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  • Closure

    "... I'm sorry it has to end like this. Goodbye, my friends." The end of Vesic's holo-recording triggered the wireless detonators. The carefully placed explosives engulfed Rodgrigo and Hirito, as secondary blasts devastated other likely sniping …

  • Job Interview

    The retro-chic feel of the venerable Club Penumbra might be viewed by some as "retro-cliche", but the landmark of the Seattle scene still carries some cred when one needs a quiet place to talk. And cliched synthahol still gives you a buzz. It still …

  • The Call

    bq). (bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...) The incessant drone of the commlink alert burrowed through layers of sleep deprivation and synthahol stupor, deepening what promised to be a brutal hangover. [[:jimmy-the-card | Jimmy ]] groaned and peeled open eyes crusted …

  • Visit

    Timmy Anderson packed the last of his Blood Hacker comics and took a last look around the room. He'd planned to leave Denny's Creek last night, but Didi had been really upset about it and then one thing had led to another... But now he needed to get …

  • Discipline

    Scar stood rigid before the real wood desk, uncomfortable in the opulent surroundings of the _saikō-komon_'s office. It was requiring a great deal of discipline to not fidget. It might appear that the boss was paying no attention, but Scar knew better. …

  • The Drop

    "Frag! Murphy! If you don't stop fidgeting, Mazula's going to open the fragging hatch and drop you out without a fragging line!", shouted [[:mazula | Mazula]]. _God-damn! Bad enough I have to work when there's real nuyen to be made, but I gotta sit next …

  • School Day

    "Bye, Mommy!", said Yumiko in her perfect, unaccented English, smiling brightly as she skipped down the sidewalk toward the school shuttle. "Soreja, Yumi", replied Rin. She once again shook her head at the futility of getting the eight year old girl to …

  • Adrenaline Rush

    Ok, fine. I'll tell you. But I've hacked the hospital records to show I'm here for gynecological surgery, so if my dad starts asking questions, I'll make sure your face is plastered across every trog-porn site in the Matrix. Got it? Kay. It was …

  • Rapid Response

    "Full House. Aces over tens", announced the dealer-agent as Highball called Sarge's raise. He was pretty sure the trooper was bluffing, although sometimes it was hard to read people through the AR(Augmented Reality) projection. _Better than sitting …

  • Gathering Info

    "DON'T GIVE ME THAT DREKKING CRAP, YOSHIKI!", screamed Rin, slamming her palms on the salary-man's desk. Heads turned in the outer office, as the sound insulation of a middle-manager's walls proved insufficient in the face of the young woman's rage. "I …

  • No Sale

    Pierre watched carefully as the car pulled into the warehouse parking lot. The entire team was alert for trouble as the doors of the armored Westwind opened and the local mobsters stepped out. The Gianelli family had brought only five men, enough to show …

  • Matrix Run

    "You ready for this, Zen?" The small white-clad monk did not stir from the floating lotus position. "You are asking the question of yourself, my friend. If you wait until you are truly ready, you will wait until you are truly dead." The armor-clad …

  • Old Flame

    Tina stared at the old picture, unsure how to feel. It had been years since the holoframe had been set to project this particular image. She'd even forgotten that she still had pictures of him. It was a reminder of a happier time, teenage love without …

  • First Date

    Oh. My. God. I can't believe it. I've got nothing to wear. Seriously. Nothing. I’m not going to wear that! God, it’s a family restaurant! I’m not going there looking like a five nuyen hooker. Why did I ask Grace for advice? She thinks …

  • Cake and Hope

    “Absolutely. And another thing… I am pretty sure Rodrigo is still alive. I could have sworn nothing could have lived through that explosion.” Hirito's words echoed in her ears for a few seconds as the multiple implications sunk in. If Rodrigo was …

  • Friendship

    "Hi Dad!"' called Clarisse, "Here's the stuff from Joey's." "Thank's sweetie," replied Tony. "Oh, Grace dropped by. She's upstairs." "Kayloveubye!", came the reply as the teen headed upstairs. Tony just shook his head and went back to his …

