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He and the clique
Matthew Stevens was the general manager of Beaver Creek Lanes, as a member of the staff he had to deal the with consistent vandalism of the Vim machines on their property. Despite constant vigilance they were unsuccessful at catching the culprit, however he did learn from Thomas Davis that Jan at the Bar Harbor Museum was also experiencing the same vandalism.
Despite the recent targeted vandalism he loved his profession, he got to work with the game that he loved and with his friends. After he learned of his friend Thomas Davis' imminent deployment, he and the others in their clique planned a going away party for him. The surprise however was accidentally revealed by his other friend Mark Wilson; Thomas was flattered and helped with the party planning.
Friendship and ingenuity
After learning of Thomas' condition via Mark Wilson – sometime around the end of June, the beginning of July – they took the news hard, and all the close nit group of friends and family were there for one another, never wavering. One night, quarter to three, he and Mark would get to talking over shooting the balls back up the return and checking the machinery when they came up with an idea. Maybe they could help Thomas bowl that perfect game he was so close to. Thomas' arms still worked, so they came up with the idea of a sort of Bowling gun built out of the ball return and a strong motor attached to a board. Meanwhile Thomas would come up with his own solution, a negative handicap; to give everyone an equal footing and provide extra challenge for top level players.
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Although their original idea would prove to be a colossal failure – it only achieved sanding off the edges of the balls – they began to discus the ideal with some of the old timers. Jacob brought up the idea that they should just get and modify one of the new Fat Man catapults. Determined, they followed this advice, they talked to a guy, who knew a guy that knows a guy... eventually they found one at an old surplus center out in the willywacks, and traded a couple tanks of gasoline for it. Illegally, but hey they're only gonna kill pins with it, so what the hell right?
During the development – October 6 – they forgot to reduce the tension springs and the first ball they launched flew straight through the wall of the office and stove-in a table in the dining area. Knocked Mr. Clark out of his chair, nearly killing him. Matthew and Daisy talked with Mr. Clark and convinced him not to sue, he understands it was a mishap. Unhurt and shook up he agreed not to sue for all of his games and half his beer tab are on the house. Meanwhile an insurance adjuster had to be called in the next day – October 7, he also had to be convinced. Daisy would spread the word that if he asks anyone, to tell them "Matthew and Mark were working on repairing the mechanism from one of the ball returns and it went haywire." The Striker was effectively complete, although they never managed to adjust the firing speed. In better news, they'd gotten word that Thomas would be returning early in December and it was at this time that Mark and Daisy would work on building a temporary ramp for his wheelchair, util Matthew can get a permanent one installed.
However it was not long after this that the insurance adjuster and the structural engineer would conclude that the building is unsafe. But she wouldn't know if it can be repaired or if the whole building has to come down till the debris is cleared out. Matthew would talk with the insurance company to see if there is any sort of emergency wages they can get for the employees but the company was fighting him pretty hard.
With the alleyway was closed, he gathered up as much as he can out of their lockers and brought them and their final paychecks to the coffee shop at noon on October 20. He adding a little extra to their checks – wishing it could be more, but it's all he's got until the insurance payed out. Thomas however would not make it home, on October 23 the rest of the management would play their final set, they all dying from the radiation where they were. Afterword, a landslide would partially bury the building and the wight from debris carried down would eventually crash through the ceiling.
- Beaver Creek Lanes terminals; Terminal, 12/8/2076 - Vim Machine being marked out of order?
- Beaver Creek Lanes terminals; Terminal, 7/02/2077 - Update on Thomas
- Mark Wilson's holotape
- Beaver Creek Lanes terminals; Terminal, Bar Harbor League Rules
- Beaver Creek Lanes terminals; Terminal, Bowler Scores and Handicaps
- Beaver Creek Lanes terminals; Terminal, No luck with the ball return
- Beaver Creek Lanes terminals; Terminal, That was close!
- Beaver Creek Lanes terminals; Terminal, 10/19/2077 - Closed until further notice
- The multitude of skeletons lying were they were.
- This could only have happened as a result of the War, as the landslide continues into surrounding homes and partially burying vehicles on the nearby road.