It all started after a quiet night fishin. The kind of fishin where you ain’t tryn to catch anything, just relaxin with the water lappin at the boat. While I was out there, I seen a big scaffold lookin thing, with a couple of them big ole blimps on it. Gotta remember to see if there’s anything about it on Google, because its definitely new and definitely big.
Anyways, I get up early like always and wouldn’tcha know it but Boone gives ME a ring? I’m thinking somethin big’s going down if he’s callin me. So I answer and he’s all, “I’m naked and bloody and there’s a dead stripper here that I mighta et a bit of, get whosever in the house and come meet me in Maryland!” Well shit son, that’ll make a frog hop pretty quickly so I run to get Malaya, but she’s like DEAD or something in bed. But I grab her and wake her up somehow and she’s all “What are you doing Patrick?” I tried to be calm for her, but I’m a bit freaked out by now, cuz she was grey and not breathing…which ain’t normal even for us. But hells, Boone needs us and ’siderin what Malaya has gone through maybe this is the new normal, ya know?
So we grabs a bunch of stuff and take the SUV over to this apartment building. Street parkin so that sucked, but we get in just fine with a rug and some hefties but man you could smell that blood from downstairs. So we rush up and get Boone some covers and check out the body. She’s got all these pictures of herself in her 20s, but like from 1970 and 1980 and even 1990 around – but the dead girl is like 65. I’m startin to wonder what kind of weird things Boone is into right about now. But he says that she was 20 last night and her driver’s license says she’s 20 too. So isn’t that some weird piece of work going on? I help Boone toss his cookies so we can see if he done et any of the girl/lady/body – but he just dry heaving so we start thinking someone framed him – ’specially cuz he don’t remember leaving the strip club. Malaya finds a paw print in blood on the floor and hands me the dead lady’s phone. I figure she just wanna know whats on it, so I take deady’s thumb and unlock it – and there’s pictures of this girl from like last week but she’s 20 in them too. Weirder and weirder. At this point both Boone and Malaya lookin at me like I’m a ghost or somethin, and I’m thinkin maybe I am cuz this day has been so damn weird already.
They’re all worried about someone finding out about the body and Boone, but I’m thinking anyone who’d care probably already knows since they done did the setup. But just in case I tell ‘em to put on some of this girls hair-dyin gloves and clean up the place. I mean pretty obvious where you wipe down to get rid of prints and stuff but they both be lookin at me even stranger. Finally Boone all like, “Patrick, what the hell is up with you?” I’m all like damn I done fucked up again but then he gives me a HUG. He’s all like “These are some great ideas man!” That made me feel kinda good inside tell you the truth.
Anyways we decide that we gotta take the body with us. So we wrap her up in the rug and head out. Some old dude givin us the eye so I decide not to try talkin to the spirits to see what happened, but maybe we come back later and see whats up. Thinkin Dhristi and I come back some evenin soon.
Oh yeah! I forgot the best part, some drug dealer come ’round and Malaya does her voice on him to give her the drugs (they for dead-lady). But the drugs is actually blood! Man, so this dead lady was prolly in deeeeep with the vampires! Malaya got part of his license plate when he drove off. When we got home we left some for Rook to look at (but not drink) and for Dhristi to look at (but not drink!!! really!!!). I felt bad for Zhora not gettin nuthin so I left her dead-ladies anti-depressants cuz sometimes I think she prolly needs ’em.
So, we take dead-stripper-lady into the Shadow cuz we gotta hide the body. She be crawlin with spirits of tragedy and Boone goes a little soft for her now. We drag her down to the river and Boone look like he’s a bit sad or a change of heart for this weird stripper lady, but Malaya just toss her in like she’s chum. Boone got a bit angry and then howled out a goodbye for a friend. Felt a bit awkward to be true, cuz Malaya just dumped her in and I didn’t even know her. But you know, Boone gotta Boone.