  • Delivery

    %{font-family:sans-serif}"Welcome back, Fräu Hälm. You had a good flight?"% The blonde elf inclined her head, "Sehr Gut, Mein Herr. The new sub-orbitals are very comfortable." %{font-family:sans-serif}"Indeed. Undoubtedly more-so when you are not …

  • Precipice

    [[:tina-thompson | Tina]] stared out at the city lights, ignoring the rain dripping off her hair and clothes. At least it would wash away the blood where [[:hideki | Hideki's]] ring had caught her cheek bone. She could still hear him raging inside …

  • Coming Home

    [[:dwayne | Dwayne]] stepped through the condo door and dumped his raincoat on the floor. Monica hated it when he did that, but he just didn't have the energy to give a crap. He reconsidered when his wife stuck her head out of the kitchen and gave him …

  • Trauma Code

    "This is CRT-42. We've got an MVA enroute to Tacoma-12. Multiple traumas. Vitals unstable. Probable internal bleeding from ruptured spleen. Uploading scan data now." Max kept up the pressure on the woman's chest, trying to stop some of the bleeding …

  • Another Visit

    The black Ford Americar slid silently to a stop by the curb. The black-suited driver turned to his passenger, "The location is confirmed?" Smith nodded. "Matrix team reports multiple hits on marked data nodes. Tracking agents link to a stationary …

  • Modification

    Rin gasped as she woke from the nightmare, Akio's bloody face seeming to still float in front of her eyes. Confused and agitated, she looked around in terror at the unfamiliar surroundings. Spotting a familiar face did little to help with the …

  • Life Changes

    "I call dibs on MarshiMonsters!", cried Connor as he burst through the door ahead of Monica. The seven year old boy raced down the condo's hallway into to the family room. "No fair! Moooommmmm!", wailed Ashley, standing at the door. The nine year old …

  • Second Date

    "Hey, K-B", called Grace as she bounced into the room. "I need to got through your clothes. Nothing to wear tonight." She stuck her head into the closet and started rummaging. Clarisse looked up from the computer screen, smiling. "Since when did …

  • Happy Birthday

    Clarisse had been watching Sam for the entire night, still trying to make up her mind about what he had told her. It was just too much to wrap her brain around. Real or astral? Old or young? Elf or....something else? Attraction...or something even …

  • Morning Pains

    h4. WAAANNNHH! WAAANNNHH! WAAANNNHH! WAAANNNHH! WAAANNNHH! The booming klaxon of the alarm clock seared through Jeff's hangover, startling him so badly that he fell from his precarious perch on the end of the bed. He fumbled blindly for the snooze …

  • New Friends

    Highball sat in the corner, nursing his beer and watching the pub crowd. The place was pretty quiet, not surprising for a Sunday night. Should be OK for a meeting. The scanners were picking up only a couple of active cameras in the back, the ork behind …

  • Focus

    "Focus...The only thing that matters is the target." "Now gently squeeze the trigger." The report of the rifle was startling in the silence of the range, but Rin had long since stopped jumping at the sudden noise.  Hours of training had improved her …

  • Apologies

    Clarisse shut down the VR(Virtual Reality) feed after making sure the files had downloaded fully. When she refocused on the real world, she was startled to find Grace sitting on the bed across from her. The blonde looked worried and exhausted, like she …

  • New Motivation

    bq. "Promise me that you won’t pry? That you will only watch? Promise?” He still cared. Well, she already knew that...but hearing the concern in his gruff voice still had an effect. That warm feeling had been gone so long that she had a hard time …

  • Body Count

    "CRT-42:", crackled the commlink. Max unconsciously braced himself for the sudden maneuver that would follow once Dispatch transmitted GPS data to the ambulance's rigger. "BMI(BioMonitor Implant) signal near your location. Low level trauma. Client is …

  • Determined

    The medkit display burned solid red. Through the haze of tears, shock, nausea, and fear, Clarisse stared at poor Grace. The blonde's hair was streaked with red and black, bits of pink-red tissue clinging to some of the strands. The other half of her …

