<Zane Calbeni> is talking to a few of the local regulars, walking about the bar with half a beer in his hand. Things are more active than normal, with a lot of new faces around the bar, and he goes from group to group checking on things.
~*Ramirez*~ enters the bar after walking from a block or so away, from the mechanic shop where he did his legal job. He’d look around and then head to the bar and order an IPA.
<Vaclava>heads down to the Trill after straightening out her ao dai and fixing her hair and make-up, gluing a nail back on. Sure, it’ll grow back tomorrow evening, but she refused to go gently into that dark night!
<Vaclava>provides Erik with a big smile and a $50 tip for a half-glass of cheap whiskey that she leaves lipstick prints on.
Erik slides both Ramirez and Vaclava invitations to some private gathering coming up there are the Trill with their drinks.
<Vaclava>pockets hers and will read it when she gets to a more “private” spot.
<Vaclava>”thank you, Erik! Ah, Ramirez! How are you this efvening, darling?”
~*Ramirez*~ accepts the invitation and nods to Erik. “Thanks.” He’d put it in his inner coat pocket and then look over at Vaclava and smile. “Hola, Vaclava. I am doing fine. Que pasa?”
<Zane Calbeni> homes in on Vaclava and quickly embraces her, kissing her cheek. “So what kinda prep time do you think you’d need to have you and maybe a few friends come play for the grand opening of our second floor?”
The Trill is extra busy, even on a weeknight, and there’s a lot of people neither Ramirez nor Vaclava recognize.
<Vaclava>embraces Zane and returns kisses “Zane! A second floor? How exciting! And you vwant me to play? Oh my this is so impromptu….vwell it vwill depend on if I can confvince a certain someone to come out of her cafve and rehearse vwith me…maybe a vweek?”
<Vaclava>”It shouldn’t take too much time avway vfrom the ballet rehearsals.”
<Zane Calbeni> nods. “Excellent. It doesn’t have to be fancy, it’s just this rowdy bunch and a few others. Like the Mages and a couple out of town guests. Kaitlyn will be playing a bit, Cora too.”
<Vaclava>”ah, so it’s just me Cora is afvoiding…”
~*Ramirez*~ lofts a brow and then sips the IPA. “I don’t see how Cora would be avoiding you unless something’s pretty wrong.”
<Zane Calbeni> shakes his head a bit. “No, I got Lynn to talk to her. Cora had a … episode after encounting that old guy in the top hat. Deveraux i think his name is.”
<Vaclava>”Ah, Ramirez, you hafve put your manly vfinger upon the delicate head ofv the problem.”
~*Ramirez*~ “That Deveraux guy is weird.. different from the others of you. What’d he do to Cora?”
<Zane Calbeni> “Cora’s head has been a bit scrambled by someone very old and he triggered her somehow and now she has to get like deprogrammed or something. I hate that Dominate shit, hate it more that some of the Ventrue like to use it to control people, especially younger Kindred.”
<Vaclava’s expression darkens slightly, she had appeared to be mostly joking around…now, however…..>”Yes, I vwas here vwhen he introduced himselfv….”
~*Ramirez*~ frowns. Cora was a friend and that man with the top hat had harmed her somehow. There were ways to get someone like that back though. “So.. he just gets away with fucking with her head?”
φCadeφ checks over his shoulder as the door to The Trill closes behind him. Shaking his head, he goes and orders his usual then scans the bar. To Cade’s relief he spots Ramirez and heads over to sit down. Having clearly walked into the middle of a discussion, Cade quietly sips his beer and waits to be acknowledged.
<Zane Calbeni> shakes his head, raising a hand. “Not him. I don’t know how to explain how that crap works… Cora’s boss did stuff to her head. He just triggered it somehow by accident I think.”
~*Ramirez*~ frowns some more. He was really frowny now and then shrugs. “I see. I hope she’s alright.” He’d glance over at Cade and give him a nod. “Hey hombre.”
φCadeφ raises his beer towards Ramirez. “Hey man. I got some news you might be interested in when you get a minute.”
<Zane Calbeni> glances to Cade, then back to Ramirez and Vaclava. “Anyway… just wanted to make sure you guys knew about it personally. There will be some business conducted that night, but it’s an open meeting so I’d like you guys to participate.”
<Vaclava>looked rather grim and unamused what-so-fricken-ever for a moment, then she notices Cade and smiles at him.>”Hello again, darling….”
~*Ramirez*~ nods. “I’ll be there, Zane.” He’d then look over at Cade. “Yeah, sure. Whassup, homey?”
<Vaclava>nods to Zane “Yes, ofv course I vwill participate! Shall vwe hafve music afvter the meeting or befvore?”
