[8/30/2014 7:01:28 PM] Crow: It's early evening; Faye freaked out on Liz; Leon is over; Ry has been texting with Rose!
[8/30/2014 7:05:28 PM] Rycroft: ((Isn't he supposed to meet her?))
[8/30/2014 7:06:58 PM] Crow: He is! Near dawn. So not for a good long time.
[8/30/2014 7:08:40 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft looks over at Faye and the others.
[8/30/2014 7:09:13 PM] Crow: Faye is still asleep on Leon's lap.
[8/30/2014 7:09:25 PM] Crow: Liz is redoing Tess's hair.
[8/30/2014 7:11:18 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft goes over and pours more blood for himself!
[8/30/2014 7:12:15 PM] Crow: Tess smiles at him.
[8/30/2014 7:12:25 PM] Crow: This time it looks like Lizard's working on a braid-loopy Leia design.
[8/30/2014 7:14:04 PM] Crow: Ry's work line rings.
[8/30/2014 7:15:49 PM] Rycroft: He answers it! "Winslow."
[8/30/2014 7:18:55 PM] Crow: "Hey, Win." The caller is listed as SECURED LINE, but Ry recognizes the deep baritone and the nickname as coming from a local policeman. Detective Jamal Wagner, who at some point Ry helped out with a case and ever since then asks for his help on anything "weird." He doesn't know about vampires, the masquerade or anything about the supernatural world of the city, but he's pretty smart.
[8/30/2014 7:21:09 PM] Rycroft: "Wagner. To what do I owe the pleasure?"
[8/30/2014 7:22:18 PM] Crow: "Same as always. ... you know, one day I'm going to call you when there hasn't been a horrible crime."
[8/30/2014 7:26:04 PM] Crow: "This one's ... well, we're calling in the FBI, so I could lose my badge if anyone finds out I'm talking to you on this. Has all the makings of a serial."
[8/30/2014 7:28:47 PM] Rycroft: "... why call me, in that case, I feel compelled to ask?"
[8/30/2014 7:30:34 PM] Crow: "It's right up your alley. You told me, all the weird stuff. The things that feel wrong, the things that should be impossible. Yetis and bigfoots--bigfeet?--and mummies and vampires. Right?"
[8/30/2014 7:33:06 PM] Rycroft: ... bigfoot is a serial killer now?
[8/30/2014 7:33:39 PM] Crow: "'course not. But that *was* what you said."
[8/30/2014 7:34:45 PM] Rycroft: So, why are you calling me this time, then?
[8/30/2014 7:36:49 PM] Crow: "Vampire."
[8/30/2014 7:40:27 PM] Rycroft: Really?
[8/30/2014 7:42:22 PM] Crow: "What else drinks the blood of its victims?"
[8/30/2014 7:45:54 PM] Rycroft: Chupacabra.
[8/30/2014 7:54:05 PM] Crow: "What's a chupa... chalupa?"
[8/30/2014 7:55:29 PM] Rycroft: 'Goat sucker'. Literally. So, you have any details you can share with me?
[8/30/2014 7:56:17 PM] Crow: "This is not about goats. Sure, want to meet at a coffee shop somewhere?"
[8/30/2014 7:57:34 PM] Rycroft: ... Yeah, all right, when?
[8/30/2014 7:58:10 PM] Crow: "Well it's gettin' pretty late, so any time."
[8/30/2014 8:04:44 PM] Rycroft: Fifteen minutes. The place on 132nd.
[8/30/2014 8:05:42 PM] Crow: "See you then, Win."
[8/30/2014 8:05:44 PM] Crow: Click.
[8/30/2014 8:06:12 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft checks his watch. "Okay. I gotta go meet a cop."
[8/30/2014 8:06:24 PM] Crow: Liz: What? Why?
[8/30/2014 8:11:43 PM] Rycroft: I have a contact on the police force. He usually asks for me where there's some unusual case. I help him out, and it helps me keep an eye on things.
[8/30/2014 8:13:35 PM] Crow: Tess: What's the case?
[8/30/2014 8:16:03 PM] Rycroft: Something about a serial killer draining blood.
[8/30/2014 8:18:30 PM] Crow: Tess: ... ah.
[8/30/2014 8:18:37 PM] Crow: Liz: Is it a vampire? A real one, like us?
[8/30/2014 8:22:16 PM] Rycroft: Not sure. Could be. Could be a weirdo serial killer, too.
[8/30/2014 8:22:38 PM] Crow: Liz: Do they.... do that?
[8/30/2014 8:24:39 PM] Rycroft: Serial killers? Yeah. They can do all kinds of stuff for a variety of insane reasons. That said, it could be a vampire who doesn't know what they are, doesn't know the rules. Or doesn't care.
[8/30/2014 8:25:04 PM] Crow: Liz: ... would that have happened to me? If I didn't have you?
[8/30/2014 8:25:31 PM] Rycroft: Could be. The hunger can make you do crazy things.
[8/30/2014 8:25:49 PM] Rycroft: Whatever it is, I am definitely not bringing home any momre strays.
[8/30/2014 8:26:26 PM] Crow: Tess: I don't think there'd be room.
[8/30/2014 8:26:58 PM] Rycroft: Exactly.
[8/30/2014 8:30:05 PM] Crow: Tess smiles. "I'll stay here. Be careful out there."
[8/30/2014 8:33:27 PM] Rycroft: I will. You got a handle on this rowdy crew.
[8/30/2014 8:34:19 PM] Crow: Leon has also fallen asleep by this point.
[8/30/2014 8:34:34 PM] Crow: Liz snrks.
[8/30/2014 8:35:17 PM] Rycroft: There's also a tazer under the sink.
[8/30/2014 8:35:43 PM] Crow: Tess: Ooh, party favors.
[8/30/2014 8:41:36 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft grins. "Try not to have too much fun. I'll be back soon."
[8/30/2014 8:41:39 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft leaves!
[8/30/2014 8:44:42 PM] Crow: Tess waves; Liz hops up and hugs him.
[8/30/2014 8:45:43 PM] Crow: Only then is he allowed to depart!
[8/30/2014 8:47:04 PM] Crow: Does he take a taxi or walk? It's raining.
[8/30/2014 8:50:33 PM] Rycroft: He'll take a taxi if he can find one.
[8/30/2014 8:50:46 PM] Crow: Not too difficult. And it's further than he could walk in 15 minutes, too.
[8/30/2014 8:52:03 PM] Rycroft: He could fly! But he doesn't.
[8/30/2014 8:55:05 PM] Crow: The taxi drops him off in front of a coffeeshop. The one that Wagner likes is pretty near being a bar-- one of the places he started frequenting in his early days of being sober. These days the detective is a little less concerned about relapse and has been known to order cranberry juice in a bar or two.
[8/30/2014 8:56:26 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft goes in and looks for him!
[8/30/2014 8:57:18 PM] Crow: He's not hard to miss; he's a cadaverously thin black man with a hooked nose wearing shabby clothes and sitting in a brightly-lit corner of the bar reading a newspaper.
[8/30/2014 8:57:44 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft goes over and sits next to him.
[8/30/2014 8:58:09 PM] Crow: Wagner: That was fast.
[8/30/2014 9:00:15 PM] Crow: He's sipping a plain coffee. Ry knows it's probably got about six tablespoons of sugar in it.
[8/30/2014 9:01:01 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft gets a coffe.
[8/30/2014 9:04:17 PM] Crow: Wagner: We're not here. I'm not giving you this. And you're not reading it.
[8/30/2014 9:04:23 PM] Crow: He hands Ry a folder.
[8/30/2014 9:06:44 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft takes it and opens it.
[8/30/2014 9:08:14 PM] Crow: It's a casefile!
[8/30/2014 9:08:23 PM] Crow: There have apparently been two murders so far.
[8/30/2014 9:09:25 PM] Crow: Both of them have involved young women, both with long dark hair, both just out of college. One was a nurse; the other was a paralegal at a law firm.
[8/30/2014 9:11:12 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft looks for the vampire-like details.
[8/30/2014 9:13:29 PM] Crow: Well, their throats were mauled and blood was taken from the body through the throat wounds. The wounds were pretty messy--could be a vampire frenzying.
[8/30/2014 9:13:59 PM] Crow: They were also left where they were killed, posed neatly sitting up and eyes closed.
[8/30/2014 9:16:35 PM] Rycroft: Does it look like a vampire?
[8/30/2014 9:16:52 PM] Crow: It's almost impossible to say.
[8/30/2014 9:17:26 PM] Crow: Significant amounts of blood are missing; there are throat wounds consistent with human teeth and there's no forensic evidence of the killer, which is suspicious.
[8/30/2014 9:19:34 PM] Crow: Vampires tend not to leave traces.
[8/30/2014 9:19:46 PM] Crow: On the other hand, it could be a serial killer who watches Law and Order.
[8/30/2014 9:23:46 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft frowns and flips through the rest of the case details.
[8/30/2014 9:24:37 PM] Crow: There's a lot there. Krista Jean Adams, age 24, and Ally Dean, age 23.
[8/30/2014 9:25:27 PM] Rycroft: ANything tying them together? Besides the grisly deaths.
[8/30/2014 9:26:02 PM] Crow: Nothing that the investigators have found.
[8/30/2014 9:26:37 PM] Crow: Work in different locations, live in different boroughs, one works out, one doesn't... they go to different clinics, hairstylists, nail salons.
[8/30/2014 9:28:31 PM] Rycroft: Where were they found?
[8/30/2014 9:29:07 PM] Crow: Both were found in parks, a good way away from the paths and on the other side of town from where they live and work. They were even different parks.
[8/30/2014 10:23:22 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft looks at him. "So...this is pretty grisly stuff. But what makes you think it's something more than a serial killer?"
[8/30/2014 10:26:24 PM] Crow: Wagner: Well, it has all the hallmarks of a vampire, doesn't it? What with the neckbiting and the blood and all?
[8/30/2014 10:26:45 PM] Rycroft: Or a guy that thinks he's a vampire.
[8/30/2014 10:26:56 PM] Rycroft: But I'll look into it. Completely on my own, of course.
[8/30/2014 10:27:04 PM] Rycroft: WIthout any provocation.
[8/30/2014 10:30:53 PM] Crow: Wagner nods.
[8/30/2014 10:31:36 PM] Crow: Wagner: I'll get you interview transcripts with the families, if you want, or you can go talk to 'em. Use that consultant badget I got you.
[8/30/2014 10:32:43 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft nods, and makes notes of pertinent details.
[8/30/2014 10:48:46 PM] Crow: Wagner: ... things have a way of clearing themselves up when you help us. One way or another.
[8/30/2014 10:49:39 PM] Rycroft: I'll look into it. And keep you out of the loopuntil the very last possible moment.
