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    Keith and John
    Emi lets out a short laugh. “You don’t have to learn to drive a manual, Keith. It’s not for everyone. And these days there are less and less cars that come with them.”

    She returns John’s smile. “It’s only a few hours, John. I’ll see you later.”

    “As long as you don’t snog with me in public, I’m fine,” she replies to John with a quiet chuckle.
    Keith chuckles and smiles. "True, but it is something I wanted to learn. Just preferably not getting chased by an evil organization in the process."

    He nods at John's suggestion of a loaner car. "Good call. And fair point." He does listen to the exchange between John and Clea and raises an eyebrow.

    "So that's what you meant. And don't worry, I have the directions pulled up right here." He shows John his phones GPS app with the address typed in.

    "Won't have him out too late, I promise!" He says with a wide grin as he takes a set in Clea and buckles up.

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    John and Keith
    "Ooohh... very racy," Emi says as she smiles at John through the window. "You're pretty wonderful yourself, John. I'll see you later."

    "Thank you, Clea," Emi replies. "I'm counting on you."

    The drive over to South Side is uneventful. Clea drives past the rubble of a warehouse-sized building surrounded by a tall chainlink fence with barbed wire on top. The red brick walls look like they were pulled inward toward the center of the building. John finds public parking just down the street from the address.

    "Dee, Crowe, Mercury says over comms, "Zodiac and I are inbound. We're going to land on the North side. I can shift the fence to let you guys in."
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    Quote Originally Posted by InTheMachine View Post
    John and Keith
    "Ooohh... very racy," Emi says as she smiles at John through the window. "You're pretty wonderful yourself, John. I'll see you later."

    "Thank you, Clea," Emi replies. "I'm counting on you."

    The drive over to South Side is uneventful. Clea drives past the rubble of a warehouse-sized building surrounded by a tall chainlink fence with barbed wire on top. The red brick walls look like they were pulled inward toward the center of the building. John finds public parking just down the street from the address.

    "Dee, Crowe, Mercury says over comms, "Zodiac and I are inbound. We're going to land on the North side. I can shift the fence to let you guys in."
    Passing through a discrete alleyway, Clea switch from the grey that matched Emi’s Porsche to the daytime color profile to that of Dee’s vehicle and drop the plates with an image of the Hieroglyphic Monad. Simultaneously, John summoned his uniform, tucking his iPad Mini back into its pocket and dropping the police file into the secured compartment in the arm rest.

    “I’m glad to hear your encounter went well,” he offered Keith as he drew up his hood.

    Having parked, John walked back to the condemned building, examining it more closely from the outside. “Not exactly a traditional haunted house,” Dee observed as he regarded the space. Floating upward, he began to study the space, looking for any anomalies. “Crowe and I are in position, Mercury,” he said as he studied the location. “It’s a less than inviting plane and I am hoping we discover the greatest risk present is structural instability.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by InTheMachine View Post
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    "Dee, Crowe, Mercury says over comms, "Zodiac and I are inbound. We're going to land on the North side. I can shift the fence to let you guys in."
    Quote Originally Posted by mmdeforrest View Post
    Passing through a discrete alleyway, Clea switch from the grey that matched Emi’s Porsche to the daytime color profile to that of Dee’s vehicle and drop the plates with an image of the Hieroglyphic Monad. Simultaneously, John summoned his uniform, tucking his iPad Mini back into its pocket and dropping the police file into the secured compartment in the arm rest.

    “I’m glad to hear your encounter went well,” he offered Keith as he drew up his hood.

    Having parked, John walked back to the condemned building, examining it more closely from the outside. “Not exactly a traditional haunted house,” Dee observed as he regarded the space. Floating upward, he began to study the space, looking for any anomalies. “Crowe and I are in position, Mercury,” he said as he studied the location. “It’s a less than inviting plane and I am hoping we discover the greatest risk present is structural instability.”