φCadeφ blushes and gives Vaclava a small wave. “Hi miss Vaclava.” He turns his attention back to Ramirez. “Just some data I managed to…” he stops and then rolls his eyes. “Ahem…Hecatrix and I managed to dig up on this drug problem.”
~*Ramirez*~ “Ah, alright. What did.. you both find?” Gotta give the familiar her credit too!
<Zane Calbeni> nods to Vaclava. “Well, after. Gives them incentive to behave. But wouldn’t hurt to have something playing while people funnel in.”
φCadeφ swipes at the air, pulling up the results on his view feed. “Thirty or so overdoses in the French Quarter over the past month alone. About two thirds of that is presumed heroin. The other eleven are the interesting ones. Unidentified opioid presumed to be the cause. Eight of the bodies have already been buried or cremated but there are still three in the morgue waiting to be processed.”
<Vaclava>snaps her fingers into her palm. “I hafve just the thing, I vwill play some piano to lull them into a vfalse sense of security….”
~*Ramirez*~ “Hmm.. cool. Maybe we should try to see if we can get in somehow. I know Cassian works as a doctor and does forensics work so that might be our way in unless someone knows someone else… or we just sneak in if it’s that big a deal. No one would really notice us if we go in my way.”
φCadeφ nods, thinking. “We could pose as people trying to identify one of the bodies as a missing friend or family member maybe?”
<Zane Calbeni> just listens to them, and occasionally nods to Erik over something.
~*Ramirez*~ “Do you have the names of the three that are still not burnt? Maybe I could try getting their wraiths.”
<Vaclava> looks at Zane with a slightly raised eyebrow
~*Ramirez*~ “If you know where the bodies are, we could go in via the Shadowlands and see if they have wraiths around.”
<Zane Calbeni> looks at Vaclava, “What?”
<Vaclava>”Nothing, just vwondering vhy Monsieur Cade is so interested in these poor dead vfolk.”
φCadeφ shakes his head and frowns. “No, I had to be extremely careful about digging around in police and medical records. I got a preliminary report that was filed before they were identified. Don’t know if that has changed in the meantime. I could try and look again.” He turns to look at Vaclava. “Somebody is pushing drugs out there in big numbers and getting these people killed. Worse, this new d
rug seems even more dangerous. Not only are they overdosing but it is somehow allowing them to see ghosts, which means there is magic involved, which means this is something the police can’t handle. So I guess it falls to us. Part of being Awakened is to protect the Sleepers from the unseen horrors of the world.” He shrugs and looks back at Ramirez. “I may not have the names but I do know which mo
rgue they are in. But I don’t know any necromancy.”
<Vaclava>lips twitch but she respects the serious tone Ramirez is using. “The Sleepers? You mean normal mortal beings? Ah, that is a noble and vworthy cause.”
~*Ramirez*~ “Well, do you have any of the addresses around where these people died? Could be something there to check out too.”
~*Ramirez*~ “Well, we should definitely go check out that morgue. The cops won’t know we are there the way I will get us in.”
<Zane Calbeni> nods his head a little, listening to them. “Well… drugs that make you see dead people might not be like… magic-magic. But I’ll agree it’s something to look at.”
~*Ramirez*~ nods to what Zane said. He’d then smirk. “You don’t need necromancy. You have me.”
φCadeφ nods to Ramirez. “Cool. We should probably start at the morgue then. I try to avoid hacking government agencies when I can.” He chuckles then looks over to Vaclava. “Thanks…though it isn’t really a cause I’ve had much opportunity to contribute to yet so…” he shrugs a little embarrassed before looking to Zane. “I thought so too at first but Deveraux accidentally fed from a junkie and coul
d then see the ghost of some Mage named Amy. So it seems pretty legit.”
<Amy (Wraith)> “I am right here, geeze.”
~*Ramirez*~ “You want to go too, Amy?” He’d smirk.
~*Ramirez*~ “Amy was a Mage. She was a Euthanatos, like me. She’s right here though and is now a super awesome wraith.”
<Amy (Wraith)> “What he says is true though. It also effects vampires if they get it in their system.”
⋠Cian⋡ coughs as he almost spits out his beer. “Oh crap she’s here? I have really gotta learn to at least be able to see ghosts, if nothing else.”
~*Ramirez*~ “She said that what you said was true though and it also affects vampires if they get it in their system.. so this is definitely worth checking out. I might be able to use some connections on the street too.. since I kinda..run some drugs, to see if I can get my hands on something, or we go undercover and try to get some through buying it if anyone
dead can like identify one of these sellers.”
<Vaclava>”Devereaux bit one of these people? Interesting.”
<Amy (Wraith)> “It’s making a lot of Spectres too. They are popping up all over where those people keep dying.”
<Zane Calbeni> nods a little, “Deveraux does seem to get around.”
