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Tue 12th Jan 2021 04:28

Caught in the Web

by Rani Rao

I guess it's true what they say about the Spiderweb - pretty easy to get tangled up, and much quicker than I thought. There is so much going on all around us it's hard to keep track of it all. When we started all of this, it felt like we could handle it and carve out a little place for ourselves as a positive force in the city. Now it just seems like that little place is a snag in the web, and the spiders are closing in from all sides.
I'm slowly coming to realize that we can't do this alone. We need allies, other people and groups we can lean on. Maybe I can follow up with Tragic Alice, leverage the influence of Kill Icons somehow. Maybe Disruptr can forge this new bond with Binary - they seem like a valuable friend to have. We're going to need all the friends we can get if we're going to avoid a painful death at the hands of the Panthers, or the Nightstalkers for that matter.
At least I know who they are now. That chick Amara always gave me bad vibes, but it's clear now that she's also a straight-up psychopath. I want to believe that Terrance and Hayoon are different, that they are somehow being manipulated or coerced into this, but they're complicit in everything. Maybe I need to feel out those connections, but I've got to tread carefully. They may already know who I am too.
And then there's the other half of my life. My dad is probably somewhere between livid and depressed at me skipping out. I still haven't gotten any closer to those skanks who got Jay hooked on Ket. And Colt? I don't even know where he is right now. I have faith that he's probably OK, but I don't know.
That's all I can say right now. Gotta get a few minutes of sleep before my dad lights into me. Maybe this double life is too much.