Jack Nash – John (Prime)
Reggie Carlisle – John (Beta)
Trae Mowaka- Jesse
GM- Tod Foley
Reggie is shot through the head by the team leader and begins to lose consciousness, but drawing on a memory of Chip coaching him to play Juliet, he plays dead and his attacker relaxes, giving him a chance to shove a knife into the guy’s throat. The drone controller moves a net over Reggie and his dead assailant, and it begins closing over them just as Trae sends his own drone smashing into the drone above, buying time.
Just then Nash rolls up. His first attack takes out the drone operator. Reggie rips out his opponent’s jugular and rolls out of the net before passing out, and the drone flies off with the body of the team leader dangling below.
Nash and Trae get Reggie’s unconscious body into the car and hurry to DarkMatter, where Bento helps get him into a medbay. While waiting for the nanobots to do their job, Bento tells Nash about intel he has on Somnambula: the bounties are “dead or alive” for Nash and Trae, but “MUST BE ALIVE” for Reggie. Nash and Trae are considered “expendable.” Bento says Cordoba is searching for people called “Dreamers,” and apparently, Reggie is of them. There are ten more Dreamers, elsewhere in the world. Bento will inform Nash if he learns anything else, and he already has some feelers out there, but “for political reasons” he cannot bring DarkMatter into conflict with Somnambula.
Meanwhile, Nash comes clean about the Loose Guns’ secret mission to Somnambula headquarters, just to make sure Bento knows the whole story, and Bento reveals that things are not going well on Orinira VI: Lil Kim was badly wounded when their positions were leaked to the enemy – possibly by someone within the X.I. ranks – and many troops were lost. Legally his hands are tied: the contract must be served out.
Just before waking up in the tank, Reggie has a vision of a group of young children, like a klatch, entering a corporate building he doesn’t recognize. Shortly afterward the building gets blown up remotely by a dark-skinned man with dreadlocks and a control tablet. The weird thing is: Reggie has seen this man before. A year or two ago, when he was driving a cab in the city, this man was once a passenger of his. Reggie awakens with the feeling that what he’s seen hasn’t happened yet – and maybe he can stop it.
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