January 1st 2071
Yesterday, I was just talking to Liz when Ella almost kicked down the door to the clinic. She had been to the Bargain Basements with Kerry to sell stuf for Monkeywrench and the Kabuki Ronin had recognized the colors of the Scrappers. The Ronin were on the lookout for whoever had stolen one of their bikes and a katana from them and since Rusty did wear his colours during the run, they blamed the Scrappers.
They took pretty much everything Monkeywrench had brought to the market, a loss of about 35k. And they smashed Kerry’s hand, she’s going to lose it and I’m still trying to figure out what to do, although the final decision will be hers.
Anyway, Growler, Monkeywrench and I talked to Rusty and he swore that neither Maggie nor he had stolen anything during that run. I already knew from Glitzy that Ray had taken the katana and Monkeywrench remembered that Ray sold him a bike. So we decided to talk to Ray because if he planned to keep this up, he’d be a danger for the Nest and we certainly would not appreciate him on our turf. Rusty mentioned that Ray did have a reason for stealing, that he didn’t do it out of greed, but said that it was not his place to tell us more about this.
So I called Ray and he agreed to come to the Nest. Growler told him what happened, in the back room of the Rusty Barrel, and Ray told us that he needed money to buy drugs for his sister, who is suffering from Bowden’s Malady. We argued back and forth for a bit whether the whole thing could have been avoided, getting nowhere fast.
It dawned on me that Ray was probably expecting to be taken out to the back and shot or something – if he did, he was hiding it extremely well, but the situation cannot have been very pleasant. So we agreed that in future Ray would adhere to any rules for the runs the group would be doing or bow out if the rules were not to his liking. That we could all live with.
I talked to Ray about his sister Ember. I don’t have any experience with Bowden’s Malady, although I’ve read about it. The street doc whose clinic we raided after he had been killed had been treating Ember and I still have his files, so at least I don’t need to start from scratch.
Oh, and speaking of the clinic run, Eric has become something of an oddity at the Nest. People know what happened of course, there was no way we could go on hiding that. So far no-one has been giving him any trouble, but anyone who did that to his face would have to be near-suicidal anyway. I wish I could write an article about the whole thing, but that would bring so much trouble for the Nest, it’s really not worth it. At the very least Eric would disappear into some lab and I would probably go along with him. I think we can both do without that experience.