[8/30/2014 10:50:19 PM] Crow: Wagner: Fine by me. You know me, I've never been by the book. Just want people safe.
[8/30/2014 10:52:32 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft nods. "When was the last murder?"
[8/30/2014 10:53:46 PM] Crow: Wagner: Yesterday. She never came home from work; today she didn't come in. Jogger with a dog found her.
[8/30/2014 10:54:12 PM] Rycroft: Got the name of the jogger?
[8/30/2014 10:55:15 PM] Crow: Wagner nods. "It's in the file. Pretty sure she's unconnected. A garbage man found the first one taking out the trash in the park. He was pretty upset; we're still backgrounding him but it doesn't seem likely."
[8/30/2014 11:03:53 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft nods. "Still, she might have noticed something."
[8/30/2014 11:04:00 PM] Rycroft: ((Also her dog might have noticed something.))
[8/30/2014 11:05:37 PM] Crow: Wagner: Feel free to go have a chat with her.
[8/30/2014 11:05:51 PM] Crow: Wagner: ... hope she sees a therapist. That wasn't a pretty crime scene.
[8/30/2014 11:10:49 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft nods. "Anything else?"
[8/30/2014 11:16:09 PM] Crow: Wagner: Not much. My kid's switched his major again.
[8/30/2014 11:16:23 PM] Rycroft: To what?
[8/30/2014 11:18:35 PM] Crow: Wagner: Nothing that'll get him a career. Music.
[8/30/2014 11:20:10 PM] Rycroft: What does he play?
[8/30/2014 11:22:14 PM] Crow: Wagner: Piano, guitar, violin. He's talented, just... keeps changing his mind.
[8/30/2014 11:23:15 PM] Crow: Wagner: What about you? Ever given any thought to settling down?
[8/30/2014 11:24:08 PM] Rycroft: Haven't you read detective novels? I can't do that. I don't want potential love interests getting shot and falling into my arms as they die.
[8/30/2014 11:24:55 PM] Crow: Wagner: *I'm* a detective, you nut, and I've been married three times. Hopin' this one sticks.
[8/30/2014 11:25:47 PM] Rycroft: There's a shining endorsement of settling down.
[8/30/2014 11:26:45 PM] Crow: Wagner: Well, this one's been eight years. Longer'n'I managed before.
[8/30/2014 11:27:22 PM] Crow: Wagner: Apparently the trick was to marry someone else who can't switch off either. She doesn't, I don't, we don't get a lot of time together but what we do get, we make it count.
[8/30/2014 11:28:28 PM] Rycroft: Not terrible advice.
[8/30/2014 11:29:42 PM] Crow: Wagner: And the money helps subsidize my shitty job.
[8/30/2014 11:29:46 PM] Crow: He smiles.
[8/30/2014 11:31:21 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft smiles and pays the bill.
[8/30/2014 11:33:29 PM] Crow: Wagner: Come on, you can't tell me you never thought about it.
[8/30/2014 11:35:23 PM] Rycroft: Settling down?
[8/30/2014 11:37:17 PM] Crow: Wagner: Yeah. You're good with kids, I've seen you.
[8/30/2014 11:37:55 PM] Rycroft: Other people's kids.
[8/30/2014 11:41:29 PM] Crow: Wagner: Wait, do you already *have* one? No way, you've never *once* mentioned a kid and you *aren't* the type to disengage.
[8/30/2014 11:41:55 PM] Rycroft: I don't have any kids of my own.
[8/30/2014 11:44:22 PM] Crow: Wagner: Oh. ... what'd you mean by that, then? You don't think you'd be any good with your own?
[8/30/2014 11:47:39 PM] Rycroft: Can't have kids, is al.
[8/30/2014 11:51:02 PM] Crow: Wagner: ... damn, I'm sorry. I'm real sorry to hear that.
[8/30/2014 11:51:21 PM] Crow: Wagner: And I sure didn't mean to touch a sore spot, Win.
[8/30/2014 11:51:51 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft shrugs. "Came to peace with it a long time ago. It's not a sore spot, really. And if it makes you feel better, I do have a girlfriend or two."
[8/30/2014 11:53:41 PM] Crow: Wagner: Or *two*?
[8/30/2014 11:53:50 PM] Crow: Wagner: ... dare I ask?
[8/30/2014 11:54:55 PM] Rycroft: It's complicated. Better not.
[8/30/2014 11:56:05 PM] Crow: Wagner shakes his head. "I better get back to work anyhow. Call me if you get anything."
[8/30/2014 11:58:05 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft nods. "Take care."
[8/31/2014 12:00:41 AM] Crow: He heads out!
[8/31/2014 12:01:05 AM] Rycroft: Rycroft checks the address he was given for the jogger.
[8/31/2014 12:01:58 AM] Crow: It's actually not too far away--she probably lives only a couple of blocks away from Ry.
[8/31/2014 12:02:17 AM] Rycroft: What time is it?
[8/31/2014 12:03:42 AM] Crow: Right around 10 p.m.
[8/31/2014 12:04:50 AM] Rycroft: Hmm. Well, he'll head back home.
[8/31/2014 12:05:16 AM] Rycroft: Maybe go by her place on the way.
[8/31/2014 12:06:05 AM] Crow: Easily done. It's hard to be entirely certain, but a lot of the building is still lit up.
[8/31/2014 12:06:24 AM] Crow: Her file says she's a nurse and works 3-11 shifts when she's on duty. Likely if she's at home she's still up.
[8/31/2014 12:08:37 AM] Rycroft: Rycroft will stop by then.
[8/31/2014 12:09:30 AM] Crow: It's a secured building; he has to buzz in. What's he say?
[8/31/2014 12:13:00 AM] Rycroft: Does he have her name?
[8/31/2014 12:14:25 AM] Crow: He does; it's Jolene Rodriguez.
[8/31/2014 12:18:52 AM] Rycroft: He buzzes.
[8/31/2014 12:19:31 AM] Crow: She answers almost immediately. "That was fast. You got it?"
[8/31/2014 12:19:53 AM] Crow: She has a slight accent; probably Spanish-speaking.
[8/31/2014 12:20:01 AM] Rycroft: ... what?
[8/31/2014 12:20:16 AM] Crow: "Do you *have* it? The pizza?"
[8/31/2014 12:20:48 AM] Rycroft: I'm not the pizza guy. I'm a consultant with the police department.
[8/31/2014 12:22:26 AM] Crow: "Oh my god I'm so sorry! This is about that girl they found at the park? I'll buzz you in."
[8/31/2014 12:22:37 AM] Crow: There's a harsh buzzing noise and the door opens.
[8/31/2014 12:23:22 AM] Rycroft: Rycroft goes in, and up to her apartment!
[8/31/2014 12:24:41 AM] Crow: As it turns out he has to use the steps; the elevator is posted as out of service.
[8/31/2014 12:24:53 AM] Crow: This isn't a very nice building, but it could be a lot worse.
[8/31/2014 12:25:01 AM] Crow: She lets him in as soon as he knocks.
[8/31/2014 12:25:49 AM] Crow: Jolene's apartment is pretty messy and very cluttered; she herself is a short, chubby girl with darkish skin and frizzy hair, definitely a Latina.
[8/31/2014 12:26:14 AM] Crow: She's wearing yoga pants and a tank top.
[8/31/2014 12:26:25 AM] Crow: Jolene: Let me see your badge.
[8/31/2014 12:27:57 AM] Rycroft: Rycroft looks her in the eye and hypnotizes her, pulling out his wallet and holding it open. "This is my badge. It looks completely legitimate and you trust that I am who I say I am."
[8/31/2014 12:28:46 AM] Crow: Jolene: ... your badge. Yes.
[8/31/2014 12:28:55 AM] Crow: He *does* have proper credentials.
[8/31/2014 12:29:52 AM] Rycroft: Rycroft puts his wallet away.
[8/31/2014 12:29:56 AM] Rycroft: ((Whoops! Oh well.))
[8/31/2014 12:30:54 AM] Rycroft: I'm Rycroft Winslow. The police department asked me to follow up with you.
[8/31/2014 12:32:14 AM] Crow: Jolene: Oh. There's not much to tell, really. I mean... I thought I told them everything already once.
[8/31/2014 12:32:34 AM] Rycroft: Well. Is it it okay if we go over it again?
[8/31/2014 12:33:50 AM] Crow: Jolene: If it will help. If you think it will help. I'm not used to seeing people look that way, you know?
[8/31/2014 12:34:14 AM] Crow: Jolene: People think nurses see that kind of stuff all the time but I work in adult medical, not... that.
[8/31/2014 12:34:24 AM | Edited 12:34:34 AM] Crow: Jolene: Not the emergency room, you know?
[8/31/2014 12:34:35 AM] Rycroft: Not trauma or anything. I get you. Just take your time.
[8/31/2014 12:36:56 AM] Crow: Jolene: I don't know anything much. I jog down that path just about every day.
[8/31/2014 12:37:57 AM] Rycroft: Rycroft looks into her eye again, putting her into a trance. "Can we sit?"
[8/31/2014 12:38:20 AM] Crow: Jolene: ... yes...
[8/31/2014 12:39:08 AM] Rycroft: Rycroft sits down, and indicates she should do the same.
[8/31/2014 12:40:04 AM] Crow: She sits. She's pretty into the trance.
[8/31/2014 12:41:31 AM] Rycroft: Now, think back. Replay in your mind the moments before your found her. You're not there. You're just remembering. You're safe in your apartment.
[8/31/2014 12:43:35 AM] Crow: Jolene: Safe in my apartment.
[8/31/2014 12:44:32 AM] Rycroft: But in your memory, you're in the park before you found her. What are you doing?
[8/31/2014 12:45:06 AM] Crow: Jolene: I'm... jogging. God it's hot, I hate running, why do I even do this.
[8/31/2014 12:45:48 AM] Crow: Jolene: I stop and drink the rest of my water bottle. Tina. Tina! Bad dog. Oh shit, where is she going?
[8/31/2014 12:46:27 AM] Rycroft: Now, stop. Press pause. Look around. Listen. Do you hear anything usual?
[8/31/2014 12:47:29 AM] Crow: Jolene: Unusual? ... a woman with a stroller. A man with lots of muscles, running. Trees.
[8/31/2014 12:48:36 AM] Rycroft: Look at the man. He's running. Do his clothes look right? Is he wearing workout clothes?
[8/31/2014 12:50:11 AM] Crow: Jolene: Oh yeah. He does this every day. Best part of my run. He never looks at me, though.
[8/31/2014 12:51:24 AM] Rycroft: What about the woman? Do you see her often?
[8/31/2014 12:52:30 AM] Crow: Jolene: I don't know. Cute baby, though.
