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> Tokyo in the Shadows, The story of Kambei
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post Apr 29 2008, 07:19 AM
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Tokyo in the Shadows

The stylised AR alarm clock, "made" by Renraku, wakes Kambei up in his relatively new apartment in Shibuya. A mental command shuts the small program off. The icon for "you've got mail" is blinking at the edge of Kambei's field of vision. Sorting through it doesn't take long. Mostly Adverts and news, cut down to tidbits short enough for the average sarariman to digest while his instant breakfast is being wolved down. Nothing really informative, but a big part of hiding is fitting in with the majority, so a subscription to those services is warranted.

Kambei sifts through the rest of the mail.

A new "Gojiira" simsense announced, which started a debate whether it was another veiled reference to the ring of fire, or if it depicts metahumans as a threat that will destroy the heart of Japan. MoM announced a boycot to be on the safe side, not that anyone in Neo-Tokyo cares about the organisation.

A free sample of "Unwrap me", Ai Nogami's new hit - deleted quickly.

A coupon for a free drink at "Celerity", valid tonight, 20.00. Written in blue Kanji - which means Shin Masura, the owner of the club, has work for Kambei.

A glance out of the window shows Neo-Tokyo. Without the darkness of the night and the sea of lights of the sprawl to add some luster, the town looks like the corporate playground it is, with just corporate logos adding color to a sea of gray concrete, and glass reflecting a grey sky.

It's another day in Kambei's new life.
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post May 1 2008, 03:06 AM
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Shibuya, Neo-Tokyo - 04/20/2008 - 0700

When in one of his light moods, Kambei likes to joke to himself that the worse part of being cast into the shadows was that he was really a morning person and now he almost never has anything to do in the morning. Today he was not in one of those moods. He sends a command into his commlink and the bleak view of Neo-Tokyo turns into a view of the ocean surf crashing into a cliffside with the sound to match playing directly in his ears.

Finally, about time one of these guys comes through. I was starting to get worried about my cash flow. I have to get more nuyen for that armor program Rattler has told me to get, so I can really jump into this hacking thing.

To motivate himself during his morning exercises he likes to imagine himself as the ocean, wearing away at the cliffside that represents his monolithic enemy. Lately, mostly due to his failure to unearth information on who ordered the murder of his father and the rest of his family, he has begun to imagine a vast conspiracy beginning at the highest levels of power in Renraku. He knows he won't be able to bring down Renraku, but like the ocean, he sure as hell would leave his mark.

Two hours of exercise, a whole lot of anger sweat away, and a ten minute shower later and he plugs into the Matrix jumping into his favorite nodes. He reads the latest gossip on the technomancers in Neo-Tokyo, savoring every nougat of new info - never mind the plausibility. He digests the latest celebrity gossip - a secret vice - making sure to avoid anything to do with Ai Nogami and purchases a few of the latest pop songs - another secret vice - again avoiding anything featuring Ai Nogami. After that he heads off to a few hands of poker for small change.

I really have to get myself into a good poker table and play for some real money. It's not quite as fun to do big stake gambling on the Matrix, doesn't feel the same.

Having finished off his morning routine - also ¥17 up - and coming up on noon he pulls on a pair of brown slacks, a white shirt, a thick red tie, a tweed vest and a pair of brown leather shoes and heads and makes sure his hair is just right before heading out to the local ramen shop with his recently purchase music playing in his ear.
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post May 1 2008, 11:57 AM
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Shibuya, Neo-Tokyo - 04/20/2008 - 1200

At noon, the streets are full with people swarming the foodstands. Many of those are junior employees buying lunch for their superiours who did not bring a bento, but a number are sararimen who just want to spend lunch hour outside their office. Kambei's regular ramen shop is swamped, but that's usual, and the owner is apt at handling the flood of orders. Past a young office lady balancing four "special orders" on one side, and two young men in expensive suits, probably stock brokers, making fun of their older colleague still at the office, Kambei gets his lunch with the tune of "L stands for Love", Miyu-chan's most recent hit, playing in his ears.

With some luck, Kambei even finds a free spot at a table. A mass of people pass through the shop during his meal, a constant flow of new ones replacing the ones who leave. About one hour later, the flow will turn into a trickle with Neo-Toyko's lunch hour over.

Some news pop up in his field of view during the meal. Traffic accident that claimed two lives blamed on "technomancing elements". Evo-sponsored media launching charges of corruption at the mayor that awarded the latest city computer system maintenance contract to Renraku.