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    Keith willed his costume back on while going down the road seeing John get his ready and nodded at his statement about the encounter with Kylie. "Thank you, and will probably be askin' some advice, though later when you're not entirely time constrained." He chuckled a bit and drew up his hood. "Glad to see that the encounter with Grayson went well. And he's on board with a KMBU tournament. Possibly online so he doesn't end up too close to Ryker for the time being."

    Keith suppressed the urge to whistle seeing the condemned building and nodded in agreement. "I expected more..... well I don't wanna say organ music but hey, day's not over with yet." He decided to listen and wait while Dee responded to Mercury and keep his eyes glued to the building trying to see if anything maybe stood out. He didn't expect much until getting a closer look.

    Spoiler: Would probably make a decent Haunted House?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roguewolf View Post
    Keith willed his costume back on while going down the road seeing John get his ready and nodded at his statement about the encounter with Kylie. "Thank you, and will probably be askin' some advice, though later when you're not entirely time constrained." He chuckled a bit and drew up his hood. "Glad to see that the encounter with Grayson went well. And he's on board with a KMBU tournament. Possibly online so he doesn't end up too close to Ryker for the time being."
    “Advice?” John said, pointlessly cocking an eyebrow in the darkness under his hood. “You should probably seek that out from someone who knew how he managed to start dating the woman he is rather than someone wandering around perpetually surprised that it somehow happened. But we have a few minutes before we arrive if you want to ask.

    “Before you do, I am glad that my meeting went as well as it did with Grayson — although his partial transformations and draconic breath while in human form were somewhat surprising. I wasn’t able to gauge if that was a question of him not being fully in control of his powers or a natural extension of his day-in, day-out existence — akin to the way I magically sense danger as a matter of course rather than needing to focus on it.

    “Given the mini-tournament on Sunday, I’ll be fighting Ayern for the basement in an online tournament, but I’m in.

    “But what advice were you looking for?”

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmdeforrest View Post
    The Car Ride to the Haunted Warehouse


    “Advice?” John said, pointlessly cocking an eyebrow in the darkness under his hood. “You should probably seek that out from someone who knew how he managed to start dating the woman he is rather than someone wandering around perpetually surprised that it somehow happened. But we have a few minutes before we arrive if you want to ask.

    “Before you do, I am glad that my meeting went as well as it did with Grayson — although his partial transformations and draconic breath while in human form were somewhat surprising. I wasn’t able to gauge if that was a question of him not being fully in control of his powers or a natural extension of his day-in, day-out existence — akin to the way I magically sense danger as a matter of course rather than needing to focus on it.

    “Given the mini-tournament on Sunday, I’ll be fighting Ayern for the basement in an online tournament, but I’m in.

    “But what advice were you looking for?”
    Under his hood, Keith just grins and shakes his head. "To be fair, I didn't think I would get this far, so you may be the perfect person to ask! Still, I do plan on covering part of it with Yuki since she helped out a lot before hand as well."

    He tilted his head to the side and chuckled a bit. "It's kinda like how some of our powers bleed through with emotions. So like how Louis about blinded some of us the other day? It's a bit like that. Though the cold chill is almost normal. It's only really noticeable if he's in a state." Keith shrugs. "Really though, you'll know with him if you're in trouble. Mostly just hard on himself."

    At the mini-tournament Keith raises an eyebrow. "I miss all the fun when I go out of base it seems. You should be ok, and we'll get in some practice rounds too so you can climb the ladder a bit more. I'm not as good as Grayson, or Ryker for that matter, but can still help ya improve."

    "As to the advice, all ideas of potential dates sorta left my head when Kylie told me she would go on one date with me and potentially another if she felt something. I didn't want to tell Emi, though I think she already knew anyway, but Kylie suggested asking to borrow a car, and then also suggested a concert because she thought I'd be excited for it. I'd like to plan something else, since yes I am excited about both the date amd concert, but I want her to have a good time as well." Keith sighs and rubs the back of his neck.

    "Wondering if maybe I'm thinkin' about it too much. Or maybe not enough. Ya know?"

