Chapter 4. The Team
As a child, he had been a victim of a near drowning. The brain damage had left him with motor-deficits in his ability to walk or move his hands. He used a handle on the internet of ‟Spider” as it was one of his very favorite creatures.
This tended to limit his friends.
But one of those friends that also shared a physical challenge hooked him up with a genius with an inventive mind. They got together one day after Spider had his tablet computer stolen while heading home in his wheelchair.
He had done his homework on the computer of calculus while waiting for the bus, a two-legged vermin grabbed the computer and ran off.
There was little he could do when, surprisingly, they traced the Linux powered tablet to the new owner who said he bought it from ‟Some guy who said his wife had thrown him out and he needed money to rent a hotel room and food.”
But the strong security of the tablet had made it impossible to use and Spider retrieved it with all the data intact.
Still, the violation had sent him into a depression, until a chance meeting with Stephen, his neighbor. Stephen was a victim of Asperger Disorder. They had been neighbors and tended to ignore each other at first, finally became close, sharing the misery as two victims after Stephen had gotten mugged.
Spider noticed that the thirty-two-year-old Stephen had a need for protection as well. They formed a team to watch out for each other while going to school.
And it took some pressure to get Stephen to go back to school, calling teachers ‟Stupid”.
To Stephen, they were. Spider recognized his friend’s IQ was such that he ran rings around the chemistry and math professors after a few days.
One professor befriended them after they asked about a black eye and other obvious injuries.
The professor had been carjacked and nearly lost his car. Except for having his car wired with an electronic system in the steering wheel that shocked anyone not authorized to drive the Tesla. The car refused to drive after ten-meters and energized the steering wheel, making it impossible to hold. The ruffian left the car, but the damage to the professor remained.
The professor invited them to a meeting with others who had suffered assaults with the theft of electronic equipment. There they met dozens of other victims of snatch and run thefts, strong armed robbery of their electronics.
They were a team. After suffering the trauma a few had become hopelessly depressed, one of those depressed people had an epiphany. An inventive genius that equal to that of Stephen but with far more experience and schooling, began to build beautiful and deadly electronic devices.
They would become intentional victims of the same kind of thieves, muggers, bullies and hoodlums as anytime in the past. But they would be more helpless.
They would be a blind person listening to navigation directions from their device.
They would be wheelchair-bound listening to music with earphones and eyes closed.
They would be a curmudgeon that swore profanity at their phone and not know how it worked.
They would be inattentive students focusing their mobile homework in their hands as they walked down the street.
They would be the distracted executive that would drive down the street holding the phone on the edge of the door and wait too long at the light, waiting for traffic.
They would be victims of victimizers.
They would be texting, typing, music listening, inattentive prey for those that would knock them down and take the devices.
Only the vetted became invited into the circle of victims that sought justice where no other justice would reach.
Each one of them wore a pendant of a bronze mjolnir with a green sapphire embedded in the head.
This was the team. With the pendant they wore, the knew themselves.
They knew themselves as the Hammer of Justice.