Tuesday, February 28

The Seth Files

Seth is a shady looking character with weasel eyes. He keeps his hands hidden: bastard makes me feel like he's always about to try a trick. He's no magician though, just a disenfranchised under-acheiver who's out for some payback. Seems his cousin is the better brownnoser and recenty got promoted. Seth wants the job, and asked me to try and disgrace the cousin.

Shifty bastard.

Unfortunatley for me, this cousin seems to be about the cleanest character in all of Sussex. Nothing I've found has lead to even the slightest shadow against his character. Frankly, no-one is that clean, and his rise to power is a little too sudden for my tastes.

Monday, February 27

The Baltam Case

The Baltam Case is turning out to be a strange one. Mr Baltam is a middle aged Chinese man. Very neat, very smart, very well turned out. Except the damn guy can barely speak a word of English. I'm currently trying to find out just what the Baltam case actually. Judging by the photograph which came in the file, it's a missing person job.

My suspicions are confirmed when a terrified informat tells me that the kid in the photo is being held hostage by a gang. Some Chinese group calling themselves the Eigonvector Gang. I'm going to have to find out about the gang, find where the kid is being held, and break him out.

It takes quite a while to track down the kid. The Eigonvectors have several hideouts across town. I end up being locked in one of them for a sore night as the guest of honour. Eventually, I track down the kid's location to Stanmer House, a tired estate just out of town. Things go wrong as I try and break him out. Baltam's kid gets gunned down in the crossfire.

I returned the body to Baltam, who accepted it sadly. I don't yet know whethe Baltam will send a cheque. But I know damn sure that I don't deserve much for letting the poor kid down.

Project Thompson

Project Thompson started a couple of months ago. Mr Thompson - a nervous, balding man - came to me one day with quite a story. Paranoid, babbling, he described a train wreck of events which have put him in a hole. What he wanted me for was to recover an old firearm - some kind of antique. Thompson told me that all he wanted to do was fire the weapon again, and that he'd feel safer with it at his side. I put him down as a nut, but took his money.

Not long after Thompson's first visit, things started to go a little sour for me. My best contacts and informants started disappearing. Cases started drying up, forcing me to resort to the "lost cat" files. The dice consistently seemed to roll against me.

The connection didn't click, until very recently when Thompson tried to have me killed. Now all I want is answers. Thompson has be sabotaging me on the sly for months. Why?

Thompson used to work for a Big City Cat by the name of Thornton. Thompson was paid to sabotage me after sinking some of Thornon's illegal businesses a while a back. But Thompson blew it, and Thornton cut him off.

I don't like being headhunted. I can't touch Thornton personally. But Thompson has given me a hard time, and killed some of my best contacts beside. Since Thornton let him go, Thompson has been hard to track down. But I'll find him, and get payback for all the harm he's done.

Recently, I seem to have found a shadowed ally in my search for Thompson. One of Thornton's secreteries - a woman by the name of k - feeds me bits of location about Thompson and his whereabouts by leaving me notes folded up in origami. I don't know whether K is on my side, or anotehr subtle effort to sabotage me. But so far, her information has been reliable.