The team survived the ambush – even Trixie, who saw her life flash before her eyes as that last bullet mysteriously missed, when it should have struck home (almost as if somewhere, an astral creature just spent some edge to keep her alive…) They checked out the cabin, and found an encrypted message from Fiona telling them that she thinks she was followed, so she booked to another safehouse to the West, in a little podunk town. The Drake finally gets the notes shoved under his door, and makes his way to the site. Spartacus patches up the rental as best he can in the short time, and everyone jumps in the truck to go to the next safehouse, except Parker and Drake, who fly there invisibly. The mages, now a little paranoid from the ambush, turn on their offensive spells full blast outside the town, and pretty much keep them going for the rest of the run.
The Sheriff hits them up with a “visitor’s tax” of 2,000 when they arrive, but otherwise lets them pass without any problem, despite their vehicle’s condition. Fiona is waiting for them, and offers them a bigger cut of the take if they can use their contacts to start a bidding war over the item. They negotiate 14%, but only if Mal does the negotiating for the deal. On the trip back to Seattle (once they reach communit range) Mal starts the calls, and the highest bidder is Lung’s representative, Lin Yao Chang (a male elf, not to be confused with Denver’s Lin Yao, the Tong leader, who is a human woman). They leave a message that Lung has won the bid, and get a text with their meet location.
They get back into the Barrons with the help of their coyote, and proceed to a location near the rental agency where they dump the truck. Cutler destroys evidence of that particular fake sin (it seems a fake sin is cheaper than a truck…) They then proceed to the meet site, but again being paranoid, the Drake and Parker take a fly-by. They notice some spirits hanging around the place and get suspicious. Mal calls Lin Yao, who is wondering where they are and is somewhat confused when Mal complains about too much security and about there being spirits. They reconfirm the meet location, which is a different warehouse entirely, and go to the real meet instead. (Mal’s communit was hacked by the Aleph hacker.) The exchange goes down just fine – Lin Yao recognizes the group as the ones who survived his ambush when trading the extracted researcher to the Atlantean Foundation – and they gain him as a contact (Loyalty 2). They payoff is $15,000 each, and 7 karma. Faction: Lung +1.