All four guests introduced themselves and exchanged pleasantries for only a few minutes before the master of the house called for them and they were shown to his office. Entering the grand office they were introduced to Roland Wynter the Patriarch of the family, Roland is an old man with short white hair and looks the part of a proper southern gentleman. The group each explained how they came to be at Willow Grove and after a few questions Roland seemed pleased and explained that his granddaughter was missing. She was last seen the night before and has been missing for what he believes is going on 18 hours. Michael at this point was paid the usual police “fees” for expediting the case and looking into it personally and since each other person here had some “useful” abilities they too were asked to assist in finding his missing granddaughter. They all asked if they could look around and see where she lived. The large man who answered the door was introduced as Wallace and was told to help the group. Wallace gathered another employee and they drove the group around the estate in golf carts showing them the grounds and taking them to another house on the estate which Britney and her family lived in.
Looking around the house they did not find any signs of forced entry or foul play. The house was secure and valuables where all accounted for. The only odd points discovered was that Britney’s cell phone was still charging and outside her window was a large Willow tree that at the base was a dead bird with its neck broken. The group at this point decided to leave the estate and start looking on their own for leads. As they left Wallace offered a reward for each person for information on the missing girl. The group then separated again, each going to their own local contacts.
Michael drove Yin Yue home and headed to a Gambling parlor in Iberville run by a small man named Due Tran. As he entered the familiar location he was greeted by the security guys and headed straight for Due, past tables of dice and card games. Due was sitting in the back of the place at the small bar poorly flirting with the new bartender, a very attractive Asian woman, who looked barely old enough to drink. As Michael interrupted the exchange Due started by asking what day it was and reminding Michael that his taxes are paid in full. Michael reassured him that was not why he was there, but instead he was looking for a missing girl from a rich family and he needed to know if Due had heard anything or knew anyone who could help. Due to his credit did not have anything to do with that sort and didn’t socialize with this that did. But since Michael was there already he could help Due with a new problem gang that had popped up since Katrina and had been flashing a lot of cash and gambling a lot. They have been bragging about taking over and bring in more and more muscle from back home. They could be a good group to check out with the missing girl and they are known to hang out at a dive bar named Marlene’s place. With that Michael headed out when his phone rang.
Yin Yue meanwhile decided to ask a local man with his ear to the ground named Caymen who owns and operates a butchers shop. When she went into the store it was busy with customers and newly arrived meat deliveries. Caymen greeted Yin Yue as soon as she entered the door and as she approached he saw that she needed to talk in private and nodded to head into the back. She headed to the back from and as they talked Caymen worked butchered newly arrived meats. Yin Yue asked about missing girls and if Caymen knew or heard anything about this. He did not know of any missing girls but he did recently hear from a local woman that her son had taken up with a gang and was dishonoring his family with drugs and other illegal behaviors. Yin Yue was directed to the home of Hansa Wattana a couple of blocks away. Yin Yue knew of the neighborhood and headed there. Although it was a “bad” area she was unmolested as she traveled through and quickly got to the Wattana’s home. She as greeted at the door by a small, portly middle aged woman, as Yin Yue introduced herself and explained that Caymen had sent her over to ask about helping with her son. The two women quickly fell into conversation with Hansa doing all of the talking. When Hansa stopped for a moment to take a breath Yin Yue took the opportunity to inquire about where her son Pho could be found. Another long rant ensued in which Yin Yue learned a great deal of gossip about what the mothers of the neighborhood believed about the local gangs and their dealings. Finally she learned that Pho frequented a dive karaoke bar named Marlene’s place along with a great many details of his schooling and failing attendance, along with his failing grades and his unhelpfulness with his family, this all went on for a while before Yin Yue reassured Hansa that she would help and headed out to call Michael about the information she had gathered and meeting up.
Ethan and Simeon called a cab to take them from Willow Grove to the lower ninth ward to drop off Simeon then to the French Quarter to drop Ethan off. When the cab arrived it was the same driver that had dropped Ethan off at Willows Grover earlier in the afternoon. The two quickly fell into a conversation about the estate and the family and how the hell the two of them where allowed into the house to begin with. During the long ride the cabby and the two men discussed the house and the ground of the estate, but always side stepped what they are currently working on for the family.
Simeon was dropped off in a particularly nasty neighborhood full of hardened gangsters, dealers and addicts. Simeon sadly was at home with this and the locals knew him or of him and he passed through unharmed. As Simeon walked through the ward he found his way to a nasty, run down old house known as the “manor” to the locals. At some point it is history it was a large and beautiful home to what Simeon assumed was a loving family. Over the decades it had fallen into disrepair and was neglected by the locals until finally during Katrina it was ravaged by water and completely abandoned. Now it served as a drug den and squatters residence. Simeon walked through the missing front door and started asking around about the dealer that had setup shop here named Lee Johnson. A short search ensued to find a conscious enough addict to answer his question that led to him discovering that Lee has been chased out or just disappeared, no one seemed to care much but he has been replaced by a new dealer named Willy Xue, who could be found in the master bedroom on the second floor. Heading up the barely hanging together stairs Simeon found Willy at an old desk getting head from a prostitute and after an awkward moment Willy finished and the two talked. Simeon discovered that a local gang named the Mott Street Rascals have had dealings in kidnapping and have ties to the slave trade. Some of their members hang out a bowling alley in Gert town and Simeon should be careful about dealing with them. They are serious business and have a growing reputation to watch out for. With that Simeon headed out and started his long walk to the French Quarter to find Ethan and hopefully crash at his place.
As Ethan and the cab driver sped away from the area they dropped Simeon off they talked about Simeon and how Ethan came to meet a man like that. Ethan came up with few answers on that topic. A short while later Ethan was dropped off in front of a small, rundown strip joint named Rick’s Girls, paid and thanked the cab driver and headed into one of his very familiar haunts. Ethan was greeted by a number of the working girls there and finally by the large man behind the bar. The two old acquaintances made small talk over a drink for a while before Ethan got around to the subject he was there for, a missing girl. Rick did not know of any rich girls running away to the French Quarter, but he did know of a missing local girl. One of the street ladies had been asking about a missing friend and coworker, her name was Lily and she could be found working on the north side of the quarter after dark. Ethan thanked Rick made a few good byes and headed out to track down Lily. After a couple of hours of waiting and wandering Ethan found who he was looking for. Lily was a small, very think black woman who had clearly spent a few years living rough on the street. She was still attractive and talked eagerly with Ethan as he asked about her missing friend. Lily told Ethan all about Renee and her disappearance. She was a local working girl who knew how to survive, she wouldn’t have just wandered off, something bad had to of happened. Ethan gathered as many details as he could and headed off, calling Michael as he walked. The two agreed to meet up and Ethan walked to the agreed upon location.
Michael headed to pick up Yin Yue after his meeting, the two talked about their discoveries while heading to get Ethan. As they arrived at the corner of Canal and Decatur they spotted Ethan walking down canal away from the River and honked the horn. As Ethan waved to them and started heading over he saw Simeon heading out from an ally way and called out to him. As the group all gathered in the car they started talking about what they had found out and what they should do next.
End of Session 1