[8/31/2014 12:52:44 AM] Crow: Jolene: Orange hair sticking out everywhere.
[8/31/2014 12:55:19 AM] Rycroft: Is there anyone else around?
[8/31/2014 12:56:32 AM] Crow: Jolene: The cop. That's it.
[8/31/2014 1:00:10 AM] Rycroft: Tell me about the cop.
[8/31/2014 1:01:32 AM] Crow: Jolene: He's... white. Brownish hair, a little scruffy. Ordinary face.
[8/31/2014 1:01:48 AM] Rycroft: What is he doing?
[8/31/2014 1:05:05 AM] Crow: Jolene: He's just... standing there. He seems nervous.
[8/31/2014 1:05:18 AM] Rycroft: What time is it, Jolene?
[8/31/2014 1:05:47 AM] Rycroft: Rycroft is jotting notes down, btw.
[8/31/2014 1:06:03 AM] Crow: Jolene: I.... I don't know. It feels like I've been jogging forever, so probably ten minutes.
[8/31/2014 1:06:14 AM] Rycroft: Is it dark out?
[8/31/2014 1:06:35 AM] Crow: Jolene: Yeah. This trail's always well lit, and there's lots of cops.
[8/31/2014 1:06:52 AM] Crow: Jolene: And people. Safest place to be at night.
[8/31/2014 1:08:13 AM] Rycroft: Can you see the cop's badge?
[8/31/2014 1:08:59 AM] Crow: Jolene: ... no, I'm facing the wrong way. I didn't... turn around.
[8/31/2014 1:09:32 AM] Rycroft: That's okay. Let time resume its flow now. Your dog wanders off.
[8/31/2014 1:10:00 AM] Crow: Jolene: Oh, Tina, come back, come back!
[8/31/2014 1:10:11 AM] Crow: The real Tina comes at her mistress's call!
[8/31/2014 1:10:40 AM] Crow: It's a pitbull; a bit overweight, with a pink bow clipped onto her hair.
[8/31/2014 1:10:54 AM] Crow: She wags her tail and sits in front of Jolene.
[8/31/2014 1:10:54 AM] Rycroft: Rycroft holds his hand out to the dog.
[8/31/2014 1:11:04 AM] Crow: The dog licks it, tail wagging.
[8/31/2014 1:11:45 AM] Rycroft: Remember, Jolene. This is just a memory. Detach yourself from the fear and shock and revulsion. You are detached.
[8/31/2014 1:12:48 AM] Crow: Jolene: Oh Tina, what are you into now? What've you found girl, what's... oh god.
[8/31/2014 1:13:23 AM] Crow: Jolene: Get out of there, Tina! Get out right now! Oh god, I've gotta call 911!
[8/31/2014 1:13:41 AM] Crow: Tina looks confused; she's not into anything! She is being a Good Dog!
[8/31/2014 1:17:37 AM] Rycroft: Rycroft pets the dog. "Pause the scene again, Jolene. Your attention was on the body. But do you see anything else? Did you notice anything else that got pushed aside with the shock of the discovery?"
[8/31/2014 1:18:31 AM] Crow: The dog licks him.
[8/31/2014 1:19:05 AM] Crow: Jolene: Anything... no. Just.... she's there and her neck is all... mangled, like what would even do that?
[8/31/2014 1:19:41 AM] Crow: Jolene: Her eyes are closed. If it wasn't for her neck and... there's some blood too... if it wasn't there she'd just look sleeping.
[8/31/2014 1:21:33 AM] Rycroft: So what happened next?
[8/31/2014 1:22:15 AM] Crow: Jolene: I called for help.
[8/31/2014 1:22:42 AM] Crow: Jolene: People came to help--the lady with the stroller and the hot running guy.
[8/31/2014 1:23:06 AM] Crow: Jolene: She called 911, I was freaking out.
[8/31/2014 1:25:27 AM] Rycroft: What about the nervous cop?
[8/31/2014 1:28:22 AM] Crow: Jolene: ... no, he's not here. He didn't come.
[8/31/2014 1:28:43 AM] Crow: She frowns a little bit.
[8/31/2014 1:29:27 AM] Rycroft: It's okay, Jolene. You're not there. You're here. In your apartment. Just sit and relax and drift for a moment.
[8/31/2014 1:29:49 AM] Rycroft: Rycroft turns my attention to Tina! "So, Tina.... what did you smell?"
[8/31/2014 1:33:29 AM] Crow: Tina woofs. "You smell funny! You're nice!"
[8/31/2014 1:34:03 AM] Rycroft: "Do you remember when Jolene found all the blood earlier? You smelled it, right? In the park?"
[8/31/2014 1:37:44 AM] Crow: Tina: Yeah! Didn't smell right! Smelled wrong!
[8/31/2014 1:38:04 AM] Crow: Tina: People blood is bad!
[8/31/2014 1:39:04 AM] Rycroft: What else did you smell, girl?
[8/31/2014 1:40:39 AM] Crow: Tina: Everything! Lots of people and food!
[8/31/2014 1:41:04 AM] Crow: Tina: Puppy-human poop! People!
[8/31/2014 1:41:18 AM] Rycroft: What about in the blood.
[8/31/2014 1:42:31 AM] Rycroft: Or the womean that you found?
[8/31/2014 1:44:47 AM] Crow: Tina: Too many people to know! Lots of people!
[8/31/2014 1:45:39 AM] Rycroft: Did you smell anyone that smelled like me?
[8/31/2014 1:48:02 AM] Crow: Tina: Like you? Only you smell like you!
[8/31/2014 1:48:12 AM] Crow: Tina: You smell good! You're nice! Scratch my head again!
[8/31/2014 1:50:27 AM] Rycroft: Rycroft does so. "Okay. Good girl. Go lay down."
[8/31/2014 1:51:29 AM] Crow: She woofs happily, and goes to her doggie bed. She's actually pretty smart for a dog.
[8/31/2014 1:52:51 AM] Rycroft: Rycroft turns back to Jolene. "Jolene. Are you planning on seeing someone, like a counselor? Or a therapist? After today?"
[8/31/2014 1:55:22 AM] Crow: Jolene: They told me to but I wasn't going to.
[8/31/2014 1:58:18 AM] Rycroft: You should. It will make you feel better.
[8/31/2014 2:00:15 AM] Crow: Jolene: I should. It will make me feel better.
[8/31/2014 2:05:26 AM] Rycroft: Okay. Since I've been here, I've asked you some very basic questions about the body and how you found her. It was all completely normal. Wasn't it?
[8/31/2014 2:05:53 AM] Crow: Jolene: Yes.
[8/31/2014 2:06:03 AM] Crow: Jolene: it was all completely normal.
[8/31/2014 2:07:21 AM] Rycroft: He releases her.
[8/31/2014 2:08:01 AM] Crow: She blinks.
[8/31/2014 2:08:13 AM] Rycroft: All right. You've been very helpful.
[8/31/2014 2:08:19 AM] Crow: Jolene: Wow, that was... huh. I'm sorry, what were you saying, I zoned out there for a minute.
[8/31/2014 2:08:30 AM] Rycroft: It's okay. You've had a tough day.
[8/31/2014 2:08:51 AM] Rycroft: He hands her one of his cards. "If you recall anything else, give me a call, okay?"
[8/31/2014 2:12:45 AM] Crow: Jolene: Sure.
[8/31/2014 2:12:55 AM] Crow: Jolene: Thanks, officer... what'd you say your name was again?
[8/31/2014 2:14:00 AM] Rycroft: Rycroft Winslow. I'm a consultant on the case.
[8/31/2014 2:17:07 AM] Crow: Jolene: Oh, all right. Well, have a good evening.
[8/31/2014 2:18:50 AM] Rycroft: Rycroft stands. "You too. Take care."
[8/31/2014 2:19:01 AM] Rycroft: Rycroft leaves!
[9/1/2014 4:54:11 PM] Crow: Ry just left the nurse who found the most recent victim's body!
[9/1/2014 4:55:07 PM] Crow: What's he doing next?
[9/1/2014 5:04:58 PM] Rycroft: He'll head back home.
[9/1/2014 5:05:15 PM] Crow: Home is right where he left it!
[9/1/2014 5:07:33 PM] Crow: Leon has gone home, and the blue fox is now sitting in Liz's lap contentedly, while Liz tries to angle her sketchbook on the couch's arm. Tess doesn't look like she's watching them--but she's just a shade too pointed about it to fool Ry.
[9/1/2014 5:07:55 PM] Rycroft: So what did I miss?
[9/1/2014 5:08:43 PM] Crow: Tess: Not much. Leon woke up and went home. He seems pretty chill.
[9/1/2014 5:09:12 PM] Crow: Liz: He said he wanted to dress me like a princess in silks and satins and faux fur.
[9/1/2014 5:09:30 PM] Crow: Liz sounds pretty doubtful.
[9/1/2014 5:09:37 PM] Rycroft: Did he? He must like you.
[9/1/2014 5:10:56 PM] Crow: Liz: I think he just likes the way I look.
[9/1/2014 5:11:15 PM] Crow: Tess: You're a cute kid.
[9/1/2014 5:11:36 PM] Crow: Faye eyes Tess and snorts.
[9/1/2014 5:13:13 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft eyes Tess in a fake-cross sort of way. "That's her 'foolish mortal' snort, I think."
[9/1/2014 5:13:47 PM] Crow: Faye: Hmph.
[9/1/2014 5:13:59 PM] Crow: Tess: Do we still qualify as mortal?
[9/1/2014 5:14:17 PM] Crow: Tess: I usually think of us as post-mortal.
[9/1/2014 5:14:33 PM] Rycroft: Pretty sure that when fae say it, it means 'not us'.
[9/1/2014 5:15:30 PM] Crow: Faye grumbles. "Didn't *sssay* anything."
[9/1/2014 5:15:52 PM] Rycroft: You're not terribly inscrutable.
[9/1/2014 5:16:20 PM] Crow: Faye: I'm hungry.
[9/1/2014 5:17:08 PM] Rycroft: Didn't you just eat like an hour or so ago?
[9/1/2014 5:17:38 PM] Crow: Faye: So?
[9/1/2014 5:17:48 PM] Crow: Tess: I think we're spoiling her.
[9/1/2014 5:17:58 PM] Crow: Liz: You're spoiling *me.* ... and I still don't know why.
[9/1/2014 5:18:12 PM] Crow: Faye snorts. "Maybe they wanna *live.*"
[9/1/2014 5:19:50 PM] Rycroft: you were brought into our world in a fairly rough way. We're just trying to help you be a bit more comfortable in it, is all.
[9/1/2014 5:21:13 PM] Crow: Liz shifts a bit. Faye doesn't appear to even notice.
[9/1/2014 5:21:31 PM] Crow: Liz: I'm not used to having stuff.
