Cast of Characters
He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.
The team finalized the plans to complete one of their jobs. They were hired to get baseball sensation Jackson Pruitt kicked out of the league. The developed a plan that would involve exposing him to the drug K-10 and triggering a berserk episode at the mall. Figured the destruction and public exposure would be enough for the league to take action against him. So Walker, Ace and Sledge go in the “rental” car to the boxing ring and pick up Pruitt on time. The cover story was that they were having a meet and greet with the public for a children’s charity. One the way there, Ace and Pruitt started discussing his family. They learned that he has a wife and 4 kids in Minnesota. The game tomorrow in NYC was going to be the first game that his kids would be attending.
When they arrive at the mall. Eternal, Tatters and Viking were parked in the bulldog near the entrance while Acorn was dropped off by Walker earlier. Walker and Ace escort Pruitt into the mall, and Sledge parks the car next to the bulldog at the entrance. The team used AR to mark the path and point where he becomes exposed. Once he was in the open, Acorn hit him with a manabolt to trigger the K-10 and with a solid hit, the drug quickly takes effect. Both Ace and Walker have already started to move away from Pruitt as he flew into a rage. It first started with him throwing punches at people that were nearby, completely catching bystanders off guard. Just as quickly, he pulled out a telescopic baseball bat from a hidden compartment in one of his cyberlegs and started swinging away.
By this time, Ace and Walker were about to leave the mall. Just then, Pruitt surprisingly drops his bat and pulls out a machine pistol from his other cyberleg, along with an implanted grenade launcher in his cyberarm. He let loose with a barrage of gunfire and starts launching grenades. Shoppers and onlookers at the mall started dropping and fleeing for their lives. Just as Ace and Walker walk out of the mall, a grenade flew through the front glass doors and slammed into a car that was parked in front of the rest of the team. The moment later, the car explodes, sending shrapnel and debris everywhere.
Ace, Walker and Sledge quickly jump into the bulldog and has Acorn meet them down the street. They called the rigger that they rented the car from and he piloted it home. When the team picked up Acorn and fled the mall, HTR and SFPD VTOLs arrive on scene. Tatters monitors the news feed and find that law enforcement quickly detained Pruitt. However, the dame has been done.
The team decided that this should be enough for Pruitt to be kicked out of the league, they contacted the Johnson to collect payment. A meet was set up for a parking garage to collect payment. The team, now geared up, and heads there. The approach a parked Americar and cautiously decide what to do. Dropping into the Matrix, Tatters finds only a single commlink in the car. Since it is not running, there is no Matrix presence for it. Sledge moved up to the car and opens the door. It startles the sleeping Johnson awake. They collect the payment and were on their way.
Sunday, the next day, they get another message from Calypso about a job for the team. They still have one more job that is pending, but is still a week or so away. A meet was set up at the MoonDust diner in South San Francisco. Their Johnson seemed to only speak with Sledge, since he was the only ork in the party. The job was to retrieve the thief that stole a particular painting from a nearby art gallery and the team agreed to take on the job, although some members were reluctant to do so. The details of the job were that the particular painting, named the Seven Deadly Sins, was stolen. The art gallery owner does not care for the return of the painting as he has already filled the necessary police report. He wants to have the thief brought to him, either dead or alive. There is a small added bonus if they are able to recover the painting undamaged.
They were given a copy of what the painting looks like and a copy of the video footage of the robbery. Sledge sent the footage to the rest of the team to review. With a shock, Tatters, Walker, Viking and Eternal all look at the footage and realize that the thief in the footage was Black Cat … Walker’s close personal friend and roommate. About the same time, Eternal gets a call about an expected shipment is coming in. He breaks away from the team and heads for the pier. While waiting around for the container ship and talking with some of the dockmen. Eternal turns around to catch a glimpse of the ship in the bay, just as a series of explosions occurred on the ship, quickly scuttling it. As the ship, and Eternal’s cargo, sinks to the bottom of the bay, he makes a call.
So with one job completed, another one on the horizon and now one that involves a close personal friend, what will the team do? To top it off, what will Eternal do to deal with his lost cargo.