Bullet Train - 02.08.2013 4:37PM

Look, I don’t wanna tell no sob stories here. I just want to start by saying that I was lucky to have been born in the UCAS instead of my parents’ native land—otherwise, I’d be on Yomi Island as we speak. “Lucky” here is subjective, of course. I’ve been living on my own since I was a kid; my folks weren’t too keen on spending the extra nuyen on super-sized clothes, if you know what I mean. When you’re a young troll out on the streets, you get to see a lot of drek.

I can’t count how many times I’ve been harassed by Knight Errant just for owning my own wrist computer (and no, it’s not because I can’t count, fragging racists). I’ve been curb-stomped by “well meaning” citizens because I was hanging out a little too close to breeder territory for comfort. I know guys like me who can’t get work unless they pretend to be dumber than they really are—’cause hey, everyone knows trolls and orks are dumb, right? Makes people nervous when we actually know how to use our noggins.

When you run the shadows, you don’t tend to have a lotta time for civil rights. Most of us are just trying to rustle up enough nuyen to pay the next month’s rent, without getting scragged doing it. But make no mistake—just because we usually don’t complain, doesn’t mean that the system is fine the way it is.

Luckily, there’s this Preacher guy on the scene. Last month, he gathered together about seven thousand folks together in Discovery Park for a peaceful protest against racism, and I gotta say, to be an ork leading a gathering of other orks and trolls takes some courage.

I’m not sure, but it feels like something big is brewing. I doubt I’ll see the day when we’re not just written off as being big, dumb monsters or worse. I don’t even think I’ll see the end of random harassment from Lone Star rent-a-cops. But I’m hoping that one day, kids will get to be proud of being trolls or orks, instead of constantly facing up to a world that hates them.

>>>>>[Yeah, real courageous to be surrounded by a big fragging group of enormous bruisers. I bet they were real scared.]<<<<<

–Anonymous (01:44:02/08-02-54)

>>>>>[It’s just a miracle that Lone Star didn’t perceive the crowd as a threat. Thankfully, even though drek was tense for a while, nothing escalated.]<<<<<

–Smiley (01:45:32/08-02-54)

>>>>>[That was beautiful, man. Can someone pass me a tissue? :P]<<<<<

–Spot (01:47:41/08-02-54)

>>>>>[Doesn’t the thought of a bunch of angry trogs make anyone else a bit nervous?]<<<<<

–Anonymous (01:51:0308-02-54)

>>>>>[It should, chummer. The system is gonna change, with or without you. Terrifyin’, ain’t it?]<<<<<

–Kham (01:52:27/08-02-54)