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    A wide hand rose to run through the shaggy mop of thick, black hair that spilled across his head as he registered the press of Kitsune’s body against him with an awkward grunt. She was beautiful, but Tom had spent far too long in the embrace of a chivalrous life for such a brazen display to be entirely comfortable.

    Clearing his throat, Tom gave Kitsune a small, if hopefully reassuring smile.

    ”’Tis no trouble, my lady.” murmured the Ogre, before glancing to Sebastian.

    ”Let us be off then. We can circle back for Imere and Reggy when we are done.”
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    The three Changelings set back out into the night. Now that the mob of zombies has funneled into the arcade, there is a strange peacefulness in the air, and a peacefulness disrupted only the occasional passing car. Kitsune stays latched to Tom's massive arm, jumping at the slightest noise. Her nails press lightly into his skin reflexively at times, though she never breaks skin.

    Kitsune had not been wrong about the proximity of Annie's shop, and the three are only walking in the night air for around 10 unmolested minutes before they arrive outside a shuttered storefront. In the window are several mannequins in finely tailored suits, though it is a little dark to fully appreciate the craftsmanship. In gold print is a picture of a loom with lettering wrapped around it reading, "Annie's Bespoke Old Fashioned Tailoring". The building is a squat brick two story building right on Magazine street between a barber shop and a deli boasting the best Po'Boys in town.

    "This is it!" Kitsune says excitedly, and she motions to a buzzer next to the door. On a piece of card attached to the buzzer is written, "Apartment". Kitsune presses the buzzer, leaving her finger there for a long second before she asks, "If you don't mind, at least wait with me till I get upstairs. I really appreciate all of your help, it's been a long long night."
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    ”Of course.” said Tom with a stilted nod. ”I shall escort you into this…Annie’s abode. I gave my word that you would be unharmed, and so you shall be.”

    The Ogre didn’t seem to mind that Kitsune was clinging to him – her diminutive size compared to him barely felt – and his skin was iron-hard ice and cold stone, so her nails would not draw blood without some glamour aiding them.

    ”If you have need of protection in the future, do not hesitate to call upon me. I shall remain ever vigilant.”
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    The fox lady's face softens, her eyes going glassy for just a moment. Her grip tightens on Tom's arm, a comforting thankful squeeze. Then there is the electronic sound of fuzz, followed by a lady's voice coming over an old looking apartment speaker. "Who is it?", the voice asks sharply, almost an accusation, "don't you know how late it is?"

    Kitsune lets go of Tom's arm to approach the speaker, and press the intercom button. In response she says, "Annie? It's Kitsune. Something terrible has happened! I need to leave. I need your help!" The girl's voice practically squeaks. She lets go of the intercom button and there is a long pause, before is a loud buzz, and a clunk as the door unlocks.

    Swinging the door open, Kitsune steps into the dark store front. She forgoes finding a light switch, instead nimbly darting her way through the objects in the dark. With only the street lamps for lighting, the store seems to be a sparsely furnished, sparsely decorated room with a number of mannequins draped in men's formal wear, as well as a few clothing racks hung with more suits. In the center of the room are a few scattered comfy looking leather chairs and coffee tables. Tom walks straight into a floor mounted mirror.

    A door at the far end of the shop opens up, allowing an overhead light to better illuminate the room, and Kitsune disappears through the new passage and up a flight of stairs.

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    As Sebastian steps into the room, it becomes clear that there is something special about the clothing. The suits, jackets, pants; all of it appears to have been woven with the Glamorous potential of the Wyrd. It is as if the silks and cottons themselves were spun with magic. They radiate potential.
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    Right outside the arcade, Carl shrugged at Reggy's suggestion. "Sorry buddy," he says warmly, "I've just never heard of him. He certainly isn't a member of the Tumble Down Market Freehold." An uncomfortable look spreads across his face and he adds, "I mean the only help I could offer would be to see if he's ever made a deal at the Exchange... but I'm totally not supposed to do that!" His voice is firm with this last part, as if to emphasize his morals.

    Nearby, the crowd cheers and hoots at Imere's announcement, and people start swarming her to get next in line. The mob pushes Imere inside to begin the Dance Dance Revolution tournament, and she is surrounded by the warm love of excited revelers.

    (OOC: I'm going to say Imere can harvest a point of Glamour from the excitement she's drummed up, and will update your character box with the added point... unless you don't want it. I have no idea what to roll for Dance Dance Revolution... Dex + Expression???)
    It wasn't her game, but hey - that's what made it fun.

