Three days have passed. Det. Fredericks and Marcus are still in the
hospital. We told the emergency room doctor that a “big black dog”
attacked us, so now a media alert has gone out for such a dog. Also
in the news is that a massacre took place at the “Church of the Return
of Our Savior” or “CROS” in White Bear Lake. David the Progenitor has
been on the news proselytizing.
The rest of us are back at the Greenway Lair resting, recuperating,
and upgrading. We are installing servers, security system,
surveillance cameras, and living space. As soon as I started getting
my equipment set up at the Greenway Lair, we got a video call from
Sloan. He demanded that we sell at least one of the properties and
he’ll let us keep the other place. We agreed to move back to the main
office in the Warehouse district and sell the Richfield Lair.
After 3 days, we are going to visit Marcus and Fredericks at HCMC. My
surveillance picked up someone dressed all in black on the roof near
the hospital taking pictures with a long lens. Steve went to
reconnoiter the man in black as a bird without leaving his clothing
behind. It’s Karl the Vampire Hunter, and he’s packing up shop and
heading out. We had a good visit with Marcus.
Next day about noon we got a call from Marge at the 911 center.
Someone noticed lots of people going into a house and not coming out.
They peeked in a basement window and saw a bunch of coffins guarded by
armed men. Steve went to investigate and through a window saw an
unkempt bedroom with a shoulder holster hanging from a chair. There’s
a big SUV registered to Arthur Jones from W. Texas parked in the back.
While we were screwing up the secret surveillance (4 year old seeing
my drop off a spider and the bad guys shooting it). An alarm comes
from the Greenway Lair. Someone is climbing over the fence. It’s
Karl again. He broke into the Lair. I called over the video
conferencing equipment to talk to him and he revealed that he’s the
one who called 911 and that he has to find out if Larry is “The One.”
Steve managed to get back while Karl was opening the last door into
Larry’s sleeping bunker. Steve and Karl fought, with Karl getting the
better of Larry in human form. Steve turned into a bear, and Karl
used a rope from his utility belt to wrap around Steve’s neck and
almost choked the life from him, knocking him out. I hit him with a
tazer from a hummingbird drone, but it didn’t take him down. He leapt
down the whole and closed the trap-door behind him. Larry and Karl
fought until Karl dropped a flash-bang grenade that apparently shone
with sunlight and blinded Larry. Karl and Larry rolled around on the
floor for a while until Larry knocked Karl out. He then drained Karl completely of blood, killing him.
We had a long conversation about Larry going overboard and killing
Karl. I am freaked out and refuse to be alone with Larry. Steve and
Larry looted Karl’s body. I researched him and got a potential hit
from a 1992 assault arrest. His mom died when he was 10, in 1987,
from causes unknown. After that he’s got a sealed juvenile record for
fights, getting kicked out of school, etc.
About 11 pm, Marcus is resting in a morphine haze when he sees
movement outside the window. He watches for a while, and sees an
articulated finger-like appendage that is scratching a circle in the
window. Marcus called a nurse, and when she came in with an orderly,
it took Marcus a few minutes to realize that the orderly is Roger
Hart! Marcus set off a rune of roiling, smoke-like darkness. He
staggered out and called “fire,” creating a lot of confusion. He made
it down to the lawn before Roger and another “orderly” started moving
Larry and Steve arrived to protect Marcus and I started taking the van
over to pick them up. As soon as the garage door opened, a grenade
sailed into the garage and went off, disabling all non-shielded
electronics at the same moment that bright lights came on around the
yard. I’m screwed.
Larry picked up Marcus and started carrying him at running speed back
to our Lair with Roger and the other “orderly” chasing him. As I turn
around in the van to power up my robots, someone broke a window and
tossed a grenade into the van. I managed to scoop up the grenade and
toss it back out the broken window. There is much coughing and
cursing in the garage. As I boot the robots and smoke starts seeping
into the van, I hear a strange cackling, chuckling sound. I got Big
Dog booted up, and managed to climb on his back. I opened the back
door of the van, jumped out, and ran away down the Greenway riding Big
Dog. The cackling sound is coming from a Raytheon Exoskeleton with a
strange sphere in the torso. It took a swing at me, but missed, and
chased me down the Greenway.
While I’m hanging on to Big Dog for dear life running down the
Greenway toward St. Paul, Steve is in Hawk form above me, diving at a
dragonfly that’s trailing me and presumably leading the Exoskeleton.
Meanwhile, Larry and Marcus managed to lose the “orderlies” and
arrived at the scene to see the place abandoned with the back doors of
the van hanging open and smoke wafting out.
I managed to hang on to Big Dog as it ran through traffic and over the
Sabo Bridge. Steve finally spotted the dragonfly that was chasing me,
dove on it and killed it. I rode on into the night, unable to control
where I’m going without any of my equipment.
Marcus called Sloan and asked for help. Sloan told him to get back to
the Warehouse District Lair and wait for medical attention. As Larry
locked up the Greenway Lair, the lights came on, two dragonflies came
into view, the two “orderlies” appeared at the gate, and the
Exoskeleton clumped up the Greenway. Larry picked Marcus up, ran
around and into the van and crashed out of the yard, being shot at by
the “orderlies.” They come and pick up me and Big Dog after I
disabled it to stop it running. Back in my wheelchair with my
interface computer, goggles, and control gloves working, I don’t think
I’ll be leaving the lair again.
The old familiar lair in the Warehouse district is looking worse for
wear: there are bullet holes in the walls, a smudged magic circle on
the wall, dried blood, and fine gray powder everywhere. Marcus tries
to call Elias to come and heal him, but can’t get in contact.
Eventually Dr. Laura arrives to help. She puts a monitor on him and
tells him if it goes off he should take the antibiotics that she gave
him. We all settled down to catch our breath.