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The City: 099: The Cat Lady

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“Because they’re building something else.”  The old woman appeared out of nowhere in the middle of the group of teens and twenty-somethings.  “The virus overwrites an Avatar, boots the user, and replaces it with a massive AI module.”
“What happens to the user?” Paulo asked
“Forced to log out, but it’s an unsafe boot.  Somewhere between ten and fifty percent will suffer acute Boot Syndrome.  Midas hushed up the figures about the problem.  It’s why I quit in the first place.”
“I’m sorry, who are you?”  Nora asked.
“I’m The Cat Lady, and I believe you have something of mine.”

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The City: 030: Paulo

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Paulo nodded at the American punk girl.
Do you think the one has to do with the other?  Is Midas screwing with the trains to manipulate the market?
Xue shook her head.
Too expensive.  Midas owns too much of The City to wreck it’s productivity.
Maybe a rival?  Ingmar offered.
The timings too close.  The announcement about the trains came before the sale.
I got a peek at the meeting.  The new CEO’s avatar looked weird.
Weird how?
I don’t know.  Out of sync.  Kind of creepy.
I’ll look into it.  Paulo offered.  He was always trying to impress Dawn.