    The rush of magic was almost mouth watering. She let it pass. Smelled, but didn't bite. This was what she wanted to be doing with her life already. She didn't need to get anything out of it to make it worthwhile.

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    Soldiers, no poor sap ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by being all that he can be. Damn the torpedoes, or give us death. Eternal vigilance is the price of duty and to the victors go the spoils. So remember: you are the best of the few and the proud. So ask not what our country can do, only regret that we have but one life to live.

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    Despite Imere's lack of practice and skill at DDR, the game was still fun, and her supporters cheered her on even as she missed step after step. When the game was over, Imere's score was nowhere close to Richard's. The two were now slick with sweat despite the aggressive air conditioning that combated the outside humidity, and Rich was grinning from ear to ear. "Oh my gosh," he chuckled gleefully, "that was so much fun." But supporters were already circling around Starplan as she stepped down from the console, and the next player was replacing her. Imere's fans carried her away from Richard, who actually reached a hand out for her, to a bar where a round of Abita beers were ordered. It wasn't very flavorful, but it was cold, which felt good after the competitive dance stepping.

    Shortly, a familiar face approached Imere, a skinny Darkling with dark mottled skin and large pointed bat-like ears. He grinned at Imere, though not in a friendly way, needle like teeth peaking out from his shaggy beard. "Starplan!" he said the name begrudgingly, "how nice of you to drop in to my arcade!" The man's voice echoed of honking cars and and baseball bats on glass, his Mantle a reminder of his allegience to the Kayoodle Krew. His name was Freddy, and though Imere never saw him as much more than a nuisance, it seemed that Freddy saw her as some form of video game rival. Once Freddy had made a fake second Twitch account to badmouth Starplan's stream; it didn't work out well for him. And now it seemed that Imere had walked into Freddy's Arcade. He tapped his long fingernails on the bar counter, as if awaiting an explanation from Imere. The other zombies watched with confusion.
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    Tom tensed as he heard the voice call out from through the speaker, and he followed Kitsune quickly as she slid into the store. As he bumped into the tall mirror, Tom muttered a curse and steadied it with his large hands to ensure it didn’t tip and break.

    With a glance to Sebastian, Tom turns and follows Kitsune through the back door and up the flight of stairs, hunching over slightly to ensure he can fit his broad frame through.

    ”I am coming up.” he said, just loud enough to ensure that Kitsune and this Annie could hear him. He wanted to make sure he had done his diligence in helping.
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    Tom hurries after Kitsune, wishing his massive legs could move as quickly as the little fox's. By the time he has made it to the narrow stairwell, Kitsune has already disappeared through the red painted door at the top of the stairs. Tom does his best to mount the stairs multiples at a time, but somehow it seems to take forever to reach the top.

    Tom bursts into the apartment. It is an open and well furnished space, hard wood flooring and large windows to look out over Magazine Street. Kitsune stands in the middle of the room, her back to Tom, held in the embrace of two human arms and four segmented insectile appendages. A tall and slender woman held Kitsune. She had shoulder length jet black hair, a round face and almond colored eyes. Her face was severe, and she glared at Tom, almost protectively as she held Kitsune. As Tom looks closer, he realizes that Annie's eyes are not white balls of jelly, but instead the composite lenses of an arachnid, shining like shaped onyxes. "Welcome," she says, her voice low and husky, accented by what sounds like the jingle of change, "you came with Kitsune?"
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    Huffing a mighty grunting breath at the frustration of chasing the fox girl up the stairs, Tom ran a wide hand through his mop of black hair.

    The Ogre shifted into a more relaxed stance, the sound of grinding ice accompanying the movement.

    "Aye. I did." Tom said, his deep-set black eyes glancing down to Kitsune. "Tom Mallory. At your service."
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    "Annie," the woman says, her voice emotionless and hard like steel. Her spidery limbs release Kitsune, and she steps around the girl as if to put herself between Tom and Kitsune. Tom can now see that the woman is holding a long slender kitchen knife, though there is nothing threatening in her stance or grip. "It is very late, and you look god awful," Annie says to Kitsune, placing a free hand on the girl's shoulder, and offering a small smile, "what happened?"

    Kitsune pauses, as if stumbling to find the right words. She looks to Tom, and then simply offers a weak shrug. "I don't know if I can say," she says, her voice straining and threatening to break. The girl's eyes have become distant and haunted again, as they were in Tom's bathroom when he first found her.