[9/1/2014 5:23:59 PM] Rycroft: Well, you shouldn't have to worry about material stuff now. Just the metaphysical stuff.
[9/1/2014 5:24:57 PM] Crow: Liz: Metaphysical?
[9/1/2014 5:25:32 PM] Rycroft: Your new status undead, 'am I beast', all that kind of stuff.
[9/1/2014 5:26:07 PM] Crow: Liz: I don't... feel like a beast.
[9/1/2014 5:26:39 PM] Rycroft: Well, there you go. Just avoid the angst, and you'll be fine.
[9/1/2014 5:28:17 PM] Crow: Tess: Well... kind of. It can kinda go pear-shaped if you don't get your meals on time, or if you get your blood up.
[9/1/2014 5:28:30 PM] Rycroft: Right.
[9/1/2014 5:28:52 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft points at his eye.
[9/1/2014 5:29:40 PM] Crow: Tess: But you're a Torrie, so you don't have to worry about that part, just hurting other people.
[9/1/2014 5:29:55 PM] Crow: Tess: ... so if you're gonna do it, do it in a situation where you *have* to hurt other people anyway.
[9/1/2014 5:31:43 PM] Crow: Liz: I don't want to hurt anyone.
[9/1/2014 5:32:07 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft eyes Faye.
[9/1/2014 5:32:16 PM] Crow: Faye doesn't react.
[9/1/2014 5:33:00 PM] Crow: Tess: Well, no. Normally not. ... most people don't like the way it feels. And the ones who do are usually not nice people. ... usually.
[9/1/2014 5:36:37 PM] Crow: Liz: ... do you?
[9/1/2014 5:38:24 PM] Crow: Tess: Well, yeah, kinda. You get this great feeling of clarity, and everything falls away but your objective. It's like everything slows down and you can do so much more than you ever thought you could, so much faster. ... of course that's usually killing people.
[9/1/2014 5:46:38 PM] Rycroft: I remember everything being very.... tinted red.
[9/1/2014 5:47:09 PM] Crow: Liz boggles at them. "You've *killed* people?"
[9/1/2014 5:47:33 PM] Rycroft: I was a cop during prohibition.
[9/1/2014 5:47:38 PM] Rycroft: In Chicago.
[9/1/2014 5:47:52 PM] Crow: Liz: ... you're *old.*
[9/1/2014 5:47:55 PM] Crow: Tess laughs.
[9/1/2014 5:48:01 PM] Rycroft: I killed people long before I turned into a vampire.
[9/1/2014 5:48:47 PM] Rycroft: Heh. Well, remember that when young vampires call you old as the zip past you on their hoverbikes in a hundred years or so.
[9/1/2014 5:49:01 PM] Crow: Liz: How old do we get?
[9/1/2014 5:49:35 PM] Rycroft: Pretty old.
[9/1/2014 5:49:55 PM] Crow: Tess: I fought in the Civil War.
[9/1/2014 5:50:03 PM] Crow: Liz *stares* at her.
[9/1/2014 5:51:26 PM] Crow: Tess: Technically. Unofficially, mainly.
[9/1/2014 5:51:32 PM] Crow: Liz: Unofficially?
[9/1/2014 5:51:47 PM] Crow: Tess: Well they didn't let women serve back then.
[9/1/2014 5:57:19 PM] Rycroft: Generally, we live until we die. Through violence or starvation.
[9/1/2014 5:59:00 PM] Crow: Liz: .... I don't want to kill anyone.
[9/1/2014 5:59:32 PM] Rycroft: You don't have to. Just live carefully. Never let yourself get too hungry.
[9/1/2014 6:01:09 PM] Crow: Tess: Besides being generally bad, killing people also risks you getting caught.
[9/1/2014 6:01:58 PM] Rycroft: Speaking of which. This new case... I don't know. It might be a vampire. Wounds are consistant with humanoid teeth, and the bloodloss is telling.
[9/1/2014 6:03:54 PM] Crow: Tess: That's worrying. Last thing we want is any kind of enforcement.
[9/1/2014 6:04:21 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft shows her the files.
[9/1/2014 6:08:32 PM] Crow: Tess reads them over quickly. "... could be. Could not be, too, though."
[9/1/2014 6:09:18 PM] Rycroft: I interviewed the girl who found the most recent body since she doesn't live too far from here. I'll look up the first witness tomorrow, and see if there's any consistances.
[9/1/2014 6:12:31 PM] Crow: Tess nods.
[9/1/2014 6:12:41 PM] Crow: Liz: Who died?
[9/1/2014 6:15:53 PM] Rycroft: Two young women. Around the same age.
[9/1/2014 6:16:59 PM] Crow: Liz: That's awful.
[9/1/2014 6:17:19 PM] Crow: Liz: ... it's really dangerous out there. I mostly tried to keep hidden and quiet.
[9/1/2014 6:22:43 PM] Rycroft: Yeah. My job here is to figure out if this is one of us or not.
[9/1/2014 6:24:13 PM] Crow: Liz: What are you going to do if it is?
[9/1/2014 6:24:53 PM] Rycroft: Find him and stop him.
[9/1/2014 6:28:15 PM] Crow: Liz: By killing him?
[9/1/2014 6:29:12 PM] Rycroft: If it comes to that.
[9/1/2014 6:30:29 PM] Crow: Tess: It sure beats the alternative.
[9/1/2014 6:30:33 PM] Crow: Liz: ... what alternative?
[9/1/2014 6:33:11 PM] Rycroft: Where he gets taken into custody by the policewho promptly find out that vampires live among them.
[9/1/2014 6:34:50 PM] Crow: Tess: Or the others taking care of him.
[9/1/2014 6:39:16 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft nods. "Yeah. Law enforcement among us tends to be.... filled with examples."
[9/1/2014 6:39:32 PM] Crow: Liz: But who does it?
[9/1/2014 6:39:39 PM] Crow: Liz: Examples of what?
[9/1/2014 6:41:00 PM] Rycroft: Examples of what happens when we step out of line and being sloppy.
[9/1/2014 6:45:58 PM] Crow: Liz: .... what... what *does* happen?
[9/1/2014 6:47:58 PM] Rycroft: Depends on who's doing the judging. Usually it ends in death, it's just a matter of how much otherstuff there is before the death.
[9/1/2014 6:49:47 PM] Crow: Liz: Other stuff?
[9/1/2014 6:49:57 PM] Crow: Tess: Torture. Uh, try not to break the rules.
[9/1/2014 6:50:03 PM] Crow: Liz's eyes go wide.
[9/1/2014 6:51:35 PM] Crow: She gulps.
[9/1/2014 6:52:56 PM] Rycroft: You'll be fine. Just follow the rules. Most of it is common sense stuff.
[9/1/2014 6:53:39 PM] Crow: Liz: Who judges you?
[9/1/2014 6:54:29 PM] Rycroft: Usually it falls to the Prince of the city. Then there's the Primogen,they're representatives of each clan.
[9/1/2014 7:27:41 PM] Crow: Liz: The Prince. Who's the Prim... Primogen?
[9/1/2014 7:28:27 PM] Rycroft: I'm not terribly sure, to be honest. I'm not up on the current politics.
[9/1/2014 7:29:59 PM] Crow: Liz nods.
[9/1/2014 7:30:37 PM] Crow: Liz: ... I hit her.
[9/1/2014 7:39:19 PM] Rycroft: She won't hold that against you.
[9/1/2014 7:39:55 PM] Crow: Liz: I hit her in the face! How come she didn't...
[9/1/2014 7:40:15 PM] Rycroft: Because you were scared.
[9/1/2014 7:40:23 PM] Rycroft: And confused.
[9/1/2014 7:40:44 PM] Rycroft: You didn't carefully murder two particular people and pose them afterwards.
[9/1/2014 7:41:21 PM] Crow: Tess: You hit me a couple times too.
[9/1/2014 7:41:39 PM] Crow: Liz: I did? I'm sorry!
[9/1/2014 7:41:47 PM] Crow: Liz: I don't remember even *doing* that.
[9/1/2014 7:41:59 PM] Crow: Tess: That's because I hit a *lot* harder than you do, Lizard. Don't worry about it.
[9/1/2014 7:56:30 PM] Crow: Liz: Are you sure?
[9/1/2014 7:56:41 PM] Crow: Tess grins. "No worries."
[9/1/2014 8:11:41 PM] Rycroft: Yeah. You're doing fine, Lizard.
[9/1/2014 9:38:44 PM] Crow: Lizard: Really?
[9/1/2014 9:38:54 PM] Crow: Tess: Yeah. ... we should probably start doing etiquette lessons, though.
[9/1/2014 9:42:09 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft nods. "Rose did mention wanting you ready to be presented at court. I'm a savage Gangrel so I get a pass, but... Torries don't."
[9/1/2014 9:43:52 PM] Crow: Tess: Don't look at me, I just hit things when she points.
[9/1/2014 9:43:57 PM] Crow: Liz: She?
[9/1/2014 9:44:29 PM] Rycroft: You're a Ventrue, you must have been taught *some* etiquette.
[9/1/2014 9:44:52 PM] Crow: Tess: Yeah, but that was etiquette as of the 1850s.
[9/1/2014 9:45:03 PM] Crow: Tess: These days I get to just stand there and menace. It's a lot easier.
[9/1/2014 9:45:36 PM] Crow: Tess: And she meaning Gray. The Prince. His ex...? ex-girlfriend?
[9/1/2014 9:46:35 PM] Crow: Tess: Is that right?
[9/1/2014 10:39:53 PM] Rycroft: Not sure. Maybe? We used to be together, yeah.
[9/1/2014 10:43:32 PM] Crow: Liz: But I thought you two were...
[9/1/2014 10:47:08 PM] Rycroft: We're looking at giving it another shot.
[9/1/2014 10:47:42 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft looks at Tess. "I'm also pretty fond of you. So... yeah. Complicated."
[9/1/2014 10:48:12 PM] Crow: Tess shrugs. "Two sentences isn't that complicated."
[9/1/2014 10:48:19 PM] Crow: Liz: .... it sounds complicated to me.
[9/1/2014 10:50:17 PM] Rycroft: Two sentences?
[9/1/2014 10:51:07 PM] Crow: Tess: Yeah. "We're looking at giving it another shot. I'm also pretty fond of Tess." One, two.
[9/1/2014 10:51:19 PM | Edited 10:51:24 PM] Crow: Tess: Although you could use the word 'and' and make it one sentence.
[9/1/2014 10:53:53 PM] Rycroft: Efficient.
[9/1/2014 10:54:23 PM] Rycroft: You should teach Liz what you know about etiquette.
[9/1/2014 10:56:46 PM] Crow: Tess: Get someone's name before punching them.
