Campaign of the Month: November 2014

Shadowrun - The Rat's Nest

Flipside

Neil's Journal

Whistler came by with his girlfriend Cecile on the 26th and I’m afrad that both Glitzy and I did not react well to her. She’s a nice girl and she and Whistler are very much in love. But while she’s quite intelligent, she’s incredibly naive. She’s also an elf poser. And she was high on Flipside, recognized me as Awakened (but not Glitzy, whom she fairly ignored for the rest of the evening).

Whistler hasn’t told her where he lives and works, instead telling her that we both work together at a small clinic in Everett, so if she does mention my talent to the wrong person, they at least would have a hard time finding me. But in any case I was less than thrilled to find out that she uses that drug. I have a hard time believing it’s as harmless as everyone tells me and I’m not at all looking forward to the problems the stuff will make for us. It is, I have to admit, a very tempting drug and I’m not at all sure I wouldn’t try it if I were not already awakened.

Anyway. It seemed that no matter what we talked about, Glitzy and I ended up snarking at Cecile. There were a couple of reasons: her very elegant way of putting things in a way to make it seem like she was indeed both an elf and awakened, her unquestioning believe of anything she has heard ot read about Metahumans, both flattering (elves) and unflattering to racist (all others). But we’re supposed to be adults, for heaven’s sake, and she’s only seventeen – I really don’t care to remember the many stupid things I did and believed at seventeen.

I talked to Whistler the next morning and he was seething. I apologized to him and today we all met again and Glitzy and I apologized to Cecile as well. When we talked about Tir Tairngire, I suggested she take a roadtip there to see the reality of that state for herself and she took up the suggestion with enthusiasm. Since Whistler, without a SIN, cannot go with her, I agreed to take her. I like her for her willingness to take a closer look, but I have my doubts that she will like what she finds.

Whistler told me that Cecile has described Flipside as a sort of performance-enhancing drug she has to take for her studies. Well. I’m sure it helps when one studies magic without magical talent, but I highly doubt that the university prescribes it for their students. Whistler thought I was lying to him about this because I was jealous of Cecile, I had no idea what to reply to that accusation. He was pissed at me (and he had a right to be), but this… In any case, I asked him to read up on the stuff and to treat the rumors about its harmlessness with suspicion. I hope he will. Whistler has never been attracted to drugs of any kind, but I’m not at all sure he’d refuse if Cecile offered it to him. But there’s not much I can do about it, I just hope he’ll be okay, both of them actually.

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