XVII - Builder.   Posted by Laura Tripp.Group: 0
Taggart
 NPC, 36 posts
Mon 13 Feb 2017
at 04:44
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Taggart smiles and takes a sip of his drink. "I heard about the judge's abrupt decision to retire. I had presumed that the announcement was the result of your careful handiwork. Nicely done. It was long past time for him to set down the gavel."

"I understand if you need to be cautious with details but, if I might inquire, were you able to arrange for some assistance for Mr. Moss? The idea that some one would have to endure prison for something that they did not do is...harrowing."

Jane Adler
 player, 815 posts
Mon 13 Feb 2017
at 05:08
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"Yea, Colton worked that into our terms.  The judge is going to request a formal review of Moss' case to get it overturned and Moss freed.  And if he doesn't, we've got a very interesting video that clearly shows him in a hotel room cheating on his wife with two hot hookers."  She smiled at Taggart.  "He definitely doesn't want that to get out."

She threw a glance at Colton, lips twitching.  "We could give Taggart a copy to keep, right?  I mean, you don't care if he sees me in just my bra, do you?"
Taggart
 NPC, 37 posts
Mon 13 Feb 2017
at 14:39
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Taggart looks to Greer, who is wearing a completely flabbergasted expression. The fence bursts out laughing, pausing after a moment to wipe a tear from his eye. "Oh, Colton. You are incredibly blessed. But you'd best face facts now. You are also hopelessly outgunned."
Davin Lynch
 NPC, 104 posts
Mon 13 Feb 2017
at 14:39
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Somewhat surprisingly, Lynch speaks up, grinning. "Kindel was asking Laura if she had a copy. Maybe you could send one to him at the same time you get one to Mr. Taggart."
Colton Greer
 NPC, 326 posts
Mon 13 Feb 2017
at 14:39
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Greer blinks at Lynch. "Wait. Seriously? I can't believe...I'm not going to..."
Taggart
 NPC, 38 posts
Mon 13 Feb 2017
at 14:39
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Taggart raises a hand. "Deep breaths, Colton. You're too young to have high blood pressure."

Looking back at Adler, he says, "While he regains the capacity for speech, let me ask you. I'm going by rote memory here, but after you have contended with Angel House there is one last step, correct? Dealing with their...lair, for lack of a better term, within the subway?"
Jane Adler
 player, 816 posts
Mon 13 Feb 2017
at 15:15
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Jane snickered at Colton's expression and looked back at the fence.  "We have two major things to contend with, actually.  One is in the subway to close down their shrine.  The other is liberating any potential victims from the Liberty Motor Court motel.  I honestly don't know which we will do first.  The former is important to shut off their power, but we also don't want to risk any more people being caught up in this, or them trying to swell their numbers in response to the threat.  So far, we've be on the peripheral, skirting their operation.  Things like Severin and Riverbank Chemical have an impact, but hitting Angel House will be a direct blow to their ability to transform more people, unless they have a secondary chamber somewhere."
Taggart
 NPC, 39 posts
Mon 13 Feb 2017
at 21:41
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Taggart nods, silently digesting the information. "Would you be in need of additional manpower for those efforts?" he asks.
Jane Adler
 player, 817 posts
Tue 14 Feb 2017
at 02:06
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"Maybe not Angel House.  We've got enough going in to worry about.  The motel, yes, definitely.  We're not exactly how many we're up against there.  It could be a few, it could be a dozen or more.  Do you have any reasonably trained associates that could help?"
Taggart
 NPC, 40 posts
Tue 14 Feb 2017
at 03:31
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"Ross has some associates that share his training and experience," Taggart responds, "He had expressed a willingness to involve himself, and to reach out to some of them, if such assistance was needed."

"So I will ask that he make some calls, and I will ensure that he and whoever he brings aboard have any equipment that they might require."


He drains his glass, regarding his three visitors seriously. "Aside from that, and obtaining the explosive, is there anything else that I can assist with? Any other errand like Riverbank that needs tending to?"
Jane Adler
 player, 818 posts
Tue 14 Feb 2017
at 04:25
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Jane shook her head.  "No, I think that's it for our immediate concerns.  At least, everything I can think of right now."  She looked at the others to see if they had anything to add.
Colton Greer
 NPC, 327 posts
Tue 14 Feb 2017
at 05:43
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Greer clears his throat. "Taggart, you've already been an enormous help to us. And I don't want to take advantage of that, or try to involve you in anything that might stretch your resources too thin."

He stands, moving to the desk, returning to the sitting area with a sheet of paper and a pen. He writes down a pair of addresses. "I may be giving in to paranoia, but the aim of this whole thing is to drive these...people from Cincinnati."

"We have it on good authority that there is a boarded up convalescent center that some of the Black Rain group hole up in. Also, on the top floor of the building that houses The Cellar, there's a large apartment that some members utilize. Leadership, I'm guessing. Both are potential loose ends."


He passes the paper to Taggart. "I don't want you to take any action that would put you at risk, but if there's a way to render the center uninhabitable, either by arson, or even vandalizing all the windows in the building, it would likely be worthwhile. Just, whatever you do, try to accomplish it from the outside. Anyone wandering around inside is likely to get themselves hurt."

