So, a new campaign is underway, and there has already been some disturbances – if there haven’t been, then it’s not much of a storyline, is it?
The action opened with Soteria making contact with Anton, explaining that she knows she has an outstanding debt with him. Uncertain of when she might be able to pay it off, she asked (rather suggestively) if there might be another way that she could work off her debt. Anton took a few moments to think on the offer, and eventually nodded, stating that he could use someone to collect other outstanding debts. If people didn’t pay up, Anton asked Soteria to basically go ahead and maul them, taking payment in flesh. Though it seemed an odd request, Soteria just nodded and returned to the Four Queens.
Enno, in the meantime, hasn’t had much to do, and decided it was about time he looked for work. While his first inclination was to head to Vivian to ask for something, he decided it might be time to offer services to the Winter Court, to whom he had become foolishly indebted. As he entered the Venetian, he was met by Shawn Goldsmith (for those keeping track, it was the sister half of the twins), who greeted him as though she’s known him for eons.
When Enno mentioned that he was looking for work, Shawn thought for a moment and decided that Enno might be perfect for a little delivery that needed to be made. They discussed the details, and he was given the package to deliver, undetected, to Mercado’s Corporate Salvage. When he asked if he could know what was in the package, Shawn replied with a simple “no”, and oddly, Enno didn’t let his curiosity get the better of him.
He disguised himself, stole a car, and made his way to Joe’s. Under cover of darkness, he slipped into the yard, detected but not confronted, by the ghouls who were out feeding on the rats that also come out at night and roam the yard. Thanks to his stealth, Enno gets out of the yard unscathed.
Vivian wasn’t so fortunate. She was minding her own business at her club when she received notice that Bruce had arrived for a visit. Happy to see him again, she got up from her desk and opened the door, where he stood holding a package for her. She accepted the gift and tugged him into the office, closing the door behind him. She proceeded to open the gift and saw her jacket. With a “My jacket. Where’d you get this?”, Bruce went on to explain that it was found at the scene of a crime in the hills on the way to Mt. Charleston. Vivian stalled a bit by trying to remember when she last had the jacket, and Bruce called her on her BS. He said that he broke the chain of evidence and brought the jacket back, but wanted an explanation of how it got there.
Reluctantly, Vivian explained about her past and how she was once a prostitute, and while she no longer did that kind of thing, she still has a fierce need to protect girls in that sort of situation; they’d received word of the girls there, and she and William went to rescue the girls. She explained there was a scuffle with people inside, offered a description of them, and said that they went down to the basement to get the girls where they found a bomb. In haste, they ushered the girls outside. Vivian insisted that she remembered getting five of the girls out but after she was unconscious, she didn’t know what happened.
Bruce asked if the William she mentioned was William Moore, and when she said it was, she offered to get him on the phone. She mentioned to William that it was about the day at the log cabin, and William said he’d be there shortly. While they waited, Vivian asked Bruce about what he was thinking. He said that he didn’t think she was entirely what she seemed to be. She asked that he elaborate on his thoughts, and he said that he thought she was some sort of fae creature.
Vivian laughed, but composed herself, assuring him that she was certainly not fae. She asked what else he knew about as far as ‘not entirely human’ things were concerned. He said he’d run into vampires, shot a werewolf, had some run-ins with feral … somethings.
When William entered, there were some pleasantries, but Bruce asked William for his side of the story. William gave Vivian a brief glance, and Vivian gave him a nod enough that he would know he could go ahead and tell his side. While not exactly like Vivian’s story, it was mostly a match, though Bruce did note the discrepancies. William also mentioned something Vivian never said – he fed on 2 of the girls, and forced Vivian to feed on one of them (a recollection that made Vivian pale a bit – not from him having told the truth, but from her having given in to her Hunger, even if she was unconscious at the time).
