Soon, I’m going to be running a Shadowrun game and… well I haven’t played Shadowrun in quite a few years so, being me, I had to write an intro. Not sure if this is going to be used or not but some of the terminology is borrowed from one of favorite dystopian future novels “Snow Crash” by Neal Stephenson. So… whatever. Enjoy 🙂
XO was in trouble. Those goddamn gangers were more tenacious than the usual crop and they’d followed her down this alley too. They usually gave up after a couple dozen blocks, but not this time. Even though she’d ‘Pooned a ride to make her Board go faster than if she just kicked or relied on gravity, they had been riding Scorpions.
That last Rig she’d ‘Pooned had shook off her magnet and she’d had to corner hard to avoid a smear. She looked around, wondering what kind of drek she’d gotten into this time. For the first time in a long time she began to really sweat. This alley was a dead end, and for her that really meant a Dead End.
After grabbing her Board and strapping it firmly to her pack, she moved deeper into the alley, looking for a door, a window a foothold… anything. The street level here only had Guardian roll up delivery doors and even though she could see the glow of the Ident1 panels there was no way she would have the time to hack one. Not with those fuckers being so close behind her.
“Lil bitch run down here!” Their lead tracker… Ork… probably sniffer… shouted and XO snarled silently at the sound of their combat boots stomping over the Ferrocrete of the street that replaced the rumble of the Harley’s engines.
“Let this meeting of the Student Council come to order.” A beautiful female voice chimed from above.
XO looked up, on the third floor one of the windows had been opened. That was against code she was sure, but she didn’t have time to wonder who had managed to hack the building’s HVAC system to prevent the alarm from going off.
A tall Elf boy with long golden hair sat on the window ledge staring out into the distance. To XO’s surprise, he dumped a handful of breadcrumbs on the window ledge and a flock of noisy pigeons landed to peck at them.
She twisted the end of her arm and ejected the nanowire MagNeato Harpoon from its forearm sleeve. The RepliPendage robotic replacement arm was a cheap piece of drek, but it was all a roach like her could afford. XO aimed the ‘Poon and hit the release. The polarity on the magnets violently reversed and the end of the ‘Poon flew out to smack into the window sill, there was just enough metal there to get a good connection.
The pigeons exploded in a clatter of wings as she flew upwards, the Elf looking around in irritation and then surprise as she rose toward him, the whirr of her ‘Poon drowned by the sound of the birds taking flight.
“Oh shit!” The elf boy shouted, falling backward into the room.
“Sorry pretty boy, maybe I make it up to ya laters if ya got the stones!” XO said, running through the room, “Ya best get yer ass movin if ya don’t want them fucks ta get ya!”
“What?” The boy said, scrambling backward as she ran to the opposite door.
The sound of the Gangers in the alley below grew into a roar. “Lil BITCH I have your GUTS on STICK!”
“Laters cutie boy!” XO blew him a kiss and tore the straps loose from her Board. As she threw it down, the NanoTech wheels reached out to adjust to the terrain. She jumped aboard, flying out the door and ‘Pooning the door so as to take the corner at speed.
“Close the damn window!” The elf girl said as XO blew out the door.
XO laughed, cruising down the hallway and gaining speed as she went. It was a simple matter to navigate the hall, fly down the stairs, the NanoTech wheels extending their spokes to make the trip down nearly level and, more importantly, fast.
An Ork boy in a rumpled school uniform barely got out of her way as she carved the wall, tearing a poster that was hung there and leaving dirty tracks on the paint. He threw up his hands in a boxer’s fists. She slapped one hand, pretending he was giving her a ‘high five’ and only barely dodged a jab. Yup. Boxer. Enhanced too if she knew her shit, and she did.
At the bottom of the stairs, she ‘Pooned the door open, using the extra force from the pull to increase her speed just a touch and standing sideways on her Board to squeeze through the opening. Some dork was opening the door to the outside and she flew through it fast enough to spin him twice around, jumping the stairs and landing hard on the sidewalk in spite of her NanoTech’s absorbing some of the shock.
Carving hard, she leaned almost parallel to the ground, reaching out to touch the Ferrocrete with the metal ends of her fingertips. XO was laughing in exhilaration when the fuck rutting Rig pulled out of a side street, opening the door so when she smeared, the ended up inside, slightly rattled from the impact.
“Damn it you stupid gixie, this ain’t no time ta be fuckin’ round!” She recognized Jack’s voice and quit trying to wrestle her holdout from its hiding place, laughing in relief.
“Fuck you mean?” XO grabbed her Board’s tether and yanked it inside the Rig. “What’s with tha scrap heap drecknob? Where’s tha van?” She’d liked his battle van.
“Goddamn poxy rat Gangers blew it up.” He said, punching a button on the dash to rattle the door closed. “Them fucks after ya?”
XO looked out the window of the Rig, frowning as the Gangers swarmed around the front of the building, revving their Scorpions and throwing rocks at the entrance. Jack pulled away from the curb, nursing the engines of the Rig along like an old lady.
“It’s a school, they ain’t gettin in.” She said with a grin, “Awful nice one too, lotsa noses in the air lemme tell ya. I got lucky, found a window…” Her narrow escape still thrilled through her blood, making the XCite strands of her Mohawk flare hot pink and electric green.
“Yer a reckless gixy, but fuckit, yer too young ta give a rats dreckhole about it.” Jack grumbled, “Allright… ya got what I sent ya for tho? “
XO grinned wolfishly and held her hand out. He passed her a couple of cred sticks and she jacked them into her scanner, checking the balances before handing over the Microdrive she’d lifted from the Gangers. It was so old only a seriously outdated piece of graka would be able to read it. Why anyone would want such old dreck she couldn’t fathom.
“Well I’m out boss. Gotta Kourier run in forty and I wanna stop by Dan Chang’s ta nosh.”
“You know that meat is probably rat doncha?” Jack asked, “Ain’t no way real meat can be that cheap.”
“Hell yea!” XO said, “Rat’s good if ya cook it right.” She slammed the cargo bay button and stood on her Board, waiting for it to open. When Jack turned the next corner, she glided out, ‘Pooning a passing microvan for a few blocks. It had been a good afternoon. It was gonna be a better night.