The first day on the job, and he was fucking freaking out like it was going to kill him.
He didn't belong, a suit amongst jeans and leather jackets, a uniform of difference, while he was sleek. Unoriginal. Playing with fire.
It was a scare tactic, of course, and he wouldn't give in. Not ever.
"Torres?" a voice called from above, and he looked up. It was the girl (Eliza? Liz?) from before, beckoning to him with a smirk. He straightened his tie, and headed up, meeting her on the first landing.
"Ready, agent?" she said, her nametag indicating her name was Lisa. He nodded curtly, and grinned, cigarette in mouth.
"Ready as I'll ever be," he refuted, his tone one of sarcasm.
"Good," she murmured, and turned her back to him and started walking. Torres followed.
"So your name is Joseph Torres, but be prepared to give up that name for another," she explained, able to stride through the halls of the complex while staring at her tablet without staggering. "Who knows what might happen over the course of this job."
They continued for a while, Torres focusing on the learning the patterns of the place, where to go (or not to go) in order to not get lost. It was a labyrinth, one he was studying far too hard before Lisa interrupted his thoughts.
"Oi, Joe," she exclaimed, grinning. "Have I lost you?"
"Nah," he mumbled. "Just thinking."
If he didn't see it with his own eyes, he would've thought it wasn't possible, but her grin grew even larger. "Oh, mate, you don't have to think in here." With that she resumed her guidance, walking the halls even quicker.
He resumed his studying before she butted in again, "What were you thinking about anyway?"
"Just this place," he said, smiling. "Trying not to think about what's in store for me."
"Trust me, the boss will treat you will, Joe." It was easy for her to say, second in command to the boss herself, claiming all the riches and fame she wanted. "You will capitalise," she paused, "or die trying."
At that point Joe had stopped walking and she turned to look at him. Then suddenly she laughed, a loud laugh that most girls would do their best to cover up. She had no such hesitation. "I'm just kidding, you idiot!" And with that, Joe smiled, because it was better to have friends in this place, just in case she was right.