Forget Me Not
|Forget Me Not|
|Commanders and leaders|
KOMO Seattle: Up and coming trid star Rose Darlington is set to star in her first trid show, a neo noir crime triller "Forget me not" opposite veteran trid star Sean O'Connor. There has been some controversy that the position was given to her over other actors because she is the wife of Director Michael Darlington, but the stuido has denied any such allegations. Rose is known for her short but very successful modelling career before she decided to go into acting.
For the past week Rose has been apparently stalked by someone both on the matrix and in meatspace. This has unnerved the trid star and her director husband. Trying to avoid going to the cops as it will lead to a news leak and PR scandal, the couple hires runners to find and get rid of the problem without killing the stalker and in as non violent way as possible.d.
The meet took place at the Darlington house in Bellevue. A modest house owned by an up and coming but not yet a hit successful director. Rose tells them she has hired a 24x7 bodyguard, Bob. She, Mike and Sean would be attending a late night talk show to promote "Forget me not". Before that she would be going to her tailor to pick up a designer dress. The runners were asked to always stalk her (with her permission) but stay away from Rose so no one notices that she is dealing with criminals, thus avoiding another PR disaster.
The runners set up positions, with Wan turning into a bird and keeping watch on Rose. Nothing seemed to be off except the fact that they find out Bob is sloppy and likes to drink on the job. Due to his alcoholism, he took a brief bathroom break and then the two got in a car and drove away after which the team learns from an announcement that there is a naked unconscious man in the men's room and that the stalker had disguised himself as Bob and is driving the car with Rose in it. They discreetly let Rose know about this as the runners pursue. The stalker shoots the runners but Rose with lightning quick reflexes takes the gun away, bails out of the speeding car, lands relatively safe and starts shooting the car. The stalker, almost expecting this to happen too bails out and crashes the car along the pavement. Rose cannot believe she pulled off such a stunt and seemed surprised at her own capabilities. The runners chased after the stalker who went into an underground rave, shot rounds into the floor to set the crowd into a frenzy and slowing Wan, using this opportunity to escape but drops his commlink on the way. The runners hack the commlink and use a trail of shadow contacts to discover the stalker is a runner. The stalker gets in touch with the runners witha revelation. The stalker tells her he, Jason "Guns" Walker, is Rose's husband. Rose apparently was a runner called Elizabeth "Rose" Walker who after an MCT run was shot in the head and was assumed dead till she reappeared as a model and actress with amnesia, hence her sudden abilities to do remarkable stunts. She only remembers her runner name which has now become her real name. Gunz wants to use a chipware with a simulation of all their shared memories to bring her memories back. He also warns that Matsumoto, an MCT man shamed and fired after the run has a personal vendetta against the runner team that did the job. He has killed two of the runners and plans to kill Rose since he know he had failed to kill her last time. He also came after Jason who took his daughter (Rose and his) and went underground. He warns that the talk show would be a risky place, after which he ran off.
During the talk show Rose was ambushed by monowhip wielding yakuza thugs. The team along with a disguised Gunz took them down saving Rose and Mike. During this time the runners bring and unconscious Rose to Gunz who chips her. Using the chipware she partially regainer her memories and had to make a tough decision. To go back to her runner husband and 5 year old child, abandoning a lucrative career as an actress or abandon her child and husband to proceed with her new life with Michael as a successful actress but also remain a target for Matsumoto who would not stop hunting her especially while she is easily visible in media. She realized that Mike took her in when she was vulnerable cared for her and gave her a new life but also the fact that he took advantage of an amnesiac woman and made her an actress to become a successful director as well as using chipware to actively suppress her past memories to not just keep her insomnia in check but also to keep her with him. In the end Rose chose her child but remained in the spotlight abandoning her older husband as well as new one.
Rose took her daughter in and chose to remain an actress. She severed relations with Mike but also refused to move in with Jason, but allowed Jason to stay with his daughter 15 days a month and visit her as much as he pleases. Mike blamed this on runners but Rose's intervention prevented any bad rep. Matsumoto is going to keep targeting Rose.
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