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What do I get out of it?
“KK, I can get you a green card,” he says as he reaches into the pack and grabs six amps, and hands them to you.
“Green cards are issued by the Paradise City council. I know you’re connected, but a green card? I doubt they’d give a free pass for a terrorist,” you say.
“You aren’t like those other GMOs. Them, ‘Franken-kids’ were all off; murderous killers without understanding or morals. Terrorist, yeah there was terror, but you guys weren’t terrorists. No, terrorists have a reason, you guys were sociopaths, insane, nightmares; baby eaters,” he says.
“We weren’t all bad. You know it was the drugs, the blackwater, they weren’t made for it,” you say as you take the amps.
“That’s why we put you all down. Custom-built kids made to order; just like takeaway food. It ain’t right. They never did find the baby-eater you know. You might be the last two from your pod,” he says as he looks around at the strewn toys.
“Where are your kids?”
“School. The thing that makes kids a joy, is that you don’t control them, you can’t predict what they will do. You do your best to convince them that your viewpoint, and your morals are the way to go. Sometimes, it’s bribery, sometimes coercion, and sometimes the fear of punishment. There is no amount of sugar, spice, or spankings that will guarantee what a kid does next,” says Seth-Sagan.
“A green card for my soul? That’s it, that’s all I have to do?”
There are killers and rapists right now, pissing evil up and down the street. Here comes KK blood of murders and he’s too good for the work?”
“As you keep mentioning, I wasn’t made like you. A green card would help, but it wouldn’t end my problems.”
“I’m just a lowly dealer in the red Commons, KK, I ain’t the king of the world. It’s the best I got. You’ll be doing enforcement. You know what it entails. People owe, you dish out pain. There are couriers and cops that owe me money. Sometimes I’ll need you to rough them up, sometimes rough up their partners or kids,” he says holding up a stuffed bear.
“Jesus, you want me to beat up kids?”
“If that’s what it takes to send a message. Sometimes you’ll have to do more.”
“Green cards aint cheap.”
Seth-Sagan doesn’t ask questions that he doesn’t already know the answers to. If you accept, you’re going against everything you were bred for. Your very core programming is to seek justice. However, you may have already made that choice by running drugs for one of the biggest dealers in the red. Is it just a deeper shade of the same darkness? You’re not sure what to do. You consider lying and running, but being hunted by cops, dealers, and gangs all ends the same. You can run but eventually, someone will find you. The disadvantage of living on a ringworld is there’s nowhere to run away to.