Allen Al-Khan, with some brief attempts at humor that fall stunningly flat, explains the ‘opportunity’ that she has for the crew:
In the outer system a facility exists that tended to the needs of wealthy and elite families that required discrete care for family members. This facility was also allegedly equipped with the latest in Alliance tech.
For reasons unknown, there is an open contract on demolishing the facility in question which she has accepted, and the crew’s cut would come to 150,000 credits.
Problem: The location of said facility is unknown.
Solution: A former medical professional who worked at the facility, named Sai-Jin knows its whereabouts and is on Algol.
Problem: She is attempting to sell herself into slavery.
Double Problem: Two closed contracts exist for her termination. One of the parties that is trying to fulfill the contract is a low-quality outfit, the other is an unknown, but highly effective individual operator.
Time is of the essence, as their source of information is getting closer to slavery, and her assassins are getting closer to her.
Wash and Jayne agree to the terms, and spend the next hour eating a relaxing lunch.
Once they are done, they drive to a parking garage near an entrance to the Undercity and descend , their noses assailed by a combination of fresh death and stale excrement, although it might be the other way around…
While the topside is a stark contrast of the haves and havenots, the undercity is the parasite that feeds on them both, providing ample opportunity for personal advancement and destruction.
Perhaps it was the high-carb lunch and drinks that prevented the duo from picking up the tail that followed them here from the Eye of Iblis. After a few minutes in the Undercity, the three thugs following them made their presence known, their leader brandishing a pistol and demanding to know the location of Sai-Jin.
12 seconds later, two of the thugs had been cut apart by Jayne’s combat rifle, while the third had become quite amenable to Wash’s attempt to talk him down.
They learn that this ‘team’ was one of the two operating on the closed kill contract, but they had no information other than guidance from their employer to follow Allen’s lackies… Wash and Jayne.
After some additional exploration, they find the name of a local slave trader: Salvador Tally.
Eventually they come to an otherwise non-descript building that everyone quite conspicuously avoids. A large sign names the place ‘Tally’s Hoes’, a slightly less large sign notes the establishment is closed, and the guard wearing a duster, leaning against the door carefully eyeing Jayne basically notes that something of interest is going on in the building.