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    Haunted House
    Both Dee and Crowe spot Mercury and Zodiac, currently in her wolf form, on the inside of the fence as they emerge from the shadow of a partially destroyed wall.

    “I guess you don’t need me to let you in,” Mercury says. “I didn’t know you could fly, Dee.”

    Once Dee and Crowe are inside the perimeter, Mercury asks, “Are we looking for anything specific? Zodiac said that this is on old base for the cult that summoned the two greater demons, but nobody’s been seen around here for years.”

    “I’ve never noticed anything while I was on patrol, at least,” Zodiac adds. She sniffs the air a few times and then wines as a heavy raindrop hits her right on the snout. Her long ears flick back in irritation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roguewolf View Post
    "Wondering if maybe I'm thinkin' about it too much. Or maybe not enough. Ya know?"
    “Thinking too much is a way of life for me,” Dee conceded. “I don’ think I have much advice that would be of use in that regard. In terms of the date, I’d recommend an unpretentious but nice restaurant within walking distance of the music venue. It’s a good time of year for eating al fresco so a place with a patio or some tables on the street would be nice. Of course, her favorite kind of food would be better. I’d imagine you have had the opportunity to note her preferences sine you shared a base with her. Select that kind of food and one or two other options, in case she wants to try something new, then offer her the options sometime later today.

    “This never worked for me, but I am told that trying to build off common interests and likes is the way to go if you want to move something past friendship. Spend time asking her about herself then resisting the urge to tell her about how you do that too in a way that might make it sound like a comparison. Give her space to be herself and then ask follow up questions.

    John’s smile softened and he felt a shudder in the steering wheel as Clea’s facial analysis system indicated who he was thinking about. He shook his head, amused at himself.

    “That obvious?”

    “Always,” Clea said with a teasing lilt to her voice.

    “Thanks, Clea. Emi and I spent a lot of the night asking one another questions about each other. We had the advantage of not being in a public space, though — which you won’t have. You could try something similar. Her favorite time of year and why it is her favorite probably won’t involve anything classified.

    John glanced out the side of his eye at Keith and offered a mischievous smile. “If you feel you need an edge, there was an article in the New York Times a few years ago that listed out the questions you should ask if you want someone to fall in love with you. I’m not sure how well it would work in your situation, as it requires the cooperation of the other party. And I can tell you from personal experience that trying to casually work them into a conversation is painfully awkward. But it might give you some ideas.

    “Given that she’s a Psych major, Emi probably knows about the studies associated with the questions. Still, I’d rather you didn’t bring it up in front of her. I’m not ready to relive that bit of embarrassment with the woman I’m dating.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by InTheMachine View Post
    Haunted House
    Both Dee and Crowe spot Mercury and Zodiac, currently in her wolf form, on the inside of the fence as they emerge from the shadow of a partially destroyed wall.

    “I guess you don’t need me to let you in,” Mercury says. “I didn’t know you could fly, Dee.”

    Once Dee and Crowe are inside the perimeter, Mercury asks, “Are we looking for anything specific? Zodiac said that this is on old base for the cult that summoned the two greater demons, but nobody’s been seen around here for years.”

    “I’ve never noticed anything while I was on patrol, at least,” Zodiac adds. She sniffs the air a few times and then wines as a heavy raindrop hits her right on the snout. Her long ears flick back in irritation.
    “Levitation is a new addition,” Dee responded to Mercury over the comms. “I enchanted my cloak to allow me limited flight. It isn’t fancy or fast but it should keep me from falling to my death if the griffin demon comes back and decides to try and grab me then drop me from a great height.”

    He surveyed the partially collapsed building as he floated down in front of Zodiac and Mercury. “I’d have almost been surprised if these ruins were still being used by the Cult,” John admitted. “Still, we had to make sure. The primary thing we are looking for are any clues as to where we can find past or current members so we can determine if the ones who have been summoning greater demons recently are a continuation of the ones responsible for this or if they are a new group building on an old name.

