[12:11:31 PM] ST: Alejandro seems to have alotted plenty of time to enjoy the luxuries offered by a five-star hotel. Sleeping in, showering, dining, swimming… whatever it is one chooses to do to occupy oneself, his call doesn’t come until early afternoon, just before checkout time. He apologized for the late start and stated that he was on his way. It’s not much longer after that until a black SUV pulls up in front of the hotel. The windows roll down, revealing Alejandro in the driver’s side (of course).
[12:12:57 PM] Malif: After doing all of the above, Malif uses the internet connection to do a little research on the school fire article before receiving the call, and coming down to meet the SUV.
[12:13:28 PM] ST: Sofia pokes her head out the window from one of the back seats and calls out, “Avengers Assemble!” grinning brightly before returning to her spot.
[12:13:50 PM] Harry: Harry spent the night on patrol, and got a hour of sleep, and woke up fresh as new bread.
[12:14:47 PM] Malif: Malif grins at the little girl and gives her a high five! “Hello there, lovely!”
[12:15:12 PM] ST: Within the SUV is another passenger…
[12:15:18 PM] Mike: Mike laughs at Sofia’s declaration as he hops in the back of the SUV. He’d need more room for his guitar. His mind was pretty focused on it as he had been experimenting with it as well as looking up more about his pops on the internet on his phone. He had the face of one who was contemplating some deep thoughts… just what was going through his mind?
[12:15:19 PM] ST: (( Go ahead and write a description, Marc ))
[12:16:03 PM] ST: (( Those of you doing research come across this: http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaign/god-touched/wikis/benjamin-franklin-high-school-fire ))
[12:16:17 PM] Harry: Harry climbs in with the rest, sports bag in hand, wearing casual clothes and designer shades.
[12:16:21 PM] ST: (( Most other articles you can find are basically like that one. ))
[12:16:39 PM] Malif: (Just read it there Meg ;) )
[12:17:50 PM] Mike: ((Mike didn’t really research much of that. He fell asleep before he could.))
[12:19:00 PM] Sanura: Sanura makes her way down, Crook in the carrier. She had done some research but found not much of course. Setting Crooks carrier inside she opens it up to let him out, wearing his new collar. She smirks softly at the sight and then regards the others to see where she should seat herself and her large bag.
[12:19:22 PM] Boudicca: Out of the back of the SUV pops a girl about 5’ 4" with short, straight black hair, green eyes, and a flat facial expression. She is wearing a military-like jacket, short black skirt, black boots and tights, with a spear about 6 feet long strapped on her back on an angle so as to accomidate her (lack of) height. She’s very attrative (for mortal standards, read as Epic Appearence) and has the look of someone who’s been in the thick of things before.
[12:19:41 PM] Malif: Malif chuckles. “Well, someone looks rather handsome in their new finery today.”
[12:20:06 PM] ST: Crook flicks his tail imperiously. Golden hieroglyphs float above his head. I’m always handsome.
[12:20:34 PM] Malif: Malif glances at the newcomer. “Hired a mercenary for the effort?”
[12:20:50 PM] ST: (( If you’re interested in knowing what Crook’s saying, Marc, you’d have to make an Intelligence + Animal Ken roll for your Animal 1 Boon. ))
[12:20:53 PM] Harry: Harry looks over at Alejandro, “Not going to need the rig for a while, I hope?”
[12:21:33 PM] Boudicca: ((2 successes))
[12:21:46 PM] Malif: Malif grins at the cat. “Naturally!”
[12:21:46 PM] Sanura: Regards the girl and gives a cool smile. She sits herself down and reaches into the bag, taking out a small braclet with adventure time characters on it she reaches over to tap Sofia on the shoulder. Holding the bracelet on the other side of her head.
[12:21:47 PM] Boudicca: ((for understanding crook))
[12:22:35 PM] Malif: (You sure about animal ken? I’d have gone with Academics myself there ;) But meh! )
[12:22:35 PM] Sanura: Smiles softly and runs her nails along Crooks head lightly before her attention returns to Sofia.
[12:23:15 PM] Mike: ((Animal 1 Boon is Animal Communication.))
[12:23:41 PM] Mike: ((It’s rather handy when communicating with animals whom you don’t understand. You can at least get a SENSE of what they’re saying.))
[12:23:50 PM] ST: “This is Boudicca. We picked her up from the airport this morning. She’s just like us!” Sofia chirps. After attention is drawn to the bracelet, the little girl grins and says, “That’s sooo cool! Where’d you get that?”
[12:24:17 PM] ST: Alejandro looks at Harry, puzzled. “What?”
[12:24:30 PM] Malif: (Ah, it wouldnt do the heiroglyphs, but it’d give a sense, yeah)
[12:24:42 PM] Boudicca: Boudicca looks at the group quickly and purposefully and says “Hello all,” in a thick Irish accent
[12:25:04 PM] Malif: “Boudicca? Wasn’t that some sort of Celt heroine back in the day?”
[12:25:17 PM] Sanura: She grins a little “Made it last night” she turns her attention to Boudicca “Nice to meet you, I’m Sanura” she murmurs before holding the bracelet out to put it on Sofia’s wrist.
[12:25:39 PM] Harry: He unzips the bag a little and shows Alejandro the mask.
[12:25:48 PM] Harry: Then zips it back up.
[12:26:47 PM] Mike: Mike blinks a bit then gives a small chuckle. “Just how many people like us are out there in the world?” He smiles and nods to Boudicca. “A pleasure to meet you, Miss. Michael Umul. Son of Baron Samedi.” He holds a hand at his chest as he bows. His face then goes right back to the contemplating thing.
[12:26:56 PM] Boudicca: Boudicca looks at the bracelet for a moment, and addresses the group, “I’ll help in any way I can, but I’m new to this part of the world…”
[12:27:19 PM] ST: “Whoa. That’s really good.” Sofia obligingly puts her left arm out. Alejandro’s eyes flick from the bag to Harry. “Bring it just in case.”
[12:27:21 PM] Malif: “Evidently, there is an entire school’s worth. Shame there’s no more school for them.”
[12:27:40 PM] ST: (( Are people getting in the car? ))
[12:27:48 PM] Sanura: [already in]
[12:27:50 PM] Mike: (( Mike’s already in. Has been. ))
[12:27:56 PM] Mike: (( In the back. ))
[12:28:05 PM] Malif: Malif slips in wherever there’s room left.
[12:28:11 PM] Sanura: She smiles to Sofia and leans back in the seat, buckling up and patting her lap in invitation to Crook.
[12:28:52 PM] ST: Crook is currently occupied with sniffing the newcomer.
[12:30:52 PM] Harry: Harry just does that one finger hand and nod thing one does when one is acknowledging someone behind them without turning around. "Harry “Synergy” Mercury."
[12:31:01 PM] Sanura: Sanura chuckles softly and quirks her brow “anything interesting?” she asks the feline.
[12:31:31 PM] Harry: (Kind of the absolute laziest extraction of the “tip of the hat” gesture.)
[12:32:06 PM] ST: Crook responds, still intently sniffing Boudicca. Smells of… wolf and… bird.
[12:32:41 PM] Malif: “So I suppose we’ll be off to either Millbrae or San Bruno, then?”
