Gentry Kismet’s Cyberlog
After cleaning up the mess we made last time — getting old mob boss Iovanni Vinancio in a freezedown tube after his heart attack for transport offworld where they could put him back together again — it occurred to me that we were now the temporary “owners” of a state-of-the-art biosculpting clinic. Why not avail ourselves of the facilities here and get a couple of modifications for our trouble?
I always wanted to try out one of those drug glands that make and deliver a dose of something on demand. I chose Memazine Beta, a drug that gives you a quick memory or intelligence boost if you’re trying to solve some really tough problem. You can only use it once a day without running the risk of frying some neurons, but hey, sometimes that’s all you need. Been feeling a little weird since I got it installed, but I guess that will pass. The others all got their own mods. Lily in particular sure looks different now. Much more beautiful but also a little blank. She’s kinda creeping me out to be honest. She always has been an odd one.
I also got a chance to talk to Star, our unicorn-totem furry friend while I was healing up. I swear she’s less weird than Lily. As I thought, she’s psionic all right. Apparently nothing to do with her furry mods, she already was beforehand. Seems like that’s what she and Sun Boy have in common. I might have known. Apparently they got away from society because psionics aren’t really trusted. Well, I find them a bit scary myself, though these two seem to be good-hearted enough. On the other hand, they might want me to think that. Oh shut up, Gentry, don’t over-think it. Star helped us out big time in taking over the Clinic, and Sun Boy was plenty ticked off when he found out they had kidnapped Lily, so I guess they’re OK in my book.
Makes you wonder though, how many of their kind are hanging around flying under the radar? I mean, might some guy just walking down the street next to me be reading my mind? Another thing to creep me out. Maybe I’ll look into a psionic shield when I get back to civilization. Wonder if there’s an app for my Cyberface for that?
So anyway, we brought Lilbet back to the hotel where she promised to contact her daddy. Funny, I think she really will. She’s not the same spoiled brat we met on the cruise wetside on Menentabe. I think Star might have given her some sort of push. Once again, she seems to be better off for it. She tells me she sent those freeloading friends of hers packing too. Well, she actually said she sent them home because they seemed unhappy here. Whatever. Good riddance. Seems like a lot better resolution than stuffing her into a stasis tube and sending her back to daddy like Ricardo suggested. Sometimes I don’t get that little egg-shaped guy.
So anyway, after calling up to the UDF ship, reporting what happened and getting a ration of shit about taking a week for surgeries, we were ready for the next part of our business here on Turbulence. Namely, finding a home for our 30,000 year old primitive Thall friends. Ribose has been chomping at the bit to get going on this ever since we got here. So I called up the Protocol Enforcement ranger station by the Thall Neoprim colony to set up an appointment to find out what’s going on there.
The next day we headed to the station to talk to Vera Telise, a PE officer with the title of “Induction Officer”, which I suppose means she handles getting Thall newcomers introduced to the Neoprims in the reserve. It hadn’t occurred to me she would be a Thall herself. Duh. Of course she would be. Apparently raised on the Reserve and is pretty well trusted by the tribe who lives there.
But if there’s trouble around, it always seems to find us. Seems she was headed out to the Reserve immediately and wanted out help. The Neoprim Thalls have captured a bunch of humans wandering around on their land, apparently with technological gadgets. The Neos are terrified of them … not the gadgets themselves, but they seem to think that they could get into big trouble with Protocol Enforcement due to their interpretation of The Conklin Decision. Complete nonsense, of course, some outsider bringing tech into their Reserve doesn’t violate anything. Even those rules-lawyers in the Justice Dept. would have to agree with that! But as Ribose keeps reminding me, Thalls have every reason to hold humans in suspicion, an opinion Vera also seems to hold. Well, maybe we can be of use here.