Saturday Night continues
After their conversation at the cafe, the gang splits up to attend to their evening affairs:
- Jaik & the Werewolves: After waiting in the snow, staking out the fountain/statue that serves as the material reflection for the Locus he’d seen the Pack raiding the previous week in a dream, his patience is rewarded as Van Luvien and two wolves come past on patrol at about 11 that night. Van Luvien is of course a tad surprised at Jaik’s resurrection, and it gives him enough pause to listen to Jaik’s renewed pitch for an alliance against the Hundred, but he sticks his foot in his mouth – again – and again Van Luvien and his packmates red him to pieces.
- Athene & T.J./Rudolfo: Athene introduces Rudolfo to Karaoke and they have a fun time. Afterward he drops her off at the Carfax claiming fatigue, but instead goes on a bar-crawl, eventually stumbling into Count Leland and his friends at another club. Athene, back at the Hotel, is overcome with a vision of Jaik’s gory demise, and after snatching up a handful of garbage bags to collect his remains, grabs a cab to the scene of his butchery. But once there she finds only torn clothes, his wallet & his phone.
- Count Leland & his entourage: Taking the first part of the evening to get himself and several of his girls dolled up, they head out to a notable goth-club to strum up interest in their own “private party” later in the month, a cause to which he adds the force of Majesty to spectacular effect, as he finds he is apparently the Most Interesting Man in the World. He also finds Nichole is there, in the company of her “daughter” Altair. After making introductions, the two join his clutch, as does Rudolfo for a while. over the course of the evening he lets slip a little more about the bad old days with “Colin” (Jaik), before making an early evening of it. Nichole makes the suggestion to Altair that she too may wish to invest in the Count’s little venture over at the Carfax, before the younger Vampire slips off to quietly seduce and feed from a randy boy she picks up. They end the night, collecting a few new playmates, piling into the Count’s car and heading back to the hotel to party until dawn (before which the Vampires quietly see themselves out).
T.J. wakes up in his appartment to his dog Cujo licking his face, with distinct memories of having spent the majority of the time since he had put on the amulet last night trapped in an elderly, paralyzed body in a nursing home somewhere in another timezone. After leaving messages with friends to find out what happened last night, and a quick call to his mom to find out if Great grandpa might still be alive (she claims he’s not), he sets about grooming his pooch.
Meanwhile Athene goes stir-crazy with worry, filling Jaik’s phone up with fake messages assuring her he’s ok & he begs her forgiveness. By mid-afternoon the Count & his companions are up as well, and T.J. drops by to quiz them all on what he said and what he missed (he chooses to keep under his hat the cryptic messages Rudolfo left for him in the journal). By evening the gang is getting ready to again head out, this time for dinner at the Mixed Chinese-Soul food place next door, when Altair drops by to speak with Leland, and the resurrected Jaik stumbles out of his ritual freezer-crypt down in the basement. Rolling the two into their party, they continue on, and over dinner Jaik mutters murder about the werewolves. Altair debates the sanity of such a move, but gives Leland her pitch, asking if she could move in to the Hotel, to which he agrees.
Upon their return to the Hotel they find Nichole awaiting them, having brought a gift. Two more chests – these ones being gun and ammo cases. “For all your werewolf-hunting needs” she states with a smile…
|Athene||Antiquarian Scavenger||Psychic||Single-Minded||3 + 4 = 7|
|T.J. Brown||Key Grip||–||–||3 + 6 = 9|
|“Count” Leland Murphy||Cosplay Dracula-wannabe||Ghoul||Embarrassing Secret||3 + 6 = 9|
|Jaik Mkor||Mystery Man||Immortal (Purified)||Amnesia||3 + 5 = 8|
|John Watson||Doctor||Ghoul||-||2 + 1 = 3|
|Altair||Reserved Academic||Vampire (Daeva)||-||0 + 4 = 4|