[12:32:42 PM] Boudicca: Boudicca puts her hand out to Crook and offers some corn nuts…
[12:33:15 PM] Sanura: Sanura arches a brow softly at that.. “wolf and bird? Interesting mix..”
[12:33:21 PM] ST: “Pacifica,” says Alejandro, starting up the car and driving off once everyone’s in. “It’ll be about twenty minutes.”
[12:34:00 PM] Boudicca: (Sorry forgot to mention as it was new…Boudicca also as a black wolf pelt over her shoulders)
[12:34:01 PM] Malif: “Ah, starting with the school itself, then? Fair enough.”
[12:34:30 PM] ST: The cat, satisfied, hops away from Boudicca and jumps into Sanura’s lap. More golden symbols float above his head. Slight whiff of carrion… so maybe raven or crow. Or vulture.
[12:34:55 PM] Sanura: “that’s sort of the begining.. so far as we know” She glides her fingers along the cats back once he’s settled.
[12:35:47 PM] Harry: “Anyone here blessed with x-ray vision, insane detail recognition or just plain psychic?” Harry watches the buildings go by, contemplating jogging out and getting breakfast.
[12:35:57 PM] Malif: Malif raises an eyebrow at Crook, but says nothing.
[12:36:44 PM] Boudicca: Boudicca looks at Sofia and mentions, “You’re right deary, this is a superhero group…”
[12:37:01 PM] Malif: “Not quite entirely, Mister Mercury, but don’t tell my audiences that!”
[12:37:38 PM] Sanura: Sanura hmms softly and nods her head. Glancing to Harry “I can.. work in some small detail but.. I don’t think I’m able to make out more detail than the average person.”
[12:38:57 PM | Edited 12:39:21 PM] Boudicca: “Well, I can’t shoot fireballs out of my arse or anything quite so entertaining. I’m just a simple girl…”
[12:39:13 PM] ST: Sofia grins broadly. “Yep! I don’t know who I am yet, though.”
[12:39:28 PM] Mike: “I SORT of have X-Ray vision…”
[12:39:50 PM] Malif: Malif grins at the little girl. “Why, you’re Sofia! Why would you want to be anyone else?”
[12:40:44 PM] ST: Crook’s purrs steadily underlie the conversation.
[12:42:22 PM] Boudicca: Boudicca offers Crook another corn nut…
[12:42:59 PM] Boudicca: (Using animal communication) “Sorry love, but I don’t have anything else you’d like better on me. Remind me though…”
[12:43:43 PM] ST: “But we have the Flash and Catwoman, so I gotta figure out what superhero I am.”
[12:44:17 PM] Malif: “You’re the Mighty Sofia, naturally! Why emulate another?”
[12:44:20 PM] Harry: “Once we get to Pacifica, I’ll go get us all some food. Can’t think with a grumbling belly and no caffiene.”
[12:44:21 PM] Boudicca: “I shutter to think what superhero I am…”
[12:44:33 PM] Sanura: Sanura hangs her head a little “So -so- cliche” she sighs and then shakes her head softly as she smirks.
[12:45:10 PM] ST: Crook stretches out his neck to gingerly sniff the corn nut, then returns it to its usual position, his response floating in the air. Yes, well, you tried. I will accept your offering once it’s suitable.
[12:46:23 PM] Mike: Michael laughs a bit at that. “Don’t think about it too hard Sofia… otherwise, you might believe you’re a BAD Superhero… a Supervillain. I don’t like to think about who I could be. My powers are a bit… bad.”
[12:46:30 PM] Sanura: Snirks softly at Crook and looks to the other woman appologetically.
[12:46:31 PM] Malif: Malif chuckles and grins at the cat’s floating symbols.
[12:46:59 PM] Harry: Harry shrugs. “Lots of heroes just use their name. Emma Frost, Luke Cage, Jean Gray…”
[12:47:07 PM] Harry: “Thor…”
[12:47:15 PM | Edited 1:01:21 PM] ST: Sofia stifles a smile at Malif’s response. “That’s not how it works!”
[12:48:23 PM] Malif: “But maybe it SHOULD work that way. Why not make it work your own way, little dragon puncher?”
[12:49:46 PM] ST: The little girl considers this.
[12:55:54 PM] Harry: “Okay, so, what does everyone want me to snag? Willing to hit a few places if we need.”
[12:56:28 PM] Mike: “I’m a simple guy with simple likes. If you go to a Fast Food joint, I’ll eat whatever.”
[12:57:18 PM] Malif: “I find myself not necessarily needing to eat every day anymore, but close to it still. I’ll try whatever you’re having.”
[12:58:30 PM] Sanura: Sanura waves a hand “I ate before I came down, but thank you” her fingers returning to Crook, nails run through his fur.
[12:59:36 PM | Edited 1:00:49 PM] ST: “I’m not hungry. Daddy bought me and Boudicca sushi. But thank you!”
[1:01:13 PM] Boudicca: “I’m good for food I think. I could use a little activity though, I’ve been on the plane or in a car for hours now.”
[1:02:20 PM] Sanura: “I think we’ll be trapesing through a disaster area soon if that’s any comfort” she looks out the window after that, a small frown on her lips. "such a shame about that school.. I wonder if it will be rebuilt
[1:02:31 PM] ST: The transition between big city streets to highway to rural coastal road takes a surprisingly short time. Fog drifts low, spilling onto the cliffs and concealing part of the Pacific Ocean. The sign for Pacifica emerges from the fog and then disappears back into it as the car passes by. It’s a very small city, from what little you can see of it, with one shopping center on the inland side of the road and a Taco Bell near a beach cliff. Soon enough, Alejandro turns from the main drag to a side street, and from a side street to a one-lane forest road. He slows considerably as the fog proves denser between the trees. The road opens up into a parking lot which is mostly empty. Only the silhouette of the ruins of the school can be seen through the fog.
[1:02:42 PM] ST: (( We can assume the food is retrieved according to individual specifications or lack thereof. ))
[1:03:50 PM] Sanura: Sanura shivers softly at the sight of the burned out building in the fog. “no that’s not forboading at all..”
[1:04:29 PM] ST: Alejandro. “We’re here. Benjamin Franklin High School.”
[1:05:00 PM] ST: Sofia is quiet as she eyes the school.
[1:05:08 PM] Malif: “Well, at least we have some natural dramatic flavour to the investigation it seems.”
[1:05:08 PM] Harry: Harry blows with exasperation. “So. What’s the plan, investigate, and hope we see something the cops missed because they don’t assume gods, monsters and superheroes?”
[1:05:36 PM] ST: Alejandro looks at Harry. “Sounds about right.”
[1:05:51 PM] Mike: “Think that’s foreboding… wait until something big happens… you’ll see something foreboding from me…” His eyes narrow as he looks at the ruins of the school. “And will we encounter any police or investigators still investigating the site? Or have they all given up?”
[1:06:32 PM] ST: “The investigation is still underway, so keep an eye out.”
[1:06:38 PM] Malif: “They caught the perpetrators in Millbrae. Or they think they did, at any rate.”
[1:07:52 PM] Sanura: Opening the door she let’s crook out and then steps out herself. She didn’t have on the most practical of shoes but she strides towards the ruins unhaltingly.
