March 27, 2019 at 1:27 pm #16967
Ben replies “More or less on their own, they have to be strong. It is an orphanage. Most people here are illegal but the community keeps them hidden when the police arrive. Some relatives usually come to claim the rescued children, but this is not always the case. “March 30, 2019 at 6:46 am #17053
Wolf started sniffing around and had then disappeared around the corner. He was soon back.
“there are so many here” he sat down and looked at her
“no, don’t you even”
“we’ll talk about it later”
“oh you infuriate me some times” she stamped her footMarch 31, 2019 at 2:51 am #17114
Ben says to “Raf, we’ll be in touch. We need to go.” He gasps “So this is how I became a terrible father despite never maintaining a successful relationship.” He walks to the track and signals Alex to follow him. They are heading to a small isolated house that appears like a winery on the outside and is located at the heart of a large vineyard. “Care to meet our small team?” He asksApril 2, 2019 at 3:50 pm #17243
“sure” she turned round to check on Wolf. He trotted along sniffing the vines.
“what are we doing here?”
“he has a blood mage on the loose”
“ah that’s why you’re no fun, do we have a scent?”
“no but we know which Valley he is hunting in”
“good start.”April 3, 2019 at 6:05 am #17256
The old winery turns out to be a front for a control room. In the basement, located in a large wine barrel there is a cramped control room, filled with screens, maps and moving red dots. A tween, of about twelve, stands up runs toward Ben, crying, Ben!
she warmly hugs him, and asks “Did you bring candy?”
Ben replies “it is bad for you”. I did here, he passes her a small matchbox from his pocket. “Shira, meet Big bird, she replaces Dana.”
Shira’s jaw drops and she seems unable to conjure a word she ignores BB and asks Ben “where did you conjure another gorgeous elf… Is she?” Ben replies “She is not infected, we need a new plan. We’ll discuss later.”
He explains “Shira is our decker, our original decker bolted -but I try to get her back. Shira was her student, and she is extraordinary.”
He tells Shira, call everyone so that they meet BB, and the young girl disappears to one of the side rooms returning with two other teenage boys.
They too seem astonished by BB, the older of them -that already begins to show early signs of adulthood introduces himself as “Negev” – and then adds “I am a mage, or at least I tried to be until Dana lost her memory and escaped us. With her gone, there is no one to tutor me, but I know a few tricks. I can deliver messages, and summon spirits” The younger introduces himself as “Efes”, and says “I handle explosives and surveillance. Ben tutors me.” he says proudly.
“I command some pretty advanced fleet of spy drones, as well as a few armed drones and smart platforms to protect us here.
Long story, Gindi’s people just busted our place and took Spinster and Rock. We were caught completely by surprise.”April 3, 2019 at 3:04 pm #17271
“OK so your security is shot and you’re shoe stringing your team” she found a chair and sat down on in the wrong way round resting her head on the back.
“let me talk this through ‘cos I’m fick, one this guy is rogue, two in a city where he is not allowed to be 3 running the crims” she ticked the points off on her fingers. “so we need to make things hit for him and his cohorts, difficult for the authorities to ignore and cause tension between the crims” she raised her hand “hear me out, this is all background noise to cover our hunting his supply of the drug”
She leaned back stretching. “I wonder if we acan convince the spirits to shun him? It happens but its not my field”April 3, 2019 at 4:30 pm #17273
Ben replies “We were not focused on hiding from Gindi, we did not share our location – but he has some of our suppliers in his pockets. He is unlikely to strike again, not before we complete the job. We do have a spiritual representative here, Negev please call him.”
Negev closes his eyes, and then a child’s spirit holding a football appears in the safehouse. It is a child but his eyes are old,
“You have great pain in your personality, so do I… You cannot end the suffering, the pain is inside you, part of what you are. It shapes you into a weapon, the vampires must be stopped – you do not realize it but they enslave you. They hunt my kind, but we guard this land from the others – and if we cannot awake before the other children will suffer, many children. The future is undecided, there is too much chaos, too little order. The wolf takes care of the pack.”
Ben shrugs, “He refers to himself as Kid, none of us actually understand it. Your predecessor was a mage of some repute and she had a way to talk to him before she went bananas. Perhaps he made her crazy, none of us know.
What she said was that the kid is perhaps the most powerful ‘Evil spirit’. They are still unaware, trapped in endless nightmares of violent deaths – and most are insane with grief. Kid says that his kind has a function, to protect against the others – and they must awakened. He wants the spirit army disbanded, and the vampires defeated. We have no idea how he found us, or what he wants – but that kind of help is difficult to turn away. Considering that we lost all the professional shadowrunners in the team after Gindi turned on us.”April 7, 2019 at 1:29 pm #17428
Big bird lean back in her chair with why me exasperation.
“urgh, I’m gonna need to pace this out and figure out what we do? Think we need to stick to the plan. Let’s turn up the heat on our friends. I’ll make some calls and such. The we need to start looking at the drug supply. May be we talk to your friend. Aaaaand I need to hitthe books are research our friends out their see if there is a professor pedalling a differing hypothesis to the government line. “April 8, 2019 at 12:57 am #17443
The transparent child responds “I like plans, I also like the sea, it has these metal boxes that adults play with like Lego. One of them is special. One three three three A ZIM. Goodbye wolf girl, goodbye half-man, and Negev and Shira. Don’t call me again, I will come as I please.”
He disappears shortly after.
Ben shakes his head – “Kid is difficult” Negev adds “Completely different than other spirits, none of my senses indicates that he was even here. He has no aura… I only believe that he is real because the rest of you can see him. Dana called him an Avatar spirit.”
Shira gave him a look. Shira chimed in “I am glad that your plan is more elaborate than fuck your way into the Station. Let me know if there is anything I can do from the matrix, we have some serious connection here and impressive data processing capabilities. “April 9, 2019 at 2:51 pm #17542
“OK let’s start with background on the spirits in Jerusalem and avatar spirits” she shrugged “I studied them at university but my special studies were based around blood magic” she paused “how many agent’s could you set up that could not be traced but will influence search patterns? May be if we start asking the questions it will start popping up and become an issue?”April 10, 2019 at 4:38 pm #17607
Negev asks “You want it to become an issue?” Shira suggests “Perhaps kid is talking about a shipping container? Metal boxes, and Zim is a shipping company followed by a serial number?… I’ll look into it.”
Ben says “I’ll ask around for the drug, see who delivers it. Perhaps my informants know.”
He shrugs “There is also a room here for you if you wish, or I can take you home – but hour is very late and if we do not go now then I am going to get some shut eye.”
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