[12:09:07 PM] ST: Those of you who received Mr. Xaxalpa’s business card found your eye drawn to it more than once. Was it the design, the colors? Whatever it was, you found yourself contacting him in short order. He has arranged a flight for you to San Francisco and a limo ride to Acquerello, a fancy restaurant. He says you’ll be riding with some other associates, though he didn’t specify who they would be.
[12:09:54 PM] Malif: Malif called him the next day, even ;)
[12:10:04 PM] Mike: As did Mike.
[12:10:17 PM] Malif: Hmm, Fancy mexican restaurant? Neat!
[12:11:01 PM] ST: Not particularly Mexican, no. ;)
[12:12:25 PM] Malif: (Got my image up on Obs for Malif :D )
[12:12:31 PM] ST: Is Mike taking the whole band with him?
[12:13:15 PM] Sanura: Sanura had actually cleared it with the museum board and come along in search of the promised artifacts. A slight frown marring her lips as she dislikes being tossed into a group with some strangers. [brb asap but yes here.. gimme five!]
[12:15:38 PM] Harry: Harry flies under his birth name, so as not to get the media up his butt. Ballcap, shades, hoodie, jeans… not matching either his Synergy brand, just trying to stay off the media radar.
[12:16:58 PM] Malif: Malif takes the opposite approach, and generally travels as his stage name. Though he’s dressed semicasual.
[12:17:05 PM] Harry: He does pack for various situations, of course.
[12:17:25 PM] ST: (( Majin, is Mike going to bring the bandmates along? ))
[12:18:05 PM] Malif: Malif’s version of casual is dockers-style slacks and silk shirts.
[12:20:08 PM] Mike: (( That’s gonna be a no. He’ll probably tell them about the dinner after it’s done. If asked about it, he’s gonna tell them that it’s just a meeting, and that they’ll probably be bored out of their skulls. The truth being, he has a weird feeling about Alejandro all of a sudden. ))
[12:20:55 PM] Malif: (I like Alejandro, myself ;) )
[12:21:08 PM] Malif: (But yeah, IC, somethin’s up with the boy!)
[12:21:33 PM] ST: (( Okay. ))
[12:21:35 PM] Mike: Mike isn’t so casual about it. He’s not EXTREMELY well-known, so he doesn’t have to fear himself being attacked by fans. He has his Guitar on his back in a case. He’s in his usual garb. If anyone needs a picture, I can provide it.
[12:22:31 PM] ST: Your flight arrives at the San Francisco International Airport and, sure enough, waiting in the lobby is a uniformed man in a driver’s cap holding a sign that reads “ASSOCIATES OF MR. XAXALPA”
[12:23:10 PM] Malif: Malif approaches the man immediately.
[12:23:13 PM] Harry: Harry approaches, giving the driver a nod and a smile. “How’s the family, Regg?”
[12:25:18 PM] Mike: Mike smiles and approaches the driver, but then sees another guy going up to him that certainly didn’t look like Alejandro. This must be one of the others that he talked about over the phone. He approached, waving in a gesture to the driver, giving him a smile. “I do believe that sign refers to me… how many people are you expecting to show up?”
[12:25:49 PM] ST: The driver nods in greeting to those that approach, but smiles at Harry. “Jon has been practicing every day since he met you. He made the winning run at his last baseball game.”
[12:26:24 PM] Harry: “Awesome, don’t make early promises, but I’ll try to stop by for some practice, if time affords it.” He loads his things up himself.
[12:26:56 PM] Sanura: Tugging a steamer trunk on a small dolly she pauses at the luggage pick up, catching site of the driver. She heaves a sigh and her heels take her towards the driver, watching several fellows approaching the man as well. “Miss Menmatre reporting for transport” she informs him loud enough to be heard.
[12:27:10 PM] Malif: Malif just stands beside the others, watching the exchange between the jock and the driver. Guess they know each other already.
[12:27:31 PM] Malif: He has a rather sizable suitcase himself, on rollers.
[12:28:28 PM] Harry: Harry, just to make things easier on Reggie, loads up the luggage in the back himself.
[12:29:22 PM] Mike: Mike has his Guitar case and a duffel bag with him.
[12:30:13 PM] Malif: Malif assumes people recognize him, so hasn’t said anything to the driver.
[12:33:26 PM] ST: The driver’s eyes scan all of you, mentally counting you in a flash. While Harry packs his things in the trunk, the driver takes roll. “We have a Mr. Mercury… a Mr. Mysterious… a Ms. Menmatre… and a Mr. Umul.” He looks up at each of you for any sort of confirmation you want to give before proceeding to the next. After confirming your identities, he ushers you into the limo before going to the trunk and putting your luggage there. Anything you’re insisting on keeping with you?
[12:33:29 PM] Mike: Mike doesn’t recognize who Malif is at all.
[12:34:35 PM] Mike: Mike will let the driver take his duffel bag, but he insists on keeping his guitar case.
[12:34:36 PM] Malif: Malif nods at the mention of his stage name, smiling warmly. He slips into the limo, only his worn items with him.
[12:35:23 PM] Sanura: Hadn’t mentioned it but a very pissed off Crook is in a cat carrier and she of course keeps that with her.
[12:35:30 PM] Harry: “M M M U….MMMU…” He then breaks into humming Beethoven’s 5th.
[12:35:48 PM] Malif: XD
[12:36:01 PM] Malif: Malif looks at the jock humming classical music with some surprise.
[12:36:49 PM] Mike: Mike raises an eyebrow at the classical humming, then just shrugs.
[12:36:58 PM] Harry: He does it with surprising skill, swappign between instruments and backbeats with ease…
[12:37:04 PM] Harry: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6z4KK7RWjmk
[12:37:51 PM] Malif: Malif smiles, finding it a pleasant surprise.
[12:38:07 PM] Harry: He takes to whistling in combination, to cover the high strings…
[12:38:40 PM] Harry: And he doesn’t stop after the first 8 or even 20 notes, he’s doing the whole song at this rate.
[12:38:56 PM] Sanura: As soon as she’s seated in the back of the limo she’d unzip the carrier to let the feline out to roam. If anyone didn’t like it.. they’d have to speak up. She finds her head tilting slightly to the tune hummed and reaches into a side pouch of the carrier to hand offer the feline a few chicken treats in recompense for the enforced enclosure.
[12:39:21 PM] Malif: Malif chuckles after a few minutes of this. “My friend, you’ve a surprising taste in music. And quite the energy!”
[12:40:35 PM] Harry: He grins, and realizes he’ll have to abandon the song to talk, and does so. “Yeah, energy’s kind of my thing. And I love anything fast and complex, and who doesn’t love Beethoven’s 5th? It’s everywhere.”
[12:40:56 PM] Malif: Malif nods. “True, true.”
[12:40:57 PM] ST: The cat warily exits the carrier, looking around with eyes that are practically full circles, bobbing his head as he scents the air. Soon enough, however, he’s drawn to the offered treats.
[12:41:18 PM] Mike: Mike chuckles. “I even use it as a base in some of my songs.”
[12:41:58 PM] Malif: Malif looks to the heavy metal player, one eyebrow raised in clear doubt.
[12:42:43 PM] Sanura: Setting the case on the floor she crosses her legs at the ankle and uses her free hand to smooth over Crooks fur. Her gaze drawn to the gentlemen as they speak. She has a feeling she aught to know them but can’t place where from. To much time with antiquities it seems.
[12:42:43 PM] Harry: Now that the doors are shut, he looses the ballcap and shades, revealing the most popular sports star in the world, Harry “Synergy” Mercury. Outrageous playboy, and not only fastest man in the world, but All-Star in five sports. Baseball, basketball, football, track and bicycling.
[12:43:20 PM] Malif: Malif shows zero reaction to the reveal of the sports star. He holds his palm out for the cat to sniff.
[12:43:29 PM] Mike: Mike doesn’t really react either.
[12:43:45 PM] Malif: (Malif doesnt follow sports, he just doesnt recognize him XD )
[12:44:18 PM] ST: The cat slowly approaches, ears perked forward, his nose lightly touching Malif’s hand.