[1:08:06 PM] ST: Alejandro considers this. “Maybe it would be good to talk to these suspects, then. Eventually. An investigation is a better place to begin, so you know what to look for.”
[1:08:44 PM] Malif: “That’s why I asked as to our destination back when we started out, but picking over the scene of the crime is probably a good idea first. It might give us something to use against them.”
[1:09:22 PM] Boudicca: “Fog…I thought I’d thought that was just a mainstay on the Isles…”
[1:09:30 PM] Harry: Harry piles out, and stretches. “Guess I’m on snacks and security…”
[1:09:40 PM] Malif: Malif strides towards the ruins to have a look around. He begins by looking for what used to be the gym.
[1:10:13 PM] Sanura: [have to go up gonna take the tablet for the time being]
[1:10:31 PM] Mike: “Right… but while we’re here, let’s see if there’s anything the police missed…” He gets out of the car, pulling his backpack off of his back and setting it down. He unzips it and pulls out a rather big-ish Guitar that looks like it has a double-bladed axe at the head of it. Embedded in the fretboard of the Guitar is a green-ish ivory-looking pick that depicts the picture of a skull on it. (( http://static.musiciansfriend.com/derivates/6/001/188/106/DV019_Jpg_Regular_110007.003.118_green_medium.jpg ))
[1:10:38 PM] Boudicca: Boudicca takes off her spear and holds it in one hand. She looks around the area, seeing if she can find anything interesting…
[1:11:07 PM] Malif: Malif carries no weapon as he seeks the former gym.
[1:11:14 PM] Boudicca: (Investigating the site, 5 successes)
[1:11:45 PM] Harry: (Keeping an eye out for interruptions, monsters, suspicious folks that aren’t us)
[1:12:17 PM] Malif: (What would such a roll be? Investigation + what? Int/wits/per?)
[1:12:41 PM] ST: (( Perception + Investigation ))
[1:13:22 PM] Malif: 3 successes
Heroes with Epic Perception
After everyone piles out of the vehicle and starts off to the ruins, you can hear Sofia saying quietly, “Daddy, are we too late to rescue anybody?”
[1:13:52 PM] Boudicca: Boudicca will whisper to Sofia after, “If we can, we’ll save whoever is here. Doesn’t look promising though, this place looks like a battlefield…”
[1:16:03 PM] Mike: Mike’s face gets sullen, sighing heavily as he hears something… he gulps, then puts on a smile before turning around to Sofia. “I’m sure everyone got out safely.” He nods, then goes straight to the middle of the school wreckage. He inhales through his nose, then out through his mouth. “Let’s get an X-Ray view of what’s goin on here…” He takes the pick against the guitar, plucking one of the low strings. The sound it makes feels like it’s coming straight from the ground, kinda eerie in its sound. The sound starts near him, but then echoes through the area, going wider for a bit. ((My X-Ray: Echolocation.))
There’s something nearby, near the rear of the parking lot. A person, you suspect, but there’s something off, as if it weren’t completely there.
[1:22:14 PM] ST: There are more people in the area, of course, solid. Officers, you suspect.
[1:17:48 PM] Boudicca: “This is definitely arson. The question is who and why…”
[1:17:48 PM] Malif: “Hmm, anyone good at interpreting footprints? Some in the ashes over here in the gym…”
[1:18:33 PM] Malif: "Which would suggest someone was walking around in theruins before us, but after the fire. "
[1:19:03 PM] Harry: ‘Like dozens of cops?’
[1:19:21 PM] Malif: “Perhaps.”
[1:19:55 PM] Boudicca: Boudicca thumbs a brooch she has hidden under her pelt and calls a small group of corvids. She says to them, “Go up, tell me if you see anything from the sky that we might not recognize from the ground. A pattern, symbol, anything,” and she gives them some corn nuts before they take off
[1:20:11 PM] Malif: “Now that is a handy trick.”
[1:21:16 PM] Mike: Mike stands there, letting the note echo in his mind as he does this. His eyes snap open as he turns around towards the parking lot. “We’ve got company…”
[1:21:25 PM] Harry: ‘What we need is the stuff cops would ignore. Feathers that didn’t burn, magical stuff, maybe a …"
[1:21:51 PM] Malif: Malif turns towards the parking lot at this news.
[1:21:52 PM] Harry: Harry goes to have a look, stealthily.
[1:22:09 PM] Boudicca: Boudicca goes to a ready stance
[1:22:38 PM] Mike: “Maybe someone who very nearly escaped my echolocation.. it’s like he barely registered…” His eyes narrow a bit, placing his pick at his Guitar, ready to ‘play his song to wake the dead.’
[1:23:15 PM] ST: A single crow returns to Boudicca, fluffing its feathers.
[1:23:48 PM] Boudicca: Boudicca gives it a corn nut and askes him what he saw
Crow: The dead one!
[1:23:50 PM] Malif: Malif looks incredibly unthreatening in his Dockers slacks, silk shirt, and no weapon whatsoever. Or any particular muscle mass either.
[1:24:29 PM] Boudicca: “Looks like there might be a formoiri here, a banshee I think. Be on the lookout…”
[1:24:57 PM] Harry: (taking it easy on stealth for 5 autohits)
[1:25:06 PM] Malif: “I don’t suppose an unquiet spirit or three would be a shock.”
[1:25:58 PM] Mike: “Great. Sound beast versus my beast of a sound… should be interesting… it’s probably what I saw at the parking lot…”
[1:31:37 PM] ST: “Hey, what are you four doing here?” A figure emerges from the fog, a man in a rumpled brown suit with an equally wrinkled white shirt and a stained tie. He’s got the tired face of a man who has seen far too much and short, dark brown hair which is graying at the temples. “You just walked into the middle of an arson investigation. Clear off and let me do my job, okay?”
[1:32:58 PM] Malif: Malif gives the man a quick once over. “Why, we’ve been sent to help, of course. What have you discovered so far?” (Using God’s Honest on the claim).
[1:35:46 PM] ST: The man eyeballs Malif for a moment, his blue eyes narrowed but not betraying much emotion beyond scrutiny. He hmphs and turns towards the scene. “Arson for sure. Fire patterns point to the use of some sort of accelerant to start it.”
[1:36:24 PM] Boudicca: “The arsonist was a professional, be mindful…”
[1:36:50 PM] Malif: Malif walks closer to the man to make for a morecompanionable discussion, rather than shouting to each other from across the grounds. “What of motives? Any signs of reasoning behind the attack?”
[1:37:19 PM] Boudicca: “A professional will have a reason; a message or a target.”
[1:37:37 PM] Boudicca: “Maybe both”
[1:39:16 PM] ST: He gives Boudica a brief once-over before turning back to Malif. “Talk to the suspects if you want those answers.”
[1:39:43 PM] Malif: “Oh we intend to, but were hoping to glean what we could from the site first.”
[1:39:55 PM] Malif: “Extra pairs of eyes, and all that.”