"The Cellar is a different matter. I was just hoping that one of your people could confirm if anyone is staying there."


Greer finishes his drink. "Would you be able to handle those two...errands? Without any serious gambling?"
Taggart
 NPC, 41 posts
Tue 14 Feb 2017
at 05:43
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Taggart nods, scanning the addresses on the paper. "I believe I could handle both expediently. I may be able to update you tomorrow when you pick up your party favor for Angel House."

He stands. "Jane, perhaps you could drop by for the explosive. When you do, you could provide me with a copy of the video we discussed."
Jane Adler
 player, 819 posts
Tue 14 Feb 2017
at 06:08
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She grinned and gave Taggart a wink.  "Of course, Mr. Taggart.  You've been a big help.  You deserve some reward, right?"  She knocked back the last of her cocktail and rose, holding her hand out for Colton's glass expectantly, her expression completely angelic.  "Let's go, sweetie.  We've taken up enough of the silver fox's time."
Davin Lynch
 NPC, 105 posts
Tue 14 Feb 2017
at 12:53
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Taggart chuckles, shaking all three investigators' hands, assuring them that he will contact them as soon as he obtains the needed explosives.

Once in the truck, Lynch types out a text message on his phone. "Autumn," he explains, "She wanted me to update her once we'd talked things through with Mr. Taggart."

"So...do we want to make our test run with the circles sommetime tomorrow?"

Jane Adler
 player, 820 posts
Tue 14 Feb 2017
at 15:47
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"Well, it was suggested that we wait until our actual run at Angel House, but... we're not going to have anything to do tomorrow but wait.  So, maybe we should give it a go.  Let's run it by the others and see what they think.  I think I'd feel better if we knew how they worked and that we could use them to get in and out, instead of waiting to the very last second."  She glanced at Colton.  "You?"
Colton Greer
 NPC, 328 posts
Tue 14 Feb 2017
at 18:36
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"Same," Greer agrees, "If anything goes wrong with MacGregor's spell...or anything else, for that matter, I don't want to find out the hard way that those circles won't work for us."
Davin Lynch
 NPC, 106 posts
Tue 14 Feb 2017
at 18:37
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"How about we meet up around ten tomorrow at Breaker's? Lynch suggests, "Loaded for trouble. In case we turn out to be someone's unpleasant surprise."
Jane Adler
 player, 821 posts
Tue 14 Feb 2017
at 19:46
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"Sounds good to me.  We can discuss which one we're going to use and the logistics when we have everyone there tomorrow.  I think we have enough firepower for tomorrow without having to scramble for more."  She navigated the city streets, heading back for the bar.  "Davin, before we meet up tomorrow to plan, I need to ask you for one more favor."
Davin Lynch
 NPC, 107 posts
Tue 14 Feb 2017
at 21:08
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"Of course," Lynch says, "You need me to scout a couple of these places before tomorrow?"
Jane Adler
 player, 822 posts
Tue 14 Feb 2017
at 21:37
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"No, that's not it.  I think you should rest, actually.  Whatever we find tomorrow is whatever we find.  I doubt you'll be able to see anything from the outside, and I don't want to risk you getting caught out there alone, again.  None of us should be operating alone."  She glanced at him in the rearview mirror.  "Have you and Autumn hooked up yet?  Because if not, you really should let her jump your bones.  She's got the hots for you, but you're totally oblivious."
Davin Lynch
 NPC, 108 posts
Wed 15 Feb 2017
at 01:29
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Lynch blinks at the rear view mirror. "I'll take it easy. Promise. I won't head out anywhere related to Black Rain alone. You have my word."

He frowns and shakes his head. "Jane...I think you might be mistaken about Autumn. I mean, she's kind to me. She and Zoe have given me a place to stay while we see this thing through. But...I'm just a charity case to her. Someone she's helping. That's all."
Jane Adler
 player, 823 posts
Wed 15 Feb 2017
at 02:45
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Jane snorted.  "Like I said... clueless.  Why do you think she's been so worried about you?  Why do you think she was mad when you disappeared off the radar for an entire night?  She was worried about you, because she cares about you.  Trust me, I'm a girl.  I know.  If you like her at all, show her.  I guarantee that it'll lead to something nice."
Davin Lynch
 NPC, 109 posts
Wed 15 Feb 2017
at 03:58
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Lynch is briefly silent. "I do like her. I'll...I'll try to talk to her tonight." He looks at the rearview mirror. "But if I get slapped or something, you owe me a six pack."

Greer chuckles.

When the truck pulls up to Breaker's, Wells is standing near the entrance, talking with a pair of patrons. She smiles and waves.

"Zoe makes a killer breakfast. I'll ask if she'd mind whipping some up tomorrow. I can help with the simple stuff." He opens his door. "Ten o'clock. You sure there's not anything else I need to work on in the meantime?"
Jane Adler
 player, 824 posts
Wed 15 Feb 2017
at 04:13
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"I'm certain.  Just rest up and... enjoy your night."  She grinned back at Davin and then threw a look to Autumn.  She waved back.  "See you tomorrow morning."