Stepping out of the shop, Kambei sees two youths running past, empty hands moving as if handling weapons. Probably playing a Miracle Shooter ™ clone. It's still hours until he's expected at the club.
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post May 1 2008, 11:04 PM
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Shibuya, Neo-Tokyo - 04/20/2008 - 1300

Kambei makes sure to leave a decent tip for taking up a table for so long. He has always associated the morning and the afternoons with work and the evening with leisure. But lately with the lack of structured work he has taken to savoring his dinner AND lunch. He still devours his breakfast within minutes.

He strolls idly through the streets heading back to his apartment. He was starting to get restless, he hadn't found anything to point him towards his family's murder and he hadn't made any concentrated effort at findings anything.

Maybe it's time to start looking instead of waiting for the information to come to me, he though. Kambei stuffs his hands in his pockets and quickens his pace.

He stops at the Starbucks across the street from his apartment complex's entrance. His favorite barista is working the counter and he hesitates for a second before placing his order - as she catches him glancing at her - and he again decides against flirting with her. What would I do but bring a world of danger and secrecy into her life, he moped. She deserves better than that.

He smiles at her and gives her a generous tip as he takes his drink and heads to his apartment. A few minutes later he is flopped on his modern leather couch in a pair of boxes are jacked into the Matrix. Maybe I should go in hot this time and see if I can find more information that way, he thought. And like every other time this thought pops into his head he remembers the admonishments of Rattler to never go in hot till he is good enough and he puts aside the thought.

It's about time I start looking for what I need. I still have a whole day before I have to be at Celerity, lets see what I find.

He activates the stealth program on his custom-made commlink and begins searching for any information on shadowrunning type activity that has been linked to Renraku from a year prior to when his family was killed up to now. He wants to see if he can find any change in Renraku's pattern of covert activities since that incident that could point to a reason for the change.

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post May 2 2008, 09:11 AM
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Shibuya, Neo-Tokyo - 04/20/2008 - 1800

After hours of searching the net, a picture begins to emerge. Not a clear picture, to be honest, and not too reliable, since it's based on indirect hints and clues - not even ripples in the water, to use a metaphor one of Kambei's superiours once used, but the changes in the sunlight reflected by the water that's rippling - but a picture nonetheless.

Based upon the traces of net activity Kambei knows are related to Renraku's black ops information gathering - the routines people are told to avoid, yet fall into anway - and similar hints, there was a rise of activity shortly before the death of his father. Nothing after his death though. Whoever was his father's successor - there were three possible candidates, in his opinion, Yuuki Inoue, Takumi Sato, and Haruto Tanaka, inside the departement, unless they brought in someone from the outside - was not too interested in pursuing the circumstances of his father's death. Either because he was behind it, or because someone else higher up told him not to.

More telling is that the overall activity is still lower than before his father's death. Internal changes, most likely, or "house cleaning", still going on? Kambei knows he won't find out more through indirect - and safe - means. Not in the matrix, and the streets are never safe, despite the public perception.

It's almost time to get ready for the evening, if he wants to pass for a clubber.
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post May 2 2008, 11:33 PM
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Shibuya, Neo-Tokyo - 04/20/2008 - 1845

Kambei puts the finishing touch on his tie. One last adjustment to his vest to get the perfect fit and a final once over in the full view mirror to assure he is suitably presentable.

He retreats to the bedroom and stares once again in his safe holding all his permitted weapons. I still need to get used to not carrying a weapon on business, he thought. He closes the safe behind him on his way to the living room, grabs his subtly armored jacket and civilian commlink, and heads out to the elevator subconsciously tapping where he normally holsters his Predator.

Forty five minutes of stop and go traffic later Kambei parks his bike across the street from Celerity. I need to get a car to replace that company Lexus I uses to have. Rolling up in a bike doesn't quite hold up to pulling up in a Lexus to the valet parking. It doesn't look right to valet a bike.

It's still early and there is only a short line outside, never the less, Kambei passes a sizable tip to the bouncer and nods in appreciation as he steps through the entrance. He doesn't waste a second before ordering a beer and idly making a slow circuit of the club. He kills the remaining time before eight o'clock filtering out the background music and tuning his ears to catch interesting people's conversations as he wonders around getting the lay of the club.
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post May 3 2008, 05:39 PM
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"Celerity", Shinjuku, Neo Tokyo, 04/20/2070 - 1930

The club is not yet packed, not even close to, and so Kambei catches some attention as he moves around. A group of younger women studies him in passing, and his profile gets more hits. Their conversation, which he overhears is interesting only on a personal level, but doesn't touch anything he is interested inprofessionally.

