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Location: Central Chicago, Aurora Barrens, the Downside
The Downside
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Hidden on the fringes of the Aurora Barrens and nestled within a rundown alley, a thirsty sprawler could find the Downside if he's lucky enough to avoid the local gangers. That doesn't happen much. The locals and those in the know, however, can crisscross through specific roads and back alleys to arrive safely at the Downside.

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A small yet lively crowd frequents the small bar. Some are locals, but many more are members of Chicago's shadow community. Hackers, ronin, fixers, and even zeeks are spread around the room minding their own business and expecting the same in return. Kit is the exception to the rule, and she greets each patron with a friendly, "Welcome to the Downside, Nakama!"

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Kit is a chatty neko girl that has been bartending the Downside for the past several years. She's also the only staff member most regulars are familiar with. She has cat ears and a tail in typical neko fashion, but she is also fully decked out in trendy 'nique. For a small woman working a bar alone in a bad neighborhood, she seems completely at ease with her job.

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One oddity stands at the far end of the bar. A high security maglock door with a card reader blocks access to another room. It could be bleeding edge, a custom job or an antique, but whatever the case may be, its not one used in modern buildings. No one comes or goes through the door, and Kit dodges or flat out ignores any questions about the door.
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Black Swan had to be shown the way to the Downside once, but now she is simply a fixture of its scene now. It's here, or the Chicagoland Market, that she meets other freelancers, fixers, and freaks. She drinks the cheap beer and eats the occasional slice if Kit has some available. Like her swan persona, Kassandra Krane's voice is smooth and almost musical. She is exotic looking, but not foreign or unwelcome. Still, the rougher crowds give her the same space they give the other acknowledged bad asses in the room, including Kit.

A few fixers had just left her table, leaving her alone. She wanders up to the bar and addresses the Neko-girl with a smile and polite nature. "Kit, when you get a chance, could I get another mug of beer?" She drains the last sip of hers raising it as proof she needed another. When she pays, she tips Kit a Crypto extra - for a total of 4 Cryptos.
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Location: Central Chicago, Aurora Barrens, the Downside
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Kit looks at Black Swan over her shoulder. She smiles and says, "Sure thing, sweetie. Coming right up." She steps over and puts the order into the Downside's POS system and Black Swan can just barely hear Kit whisper, "Kawaiii."

The neko girl snatches up a clean mug, turns around and expertly slides it across the counter. It seems to glide along its trajectory when it comes to a gentle stop under an unexpectedly expensive bar aide for a place like the Downside. The mug is tilted back and it falls into perfect position for optimal head, and it begins filling the mug with Black Swan's previous order. When it stops, the device places the perfectly poured mug of beer level with the counter.

Kit takes Black Swan's empty beer mug and places it in the sink and hands the other woman her freshly poured beer, "Here you go!"

She reaches under the bar and snags a bottle of Don Julio. The cute neko girl smiles as she pours exactly two shots freehand and says, "Hai. This is the good stuff."
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Kit gives Black Swan a warm smile as she clinks her shot glass against the other woman's and says, "A favor for a favor, nakama." She downs her shot then gives Black Swan a wink, "Maybe you can come back later for that favor?" Her tone is just suggestive enough that it's difficult to tell whether she means business or pleasure. Kit walks away and begins cleaning Black Swan's empty mug after taking the shot.
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A success means you know she's sincere with wanting to see you later and is not simply fishing for tips, but her delivery is nearly flawless and you're left at a loss. If you roll a raise you know that while she might be interested in getting to know you better, she does have some business to discuss with you at a later time.
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CK [dice:2d386wsp]65707:0[/dice:2d386wsp]+[dice:2d386wsp]65707:7[/dice:2d386wsp], [dice:2d386wsp]65707:1[/dice:2d386wsp]+[dice:2d386wsp]65707:4[/dice:2d386wsp]+[dice:2d386wsp]65707:6[/dice:2d386wsp]

