Generally, I am quite a congenial decker. I insist on politeness, respect, and courtesy. I help my fellow deckers, encourage them, and generally attempt to promote a positive matrix experience, one completely free of negative feeling and bad emotions.
It's days like today that make me want to do excessive violence to other deckers.
I had business in the UPB node today, for reasons that I won't disclose. I was jacked in via a black box, and of course, when a black box is involved, one must be wary of matrix international traces. I would use a blue box but they apparently don't exist anymore, or are impossible to get. Despite the fact that I know how to make them from scratch, I can't seem to find parts. I would pay a lot of credits for blue box parts.
There was an icon in UPB there -- I won't say who -- and I was forced to raise my shields and some anti-trace software - software I was hoping to avoid using, because of imminent black box traces. Well, as often happens, the instant I raised that software, that other icon disappeared, an MI trace appeared instantly, I began the jack out process, and by the time I jacked out, the MI trace had been successful and had fried my black box.
Let me tell you, I said no shortage of foul things! Those bloody black boxes are nearly as hard to find as the blue boxes, and the loss of one is very much akin to the loss of a decent deck, fryage of some CPU, or the loss of implants.
So I have two options before me, here: On the one hand, it was not that icon's fault that he was in the wrong place in the wrong time. I did choose to raise that software and take the risk of using a black box, after all. The humanist in me should forgive and forget, and just let it go. A minor setback, after all.
ON THE OTHER HAND I HAVE EVERY INTENTION OF SCYTHING THAT INSOLENT WHELP TO WITHIN AN INCH OF HIS MISERABLE, INSUFFERABLE LITTLE EXISTENCE, CRASHING HIS DECK, AND SENDING MEN WITH KNIVES TO HIS APARTMENT TO CUT HIM OPEN LIKE A SHRIEKING PIG.
I haven't decided which course of action to take, as of yet.
Life can be so difficult sometimes.