[9/1/2014 10:59:34 PM] Rycroft: Something helpful? You're a Ventrue. That must have been part of the training.
[9/1/2014 11:01:49 PM] Crow: Tess: ... get their title too?
[9/1/2014 11:02:57 PM] Crow: Liz snrks.
[9/1/2014 11:03:11 PM] Crow: Tess: Maybe we should get Gray to help.
[9/1/2014 11:10:31 PM] Rycroft: She'd probably know.
[9/1/2014 11:12:24 PM] Crow: Tess: She's a stickler.
[9/1/2014 11:12:43 PM] Crow: Tess: No idea how she puts up with me. Probably because I tell her what a good idea it is every time she modernizes some old custom.
[9/1/2014 11:14:08 PM] Rycroft: Nah. She hates yes-men.
[9/1/2014 11:15:07 PM] Crow: Tess: Well, I only say something when it's true. Well, anyway, we should ask her.
[9/3/2014 10:16:22 PM] Crow: Ry was hanging out at home talking to his kid and his girlfriend! He does have an appointment to meet with his *other* girlfriend, though.
[9/3/2014 10:17:44 PM] Rycroft: Yep. He'll kill some time and then head out to meet her.
[9/3/2014 10:19:14 PM] Rycroft: He'll be punctual!
[9/3/2014 10:19:32 PM] Crow: He and Tess teach Liz some of the basic etiquette of vampires--more about the clans, a little bit about the governance.
[9/3/2014 10:22:01 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft gave her the notes he took at the start of his own unlife!
[9/3/2014 10:22:13 PM] Crow: Rose had asked Ry to make a deal with Faye to not tell about Lizard.
[9/3/2014 10:22:36 PM] Rycroft: Oh, that's right.
[9/3/2014 10:22:40 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft looks at Faye.
[9/3/2014 10:22:48 PM] Rycroft: Hey.
[9/3/2014 10:23:50 PM] Crow: Faye opens one eye. She's in fox form again--blue, with many tails. And also tiny horn-stubs.
[9/3/2014 10:23:56 PM] Crow: Faye: Yeah?
[9/3/2014 10:24:45 PM] Rycroft: We need to talk, you and me.
[9/3/2014 10:25:28 PM] Crow: Faye: What for?
[9/3/2014 10:25:58 PM] Rycroft: I need to secure your word about certain sensitive matters if you're going to be staying.
[9/3/2014 10:26:44 PM] Crow: Faye: I'm *not* spinning straw into gold.
[9/3/2014 10:28:54 PM] Rycroft: I don't need gold. I need your word that you won't tell anyone about Lizard. Or about vampires, for that matter.
[9/3/2014 10:29:22 PM] Crow: Faye: What do I get out of it?
[9/3/2014 10:30:22 PM] Rycroft: I don't kill you. I don't have you caged in an iron-lined cell. I don't blood bind you. You get to live here. I'll even feed you.
[9/3/2014 10:31:11 PM] Crow: Faye: I already live here.
[9/3/2014 10:31:37 PM] Rycroft: No you don't.
[9/3/2014 10:31:52 PM] Crow: Faye growls.
[9/3/2014 10:32:40 PM] Crow: Faye: Do.
[9/3/2014 10:33:54 PM] Rycroft: Nope. You're a guest right now.
[9/3/2014 10:34:09 PM] Crow: Faye: *Hers.*
[9/3/2014 10:35:19 PM] Rycroft: It's *my* home.
[9/3/2014 10:35:54 PM] Crow: Faye: *You* think so.
[9/3/2014 10:37:35 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft rolls his eyes. "So... you're saying you won't give me your word."
[9/3/2014 10:37:56 PM] Crow: Faye: Saying I want a better trade.
[9/3/2014 10:38:10 PM] Crow: Faye: Not going to do anything to hurt *her.*
[9/3/2014 10:39:04 PM] Rycroft: That's the best you're getting, Faye.
[9/3/2014 10:39:59 PM] Crow: Faye: Hmph. Not telling anyone I don't *have* to tell.
[9/3/2014 10:42:42 PM] Rycroft: I don't trust you.
[9/3/2014 10:42:46 PM] Rycroft: And I don't really like you all that much.
[9/3/2014 10:44:13 PM] Crow: Faye: Don't know *why.* It's my house.
[9/3/2014 10:44:51 PM] Rycroft: I don't think you're used to people telling you 'no'.
[9/3/2014 10:45:13 PM] Crow: Faye: Not used to *people.* But it's my house.
[9/3/2014 10:46:44 PM] Rycroft: No, it is not.
[9/3/2014 10:48:03 PM] Crow: Faye: No, you don't understand.
[9/3/2014 10:48:38 PM] Crow: Faye: Not like the way it's your home.
[9/3/2014 10:49:00 PM] Rycroft: Then explain it to me.
[9/3/2014 10:51:02 PM] Crow: Faye: ... means I take care of people here. Make things better. You forget to lock a door, I lock it. If it's going to rain I shut the windows. Floorboards won't squeak at night if you step on them because I'm here. Food keeps longer. Thieves choose other houses.
[9/3/2014 10:52:01 PM] Crow: Faye: Find your lost keys. Things like that.
[9/3/2014 10:54:07 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft eyes her skeptically.
[9/3/2014 10:55:20 PM] Crow: Faye: Getsss stronger over time.
[9/3/2014 10:56:42 PM] Crow: Faye: Can disappear and stay invisible if you want. But *she's* here.
[9/3/2014 10:57:26 PM] Rycroft: So... you basically attached yourself to her, and by extension, us.
[9/3/2014 10:57:47 PM] Crow: Faye, sounding a bit hurt: Not on *purpose.*
[9/3/2014 10:58:06 PM] Rycroft: How did it happen?
[9/3/2014 10:58:19 PM] Crow: Faye: She doesn't know she's doing it.
[9/3/2014 10:59:25 PM] Rycroft: ... all right. What's your word worth, then?
[9/3/2014 10:59:44 PM] Crow: Faye: Can't lie in my house.
[9/3/2014 10:59:50 PM] Crow: Faye: Not to *my* people.
[9/3/2014 11:01:12 PM] Crow: Faye: ... wouldn't anyway.
[9/3/2014 11:01:15 PM] Rycroft: I'm not that worried about the people *here*.
[9/3/2014 11:02:11 PM] Rycroft: I'm worried about others. Outsiders finding out what she is. I just want your promise that you won't willingly tell others about her.
[9/3/2014 11:03:17 PM] Crow: Faye: It wouldn't be safe for her?
[9/3/2014 11:04:34 PM] Rycroft: No. If people found out what she really was, she'd be in danger. Well, more danger.
[9/3/2014 11:05:57 PM] Crow: Faye: Wouldn't endanger *anyone* in my house.
[9/3/2014 11:06:46 PM] Crow: Faye: Especially not her.
[9/3/2014 11:06:59 PM] Crow: Faye: I'd fight for you all. Tooth and claw.
[9/3/2014 11:12:16 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft looks at her. "All right. That'll do for now."
[9/3/2014 11:12:35 PM] Crow: Faye: How come you don't like me?
[9/3/2014 11:18:01 PM] Rycroft: You're often cryptic. That tends to bug me as a personality trait.
[9/3/2014 11:18:55 PM] Crow: Faye: ... things don't translate into human right. You don't see obvious things.
[9/3/2014 11:24:08 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft rolls his eyes. "Yes, yes, stupid humans."
[9/3/2014 11:24:44 PM] Crow: Faye: No, not stupid, just... different thoughtshapes.
[9/3/2014 11:25:56 PM] Crow: Faye: *My* humans aren't stupid.
[9/3/2014 11:26:42 PM] Rycroft: ... all right. You can stay in my home for now. I'm choosing to believe you.
[9/3/2014 11:27:56 PM] Crow: Faye's lil foxhead nods. "I'll make it better."
[9/3/2014 11:29:57 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft nods. "All right. Behave."
[9/3/2014 11:30:05 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft checks the time!
[9/3/2014 11:30:22 PM] Crow: Time to head off to Rose's!
[9/3/2014 11:30:29 PM] Crow: Faye grins a foxy little grin.
[9/3/2014 11:31:38 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft finds Tess and Liz.
[9/3/2014 11:33:45 PM] Crow: Liz is drawing on her bedroom ceiling, held up by Tess!
[9/3/2014 11:35:26 PM] Rycroft: I'm supposed to go meet Rose. You guys seem... okay.
[9/3/2014 11:37:55 PM] Crow: Liz: I'm painting a sunset.
[9/3/2014 11:38:14 PM] Crow: Tess: I'm good. Feel free to stay over. Or come back. Up to you.
[9/3/2014 11:38:42 PM] Rycroft: I'll text you to let you know.
[9/3/2014 11:40:19 PM] Crow: Tess: Aww, that's sweet. Have fun!
[9/3/2014 11:40:40 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft leaves!
[9/3/2014 11:42:11 PM] Crow: The rain has let up, so he has an easier time getting a taxi to Rose's place.
[9/3/2014 11:42:28 PM] Crow: When he gets there he sees the door is hanging open.
[9/3/2014 11:42:59 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft frowns and steps inside.
[9/3/2014 11:44:01 PM] Crow: Someone runs into him, elbow first, barely slows down and leaps down the steps and into the street, still running.
[9/3/2014 11:44:41 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft tries to grab him/her!
[9/3/2014 11:45:52 PM] Crow: It's definitely a him, but you don't get much of a better look. You grab at him, and catch him by the coat--but he just slips out of the coat and keeps running.
[9/3/2014 11:46:25 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft frowns, and then heads inside.
[9/3/2014 11:46:25 PM] Rycroft: Rose!
[9/3/2014 11:48:08 PM] Crow: Rose limps around the corner with an elegant fireplace poker brandished at him; she lowers it when she sees who it is.
[9/3/2014 11:48:23 PM] Crow: She's bleeding a bit from her side.
[9/3/2014 11:48:39 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft goes over to her. "What happened?"
[9/3/2014 11:49:58 PM] Crow: Rose: Ugh. Nothing much, just another assassination attempt. Bastards. They caught my security changing shifts.
[9/3/2014 11:50:33 PM] Rycroft: You know who it was?
[9/3/2014 11:51:40 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft checks out her wound, how bad is it?
[9/3/2014 11:52:17 PM] Crow: It's not too bad, really--more of a bruise than a cut. It's just oozing a bit of blood, is all. Vampires don't usually bleed profusely anyway.
[9/3/2014 11:53:29 PM] Crow: Rose: I have my suspicions, but it's not the first time and it won't be the last. Try not to worry about it too much, my security guard called for some reinforcements and they'll surround the house. At least this time poor Joanne was upstairs.
[9/3/2014 11:53:33 PM] Rycroft: No offense, but that wasn't much of an attempt.