Notice [dice:2d386wsp]65707:2[/dice:2d386wsp]+[dice:2d386wsp]65707:5[/dice:2d386wsp], [dice:2d386wsp]65707:3[/dice:2d386wsp]
Kas can't help but smile as she hears the term. She knows just enough Japanese to understand the meaning and intent. She can't help but impressed by the bartending flair, as she has been before, but usually with Kit a lot busier. She can't keep her surprise hidden as the pulls out the Don Julio though. She KNOWS how much that costs. She takes the shot and lifts in a toast. "Kanpai!" she calls out cheerfully. She sniffs the shot, luxuriating in the smell, then downs it and lets it go down slowly, warming her chest as it does. "Whatever you need, you see me, nakama." The glass goes on the rubber/nylon mat meant for them. She has her Sprite send her contact information to the bartender and goes and finds a seat at her table, so she can see the door, the bathroom, and the bar. She trusts her own ability to evade any danger from behind. And so she sits back, enjoying her beer, occasionally watching the Neko-girl at her stock and trade.
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Emi slipped into the Downside on the heels of a couple going in ahead of her. She hated going into a public place alone, attracting that attention that everyone momentarily gave a newcomer. This way other people were the first ones seen, and she could duck off to the side, overlooked.

She spotted Black Swan though, and relaxed a little. Kit was also nice, but she always felt better when the other bioroid was around. There was perhaps only one person Emi truly trusted at the moment, and it was Swan.

With habitually silent steps, Emi went to the bar and stood behind and to the left of Black Swan. There she waited for Kit to notice her before saying quietly, "I'd like to try another dish please."

Emi didn't really order specific dishes. Rather, as she'd explained to Kit the first time she'd come in, she would prefer for Kit to pick something interesting for her, then tell her what it was afterwards.

Usually she'd get two, first one...and when it was done, another one.

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Noting Emi as she is turned to head back to her table, Kas gives her a fist bump of recognition. "I'm sitting over there once Kit gets you taken care of. Come join me."
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Location: Central Chicago, Aurora Barrens, the Downside
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Kit accepts @Black Swan's contact info who receive's Kit's in return. Kit puts the freshly cleaned mug in its place as a pair of newcomers enter the Downside. She greets them with a friendly, "Konnichiwa!" Then she returns to the sink to clean her and Black Swan's shot glasses.

The bartender giggles at @Emi's strange request. The bar sells snacks, and food is allowed inside, but the downside doesn't actually serve any menu items. Kit usually keeps a small stock of easy to prepare lunch foods on hand while the bar is open so that she can eat without leaving the small business unattended. Kit pulls one out and begins preparing it for Emi.

"Hai. This one is good. It is not good for you, but at least it has tiny bits of real meat in it. You cannot find that at Malmart," Kit says as she finishes preparing the smallish cup of noodles for Emi. It barely takes a minute for the quick meal to be ready, and Kit pours them into a sturdy plastic bowl which she hands to Emi, "Be careful, nakama, it is very hot."

Before Emi joins Black Swan, Kit softly says, "The Downside is a good place, Emi. You will see. Try to have fun tonight!"
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"Hai, nakama," Emi murmurs, with no idea what the Japanese words mean, as she peers into the bowl of noodles. It doesn't look like much, but she can get more from somewhere else later. Asking Kit for seconds was awkward, because it was extra work to make them. They didn't have a kitchen here.

She lifted her eyes, pale blue like ice in moonlight, to look at Kit gratefully. "Thank you. I will."

Then Emi picked up her noodles and went to join Kas at her table. For a few minutes she simply ate...the heat of the noodles barely slowed her at first, and the entire bowl was inhaled at a prodigious rate. Then she licked it clean, trying to extract every iota of flavor and nourishment.

Finally she set the bowl back down.

"I'm going to need money soon," Emi said to her friend. "Have you heard of any jobs?"

