Chop Shop Suey Blue
Nothing’s new anymore
Neon promises refract off the humidity gathering inside the display windows: cyan, chartreuse and helium-yellow; strobe lights flash to a seizure beat. The shop next door’s got a holo advertising vinyl trench coats, the ones with the nano-vid membrane buttons and the wide shoulders – always wanted one of those...
. . .
Welcome to a cyberpunk world filled with hopes and dreams, adventure…
unending rain, perpetual darkness
…and lots and lots of neon.
. . .
He’s just a teenager, hollow and lost, looking to keep the past buried, to forget. He surfs the backwash of the westward migration across a dead America; a war-torn desolation devoid of electricity, infrastructure and civilization. It has become a strange and unrecognizable land, rife with the worst of humanity. And his is a life without hope, equally dark and solitary.
Until he meets Feral.
Once was boy, selfish and directionless.
Now is love.
Now is reason.
Now is vengeance.
She is his vow, his purpose, and to save her, he’ll murder the world.
She was looking forward to her junior year of high school, obsessing about prom, getting her driver’s license and maybe even meeting her first boyfriend, but September finds her on the run, from the bombings, from looters and much, much worse.
No more homecoming.
No more homeroom.
No more home.
Some are praying for the lights to come back on, but others are embracing the New World Order, living for today and taking what they need, but mostly, what they want. But some are fighting back. Her new friends have put together a search party for the missing children, hoping, that in the end, it will become a rescue party.
Others are just praying the kids are still human.
The people of Freemont have always fought for their own, and the end of the world hasn’t changed a thing. They opened up the armory, fueled the World War II trucks and even got the old generators working. They turned on the lights. For the survivors of the War, Freemont is a beacon of hope.
Five days ago Lane went searching for the missing kids, and now he’s brought them here, to the rendezvous, to Freemont, only to find Cart People, Crayton Mercenaries and thousands of townsfolk fighting through the streets and neighborhoods, for their city and for the lives of the millions of refugees that have found salvation.
Sam’s down there, somewhere.
And so is the Button Eye plague.
Ten years ago, the world ended.
Ten years ago, a handful of orphaned kids were infected with a bioweapon virus. They called themselves the Pixie Girls.
Ten years ago, raging fires ended the Battle of Freemont; half of the Pixie Girls escaped to the river.
Ten years ago, the others didn’t.
The Pixie Girls refuse to give up hope, and as they come of age, searching for one another, they transform from terrified refugees into ruthless seasoned warriors: wanted, dead or alive.
Surrounded by Bounty Hunters and Slavers, by zombies and mutating lands, the Pixie Girls remain honor bound and vigilant, committed to finding their sisters, to protecting each other, and no matter what, to living to fight another day.
But after ten years, hope is becoming a liability.