[12:44:39 PM] Sanura: Her brow arches faintly at Harrys reveil .. she’d seen him in adds and such though she didn’t follow sports. Strange friends but then a business man could have fingers in every pot she imagines.
[12:44:41 PM] Harry: (If your character would recognize any sports superstar, like Micheal Jordan, he’d recognize Synergy. The man’s face is on everything. Shoe deals, commercials, Wheaties boxes, video games…)
[12:45:00 PM] Malif: (OK)
[12:46:02 PM] Malif: He turns back towards Harry, looking thoughtful. “Say, aren’t you that fellow from those shoe commercials? The sports sneaker whatevers ?”
[12:46:35 PM] Harry: He nods. “Nike Air Mercurys.” He points down to a red pair on his feet. “That’s me.”
[12:46:53 PM] Malif: Malif himself wears pennyloafers.
[12:47:37 PM] Sanura: Sanura glances down at the footwear and her nose gives a very slight wrinkle, she wouldn’t be caught dead in a pair but she supposed it was fine for the kids and such.
[12:47:46 PM] Malif: He glances down at the shoes, and nods. “Ah yes, those! That pair looks different though, don’t they? I imagine they gave you a custom job as the spokesmodel?”
[12:48:01 PM] Malif: (Let the snoot-wars begin! XD )
[12:48:21 PM] Harry: He nods. “Yep, very custom. Fit like a dream, and specially ordered by my Dad for me.”
[12:48:45 PM] Mike: Mike just sighs, letting the two superstars hash it out. “Your dad? Your dad makes your sneakers?” He just chuckles at that.
[12:48:51 PM] Malif: “Oh, I had not realized your father was involved in the business. Did he set up the deal for you, then?”
[12:50:28 PM] Harry: He chuckles. “You could say that. My Dad is Hermes Trimegistus Mercury, god of speed and travellers.”
[12:51:09 PM] Mike: Mike blinks rapidly at that. “Wait… your dad… a God?”
[12:51:40 PM] Malif: Malif laughs warmly. “Well, I knew this trip was getting interesting, but I didn’t think we were all just going to blurt it out like that!”
[12:51:41 PM] ST: Once his curiosity is satisfied, Crook pulls away and returns to Sanura, but turns to eye Harry.
[12:52:19 PM] Sanura: She blinks at the kid. Was that some sort of.. marketing schtick.. an interesting one but she’d never heard such a strange promotion of the star. One hand moves to pet Crook gently as she listens, her gaze but not full attention turned to her ‘pet’
[12:52:56 PM] Harry: “Alejandro set this deal up to get various god-kids together for some project, so I’m assuming I’m not the only one here with a weird family tree. If you aren’t down with that, man, is this dinner conversation going to be a shocker.”
[12:53:51 PM] Mike: Mike just sighs. “Well… as long as we’re getting introductions out now… Michael Umul. Apparently… son of Baron Samedi.”
[12:53:56 PM] Malif: Malif grins. “Well, its good to be in intelligent company then. I can’t begin to guess at the origins of our musician friend here. I might guess Bast for the lady, but that seems almost too obvious to be true.”
[12:54:14 PM] Sanura: Sanura huffs softly… “If he doesn’t have a bust of a pharoh .. he’s in deep shit.”
[12:54:29 PM] ST: Golden Egyptian heiroglyphics fade into existence and float above the cat’s head, lingering for only a moment before fading out.
[12:54:45 PM] Malif: “Baron Samedi? I wasn’t aware the Loa were full on gods nowadays?”
[12:55:07 PM] Mike: Mike then has a confused look on his face. “The… Loa?”
[12:55:14 PM] Malif: Malif chuckles. “There is something strange about all of us, my fine feline.”
[12:55:29 PM] Harry: Harry leans back, making use of the room in the limo. “Voodoo gods. Orisha.”
[12:55:39 PM] Sanura: Frowning she glances to Crook.. "Indeed .. special company.. " she looks to Malif and her brow arches “you can read that?”
[12:56:16 PM] Malif: Malif smiles and nods to Sanura. “Indeed I can. Can you not see the blood of the Nile in the shade of my skin, my lady?”
[12:56:56 PM] Sanura: She shrugs softly “it’s America I try not to make assumptions about racial or geographical origins”
[12:57:13 PM] Mike: “Voodoo… never was a big fan of the idea. Shrunken heads, blood offerings, all that… creeps me out sometimes.”
[12:57:15 PM] Harry: “So, what about you, man?” He looks at Malif. “Who’s your parent?”
[12:57:25 PM] Malif: “Egypt is my birthplace and home, though I travel much.”
[12:57:39 PM] ST: (( Perception + Awareness, everyone ))
[12:58:03 PM] Sanura: [[Rolz? ]]
[12:58:06 PM] Harry: (4 here)
[12:58:12 PM] Malif: 2
[12:58:16 PM] ST: (( Yep. Room is in the topic title. ))
[12:58:31 PM] Malif: (geez, rolling 5 dice for something I consider my guy decent at…. we’re such n00bs again XD )
[12:58:53 PM] Malif: (wait, make that 3, forgot my Epic Per dot)
[12:58:56 PM] Mike: ((5 successes. Including my Epic Per.))
[12:59:03 PM] Sanura: ]3]
[1:01:17 PM] ST: (( Go ahead and keep up the chatting, everyone. ))
[1:02:07 PM] Sanura: Sanura looks over at Malif “so.. you parent is…?” everyone else had shown their hand.. her own being rather obvious it seems thanks to Crook.
[1:02:07 PM] Malif: Malif turns back to Harry. “Our lady of mysteries, naturally.”
[1:04:36 PM] Harry: “Our lady of mysteries… now, I haven’t been deep in the books in years, but I’m gonna guess…Isis?”
[1:05:10 PM | Edited 1:06:21 PM] ST: Crook eyeballs Malif again, tilting his head up to scent the air once more.
[1:05:43 PM] Malif: Malif nods. “Indeed.”
[1:06:44 PM] Harry: He nods. “Cool. I’m eager to see what Alejandro has for us.” He glances out the window for a second, then focuses back on the others again.
[1:07:05 PM] Mike: Mike’s eyes narrow a bit as he’s letting something go through his head a bit. “Did anyone else notice… how long it took us to actually get moving?”
[1:07:33 PM] Sanura: She arches a brow and then snorts softly “I suppose according to some legends you’re my uncle” shaking her head as she leans back against the seat. “Not really..” the talk of gods and such had been rather distracting..
[1:08:17 PM] Malif: He chuckles. “Oh I don’t know, Uncle Malif has a certain ring to it….”
[1:08:20 PM] Harry: “Actually, yeah, Reggie knows how impatient I get, that’s why Alejandro always sends him for me. But we’re going the right way…”
[1:08:33 PM] ST: The cat sneezes and shakes its head vigorously.
[1:08:36 PM] Malif: Malif looks around. “Have we not actually left the airport yet?”
[1:09:03 PM] Harry: “Yeah, this is Highway 101. We’re on track, if a little behind.”
[1:09:26 PM] ST: (( You guys are moving, are on some sort of highway, and signs tell you you’re heading to San Francisco. ))
[1:09:37 PM] Sanura: Glancing to Malif she figures the streak of gray in his hair would allow for it, but she doubts that’s happening.
[1:10:22 PM] Malif: Malif just smiles warmly back at her, then turns to Mike. “I am not sure what you were meaning?”
[1:10:26 PM] Malif: (must afk, brb)
[1:11:29 PM] Mike: Mike’s lips purse a bit. “No, we’ve left… that much, I’m sure. Something’s not right…” He then goes to the limo window, the one that separates the back end from the driver. He knocks on it. “Reggie, could you lower the screen please?”
[1:11:41 PM] Harry: Harry chuckles, already guessed. But he’s learned not to interrupt and explain for other people.
[1:12:06 PM] Sanura: Sanura turns her attention to Harry. “you seem to know more about this .. situation .. than the rest of us.. do you know what this project is supposed to be about? I really didn’t schedule time for much distraction”
[1:12:40 PM] ST: The screen doesn’t lower.
[1:13:32 PM] Mike: Mike looks around for an intercom somewhere that would lead to the driver. Maybe it was soundproof.