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    Shortly, a familiar face approached Imere, a skinny Darkling with dark mottled skin and large pointed bat-like ears. He grinned at Imere, though not in a friendly way, needle like teeth peaking out from his shaggy beard. "Starplan!" he said the name begrudgingly, "how nice of you to drop in to my arcade!" The man's voice echoed of honking cars and and baseball bats on glass, his Mantle a reminder of his allegience to the Kayoodle Krew. His name was Freddy, and though Imere never saw him as much more than a nuisance, it seemed that Freddy saw her as some form of video game rival. Once Freddy had made a fake second Twitch account to badmouth Starplan's stream; it didn't work out well for him. And now it seemed that Imere had walked into Freddy's Arcade. He tapped his long fingernails on the bar counter, as if awaiting an explanation from Imere. The other zombies watched with confusion.
    Nothing but professionalism.

    There were some streamers who made their reps by making everything emotional, salty, or bm. StarPlan wasn't any of those - she was the Angel of Badwater. Knives when she had to be, but before that she was a team player and here to support her team. Respect the game, respect yourself, even if you don't respect the other guy.

    But all that said... this was an opportunity for a show. And her unliving army had done her a hella solid so giving them a show was only fair.

    "When you said you were a professional gamer I didn't know this is what you meant," she said with an easy grin. "Everyone - this is Frederick, the boss of this here arcade pit, and he's come down from his office to say something to all of us!"

    Handing off the spotlight. A hella alpha move to do to someone who didn't know how to deal with it.
    Soldiers, no poor sap ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by being all that he can be. Damn the torpedoes, or give us death. Eternal vigilance is the price of duty and to the victors go the spoils. So remember: you are the best of the few and the proud. So ask not what our country can do, only regret that we have but one life to live.

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    Sebastian took in the sight of the enchanted suits appreciatively, admiring in them a skill he could approve of. The work was done with care, to enhance, and to build up. He liked that kind of work. He’d strive to imbue the same in his own crafts. Idly he reached out and let his hand run along a black coat, getting a very...authorial feel...from it. Maybe in better times, he would come shopping.

    There was a wounded girl, a spider and a knight to deal with though, so his attention snapped back, now actually in the room with them.

    “I’m Sebastian. And, it would be nice to know what’s going on.”

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    Fredrick's mottled purple skin turns a flushed red that extends up to the points of his ears. He looks around, staring at the suddenly gathered crowd of zombie onlookers. His mouth stands agape, revealing multiple rows of pointy teeth, though of course the cosplayers don't recognize this.

    Raising a hand, Fred offers the gathering crowd a lame wave, and says, "Welcome," his voice cracking, "ugh, I hope everyone is having a good time. So, ugh, does everyone want to watch me kick Starplan's butt in some Street Fighter???" The question posed was likely meant to gather the excitement of the onlooking crowd, though it seems to collect a number of confused questioning glances. Fred turns to Imere and gives her an angered glare.

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    Annie looks over at Sebastian, her face still the cold emotionless mask. "Sebastian? Annie," she replies curtly, arms still crossed before her chest. The four spider limbs move to rest on her hips. She turns to Kitsune and adds, "I feel the same way, not that I don't enjoy entertaining a group of strangers in my home in the middle of the night."

    Kitsune looks at Annie apologetically, her vulpine ears flattening. "I'm sorry Annie," she says quickly, "I don't think I can tell you everything that happened to me tonight. But it isn't safe for me in this city anymore. I need to leave and I was hoping you could help."

    Instead of answering, Annie looks to Tom and Sebastian, as if awaiting further answers.
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    Sebastian’s own features soften as he reads in to Annie’s comments about their intrusion such as it was. A kindred spirit!

    “I can’t add much. She came through a mirror. There was some call on the phone, then someone showed up and I hid her in my Hollow. Tom would know what happened downstairs. I was just trying to have a nice glass of wine. Though it was related in some way that no one in power can be trusted. Trust no one. 10 letters, tagline for 90’s cult favourite X-files? No. Monday puzzle. Still...”

    He didn’t seem to realize he had trailed off as he digs into a jacket pocket removing a small folio and a fountain pen, writing it down before looking back up.

