Truth never comes cheaply

Avatar Author: dkscully "Stand back! I have a keyboard and I'm not afraid to use it." This site is totally awesome. I really enjoyed (where I went by my alternative handle of kjaneway), and I thought that it was a great shame that... Read Bio

She tumbled out of the net, and landed roughly back in her body. Her timed jack-out had caught her unawares, as usual. Time passed differently when you were a virtual dung beetle. Another five hours spent sifting through the digital detritus of the human race had proven fruitless. She was always searching, it seemed, never finding. While she’d made a credit or two from some of the things she’d stumbled over, her real objective, the needle in the haystack, remained elusive.

She ate standing in the kitchen of her condo, back to the window. Familiarity had dulled the wonder of the Earth-rise behind her. Her chrono was flashing red, indicating under three hours to morning. She swallowed the sleeper dry, and barely made it to the couch before passing out.

There was another assignment waiting when she woke, so she hopped the commuter shuttle, dozing through re-entry, and just made the Nozumi to Tokyo.

She grabbed a stim and a mapstick at the station, and plunged into the crowd, her coat belted over her weapons.

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  1. Avatar ethelthefrog

    Nice touch with “Earth-rise” there. She is starting to sound like a bundle of parts barely held together with sticky-tape and chewing gum. Quite a contrast from our first encounter with her, and is making her much more interesting.

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    A lovely setting of the scene, building on the character and giving us a whole perspective of her life and where she lives it.

    A nice ‘breather’ between this prequel and I hope the upcoming sequel!

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