[1:41:21 PM] ST: (( Manipulation + Presence ))
[1:41:45 PM] Mike: (( Who? ))
[1:41:50 PM] ST: (( Malif ))
[1:42:40 PM] Malif: k
[1:43:02 PM] Malif: 5
[1:44:32 PM] ST: The arson investigator grunts, slowly pacing about the scene, his eyes fixed on it as if watching the event happen. “I don’t know about motives. But I found several empty gas cans, obviously used in the commission of the crime. Well hidden. They’ll be dusted for fingerprints shortly.”
[1:45:29 PM] Sanura: Sanura approaches and questions "the school never received any threats or such?
[1:45:36 PM] Malif: “Might we see them in the meantime?”
[1:46:26 PM] ST: “No threats have been reported.” He looks up to Sanura, then Malif. “The cans won’t have much use to you until those fingerprints are found.”
[1:47:12 PM] Boudicca: “Any claims of responsibility?”
[1:47:57 PM] Malif: “There is no way to know that for sure until we’ve seen them for ourselves. We won’t touch them, not to worry.”
[1:48:14 PM] ST: “Point may be moot anyway. Found four adult bodies in the alley behind the school’s parking lot. Gas cans were nearby. They bore numerous wounds—stab wounds, bullet wounds, and blunt-force trauma likely caused by impact with a vehicle—and were unable to be identified by anyone from the school.”
[1:48:44 PM] ST: “Cops think that the deceased may have set the fire. Or helped, at least.”
[1:48:50 PM] Malif: Malif’s eyebrows raise. “Really now? That’s quite a twist. We’ll definitely need to see those.”
[1:49:07 PM] Sanura: Sanura hmms softly “Could you give us the contact information of the staff?” her nose wrinkling at that news.
[1:49:16 PM] ST: (( Any more Investigation? The scene clearly has more tales to tell the discerning eye. ))
[1:49:34 PM] Sanura: [I don’t have investigation :(}
[1:49:39 PM] Malif: (Definitely)
[1:49:44 PM] Malif: 5 hits
[1:50:12 PM] ST: The investigator simply grunts.
[1:51:19 PM] Boudicca: (I rolled 5 successes earlier…not sure if you want me to roll again)
[1:51:57 PM] Sanura: Taking out a notebook she jots down a word “unco-operative” sounded out before she flips the book closed.
[1:52:27 PM] Malif: XD
[1:52:36 PM] ST: (( I’d given you some information already about what you found, Marc. ))
[1:52:43 PM] ST: (( You can make another roll to find more information ))
[1:53:07 PM] Boudicca: (keen, just wasn’t 100% sure)
[1:53:27 PM] Malif: “They appear to have been attacked by a group of six or so after the fire was set. Perhaps they were hired for the job, and then the employer wanted to remove loose ends?”
[1:53:45 PM] Malif: “But then, who are the ones caught in Millbrae I wonder.”
[1:53:57 PM | Edited 1:54:03 PM] Boudicca: “Do we know who the dead are?”
[1:54:14 PM] ST: Crook emerges from the fog and rubs against Sanura’s legs. Golden symbols float above his head. The investigator doesn’t seem to notice anything amiss when they do. There was a fight. There’s lots of dead on both sides. Many of them were removed. Four remained. The man who removed the bodies and the man who set the fire got into a car with another person.
[1:54:16 PM] Boudicca: “Employees, mobsters, other?”
[1:55:11 PM] Sanura: Sanura glances down to the feline when she feels him rub against her legs, curious as to what he might have found..
[1:56:59 PM] Malif: Malif wanders over to Crook, and crouches to pet him, acting as though he’s taking a moment to think. He whispers to the cat.
[1:57:02 PM] Boudicca: (Is keen. I know we don’t have IDs but I figure knowing said IDs would be good, is all I was trying to say)
[1:57:33 PM] Sanura: Sanura looks down at Crook with some surprise wondering how he’d gleaned so much information.
[1:58:11 PM] ST: Crook flicks his tail and responds to Malif.
Malif and Crook’s Exchange
[1:57:29 PM] Malif: “What can you tell us about this car?”
[1:58:34 PM] ST: Big, metal, four wheels.
[1:59:06 PM] Malif: “Well, yes, naturally. Any idea where it went? CAn you track it?”
[2:00:06 PM] ST: No. I’m not a dog, for Bastet’s sake.
[2:00:23 PM] Malif: “Of course not. You’re better than a dog.”
[1:59:17 PM] Harry: Harry walks away, so he can have a phone conversation without being associated with this.
[2:00:45 PM] Sanura: She turns her attention to the investigator. “Have you had a chance to speak to the suspects as of yet?”
[2:01:08 PM] Boudicca: “Sorry, but my fortay isn’t usually with finding out who started fires. I’ll bet those 4 bodies have a roll to play in it though, but I’m figuring you all know that already.”
[2:01:22 PM] ST: The investigator shakes his head in response to Sanura, still staring at the scene.
[2:02:52 PM] Malif: Malif speaks up. “Who were the witnesses that spotted the suspects fleeing and helped lead to their capture? We should speak with them as well.”
[2:03:05 PM] ST: “Yeah, they do. But it looks like just one guy actually set the fire. It was pre-planned. These footprints” he motions to the footprints indicated, “Are sharper than these” he walks over and motions to them, “which are near the accelerants.”
[2:03:25 PM] Harry: Harry puts away his phone and returns to his hiding spot to watch.
[2:08:54 PM] ST: After a long pause, the investigator looks up to Malif. “I’m not a cop. I just figure out who set the fire.”
[2:09:44 PM] Malif: “Is it not police who do that, then? Just who are you, then, exactly?”
[2:10:58 PM] ST: The investigator narrows his eyes at Malif. “Aren’t you an investigator too?”
[2:11:26 PM] ST: “You should know.”
[2:11:29 PM] Boudicca: “There was a fight here…7 people dead on on side of the arsonist, 4 on the other. The man who set the fires got into a car with another person, and their companions removed the bodies…”
[2:12:04 PM] Boudicca: Boudicca will show the evidence if anyone is interested
[2:12:15 PM] Malif: “We were not told who precisely to expect here, only to come and investigate the site itself.”
[2:12:27 PM] ST: He looks up at the Irish woman, then strides over to where she’s looking, double-checking her work. After a while, he nods. “Yeah… look at this set. They’re small. Like a child’s footprints.”
[2:13:03 PM] ST: “This other person may be a child…” His brow creases in puzzlement.
[2:13:16 PM] Harry: Harry blinks at that…
[2:13:35 PM] Harry: And heads for the ride. Time for a new talk with Alejandro.
[2:14:07 PM] Malif: “Wait, the perps removed the bodies? I thought they were found?”
[2:14:19 PM] ST: “Found four, but that doesn’t account for the other seven.”
[2:15:03 PM] Sanura: Sanura picks up Crook and dusts off his paws, “I don’t think there is much more to be uncovered here..” taking the cat back to the SUV unless he protests.
[2:16:16 PM] Malif: “Ah, fair enough then. We do appreciate your help, my good man. It will certainly be noted.”
[2:16:45 PM] Mike: Mike also heads back to the SUV, putting his guitar away inside of his backpack and piling back into the vehicle.
[2:17:24 PM] Boudicca: “Are we done here?”
[2:17:38 PM] ST: The crow ruffles its feathers again, cawing.