[9/3/2014 11:54:04 PM] Crow: Rose: For some reason no one ever expects me to fight *back.*
[9/3/2014 11:54:33 PM] Crow: Rose grumps. "'She's alone in her living room, so *clearly* she's helpless!' Well I'm not."
[9/3/2014 11:55:53 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft chuckles. "Clearly you got to be Prince by being weak and helpless. I'll get you some blood so you can heal up."
[9/3/2014 11:57:27 PM] Crow: Rose: Plenty in the fridge. Thanks. I'm going to go and change. There was only one of them this time.
[9/3/2014 11:57:44 PM] Crow: She shakes her head.
[9/3/2014 11:57:49 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft nods. "I'll sweep the house to make sure."
[9/4/2014 12:00:21 AM] Crow: Rose: Security will do that when they get here.
[9/4/2014 12:00:31 AM] Crow: Rose: ... but thank you.
[9/4/2014 12:00:45 AM] Rycroft: Or I can just do it right now.
[9/4/2014 12:00:58 AM] Crow: She sighs. "All right. Thank you. I suppose I'm going to have to make an example of somebody now. Bother."
[9/4/2014 12:02:16 AM] Rycroft: Rycroft does a sweep of the house with his Auspex powers.
[9/4/2014 12:03:16 AM] Crow: There's the maid, and one security person, who comes in from outside after doing a physical sweep there. The security person is also bleeding.
[9/4/2014 12:05:13 AM] Rycroft: Rycroft , once satisfied that there's no invisible assassins, brings Rose some blood.
[9/4/2014 12:05:33 AM] Crow: Her fridge is *full* of food.
[9/4/2014 12:05:48 AM] Crow: And three or four bags of blood.
[9/4/2014 12:07:32 AM] Rycroft: He sniffs it.
[9/4/2014 12:08:25 AM] Crow: Smells pretty good! The blood, not the food. The food smells... well, like food normally smells to him. But Rose makes a point of eating.
[9/4/2014 12:09:31 AM] Rycroft: Rycroft just figures, if he were a diabolical genius and wanted a Prince under his thumb, that breaking in,s taging an assassination, and switching out the blood in her fridge so that whoever drinks it winds up blood bound to him would be ingenious.
[9/4/2014 12:09:54 AM] Crow: Indeed it would!
[9/4/2014 12:10:01 AM] Crow: However, it's definitely not vampire blood.
[9/4/2014 12:10:17 AM] Crow: It's not fae either.
[9/4/2014 12:10:23 AM] Crow: Probably human.
[9/4/2014 12:10:28 AM] Rycroft: Rycroft nods, and pours some in a cup for her.
[9/4/2014 12:10:58 AM] Crow: The security guys arrive and do a sweep of the house. There are only two of them, plus the one that was already there.
[9/4/2014 12:11:28 AM] Rycroft: Rycroft finds Rose.
[9/4/2014 12:12:22 AM] Crow: She's upstairs in her bedroom, looking at her closet and frowning.
[9/4/2014 12:12:33 AM] Rycroft: Here, drink up.
[9/4/2014 12:12:48 AM] Crow: Rose: Did you check it for tampering?
[9/4/2014 12:13:26 AM] Rycroft: Yep. Smells fine. Human blood, untainted.
[9/4/2014 12:14:20 AM] Crow: Rose: Thanks.
[9/4/2014 12:14:42 AM] Crow: She takes it and drinks it, rather quickly.
[9/4/2014 12:14:54 AM] Rycroft: How was Milan?
[9/4/2014 12:15:15 AM] Crow: Rose: Largely tedious.
[9/4/2014 12:15:54 AM] Crow: Rose: Your texts livened things up, though.
[9/4/2014 12:16:17 AM] Rycroft: Glad I could help.
[9/4/2014 12:16:49 AM] Crow: Rose: Mm. How angry are you, scale of 1 to 10?
[9/4/2014 12:17:32 AM] Rycroft: I was an 8. I'm around about a 4 right now. YOu know me. I burn bright and fast.
[9/4/2014 12:18:45 AM] Crow: Rose: But you still came. I was so angry at myself for not telling you.
[9/4/2014 12:19:43 AM] Rycroft: I figured you'd be a lot madder at yourself than I would be.
[9/4/2014 12:20:49 AM] Crow: Rose: I didn't think I cared that much.
[9/4/2014 12:21:48 AM] Rycroft: To be fair, if a wild fae hadn't happened to follow me home, it wouldn't be as big of a deal.
[9/4/2014 12:22:08 AM] Crow: Rose: I meant about you.
[9/4/2014 12:22:33 AM] Rycroft: Oh.
[9/4/2014 12:23:53 AM] Crow: Rose: That's the danger of politics, I suppose. You have to be careful not to believe your own PR.
[9/4/2014 12:25:50 AM] Rycroft: Well. I do still have feelings for you.
[9/4/2014 12:26:41 AM] Crow: She checks her wound, makes a face and starts taking off her suit.
[9/4/2014 12:27:12 AM] Crow: Wearily, and with a bit of stiffness--though it's healing rapidly it clearly still hurts.
[9/4/2014 12:27:21 AM] Crow: Rose: I hope I didn't ruin my chances.
[9/4/2014 12:28:35 AM] Rycroft: You didn't. But, you should probably know that -- because when I have a love life it always has to be more complicated -- there's someone else I'm feeling something for as well.
[9/4/2014 12:28:35 AM] Rycroft: Rycroft helps her.
[9/4/2014 12:29:24 AM] Crow: Rose: Thanks. ... as long as it's not Lizard. That would be somewhat disturbing.
[9/4/2014 12:29:47 AM] Rycroft: No. Tess. I like her quite a bit.
[9/4/2014 12:30:33 AM] Crow: Rose: Oh! Well, that's good. I miss her a bit; they never would've gotten to me if she'd been here.
[9/4/2014 12:33:01 AM] Crow: Rose: But Lizard's more important right now. ... we really do need to give her a new name.
[9/4/2014 12:33:31 AM] Rycroft: We've been calling her Liz.
[9/4/2014 12:34:09 AM] Crow: She takes a robe from her closet and puts it on--it's black silk with blue embroidery and a soft blue lining on the inside.
[9/4/2014 12:34:20 AM] Crow: Rose: Better, but we're going to need something for formal occasions.
[9/4/2014 12:34:55 AM] Crow: Rose: ... I don't mind about Tess. Just don't distract her *too* much.
[9/4/2014 12:35:04 AM] Rycroft: About that -- she's gonna need a better tutor than myself or Tess on etiquette.
[9/4/2014 12:35:49 AM] Crow: Rose sighs. "That could be a problem. I didn't want to ..."
[9/4/2014 12:36:37 AM] Crow: She stops and starts again. "They'll *say* I'm interfering with their people, but I didn't want it to actually *true* anymore than I could help it."
[9/4/2014 12:37:00 AM] Crow: She ties the robe closed, carefully, and then turns back to Ry.
[9/4/2014 12:37:32 AM] Rycroft: So who is she, then?
[9/4/2014 12:37:53 AM] Crow: Rose: It's less of a who and more of a what.
[9/4/2014 12:38:20 AM] Rycroft: Then 'what'.
[9/4/2014 12:38:23 AM] Crow: Rose: And I'm trying to find that out as it is.
[9/4/2014 12:39:09 AM] Crow: Rose: At this point all I know is that she's a greensinger, and that it's terribly, terribly important to the fae culturally. I don't even know what the word means.
[9/4/2014 12:42:17 AM] Rycroft: According to the Fae, we're all part of her House now. Liz is apparently doing something she doesn't know she's doing, and that's why we're her House.
[9/4/2014 12:43:42 AM] Crow: Rose: That doesn't make a lot of sense to me, but I'm not fae and no one who is will tell me anything.
[9/4/2014 12:44:14 AM] Rycroft: Yeah, that's pretty obnoxious too.
[9/4/2014 12:44:33 AM] Crow: Rose: If I don't handle this correctly I'll have a war on my hands. You were the only one I could trust not to maneuver her for some sort of political advantage.
[9/4/2014 12:44:50 AM] Crow: Rose: Which arguably I am doing myself in any case.
[9/4/2014 12:49:12 AM] Rycroft: Rycroft frowns. "Well."
[9/4/2014 12:50:23 AM] Crow: Rose: I don't want a war.
[9/4/2014 12:51:06 AM] Crow: Rose: If I have to use her politically to keep that from happening I will. I'll try to make sure she doesn't get hurt in the process, but...
[9/4/2014 12:51:24 AM] Rycroft: What are you going to do?
[9/4/2014 12:52:27 AM] Crow: Rose: I don't know yet. At this point we need to educate her about our society as best we can and see if we can get her to like us. That's another reason I chose you.
[9/4/2014 12:52:55 AM] Rycroft: Rycroft raises an eyebrow.
[9/4/2014 12:53:49 AM] Crow: Rose: What, you don't think you're likeable? I like you.
[9/4/2014 12:54:08 AM] Rycroft: It's not generally how I think of myself.
[9/4/2014 12:55:09 AM] Crow: Rose: You're honest and you're not interested in politics.
[9/4/2014 12:55:35 AM] Crow: Rose: I knew you wouldn't take advantage of her in *any* way.
[9/4/2014 12:57:01 AM] Rycroft: No, I suppose not.
[9/4/2014 12:57:09 AM] Crow: She smiles at him.
[9/7/2014 7:06:51 PM] Josie: Ry was hanging out with Rose in her house. There's just been an assassination attempt.
[9/7/2014 7:07:47 PM] Canto: Yep!
[9/7/2014 7:10:24 PM] Canto: So... does this happen a lot?
[9/7/2014 7:10:42 PM] Josie: Rose: People trying to kill me? Pretty often, yes.
[9/7/2014 7:12:41 PM] Canto: So, who are you going to make an example of, then?
[9/7/2014 7:13:09 PM] Josie: Rose shakes her head. "I have no idea. Whoever did it, or helped. Whoever I can find."
[9/7/2014 7:22:13 PM] Josie: Rose: I try not to take it personally.
[9/7/2014 7:23:57 PM] Canto: How was Milan? Didn't you say you went to a fashion show.
[9/7/2014 7:25:03 PM] Josie: Rose: I did. And I've ordered a few things. I'm not sure where they'll end up; I might give some of it to Lizard.
[9/7/2014 7:27:41 PM] Canto: Canto nods. "So, my contact on the police force called me up. Two bodies, young women, found killed, attacked at the neck, and drained of blood."
[9/7/2014 7:28:46 PM] Josie: Rose: In *my city*?
[9/7/2014 7:29:30 PM] Canto: Mmhmm. I'm looking into it.
[9/7/2014 7:30:05 PM] Josie: Rose: ... if it's one of us we need to know.