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Kas set her beer down and shrugged. "Nothing yet. I had some minor stuff I passed on to a couple of folks, but nothing that will pay real bills. But I think something is coming my way, just have to be patient. I'll hit people up tomorrow if nothing happens tonight." Her eyes are playing over the entire room as she speaks, but her voice is low and aimed at Emi.

She nurses her beer some more, letting Emi finish her food. "So how are you tonight? Aside from broke."
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Emi shrugged, a little uncomfortably. Questions like that felt like there was a right answer that she didn't know. How should she be feeling? Was there some specific expectation? What would happen if she got it wrong?

"I am...okay," she answered, going with what her limited experience told her was a safe reply. "It...is still hard getting used to so many people around. It sometimes seems like some of them are watching me, even though no one should know who I am."

"How are you?"

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Kas shrugs. "People watch other people. For some it's admiring the view. You're cute kiddo. People like cute women. But also people watch for predators. Anyone with a good survival instinct knows that just by watching the way you move you can handle yourself. For some that's enough. For others its a challenge. For others its a draw, making them want to be with the strong people. Just human nature, no matter how much we try to change it." She takes a swig of her beer, and then sets it down.

"Me, I'm good. Bored, but good."
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Emi ducked her head a little as she intently listened. There wasn't much about the wider world that Black Swan didn't know, and she needed to learn it all.

Practice moving less...like a predator. Be less cute. 'Me, I'm good...' that's a better answer than 'I am okay.'

"How can you be bored though?" she asked. "There's always so much going on, all the time. People are drinking and dancing and fighting all night long here, and this is just one place. There's hundreds of places like it. In the vacant lot three blocks away people put together desks out of old wood and sell things to each other every other Saturday night. On the rooftops there are nests of pigeons, and rats, and they fight over crumbs, and when you look out at the city from there it looks like all the stars have fallen from the sky onto the ground...and they're just here now. Burning."

She stopped and looked tentatively at Swan again. The idea of it being boring out here was incredible to her. Being in a cubical room hour after hour, let out only to train or test or exercise...that was boring. There was so much color here, so much life...it was terrifying and hideous and beautiful all at the same time...but boring? Impossible.

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Bright slides into the Downside, his easy smile lighting up as he sees Kit behind the bar. He’s wearing a leather jacket, dark jeans and a light gray V-neck shirt, the latter of which slightly showing the nano-weave on his chest, the only outward indication that he has any augments.

His dark hair is close-cropped on the sides, looking freshly cut, but the front still slightly hangs over his eyes. Bright’s features are mostly Japanese, from his mother’s side of the family, but his wider jaw and the dark stubble at his cheeks and chin are indicators of his father’s Russian heritage.

Smile. Relax. Act like you belong.

He weaves through the crowd and approaches Kit, setting his elbow on the bar and resting his thumb at his cheek as if in thought. He looks at her fondly. Kit-chan…aikawarazu utsukushī [lovely as usual]. What do you have on tap this evening?

As Bright waits for her to answer, his gaze flickers over to the table where Emi and Black Swan are sitting. He winks and looks back at Kit expectantly.
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Kas shrugs, "Sure, but it's all basically the same busy. People act in patterns; their behavior as predetermined as if they were programs. Apply terror, they show fear, apply subterfuge and they show confusion or acceptance, depending on the type. Like the training taught us, watch the existing pattern and modify it to fit your needs. There is nothing wrong with overt or covert action, only a lack of success." Of course that lesson was taught with physical and mental aids, significant subliminal messaging, etc. "The city is busy though, I'll grant you that. Sometimes I like to find a high spot and just watch it all. Helps keep skills sharp. I spend so much time up close, it helps to back up and see the big picture."

