|Conditions in the City are now so bad that many are choosing
to leave. Some have ended up in Liberty. For now, Ruby is accommodating
them in a (probably rat-infested) barn and providing them with blankets
and basic food.
Lex has just been "busted" by Ruby
for charging the refugees rent. As "punishment" she charged him
rent, exactly equal to his takings. The refugees got a full refund.
Lex, ever the scheming con-man, has thought
of an alternative and novel way to fleece the refugees. With Ram's help
he has set up a virtual Casino, rigged of course so they can't lose.
But WHERE did they get the Paradise headsets from? Ram didn't bring
any with him (when Slade rescued him semi-conscious from the rubbish tip.
And Lex could hardly go back to the City for them, for fear of being lynched
(again) by the Zootists. Besides, Java led a Techno raid on his Stash of
headsets at the Luv-shack.