092347: sp|1nTr: y - cul eh?
Math was boring as usual. Ever since her brother had taught her Algebra and Trig last year this baby stuff just couldn't keep her attention. At least she could message with Katja and Mina.
092353: mina: But, you could have gotten really hurt!
092401: sp|1nTr: come'n m - i ! gonna get hurt - i 2 gud 2 get hurt
Geeze, Mina was so uptight sometimes.
092412: k@t/a: Mz lukin suspizious
092417: sp|1nTr: l8r
"Miss Sharan, are we keeping distracting you from more important matters with today's math lesson?"
"Ah, yes, ma'am, I was just looking something up on my 'puter."
"Hmmm...yes, well, I'd appreciate it if you'd look up things on your 'puter on your own time and paid attention to math on mind."
"Shit, Katya that cutter was hot! Where'd your cousin get it?"
"Damn, Sharan, you know I can't tell you that. I don't even know where he got it from."
"Ha, acting the fixer already."
"How do you know it was safe, Sharan? I mean, that corp could have tracked you back here. Or the signals monitoring here in the enclave could have detected the hacking attempt."
Sharan sighed, she'd learned how to hide her hacks from the enclave's SigMon goons last year after she got in trouble for those pizza crank calls. They weren't a problem.
"Mina, geeze! Just relax for a bit. I didn't get hurt, no one got into trouble! It's all good."
"Yeah, this time it was, but just wait - some time it won't be!" Mina stormed off in a huff.
"Man, what's up with her?" Sharan asked.
Katja looked at her feet and scuffed at a rock.
"What?" Sharan asked.
Katja, peered up at Sharan, a distant look on her face. "Mina's got a brother."
"Yeah? How come I never saw him?"
"Cause he doesn't live here anymore."
"He was learning to hack, same as you. He got caught. Enclave gave her mom a choice. Disown him and kick him out of the house, or they were all out. Mina's mom's been on the street before. She didn't want to go back."
"Yeah, that's the corp. Greatest friend in the world until you cross them or do something they don't like. Then you better hope you got some value to offset your actions."