More interesting is a couple that doesn't speak - verbally, that is. From their mimic and some gestures it is clear they are communicating. They have a guarded look, and stand in a spot where they have both the main entrance and the door that leads to the staff area in their field of view. And they do not let him out of their eyes when he gets closer. Both wear casual clothes that seem armored, and just a touch out of style - like what's in the trideo shows, as opposed to what one sees on the street. The man looks slightly eurasian too, while the women seems ethnic japanese. Probably foreigners.

Two sararimen discuss the latest simporn near the bar, and the women in the club, mixing both topics as well as their fantasies and their real life up.

Back at the bar Kambei spots a woman, tall for a japanese, standing there, holding a drink in her hands and intently watching a couple - a middle-aged man and a young woman - a bit away.
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post May 3 2008, 07:30 PM
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"Celerity", Shinjuku, Neo Tokyo, 04/20/2070 - 1930

Kambei concentrates for a moment and sets up a pair of AR visual indicators to correspond with the locations of the interesting couple's publicly broadcasted commlinks. Wouldn't surprise me if they were here to meet Masura, but I'll keep an eye on them just incase.

He leans against the bar and continues to sip his drink and carries on his half of a quick conversation with a computer recording informing his "friends" that he arrived early and is waiting for them at Celerity.

He sighs as he notices that the AR clock is indicating only five minutes have passes since he arrived. He nods to the tall Japanese woman as he leans against the bar - near her but leaving a respectable distance - and looks out on the dance floor. He calibrates his ears to tone down the background noise to a bare murmur and concentrate on the conversation of the gaijin and Japanese couple, the tall Japanese woman and the couple she was concentrating on. He sets his commlink to record the conversations and switches through them hoping for something of interest or at least some entertainment value. They should put things like this into adds for cyberears... they might just move a few extra units.

While he killed time he casually browses through the pubic profiles of the two younger ladies who browsed his profile when he came in, glancing at them casually. Looks like that Attention Coprocessor was worth it after-all, he thinks to himself as he splits his attention every which way.
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post May 4 2008, 02:06 AM
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"Celerity", Shinjuku, Neo Tokyo, 04/20/2070 - 1940

The gaijin and the japanese are still sticking to communicating through other means - possibly the net. Of course, that's crackable, if one uses the right programs - and is not detected. Rattler would be able to do it easily, but Kambei?

The tall woman nods back, but her attention is on the couple she's observing. She's either carrying the biggest commlink under her light jacket, or she's packing something a bit more sinister, but Kambei can't make out what exactly. Most likely something blunt. The couple's conversation is mildly interesting, in a sordid way - another middle-aged man having an affair with a woman young enough to be his daughter, and telling her how he would not be able to leave his wife, or he'd lose his shot at promotion to human ressources manager at Shiawase's local powerplant. The woman looks like she's buying the story, so she's either naive, or a good actress.

The two younger women are, according to their profiles, students at the University of Tokyo. Their accent, almost but not quite hidden, shows they are from Kansai. First years, probably first time living alone in Tokyo, out for a good time. Already a bit tipsy, and giggling to each other. Interests listed - identical for both - are drawing, dancing, sports, and motorbikes. The later entry looks as if it was added recently, probably to give them a more "edgy" profile.

1940. 20 minutes to go.
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post May 4 2008, 03:10 AM
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"Celerity", Shinjuku, Neo Tokyo, 04/20/2070 - 1940

Kambei is still a bit curious if that strange couple is here for business or not and continues to keep a inconspicuous eye on them but doesn't bother to listen in on them anymore. I'm not nearly good enough to even have a chance to hack in on their conversation. I'm really going to have to work on that...

He turns his eyes and attention to the sarariman and his woman and makes sure to get a good close-up look of his and her face and points of physical contact as he records the exchange and tags the file with his public profile. Just on the off-change that it might come in handy one day. Hell, maybe that lady is there for just that. He walks by her feigning another conversation with his tardy friend and he leans back with his drink in another spot at the bar with a better hearing shot of the two girls.

Kambei shifts the part of his hearing concentrating on the "professional" crowd - as he has taken to labeling them in his head - to the University of Tokyo girls. He glances at the clock in the corner of his vision - 19:43:32 - as he sipped his drink nearly emptying his glass and sneaks a glance at the two girls.