<Vaclava>”Good efvening, Amy, by the vway, and Hollow, if she is about…”
<Amy (Wraith)> waves to Vaclava, even though she can’t be seen by her. “I am working on making myself more visible.”
~*Ramirez*~ “Hmm, maybe something else is going on here that has to do with that demon again.”
φCadeφ “I can keep an eye on social media and see if I can get a line on an underground race. Those things are usually teeming with drugs.”
~*Ramirez*~ “Amy waved to you, Vaclava.”
<Zane Calbeni> looks at Ramirez and nods. “You know, we can see her… well the outline if we try. Auspex works for that. It is for viewing souls afterall.”
φCadeφ shakes his head and chuckles as he sips his beer again. “Well now I feel super left out.”
<Vaclava>”Which direction should I wafve back?”
~*Ramirez*~ “You could sense her too with some teaching. It’s not that hard to learn.”
φCadeφ nods enthusiastically. “I’m always up for learning something new.”
<Vaclava>looks delighted. I vwould like that, Ramirez, are you offvering to help augment my auspex, as Zane mentioned?”
<Amy (Wraith)> reaches out and passes her hand right through Vaclava’s head. “What the heck?”, she tries to step back and passes through the chair. “I think I goofed something.”
<Vaclava>”oh you vwere taking to Monsieur Cade…”
φCadeφ blushes and smiles at Vaclava. “You could maybe have him teach you too and we could help each other?”
<Amy (Wraith)> freezes in place as her foot starts to go through the floor. “Oh… crap. Ramirez what do I do?”
~*Ramirez*~ “I don’t know that I can really help you much, Vaclava… though we could try. It’d be interesting to experiment with the auspex.”
~*Ramirez*~ looks at Amy. “You want to try to relax, Amy, and look at me.. Try to come level with my shoulders. Don’t focus on anything else than that first.”
φCadeφ watches Ramirez curiously as he talks to Amy. “Is that what it looks like when I talk to Hecatrix?”
<Zane Calbeni> raises an eyebrow, mildly curious. He then moves off to go check on people.
<Amy (Wraith)> looks at Ramirez and sinks a little into the floor. “I am sinking through the floor…”
~*Ramirez*~ “Wait till you meet Hollow.. the three of us together are trouble.” He looked back at Amy. “You need to focus on me now. You made yourself more immaterial, so you have to use well, the equivalent of Mind now to will yourself back to normal.”
~*Ramirez*~ “If you need, I can come over to that side and then you can take my hand.”
<Amy (Wraith)> forces her will over herself to stabilize her form and stand once again. Tapping the ground lightly with her foot. “Oh that was highly not cool at all. I almost discorperated.”
~*Ramirez*~ nods. “Yeah, that sucked. Glad you fixed it.”
<Vaclava>”Hollow is a little mischiefv maker!”
<Amy (Wraith)> slides into Ramirez and hangs out there, using him for a ride. “I’ll go with you to the morgue whenever.”
φCadeφ blushes a very deep red as Vaclava mentions Hollow, immediately reminded of the little prank that had been pulled when he first met her.
~*Ramirez*~ “Right on, Amy.” He’d look at the others. “Amy is down for going to the morgue so we should hit that soon. Maybe tomorrow.”
φCadeφ nods at Ramirez and takes a swig of beer, trying to force his face to return to a normal color. “Sounds good.”
~*Ramirez*~ looks at Cade. “Hollow got you good, didn’t she? She’d be so happy to know it still makes you blush.”
φCadeφ blushes even more and turtles into his hoodie. He considers kicking Ramirez under the table, but remembers what happened last time and thinks better of it.
<Vaclava>chuckles. “I vwould like to go vwith you gentlemen as vwell. I might vfind some vway of being usevful.”
~*Ramirez*~ “Yeah, sure, Vaclava. We can try tomorrow night.”
<Vaclava smiles>”Excellent. Sometime my vfriend is going to gifve my gun, too.”
φCadeφ frowns at Vaclava. “If you need a gun there are plenty of places to get one for a decent price.”
~*Ramirez*~ “The one with musical notes? That’s going to be interesting.”
<Vaclava>chuckles. “That’s the one. Vwell, I’m sorry gentlemen, but I must depart vfor the efvening. Ciao!” Kisses cheeks and heads out.
~*Ramirez*~ kisses her cheeks back and then waves. “I’m out too. See you guys tomorrow night so we can do this thing.” He’d head off.
φCadeφ blushes and kisses Vaclava’s cheek in return and hitches a ride home with Ramirez, having taken a cab there. When they arrive at the Chantry the cat that has been watching him lately is there again, but as usual it runs off when he approaches. “Right. Of course.” He sighs and heads to his room. Yet another mystery for him to puzzle out.