Forge Netting 4: Righting A Blank. Check

Colin had been working for LEthe since it had brought out its treatment – so he wasn’t there from the first; those guys were all in development; but he had been with them long enough to have seen some things.

They had offered the employees free treatments as an incentive at one point but he had refused. Sure, he could see the attraction but he would rather hold onto the painful shit instead of becoming a zombie. Quite how zombified people were becoming was now becoming evident – and if it kept getting this negative spin in the media then the whole company was going to be up shit creek without the proverbial paddle.

He’d worked in places before where a lawsuit sapped them quicker than you would believe – you just had to hope that the initial profits could absorb the impact of a class action lawsuit; that the PR campaign they would need to mount could resurrect the product and the reputation of the inventors. There was a lot of repurposing in the drug industry – all that specialised equipment was expensive and if you could convince the world that the drug which had just been declared dangerous for one thing could be used for something else then you didn’t have to scrap it. That, he found interesting – just because they were using it to treat something different it didn’t make it any less dangerous … didn’t remove the effects.

The guy he had been assigned to had been out of communication for a while – he had, as far as he could tell from reading the case notes, drawn the short straw in this game. People stupidly thought that they could sign up for this product and go unobserved? Investments left to go unwatched were not going to reap them many rewards.

None of those using were going to be that hard to track down – it was a backdoor feature that none of those who had signed up were informed about.The thing is – depending on how much the people had been using and the side effects that they were starting find about – there might be more than just a slightly destabilised individual with memory loss; if the infection leak was also present then there might also be something occuring in the localspace that threatened anyone who came near.

He activated his transparent second skin and the nanoswarm security measure that was being recommended as a standard action for any operative in the field, and he left his house.


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