[1:14:35 PM] Malif: (back)
[1:14:38 PM] Harry: “I know Alejandro. He was the guy who filled me in when my Dad caught up to me and gave me the hookup. We go back a few years, he bankrolled me as I was getting my feet under me, and learning not to push myself in public. He’s got some idea that he wants people like us for.” Harry keys the intercom. “Hey Regg!”
[1:15:25 PM] Malif: “You know Alejandro too?”
[1:15:28 PM] ST: The intercom sparks and crackles. The limo begins to speed up.
[1:15:44 PM] Harry: “Something’s off.” Harry checks out the window again.
[1:16:20 PM] Malif: Malif looks at the sparking intercom, and notes the increase in speed. “Oh dear….”
[1:16:31 PM] Mike: “That’s what I said in the beginning. It took too long for Reggie to actually get us going.”
[1:16:40 PM] Sanura: Frowning softly she taps her toe against the floor of the limo “I’m glad I brought you along after all Crook” not liking the surprises or the sudden burst of speed. She reaches over and jabs the intercom “Are you insane, obey the speed limit for Goodness sake!” her tone broking no argument.
[1:16:47 PM] Harry: “I’m gonna do something stupid. Everyone buckle up.”
[1:17:13 PM] Mike: Mike raises an eyebrow, and buckles up. “Harry… just what in the hell do you think you’re gonna do?”
[1:17:25 PM] Harry: Harry reaches into the floorboard, and pulls out a red hoodie, a body armor sheath, and a red and black paintball mask.
[1:17:39 PM] Malif: (Reggie is his Alfred!)
[1:17:41 PM] Harry: “I’m gonna get out, run around front, and see what’s going on.”
[1:17:55 PM] Mike: “Out of a moving car?! ARE YOU INSANE?!”
[1:17:59 PM] Harry: He strips out of his blue hoodie and Avengers t-shirt.
[1:18:19 PM] Harry: “Dude, I jog faster than this.”
[1:18:47 PM] Sanura: Having buckled up she glances at the young man and sighs. "Oh lovely.. " she picks up Crook and holds him protectively against her chest.
[1:18:49 PM] Mike: Mike blinks. “You-… I-… ugh. Fine. On your own head, be it.”
[1:19:01 PM] Malif: Malif was already buckled in, so just nods.
[1:19:58 PM] ST: Crook clings to Sanura, more golden symbols floating above his head.
[1:20:26 PM | Edited 1:20:40 PM] Harry: He tugs on the body armor, then the red hoodie, and the paintball mask. Gloves last, then, making sure everyone’s buckled up, he goes out the door and hits half speed . It takes about a second, as he shoots out perpendicular to the limo, then curving back around, gaining speed, clocking up to around 72 mph. 1 Legend.
[1:21:37 PM] ST: You manage to keep apace with the limo for the time being, but it’s accelerating to greater speeds. The tinted windows don’t allow you to see what’s going on inside.
[1:21:52 PM] Sanura: She frowns “Nor do I Crook…” she grimaces as she watches this and wishes there was a feline seatbelt.
[1:21:57 PM] Malif: “This is somewhat distressing, I must say…”
[1:22:22 PM] Harry: I just get in the front passenger seat…ready to pop Opening Gambit in case I find some asshole with a gun.
[1:23:24 PM] Harry: But I expect I’m already gonna suprise the hell out of anyone who’s not knowing who they’re fucking with.
[1:24:29 PM] Malif: (Oh I expect they already do know, and thats WHY they’re fucking with us)
[1:24:44 PM] Malif: (But I’m sure that was just your IC thoughts)
[1:27:16 PM] ST: Harry finds Reggie slumped in the passenger’s seat, his his throat opened and his uniform drenched in blood. Driving the car is what seems to be a lean but muscular man entirely swathed in a skintight black body suit but for a pair of dull, wholly white eyes. His gaze snaps to the sports star. (( Join Battle, everyone ))
[1:27:35 PM] Malif: (O_O They killed Alfred! )
[1:27:40 PM] Mike: (( Opening Gambit! ))
[1:27:57 PM] Harry: (Opening Gambit)
[1:27:58 PM] Malif: (You can’t gambit, Majin, you dont know whats going on yet :P )
[1:28:20 PM] Malif: 4 hits
[1:28:32 PM] Mike: ((It’s still a Join Battle phase. I can activate it.))
[1:28:44 PM] Harry: (6 hits on Join)
[1:28:47 PM] Malif: no wait, 5.
[1:28:47 PM] Sanura: [ 3 ]
[1:29:19 PM] Mike: 4 hits.
[1:29:46 PM] ST: (( Poor Crook gets 1 hit. XD ))
[1:30:02 PM] Harry: So I’m gonna fuck him up bad.
[1:30:26 PM] Mike: And since both Harry and Michael have Opening Gambit, I have 4 total from Wits and Epic Wits.
[1:30:42 PM] Harry: He buckled in, and is his seatbelt on?
[1:30:49 PM] ST: (( Harry gets to Gambit first ))
[1:30:57 PM] Mike: ((K))
[1:31:10 PM] Harry: (Wait, doubled that. Is he buckled in, and is his door locked?)
[1:31:15 PM] Malif: Majin, why are you gambitting? You know nothing of what is happening up front.
[1:31:25 PM] Malif: Why would you even want to?
[1:31:34 PM] ST: It appears this fellow has no concern for personal safety and California laws. His door is indeed locked.
[1:31:36 PM] Harry: (Don’t ask, Majin’s weird)
[1:31:44 PM] Harry: (Okay, double action.)
[1:31:48 PM] Malif: (I know, I’m trying to teach him better :P )
[1:32:02 PM] Harry: First, unlock his door, second, open it.
[1:32:28 PM] Harry: Then, before his tick comes around, second double action, kick him the fuck out, and take the wheel.
[1:33:02 PM] Harry: And if he tries something I do have Between the Ticks, and can interrupt any action he takes.
[1:33:23 PM] Harry: Fuck this guy.
[1:33:42 PM] Malif: hehe
[1:33:44 PM] ST: Just for clarification: you’re currently on the passenger’s side?
[1:33:58 PM] Harry: Yes.
[1:34:46 PM] ST: (( Battle music, by the way: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fp8mYC5abE&list=PLjoo6AEDLHgA-gKoD7IbqlFaeZv788Bld ))
[1:35:21 PM] Harry: (And if I have to roll to boot his ass out, I will flex Vengeance 1)
[1:36:40 PM] Malif: (FOR REGGIE!!!)
[1:38:07 PM] ST: In order to open the driver’s side door, you have to reach across the guy driving, putting your arm conveniently within his reach if he wants to try anything. Roll Dexterity + Brawl.
[1:38:24 PM] Harry: 10 hits.
[1:38:31 PM] Sanura: [rl interuption mark me if needed I don’t think there is much ofr girly to do anyway.. back asap]
[1:39:03 PM] Malif: ok mel
[1:40:23 PM] Harry: And I am DV 10 to hit, before Untouchable Opponent. He’s welcome to try.
[1:41:41 PM] ST: The moment this guy twitches, Harry manages to open the door and whip his arm back. The black-swathed fellow’s elbow thumps hard into the seat.
[1:41:59 PM] Harry: Start the clock, I’m on 6 to Join battle.
[1:42:26 PM] ST: Oddly enough, the blow doesn’t make a sound.
[1:42:58 PM] Mike: ((None whatsoever?))
[1:43:26 PM] ST: Since Mike isn’t aware of what’s going on, I’m gonna say that his Gambit will kick in once he learns what’s happening.
[1:43:36 PM] ST: No sound whatsoever.
[1:44:08 PM] ST: The limo is picking up more speed. Harry again.
[1:44:40 PM] Harry: One hand to the dash, one to the seat, and double foot kick him in the guts right out the door. Legend Flare, Vengeance Channel.
[1:45:03 PM] ST: Again, Dex + Brawl to kick the guy out.
[1:45:07 PM] Harry: Then, taking the wheel. – 4 to both pools?
[1:45:25 PM] ST: You got it.
[1:45:45 PM] Harry: Okay. 5 Dex+3 Brawl+1 Vengeance-4pool.