Seventeen more minutes. Damn. If this was another time and place, I'd have to see if I still had it. I bet they'd stay out all night too He sneaks another glance at them while listening on their banter and mutters to himself, "Damn it all."
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post May 4 2008, 02:50 PM
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"Celerity", Shinjuku, Neo-Tokyo, 04/20/2070 - 1950

The couple lets drop two names - given names at least. The elder man is called "Souta", the young woman "Yui". The two students seem to have noticed Kambei moving closer, and started to giggle even more, sneaking glances his way, preening, and generally acting like Kimiko and Haruka, the mischievous duo from the popular "Love Road High School" series. They'd definetly stay the night, if they do not lose their nerve.

Alas, there's work coming up. 2000, time to cash in the coupon. Kambei turns to the bartender, which is already close to his spot at the bar, and transmits the coupon's code through his commlink. The bartender smiles, and tells him that his table is ready now.

A young woman, dressed in a typical waitress uniform, leads Kambei to the VIP area, prompting another reaction from the student duo, and renewed hits on your profile. The young woman - moving a bit too smoothly to be unaugmented - leads Kambei into the closed off VIP area, past the lounge, and to Shin Masura's office.

Shin greets Kambei politely, and bids him to sit. A bit of small talk follows, polite conversation about nothing, until he starts to lay out the basic information of a job offer. Not the details, which "Mr. Tanaka" will disclose at the actual meeting, should Kambei accept the job, but enough to get the gist of it. It's a search and return job - a teenage runaway. Masura hints at discretion being required, and that this would not be just a family matter, so there's probably more missing than a wayward teenager, but it's not a counter-extraktion.

Masura's offer starts at 5'000, plus a bonus of 2'500 if the matter is handled in three days.
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post May 4 2008, 08:29 PM
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"Celerity", Shinjuku, Neo-Tokyo, 04/20/2070 - 1950

Kambei smiles at the duo as he mofollows the "waitress" to the VIP area. Maybe if they are still here after I get the job, and there is no immediate urgency to the job.

Once in the office he bows politely and accepts Shin's offer to sit. He listens to the bare bones job description intently and makes note of the three day bonus. Hopefully he has information available that would facilitate getting this done in three days.

He considers negotiating the payment but decides against it, it's best I prove myself on the streets before I try to set my own price.

"I accept the job offer. What are the arangements for meeting Mr. Tanaka?"
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post May 4 2008, 08:29 PM
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post May 4 2008, 08:41 PM
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"Celerity", Shinjuku, Neo-Tokyo, 04/20/2070 - 2030

Shin Masura nods at your words.

"Mr. Tanaka will meet you here in about an hour."

Masura smiles, and dismisses you.

"Please enjoy the hospitality of my humble place until then, Kambei-san. Maki will inform you once Mr. Tanaka arrived."

The young woman that led you here enters again, smiling and bowing, and leads you outside. Presumably she's Maki. A faint ressemblance to Shin Masura is visible.

Outside, the student duo is still around, now in the company of two young men in expensive suits, Renraku pins on their collars. More people are in the club by now, not too many drunks yet though.

One hour to pass. Maki bows again, and disappears in the VIP area again. Definetly not a mere waitress.
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"Celerity", Shinjuku, Neo-Tokyo, 04/20/2070 - 2030

Kambei wonders about the Waitress - now capitalized as a formality in his mind, probably his daughter or a niece. I wonder if she is just here for show or if she can handle herself.

Putting that thought aside he thanks Mr. Masura and follows the Waitress out of the VIP area and thanks her with the appropriate level of respect. He glances around out of curiosity for the tall Japanese woman watching the scandelous couple and heads back for the bar near the mischiveous Duo.

He orders another drink he can nurse for a while, that's the one real problem with these meets in clubs. All this time to kill, and you look so awkward without a drink but you can't get drunk before you meet your client. Better watch how much I drink.

