Thorn (thinking): The microchip in his neck is programmed to shock him if he breaks Embassy rules. I can’t stop it. I can’t remove it. I would happily buy out his contract — but I can’t afford it.
And if I buy his “services,” it would be so easy to say things that the chip takes as orders. So easy to abuse him. Too easy.
We’re doing our best to work around it all, but — I feel like I can barely give him anything, when I want him to have everything —
Thorn’s shoulder imp: Ooh! These kids are technically part of the problem — but also, have no systemic power! Take your anger out on them! It’s righteous and they can’t really fight back!
Thorn’s shoulder angel: That is nOT WHAT “RIGHTEOUS” MEANS