    “Not that the Cult of the Red Dawn had a reputation worth building on but that may be a reflection of my own prejudices rather than what an impressionable teenager might think sounds cool. Have the two of you had a chance to look inside?” Dee asked as he conjured a rain barrier above Zodiac.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryker
    Ryker shifts the truck into reverse, but pauses before he backs out of the parking space. “I’m gonna say a lotta **** to this dude to scare him, Louis. And I’m probably gonna break some fingers. I don’t know how much of a stomach you got for that, but we’re on the same page, right? I won’t hurt him too bad… probably.”
    Louis' smirk vanishes just as quickly as it appears. "Wait, you're actually gonna torture the guy?" He runs a hand through his hair as he wrestles with the idea. "And what if neither of them knows where they're keeping Izzy?"

    He waits for Ryker's response before he continues. "If you can keep their injuries within reason then I think we'll be okay. Nothing more than what they would've got walking away from a fight with you, got it? I figure that should give you enough rope to work with." And enough plausible deniability for me.

    There’s the remnants of a dining room table and three wooden chairs. “Perfect,” the former villain mutters. He wastes no time getting Jackie taped into one of them, and dragging it down the hallway to the end of the house into one of the bedrooms, before he comes back and helps Louis get the bald one situated.
    "So how many times have you done this exactly?" Louis asks, his curiosity momentarily getting the better of him. Though he's quick to correct his thinking. "Actually... don't answer that." He says as they finish taping up the bald Rook.

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    “You mind droppin’ your illusion on me?” he asks Louis before he goes back to the bedroom. “I wanna make sure he knows who he ****ed with before I get started.”
    He nods and releases the illusion on Ryker as he makes his way to the back room. And now we wait. He took out his phone to check the time and any messages he may have missed while he tries to piece together an explanation as to what he and Ryker were up to for the better part of the day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmdeforrest View Post
    “Thinking too much is a way of life for me,” Dee conceded. “I don’ think I have much advice that would be of use in that regard. In terms of the date, I’d recommend an unpretentious but nice restaurant within walking distance of the music venue. It’s a good time of year for eating al fresco so a place with a patio or some tables on the street would be nice. Of course, her favorite kind of food would be better. I’d imagine you have had the opportunity to note her preferences sine you shared a base with her. Select that kind of food and one or two other options, in case she wants to try something new, then offer her the options sometime later today.

    “This never worked for me, but I am told that trying to build off common interests and likes is the way to go if you want to move something past friendship. Spend time asking her about herself then resisting the urge to tell her about how you do that too in a way that might make it sound like a comparison. Give her space to be herself and then ask follow up questions.
    Keith nods and chuckles a bit. "I promise I will never bring that up to Emi. Scout's Honor." Not that he was a scout by any means. "But that all does help a good bit. We do have a few things in common to talk about, and while not all the musical tastes are exactly the same, I have listened to some of what she enjoys."

    He thinks for a moment pondering while Clea picks on John. "I suppose the first order of business should be the meal. Since that's how this all started. And an offer to help with looking through Faulkner's As I Lay Dying. Once we get back I'll look into the places nearby and pick a few." He smiles. "Thank you John. And may loo, at the article for a laugh."

    "Now the only main concern is if the concert is the way to go, or pick something else. I'm gonna ask the council about it." He smirks realizing that John may have been the best person to ask among the guys. Well, him and Drake.

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    Haunted House
    Both Dee and Crowe spot Mercury and Zodiac, currently in her wolf form, on the inside of the fence as they emerge from the shadow of a partially destroyed wall.

    “I guess you don’t need me to let you in,” Mercury says. “I didn’t know you could fly, Dee.”

    Once Dee and Crowe are inside the perimeter, Mercury asks, “Are we looking for anything specific? Zodiac said that this is on old base for the cult that summoned the two greater demons, but nobody’s been seen around here for years.”

    “I’ve never noticed anything while I was on patrol, at least,” Zodiac adds. She sniffs the air a few times and then wines as a heavy raindrop hits her right on the snout. Her long ears flick back in irritation.
    Quote Originally Posted by mmdeforrest View Post
    “Levitation is a new addition,” Dee responded to Mercury over the comms. “I enchanted my cloak to allow me limited flight. It isn’t fancy or fast but it should keep me from falling to my death if the griffin demon comes back and decides to try and grab me then drop me from a great height.”