He leans back agains the bar and looks for the Duo and spots them talking to the two suits and smiles to himself, I knew those girls wouldn't be by themselves for too long. His expression suddenly goes sour as he spots the Renraku pins, drek, can't let yourself get pissy every time you see one of those. He recomposes himself as he catches one of the girls noticing him and flashes back a smile and takes a sip of his drink. He glances at his AR clock, another hour to kill.
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post May 5 2008, 12:15 AM
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"Celerity", Shinjuku, Neo-Tokyo, 04/20/2070 - 2045

The girls giggle again, and the two Renraku employees glance back at Kambei as well, frowning, and move a bit closer to the Duo. One tries to put his arm around one of the girls' shoulder, but she backs away. More glances to Kambei, from both men and women. The one who had his move deflected looks decidedly unhappy, and seems to blame Kambei for his "bad luck", muttering something rather rude about Kambei under his breath, which causes his friend to chuckle. Both Maki and the bartender glance at the four as well, but make no move. Even the tall japanese woman looks over.

Meanwhile, something else catches the attention of most of the audience in the club - a great performance on the dance floor by a young couple. Siblings, according to their profile, and Sakura and Satoru Nakano.
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"Celerity", Shinjuku, Neo-Tokyo, 04/20/2070 - 2045

Kambei feels bad for the girls when he sees the Suits’ poor attempts at a come on. I’m still not convinced that it’s even a good idea to be socializing before meeting with a client, never mind, whether I should even be socializing with my situation the way it currently is, but I just can’t stand there while the Duo is being harassed and still think of myself as a man. Of course, the thought that he could be doing this just to upstage a pair of Renraku suits didn’t even brush his mind.

He puts his half empty drink on the bar and casually walks over to the four. When at the table he nods and smiles at the two girls. Not wanting to cause an embarrassing situation, and fully aware of the undue attention he may have drawn, he turns to the two suits and says, “Excuse me, but these two lovely ladies promised me a dance after I took care of my business, and I am sure you would not take offense if I take up their offer now before the dance floor is too crowded."

As he waited for the Duo and the Suits’ response he notices the Siblings and hopes that the spectacle will draw attention away.
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post May 5 2008, 02:47 PM
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While the two suits do not look like they believe a word of what Kambei just said, there's something in his manner that makes them back off - helped along by the fact that he lets them save face. The Duo, as impressed by his manner it seems, if in a different way, smiles, and steps up, taking one of Kambei's arm each. The girls let him lead them to the dance floor, giggling again once they turn their back to the two suits.

With the attention of the club on the two sibling dancers, the scene went unnoticed by most guests. Only Maki, the bartender, and the tall woman seemed to have observed it, and Kambei may have impressed them in a positive, if small way.

Once dancing, the two - enthusiastic, if not exactly professional dancers - introduce themselves as Ayaka and Aoi, "AA" for friends. Definetly both from Kansai, reveling in the freedom Neo-Toyko offers them as students, after they studied almost non-stop for a year to pass the admittance test to the University.

Time passes quickly now.
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Kambei leads Ayaka and Aoi to the dance floor, not bothering to look back for the Suits’ reactions. They better get used to a lot of things not going their way if they want to fly their Renraku flag. That’s just bitterness on Kambei’s part. He used to be quite proud to fly that flag but he wouldn’t acknowledge that now.

After the first song, Kambei offers to get a drink for AA. He picks up whatever they requested and a gin an tonic – mostly tonic – for himself to not stand out while waiting for his meeting with Mr. Tanake.

After a couple more songs he pulls in the girls close to himself and speaks just loud enough for them to hear him over the music, “I need to have a business meeting in a bit and unfortunately I am not sure how long it will take. Could be twenty minutes, could be an hour. Depending on the meeting I might be able to stay out or not. I don’t know if you want to wait or not given my circumstances but I would be very happy if you were still here when I come back.?

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post May 5 2008, 04:41 PM
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Ayaka and Aoi, helped by the drinks the Renraku suits paid them, are intrigued by Kambei's "business meeting". The hint of danger it carries - normal business meetings are just not done at such a place, nor at this hour, where good, honest sararimen are getting drunk with their co-workers - seems just the thing the two have been looking for. They still play it coy though, acting cool.

"Well... maybe. We'll see."

The way they stick their heads together, and the hushed speculation Kambei's cyberears pick up when he leaves to get them another drink, tell another story though. Yes, he still got it. Even if they are not Ai Nogami.

The three have barely started on the drinks Kambei brought when Maki arrives, bowing, apologising for the interruption, and announces that Kambei's business partner just arrived, and would be waiting for him. The two girls muster Maki like two house cats muster a stray in their garden, but don't comment.

Maki leads Kambei back into the VIP area, to a booth there where a middle-aged man is waiting. Kambei's cyberears get interference from a white noise generator once he enters the booth - overhearing things will be hard if not impossible. A place for business.