[2:17:45 PM] Malif: Malif heads back as well, curious to see how Sofia would react to some of these findings.
[2:18:28 PM] Boudicca: “I think a formoiri might be incoming people…”
[2:18:40 PM] Boudicca: Boudicca hands the crow a corn nut
[2:19:04 PM] Malif: “Oh yes, I’d quite forgotten about that. Where is it? Perhaps we could speak with it?”
[2:21:43 PM] Mike: Mike rubs his soul patch a bit, then looks at the others. “I’ll be back, you guys… something’s bugging me.” He hops out of the SUV and heads back to the school, towards the parking lot…
Harry’s talk with Alejandro
Harry climbs into the ride. “So. This isn’t the first time you’ve ran into this, is it?”
[2:15:52 PM] ST: Alejandro looks at Harry as he enters the vehicle. “What?”
[2:17:50 PM] Harry: “The arsonists were put down by what looks alot like a team of godkids. And it looks like a kid survived the fire and got evacced.”
[2:19:42 PM] ST: He gives Harry a skeptical look. “Good work. But that doesn’t…” He narrows his eyes. “You think /I/ was involved in this?”
[2:21:44 PM] Harry: “I think the story of how you ended up with Sofia might be remixed here, and I might be served by hearing the original jam.”
[2:23:50 PM] ST: Alejandro’s gaze falls to the side as he considers. He looks back up to Harry. “It’s a coincidence, Harry. I swear.”
[2:25:06 PM] Harry: Harry looks back and sees the others coming in.
[2:25:19 PM] Harry: “More about this later?”
[2:28:02 PM] ST: Alejandro nods. “What else did you find out?”
[2:28:19 PM] ST: Sofia is very quiet, fidgeting a little with her new bracelet.
[2:29:11 PM] Harry: “I can almost confirm supers jumped the arsonists…”blunt force trauma that’s ‘likely’ a vehicle" my ass."
[2:30:57 PM] Harry: “So we’re dealing with a crew that tried to stop this, or at least avenge it. Probably one survivor from the school?”
[2:38:52 PM] Sanura: Sanura arches a brow softly “em.. famliar to what?” she questions as she releases her hold on Crook to let him roam the vehicle as he wishes.
[2:39:14 PM] Harry: “Someone hit like a truck, but not clearly a vehicle. Sounds like a page from my private work, but I wasn’t even aware of this till you told us all at that meal.”
[2:39:43 PM] Malif: (Sofia and Alej still in the SUV I take it?)
[2:39:48 PM] Harry: (Yes)
[2:39:51 PM] Malif: Malif looks over meaningfully at little Sofia, raising one eyebrow.
[2:40:22 PM] ST: Sofia is clearly not paying much attention to the conversation, wrapped up in her own thoughts for the time being.
[2:40:39 PM] Sanura: Glances to Sofia and then back to Malif.. her expression clearly encouraging him to continue.
[2:40:48 PM] Malif: Malif reaches over to put a gentle hand on Sofia’s shoulder.
[2:41:11 PM] ST: She looks up. “Did you rescue anyone, Mr. Malif?”
[2:41:24 PM] Malif: “No, but I think you did.”
[2:41:28 PM] Harry: “Not yet, squirt. Still in Batman mode.”
[2:41:51 PM] Harry: He halts at that.
[2:41:56 PM] ST: “I did… ?”
[2:42:08 PM] Harry: He looks at Alejandro.
[2:42:08 PM] Sanura: She blinks a couple of times catching on finally.. but the burns are .. old scars she thinks.
[2:43:08 PM] Harry: “I had a thought in a similar vein, but Sofia’s had her badges for years. This is new.”
[2:43:33 PM] Boudicca: “The child’s footprints are also much too large to be Sofia’s”
[2:43:47 PM] Malif: “Oh, she has? Hmm, must be someone else then. Sofia, were there any other very, very strong children that went to this school, do you know? Did you go to this school?”
[2:44:00 PM] ST: Alejandro runs a hand through his hair in exasperation. He turns to face Boudicca as she speaks up, but doesn’t say anything more.
[2:44:09 PM] Harry: Harry grins at her. “Sofia, you’re not like She-Ra right? You don’t turn into an older kid and go kick butt?”
[2:44:44 PM] Harry: “Well, more like Captain Marvel.”
[2:44:53 PM] ST: “No, I get private tutors.” She fidgets with her bracelet again, not appearing particularly cheered up by Harry’s statement.
[2:45:45 PM] Harry: “Squirt, I’m feeling like some ice cream. How about we go get some?”
[2:46:05 PM] Harry: “Let you ride piggy back…”
[2:46:57 PM] ST: “No thanks, Harry,” she says, not looking at him.
[2:47:00 PM] Malif: “So, an adult and a child were there nearby, taking out the arsonists after the crime was committed, then drove away. Curious.”
[2:47:26 PM] Sanura: She hmms softly “I think we need to go find out more about the people involved.. the teachers walked away didn’t they?”
[2:47:42 PM] Malif: Malif pats sofia on the shoulder. “I know its sad business, little one, but is there anything else on your mind? You can tell us.”
[2:48:00 PM] Harry: He blinks. That usually has her hopping. “Hey, Sofia, come with Uncle Harry.” He hops out of the ride, and waves her out.
[2:48:58 PM] Harry: He walks around the back and pops the hatch to let her out.
[2:50:41 PM] ST: (( The article says that the fire happened during school hours and everyone was evacuated save for a few fatalities. ))
[2:50:52 PM] Boudicca: (If Sofia turns into the hulk, that’d be great…)
[2:50:58 PM] Malif: (3 fatalities)
[2:51:23 PM] ST: (( Really? It’s four. ))
[2:51:29 PM] ST: (( Whoops, guess I typoed ))
[2:51:32 PM] Malif: XD
[2:56:42 PM] ST: Sofia still doesn’t look up. “It’s just that… Daddy was there to rescue me from the fire. So there’s gotta be someone who rescued someone from this fire, too.” Alejandro turns to the rest of the group. “That’s enough, you guys. You have the evidence—we have nothing to do with what happened, and I wouldn’t have even brought her here if I thought it was safe to leave her at home, okay?” Sofia falls into a sullen silence. Alejandro takes a deep breath. “What’s… what’s the next course of action?”
Meanwhile, with Mike…
[2:27:46 PM] ST: Your fine hairs stand on end as you reach the location of the spirit. She’s easy to find, making no effort to hide. She was once beautiful, but her beauty did not survive death. Her skull is split open and her skin now hangs down halfway into her eyes and continuously drips blood down her face. Blood mats her raven hair. A number of other wounds further disfigure her. She looks up at your approach, and strides over to you quickly, her ghostly feet never touching the ground. “You… you can see me?”
[2:28:50 PM] Mike: Mike smiles and nods. “I can… thanks to my father. Do you know what happened?”
[2:36:13 PM] ST: “Your father… ?” Her eyes widen. “You’re one of us! Thank the gods!” She spins around in relief and faces you again. “Yes. Me and my group… we were investigating death of a friend, and the disappearance of her daughter, Susan Ray. But we were found out. There…” Her gaze falls to the ground. “There was a battle. I… died.” She looks up quickly. “But Angela and Naomi, they’re still alive, right? I heard the officers talking about suspects and arrests…” She pauses. “They—we—didn’t start any fire!”
