"So, at this point we've all heard about the situation with the Buzzing and Agartha."
A chorus of vague agreement across the meeting room. 'Yep', 'uh-huh', one grumbled 'third meeting about it this week'.
"Higher-ups are still scrambling for a unified response, some way to handle this. It's taken everybody by surprise, and if I'm honest? Nobody has a plan."
"Starting off on a real high note, here."
"I'm just being honest. But where there's a dearth of leadership, there's an opportunity for new tactics and ideas to surface. And we have the ability to draw up a map, and take the ship's helm."
"With all of us in here, you have to mean..."
"Exactly. I've secured some discretionary funds to revive Project V."
"Oh, you've got to be kidding."
"Interesting... an opportunity, to be sure."
"But that thing got shelved years ago!"
"It got shelved because it was a solution in search of a problem, and nobody wanted to bite. Given recent events? There's call for it."
"We're no closer to cracking any of it."
"Actually, we've had some luck."
"Stop. He's right, unfortunately; while we have a niche we can fit into, we haven't made any dedicated progress on it. That's why we're starting in a preliminary research phase. You're all going to be allocated funds to figure out any viable approaches or new information about your part in this."
"We'll certainly need more than money, but it's a start."
"We'll need a hell of a lot more than money, we'll need a god damn miracle--"
"I reiterate, this is just preliminary research. We have an opportunity here, we just need to figure out if this is viable. But, since this is technically not a sanctioned use of all of your time, we'll leave it here. We'll reconvene tomorrow to discuss potential angles, and then we'll figure out what sort of money you'll need. I'll see you all then."
Slowly, most of the room shuffles out, in varying states of excitement.
"Oh, you bet we will! C'mon, man, I know exactly what we're doing."
"Really? You've got my attention."
Soon, only two people remained.
"Not a fan, I'm gathering."
"Of course not, this is a Spruce Goose around my neck!"
"It's not that bad, there's real potential here."
"For the rest of you, sure, you're gonna work on shit you can use. If I do this, I'm pouring time and money in a hole, and it's not gonna pay off."
"It's not quite that bad. Your role is very... dedicated, yes. But... look. I've heard about a little something that'll help you."
"This better not be a joke."
"You know I don't joke. There's a name that's crossed my email chains, a promising one for exactly something like this. The right expertise, and... well, crossover skills in case this doesn't work out. I think you've heard of her before."
"I'll send you what I've got, but it should work out. Trust me."