"Mr. Tanaka" greets Kambei warmly, although it's plain to see if one knows the signs that he'd rather not be here, not hiring anyone.
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Kambei passes the minutes – now going by quickly – with dancing and small talk, what little is possible in a loud crowded club. When he notices Maki heading towards him, he pulls AA in close and speaks in their ears, “I have to go now for a little bit like I said. I’ll see you two in a little bit then if you decide to stay around for a little bit. If not,? he transfers his business card – Hiroshi Wanatabe, Personal Security Specialist – to their commlinks, “you have my info if you want to catch up later.?

He gives them both a smile and greets Maki politely and follows her with one last look to make sure AA were okay. Hopefully the Suits don’t decide to try their luck again.

As he heads into the VIP area he tries to quell the sudden bad mood that washes over him as he hears the first few notes of the recent Ai Nogami club-remix and filters the music completely silent. That’s the last thing I need. Just my luck.

Once introduced to Mr. Tanake he greets him politely, bowing appropriately to his prospective client and introducing himself if necesssary. “I have been told that you require some assistance. How can I be of service??
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post May 5 2008, 07:43 PM
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Mr. Tanaka opens with some casual conversation, your politeness seems to have put him at ease somewhat. After 15 minutes, he starts to lay out the details of the job. As was hinted at, his "niece" Ahiko Mori, age 17, has run away from home, to his family's shame. The "uncle" spends 10 minutes detailing this, dancing around the point, without giving any useful information - this must really weigh on his family.

Or on his corp. After another 10 minutes, he mentions that the dear teenager has taken his brother's commlink - with the access codes to a discrete bank account his corp has set up. Terribly embarassing, indeed, since the account was somehow forgotten on the tax sheets. While he doesn't mention it, it's clear that this was a balck account, probably used to pay bribes - or protection money.

So, the girls' family would like her wayward daughter and niece back, but also her father's property - intact. They'd be so grateful if this could be accomplished discretely. As usual, Mr. Tanaka doesn't mention money - that was handled by the fixer already.

After a bit of polite probing, Kambei gets some information on Ahiko. The girl was heavy into the indipendent rock music scene. On the picture he receives, she's wearing ripped leather, neon-colored hair, and punky make-up. The last boarding school she visited, Cherry Maiden School, had noted several disciplinary infractions, mostly for sneaking out, and suspected ties to some "bad youth" - a motorbike gang.
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Kambei listens to the sordid description of his client’s problem. He notes every scrap of information in his commlink – encrypted for security of course – and requests details and clarification when appropriate.

After he believes he has received all the basic information he would be provided he takes a breath and asks, “I understand that this is a very sensitive situation and I will be most discreet in my inquiries. However it would help if I could receive any additional information. Information such as any particular colors she may have started wearing recently, what kind of bikes she likes, specific bands she listens to, etc. Any information that may have been weaned from her commlink, her SIN – of course, and anything else that may prove to be useful like past relationships. I also would find it helpful if I could visit her room or any recent places she has resided in to look for any clues.?

I really hope this girl didn't get into any real trouble. There are a lot of bad places you can disappear into in Neo-Toyko...
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It takes some time to get more information out of Mr. Tanaka. Not just because he's reluctant to talk about it, but also because he honestly does not seem to know much about his niece. Either he's not a relative, or Ahiko's family didn't really know or care much about her.

After 15 minutes - and a call back, from the way Mr. Tanaka started to talk about nothing in not so few words for some minutes - Kambei receives a playlist which was supposedly used on the family entertainment system, and a honda racing bike the girl placed an order for 6 month ago, which was cancelled by her father. And the names of two friends of hers, from school, Mai Mizuno and Ami Kuonji. The playlist is a spread of styles and languages that clash, with just one common link: All are underground, anti-corp. Either the girl is really independent, or this was just a provocation.

And after more back and forth, Kambei receives a note that will let him check the girl's room at the boarding school, passing for a corp employee.
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Kambei accepts the new information and notes it down carefully. "Thank you for the additional information. I know this is a difficult matter for you and I will try to bring it to a conclusion in good time."

Hopefully this girl hasn't gotten in too deep or been planning to do this for a while.

"I have two more things to clarify. How will I bring her to you once she has been located?" He pauses for a moment before the second uncomfortable question, "and do you have any specific instructions on what to do if she resists or whether you prefer I use my own judgment."
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