[2:42:47 PM] Mike: Mike nods in response to the ghost’s declaration. “Yes, I’m one of you. As well as some others nearby. But it seems I’m the only one who can speak with you…” He listens to the girl’s story and his face saddens. “I’m sorry… I don’t know who Angela or Naomi are…” He sighed. “The fire. They have two suspects in custody… both female. Maybe they’re Angela and Naomi. We’re about to go see them now, get a little more information on what happened, if they have any. Can you describe the person that DID start the fire? It’d go a long way in helping to figure out who he is, and making sure he takes responsibility…”
[2:58:58 PM | Edited 3:02:14 PM] ST: “Yes. I—” She stops short as she spots something behind Mike. Her face contorts into rage. “Her. She’s one of them.” She strides purposefully right through Mike, heading into the fog.
[2:59:25 PM] Mike: Mike’s face goes wide as he turns around and follows behind her.
[3:05:00 PM] ST: It’s not long before she leads you right to a heavyset Hispanic woman with dark brown hair, a doughy face with black eyes, and a large, squat nose. She’s heavyset and is wearing a plain blue short-sleeved workshirt and jeans. She looks up as she spots you and picks up her pace. It’s not long before she’s in her car. It starts up and peels away.
[3:06:31 PM] Mike: Mike looks at the car, memorizing it, memorizing the woman. He can’t do anything as she’s already peeling away, only glaring. He sighs and turns to the ghost. “Thank you, my dear… I’ll keep her face in my mind until we catch her… what’s your name? You’ve been very helpful.”
[3:08:27 PM] ST: “DAMMIT! What are you waiting for? She’s getting away!”
[3:08:41 PM] ST: It’s clear that this woman is still incensed.
[3:09:13 PM] Mike: “I can’t run that fast! But one of our group CAN! Just give us time. We WILL get her. I promise you.” He smiles and places a gentle hand against where her cheek would be…
[3:10:27 PM] ST: And your hand passes through. “Well then let’s not waste time!” She turns away and begins storming off, and then turns back, “Well?”
[3:13:50 PM] ST: She promptly faces the direction indicated and quickly strides towards it.
[3:14:05 PM] Mike: Mike follows right alongside. “You still haven’t told me your name.”
[3:14:35 PM] ST: “Joanna Devereaux, daughter of Erzulie,” she says quickly.
[3:15:04 PM] Mike: “Michael Umul. Son of Baron Samedi.” He then gets to the SUV. (( Back to the chat. ))
Back in the SUV…
[2:58:04 PM] Malif: “Oh its clear you two weren’t involved. I’m curious who this other child was though. Maybe we should find the witnesses to the getaway?”
[2:58:18 PM] Boudicca: “I’d like to know more about the combat, but I’m not sure what else I can get from here…”
[2:58:21 PM] Harry: “Well…” Says Harry, still leaning in the open SUV back hatch… “We have to find out who did it, and the cops have them. Then, we find out why… and we find out who stopped ’em.”
[2:58:35 PM] Harry: “Once we know those things…we can actually do something.”
[2:59:55 PM] Malif: “That may be a more direct next step, yes.”
[3:00:04 PM] Harry: “See, this is why I support the whole superhero thing. If the guys who beat the arsonists had identities on the news, like Justice Leaguers, or Avengers, this’d be easy. Call their press agent.”
[3:01:04 PM] Malif: “So, to the jail, then?”
[3:01:40 PM | Edited 3:01:44 PM] Boudicca: “You do know the justice league isn’t real, yes?”
[3:01:42 PM] Harry: “Well, can we get someone to pull a Supernatural? Get in, wave a fake badge, talk to the detectives and the guys in the morgue?”
[3:02:31 PM] Harry: "Dude, I run at 155 mph. I can run from one end of the US to the other in 24 hours. I once punched a zombie’s head off. Don’t talk to me about “not real”."
[3:02:52 PM] Malif: Malif chuckles. “Well, of course! Have you forgotten who is with you?”
[3:03:36 PM] Harry: “Well, that’s our next step then.” He closes the hatch, and shoots back around to the front passenger seat. “And then, ice cream.”
[3:04:51 PM] Sanura: Sanura whispers to Crook that he should go see Sofia, cheer her up.
[3:06:22 PM] Sanura: “I don’t know that all of us need to go to the police station.. who among us looks most like officers.. two would be ideal I’d imagine, if crime shows are any indication..”
[3:07:04 PM] ST: As she listens to the purposeful back-and-forth, Sofia seems to grow a little less grim. Crook hops in her lap and she begins petting him.
[3:07:11 PM] Boudicca: (Width of USA: 5,871 mile. 24 hrs * 155 MPH = 3720 miles. It’d take you a day and a half-ish)
[3:07:41 PM] Harry: (Canadian border in Maine, to Canadian border north of Seattle, all Interstate)
[3:08:30 PM] Malif: “I could use a moment to grab a wig, so they won’t recognize me, and whip up a fake badge.”
[3:08:51 PM] Boudicca: (That’s like saying “I can cross canada in a day from Windsor to Vancouver” even though Halifax is much farther then Windsor. Just saying.)
[3:09:44 PM] Malif: (OK, so let’s try that. Sanura can come with me)
[3:10:27 PM] Sanura: [Bodi looks the part more, Sanura doesn’t look very.. police officer -ish ]
[3:11:10 PM] Sanura: [and being that I don’t know when I’m going to be going..]
[3:11:11 PM] ST: “Okay,” she responds to Harry. “Maybe I could have a little.”
[3:11:26 PM] Malif: (Alright, Bodi then.)
[3:11:39 PM] Malif: Malif turns to the Irish lass. “Do you have any skills in social misdirection?”
[3:12:33 PM] Sanura: Sanura shakes her head.. "She doesn’t need them.. she’s the strong silent type.. you’re the talkative one that introduces the pair of you.. "
[3:13:42 PM] Malif: “Its good to know,regardless.”
[3:13:51 PM] Harry: (my math turned out to be off, but fuck it, Legend is awesome)
[3:14:17 PM] Harry: http://goo.gl/maps/kdlum
[3:14:25 PM] Boudicca: “Social misdirection? Me? Um, I can tell’m I’m like those Irish cops on those really bad TV shows…”
[3:14:52 PM] Sanura: [I’m going to try and get a nap before my family gets here, I’ll read to catch up.. mark me if needed]
[3:15:22 PM] Malif: “Right, so yes, leave the talking to me, certainly.”
[3:15:37 PM] Mike: Michael strides up quickly, going over to Alejandro’s window. “Did you see a car peel out of here like a bat out of hell?”
[3:16:04 PM] ST: The temperature in the vehicle drops suddenly, sending shivers up spines and goosebumps up arms. Crook tenses up and hisses at some unseen thing.
[3:16:30 PM] Malif: “Is this your formorii, or whats it called, Bodi?”
[3:16:44 PM] ST: “What’s wrong, kitty?”
[3:16:58 PM] Harry: “This…is not good.”
[3:17:11 PM] Mike: “It’s fine.”
