The rain hissed as it hit his heated jacket. The soft rumble of the building’s many machines sent a gentle vibration through the beam he sat on. If it wasn’t a thing he’d done hundreds of times he might have been anxious. The city’s countless lights flickered. The reflective surfaces of air-cars caught light and flashed as they passed. He remembered his early missions, how he’d been so concerned that someone would spot him. That some passerby would happen to look out their window at just the right time and see him perched and watching.
“How’s it look?” Casey’s bored voice crackled in Siko’s ear.
Casey chuckled and Siko could almost hear the joke already. “That’s what—”
“That same joke, every chance you get.”
He’d been working under Casey for the last year, working on paying off the debt he owed. There was an irony in paying off the debt doing what he’d been caught doing. Seemed like positive reinforcement. Fourteen months ago Siko had been watching Senator Patenol with a woman most certainly not his wife. The senator’s security detail found Siko with images that would have ended the politician’s career. The senator made Siko a deal: work for him until the end of his term, or rot in prison. Siko asked how long he’d be in prison for. When Patenol said as long as he could keep him there for, Siko went for the first option.
“Gotta find humor where I can, life is a gaping asshole waiting to shit on your head.”
Siko’s brow furrowed. Casey’s way of seeing things was interesting. Senator Patenol never dealt with Siko directly, he passed his orders through his cronies, they in turn passed them on, and towards the end of the line Casey gave Siko an assignment. Casey sat in a cruiser while Siko did what he did best, watched and waited.
“How do you do it?” Casey once asked. “Just watch the same spot for hours and hours. At least I can doze off, watch a show, take a dump, get some snacks, whatever. But you…You just sit and sit and sit, and watch and watch and watch. How?”
“Consider the following: you think you can’t do this because you think you can’t do this. You’re the only thing that’s stopping you.”
“Yeah, okay, but how do you do it?”
Siko smirked, drew a deep breath, and sighed. Oh, Casey, you silly simple man. “I sit and watch, that’s it.” What else could he say?