As Daniel and Amy finish pulling back from their positions flanking Oaken Arms, Genevieve takes Blake and Adrian and races for Fortress Square. They arrive, breathless, and Genevieve drags them through mirrors in the lobby to come out of mirrors on the 8th floor, overlooking a fancy dinner. They find the Cleaner, convulsing. He was put into a coma by a drug from Painkiller, who sketched a guardian angel in chalk over the fallen assassin.
Genevieve sees Painkiller’s surveillance gear, and telepathically scans for him. She finds him in the basement, but escape is a higher priority. Adrian lures the guards away with phantom noises, then they rappel out of the window using the Cleaner’s gear. Genevieve updates the Ghost telepathically as the Ghost fights to close the ninja trap in Torpedo Bay.
They relax at Adrian’s yacht, talking about Painkiller’s past. They watch the news and see that many ninja are captured on the ship.
Tuesday, January 19
As Adrian meditates, Genevieve dives into the books taken by the Dusk clan. She learns that Seertech trusts the Dusk Clan enough to pay them in stock, both laundering the dirty money and avoiding liquidity issues. Stockpiled dirty money is stored in safehouses (location unknown, but amounts listed) and a fictional person called “Ray Jackson” is getting most of the shares that go to the Dusk Clan.
Genevieve takes this information to the Mausoleum and meets with the Ghost, who asks her to work out the business of draining the Dusk Clan’s accounts. Also, the Ghost indicates it will not be long before some plan is in place to deal with the Chaise International business deal.
Adrian spends the day shopping for ancient movies with Emma, and Blake gets some new clothes and goes house hunting, finding a lovely place on Abraham Court. (On Five Stones’ recommendation, he contacts Maloney and B, a real estate agency; they send Karen to help him out.) He explores the place, charmed by its vague menace and obvious age, then signs a six month lease with Karen and takes possession. The basement is disconcerting, and Blake thinks he feels something almost alive behind one wall. Plus, there are strange symbols scribbled here and there.
That night, on the news, Daggett Industries reported the upcoming unveiling of a revolutionary product in the field of philanthropy. (Chaise International no longer has anything to announce. It was not in the news, but Daggett raided Chaise for this new product.)
In other news, 32 of the ninja were captured, framed with guns and drugs and child pornography at the barge. The sergeant in charge of the raid will likely get a promotion. The ninja are being kept in the detention center Downtown.
Genevieve is interrupted by a proximity alarm at the foot of the driveway. She goes to talk to Tarasuko, quasi-freelance Zen archer of the Dusk Clan, who wants to make sure Genevieve and her allies do not plan to escalate against the larger Dusk Clan. The negotiations end with cautious agreement to leave each other alone.
Genevieve, Adrian, and Blake converge on the yacht. A Pocketer meets with Adrian, who is not ready to give an answer yet (so the Pocketer leaves.) They head to Settler, and talk to Skiff, who is really happy with the outcome. He will keep an eye on the ninja, who have pulled back to the Seertech facility in the face of their devastating setback.
Genevieve relieves Daniel as guard, and Adrian goes with Blake to check out his new house.
Adrian finds Enochian symbols like those used by the Order of St. Michael, Inquisition. They are not supernaturally effective, but superstitious occult instead. Adrian enjoys a tour of the house and grounds. Both Blake and Olivia play the gorgeous grand piano in the music tower. Adrian scrutinizes the various occult signs all over the property, including an orrerry of Sirius the Dog Star’s affective sphere on astral currents.
Adrian spends the night in the tower bed, Blake dozes in a chair.
Wednesday, January 20
Genevieve joins them, looking the place over. She goes to the basement and senses some kind of energy behind the wall, and the basement is full of the corpses of spirits drawn and drained by an unconscious starvation.
She looks back in time and sees men in trench coats with torches manacling a woman in an alcove and walling her in. They call her Lady Kennedov! Then the vampire cries out to Genevieve, sensing her presence across time; as Genevieve returns to the present, something behind the wall shifts…