    He surveyed the partially collapsed building as he floated down in front of Zodiac and Mercury. “I’d have almost been surprised if these ruins were still being used by the Cult,” John admitted. “Still, we had to make sure. The primary thing we are looking for are any clues as to where we can find past or current members so we can determine if the ones who have been summoning greater demons recently are a continuation of the ones responsible for this or if they are a new group building on an old name.

    “Not that the Cult of the Red Dawn had a reputation worth building on but that may be a reflection of my own prejudices rather than what an impressionable teenager might think sounds cool. Have the two of you had a chance to look inside?” Dee asked as he conjured a rain barrier above Zodiac.
    Crowe shrugs. "Didn't realize he could either. Would be glad to help you get your wings a bit more if ya like Dee." Crowe offers.

    He floats up over the fence and lands nearby Mercury and Zodiac. Nodding along with Dee as he explains what he hoped to find. "Could be interesting though. Honestly anything in here could be useful. What about secret basements?" He asked a little jokingly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roguewolf View Post
    "Now the only main concern is if the concert is the way to go, or pick something else. I'm gonna ask the council about it." He smirks realizing that John may have been the best person to ask among the guys. Well, him and Drake.
    A date in two phases, John considered. Phase one at a restaurant, offering Keith the dignity of a chance in an unequivocal date-like setting. Phase two, they meet a common friend, who is a close friend of Keith’s, providing the option of continuing the date, shifting the event into the friend-zone, or pleading some discomfort (e.g., the meal disagreeing with her) or a phone call (e.g., from Miss Balinski) that requires her immediate departure without the awkwardness of leaving Keith standing on the street with a foolish look on his face wondering what happened.

    Been there. Done that. Watched it happen to others. Not sending Keith the postcard.

    “I think you would be well served to go with the concert if she suggested it,” John offered, turning away from Keith as he pulled Clea into the parking lot. “If it is something she would like to see, you don’t want to set up the date with the possibility of disappointing her by not giving her the chance to go to the concert — especially a concert you had been thinking about attending already. After all, the goal is to try to make sure she has a good time, right?”
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    Quote Originally Posted by mmdeforrest View Post
    “I think you would be well served to go with the concert if she suggested it,” John offered, turning away from Keith as he pulled Clea into the parking lot. “If it is something she would like to see, you don’t want to set up the date with the possibility of disappointing her by not giving her the chance to go to the concert — especially a concert you had been thinking about attending already. After all, the goal is to try to make sure she has a good time, right?”
    Keith nods after thinking about the last bit John had said. Why else would she suggest it? It could also be a nice connecting point too and may just be what's needed.

    "I can't argue any of those points at all. It's possible she's excited about it too, and....." He thought back to how she had mentioned the concert back on Saturday. "I guess I'm just a bit slow on the uptake. She mentioned it a little bit Saturday afternoon."

    He smiled and chuckled. "Thank you, John. You've really helped me put this all into perspective and get a better idea of things."

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    Louis' smirk vanishes just as quickly as it appears. "Wait, you're actually gonna torture the guy?" He runs a hand through his hair as he wrestles with the idea. "And what if neither of them knows where they're keeping Izzy?"

    He waits for Ryker's response before he continues. "If you can keep their injuries within reason then I think we'll be okay. Nothing more than what they would've got walking away from a fight with you, got it? I figure that should give you enough rope to work with." And enough plausible deniability for me.
    “Yeah,” Ryker says flatly. “He won’t talk if I don’t. We’ll deal with it if he doesn’t know where Izzy is.”

    He nods. “I can work with that.”

    "So how many times have you done this exactly?" Louis asks, his curiosity momentarily getting the better of him. Though he's quick to correct his thinking. "Actually... don't answer that." He says as they finish taping up the bald Rook.
    “You wouldn’t like the answer anyway,” Ryker says as he starts to drag that Rook to the opposite side of the room. He situates the chair so it’s facing down the hallway on the East side of the house, away from Jackie.

