Tabitha Connely, Jos Terhune, Ansel Kaars and his gang (and a snoopy Ember), 1:00am Sept 28th, at the Fens
Tabitha slowly scans the warehouse, taking in Kaars and his men as well as the Ã¢â‚¬ËœvolunteersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Yes, this will do nicely,Ã¢â‚¬Â she says with a sinister chuckle.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m afraid I wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be able to display the full range of my abilities,Ã¢â‚¬Â she says as she slowly circles the group of homeless men and women. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Some of my powers would affect everyone in the building, and as I have already said to Mr. Terhune, assaulting a prospective employer or ally is never good business. Besides, a woman never gives it all up on the first date, hmm?Ã¢â‚¬Â
She looks over at Jos Terhune. Ã¢â‚¬Å“As I have told you, my powers evoke the Seven Deadly Sins. LetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s start with Pride.Ã¢â‚¬Â She walks over to one of the homeless, a small, sickly looking man. Ã¢â‚¬Å“You donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to be here, do you?Ã¢â‚¬Â The man shakes his head, nervously.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“So why donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t you do something about it?Ã¢â‚¬Â she asks. As she speaks, her yellow eyes glow for a moment. The man looks at her, wide eyed, and then looks around and glares at Kaars.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re right!Ã¢â‚¬Â he says, in a tone of bravado that one would not expect. Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m the only one here who can!Ã¢â‚¬Â Stand back, everyone, while I take care of these mobsters!Ã¢â‚¬Â
The man then charges Kaars, screaming. Of course, he doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t make it very far.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“As you can see, sometimes Pride can be misplaced.Ã¢â‚¬Â She whirls on the now frightened mob of homeless. Ã¢â‚¬Å“But the sin of Sloth is more straightforward.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Lady Iniquity points at a young woman, and her eyes flash again. The woman falls asleep standing up, crumpling to the warehouse floor.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Wrath, too, is simple and direct, and has the advantage of being a sin that others can easily get caught up in.Ã¢â‚¬Â She turns to face another homeless man, standing next to a woman who is obviously a close friend or partner. Ã¢â‚¬Å“You two,Ã¢â‚¬Â Lady Iniquity purrs, Ã¢â‚¬Å“how do you feel about the police?Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I got no problem with them,Ã¢â‚¬Â the man says.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Wish there were some here now,Ã¢â‚¬Â mutters the woman.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Are you sure?Ã¢â‚¬Â Lady Iniquity asks, staring at the man as her eyes flash.
The manÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s face suddenly contorts in rage. Ã¢â‚¬Å“No, I f*ucking hate the pigs!Ã¢â‚¬Â he shouts.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“You should show them how much you hate them,Ã¢â‚¬Â Lady Iniquity says. She motions to KaarsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ men, indicating they should allow the two to leave. The enraged manÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s partner looks bewildered by her companionÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s sudden change of heart.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Come on!Ã¢â‚¬Â the angry man shouts, grabbing the womanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s arm, Ã¢â‚¬Å“LetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s go bust some cop skulls!Ã¢â‚¬Â
As soon as the man grabs on, the womanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s perplexed look is replaced by rage, and the two of them run out of the warehouse. Lady Iniquity smiles.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It will be interesting to see just how many people get caught up in Wrath. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be disappointed if I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t hear about at least a small riot in the morning news.Ã¢â‚¬Â
She returns to circling the now smaller pack of victims, stalking them like a predator. She walks up and puts her arm around the shoulders of a middle-aged woman, tears streaking her face. Ã¢â‚¬Å“You poor dear,Ã¢â‚¬Â she says, Ã¢â‚¬Å“you must be hungry.Ã¢â‚¬Â The woman shakes her head.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Are you certain?Ã¢â‚¬Â
A ravenous look suddenly fills the womanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s eyes. Ã¢â‚¬Å“God, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m so hungry,Ã¢â‚¬Â she moans. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Please, I need to eat!Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Of course, dear. But IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m afraid that calling to have a pizza delivered would be quite out of the question. We shall have to improvise. Perhaps over there?Ã¢â‚¬Â Lady Iniquity points toward an old, rusty garbage bin in the corner. The woman rushes over and begins pawing through it, stuffing anything even remotely food-like into her mouth.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Gluttony, a sin that is all too familiar to most Americans, as IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m sure youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve noticed, Mr Kaars.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Lady Iniquity turns to regard the five men remaining. SheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s deliberately chosen to save these five for last, as they were all larger men who looked as though theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d been in fights in the past, whose eyes said that they had no problem solving problems with their fists.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I know that none of you asked to be here,Ã¢â‚¬Â she says. Ã¢â‚¬Å“And IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not entirely cruel. Since my little demonstration is done, I want to reward you.Ã¢â‚¬Â She holds out her hands, and a small ingot of gold appears there. She sets it down on top of a crate, letting it drop slightly so they can all see that it has real weight.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Unfortunately, I only have enough for one,Ã¢â‚¬Â she says. Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll leave it up to you to decide who gets it.Ã¢â‚¬Â
She walks away, heading for Jos Terhune and Ansel Kaars. It only takes a moment for the sounds of fighting to break out behind her.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Greed,Ã¢â‚¬Â she says simply, Ã¢â‚¬Å“one of my favorites, because itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s one of my powers that does not alter their minds. What you see behind you is entirely a product of their own twisted, sinful souls. And before you ask, the gold is quite real, but remains in this plane of existence for only a short while.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Obviously, I have left out Lust and Envy Ã¢â‚¬â€œ allow me to help you with your delivery problem, and you may get a chance to see them.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Behind her, one of the men fighting over the gold suddenly looks her way. It occurs to him that if the woman in the red getup had that gold, she might be able to get her hands on more. Wiping blood from his face, he turned and began to advance on her, hoping to grab her from behind.
When he got within a few feet, Lady IniquityÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hand dropped to her hips, and she unfurled her whip. With a sound like the screaming of damned souls, it lashed out, striking the man in the chest. He falls to the ground, a bloody hole in his chest.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“And as you can see,Ã¢â‚¬Â Lady Iniquity says casually, coiling her whip, Ã¢â‚¬Å“I can take care of things in a more direct manner if the occasion calls.Ã¢â‚¬Â