Here’s where we left off: Crypto kingpin Sam Bankman-Fried is cooling his heels in a NYC prison, while Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli roams free. Shkreli, ever the opportunist, smuggles a high-end laptop to Sam, kicking off a risky alliance that could save or doom them both.
And now to part two. You can part one here.
Martin Shkreli, the man who once turned public outrage into a personal brand, was scheming again. “If I can make the world hate me and still sleep like a baby, getting a laptop into a prison should be child’s play,” he mused. With a few calls to some morally flexible acquaintances, a top-tier laptop—loaded with the finest VPNs and a dash of Dostoevsky—found its way to Sam Bankman-Fried’s prison cell.
The moment Sam fired up the laptop, a message appeared: “You’ve been red-pilled, Neo. Enjoy. –M.” Sam smirked. “Classic Martin,” he thought.
He opened the encrypted messaging app and typed, “Is this your way of saying you care, Martin? Or are you just bored?”
Martin shot back, “Can’t it be both? But listen, I heard your ex is planning to testify against you. That’s rough, man.”
Sam’s fingers paused over the keyboard. The news hit like a gut punch. “Yeah, she’s turning state’s evidence. Claims I did bad naughty things.”
Martin replied, “Ouch. But didn’t you leak her diary? That’s some next-level pettiness, even for you.”
Sam chuckled, “Well, when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. When life gives you a diary, you make headlines.”
Martin typed, “Ah, the ol’ ‘if you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit’ strategy. I like it.”
Sam felt a renewed sense of agency as he delved into the digital underworld, reconnecting with old allies and making some covert trades. Martin, on the other hand, reveled in the irony. He’d just thrown a lifeline to a man in a world where lifelines are as rare as a humble tweet from Elon Musk.
And so, an alliance was forged that promised to shake the very foundations of Wall Street and the justice system. But for now, both men found something they’d long been missing: a genuine connection in a world built on deception.
As they say in crypto parlance, the plot was about to “moon.”
Look for Part Three on Monday.