[3:17:16 PM] ST: A car zooms past the SUV, heading out of the parking lot.
[3:17:28 PM] Malif: Malif tries to get a peek at the driver?
[3:17:32 PM] ST: (( Just double-checking: Anyone else with Death Senses? ))
[3:18:03 PM] ST: (( Perception + Awareness, Malif ))
[3:18:04 PM] Malif: (Was it the arson guy? Possibly looking really scared? And no death for me)
[3:18:05 PM] Boudicca: “Formoiri? Um, I haven’t seen one here…it’s possible”
[3:18:14 PM] Boudicca: (no death stuff here)
[3:18:19 PM] Mike: “That’s the arsonist! Let’s go!” He opens the door as if letting someone in first. Then would follow right after. “Follow that vehicle, Alejandro! Now!”
[3:18:24 PM] Malif: 2
[3:18:42 PM] Boudicca: “My birds said they saw a Formoiri, but I can’t see it…if you guys can that’d be great.”
[3:19:10 PM] Boudicca: Boudicca jumps in the car, curious as to the sudden commotion
[3:19:13 PM] Malif: “What? Why would the arsonist be here today? Was it that investigator?”
[3:19:43 PM] Mike: “No. It was a woman! Hispanic, heavy-set. No dilly-dallying! Let’s go!”
[3:20:03 PM] Harry: ‘Mask time, kids.’ Harry starts suiting up. ‘Hit it!’
[3:20:03 PM] Malif: The rest of us are already int he car, so we’re good to go.
[3:20:16 PM] Joanna: “Fuckin’ a, what’s taking so long! She’s getting away!”
[3:20:52 PM | Edited 3:21:06 PM] Mike: Michael would look at an empty seat. “They can’t hear or see you. Not like I can. I’m TRYING to get them going as fast as possible! ALEJANDRO!”
[3:20:52 PM] Harry: Body armor, hoodie, mask, gloves.
[3:21:22 PM] Malif: Malif glances at the rockstar. “Who are you talking to?”
[3:21:53 PM] Boudicca: “Masks? You guys think you really are the avengers?” Boudicca asks, a bit worried for her companion’s sanity…
[3:22:13 PM] Mike: “Joanna Devereaux. Daughter of Erzulie. She’s a Spirit.”
[3:22:14 PM] Harry: http://andypoondesign.deviantart.com/art/Flash-Concept-302251723 plus http://www.paintballrevolution.com/images/products/detail/2012i43QCloth_Red.png
[3:22:31 PM | Edited 3:22:57 PM] Harry: And the Speedster is GONE. Out the door of the moving vehicle.
[3:22:35 PM] Malif: “You found a ghost here? Did she witness the arson?”
[3:22:40 PM | Edited 3:23:47 PM] ST: Alejandro quickly starts up the car, hits the gas, and yanks the steering wheel, pulling a half-donut to face the SUV towards the parking lot’s exit. He speeds after the other car. Sofia laughs in delight.
[3:23:17 PM] Harry: (All of the Fatebonds, none of the traffic camera IDs)
[3:23:18 PM] Boudicca: “And I thought the British couldn’t drive…”
[3:23:50 PM] Harry: Gonna crank it up to full intercept speed, 2 Legend
[3:24:40 PM] Joanna: “Finally!”
[3:24:13 PM] Mike: “YES! That’s why I’m ge-” He stops mid-sentence as they peel away after the vehicle. “Don’t worry, Joanna. We’ll get her!” He says this as comfortingly as possible, to possibly let her rage subside even if just a bit.
[3:25:00 PM] Malif: “Oh, dear. Was Joanna one of the 3 that died in the fire? We’ll most certainly get these people. But why would the arsonist be there today?”
[3:25:01 PM] Harry: Harry, at the moment in his Red Heat togs, is blurring after the car, leaving the rest of the team in the -dust-.
[3:26:01 PM] Mike: “Just be glad you’ve got a medium. Otherwise, we wouldn’t ever be able to know about her…”
[3:26:39 PM] Mike: Mike looks at Malif. “No. She died fighting the ones who were responsible…” He looks at the empty seat. “Right?”
[3:27:00 PM] Joanna: Joanna shivers. “Could you please not mention the whole dying thing?” she snaps. “I’m still getting used to it.”
[3:27:04 PM] Harry: (2 hits on a Perception + Awareness to lock onto the car and catch up)
[3:27:50 PM] Malif: “So Joanna was the one in the alley, who got in the car with some adult and left?”
[3:27:56 PM] Harry: Holy Bound as needed to parkour over cars and people.
[3:28:02 PM] Boudicca: “My first day in America and already a car chase. I love it here!”
[3:28:10 PM] Harry: Sky’s Grace to ignore fall damage.
[3:28:30 PM] Harry: 9 dice and 4 autos to avoid a tumble or stumble or impact.
[3:28:33 PM] Mike: Mike nods. “I understand… I’m sure it’d be tough on anyone.”
[3:29:35 PM] Joanna: “God DAMN you guys are slow. I was fighting the guy who was kidnapping a girl, okay? He’s the one who set the fire. This woman we’re after, she works for that guy. Probably going back to report to him or something.”
[3:29:41 PM] Malif: (Did Majin see my last question?)
[3:31:03 PM] Joanna: “Me and my friends…” she pauses. “We gotta get Angela and Naomi outta jail, if that’s where they are. But this is more important right now.”
[3:31:37 PM] ST: (( Okay, I’ll get to you in a minute Hans ))
[3:32:07 PM] Harry: (No prob)
[3:32:47 PM | Edited 3:33:50 PM] Mike: “Well, I’m not a genius. My God’s that of Death and parties. Plus, the one who left, he’s faster than us and is already chasing the car.” He looks at the others. “So more information. The woman isn’t the one who SET the fire… but she works for the guy who did. And the ones that they apprehended, they’re innocent. In fact, they’re Joanna’s friends more than likely. So when we apprehend the jerkwad that did this, we need to get to the Jail and request their release.”
[3:33:51 PM] Boudicca: Boudicca moves up and opens the sun roof. She throws her brooch in the air and a flock of Ravens appears about the SUV. “Follow that car for us!” she shouts to them, “And help us keep track of them if we lose them!”
[3:34:23 PM] Malif: “I did suspect that the ones in custody were likely scapegoats or framed. The police have no idea what they’re really dealing with here, I’m sure.”
[3:34:40 PM] Malif: “Requesting their release won’t be simple.”
[3:34:45 PM] Mike: “Well, from what I’d guess, the ones in Jail are God children much like Joanna.”
[3:35:17 PM] Malif: “How did Joanna die, anyway? If I may be indelicate and ask.”
[3:35:37 PM] Joanna: “I took a fucking bayonet to the skull, okay?”
[3:36:10 PM] Mike: “A bayonet to the skull.” Something finally clicked in his head, and he turned to the empty seat. “Wait… you said the guy was kidnapping a girl? That could be the motive. Did you know the girl?”
[3:36:19 PM] Joanna: Joanna tries to put the skin on her face back up in its proper place but it plops right back down again.
[3:37:21 PM] Malif: “Oh, Joanna WASNT the one in that car then? What an awful wayto go, though…. I’m terriblysorry to hear that, Joanna.”