[1:45:52 PM] Harry: 5 dice.
[1:45:58 PM] Harry: Then 8 autos.
[1:46:15 PM] Harry: Legend to reroll
[1:46:29 PM] ST: Go for it.
[1:46:31 PM] Harry: What the fuck?
[1:46:53 PM] Malif: XD
[1:46:55 PM] Harry: I have to look at the rules!
[1:47:02 PM] Harry: I don’t know if I can salvage that!
[1:47:18 PM] Malif: Depends on if you get the 8 autos anyway.
[1:47:31 PM] Harry: Unless I have stunt dice…
[1:47:45 PM] Malif: I’d say 1 or 2?
[1:47:55 PM] ST: Yeah, I’ll grant a stunt die for that.
[1:47:55 PM] Malif: That’s some high action awesomeness going on.
[1:48:13 PM] ST: Ouch!
[1:48:14 PM] Harry: Fuck it. Willpower for at least 1 hit
[1:48:19 PM] ST: Done.
[1:48:24 PM] Harry: Making it…9.
[1:48:47 PM] Harry: Thank god I didn’t botch.
[1:48:56 PM] Harry: ZOOP into traffic on my ass.
[1:49:05 PM] Malif: XD
[1:49:12 PM] Malif: Harry RIP, 1 session XD
[1:49:31 PM] Harry: Wouldn’t that just be a bitch
[1:49:40 PM] ST: And the fight is over before it barely even began. The assassin flies out the door and hits the pavement.
[1:49:52 PM] Harry: Dex+Control to take the vehicle over.
[1:50:01 PM] ST: Roll away.
[1:50:05 PM] Harry: …
[1:50:06 PM] ST: WTF
[1:50:12 PM] ST: Fate just hates you today!
[1:50:15 PM] Harry: Actually…
[1:50:19 PM] Harry: With the – 4…
[1:50:22 PM] Harry: That’s a chance die.
[1:50:35 PM] Harry: Willpower again
[1:50:38 PM] Mike: ((And Chance just hates you…))
[1:50:41 PM] Harry: So, 1 success.
[1:51:00 PM] Mike: ((On top of Auto-Successes from Epic Dex. You DO have Epic Dex, right?))
[1:51:07 PM] Harry: So, that’s 3 Willpower, and 2 Legend, plus 2 more for getting in there.
[1:51:12 PM] Harry: Yes, but no Control.
[1:51:15 PM] Mike: ((Ah)
[1:52:04 PM] Harry: Wait, autos apply.
[1:52:07 PM] Harry: Just – 2 dice
[1:52:15 PM] Harry: Since it was already a chance die, no biggie.
[1:52:19 PM] Harry: So, 5 hits
[1:52:40 PM] Harry: Fuck me.
[1:52:47 PM] Mike: ((Wait… you’re already Legend 4?!))
[1:52:52 PM] Harry: (Yeah)
[1:53:03 PM] Malif: (You’re asking if HARRY has EPIC DEX? :P )
[1:53:09 PM] Harry: (Epic Dex 3, Epic Wits 3)
[1:53:21 PM] Malif: (No, the entire basis of his character, he doesnt have :P )
[1:53:58 PM] Harry: (Which actually, should have added another 4 to my Join, putting me at 10)
[1:54:21 PM] ST: Harry manages to slam on the brakes, screeching to a halt just as the front tires pass the edge of a dock.
[1:54:27 PM] Harry: (No, that was already in, 6 was right)
[1:54:46 PM] Malif: (Legend doesn’t add to Join, Hans)
[1:54:58 PM] Harry: (No, Epic Wits 3)
[1:55:06 PM] Malif: (ahh)
[1:55:07 PM] Harry: (But I counted that the first time.)
[1:55:24 PM | Edited 1:55:45 PM] Mike: Mike’s eyes go wide as they’re slammed forward by the sudden braking. “WHOA! What the hell!”
[1:56:05 PM] Harry: Harry panicks a little, the sight of his friend dead throwing him off, but he powers on through, his powers flaring, eyes crackling with yellow light as he manages to take the reins and stop the limo.
[1:56:43 PM] Sanura: Sanura merely holds on for dear life, rumpling Crooks fur as she clutches him against her. She remembles a pissed off cat as she slowly realeases her companion. “What the fuck was that about?” she hisses as she unbuckles and makes for the back door, jerking up the carrier and letting Crook get his footing as she moves to exit.
[1:56:51 PM] Malif: Malif oofs slightly at the sudden braking. “I’m not normally a fan of driving with a lead foot, but one on the brakes is welcome just this once…”
[1:57:09 PM] Malif: He climbs out of the limo as soon as its stopped.
[1:57:12 PM] Mike: Mike unbuckles as well, getting out of the limo as fast as he can.
[1:58:01 PM] ST: Crook lets out a quick yowl as they come to a stop, and darts out of the vehicle the moment he can, huddling under the nearest safe hiding place.
[1:58:49 PM] ST: The front part of the limo is hanging off the dock, but not enough to flip it into the water entirely.
[1:59:12 PM] Harry: Harry gets out the driver’s seat, and looks for the killer.
[1:59:51 PM] Malif: Malif looks around in some confusion. “Who on earth would want to do such a thing? Just days ago I was a mere performer!”
[2:00:11 PM] ST: The killer’s gone, not even a body left behind or a pattering of fleeing footsteps.
[2:00:16 PM] Sanura: Sanura’s eyes widen as she realizes how close they came to a drive off the peir. "Why.. " she grits her teeth" something about that damn project I’m sure.. Mr Xaxalpa has some explaining to do" she grinds out. “Where is the driver.. ?”
[2:01:18 PM] Mike: Mike sees the Limo on the edge of the pier and doesn’t like how close that was. He grabs the Limo by the back-end, pulling it back and away from the edge onto the solid surface of the dock.
[2:01:28 PM] Harry: Harry walks up, still in his wannabe Flash gear, eyes crackling yellow. “Reggie’s dead. Some white-eyed assassin did it.”
[2:01:49 PM] Harry: He helps Mike, lending his epic Strength to the effort.
[2:02:15 PM] Sanura: Steps back from Harry and then shakes her head. “That man was just doing his job..” she frowns “where is this assasin?” looking all around them and seeing no sign of anyone else.
[2:02:15 PM] Malif: Malif stands back, out of the way. “Then someone has much to answer for, I daresay.”
[2:02:16 PM] Mike: Mike’s Epic Strength would be more than enough.
[2:02:37 PM] ST: The limo is dragged safely back onto the dock.
[2:02:41 PM] Malif: (Let the strength-snoot wars begin! XD)
[2:03:02 PM] Harry: “I booted him out of the driver’s seat, but he’s in the wind now, it’s like he vanished. I have to get out of this costume before I’m spotted though.” He snags his bag from the back seat and runs off.
[2:04:31 PM] Mike: Mike’s brow furrows as the realization of what happened hits him. “So… we were just taken for a joyride by some assassin who apparently wanted to kill us… I really hope this isn’t going to be a constant thing…”
[2:04:51 PM] Malif: (Meg, Occult roll to see if I know of any myth-critters with white eyes and vanishing acts?)
[2:05:07 PM] ST: (( Go for it ))
[2:05:17 PM] ST: (( Intelligence + Occult ))
[2:05:40 PM] Harry: Harry comes walking back up, bag over his shoulder, and phone in the other hand. “Chrome, call Alejandro.”
[2:05:43 PM] Malif: 4
[2:06:20 PM] Sanura: Moving to the front she opens the trunk up and avoids looking at the body. She grimaces softly though as she catches sight of a limp hand. She straightens her spine and walks towards the back of the limo, shooing Mike out of the way so she can get into the back and retreive her whip and the large bag she uses to carry it and several other nessesities.
[2:07:17 PM] Mike: Mike gets out of the way even without being shoo’d out of the way.
[2:08:22 PM] Mike: He then goes to the back and grabs his duffel bag out of the trunk.
[2:08:24 PM] Sanura: She takes out the whip and the belt and small leather clip that attatches the whip to it. She’d never actually used her whip for self defence but there was a first time for everything. Each of the leather items is tooled black leather, artistically crafted and decorated.
