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    Operator Heideker,

    We are opening this secure and direct channel for communication between us and your team. Report in regularly, two to three times a week each.

    Update with any information regarding the two missing agents as soon as possible.

    Information regarding the Tolls is also to be reported.
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    "Light's on so uh... I think this is workin'. Operator Heideker reporting in. Gonna look for this Abe Furlow guy first. **** me if I'm gonna waltz up on the other guy without someone there to back me up."

    Rodge puts the radio into his rucksack with the others and heaves it onto his shoulder. The weight reminds him of the old days, carrying speaker stacks into dive bars before Season's Greedings could afford to hire roadies. The nostalgia's comforting for a second, but a sharp twinge in his shoulder snaps him back to a reality of sporadic workouts and schmoozing with record execs. He heads out toward Abe's last known address with a groan, uncomfortably aware of the other weight at his hip.

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    When Rodge makes it to Abe's apartment complex, he finds its largely a ghost habitat. The income of the people who used to live here wasn't high, most of them are dead now thanks to population density. There's a few intact cars throughout the main lot, but when Rodge makes it to the door, the lock's been busted off. Besides that, the place is seems to be in immaculate condition. There's a couch and it looks like he's done some remodeling to expand the apartment into a vacant neighboring one. He's got a stack of letters in a little plastic bin with a "gratitude" label, a bunch of pictures of his wife and his wedding day throughout the building, a little calendar that has a numerical count going up one every day, written in red. Flipping back through, it looks like it is counting up days, since it turns into "wedding" and "death" in two separate places. Anniversaries? The fridge is unplugged, empty, and there are bookshelves which look recently and specifically disturbed. His bug-out back isn't here and you know he was assiduous about following that protocol. His bed is unmade, but besides that you're in the clear for wreckage. Whoever busted in is either literally OCD or was looking to take him in tact. There's no blood or anything like that. It looks like it was a clean exfiltration.

    There's a few notes on the kitchen counter, which is clean and clear. You pick them up and they're addressed, variously, to "bro" "Abraham" "cousin," and similar affective pet names. They look like they're from his family members, expressing concern over him. Some of them mention that they've seen him out and about, that they hope he's safe, and that "those young men" don't do him any harm. A few knocks around the apartment building are slow, ungrateful work. Most of the rooms are empty, looted, and cleared out. This wasn't a big money area - Most people left the building to live some place nicer. You don't know why Abe stayed - Sentimental reasons? You eventually come to an older man's home and he opens up when you knock, grumbling. "Those damn Talls, taking Abe like that. Got him coming back now and again when he needs new books, always escorting him everywhere," he begins ranting when you ask after Abe. "Abe always comes by to check on me, such a nice young man, pity about his wife."
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    After reporting the unfortunate condition of Abe, the voice on the other end suggests "Maybe you will have more luck with finding Evan Brown?"

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    Rodge arrives at Evan's home mid-morning. Manny, a large eight or small twelve year old friend of Evan's (in fact probably his only friend, despite being a solid community member. Manny has been there almost every time you've shown up, until Even tells him to leave.) anyway, Manny greets you: "Are you here for Mr. Evan?"

    Rodge and Manny get to talking and Manny reveals that Evan is out hunting, and left him in charge of the house.
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    a pistol, but he doesn't mean you any harm.

    He tells you Evan went towards the mall, as good a place as any to hope for a deer, but he brought a sack for squirrels, raccoons, or rabbits on the way home. He tells you Evan may be gone for another day or two, realizes his slight mistake, but also that you're on Evan's side, and eyes your pistol, thinking about the implications of you being less of a team player. He's a bit nervous.

    Rodge heads off in pursuit of Evan, checks out the location without much event, becomes fairly certain that Evan isn't there, and heads back to Evan's house. It takes most of the day, and when he gets back, Evan has been there an hour or two, and is dressing a buck. You must have just about passed eachother while he was heading out -- it's fairly large, must have been a hell of a walk. Hey there Rodge. You get the message?"
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    Rodge is sweaty and breathing hard. "Man, I feel like... I'm back in... ****ing basic..." he says in response. He takes a minute to sit down and catch his breath while Evan continues dressing his kill. "Yeah man, I got the message. That's the good news. The bad news is the Tolls took our other guy, so either I'm doing some schmoozing or we're gonna be cracking some heads." Rodge fishes in his coat pocket and pulls out a joint. He holds the unlit packet of relief toward Evan. "Got a light?"

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