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The Found Arcana – Interlude [IC]
The Found Arcana – Interlude [IC]
Saturday Noon, October 1, 2078, Touristville, Redmond
It’s October 1st and the weather is starting to turn. It’s wet and blustery outside. You’re walking back to headquarters after lunch out at a noodle spot. Mato is not with you; he said he was going swimming and that he would be back for dinner. You’re unsure if Mato can actually float, what with his cyberlimbs and all, but presumably he can churn the water like a boat engine.
Lest you forget that you’re heavily in debt, your creditors start to ping you.
Bobby gets an anonymous note from a number he doesn’t recognize. <<@Bobby Your extended family is in need of you continued financial support. Please remit your payment when convenient. If inconvenient, send it all the same.>>
AM gets a note from Tom Jones <<@AM Hey, hope all is well. Send me my money or I’ll have to come up to Redmond. I HATE coming up to Redmond, which means that you’ll hate it too. No barter this time; my capo is breathing down my neck, capisce?>>
Jawsey’s reminder comes from Mr. Konstantinov. <<@Jawsey Дайте мне мои деньги.>> Short and to the point, like the Vory.
As you round the corner toward home, you find about 30 local merchants standing in a cluster in front of your HQ. They are shivering in the rain in a loose half-circle around someone. Drawing closer, you see that they are surrounding a Japanese human male in his mid-20s, dressed in what looks like a Scout’s Tux. The rain doesn’t seem to bother him at all, and he looks rather dashing in the tuxedo. He’s looking at a piece of electronic paper and reading off names. As each name is called, someone comes forward from the surrounding cluster to hand the man something. The speaker is outnumbered and seemingly unarmed, but it is the audience that looks afraid.
“Takashi-san, Lotus Rising Restaurant. ¥900.” The merchant comes forward and presents a credstick..
“Does anyone know where Miller-san went? You know how I hate house calls.” The Japanese man shakes his head sadly.
“You disappoint me, Theresa. I thought you knew better than to lie to me.” He wags a finger. Theresa retreats, her head bowed in shame.
He looks up and sees you nearby. He seems to know who you are. The rest of the audience, following his gaze, turns to look at you as well.
“Ah, Seattle Investigative Services. ¥1,800 nuyen.”
Conveniently, Mato wrote a memo about this just yesterday.
<<@SIS Hey gang, it’s almost October so the bills are due. As the company accountant and bookkeeper, here is a tally of our monthly expenses.>>
An ARO is attached which includes an itemized spreadsheet of incurred and expected costs. Mato isn’t the brightest guy, but he is patient and detail-oriented. He probably has some good software helping him too.
<<Granted there’s some wiggle room in how much we spend on things like food and entertainment, but I think we can maintain a respectable standard of living for ¥7,400 a month. That comes out to ¥1,850 each, which should be reasonable enough for us to individually address our respective creditors.>>
<<In case anyone’s wondering, bills don’t always work the same way in Redmond as they do in other places. Our rent isn’t that bad but our insurance rates are insane. I’d criticize Bobby for his beer habit, but since the tap water is orange we need to buy bottled water anyway so it comes out all the same. I’m mostly metal and have a nephritic screen; I don’t even know how you guys are showering without your skin falling off.>>
<<We’re paying the Brain Eaters ¥600/month for stable Matrix access, plus some utilities like electricity (which, if anyone is curious, is an illegal tap from a Gaeatronics transformer). It’s enough to keep the Brain Eaters at bay so that they don’t harass us or steal our stuff, but it doesn’t really cover protection costs. Technically we’re legal taxpayers and Knight-Errant should respond if a SINner calls, but I think we all know not to depend on that. I’ve bookmarked another ¥600 for a ‘security contract’ with whichever provider presents themselves. Not sure who that will be, but hopefully it’s not the Halloweeners, ha ha.>>[/spoiler]
Ah, so Mato didn’t set enough aside, or the man is charging an exorbitant rate. Well this is awkward.