    He nods and releases the illusion on Ryker as he makes his way to the back room. And now we wait. He took out his phone to check the time and any messages he may have missed while he tries to piece together an explanation as to what he and Ryker were up to for the better part of the day.
    Louis’ phone shows 10:22am. No new texts or calls.

    When Ryker and Louis enter the bedroom, Jackie is just starting to wake up. He strains against his bonds as Ryker stalks closer and he realizes who exactly he’s been abducted by.

    “Hey Jackie,” Ryker calls with mock friendliness. “How ya feelin’?” He walks up to the restrained Rook and leans forward, looking Jackie in the eye. “You understand what’s goin’ on here, right?”

    At Jackie’s slight nod, Ryker says, “Good. So, we can do this the easy way, or the hard way. Your choice.”

    Ryker rips away the tape that covers Jackie’s mouth and the Rook lets out a grunt of pain before looking back up. “**** you, McKay. I ain’t tellin’ you ****,” he spits.

    “That wasn’t the right answer, Jackie,” Ryker says as he grabs the Rook’s pointer finger. He braces his thumb on the joint and with a sickening pop, breaks it.

    Jackie screams as tears well up in his eyes. He looks down at his hand and sees his finger pointing the opposite direction it’s supposed to and swallows before shaking his head.

    Ryker looks at him for a moment before putting his hand on the Rook’s shoulder and leaning the chair back so that it balances on two legs. “Look… Jackie, this is me bein’ nice. You recognize me. You know what I used to do to people when I worked for Jesse.”

    “You can’t do that **** now though,” the Rooks replies weakly. “You’re on a hero team—“

    “So what?” Ryker growls, cutting him off. “They’re not here to stop me. Ain’t no cameras. Nobody knows you’re here. I can do whatever the **** I want to you.”

    “Y-you won’t kill me,” the Rook says in a shaky voice.

    Ryker smiles widely. Smoke starts to curl up from under his hand as acid eats through the Rook’s shirt. “You’re right. I won’t kill you. I’ll just make it so you wish I did. I’m gonna melt your eyes, your nose. I’ll leave your ears alone though, so you can hear the little kids that’ll scream and cry every time they see your face. Even your own mama will wish you’d died because you’ll be so ****ing disgusting to look at.”

    He pushes lightly, and the chair tips over and slams into the bare concrete floor. Jackie whimpers as Ryker stands over him. The former villain puts his hand off to the side of the Rook’s face and the concrete sizzles as a colorless liquid drips off of his index finger, right next to Jackie’s ear.

    The Rook flinches away as Ryker leans closer. “You got five seconds before I move my hand and that **** that’s eatin’ the concrete goes on your face.”

    “Okay okay!” Jackie screams. “I’ll tell you, McKay! I’ll tell you!”

    Ryker glares at the Rook a moment longer before grabbing his shirt and pulling him and the chair back upright. “So start talkin’, Jackie.”

    Jackie catches his breath and blinks a few times before he manages to look up at Ryker. “Do you know Seth Remington?”

    “I’ve heard of him,” Ryker replies, crossing his arms. “He was one’a Vic’s boys. Meta.”

    “He took over the Belcaro set when Vic got killed by ISPD a few weeks ago and he wanted to prove himself to the boss. A couple’a his boys saw you last week on Highland Avenue, and another guy saw the dude you rode in with talk to the old guy that owns the coffee place before you two rode off. So, as motivation, Seth had Leo capture one’a the girls that worked there when she was on her way home Sunday night. We thought that maybe the old guy might call the other dude, but I didn’t expect you of all people to come by within two days.” Jackie swallows again. “You know the guy?”

    Ryker grabs Jackie’s pinky finger on his left hand and snaps it. “You’re gettin’ off topic,” he says as Jackie cries out again. “So this is all Seth’s doin’? Jesse doesn’t know about it?”

