The digital readout in the lower left corner of your vision says five minutes to noon when you hear an unfamiliar ringtone, and the thrum of a vibrating commlink. A glance in the direction of the stolen Hermes Ikon reveals it jittering its way along the counter top with each pulse of vibration. The call comes from a restricted commcode; your curiosity gets the better of you before it stops ringing, and you seize the chirping, buzzing ‘link and answer.
“This is Special Agent Seth Dietrich,” a man’s voice says. He sounds tired and tense. “I believe you have something of mine. Actually, I’m absolutely sure of it. I want it back.”
Dietrich’s words are rapid, as though he’s eager to have his business done and be off the line as soon as possible. “Believe me, I know that in this city, possession is eleven tenths of the law. I’ll pay. A hundred thousand nuyen, no questions asked. Meet me at 1500 hours, at the reopened Tygerberg zoo. The basilisk exhibit. Bring the commlink, I’ll have the cash on me.” If you have no pressing questions, he hangs up as soon as possible.
You remember a recent news article stating that the military had reopened the Tygerberg Zoo in order to study the recent rash of paranormal critters that had appeared since you released the alien virus at the Aztechnology lab. The zoo is open to the public and security is provided by military police.
A map of the zoo is easy enough to find online.
Also listed are Afanc, Cerberus Hound, Piasma, Devil Rats and Martichoras.