[2:09:24 PM] Harry: Harry talks into his phone. "Well, we were nearly assassinated, Reggie’s dead, and we’re parked on a pier in (blah blah) where he tried to drown us and cover his tracks. I didn’t get much of a bead on the guy, but he had stark-white eyes, and made no sound when he moved.
[2:09:35 PM] Sanura: That done she looks around. “Crook.. come out darling.. the bad man is gone..” frowning softly as she peers around for her companion.
[2:10:12 PM] Malif: Malif lifts his suitcase out of the trunk carefully, not displaying any levels of unusual strength.
[2:11:34 PM] Harry: “Okay, so here’s the plan. I’m calling the cops, and reporting this as a carjacking. Then we’re taking a car to the restaurant.”
[2:11:44 PM] ST: Crook pokes his head out.
[2:11:46 PM] Mike: Mike unzips his guitar case, fastening the straps to his guitar and looping it around his neck. The guitar looks like a Guitar would, except the base of it looks like a very intricate axe-head. It looks rather sharp. Tucked inbetween the frets along the fretboard is a green pick that almost looks like a skull.
[2:12:06 PM] ST: More golden symbols pop up.
[2:13:04 PM] Harry: “I’ll stay, explain things as best I can, then catch up. And you can explain everything over alot of steak.”
[2:13:07 PM] Malif: “Which car are we taking? A taxi I suppose? Or we could simply walk.”
[2:13:23 PM] Harry: Harry hangs up, and looks at the rest of you.
[2:13:47 PM] Mike: “If Harry’s any indication, him walking would be us TRYING to keep up at full speed.”
[2:14:03 PM] Malif: Malif chuckles at the golden symbols above Crook, and reaches to pet him.
[2:14:17 PM] Sanura: She bends down with her knees together and opens up the carrier in case he’d feel better in there after all this excitement. She smiles “I know, I wasn’t expecting such a reception either.. but we’re surely poised enough to handle it are we not?” she murmurs.
[2:14:32 PM] Malif: “Why are you taking out a guitar, my friend? Are we having an impromptu concert?”
[2:14:39 PM] Harry: “Okay.” He fishes out his wallet, and hands Malif two hundred dollars. “Snag a cab, get to the Acquerello. I’ll take care of this. It’s the least I can do for Reggie.”
[2:15:03 PM] Malif: Malif takes it, and nods, reaching for his cellphone to call for a taxi.
[2:15:19 PM] Harry: He then dials 911.
[2:15:23 PM | Edited 2:16:25 PM] Mike: “Just like Harry got his shoes from his dad, I got this Guitar and Pick from MY dad. I feel more comfortable wearing it for some reason…”
[2:16:05 PM] Sanura: Sanura glances over her shoulder. “I’m sorry for your loss..” she murmurs perhaps loud enough to be heard perhaps not. Waiting for Crook to answer her and decide how he’d like to travel.
[2:16:57 PM] Harry: “Hello, police, my name is Harry Mercury, there’s been a carjacking and a murder. We’re at Pier (blah) at (blah blah blah), and we need one ambulance for a Reggie Michealson.”
[2:16:58 PM] ST: Crook seems mollified enough to emerge from his hiding place. He flicks his tail dismissively.
[2:17:38 PM] ST: The operator confirms the address and assures you that the police are on their way.
[2:18:46 PM] ST: The taxi is on its way as well, as Malif handles that detail.
[2:18:55 PM] Malif: (I’ll have the taxi pick us up a block frmo here, by the way XD )
[2:19:23 PM] Harry: Harry waits for them, and gives a statement, in which someone raced in and saved them, while he was clearly in the back seat. He leaves out the others.
[2:20:41 PM] Sanura: Sanura gives less fucks about appearances and keeps her whip on her, at least it’d be something if they were attacked again.. and she was temtped to wrap the end around a certain business mans throat when the met next.
[2:21:20 PM] Sanura: Smiling to that she nods softly to Crook “Agreed”
[2:21:21 PM] Harry: Once he has given them his statement and phone number to reach him, he goes to catch up to the others.
[2:21:26 PM] Malif: (But appearances are EVERYTHING! ;) )
[2:21:31 PM] Mike: Mike is trudging along with the two Egyptian ladies, going with them to meet the taxi.
[2:21:40 PM] Malif: Malif facepalms.
[2:21:42 PM] Sanura: [o.o]
[2:21:44 PM] ST: (( XD ))
[2:21:48 PM] Sanura: [XD]
[2:21:49 PM] ST: (( That made me actually LOL ))
[2:22:06 PM] Mike: (( What? ))
[2:22:06 PM] Malif: Fuckin Majin, man XD
[2:22:09 PM] Harry: (Malif=dude, dude)
[2:22:29 PM] Mike: (( My head hurts, I facepalmed so hard…))
[2:22:47 PM] Malif: ( cue Austin Powers…. He’s a MAN, man! XD )
[2:22:48 PM] Mike: (( I’m used to Bri playing female characters!))
[2:23:13 PM] Malif: (I’m kind of 50/50 on that score actually)
[2:23:20 PM] Sanura: [shall we assume we all make it to the restraunt in one peice?]
[2:23:27 PM] Malif: (My Avenger was male too. My 40k chars, both male)
[2:23:30 PM] Mike: Mike is trudging along with the two Egyptians, going with them to meet the taxi.
[2:24:00 PM] Malif: (Mike is walking like an egyptian?)
[2:24:00 PM] ST: Statements given, transportation received—soon everyone is at Acquerello, seemingly intact.
[2:25:07 PM] Mike: Mike would put away his Guitar when the Taxi got there, feeling a BIT more safer when he could SEE his driver.
[2:26:20 PM] Harry: Harry got a separate taxi, and should be there shortly after the other.
[2:30:33 PM] ST: Upon giving Mr. Xalapa’s name to the maitre’d, they are led to a private, smallish dining room. Within is Alejandro himself, pacing about, his hands grasped behind his back. He looks up as you enter and composes himself very quickly, an air of calm settling around him. His hands fall to his sides. “I must apologize to you all. I had planned your ride in to be far less eventful.” He’s wearing a dark blue business suit with a white shirt and a tasteful blue tie held in place by a gold clip.
[2:30:44 PM] ST: (( Dining room: http://www.acquerello.com/private_dining/images/Image2.jpg ))
[2:31:17 PM] Malif: “That’s quite alright, we’d planned much the same.”
[2:31:23 PM] Sanura: Sanura catches him with a glare that would cause one of the interns at the museum to piss themsleves.
[2:32:00 PM] Mike: Mike just kinda gives Alejandro a small glare. “So I take it Absolute Illusion isn’t going on tour anytime soon, then…”
[2:33:55 PM] Harry: Harry strides in, grabbing a seat, and losing the glasses and hat. “Okay, Alejandro. Reggie is dead, I had to use my costume and save us, or we’d have been at the bottom of the Pacific right now…I want steak and answers.”
[2:34:52 PM] ST: Alejandro takes the collective abuse quietly. “Please, everyone, have a seat. I’ll explain.”
[2:35:09 PM] Malif: Malif nods graciously, and sits.
[2:36:19 PM] Sanura: Sighing softly she figures she has less to be upset about at the moment than Harry, and she does want answers. She takes her seat and lets Crook out of the carrier she’d brought him into the restraunt with, leaning back so he can sit on her lap and be part of the conversation
[2:36:44 PM] Mike: Mike sits down in a chair, moving his guitar case behind the chair, and his duffel bag to the side.
[2:37:28 PM] ST: Crook, once released, jumps onto the table and lifts his head as if deeply offended and expecting answers.
[2:38:08 PM] Malif: (Awww, the cat thinks he’s people!)
[2:38:21 PM] Mike: ((It might as well be. XD))
[2:38:24 PM] Sanura: [no, he’s better than people]
[2:38:33 PM] Malif: (Good point Mel!)
[2:39:48 PM] Harry: Harry leans back, sighing. “I hope this is good, because the press is going to have their version tonight, because I had to give a statement. And when my name comes up… I dread to think what’ll happen to Reggie’s family.”