That seemed to light a fire in Boone though, so he wants to go burn down the Gilded Cage (thats the stripper den). Malaya and I are both in so we get some stuff (you know, like rope and things) and go into Twilight so we can sneak in undetected. But there’s Frodo! He’s all sad and has a headache (cuz where the bullet left his skull). I tells him a story Dhristi told me about him and he starts getting more lucid and talks about his rock. So we take him down to the little memorial thing I put together where his rock is and he seems to be way more happy and all together more there if you know what I’m saying. I tell Boone and Malaya that someone better talk to him every few days until we can figure out what ta do bout him. Boone gives me a high-five, sayin something about he hopes “The old Patrick” doesn’t come back. Confusin to say the least, but been a confusin day.
Which reminds me! Malaya has all these guts and stuff hangin out of her in Twilight – like she’s even more real in Twilight than anything else around, maybe even Frodo. Really freaky B-movie horror stuff ‘cept its real so my hair is all standin on end. She went out first when we got to the club but when she left Twilight the guts all disappeared. #1 – gettin ahead of myself here, but #2 – I think she’s danced too close to death a few times.
But yeah, the Club – there’s some ghost dancer (like a ghost of a stripper, not like some mythical creature or indian thing) there, but she wants something precious to us to talk to us and we’re all thinkin she’s just a ghost stripper and don’t want to give her nothing. So we go deeper (still in Twilight, told you I got ahead of myself!) and there’s a ghost of some businessman all freakin out, turns out he had himself a heart attack in the back room while bein et on by a vampire! We figure that backroom a damn fine place to come out of Twilight and start causin havoc. So we did!
We look about in the room a bit, and then go into a hallway – there’s like this big steel door but I make really nice with the spirit in it and it opens! Like that shouldn’t have ever worked but that spirit really liked me so we think we’re in. We smell vampire, so I give ole Wood-Wounder a kick and he gets all flame-on and Malaya does her armor thing and Boone lookin all ready to rock! Its huntin time! So we go downstairs and there’s another door. But this door-spirit ain’t so keen on me and don’t wanna open. So Boone go into Twilight again and says something sweet about Dhristi and Zhora ifn he gets kilt on the other side of the door when he come out. But he go through just fine and now we’re in a big room full of nice things…and some pretty lookin (though slightly plump if you ask me) vampire asleep on the bed.
Well Malaya faster’n’lightnin just shoot that girl in the side. She start burnin cuz of the rounds that Gomez (tha hell, still, like what is goin on here???) gave us. Then Boone jump on her and stab her right’n the heart and she goes all wide eyed but frozen. I figure leavin her burnin when we got her staked prolly ain’t the best idea so I dump some water on her and cover her face cuz I don’t want her workin her whammy on Boone case he meets her eyes. Malaya grabs her diaries and I get some nice old jewelry that I think Zhora might like (and maybe she’ll stop bein all mean to me). I pull out the rope I brought so we can tie the pretty vampire up and Boone says something like “Patrick for alpha” and he and I actually share a laugh. Its like all the mean Boone leaked out and he’s all cool with me now.
Like I said, it was a weird day.
Out of Character Notes:
Someone set it up to make Boone think he killed his stripper friend.
Stripper friend was working for the vampire we staked and who had blood delivered to her the next day. If the blood is from the vampire we staked, it seems rather odd that she’d kill her own minion and forget about the blood delivery considering how precious vampires view blood. Thinking someone else set Boone up so that Vampire we staked would go after him…maybe?
Patrick should commune with the road to see if we can figure anything out about that, didn’t feel right at the time.
Paw print found by Malaya was from a dog. But only one print (weird…) almost as if someone hacked off a dog leg and just made the print to try and frame Boone…someone that would have had to have known that Boone is a werewolf.
We have diaries and staked vampire – suggest we read diaries first (I can look for hidden messages and stuff if need be) and only un-stake vampire if we absolutely have to. She’s definitely old and most likely powerful, but I’m not sure that she’s the one that whammied Boone.
Patrick did destroy all the recording equipment in the club since he couldn’t really get enough information from it in the short amount of time we had. Better to remove the records of Boone being here than to risk even more people finding things out…and after all we have the best source of information about the club if we want to risk it.
Frodo needs some TLC, I think we bought a bit of time for him, but figure we’re going to need to spend a few essence a week talking to him. He won’t come into the house (smart!)
Malaya is definitely got some weird deathiness going on, right now it seems more atmospheric than malignant, but we should probably do something about that. Bone-shadows got any thoughts here?