You are listening to the Loose Cannons go over their plans for the prison break while Roy and the troll Emillio are making a run for food. About 5 minutes after they left for the food run an incoming comcall comes in from Roy.
“Seems like the Loose Cannons aren’t all in favour of busting Carella out of prison. Emillio says that Carella used a certain fixer to broker the deal with the different buyer for the disk. That fixer wants a certain job done. Emilio says the fixer is willing to give us the name of the buyer in return for doing a wetwork job. What our move? Do the prison break or do the wetwork job?”
Hmm, prison break or single shot to the left ventricle from 1244 meters? Dilemma, Alan muses, dilemma indeed.
“Find out more about the wet work. I am fine if it is just pop and run, but if it is sneak into heavily fortified palace, administer contact poison and make it look like a case of bad shell fish, then no. Prison is easier because it stays still. No stalking, no unexpected security, no remote locations, etc. Also collateral damage really only hits the guilty – win win.
“Okay Emilio set up the meet with the Mr. Johnson.” Roy says.
“You mean Meneer Janssen.” Emilio corrects.
“Trust the Netherlands to ruin a perfectly good American name.” Roy mutters under his breath. “Whatever, set up the meet and we’ll decided once we get more info.”
A couples seconds later Emilio directs Roy and Zak to the Vi-Kings sportsbar. A few minutes later you arrive.
As your AR filter adjusts the volume of the music to a nice background hum, you look around. You see the VR feeds from Tokyo, Seattle, and Paris in different corners of the club. You start towards the bar as a young human hostess walks up and says, “Meneer Janssen is right this way,” and starts leading you through the crowd.
“Lead on honey.” Roy says.
You wind your way through the main room, trying to keep up with the broad-shouldered hostess. She looks back a couple times to make sure you keep up as she leads you to a backroom. You sit down in a chair and run your hand over the leather as she leaves to get a drink. You are sure it’s real leather, and after a minute she brings your drink.
The feed from Roy’s image link focuses on her chest as she returns. At which point you notice her t-shirt says ‘Look me in the eyes when you talk to me’ in AR then it switches to ‘or else.’ And it shows her decking a troll three times her size. She smiles sweetly, like she knows what you just saw and says, “Meneer Janssen should be with you shortly.”
After everyone is seated and has a drink, a scrambled trideo figure crackles to life at the far end of the room.
“Thanks for meeting me, and I hope we can do some business together. Don’t worry, the feed I am using is completely secure. Unfortunately because of demands on my time, my position, and the fact that I cannot be associated with this, I couldn’t meet you in person.”
You try to focus on the distorted image but almost feel it is easier to look over its shoulder at the wall.
He pauses for a moment then continues, “I need you to kill someone—a high-ranking someone, in fact. I won’t lie, it will be difficult even with the indirect assistance I can give you, but I’ll pay you 20,000 nuyen each to complete it, the nuyen will be held in an escrow account until the mission is completed. Do we have a deal?”
Emilio’s fixer who up to this point had been silent adds “In addition the file on the individual who contracted Carella for the disk, will be added to an escrow account.”
“Well guys, looks pretty much like a no brainer”, Zak says over the sub-vocal mic to everyone, “We can break someone out of jail for free just to get the name and there will most likely be lots of ‘collateral damage’ as Alan calls it. Also keep in mind Carella has already betrayed one person with this artifact. Or we can get paid to kill someone and also get the name. Here we can hopefully minimize the collateral damage. Besides my BMW could really use a few more upgrades.”
“Ok”, Zak turns to the trideo projection, “We agree in principle with the deal, but it is impossible to agree to the compensation without knowing who the target actually is.”
There is silence for a few seconds before Zak blurts out, “This isn’t Trump again, right?”
“Oh, please let it be Trump”, Zak hears Alan say over the mic.
“Good. I’m glad we could come to an agreement in principle. Here is a picture of your target. His name is Jared Krushner, senior adviser to the Trump administration.” As it is loaded to the room, anyone who wants to can copy it to their commlink.
“Usually he is hard to locate and is hidden behind his security team, but I learned he will be speaking at a Netherlands’ Development Consortium meeting in two days.”
“What the hell is an American doing here in the nether regions?” Roy asks.
“The Netherlands are the third largest foreign investors in the US, and the US is the second largest foreign investors here in the Netherlands, but none after that matters. As my father said, Don’t waste energy worrying about things you can’t control. Spend your energy focusing on solutions. That’s what we are here to do, Mr. Anderson.”
“To continue, Centurion Industries security is in charge, and because of all the different big wigs that will be present, he won’t have his usual security detail. Half an hour before his speech, he will be in an office on the third floor of the MCC using a green room of sorts. I have been able to get you security credentials and uniforms that will allow access to the building on that day. These passes only permit you to carry a pistol, but my contact, who will give you the passes and uniforms, can smuggle a few other items in ahead of time. You will be able to retrieve your items once inside.”
“My contact, Paul Jones, will meet you noon tomorrow at the Foo Wang Restaurant. Anything you want smuggled in must be given to him then, and he will give you the fake credentials and uniforms.”
“Just about the pay. It seems on the low side.” Zak says with an elbow to Roy’s side as he seems about to get in on the negotiations.
After some back and forth. “I can see to raising the payment to 24K each. Final offer. Are you in?”