[2:42:30 PM] ST: Alejandro stands at the head of the table, coiled as if ready to spring at any moment, but still calm. “Firstly, let me get this out of the way: whatever I said in regards to your mortal lives is still true.” He nods to Sanura. “I really /do/ have those artifacts and, yes, I want you to look at them.” He turns his attention to Mike. “I /still/ intend on sponsoring Absolute Illusion.” He regards the entire room. “But the real reason you’re here, as you may have already gathered, is because of your divine heritage.”
[2:43:42 PM] Sanura: Sanura is slightly assaged, since she won’t have to return home empty handed. She rests her hands on her lap and waits for him to continue.
[2:44:04 PM] Malif: Malif simply nods, listening. He’d expected as much.
[2:44:30 PM] Mike: Mike sighs, rolling his eyes. That much was already common knowledge among the group by now. He stayed quiet, however.
[2:45:02 PM] ST: “As for what happened on the way here…” he pauses, searching for a response, “I’ll take care of it. The statement, Reggie’s family, finding the attacker… everything. This is my mess so I’ll clean it up.”
[2:45:28 PM] Mike: Mike raised an eyebrow at that. “YOUR mess? What do you mean?”
[2:47:32 PM] ST: Alejandro sighs. “Being of divine blood myself, I’ve made a lot of enemies. I suspect that… assassin was one of them.”
[2:47:38 PM] ST: “Or at least works for one of them.”
[2:47:45 PM] Harry: “He means whatever plan this is for got leaked, and pissed someone off. Reggie died for this plan.”
[2:48:19 PM] Malif: “Or someone thought it was Mr Xaxalpa in the limo, not us?”
[2:48:33 PM] Sanura: Frowning softly as she waits for more information.
[2:49:06 PM] ST: He nods to confirm Harry’s version of things. His gaze turns to the side solemnly as Reggie’s death was mentioned.
[2:49:46 PM] Harry: “Me, Reggie and Alejandro have tooled around dozens of times. It didn’t draw assassins. Fans, hookers, business proposals… never assassins.”
[2:49:55 PM] Harry: “This is about this meeting.”
[2:50:08 PM] ST: “Yes.”
[2:50:21 PM] Sanura: Sighing softly “And what exactly is this meeting?”
[2:50:34 PM] Mike: “Yeah… which makes me wonder… do they intend to try again? And if so, how?”
[2:52:05 PM] ST: “I’ll dig up whatever I can on that. And I assure you that I’ll be much more careful in the future. As for this meeting…” He falls silent. Right afterwards the waiter enters the room to take everyone’s orders.
[2:54:22 PM] Sanura: She orders whatever the restaraunts specialty is and a plate of chicken and rice for Crook, as well as water for the both of them.
[2:54:36 PM] Harry: “Two steaks, medium well. One the way your chef brags about, one with a bottle of A-1 on the side. Meaty, cheesy chef salad, with ranch, chicken, turkey, and ham. And southern-style sweet tea. If there’s not at least a cup of sugar per half-gallon, I’m sending it back.”
[2:54:50 PM] Harry: “And no lemon.”
[2:56:21 PM] Mike: Mike orders almost the same as Harry, but asks for one steak, Medium-Well. Then a side of Grilled Chicken, and water to drink as well.
[2:56:44 PM] Malif: Malif orders a steak, Rare, and some wine.
[3:04:30 PM] Mike: ((A rather lengthy novel…))
[3:04:42 PM | Edited 3:06:04 PM] Harry: (Heh. http://goo.gl/maps/g8XhR This run…24.3 hours.)
[3:05:43 PM] Harry: (2 legend)
[3:09:33 PM] ST: Alejandro seats himself and puts in his order — some sort of fancy name which he says with practiced ease. The waiter writes everything down and leaves. A long silence follows the waiter’s departure during which Alejandro keeps his eyes on the door. Then he turns to the rest of you. “As for this meeting…” He looks to the tablecloth with a little chuckle. “I was hoping to enlist you all to my cause, so to speak. Fighting the good fight. Keeping the Titans and their spawn at bay.” He looks up to regard you all again. “But… well… something wicked this way comes. And us are scions stronger together than we are apart.”
[3:11:03 PM] Malif: “Well, something is clearly up. And if I’m going to have assassins in my life, I could use people of strength around me.”
[3:12:19 PM] Harry: “You didn’t even have to ask me, man. I owe you for 2009. But we’re going to need some specifics.”
[3:12:30 PM] Sanura: Sanura’s brows furrow and she frowns softly. “I don’t know about the super hero over there and the others but I’ve got nothing to do with any fight good or other..” she sits up a little. “I was never attacked untill this and I don’t think it will be an issue after, I work in a museum as you know.. simple.. and I’d rather deal with felonious rabbits breaking in that car hijackings..”
[3:12:31 PM] Mike: “Heh. Assassins try to kill me? It’s every Lead Singer’s dream to be famous enough for that kind of treatment! All the same, if I’m caught alone, I wouldn’t want to face off against anybody like Harry described. I’d feel better with people to help me.”
[3:16:41 PM] Malif: “I’m certainly no warrior, either.”
[3:16:58 PM] ST: Alejandro squares his shoulders. “A sentiment I can appreciate, Ms. Menmatre, but people like us can’t swing a dead cat without hitting some manner of trouble or other.” Crook stiffens, his fur on his back and tail rising a little, golden symbols angrily appearing in the air. “And, now that someone dangerous has seen you with the others… well, I can’t help or protect you if you aren’t within reach.” He turns to the rest of you.
[3:18:32 PM] Sanura: Sanura’s own hackles rise at the mention of a dead cat and she frowns softly. She’d listen still, there was dinner to get through at least and the artifacts to examine..
[3:18:34 PM] Malif: (afk a sec, phone)
[3:19:09 PM] Mike: Mike would purse his lips a bit, waiting for Alejandro’s full explanation.
[3:22:56 PM] ST: “I wish I could give you more details, but I don’t have them yet. But trouble is indeed brewing and I feel — no, I /know/ — there’s some sort of pattern to it, and if we wait until we have the answers it’ll be too late. I’ll be gathering more of us as we go along. I’ll also be digging up as much information as I can, following leads, studying these patterns. But I can’t explore every lead myself. Which is where you four come in.”
[3:25:26 PM] Sanura: Shakes her head “I’m not really sure where a museum curator fits into this unless you have a great deal of relics to identify or need something preserved..”
[3:25:48 PM] Mike: “How so? What sort of patterns do you expect to find with two Egyptians, a speed demon and a muscle-man of a musician?”
[3:32:41 PM] ST: “I don’t presume to know the where all the weavings of Fate lead,” Alejandro admits in response to both Sanura and Mike, with no measure of shame or apology in his voice. “I just know that they shouldn’t be ignored.” He looks to the door again, which opens, admitting his daughter. She walks in and looks around in slight awe of the private room. You all didn’t realize that a subtle tension had been strung tight in Alejandro’s demeanor until it dissipates. “Sofia.” He stands and hugs her tightly.
[3:32:49 PM] Harry: Harry just listens, the only problem he has with this was Reggie getting caught up in it.
[3:33:17 PM] Harry: When Sofia enters, he smiles at her. “Hey squirt. Miss me?”
[3:34:37 PM] ST: Sofia grins at Harry, which brightens her scarred face. “Harry!” Once released she runs over to give him a hug.
[3:35:01 PM] Sanura: Sanura relaxes a little as well giving the child a smile of greeting. “Even if I wanted to.. participate..” she murmurs as she turns her gaze back to Alejandro “I’ve only a small time from work.. a week at most.. I have a feeling your plans are more long term”
[3:36:04 PM] Harry: He hugs her back. “Hey kid. Glad to see you. You hanging out with us?”
[3:36:07 PM] Mike: ((Is that Scarred as in there’s scars all over her face? Or Scared?))
[3:36:24 PM] ST: (( Scars on the right half of her face. Clearly burn scars. ))
[3:36:48 PM] Mike: Mike’s face lights up in rage. “Gods… what happened to her?”
[3:36:57 PM] ST: “Yep! Daddy didn’t want me to come but then he changed his mind.”