[9/7/2014 7:32:18 PM] Rycroft: I know. I met with the girl who found the second body. I'll meet with who found the first one tomorrow night, see if they noticed anything.
[9/7/2014 7:32:59 PM] Josie: Rose: Or you can do it yourself if it comes to that. But I prefer a trial.
[9/7/2014 7:33:46 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft nods. "I know."
[9/7/2014 7:35:36 PM] Josie: Rose: ... I hoped you'd know I hadn't changed *that* much.
[9/7/2014 7:37:54 PM] Rycroft: I wasn't planning on embarking on any vigilante justice unless forced into it. First I need to establish who did this and why. If it's just a ordinary mortal psycho, we'll let the police handle it.
[9/7/2014 7:38:54 PM] Josie: Rose: Fair enough.
[9/7/2014 7:41:21 PM] Rycroft: If not, I'll do what I can to take the killer alive.
[9/7/2014 7:41:48 PM] Josie: Rose: Mmm. Don't risk your life over it.
[9/7/2014 7:42:53 PM] Rycroft: Don't worry. I apparently have a kid now.
[9/7/2014 7:43:19 PM] Josie: Rose: Mmm. Parenting looks good on you.
[9/7/2014 7:45:25 PM | Edited 7:45:25 PM] Rycroft: Does it?
[9/7/2014 7:46:22 PM] Josie: Rose: It does.
[9/7/2014 7:46:32 PM] Josie: She smiles a little bit.
[9/7/2014 7:48:00 PM] Rycroft: Do I have mashed peas dried on my shirt?
[9/7/2014 7:49:24 PM] Josie: Rose: She's a little older than *that.*
[9/7/2014 7:49:56 PM] Josie: Rose: And so are you.
[9/7/2014 7:50:54 PM] Rycroft: Yeah. She's doing okay, actually. Drawing all over my apartment, but that's okay. Probably be a decent trap if I ever get invaded by Torries.
[9/7/2014 7:51:47 PM] Josie: Rose raises her eyebrows.
[9/7/2014 7:52:31 PM] Josie: Rose: Then she's good.
[9/7/2014 7:52:35 PM] Rycroft: Well, I told her she could draw on her walls if she wanted. It kind of leaked out into the hallway.
[9/7/2014 7:52:44 PM] Rycroft: Quite good.
[9/7/2014 7:53:25 PM] Josie: Rose: I may buy some pieces, then.
[9/7/2014 7:54:30 PM] Rycroft: She'd have to paint on canvas first.
[9/7/2014 7:55:31 PM] Josie: Rose: Or other media more movable than walls.
[9/7/2014 7:56:45 PM] Rycroft: She's drawn in her sketchbook. But that's about it.
[9/7/2014 7:57:43 PM] Josie: Rose: I can always arrange for an empty wall. If she's good.
[9/7/2014 7:58:14 PM] Rycroft: Well, you'll have to come by and see the walls.
[9/7/2014 7:59:16 PM] Josie: Rose: Is that an invitation?
[9/7/2014 8:00:33 PM] Rycroft: Sure.
[9/7/2014 8:01:49 PM] Josie: Rose smiles, not showing her teeth. "I was going to invite you to stay tonight. If you want. Of course with the people trying to kill me I wouldn't blame you for saying no."
[9/7/2014 8:03:49 PM] Rycroft: I'll stay.
[9/7/2014 8:05:16 PM] Josie: Rose: You won't be missed?
[9/7/2014 8:07:07 PM] Rycroft: Nah. I told Tess I'd text her.
[9/7/2014 8:09:53 PM] Josie: Rose smiles. "Good."
[9/7/2014 8:11:43 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft grins.
[9/7/2014 8:12:35 PM] Josie: Rose: Did you bring pajamas?
[9/7/2014 8:12:46 PM] Rycroft: Of course not.
[9/7/2014 8:14:57 PM] Josie: Rose: Oh dear, whatever will we do.
[9/7/2014 8:16:11 PM] Rycroft: I could fashion something out of your curtains.
[9/7/2014 8:16:49 PM] Josie: Rose: Or you'll have to go completely naked.
[9/7/2014 8:17:31 PM] Rycroft: Well, I insist you do as well. It's only fair.
[9/7/2014 8:18:14 PM] Josie: Rose: That would be terrible.
[9/7/2014 8:19:42 PM] Rycroft: I think you'll manage.
[9/7/2014 8:20:16 PM] Josie: She darts forward into his arms and hugs him tightly.
[9/7/2014 8:20:40 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft hugs her back!
[9/7/2014 8:22:36 PM] Josie: Rose: Mmm. Are you sure you don't mind my job?
[9/7/2014 8:23:29 PM] Rycroft: I can deal with it.
[9/7/2014 8:25:54 PM] Josie: Rose stands on her tiptoes to kiss him. And even then she has to tug him down a bit.
[9/7/2014 8:28:51 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft leans down to accomodate her.
[9/7/2014 8:32:34 PM] Josie: Rose lets him go after a nice long kiss. "Bed now, or bed later?"
[9/7/2014 8:33:17 PM] Rycroft: ((What time is it?))
[9/7/2014 8:33:53 PM] Josie: About half an hour before dawn.
[9/7/2014 8:35:28 PM] Rycroft: Bed now. Sleep later.
[9/7/2014 8:36:16 PM] Josie: Rose: I like the way you think.
[9/7/2014 8:37:29 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft grins!
[9/7/2014 8:38:56 PM] Josie: She takes his hand and *yoinks* him over to the bed. She's still a little aggressive!
[9/7/2014 8:43:50 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft does take a moment to text Tess before anything happens and tell her he won't be home that night.
[9/7/2014 8:44:50 PM] Josie: She texts back, "Have fun! Don't do anything I would do."
[9/7/2014 8:46:49 PM] Josie: Rose takes the moment to put her own phone on buzz-only.
[9/7/2014 8:53:35 PM] Josie: Then she starts nibbling his ear and being generally distracting while he's trying to text.
[9/7/2014 8:54:16 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft gets the text off and then sets the phone down!
[9/7/2014 8:55:20 PM] Josie: She glomps him onto the bed for generalized naughtiness. ... she seems much more playful than he remembers!
[9/7/2014 8:56:01 PM] Rycroft: ((Doppelganger!))
[9/7/2014 8:57:16 PM] Josie: ((EEEEEEEEEEEEEEVIL.))
[9/7/2014 8:58:06 PM] Rycroft: ((She's possessed!))
[9/7/2014 8:58:20 PM] Josie: ((Totallyyyyy!))
[9/7/2014 8:58:29 PM] Josie: She's still cuddly afterward.
[9/7/2014 9:02:17 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft cuddles with her obligingly. "So, should I slink out of here before anyone can see me?"
[9/7/2014 9:02:46 PM] Josie: Rose: Why? Afraid of being in the vampire tabloids?
[9/7/2014 9:03:39 PM] Rycroft: Do we have those?
[9/7/2014 9:04:07 PM] Josie: Rose: Of course. They're online-only, generally. And written as fiction.
[9/7/2014 9:04:37 PM] Rycroft: ...huh. I'll have to check those out.
[9/7/2014 9:05:24 PM] Josie: Rose: You just want to read scurrilous stories about me.
[9/7/2014 9:06:29 PM] Rycroft: That's appealing, yes. But mostly I want to see what they have to say about me. Ego and all.
[9/7/2014 9:07:14 PM] Josie: Rose: They won't have anything to say yet.
[9/7/2014 9:07:57 PM] Josie: Rose: But eventually the local gossip rags might dig up some of your old dirt.
[9/7/2014 9:08:40 PM] Rycroft: I have dirt?
[9/7/2014 9:09:12 PM] Josie: Rose: Mmm, chiefly the scandal with your transition.
[9/7/2014 9:09:54 PM] Rycroft: Oh. Well. That has relatively little to do with me, really.
[9/7/2014 9:10:45 PM] Josie: Rose: Correct. But it's a scandal nonetheless.
[9/7/2014 9:11:27 PM] Josie: Rose: Then there's always us.
[9/7/2014 9:11:48 PM | Edited 9:11:48 PM] Rycroft: I suppose so.
[9/7/2014 9:13:13 PM] Rycroft: We are quite scandalous.
[9/7/2014 9:13:52 PM] Josie: Rose: Back in the day it would have been a bit.
[9/7/2014 9:14:45 PM] Rycroft: True.
[9/7/2014 9:15:05 PM] Josie: Rose: I'm not big on clan-supremacy and clan rankings and that kind of thing.
[9/7/2014 9:15:46 PM] Rycroft: Hey, I've been alive long enough that I've got to be nearly level 18.
[9/7/2014 9:16:39 PM] Josie: Rose: But I've skipped a few levels.
[9/7/2014 9:28:53 PM] Rycroft: Well, you found the loophole.
[9/7/2014 9:32:43 PM] Josie: Rose: ... our places have changed. You were having a torrid affair with a human blood doll.
[9/7/2014 9:33:08 PM] Josie: Rose: Now the prince is having an affair with a filthy Gangrel. A very clean filthy Gangrel.
[9/7/2014 9:34:17 PM] Rycroft: I shower every day!
[9/7/2014 9:34:45 PM] Josie: Rose snrks.
[9/7/2014 9:35:56 PM] Josie: Rose: That sounds like an invitation to me.
[9/7/2014 9:36:14 PM] Rycroft: You can verify.
[9/7/2014 9:41:31 PM] Josie: Rose: Better to do it tonight than tomorrow.
[9/7/2014 9:42:00 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft nods.
[9/7/2014 9:47:54 PM] Josie: Rose: Are you sure you want to?
[9/7/2014 9:48:31 PM] Rycroft: A shower? With you? Always.
[9/7/2014 9:49:10 PM] Josie: Rose: You *are* rather good at making sure all the shampoo gets out.
[9/7/2014 9:49:46 PM] Rycroft: All part of the service.
[9/7/2014 9:51:04 PM] Josie: Rose hops out of bed and scampers to the bathroom. It's undignified!
[9/7/2014 9:51:58 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft follows her!
[9/7/2014 9:53:40 PM] Josie: More naughtiness ensues! Vampires do have more stamina than humans, for whatever that's worth. At the same time, they both end up heading to actually sleep after that, as dawn comes and it's still a recipe for grogginess if one tries to be awake during the day.
[9/7/2014 9:54:01 PM] Rycroft: Yep.
[9/7/2014 9:55:04 PM] Josie: How does Ry like his blood? Hot, room temperature, human temperature or chilled?
[9/7/2014 9:55:38 PM] Rycroft: Warm. Human temperature.
[9/7/2014 9:58:04 PM] Josie: At dawn(ish) Ry wakes up next to Rose, who has a laptop out and seems to be working. She's wearing a short nightgown, white silk.
