The pub was situated in an alley a block away from Seattle's Pike Place Market. It was an unusual place for a job interview. Not really private, but busy enough that any conversation would be lost in the noise.
"Alright Sean, let's get down to business. What makes you think we'd be interested in you? We aren't the usual background check firm. And, to be frank, we don't get many applicants with your history, not that it it would preclude you from the position."
The attractive thirty-something who sat across the table from me had an air of smugness. I knew quite a bit about her of course—her identity was hidden from the usual internet scrutiny but one thing which hadn't been scrubbed was her meteoric history in role-playing games. It was a matter of pride, possibly the only weakness she had. It didn't take too long to get her story once I had cracked her avatar. A small fortune made in on-line games, starting small when only a teen, then a lucrative algorithm which turned game points into cash; she got out just before the Russians who ran the system could catch up to her. She was a legend in RPG circles, even more so now that she had 'vanished.' The money she 'made' started this business. It was a 'background check' service which did do the routine stuff but wasn't above supplying (or removing) information for blackmailers, divorce lawyers and other grifters. I had run across her before, but kept the information secret.
"I am the person you want to be on your side, believe me, Alleystar."
The mention of her online alias erased her tight smile for a millisecond. A forehead vein started to pulse, nothing most people would notice, but something a card shark would term "a tell." I knew I had the job now, the rest were formalities.
"I see. What is it you really want?" spoken coolly, but that vein kept throbbing.
"I want to work. And I want to work with the best." Pride was her weakness.
"When I got the recommendation from your last employer I gave you an interview as a courtesy to an old friend. May I assume that you know what our business really entails?"
"Sure, I know that you work for both sides, making sure that everyone's names stay out of the paper and off the internet while the cash flow remains invisible. All for a small percentage."
"I ask again, What is it that you really want?"
"I want to disappear."
"You've got the job."