As Bright enters and walks to the bar, Kas nods his way. "And so Brightness enters the room. So much metal he shines." She moves her drink more in front of her and chuckles.
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Shift walked into the bar, blinking as his newly modified eyes adjusted from the glare outside. He was still getting used to the darn things, but every day was a little easier. He needed a beer to himself before joining his friends at their both, a quiet moment while his brain fizzled. He chose a stool at the end of the bar, leaving the hoodie up to cover his eyes. He was watching the crowd, looking for some potential amusement or distraction before ordering his standard beer.
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Caelia opens the door to the Downside, takes a few steps into the bar, and whether out of nervousness or force of habit, puts her hands into the pockets of her tight jeans. She chuckles slightly to herself -- "Now they're concealed weapons." Her size and shape belies how dangerous and intimidating Caelia has become. Usually she'd spend her nights at her second job janitoring for establishments that couldn't afford cleaner-bots or practicing martial arts alone in the Zexian Way Dojo. However, she'd recently cracked into her life savings and bought some new cyberware from in the hopes that it would help her get more lucrative jobs on the side. Her cybereyes take in the room. Maybe someone from some of her past jobs would be here tonight?

She notices Emi and Kas at a table and Bright walking towards them. She bashfully removes her right hand from her pocket and waves and slinks over to the table. Out of habit she gives a small head bow to the two at the table, "Mind if I join you?
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Kas smiles to the martial artist. Noting her left hand still in her pocket, she nods towards her hand. "Got a concealed carry permit for that miss?"/ She gives off a grin and giggle. "Please do. Might want to grab a drink from Kit. It's a big enough table though." She waves her hand towards a seat and the bar in turn.
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He weaves through the crowd and approaches Kit, setting his elbow on the bar and resting his thumb at his cheek as if in thought. He looks at her fondly. Kit-chan…aikawarazu utsukushī [lovely as usual]. What do you have on tap this evening?
"Azasu (thank you [slang]) @Bright-kun!" Kit responds and gives him a slight bow. Her face brightens with a huge smile, and Kit is clearly happy to be able to share in her culture with someone who knows more than the odd Japanese word, "Buckwesier, Buck Light, Michael's Ultra...The usual, Bright-kun. We also have some local brews, but I would not recommend them to you."
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Koshnek wrote:
Thu May 07, 2020 9:26 pm
"Azasu (thank you [slang]) @Bright-kun!" Kit responds and gives him a slight bow. Her face brightens with a huge smile, and Kit is clearly happy to be able to share in her culture with someone who knows more than the odd Japanese word, "Buckwesier, Buck Light, Michael's Ultra...The usual, Bright-kun. We also have some local brews, but I would not recommend them to you."
Bright’s grin widens. "No need to be so formal, Kit-chan. Anata mo shinsetsudesu [you are too kind]. I’ll take the Buckweiser, of course, and one for my friend at the end of the bar." He nods towards where @Shift is seated with his hood pulled over his eyes and gives Kit a curt bow, matching hers.

That kid, he’s always moody as hell. What do I need to do to snap him out of it? Can't he see that he’s bringing the whole mood of this place down?

As he’s waiting for Kit to pull the beers, Bright slides over next to @Shift, putting his arm over his shoulder. "My friend, you look so serious!" He gestures around the room. "Do you see all of the beautiful women in this place? If any of them knew how you handled yourself on the Jersey Heights job, or half a dozen others, they would be all over you." As his gaze comes back toward Kit pulling the beers, he pauses and lowers his voice. "Well, maybe not her. I think she goes the other way. You’ve seen the way she looks at Black Swan, right?" He shakes his head. "Anyway. My point is, you are a talented motherdrekker. The only difference between you and me is *confidence*. If you change your perspective, I promise things will get better. Hey, I don’t mean to preach. Have a beer on me, and let’s toast to how much of a badass you are. Kanpai!"
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As he’s waiting for Kit to pull the beers, Bright slides over next to Shift, putting his arm over his shoulder. "My friend, you look so serious!" He gestures around the room. "Do you see all of the beautiful women in this place? If any of them knew how you handled yourself on the Jersey Heights job, or half a dozen others, they would be all over you." As his gaze comes back toward Kit pulling the beers, he pauses and lowers his voice. "Well, maybe not her. I think she goes the other way. You’ve seen the way she looks at Black Swan, right?" He shakes his head.
Kit's feline ears perk up at @Bright's comment about which way she goes. She finishes pouring the Buckweisers for Bright and @Shift and sashays over to the men. She plants one mug in front of each of them and leans over the bar to place one small hand on the side of Bright's face. A coy smile lights up her face as Kit says, "And how do you know which way I go, Bright-kun? I take good care of all of my customers, baka (foolish/stupid [slang])."