  • Intense

    The white robed monk floated in the lotus position, next to the corner table in the bar. Zen waited quietly for the others to arrive, confident that most would respond to Killer-Bunny's call. Le Vrai was as busy as usual on a Wednesday night. Hackers …

  • Visiting Hours

    "Sir! You can't go in there! Sir!" Tony burst through the door into the Observation Unit, the receptionist in the front lobby scrambling to get out from behind her desk. The troll stormed down the row of assessment rooms glancing through the glass …

  • Last Words

    bq. Four in the fragging morning and I'm standing out here waiting for a ghost... Troy Gallagher checked the chronometer again and brought up the AR(Augmented Reality) feed from the terrace cameras. His father was still talking with Brackhaven and …

  • Inpatient

    Return-Path: friend-of-a-friend (anonymous7746@112.98.63.126.216.220)
    To: Sam Wolfe (Wolfe@213.56.83.200.174.188)
    Subject: GROW UP TO 6 INCHES WITH ONE SIMPLE SUPPLEMENT
    Content-Type: audio/stereo
    Content-Transfer-Encoding: 256bit
    
    // upload  … 

  • Justice

    Carl flashed his best smile at the customs official as the system interrogated the identity in his new commlink. The uniformed man stared at the former bodyguard through the AR(Augmented Reality) display as the fake SIN(System Identification Number) …

  • Injustice

    "I DIDN'T DO NUTIN', LOUIE! IT WUZN'T ME! I SWEAR! YA GOTTA BELIEVE ME!" Dwayne cringed as Hugo begged the Gianelli Lieutenant for his life. Cross-eyed Louie had been hunting the Lone Star plant for days, getting suspicious after one too many drug …

  • Patient

    Once his audience had fled the scene, Louie nodded to Terri. "Get Bruno and his guys in here to clean this mess up." His second nodded and dropped a quick message to the clean-up team. She looked back at the Mafia lieutenant with a skeptical frown. …

  • Workout

    Rin smiled non-commitally as the blonde took up residence on the treadmill next to her. She had seen the girl several times during the rehab sessions while recovering from her surgery. The older woman had almost gotten used to the girl's unusual …

  • Assessment

    "Good morning, Ms. Hart" Clarisse sighed inside and closed the AR(Augmented Reality) display as Dr. Cassoway walked in. Not much reason to keep the commlink running anyway. AR was a poor substitute for full immersion and the crippled 'link they allowed …

  • Relationships

    Vesic took a second sip of her Riesling while she waited. Shego's was busy tonight and she had been lucky to get a table. Then again, attractive elven women with plenty of nuyen often got lucky that way. Cleo arrived at the table and slid into her seat …

  • Playtime

    Nicodemus finished the image transmission and triggered the commlink's purge routine. He tossed the now useless device into the recycling chute and smiled to himself. Yes, it was all coming together nicely. The little girl came bouncing into the room …

  • Unlucky Day

    "This is CRT-42. We are inbound to Puyallup-14 with a dwarven male, non-Awakened, multiple gunshot wounds. In shock with heavy blood loss. Vitals unstable. Heart rate variable. BP 42 over zero. ETA two minutes. Uploading scan data now." “Roger, …

  • Emotions

    bq. “I should have done more. I will do more, even though it is too late. I take the blame for what happened. I should have known.” Monica stood in stunned silence, looking down at Mazula as he knelt before her, emotional and regretful. She'd never …

  • Worst Date

    Oh. My. God. I can’t believe it. I’ve got nothing to wear. Seriously. Nothing. I’m not going to wear that! God, it’s a family restaurant! I’m not going there looking like a five nuyen hooker. Maybe just a simple black dress? No, too sultry. …

  • Unhappy Birthday

    "BUT IT'S MY BIRTHDAAAAAAAYYYYYYYY!", wailed [[:damienne | Alison]], tears streaming down her almost eight year old face. [[:amrita | Amrita]] winced and gave her daughter a hug. "I know, sweetie", she said sympathetically. "But it's not safe for …