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    From the back of the crowd of zombies a cultured voice cries out. It is a voice that was once used to booming out commands amid gunfire, explosions and irate Lance Corporals. That skill was rusty of course, but Reggy could still achieve a lot of volume when he wanted to. It wasn't a struggle to make himself heard No one's heard of you Frederick! Stop ruining the mood, man. Or we'll eat your brains!'
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    Fredrick's mottled purple skin turns a flushed red that extends up to the points of his ears. He looks around, staring at the suddenly gathered crowd of zombie onlookers. His mouth stands agape, revealing multiple rows of pointy teeth, though of course the cosplayers don't recognize this.

    Raising a hand, Fred offers the gathering crowd a lame wave, and says, "Welcome," his voice cracking, "ugh, I hope everyone is having a good time. So, ugh, does everyone want to watch me kick Starplan's butt in some Street Fighter???" The question posed was likely meant to gather the excitement of the onlooking crowd, though it seems to collect a number of confused questioning glances. Fred turns to Imere and gives her an angered glare.
    Good grief she enjoyed that.

    "The gauntlet has been thrown," said StarPlan brightly. "The winner becomes the new owner of Freddy's Arcade! For a battle of this import I will reveal my secret technique, passed down to me by Korean monks! You may watch - but you are all hereby sworn to secrecy!"

    Cut to three minutes later with StarPlan spamming crouchkick.
    Soldiers, no poor sap ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by being all that he can be. Damn the torpedoes, or give us death. Eternal vigilance is the price of duty and to the victors go the spoils. So remember: you are the best of the few and the proud. So ask not what our country can do, only regret that we have but one life to live.

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    "Sebastian is correct. The lady here came through the mirror. We hid her while some nosy wyrmling poked his snout where it did not belong. Typhon, he named himself." said Tom, the deep voice rumbling through the room. The Ogre shrugged.

    "We do not seek to impose on your hospitality." Tom said gently. "I cannot turn aside those in need, and..." he gestured with a wide hand to Kitsune, "a young maiden, frightened and bleeding, seemed to be in need."
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    Fredrick's scowls at Reggie, but his face turns an even brighter shade of crimson when Imere announces her terms. He raises his hand awkwardly, and in a hesitant and hushed voice says into Imere's ear, "Eh, well you see, I don't actually own this arcade. I ugh, I just have the highest score on most of the machines... that was what I meant by my arcade."

    He scratches the shaggy fur on his beard for a second then a wicked grin spreads across his thin lips. Now speaking to the audience in a louder and more confident voice, "However, I have a better idea! How about the loser of our competition, lets say best two out of three, and no Guile obviously... he's way overpowered. Anyways, the loser swears to destroy their rig!" Fred is of course referring to one's gaming rig, or more simply, one's desktop computer used for gaming. He grins at Imere evilly, and offers a hand to take to seal their agreement. He also turns a quick and triumphant glance in the direction of Reggie, and gives him a smug wink.

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    Annie's face turns pale when she hears Tom speak of the lizard-man. "What did you say?" she asks in a hushed and nervous voice. Not waiting for an answer, she rushes to her window to look out onto Magazine Street. The night is relatively quiet now, except for some jazz playing from a stereo in some far-off apartment.

    Turning back from the window Annie says, "You met a Changeling named Typhon?" She curses, her insect eyes now seeming to glow with an inner fury. "Tell me you didn't lead him here." she says, looking angrily from Tom to Sebastian to Kitsune.
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    'Do you even have a rig Freddy?' Reggy was enjoying himself, and he wasn't going to let a small thing like having no idea what a rig was spoil his good time.
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    Sebastian eyes both Tom and Kitsune before responding.

    “I did not see him, but I believe our path here was circumspect. If we were being followed...I would imagine any following us would suspect we were at a nearby arcade. As far as less mundane methods...I’m afraid I can’t say.”

    The frown covers Sebastian’s face again, thinking over the name Typhon. He wasn’t sure if he had heard that previously.

    “Also, did anyone tell me the name? It’s rife with imagery...all of it awful!”

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    Tom shook his head slowly - almost methodically.

    "I do not believe so. As Sebastian said, we did not take a...quick...route here. Why does the wyrmling frighten you so?" Tom asked carefully, black eyes narrowing suspiciously.
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    Fredrick's scowls at Reggie, but his face turns an even brighter shade of crimson when Imere announces her terms. He raises his hand awkwardly, and in a hesitant and hushed voice says into Imere's ear, "Eh, well you see, I don't actually own this arcade. I ugh, I just have the highest score on most of the machines... that was what I meant by my arcade."