Vivian asked Bruce the vampires he’d previously encountered, questioning how he figured they were vampires. He quite bluntly stated that the victims he came across were exsanguinated. Vivian told him that not all vampires are the same. She explained that he was right – she’s not entirely human. She also told him that she’s not a vampire that drinks blood. He didn’t understand that she could be a vampire, since he’s seen her out in the sun. She told him again that there are different breeds of vampires. The victims he’d come across in the past were likely victims of the Red Court of vampires. Had it been a Black Court attack, it would have been far more vicious. Bruce then questioned what she eats, if she doesn’t feed on blood. She asked if he understood what a succubus was, and he did, and asked if she ate souls. She shook her head. “I feed on energy.” As she said that, she reached out her incite abilities toward him and added, “Sexual energy.” He quite flatly told her to stop it, which she did.
When asked if he was human, William shook his head and replied with “I’m Spiderman.” That added tension to what was going on, but eventually Bruce said he was going to leave and digest things. He said he wouldn’t tell anyone what they’d said, because nobody would believe him. Vivian said that she didn’t want him to leave, but wasn’t going to force him to stay. William, being the gentleman he is, gave Vivian a look that said he could take care of the Bruce problem. She assured William that Bruce wouldn’t talk, and that she’d give him time to cool off and digest what had been said.
While all that was going on, Soteria had returned to the Four Queens and gave Enno a call, asking him if he had any sort of jobs that had come up, to which he replied he didn’t. She nodded and after she hung up the phone, she distinctly heard a huge ruckus in the hall. When she exited her room, she saw a rather large man pounding on Terpsichore’s door. “Excuse me, but what do you think you’re doing?” she asked him. He explained he wanted to speak to the Muses, that he wasn’t happy with what the fairies are doing to him and his business, and why should he speak to a fairy fucker like her anyway?
Just as Soteria was insisting she has nothing to do with the Fae, she heard a throat clearing behind her. Certain it was Terpsichore, Soteria turned with a “hi Terpsi…” It had been Melpomene. As Soteria turned, Joe flung a dead gremlin at Melpomene’s head, striking her in the face. She insisted that the Muses had nothing to do with any sort of attack on Mercado’s yard. Eventually, Joe took the Muse’s word for it, but when Soteria suggested that she help with the cleanup, Joe said he didn’t want help from a fairy fucker.
After he left, Soteria called Enno again, to tell him what was going on at Joe’s salvage yard, and hinted that maybe he could call him to see if he needs help, and maybe bring her in on the action. He reluctantly gave in, and called Joe.
With a little bit of convincing, he managed to get a job with Joe to help clean up the infestation. Enno then suggested that maybe Soteria could help – at no extra cost to Joe. He agreed to it, though he was quite sure that the Muses’ weretiger was looking to plant something in the yard. Still he agreed and had them work until nightfall.
When they showed up at the yard, Enno wearing different cologne than he’d had on the previous night, he was told the yard was closed. He said he was there to see Joe to help with the problem. Joe let them enter the yard and set them up in a location where they could hunt. Toward the end of a tiring afternoon, Soteria stalked toward a gremlin to herd it toward Enno, but then they both saw that the gremlin just up and split in two, becoming two gremlins rather than just the one it had been. Their reproduction would make for a difficult infestation clearing.
When they were done for the day, Joe paid them for their efforts, and Enno split the cash with Soteria, who said she could really go for a steak. They decided to head to TENDER at the Luxor hotel – the very restaurant where Vivian was meeting Nigel for a dinner.
When Vivian arrived, Nigel had already been seated, but rose when she stood by the table, not taking his seat again until she sat. After they ordered, they discussed business, including what was going on a Joe’s. After he explained what he’d understood to be the situation at the yard, he asked Vivian what she wanted to speak with him about. She told him about what happened with Bruce, and Nigel respected and agreed with Vivian’s plan to enthrall the FBI agent, because an agent in their pocket was far more valuable than an agent dead and buried.