  • Ghosts from the Past

    Rin had been staring at the image capture for hours, nursing her saké, and contemplating her meeting with Akio's cousin. She'd been unprepared for how much Hirito looked like her dead husband. When she'd looked up to see the man standing at her table, …

  • Checking In

    h4. RRRRIIIIIINNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGG! The commlink startled [[:little-tony | Tony]] and he cracked his head on the undercarriage of the car. He barely felt the impact through the dermal deposits, but the troll cursed anyway as he popped up an AR( …

  • Team Building

    As Hirito walked out of the nearby Stuffer Shack(tm), Rin casually dropped the targeting reticule to the middle of his back. There was a small surge of satisfaction as a mental command triggered the assault rifle to cough out a burst of fire. The three …

  • Win Some

    All Units.  Multiple explosions.  14 Alder Place.  Two subscribers on-site.
    Max dropped his coffee on the curb and jumped into the ambulance. The Renton address was only four blocks away. The paramedic had heard the explosions a few …

  • Cleaning House

    Terri didn't bother to look up as Alphonse waddled into the room, covered in his usual sheen of sweat and fear. She left the fat man to stand in front of her desk for a minute as she dealt with more important business. When the mafia lieutenant looked …

  • Whatchya Doing

    Alison sat on the edge of the footstool, watching K-Bunny as she surfed the Matrix in VR(Virtual Reality). Mommy, daddy, and Jacob were sleeping in Uncle John's magical lodge, but the little girl was too restless to stay in bed. The older girl seemed …

  • Final Favour

    Yoshiki glanced around nervously as the black van slid up to the loading dock. His mouth was dry and he was beginning to wish that he had gone to the bathroom before coming to the meeting. Hopefully, this would be over quickly. The panel door slid …

  • Temples

    Carver really wished that he had gone to the bathroom before they set out down the tunnels. On top of that, he couldn't stop his hands from shaking. It was hard to act tough when you looked like a hyperactive junkie on speed. It hadn't helped when one …

  • Epilogue01

    Hirito hobbled back down the corridor, the screaming echoing along the stone walls, accompanied by the sounds of the astral dragon that emerged from the temple. The roars assaulted more than his ears, as the noise seemed to echo on the astral plane, …

  • Epilogue02

    Wolf sat on the rocky outcropping, watching the ancient stone temple sink slowly into the jungle. The red glow of the lava far below threw faint highlights across the gray stone as the full moon illuminated the scene. On the astral, tendrils of energy …

  • Epilogue03

    Scar awoke to partial darkness, moonlight filtering though the jungle canopy above. His head throbbed uncomfortably as he sat up and looked around cautiously. The last thing he remembered was cursing at Mibōjin to kill the damn runner team, and the …

  • Epilogue04

    Monica finished setting the table as the doorbell chimed. Ashley and Connor raced each other to the door, arguing over who would open it. Their mother cleared her throat meaningfully and the kids managed a bit of decorum as they silently agreed to open …

  • Epilogue05

    Alison crept quietly into the hospital room, peering over the bouquet at the elven woman asleep in the bed. There weren't any of the nasty tubes or needles that she'd been expecting, but she wasn't any less scared. Sitara's eyes snapped open as the …

  • Epilogue06

    [[:tina-thompson | Tina]] turned in surprise as the condo door clicked shut. She jumped up and rushed toward [[:hideki | Hideki]] as the young man stalked into the living room. She stopped short as he brushed past her and headed toward the liquor cabinet, …

  • Epilogue07

    Eri absentmindedly flipped through the photo album as Rin stared out the window. The two women had been sitting quietly in the hospital room for nearly an hour since the young widow had awakened. Her friend hadn't known how she got to the hospital, and …

  • Epilogue08

    bq. (bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…) The incessant drone of the commlink alert burrowed through layers of sleep deprivation and synthahol stupor, deepening what promised to be a brutal hangover. [[:jimmy-the-card | Jimmy]] groaned and peeled open eyes crusted …

  • Epilogue09

    "...interested in retaining their services in the future. We shall be in touch again." The red-haired woman deactivated the connection and the voice-modulator, triggering the transfer of funds to the fixer's account. She smiled to herself. The …