The conversations continue into the evening. Food and drink continues to be brought around.
After Trevor and Mr. Windsor chat a little they decide that Trevor is going to not go to work for the next few days, but Mr. Windsor will have his 'people' ensure that he keeps getting paid by hasseling his boss. During this time he's going to try out a few other jobs and see if anything takes his fancy.
Mr. Windsor has to take a brief phone call, after which he excuses himself and says he will need to leave. He tells Trevor and Ken (Swain) that he is friends with the owner of a nice restaurant in the Lake estate('Reflections'), and that they should drop in for a free meal over the next few days.
Richard heads off to get some drinks and is again caught pick pocketting, this time from a middle aged sales manager. As the event security come to grab him he races through the crowd and locks himself inside one of the cars on display.
Reese finds out from Kerry, that both her and Mr. Windsor will be attending the funeral tomorrow. Kerry also indicates that she does a bit of 'event planning' and occassionaly needs to hire 'girls who like to have fun' if Reese wants to earn some extra money to help her pay for her University tuition fees.
The cadetship simulation starts up with quite alot of people watching. An initial profile of the cars shows that Robert's is woefully underpowered. His nine competitors vehicles are based on an 'Energy Coefficient' parameter 7.5, while his is based on a 5.7 parameter - this is greeted with a few raised eyebrows from some and outright laughter from others. Half the simulated 'events' have been conducted and presented on the large display screen, Robert has ranked between 8th and 10th in each one and is looking quite miserable.
The back half of the main room now seems to be occupied predominately by 'industry types' who are watching the cadet simulation and several other technical presentations. Judging by the talk it's mainly engineers, managers, marketting and some administrators. Some of the company names that come up in overheard introductions are Pheonyx Engines, Emergence Technologies Conglomerate, Kapa-Hari-Beuson, Horizon Capital Finance, Sapphire Transport & Distribution, Steel City Refinery & Fabrication, Global Risk Management Solutions, Diamond City Vehicle Lobby Group, Infodata Enterprises, Independent Research, and Allied Safety.
Ken manages to send a few people over to the trade both during the course of the evening, including Mr. Windsor's assistant Kerry and a few others who are either generally curious or looking into arrange a limosene charter for a future time. Tony Wilson comes across to chat with Ken later in the evening and introduces him to Kevin Whitten of Global Risk Management Solutions, apparently Tony and Ken used to both work as Police Detectives in Sapphire City and are now sharing a drink and a chat.
Noticing that Mr. Windsor has left, Trevor's boss (Janette Bateman) comes over to screech at him again. He smiles, mentions something quietly to her and has a drink. She turns noticeably pale and walks away quietly.
One of the contacts Graham pegged initially, Kim Lloyd is spotted over at one of the bars. He is sharing a drink with Scarlett's (Robert Dietel's initial date) dad. Scarlett's date and her mum are spotted further away having a slow dance together on one of the dancefloors that adjoin the main presentation room.