Late Night Phone Call

“Hey, Seedling! I haven’t heard from you in a while. I’m really looking forward to seeing you at Easter, you’re still coming home for that right? It’ll kill mom if you don’t.”

“Yeah, I’ll be there.”

“Wow, you sound…really down, not yourself. What’s wrong?”

“I…You can’t tell mom and pop. I just…”

“Wow, this is serious. You can trust me. I’m your brother, it’s what family is for.”

“I guess…I should tell you about the hunky elf?”

“Did he hurt you? Elves are all bastards, I’ve told you to stay away from them.”

“No, it’s not that. I hurt someone.”

“The elf? Forget about it, elves are jerks. They aren’t worth your time.”

“No! Tim, shut up and listen.”

“Sorry. You don’t usually pause this much.”

“I don’t know what all happened but he, well he showed up at the junk yard one day in really bad shape. And this other guy who’s been working there asked him about jobs and so they did these jobs, like the people on that show? Anyway, they invited me to come along.”

“Wait, Shadowrunners? What the hell have you gotten yourself into?”

“Shut up and let me finish Tim!”

“Ok.”

“Anyway this elf, who is incredibly sexy and he’s always so nice to me he doesn’t cut me off when I’m talking, and he doesn’t treat me like a kid, he knows I’m a damn adult.”

“Are you…”

“He’s been nice to me and I even found some jobs to help him too, because I am an adult Tim, and I do have my own connections.”

“I know.”

“Anyway we had done some stuff like going and helping get some medicine to a girl in Nordeast, she really needed it too. She looked like Mr. Zimmermann, I don’t know if it was the same thing, she was so freaked out. And screaming about her dad, I think her dad hurt her too. It was really sad. But we got her the medicine and she calmed down and Nicky’s sex bot put her up in a hotel for a night. And by the time she got there she looked ok, she was scared though, and someone else had kidnapped her before we got there and I don’t know what they were going to do to her.”

“Seedling! Whoah. Nicky? Is he the elf? Does the elf have a sex bot? I’m really confused here.”

“What? No! Nicky is the guy who was renting the spare bay at the shop. He has a giant dinosaur drone that he treats like a person. And his so called girlfriend, I’ve never met her, twenty two did and he says that she’s a person, well he said she’s probably an addict, and she never comes out on the missions, and she never talks about anything else, and she never smiles or does anything that’s interesting, and Nicky doesn’t talk about her like she’s actually his girlfriend, it is like he’s afraid to say it, so I think she’s a sex bot that he’s wired up to do this work stuff.”

“That doesn’t make any sense, if someone had a sex bot why would they use it to do something like that? You just use agents for that.”

“Oh. Yeah. I guess.”

“Sorry, didn’t mean to steal all your fun, maybe she is a sex bot. But really if you found a sex bot you’d just want to take it apart and see what you could do with the parts.”

“Yeah, you’re right.”

“Is that why you called? To tell me about the sex bot?”

“No. Not really.”

“You’re all quiet again, I’m shutting up and listening.”

“Well. After that one we had another job that was out in the woods, that was ok. And then I got to do something with Twenty Two, just the two of us, and that was good. Twenty Two is the hunky elf. He’s so handsome, he has the most dreamy eyes.”

“Seedling.”

“Oh right, anyway, he called and had a job to do right away and it was just the two of us and we got to go on a private jet to Ohio. Except we met other people there, this elf who was magic I think, and a giant guy like seriously giant. He thought I was a kid. I hate it when people think I’m a kid. And I wore that super sexy dress, the red one that I got with Malee for going to the clubs.”

“I don’t want to hear about my kid sister’s sexy red dress.”

“Oh, right. Sorry. Well anyway we were supposed to stop this weapon from destroying everything in Louisville and around it. And that meant stopping this guy who was holding the weapon.”

“I’m here.”

“Yeah, it was….we got there…and I got my drone out, the rabbit hunter.”

“Yeah.”

“Well…I hit a couple people with it. Two. I hit two people.”

“Oh.”

“We stopped the weapon, and so we saved the whole city. But…Tim, I don’t know. It sucks, and I don’t know if I did the right thing or not. You can’t tell mom and pop.”

“I won’t.”

“Tim. Do you hate me?”

“No, no Seedling. I don’t hate you. I think you’re going down a dangerous road. And I want you to know that whenever you need to get off, if you even think you might want to stop, you know I’m here to help you.”

“I don’t want to do bad things, I think this was a good thing. And helping the woman in Nordeast was a good thing, and even making a mess of that bar was a good thing, those people were really horrible, I’ve been by there, they were bastards. But I’m not sure what happens when it isn’t a good thing?”

“You say you have something else to do?”

“Yeah, I can do that.”

“Seedling, be careful, please. Elves and giants and dinosaurs and sex bots. Easter’s going to be one hell of a story this year isn’t it?”

“Yeah. Thanks Tim.”

“Any time. You know I love you.”

“I know, I love you too.”

Late Night Phone Call

Out of Toronto 4.0 loudlyquiet