A Quick & Dirty Cyberpunk 2020 tale
Cast of Characters:
Jackson “Mr. Tyme” Laurier, Corporate MoFo (Chance)
Thad Thaddeus, Solo (Darryl)
Shalimar Seppuku, Rockeboy (Nathan)
And if a double-decker bus
Crashes into us
To die by your side
Is such a heavenly way to die
And if a ten-ton truck
Kills the both of us
To die by your side
Well, the pleasure – the privilege is mine.
The Smiths, There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
In the five days that takes Thad to recover, Shalimar had returned from his gig and joined the team to get caught up on the events that happened. Tyme with his contacts want to know what exactly the dead goon in Amaria Jayde’s apartment with the Totentanz stamp on his hand was doing? Was it coincidence that he was there in the night club as well the same night as the dead corporate girl?
Back in Essence Investigation, Tyme, Thad, and Shalimar. go over their options of what to do next. Meanwhile, out on the street below the building the sound of gunfire can be heard among the rumble of thunder. Shalimar shows off some of the items had bought; the old saying “A Rockerboy and His Eurodollars are soon parted”, including a full set of metal gear, a missile launcher and also a chipped in Gorilla. A hulking imposing creature with cybernetic implants that can drive a vehicle and shoot a weapon if needed be.
News filter in with the death of another corporate kid, Handsome Jawn, has died of a heroin overdose. Social media searches reveal that he was part of Amaria Jayde’s circle and apparently lived hard and died rather painful, also that he’s been scene with Amaria Jayde on the circuit as well and a computer search shows that both Handsome and Amaria have been hanging out with the same red-headed girl.
With no netrunner to guide them along on their search they do things the old fashioned way and use social media to put the pieces to the puzzle together. The girl is Patti 88 another socialite but from a different corporate family. Tyme and Thad seem to think that someone is trying to off the rich kids so that the corp orates will war with each other?
Thad calls up Patti88 and a gruff voice answers. The voice on the other end is also trying to get information and Thad hangs up. Seems that Patti 88 is also in trouble at the moment. Tyme calls his NCPD connection, Strawberry, to get a lead on Patti 88 and he discovers that Patti 88 is the sister of an Body shoppe med-tech who has a walk in clinic near the DMZ as well. Doctor Wu’s Back Alley Clinic is open for business 28 hours a day! It just so happens that Doctor Wu’s name is the prescription on the bottles that Tyme had found in Jayde’s medicine cabinet before the place went boom.
So our heroes make a trip to Doctor Wu’s Back Alley Clinic to see what answers they can get. They decide to by an old delivery van and gear up for combat, since they are heading into the edge of the DMZ. After a quick drive by to scoot the area out first and look for quick escape routes to see what escape options they have in case things get too hot to handle.
Doctor Wu’s Back Alley Clinic is located in a rough section of the town and has a boostergang lounging around in the front. The booster gang are none other than “The Piranhas” a party hard kind of crowd.
Our heroes decide to take the direct approach on the matter and proceed in like they are there to see the good doctor. Thad backs in to the front door, Tyme jumps out of the back and glances around with the huge gorilla standing there in Metal Gear with a huge ass weapon. The Piranhas back off saying there are only here waiting on a buddy whose getting patched up and if they have a beef with the doctor maybe they could wait til the job is done? The Piranhas state that they’ll wait in the bar across from the clinic.
The clinic is extremely busy in the wee hours of the morning, the chairs are full of citizens, some hurt, some not and just want a shot of whatever drug they can get. A solo is sleeping by the receptionist who looks like she’s been hired recently and looks like she just doesn’t have a clue in the world of what she is doing. A baby is crying, an addicted is screaming lyrics to a song about Voodoo people, and it sounds like someone is being operated without any anesthesia whatsoever from the back room.
Tyme chats with the frazzled receptionist and tells her that they should clear out the building. Doctor Wu’s solo, Nerf, is three sheets to the wind and agrees with the situation saying he’s not bad all that well for “this kind of $h!t that’s about to go down”. So, the group clears out the lobby.
They head down the hallway where the screaming is coming from, while taking a look in other areas if the door is open or the blinds up from windows. There in one of the medical bays they see Doctor Wu on a table being questioned by two imposing goons. It seems that this team was hired by the father of Handsome Jawn to find out what happened to his son and who sold him the lethal drug that caused his overdose. Doctor Wu states he knows nothing at all about any heroin or why his name is on bottles found in places as well.
And that’s when Patti 88 arrives with a “squad” of her own and this is where it all goes sideway in one helluva of a battle at Doctor Wu’s Back Alley Clinic! The other “team” that was hired leave stating they got information they wanted and let Tyme, Thad, and Shalimar handle Patti 88 and her team.
There is a battle, bullets flying and scarring up the walls and doors, bouncing over armour here and there as well. The gorilla gets into the fight as well. Let’s just say that the good doctor had passed away due to injuries sustain and a section of the clinic destroyed due to an explosive device as well.
And our heroes are left with more questions than answers.
But, isn’t that the nature of Cyberpunk? 😉