[3:37:30 PM] ST: The birds spread out and fly away, their caws quickly fading in the fog.
[3:38:31 PM] Joanna: “Yeah, well, I’m sorry too,” Joanna says in response to Malif. “No, I don’t know the girl, but I’m pretty sure the guy who took her was the same one who took Susan.”
[3:39:59 PM] Joanna: She grumbles. “At least I took out one of those fuckers with me. As if that’s a comfort.”
[3:41:09 PM | Edited 3:41:34 PM] Mike: “So then if we find this guy, we’ll more than likely find Susan and the other girl. Got it.” He inhales through his nose, then out his mouth. “You were very brave to fight like you did. And taking out one of them? That’s a good way to go: take your enemy with you.” He would look SO crazy just talking to himself…
[3:43:03 PM] Joanna: “Brave? Fuck bravery. I’m DEAD, and I wasn’t able to stop that kidnapper.”
[3:43:44 PM] ST: Crook is currently huddled under a seat in the far corner of the SUV, growling.
[3:44:36 PM] Mike: “You can’t blame yourself for that…” He sighs. “Look. I found you, and I’m going to make sure we get the son of a-” He bites his tongue as he remembers Sofia’s in the car. “The jerk that’s behind all of this.”
[3:44:50 PM] ST: A raven returns, lighting on Boudicca’s shoulder. It nuzzles her cheek as if whispering something into her ear.
[3:45:30 PM] Boudicca: “Yessum?” (to the raven)
[3:45:45 PM] Raven: Turn soon, towards the east. (A right turn, by your estimation)
[3:45:58 PM] ST: The SUV is approaching a T-intersection
[3:46:11 PM] Mike: Mike looks at Boudicca. “Which way?”
[3:46:56 PM] Boudicca: “Turn right!!!”
[3:47:48 PM] ST: Alejandro yanks the steering wheel again, drifting around the corner. He slams on the gas once they’re facing the correct direction, sending the back of the car fishtailing briefly.
[3:49:14 PM] Joanna: “I don’t blame myself. I blame that fucker, and the guy who killed me. Point is I’m still… I’m still dead.” Joanna pauses. “But I’m not gonna rest for a fucking second until those kids are safe.”
[3:49:52 PM] Mike: Mike continues his conversation with nobody. “And neither will I. So don’t worry about it so much. So… the woman. Do you know who she is at all? Her name?”
[3:49:55 PM] ST: Sofia laughs again, grim thoughts seemingly forgotten for now.
[3:52:54 PM] Joanna: “No, I don’t.”
[3:53:29 PM] Mike: Mike sighs. “Well… regardless. We’ll get them BOTH! I make this promise on the blood of my father that runs through my veins.”
[3:53:59 PM] Mike: ((His Vengeance is showing… XD ))
[3:55:40 PM] Joanna: Joanna is quiet, seemingly mollified for the time being. She’s staring at the window. After a long pause, she says, “Can someone shut that cat up?”
[3:56:04 PM] Mike: Mike looks around a bit. “Where IS Crook?”
[3:56:13 PM] Boudicca: “Crook is hiding…”
[3:57:22 PM] Mike: “Crook… come on out. It’s fine…” He doesn’t speak like he would a normal animal. It’s clear Crook has sentience, so he’s treating him like he would a normal person. “She may be angry, but she’s not evil. I can promise you that…”
[3:58:09 PM] Malif: (I like how you explained the blatantly obvious there Majin XD )
[3:58:36 PM] Mike: (( What do you mean? ))
[3:58:36 PM] ST: Crook doesn’t seem all that comforted, judging how the continuous growling has not been broken yet.
[3:59:05 PM] Malif: (Everyone knows the cat is special XD )
[4:00:13 PM] Mike: “Crook… seriously… she just wants to get the guys who burned down a school full of her friends. You can’t tell me that if somebody or something tried to hurt your friends that you wouldn’t be pissed off.”
[4:00:54 PM] ST: The flock of corvids wing into view, circle around, and fly in the same direction as the SUV. Alejandro eyes them briefly and follows their lead.
[4:01:54 PM] Boudicca: “Go birds go!”
[4:05:44 PM] ST: Alejandro’s phone beeps but he ignores it for the time being, following the birds. They lead him to what looks to be a church. The double steeples loom high overhead, like spears pointed at the domains of the Gods. The church is built of stone blacked with age and pollution, and the founding date carved into the cornerstone is 1853. Unruly kids with rocks have long since broken most of the beautiful old stained-glass windows, which have been replaced either with plain glass or plywood. Alejandro stops the car short beside a sidewalk, and looks to the group in the rearview mirror. “I think this is the place.”
Previously, as Harry sped away…
[3:34:55 PM] ST: Though you can’t catch sight of the vehicle itself, you notice fresh tire marks at a right turn down a side street.
[3:36:13 PM] Harry: Taking the turn.
[3:41:28 PM] ST: Since you only caught a glimpse of the vehicle, the vague idea of the color (beige) and body type (nondescript sedan), you notice a bunch like it parked on the street. Still you proceed, looking for it. (( Another Perception + Awareness ))
[3:50:27 PM] Harry: 4 hits
[3:50:37 PM] Harry: I’
[3:50:52 PM] Harry: I’m hoping with my epic Wits 3 I may have caught the plate number
[3:52:04 PM] ST: There it is! You spot it through the fog just as it turns a corner. You also see some crows or ravens winging after it.
[3:52:30 PM] ST: You’re very close, and only drawing closer.
[3:52:48 PM] Harry: Pouring it on. The people are dealing with a red blur moving at the speed of a Indy car.
[3:54:19 PM] ST: It seems to be heading to an old, worn-down church.
[3:54:48 PM] ST: You effortlessly catch up to it before it can enter the church parking lot.
[3:55:40 PM] Harry: I hang back and duck aside, hit a hiding spot.
[3:55:57 PM] Harry: I want to see who comes out, rather than start a car crash
[3:57:26 PM] ST: The car parks and heavyset, nondescript Hispanic woman gets out, wearing the clothes of a cleaning lady. She looks around warily for a little while, her eyes wide as she tries to see through the fog. Sweat stands out on her brow and her breathing comes quick. She fans herself with her hand and wipes her brow with her sleeve before heading into the church.
[3:57:51 PM | Edited 3:57:57 PM] Harry: I want to be in that church before she is done wiping her brow.
[3:59:45 PM] ST: Inside, the smell of the church incense mingles with musty old hymnals and the lemon-scented wax used to polish the wooden pews. Although the church is old, it is pristinely clean. There are no cobwebs or dust bunnies to be found.
[4:00:14 PM] Harry: Hiding spot is top priority. Batman style.
[4:01:04 PM] Harry: (6 hits for stealth)
[4:02:38 PM] ST: The Hispanic woman walks in, disappearing into a closet in the back and re-emerging shortly thereafter with cleaning supplies. She appears to have calmed considerably, and doesn’t seem to notice you.
[4:02:52 PM] Harry: Out comes the cellphone, mute, text Alejandro to check my position on my “GPS your friend list” app, phone is put back.
[4:04:02 PM] Harry: Coming out now. “So, nice church.” Still in the hero togs.