[3:37:24 PM] Sanura: Sanura glances at Mike and if able to kicks him under the table.
[3:37:42 PM] Harry: Harry gives Mike a harsh look. “Shut up, Mike.”
[3:38:15 PM] Malif: (back!)
[3:38:35 PM | Edited 3:38:57 PM] ST: Sofia clutches at Harry’s arm as she looks at Mike, appearing a little hurt.
[3:39:19 PM] ST: (( Her expression, that is. ))
[3:39:20 PM] Harry: “Sofia kicked a dragon’s ass last year. We don’t like to brag.” He hugs her up onto his leg.
[3:39:55 PM] Mike: Mike looks at Sofia, gulping. “I… I didn’t mean it like that… I meant… that just looks like it hurts alot…” He’s not very good with children. He then hears Harry’s explanation, and he gulps. “Remind me not to get on your bad side then…” He chuckles nervously.
[3:40:05 PM] Malif: Malif smiles and waves to Sofia. “Well if it isn’t my beautiful volunteer from the magic show!”
[3:40:30 PM] ST: Sofia looks over and brightens a little. “Wow, Daddy, all our friends are here!”
[3:41:36 PM] Malif: “She kicked a dragon’s ass? Well, she must be one of us, then, eh? I daresay she’s ahead of most of us in fact!”
[3:42:00 PM] ST: “Did you hire them yet?”
[3:42:27 PM] ST: Alejandro simply smiles. “That’s what this party is for, sweetheart.”
[3:42:46 PM] Sanura: Since it seems they’re not in danger of attack at the moment she unclips the whip from her belt and puts it back into the large bag she’d brought with her. She paused a moment and takes out a green and yellow stuffed animal from the large bag. It’s actually an insect a scarab to be exact. “I was hoping to see you on my visit” she extends the plush over to Henry so he can hand it to Sofia.
[3:42:56 PM] Harry: Harry nods. “Yep, Sofia’s a little powerhouse. You should see her throw, she’s my little ball cannon.”
[3:42:58 PM] Malif: “Sofia, it sounds like you’re a lot stronger than most little girls, eh? Probably stronger than me, I bet!”
[3:43:22 PM] Sanura: *Harry tsk]
[3:44:05 PM] Sanura: [ this here http://www.etsy.com/listing/20880208/scarab-beetle-plush-soft-sculpture cute eh?]
[3:44:39 PM] Harry: Harry slides the scarab over to Sofia, and looks back at Alejandro, having wittily defused Mike’s gaff.
[3:45:03 PM] Malif: hehe
[3:46:52 PM] ST: She grins. “Yep! I’m even stronger than Daddy! He says he can’t play soccer with me anymore because he likes his shins too much.” She receives the stuffed animal with a squeeze and a bright smile. “Thank you, Miss Menmatre!” she chirps.
[3:47:26 PM] Malif: Malif chuckles and grins. “Sofia, Bane of Shins! And Dragons!”
[3:47:41 PM] Malif: He turns to Alejandro. "So who is her…. divinity, so to speak? I suppose her mother, then? "
[3:47:53 PM] Malif: (child Scions for the win)
[3:47:59 PM] Sanura: Smiles a little “You’re welcome dear” her gaze turning to Alejandro curious to the answer to Malif’s question.
[3:48:09 PM] Harry: Harry takes a sip of his drink. “Tell em, squirt. We’re all superheroes here.”
[3:48:11 PM] Mike: Mike laughs at Malif’s declaration. “Yeah… who’s each of your God parents, so to speak?”
[3:49:16 PM] ST: “Really?” She straightens. “My dad’s Hephaestus, but he’s a big jerk so Daddy adopted me.”
[3:50:01 PM] Sanura: Sanura glances at Harry “I wouldn’t say such..” a small frown as hears the girls reply, curious as to what sort of big jerk .. but that was not a question for now.
[3:50:02 PM] Malif: Malif laughs again! “Oh my, a child of the Forges! Sounds like there’s a story there, but that’s for another time perhaps.”
[3:50:44 PM] Mike: Mike laughs some more and looks at Alejandro. “And you? What’s your divine parentage? I assume you already know each of ours.”
[3:52:39 PM] Sanura: Sanura tilts her head. “Is it.. Jaguar perhaps? of the Aztecs?” remembering Sofia’s comment about them.
[3:54:42 PM] ST: Alejandro clears his throat. “Sofia, sweetheart, we were in the middle of—” As Mike and Sanura ask their questions, he pauses with a slight huff of exasperation. “Yep, Daddy’s a big jaguar and he’s not scared of anything!” Alejandro gives them all a strained smile. “It’s complicated, and not important. Perhaps we can get back to the matter at hand.”
[3:55:13 PM] Sanura: She quirks a brow “all sorts of family tensions.. please do continue”
[4:04:44 PM] ST: Of course, just as Alejandro’s suggestion to continue is agreed upon, the food arrives, causing him to fall silent once more. Sofia watches the fancily-arranged dishes arrive. “Mmm. That smells good! Daddy, why didn’t you invite me to the superhero party?”
[4:05:27 PM | Edited 4:05:36 PM] ST: Crook’s ears perk up as the dishes are placed on the table.
[4:06:00 PM] Mike: Mike inhales. “Mmmm… I agree, Sofia. That DOES smell good!” He starts chowing down, still listening to Alejandro talking.
[4:06:05 PM] Malif: “We’ll be involved in a lot of dangerous things, I’m sure he just wants you to enjoy some peace in your life.”
[4:06:10 PM] Sanura: Sanura shifts uncomfortably as the superhero word is tossed around again and glances to Sofia “would you like to share with me dear?” Well aware Crook would make no such offer.
[4:07:18 PM] Harry: Once the food’s all spread out, and the waiter is out of earshot…
[4:07:52 PM] ST: “No thank you, I’m not hungry. I got to eat pizza.” She pauses and sends her father a sidelong glance. “But I’m hungry for dessert.”
[4:08:07 PM] Harry: “Superhero’s kind of our codeword. It’s alot easier to ignore us talking to Sofia about superheroes than explaining we’re all god-spawn. Makes life easier.”
[4:08:21 PM] Malif: (She’s h ungry for dessert…. and JUSTICE!)
[4:08:43 PM] Sanura: Chuckling softly at that response from Sofia and then nods a little "I suppose that makes sense.. " she allows.
[4:08:58 PM] Harry: “Plus, having damned near the same origin story as the Flash doesn’t hurt…” He chuckles, rolling up his sleeve to show the scar where the lightning hit him.
[4:09:56 PM] Mike: Mike grins a bit. “What, you were struck by lightning in a science lab?”
[4:09:58 PM] ST: Crook digs into his own meal, little golden symbols floating above his head.
[4:10:03 PM] Sanura: Sanura quirks a brow “I suppose that explains some of your.. behavior” she murmurs as she tucks into her food.
[4:10:21 PM] ST: (( http://www.vh1.com/celebrity/bwe/images/2012/03/LIGHTNING-SCAR-1330721105.jpg, in case you wanted to see the pic again ))
[4:10:35 PM] Sanura: Rolling her eyes as her hungry feline goes along with his usual plan of eat everything
[4:11:21 PM] ST: Sofia’s eyes go wide. “Whoa, that’s so COOL! Is the kitty a superhero too?”
[4:11:31 PM] Harry: “Actually, I was hit by lightning in a battle between Zeus and Hermes after he pranked his Dad, then granted the power of incredible speed, lightning-fast thought and perfect navigation.”
[4:11:47 PM] Malif: “Hit by lightning, that’s kind of an odd coincidence…oh…..well, maybe not after all…..”
[4:11:58 PM] Malif: “I suppose being smote by Zeus is something to brag about surviving!”
[4:12:23 PM] Sanura: Chuckles softly and glances to Crook “Hmmn no he’s a sacred guardian. but I call him Crook”
[4:13:10 PM] Mike: Mike grimaces a bit. “Better than my story… summoned to a bar my old man owns to play for the bar-goers there, given a guitar that can play without an amp because of a very familiar-looking guitar pick…”
[4:13:14 PM] Malif: “Crook eh? Why do you call him that, is he a little klepto?”