Kit gives Bright's face a playful slap and winks at him then says, "Kanpai (cheers)!"

She saunters off towards the other end of the bar and throws a few bottles away and otherwise busies herself with her work.
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Emi offers Caelia a wan smile and even a little wave at shoulder height.

"Hi Caelia," she says in her customary quiet tone. "You can sit here, if you want. Swan and I were just talking about if the city is boring or not."

After a pause, Emi added, "I think it's not."

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Koshnek wrote:
Sun May 10, 2020 9:17 pm
Kit's feline ears perk up at @Bright's comment about which way she goes. She finishes pouring the Buckweisers for Bright and @Shift and sashays over to the men. She plants one mug in front of each of them and leans over the bar to place one small hand on the side of Bright's face. A coy smile lights up her face as Kit says, "And how do you know which way I go, Bright-kun? I take good care of all of my customers, baka (foolish/stupid [slang])."

Kit gives Bright's face a playful slap and winks at him then says, "Kanpai (cheers)!"

She saunters off towards the other end of the bar and throws a few bottles away and otherwise busies herself with her work.
Bright abruptly stops moving for several moments, his mouth slightly open, seemingly lost for words. He watches Kit as she returns to her work, his smile becoming almost devilish and his eyes hardening as he follows her movements. He then keenly realizes how close he is to @Shift and straightens, moving to the side.

He glances back at @Shift. "Well, uh, as I was saying, my young friend, cheers to you!" He raises his glass and drains half of it in a few gulps.
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Shift patted his compatriot on his back as he chugged down his beer Kampai!". The beer went down smooth, cold and refreshing. He turned to Kit and indicated 2 more when he got her attention. Three was his limit, he reminded himself. Beyond that he started to get... mischievous. Once his drinks were delivered he turned and joined the larger group at the table.
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"The Downside does not close until two. Chugging is for closing time!" Kit playfully admonishes @Shift.

She pours two more beers for the men and sets them in front of them. Then she returns to her tasks.
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Kat wandered into the Downside, scanning the room briefly as she entered. Catching Kit's attention she smiled and held up four fingers before walking over to join Kas, Emi and Caelia.

"We're celebrating." she said, tapping the surgical tape covering her right temple. "Well, I'm celebrating. You can join me or watch me get drunk." Grinning, she sat down then continued. "Finally had that hacked piece of crap ripped out and welcomed my new robot overlords. Hopefully these ones won't be such mudaks as the last lot that came to stay." That last was said with a smile but there was a slight undercurrent of trepidation too. Nobody who'd had a nano-virus wanted a repeat visit.

She turned, looking over her shoulder. "Hopefully Kit was able to get that Nemiroff I asked for."

Nemiroff is a Ukrainian vodka brand, known for it's Honey Pepper vodka
Kat Novak
  • Pace: 6(d6); Parry: 4; Toughness: Toughness(Armor) 14(4)/15(5)
    • BKI Combat Fatigues: 14(4) Torso, Arms, Legs
      BKI Combat Fatigues plus Armoured Combat Vest: 15(5) Torso, Arms; 14(4) Legs

    Combat-Relevant Edges & Abilities: Danger Sense
    Wounds: 0/3; Fatigue: 0/3; PP: 00/00
    Bennies: 6/3; Conviction: 0/1

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