    He scratches the shaggy fur on his beard for a second then a wicked grin spreads across his thin lips. Now speaking to the audience in a louder and more confident voice, "However, I have a better idea! How about the loser of our competition, lets say best two out of three, and no Guile obviously... he's way overpowered. Anyways, the loser swears to destroy their rig!" Fred is of course referring to one's gaming rig, or more simply, one's desktop computer used for gaming. He grins at Imere evilly, and offers a hand to take to seal their agreement. He also turns a quick and triumphant glance in the direction of Reggie, and gives him a smug wink.
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    'Do you even have a rig Freddy?' Reggy was enjoying himself, and he wasn't going to let a small thing like having no idea what a rig was spoil his good time.
    StarPlan addressed the crowd, smile keeping steady. "So he doesn't have an arcade, he doesn't have a rig, my main character is banned, and I'm expected to destroy my rig if I lose," she spread her hands and looked over at Fred meaningfully. "We can do it your way if you want, Freddy, but I'm not sure if you'll like what happens."

    The tone of voice made it clear that if he wanted to go down that path it wouldn't be a game anymore.

    "I think we should keep it fun. Winner is the king of the Arcade, glorious to all! Sound good, my man?"
    Soldiers, no poor sap ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by being all that he can be. Damn the torpedoes, or give us death. Eternal vigilance is the price of duty and to the victors go the spoils. So remember: you are the best of the few and the proud. So ask not what our country can do, only regret that we have but one life to live.

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    Again Fredrick scowls at Reggie, then back to Imere.

    StarPlan addressed the crowd, smile keeping steady. "So he doesn't have an arcade, he doesn't have a rig, my main character is banned, and I'm expected to destroy my rig if I lose,"
    "Hey, I do have a rig," he squeaks though no one seems to hear or care.

    "I think we should keep it fun. Winner is the king of the Arcade, glorious to all! Sound good, my man?"
    The crowd of excited zombies claps and cheers Starplan's proposal, practically drowning out Freddy's grumbles. "I mean, it sounds like you are wussing out," Freddy says with no venom and no audience, "but fine, let's just play." He offers Imere a hand to shake on it, and says, "Winner is the king of the arcade."

    When he gets the chance, Freddy turns to Reggy and mumbles, "Yeesh, what crawled up your butt?"

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    Annie nods her head, not looking reassured. Eyes narrowed she says, "Somehow I'm not reassured." To Big Tom's question, she responds, "I've only ever heard of him. Typhon is like... supposed to be an Enforcer, like a NOLA Changeling undercover super cop or something, or like... a boogie man, as if we need another one of those."

    She turns to Kitsune and says, "So I take it you want me to take you through the Hedge?" Her voice is tight and tired.

    "Ya, I don't care where I go, but I have to get out of here." Kitsune says hurriedly. She throws her arms around Annie, a gesture that does not seem terribly appreciated.

    "Fine," Annie says, using all six limbs to pry herself from Kitsune's embrace, "I'll get you out of this city, but I can't take all of you fools, just you Kitsune." She looks from Kitsune to the two other Changelings, clearly awaiting protestation. Kitsune looks at Tom and Sebastian apologetically, but says nothing.
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    Sebastian furrows his brow in thought, considering the situation they’re now in. They need information since they’re remaining behind. He finally rips a page out of his notebook and proffers it.

    “Alright...Kitsune needs to get out of here. We need to know what happened in case we get shoved in the thick of it. Here’s my proposal: Kitsune writes everything we need to know, and gives it to Annie. You two...bog off to wherever you need to escape to. When Annie returns...she gives me the paper. That work for everyone?”

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    "You are escaping into the Hedge?" asked Tom with a scowl.

    Shaking his head, the Ogre ran thick fingers through his dark hair and heaved a heavy sigh. "Miss Annie, if we have led Typhon to you, then you have my apologies. I will do what I can to rectify this situation. Would the lady..." he gestured to Kitsune after a moment, "Prefer an escort? I have spent more years in the Hedge than I would care to remember, but I would still offer my sword to ensure you get to your destination."
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    “Alright...Kitsune needs to get out of here. We need to know what happened in case we get shoved in the thick of it. Here’s my proposal: Kitsune writes everything we need to know, and gives it to Annie. You two...bog off to wherever you need to escape to. When Annie returns...she gives me the paper. That work for everyone?”
    Kitsune shakes her head, eyes forced shut as if in pain. "I can't do that to you or to Annie," she says as if she were admitting defeat, "I think this knowledge is just too dangerous." She bows her head, her short hair hiding her face and eyes, though a few muffled sobs can be heard. She holds this pose for a long moment as if in prayer, and in fact those closest can hear her whisper a quick "Hail Mary" under her breath.