[9/7/2014 9:58:30 PM] Rycroft: Evening.
[9/7/2014 9:59:25 PM] Josie: Rose: Awake at last, hm? I'm trying to catch up on my email before I go to work.
[9/7/2014 10:00:29 PM] Rycroft: Yeah. I should get back home.
[9/7/2014 10:01:23 PM] Josie: Rose: Mm. Wham, bam, thank you ma'am, is it? If I didn't have to work I'd make you sorry to leave. There's coffee on your side of the bed if you want it.
[9/7/2014 10:01:33 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft smiles.
[9/7/2014 10:01:40 PM] Rycroft: Thanks.
[9/7/2014 10:01:48 PM] Rycroft: Well, we both have jobs.
[9/7/2014 10:03:04 PM] Josie: Rose: Inconveniently, yes.
[9/7/2014 10:03:16 PM] Josie: She does lean over and snuggle him a bit briefly.
[9/7/2014 10:08:33 PM] Rycroft: Without your job you would go mad and kill me.
[9/7/2014 10:09:29 PM] Josie: Rose: Well, yes.
[9/7/2014 10:13:14 PM] Josie: There is that.
[9/7/2014 10:16:44 PM] Rycroft: ANd I don't think I'd like you killing me.
[9/7/2014 10:17:25 PM] Josie: Rose: I'd rather not kill you, Ry. You're rather important to me.
[9/7/2014 10:17:42 PM] Rycroft: Well, good.
[9/7/2014 10:20:01 PM] Josie: She smiles, kisses him and turns back to her computer. "Of course I don't object if you want to stay a bit. Especially if you sit very close."
[9/7/2014 10:20:33 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft smiles and cuddles a bit.
[9/7/2014 10:21:24 PM] Josie: She cooperates, but keeps part of her attention on the computer.
[9/7/2014 10:22:04 PM] Rycroft: Eventually he does get out of bed and makes to head home.
[9/7/2014 10:22:26 PM] Josie: She doesn't let him go without a kiss, but *does* let him go. Where's he heading?
[9/7/2014 10:22:52 PM] Rycroft: Back home first.
[9/7/2014 10:25:17 PM] Josie: He is greeted at the door by a blue fox with many many tails!
[9/7/2014 10:26:45 PM] Rycroft: Hello, Faye.
[9/7/2014 10:27:37 PM] Josie: She tries to jump up on him.
[9/7/2014 10:30:56 PM] Rycroft: ... what are you doing?
[9/7/2014 10:31:57 PM] Josie: Faye whines a bit. "Hug."
[9/7/2014 10:32:40 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft pets her!
[9/7/2014 10:35:02 PM] Josie: She licks his hand and seems satisfied with this, and then scampers off somewhere.
[9/7/2014 10:35:42 PM] Josie: He finds Tess channelflipping and playing Angry Birds, and Liz painting with her new watercolors.
[9/7/2014 10:35:47 PM] Josie: Tess: Have fun?
[9/7/2014 10:35:54 PM] Josie: She waggles her eyebrows.
[9/7/2014 10:36:13 PM] Rycroft: Indeed. How about you guys?
[9/7/2014 10:43:51 PM] Josie: Tess: Not *that* kind of fun. But yeah, we fed the fox popcorn and watched chickflicks.
[9/7/2014 10:43:58 PM] Josie: Liz: Popcorn doesn't taste right anymore.
[9/7/2014 10:45:16 PM] Rycroft: Yeah, you'll find that's the case with most food now.
[9/7/2014 10:48:27 PM] Josie: Tess: But if you make an effort you can probably preserve your ability to eat or drink a few things.
[9/7/2014 10:48:37 PM] Josie: Tess: Rose eats. It's considered kinda weird.
[9/7/2014 10:53:19 PM] Rycroft: No food will ever be as good as blood now, though.
[9/7/2014 10:54:00 PM] Josie: Liz: That's sad....
[9/7/2014 10:54:06 PM] Josie: Tess: Well, beer's still pretty good.
[9/7/2014 10:56:55 PM] Rycroft: But not as good as it used to be, right?
[9/7/2014 10:59:39 PM] Josie: Tess: The hops have changed.
[9/7/2014 11:03:38 PM] Rycroft: Have they? I was never that much of an an afficionado in life.
[9/7/2014 11:04:18 PM] Josie: Tess: Alas.
[9/7/2014 11:07:33 PM] Rycroft: Well. Prohibition. And alas, I was not one of those corrupt cops at the time.
[9/7/2014 11:10:06 PM] Josie: Tess: Awww. Sorry, Ry, didn't mean to hit a sore spot.
[9/7/2014 11:10:10 PM] Josie: She stands up and kisses him.
[9/7/2014 11:10:47 PM] Rycroft: He kisses her back.
[9/7/2014 11:10:53 PM] Rycroft: Wasn't really a sore spot! Just sayin'.
[9/7/2014 11:11:36 PM] Josie: Tess: Oh, well, you got a kiss out of it.
[9/7/2014 11:11:38 PM] Josie: Liz snrks.
[9/7/2014 11:12:27 PM] Rycroft: Not gonna complain.
[9/7/2014 11:13:22 PM] Josie: Liz: You guys are cute. Just don't be all gross in front of me.
[9/7/2014 11:14:10 PM] Josie: Tess: That... is not a kink I have. Yer safe.
[9/7/2014 11:14:22 PM] Rycroft: Well, as your defacto parental figures it our job to embarass you.
[9/7/2014 11:14:29 PM] Josie: Liz makes a face.
[9/7/2014 11:16:03 PM] Josie: Faye hops up onto the couch, nuzzles Liz, runs in a circle on the couch and then flops over pointedly. Liz scritches her pale-blue tummy.
[9/7/2014 11:17:17 PM] Rycroft: Things seem under control here.
[9/7/2014 11:17:53 PM] Josie: Tess: Think so. Wanna talk alone for a minute?
[9/7/2014 11:18:03 PM] Josie: Liz makes air quotes. "Talk."
[9/7/2014 11:18:27 PM] Rycroft: Sure.
[9/7/2014 11:18:44 PM] Josie: Tess: You have a dirty mind, kid.
[9/7/2014 11:19:35 PM] Josie: Liz: Not *that* bad.
[9/7/2014 11:21:00 PM] Rycroft: Want to go out to the balcony?
[9/7/2014 11:21:35 PM] Josie: Tess: Sure!
[9/7/2014 11:22:09 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft heads outside!
[9/7/2014 11:22:43 PM] Josie: Tess follows him!
[9/7/2014 11:23:06 PM] Josie: The sun has completely set and it's quite dark now, stars glittering in the sky! It's very romantic!
[9/7/2014 11:23:41 PM] Josie: The moon is out too. Crescent.
[9/7/2014 11:23:51 PM] Josie: Tess smiles up at the sky.
[9/7/2014 11:24:23 PM] Rycroft: Nice night, eh?
[9/7/2014 11:24:46 PM] Josie: Tess: Yeah. C'mere.
[9/7/2014 11:24:55 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft kisses her!
[9/7/2014 11:25:41 PM] Josie: She kisses him back, gently.
[9/7/2014 11:26:35 PM] Rycroft: So... what did you want to talk about?
[9/7/2014 11:27:16 PM] Josie: Tess: Oh, I was just hoping to hear what she said about Liz.
[9/7/2014 11:27:52 PM] Rycroft: Not a whole lot. I got there just at the tail end of an assasination attempt.
[9/7/2014 11:28:36 PM] Josie: Tess: Oh, shit! Is she okay?
[9/7/2014 11:29:00 PM] Rycroft: Yeah. They hit her during a shift change.
[9/7/2014 11:29:41 PM] Josie: Tess: What about my people? Who was on?
[9/7/2014 11:30:22 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft fills Tess in completely.
[9/7/2014 11:30:56 PM] Josie: Tess listens, shaking her head.
[9/7/2014 11:32:48 PM] Josie: Tess: Well at least everyone was all right. ... sounds almost more like a dry run to me.
[9/7/2014 11:33:04 PM] Rycroft: I had thought that too.
[9/7/2014 11:33:41 PM] Josie: Tess: ... she won't let me come back, though, not while Lizard's at risk.
[9/7/2014 11:39:34 PM] Rycroft: As far as Lizard goes, yes... she's some kind of important Fae. Rose isn't sure. But she's trying to prevent a war.
[9/7/2014 11:41:21 PM] Josie: Tess: I am *all* for that. I can always punch people in bars, and barfights usually don't have a bodycount.
[9/7/2014 11:41:55 PM] Rycroft: Right. So... yeah.
[9/7/2014 11:42:21 PM] Josie: Tess: ... my age doesn't bother you, does it?
[9/7/2014 11:43:06 PM] Rycroft: No.
[9/7/2014 11:46:19 PM] Rycroft: Why do you ask?
[9/7/2014 11:46:52 PM] Josie: Tess: Well...
[9/7/2014 11:47:17 PM] Josie: Tess: It means I'm weird. That's all.
[9/7/2014 11:47:37 PM] Rycroft: Explain.
[9/7/2014 11:47:43 PM] Rycroft: Rycroft takes her hand.
[9/7/2014 11:48:44 PM] Josie: She squeezes it back, smiling. She does seem pretty relaxed.
[9/7/2014 11:49:25 PM] Josie: Tess: Well, I have to kinda work at it, to seem normal. I see a speech coach every couple of years. Wikipedia's been *great* for cultural stuff.
[9/7/2014 11:49:53 PM] Josie: Tess: The internet was tough. Electricity was much easier--not too tough to work out why electricity's better'n'fire.
[9/7/2014 11:52:12 PM] Josie: Tess: And, well...
[9/7/2014 11:52:32 PM] Josie: Tess: I don't think of sex too much on my own.
[9/7/2014 11:54:22 PM] Josie: Tess: It's probably not gonna occur to me, so you might have to start. ... I mean, listen if I say no, obviously. But.
[9/7/2014 11:55:02 PM] Rycroft: You might need me to take the initiative, is what you mean.
[9/7/2014 11:56:05 PM] Rycroft: I can manage that.
[9/7/2014 11:56:27 PM] Josie: Tess grins.
[9/7/2014 11:57:57 PM] Josie: Tess: Good.
[9/8/2014 12:01:13 AM] Rycroft: But I *will* need you to call me master and to walk four steps behind me at all times.
[9/8/2014 12:01:35 AM] Josie: Tess: I'll knock yer block off first.
[9/8/2014 12:01:56 AM] Rycroft: Heh heh.
[9/8/2014 12:02:15 AM] Josie: She kisses him.
[9/8/2014 12:02:47 AM] Rycroft: Rycroft kisses her back!
[9/8/2014 12:03:13 AM] Josie: Tess: See, that's nice.