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A Perfect Bloom 24 – Alex Ankarr
“There are three main incidents,” she tells him, seriously. “The first was criminal damage, when he was barely an adult. It’s pretty clear everyone was stoned and he was in with a dubious crowd. Everyone’s allowed an indiscretion, right?” It’s true. Cory can accept that. Linnet nods. “Second, his old foster mother, from the best of his group homes – I mean, I’m assuming you already know he came up out of state care? Teenage mom, gave him up when he was a toddler, standard break your heart softly story.” And Cory nods, because yes, he would probably have worked this out for himself, even if he hadn’t gleaned enough suggestive details to put it together from the sections of Sam’s available records that an employer has legal access to.
Linnet rolls her eyes. Because yes, of course Cory has been snooping around what records the company holds, on their newest ex-con rehabilitative intern. Like that’s any surprise to all-knowing, all-seeing Linnet. But she spares him any comment. “Well,” she continues. “She got sick, when he was… just a little older than that. No medical insurance, no coverage of any kind, they were going under financially and she and her husband were pretty close to losing white-knuckle control, on the point of losing their house.” She gives Cory a pointed look over her designer spectacles, and he immediately feels insanely guilty for not giving more to medical charities, being more involved in social activism. That is undoubtedly nothing to do with what she implicitly means. He feels it anyway. “Sam was working in a warehouse with a lot of high-value items, quite easily fenced, and he’d rapidly been promoted into a supervisor role. Draw your own conclusions, if you will.”
Cory does, and sighs. “He was smart enough to get promoted up the ranks quick,” she notes. “But not smart enough – or maybe just too young and careless – to really cover his tracks. He served a little time for that, enough to blot his record, and the house was repossessed, I think. Although, bright side, the foster mother did get better. Could have been worse, right?”
“It certainly could,” Cory agrees. He knows a lot of this already. This isn’t so awful. It’s definitely all things he could live with. If, say, he was living with the person who’d got up to this kind of shenanigans. The grim little history isn’t complete, yet, though, and he notes that fact. From the quick snoops he’s managed, without it being too overtly noticeable, he has a feeling that the third offence on Sam’s record is the one that made him uneasy. But what was it?
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