    Finally, Kitsune looks up and to both Sebastian and Tom she says, "Look. I can't say too much, but I think the Hallow's Eve Contract is not so innocent." There is venom on the tip of her tongue as she refers to the single most important contract held between the city of New Orleans and it's Lost Community, the contract that protects all Changelings from predation by the The Fae... and other strange things that walk the dark streets of The Big Easy. The very accusation is practically heretical! The Hallow's Eve Contract is the single reason that Changelings from all over the world flock to New Orleans, but there is something cold and certain in the fox's bloodshot eyes. "I'm not a hundred percent certain, but if I am right about what I overheard, The Hallow's Eve Contract must be stopped before it is renewed." Fear returns to Kitsune's complexion, and she grabs hold of one of Annie's real hands and says, "I need to get out of this city as soon as possible. I need to get out!"

    She turns back to the two Changelings who accompanied her and says, "If you need to know more, I'd bet Wren Lamontagne can help. Thank you very much for your kindness." She releases Annie's hand and walks up to both men to give them a hug and a warm peck on the cheek. "I don't know if I would have survived tonight if it was not for your protection," she adds for good measure, "Don't tell anyone what happened tonight, and beware of Creed Louise. He's involved in all this somehow." Even though neither Changeling is a member of The Tumbledown Market Freehold, both Sebastian and Tom recognize that Creed is the current leader of the Tumble Down Market Freehold, or the King Merchant as they call him.

    Would the lady..." he gestured to Kitsune after a moment, "Prefer an escort? I have spent more years in the Hedge than I would care to remember, but I would still offer my sword to ensure you get to your destination."
    Kitsune looks on Tom with a forelorn gratitude, but before she can respond Annie says coldly, "NO! I cannot lead more than one Changeling out of this city. You cannot come."

    Giving Tom a squeeze around his massive arm, Kitsune smirks and says, "Thank you though. That is very sweet."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennosuke View Post
    The crowd of excited zombies claps and cheers Starplan's proposal, practically drowning out Freddy's grumbles. "I mean, it sounds like you are wussing out," Freddy says with no venom and no audience, "but fine, let's just play." He offers Imere a hand to shake on it, and says, "Winner is the king of the arcade."

    When he gets the chance, Freddy turns to Reggy and mumbles, "Yeesh, what crawled up your butt?"
    "For the throne!" said StarPlan confidently, striding off to take the controls.
    Soldiers, no poor sap ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by being all that he can be. Damn the torpedoes, or give us death. Eternal vigilance is the price of duty and to the victors go the spoils. So remember: you are the best of the few and the proud. So ask not what our country can do, only regret that we have but one life to live.

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    Starplan's fans excitedly follow her and Freddy to the glowing console, brightly decorated with a picture of Ryu uppercutting Sagat.

    The matches went better than Imere expected with neither Changeling resorting to their contracts and Imere actually winning the second match out of three. But ultimately Freddy was the victor, and Imere did enough not to totally lose face. Freddy cheered and danced and gloated after his win, announcing, "I guess I really am king of the arcade then! All hail the King!" His antics earned a few cheers, but more boos as many zombies turned away from the game with disinterest or to gather around Starplan.

    Richard was right there when the match was over, clapping a hand on her shoulder and saying, "Wow Starplan, you did amazing! That was awesome to watch!" His cheeks were already turning cherry again.
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    “Then our time is at an end. Good luck. I hope neither of you die. And...when you’re back, if you come back, I think I may buy a jacket.”

    Sebastian turns to start back out. The farewells and departures could be handled by others. He wanted to think, especially about those names that were mentioned. They sounded familiar, but bore more investigation. When he was near the door, he waited for Tom, writing down the names clearly in his notebook.

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    Tom simply nodded in acquiescence, a quiet acknowledgement that he could be of no further assistance to Kitsune. With Sebastian preparing to pack up and leave, the Ogre shifted easily from foot to foot, glancing back the way he came towards the door with his dark eyes.

    ”Very well.” Tom muttered quietly. ”I wish you safe travels, my lady. Godspeed.”
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