A Deal With The Dark Side
Xariah's a whore. A whore that often caters to less-than-honorable clientele, and sometimes they try to get away without paying. She's in need of some muscle of negotiable morality who'll do whatever's necessary to make sure anyone who thinks they can steal from her reconsiders their choice.
And where better to get muscle that'll do what needs to be done than to make a business proposition to a leader of one the city's criminal gangs? The problem is the gangs are all men of the darker-skinned persuasion, and in this world consorting with that sort of man just isn't something it's accepted for proper women to do. Xariah would be undertaking this 'mission' hoping to keep the indiscretion secret, lest the secret get out and ruin her.
This setup could go many different ways:
- Things could go to plan. Xariah could meet the gang leader, make her case and the two could come to an arrangement. (Typically involving consensual sex.)
- The gang leader could be uninterested in her proposal, whether he's suspicious of her motives, or unwilling to let his men be used like mercenaries, or not interested in helping some 'spoiled woman'. Regardless of his reasons, he might hold out on telling her no until he's gotten some enjoyment out of her visit. Maybe let her 'seduce' him into sex and then telling her to get out. Maybe broaching the subject himself ("show me how willing you are to make this work").
- The gang leader might be uninterested, as above; but be less than charitable in his treatment of her before throwing her out. This would be much like the above, except nonconsensual and could be rough, degrading, or whatever else.
- The gang leader might have a better plan in mind; one that involves taking Xariah and forcing her to work for him or his gang instead. Why settle for merely a cut of her income when he can force her into being his and get all of it?
- 💀 Extreme 💀: He might decide it's just too risky to let her walk away, after how he's treated her or after something she's seen. She could be leaving in a body bag.
This also opens up doors for things like extortion and blackmail. Once Xariah's in bed with criminals, they have some leverage over her, lest word get out about it, and can coerce her into doing compromising things.