[4:13:54 PM] ST: “If Crook marries a girl cat and has babies, can I have one of them?”
[4:14:37 PM] ST: Crook doesn’t seem to have any comments about Sofia’s question.
[4:15:10 PM] Sanura: Shakes her head “no he doesn’t steal.. his name is the folded cloth S.. but it looks like a Crook and that sounds better.” She blinks a couple of times "well.. I suppose.. if he does such a thing.. " she glances to Crook and leans over.. “do you have a brood of kittens back home?” half whispered.
[4:16:16 PM] Malif: Malif chuckles warmly, and returns to his eating.
[4:16:57 PM] ST: The cat straightens from his meal and gazes directly at Sanura, his response floating in the air.
[4:18:13 PM] ST: He seems rather proud of himself.
[4:18:25 PM] Sanura: She blinks and sighs “oh god”
[4:18:45 PM] Malif: Malif grins and winks at the cat. “That’s the spirit!”
[4:18:45 PM] ST: “What’d he say?”
[4:18:49 PM] Sanura: [so the sacred guardian cat is a whore XD]
[4:19:14 PM] Harry: “Okay, so, what’s the actual plan? We go all investigating events of Titan schemes and attacks?”
[4:19:22 PM] Malif: (What’st he name of that basketball player who slept with hundreds of women again? That’s kitty XD )
[4:19:28 PM] Sanura: She clears her throat "ah well it seems that he’s got a few kittens.. "
[4:19:29 PM] Mike: Mike grimaces, not saying anything. He has an idea of what the cat said, but saying such a thing around a kid would be VERY bad…
[4:20:22 PM] Harry: (Wilt CHamberlain. Harry’s catching up)
[4:20:32 PM] Harry: (And it’s thousands)
[4:20:40 PM] Malif: (He CLAIMS its thousands :P )
[4:20:58 PM] Malif: (Sounds like Wilt is no wilt after all….)
[4:21:39 PM] Harry: Personal life
Main article: Personal life of Wilt Chamberlain
He was exceptionally high-earning as a professional athlete. When playing for Philadelphia, he commuted from New York. Typically he awoke at noon and stayed up late into the night. Moving to Los Angeles, he took ownership of a luxurious residence in Bel-Air. He reported 20,000 sexual relationships with women and never married or had children, completely per his intention. He owned expensive cars and left an estate valued at $US25 million in 2000. He voted Republican.
[4:25:20 PM] ST: As Alejandro opens his mouth to respond to Harry, Sofia says “Can I have one?” She turns to Alejandro. “Daddy, please?” He snaps sharply, “Sofia, enough!” The girl falls silent. Alejandro takes a deep breath. “Yes, Harry, starting with reports I’ve received of a school in Pacifica being burned down.”
[4:26:04 PM] Harry: Harry whispers into Sofia’s ear.
[4:26:06 PM] Malif: “A SCHOOL? That’s terrible!”
[4:27:15 PM] Sanura: She nods “That is terrible, but what makes you think it’s more than a matter for the police?”
[4:27:42 PM] Harry: He nods. “So, we’re actually starting what I’ve been talking about for years. So why are we expanding the operation now? I’ve been handling things fine as the only one in the field so far.”
[4:29:50 PM] ST: Sofia’s expression goes from chastened to a smile as Harry whispers in her ear, a smile she quickly stifles in favor of what she clearly thinks is a super-serious expression. “Because I have reason to believe that the school housed children like Sofia.”
[4:31:06 PM] Malif: “Well I am most certainly happy to join any kind of expedition aimed at opposing attacks on ANY kind of children.”
[4:31:20 PM] Mike: “Yeah, that goes double for me.”
[4:32:06 PM] Harry: “A school…full of godkids?” He leans back, pondering that. “Who would have the resources to gather them, much less keep them under wraps?”
[4:32:23 PM] Sanura: Her brow furrows a little and she glances at the child and then sighs, well there she is roped in for this little adventure at least. “Since you seem to be the.. ‘Charlie’ of the group perhaps you have some more.. specific instruction for us?”
[4:36:13 PM] ST: “That’s what I want you to find out, in addition to whoever’s responsible for the fire.” He pauses. “For now I want you to rest and get settled in. I’ll be footing the bill for your hotel rooms. And then tomorrow we’ll get started.”
[4:38:07 PM] Sanura: Sanura leans back a little and glances to Crook wondering what he thinks of this little.. adventure. He’s probably to happy face first in food to have taken much notice.
[4:39:33 PM] ST: Crook is staring at Alejandro intently. Apparently he takes his duties as a sacred guardian very seriously.
[4:40:52 PM] Sanura: “Crook.. maybe you can stay at Alejandro’s while we go figure this out..” she forgets he beat down a security guard the night she met him.
[4:42:26 PM] Harry: “I’m in. Can’t be much of a superhero letting folks get away with that. Right, squirt?”
[4:42:45 PM] ST: “Right,” she says, with the utmost gravity she can manage.
[4:43:08 PM] Sanura: She sighs softly and nods her head a little “you’re probably better prepaired for this mess than I am” she notes quietly as she sips her water.
[4:44:05 PM] ST: Crook butts Sanura’s elbow and responds.
[4:44:20 PM] Malif: “I’ll leave the fighting to these gentlemen, I expect to be more of an investigator angle.”
[4:44:57 PM] Sanura: Smiles a little “I think I’ll need it” she murmurs, reaching over to rub the cat lightly behind the ear.
[4:45:10 PM] Mike: “I’m up for some busting of heads that need it.”
[4:47:52 PM] ST: Alejandro’s shoulders relax a little. He smiles, in a carefully measured way. “I’m glad. So no one else gets caught in the middle of this,” there is a little more weight around the phrase ‘no one else’, “I’ll drive the four of you to the hotel myself, and I’ll meet you in the lobby tomorrow morning to discuss our plan of action.”
[4:48:31 PM] Malif: Malif nods. “Sounds reasonable.”
[4:48:47 PM] Mike: Mike nods as well. “Definitely a good idea.”
[4:49:26 PM] Sanura: Giving a small nod of her head “we can at least read the local paper get more familiar with the news coverage of the incident.. I’ll assume the hotel has wi-fi and a pets policy”
[4:50:02 PM] ST: Alejandro nods. “Of course.”
[4:51:21 PM] Sanura: Another nod as she glances down the table. “if we can’t get to it till tommorow I think I’d like something rich and very fattening for desert.” shooting Sofia a wink.
[4:51:40 PM] Harry: Now that the worst of the storm is done, he proceeds to destroy his meal, one steak getting completely saturated in A-1, the salad rendered down to meat, cheese, lettuce and carrot, then saturated with dressing, and then Harry starts with the house-pride steak, polishes it off, then devastates the rest, leaving not even sauce, ordering bread to sop it up.
[4:52:29 PM] ST: Sofia grins at Sanura, then quickly struggles to turn it back into her super-serious expresison.
[4:54:09 PM] Sanura: She chuckles softly and asks for the desert menu when Harry orders his bread. “I think the serious discussion is over yes?” she questions as she glances Alejandro.
[4:54:32 PM] Malif: “Well, someone was hungry…..”
[4:55:34 PM] Mike: “If The Flash is any indication, his Metabolism is extremely high. He NEEDS alot of food to keep him going.”
[4:55:41 PM] ST: Alejandro lets out a breath and nods. Sofia smiles again, and reaches out to pet Crook, who deigns to let her for the time being.
[4:56:17 PM] Malif: “Yes, I’m sure comic books are an accurate manual by which to explain our body chemistry with…..”
[4:56:44 PM] Mike: “I’d like to see you come up with something better.”
[4:56:48 PM] ST: (( Okay, NOW it’s about that time. Finish up your closing statements, everyone. ))
[4:57:12 PM] Sanura: Smiling softly at the two she orders a huge peice of chocolate fudge cake and a side of vanilla icecream to go with it. Passing the menu to anyone else that might want it. “by the way as we’re all so.. familiar now.. you can call me Sanura” said to the group at large.
[4:57:27 PM] Malif: “I know enough to know that I dno’t have the answer. So I shall not try.”