copyright protection68PENANAgB3fma3y4S

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