After meals were enjoyed by all at TENDER, Soteria and Enno took their leave. Soteria wanted to pay the debt that she owed Anton and asked if he would like to join her. Having nothing better to do, Enno said he would, and they left the restaurant. Shortly after they left, Vivian spoke with KC – the chef at TENDER – flirted a little bit, then took her leave.
The pair arrived at Anton’s as Vivian was leaving the restaurant, and when Soteria knocked on the door, there was no answer. After another knock that went unanswered, Soteria asked Enno if he could call Anton. The call went to voice mail. As they were about to leave, the door slowly opened for them. There was nobody at the door, however, but it clearly opened for them. Cautiously, they stepped inside, noting the lack of any sort of threshold, and upon seeing the Precious Moments room they proceeded toward the kitchen. The amount of blood in the kitchen was unnerving, and Enno called Vivian to explain the situation, saying that they were going to check out what was going on, and that the house smelled of blood.
Vivian told Enno to be careful; not that she was cautioning him about his life, but more about his hunger. She said she’d wait for a follow-up call, and if she didn’t hear in 15 minutes, she would send in some form of backup.
The pair proceeded to the basement, where there was all kinds more blood weighing heavily in the air. The hanging light switching on by itself and swinging revealed that the smell of blood was there for a reason – a ton of it in the basement as well. In addition to the blood, Anton’s “Little Vegas” project; his 3D scale map of the city that reveals the location of supernatural beings, had been crushed and completely shattered. They did notice one clue: a smashed piece of the city with the letters FA scrawled on it in blood.
Soteria transformed back to human form and called Vivian, saying that Anton was dead and there was all kinds of blood. As she said that, something flew through the air and struck Soteria in the head. Vivian heard an “ow” and then Enno’s voice over the phone. Vivian told them to be careful about what they said and how they said it, and she was on her way. As she entered, she looked into the Precious Moments room to see the figures huddled in horror, not quite disfigured, but transformed into terrified versions of themselves. Vivian turned on the light in the room and closed the door most of the way before heading downstairs, messaging William a quick “Anton’s now, please”.
When she arrived downstairs, she was horrified at what she saw; the smashed Little Vegas making her feel sick to her stomach. She sat down on the bottom stair, not quite seeming like herself, and as both Enno and Soteria started talking, she held up a finger to quiet them before speaking aloud: “Emily, I need you to go upstairs and take care of them, OK?” Vivian said to the silence in the basement. As both Enno and Soteria looked at each other and started to ask who Emily was, Vivian held up her finger insistently again, until they heard stomping on the kitchen floor above.
Vivian explained to the pair that Emily was Anton’s daughter who died when she was a little girl – 6 or 7 years old. She’s a ghost who Anton won’t let go of, and that the Precious Moments dolls were also spirits. She said she didn’t know anything about magic, but as she looked around and saw the FA on the piece of the city, she felt uneasy. “It could be fae that whoever was trying to say.” Soteria said it might be initials, and Vivian agreed. Soteria said that she would be right back and disappeared. Though neither Enno nor Vivian knew where she’d gone, she went to find the figurine that she had stolen and buried.
Soteria ran back inside after not finding the figurine, just as William was literally hopping out of his convertible, armed with a broadsword. “Vivian?” he called from upstairs and she told him they were downstairs. They analyzed the scene a little bit more, and Soteria said that she’d spoken with Anton that morning, and he was fine, just said that he would like her to start collecting outstanding debts in flesh. Vivian didn’t like the sound of that, insisting it didn’t sound like Anton. William went upstairs to see if he could get in touch with Rose. While he was upstairs, Vivian tried Anton’s cell phone, and after a few rings someone picked up. Unfortunately, it was William on the other end of the line.
The big problem was that nobody knows enough about magic to know what to do. William after calling in for an analysis team to come to Anton’s, asked if he could speak with Vivian outside. They exited the house, where William explained that the ghosts could be the bigger problem. Soteria had eavesdropped on the pair but quickly headed back inside when they went separate ways to start making phone calls to find someone who might be able to help with the wizard side of things.