Tangiers wants to be there for the vengeance but it’s risky.
Dana lets us know that we should look for a heavy camera once owned by Dirk.
Showtime can project what Ruby sees and hears while she is at the Suicide King.
Ruby thinks she is comfortable going alone.
The others have blades that are segmented and work on a handshake protocol.
UpTime! points out the risk of reverse hacking.
UpTime! comes up with a protocol for dealing with reverse hacking if need be.
Mark has been feeling some leakage going on – he has a strange sense of whether the boss is here or not here and is confused.
Ruby heads to the embassy.
Mark goes to the store.
Blue, Pravuil and Darina go to recruit allies.
The store is in disarray. Not everything is stocked.
The boss is at his desk, but Rupert is not. The boss is spinning a revolver’s chamber.
Boss: What’s your purpose, what is our purpose?
Mark: We close up shop when the time comes.
Boss: Everything is a little much this time don’t you think? If this is the last time around what’s the point?
Mark: Maybe the next time might be the last time.
Boss: The other faces are very concerned. They think that maybe you’re being a little too aggressive. You’ve been selling the offstock, that accelerates things doesn’t it? What if there is only one Rupert.
Rupert has disappeared and the Boss doesn’t know where he is.
The Boss has been losing time.
Mark explains about Charlotte. The Boss misses Charlotte, they had good talks.
The Boss says that the back doors need to be shut.
The Boss says that the shop was being kept up well by Charlotte.
Mark wants to know where the stock is.
The very sensitive stock is with the Boss.
The Boss shoots himself in the head – there is a black spatter that collapses in on itself. The body collapses on the desk. There is a strange keening sound. The sound fizzles out.
Mark is surprised that he is still fine.
Mark shoves the Boss off the chair and he sits behind the desk.
Mark feels more connected to the space and more real.
Mark doesn’t sense anybody else or Rupert.
Mark starts looking at the ledger.
A lot of things are crossed off and are no longer in inventory.
Some items listed under not without appropriate approval are listed as not in this store.
There is knocking on the door of the store to Galena.
A person dressed in armor – a Tanalee soldier of high rank.
“There is no closed in Galena now.”
The soldiers are whiny.
And demand Mark’s name. The space Nazis require doors to be open at all times and they are being super jerky.
They talk about appropriating resources.
Mark moves the door away from Galena.
We hear from the guardian Adam that he can’t see through the door anymore. We discharge him from his duties.
IsTarantula offers to help Rupert. IsTarantula finds Rupert in the door hall.
IsTarantula looks for more things.
Sara goes to help Mark. “Leave the door open but don’t let anyone in.”
IsTarantula and Darina go with Mark into his black door. Rupert is in a cage. There are briefs on the board room table – “This is war”.
The brief gives a run down of what is going on. No central contact is mentioned.
They seem to have moved to a franchise structure.
Mark puts Rupert on his shoulder “They’re planning something. Be careful.”
Mark gavels the meeting to order.
The Marks show up.
“Figure it out yet? I don’t feel very connected to anything anymore.”
“It’s all your fucking fault – hired help buddy. Did you even vet her?” asshole guy.
Giggles is laughing.
“I think Rupert should choose.”
“I think you need to get here as soon as you can.”
Mark walks up to asshole Mark, asshole Mark stands up.
Mark gets a lot of resistance against asshole Mark – he pushes him down halfway, IsTarantula finishes the job.
His face begins to compress and there is a splat sound.
The asshole shares just go away. Mark’s influence is stronger now.
Asshole’s branches are now closed, they were in all the places that have been taken over.
“There are ways I want this business to move.’
Mark outlines the plan of selling off stock now and escalating later.
Mark convinces them.
Mark takes Rupert with him.
Blue checks the map room for any new additions. The shop looks like it’s a clickable thing.
The shop opens up all sorts of places. It shows all of outlets.
Mark has removed our connections to all of their places.
Galena is colored grey, Suicide King is black and Cliffside is white.