In the days that followed each person worked on personal projects and jobs.
Michael decided that he was going to show up his peers at work and just to spite Walter Montes he took on a murder case with a possible serial killer. Looking through the files Michael was dismayed to find that all of the physical evidence was lost during Katrina, including all of the bodies which only two were identified. Other three were linked to the killer but never had a chance to be identified, none of the bodies at an autopsy. The cases of another seven missing persons could have ties to the killer as well. So far the known link between the victims is missing organs and a lack of blood at all sites and within the bodies. The files identified the two victims as Genie Pickwaith and Cecilia Harris, both women worked the streets and had long records of solicitation.
Michael also started asking around about the scrapyard fire and shootout. He talked to a couple of patrolmen and discovered that the fire had been started in two locations in the yard, one in the main garage and a second in the manager’s office at the back of the area. The young man who set the fires attacked the first responders with scattered and inaccurate gunfire. When the police arrived he was still firing the gun and was shot by the police officers in self-defense. Michael looked through the pictures and was shaken to find that the gun man was the same teenager he pushed in to the wards during the rescue of Britney.
Yin Yue over the days had started trading letters with Britney Wynter and after a few letters they decided that they should move away from snail mail and into the electronic method. Which led Yin Yue to the library to sign up for email for the first time, she was already known to the local librarian, a small round old woman named Linda Smith-Johns who was happy to show Yin Yue the basics of computer operations and how to sign up with a Hotmail account.
She then headed to the spice/tea shop to talk to Bao Lan Fan about the letters from Britney and her dreams. The two discussed old legends and folk lore, how to handle such creatures and how Yin Yue’s old mentor who know how to put down or banish such creatures. Cryptically Bao Lan mentioned an absolute last resort should Yin Yue need it in facing the demon. This led to Yin Yue calling Roland Wynter and telling him of his Granddaughters dreams and the possibility of the demons ties to her. They talked about protections for Britney and how to keep her safe.
Ethan spent some time in Jackson’s square performing tricks and honing his storytelling skills, every once in a while he would look in on Reverend White and ask around about him. Eventually calling Simon about magical theory and how the flow of energy in New Orleans could have been disrupted and methods of pulling off something if that caliber. Including wards and circles used to cut off energy or contain the flow of natural magic.
One late afternoon Ethan was called by Maddalyn Vogel who informed Ethan that she worked for HighWall security and that the firm had been hired by Mr. Roland Wynter to aid Ethan in finding his missing friend. With a chuckle Ethan informed her that his missing friend was the spirit of an old gambler. Without missing a beat Maddalyn confirmed that she was already aware that the missing person was a spirit and that she needed details on his family and other relations on the area. Ethan realized that he knew little of the mortal life of his friend and provided little help to Maddalyn, who told him that she would be in touch soon.
Ethan also decided to start his own legends online and went to a local internet café to find someone who could create a website for the newly created Tiger Demon Ethan had created and the hauntings/killings by the creature. Ethan met an obese man named Frank Tobias Lee who he hired as a part time web developer and together the two spent a day registering for a free site, setting up a template site and the first draft of the tiger demon story.
Simon was busy helping his neighbors remove curses, rid themselves of evil spirits and moving the restless spirits onto the next world when one of the older women who knew his grandfather mentioned that she had come across a vile area in the swamp that was full of bad juju and he should look into it and clean it of the evil there. After borrowing a boat from a friend he headed out into the swamps. After a couple of hours of following the old woman’s directions he felt confident that he had found the location she mentioned.
A near perfect circle of dead vegetation, the air smelled stale with a lingering odor of rotting flesh. The animals in the area were silent and the birds did not fly nearby. The clearing around the circle had no tracks from animals passing. After a careful investigation Simon knew he was unable to clear the area properly and headed back to the city to talk to his friends and gather resources.
The group next gathered for dinner at a local high end streak house. While there they discussed the recent events, what they all learned about the hunger demon and its possible links to Britney they ate amazing steaks and drank overpriced alcohol. Many esoteric topics were heatedly discussed and theories were thrown about. Over the course the evening Michael’s new pet project case came up and some of the details were given. Michael and Ethan talked at length over one of the missing girls that he knew named Cecilia who had a gift and was a small time talent. He knew that she had been missing for a while but didn’t know any details.
As the night came to an end they paid the bill and started heading for the door. Michael was the first one out of the restaurant with Ethan close behind him. As Michael crossed the threshold the hair on Ethan’s neck stood on end and his eye line was forced to two Asian men crossing the street looking directly at Michael with deadly intent. Ethan acting swiftly pulled Michael back into the restaurant as the two men pulled compact automatic guns from hiding and opened fired on the space Michael just occupied. The door to the steak house was a heavy wooden door and it absorbed the lion’s share of the bullets fired from the small firearms, with only a few finding their way through the small decorative window and into the restaurant. An old brown van slowed as it passed the gunmen who jumped into the open sliding door on the side and they sped away into the night before Michael could untangle himself from Ethan and look to return fire.
A few minutes of chaos erupted until Michael took charge of the scene and called the shooting in. The group stayed on the site until the other officers arrived and started taking statements and collecting evidence.
End of session five