    The Rook nods as he breathes through the pain. “H-he wanted to surprise the boss by capturing you; that’s what he said at least. Wanted to prove himself.”

    “Where are you keepin’ the girl?” Ryker asks, grabbing another finger.

    Jackie winces, looking down at his hand before looking back at Ryker. “Honest man, I don’t know! My best guess is at the safehouse on Summit. That’s where Leo usually stays.”

    Ryker breaks his ring finger anyway.

    “What the ****, man!” Jackie exclaims as he strains against the tape again. “I wasn’t lyin’! I don’t know where she is!” His head drops to his chest as his nose starts to run and tears roll down his cheeks. “I don’t know where she is, man…” he mutters.

    “You got anything you wanna ask him?” Ryker asks Louis with a disgusted shake of his head. “Keep it together, Jackie. They’re just fingers.”

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    Mercury’s eyes narrow slightly at John as he casts his spell and he sighs gently.


    “Thanks Dee,” Zodiac says with a wag of her tail. She sniffs the ground, and starts moving toward the rubble.

    “We just did a quick walk around the perimeter,” Mercury replies as he moves to follow Zodiac. “She didn’t smell anything recent.”

    The two of the carefully pick their way through the destroyed building until Zodiac stops in front of a destroyed section of wall that’s covered with a large broken bit of roof. “I can smell something from under here,” she says, pawing at the piece of metal roof.

    Mercury squats to get his hands underneath it, and lifts, exposing a steel trapdoor in the concrete floor that’s covered in warding runes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by InTheMachine View Post
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    Mercury’s eyes narrow slightly at John as he casts his spell and he sighs gently.


    “Thanks Dee,” Zodiac says with a wag of her tail. She sniffs the ground, and starts moving toward the rubble.

    “We just did a quick walk around the perimeter,” Mercury replies as he moves to follow Zodiac. “She didn’t smell anything recent.”

    The two of the carefully pick their way through the destroyed building until Zodiac stops in front of a destroyed section of wall that’s covered with a large broken bit of roof. “I can smell something from under here,” she says, pawing at the piece of metal roof.

    Mercury squats to get his hands underneath it, and lifts, exposing a steel trapdoor in the concrete floor that’s covered in warding runes.
    Crowe looks over and sees the water umbrella Dee creates and then catches a glance at Mercury's reaction to it. He just smiled under his hood, and turns to follow Zodiac back into the building.

    He shrugs on hearing the update. "Too much to hope there might be somethin' recent." At Zodiac's mention of something under the bit of roof, Crowe watches as Mercury lifts it. "Mercury, remind me not to spar you full power," a nervous laugh leaves him as he says the last bit.

    He looks at the runes a bit curiously though. "Dee, you recognize them or how to get rid of them?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roguewolf View Post
    Crowe looks over and sees the water umbrella Dee creates and then catches a glance at Mercury's reaction to it. He just smiled under his hood, and turns to follow Zodiac back into the building.
    Dee extended and split the rain barrier so that one hovered over each of them. “Ladies first, of course,” he offered to Mercury apologetically.

    Quote Originally Posted by Roguewolf View Post
    Crowe looks at the runes a bit curiously though. "Dee, you recognize them or how to get rid of them?"
    “You had to ask for a secret basement, Crowe” Dee says with a shake of his head and a half smile before kneeling down to look at the runes more closely.

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    Occult: 1d12o12+2 8 1d6o6+2 4


    If the roof laying over them were not enough of a hint, the runes appeared less than recent. More troubling, they were also properly set, with all the correct conjugations and declinations. Whoever had set them in place was better at what they were doing than the Cultists who had been in the Iron Station sewers of late.

    He focused and passed his hands over the runes, erasing them from existence.

    “They had been there for a while,” Dee observed as he stood and considered the trap door. “I would rather not have to beg off my dinner plans because I strained my back trying to lift something beyond my strength.” He glanced at Mercury. “Do you think it would be safer to open it or for you to flow the metal out of the way, exposing any mundane traps beneath it as you go?”

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