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Seeing Double Club, Lincoln, Freedom City
20:30 August 1st 2018


Despite everything Freedom City endured! But even though the city itself had more or less returned to normally many people were still affected by the events of the last month and many were raising money to help those inflicted.


One such place was Seeing Double which was nothing special, a warehouse converted into a club for at least a few nights aiming to donate it's earning to such charities. The unique thing about the staff was that everyone running the place, from the door to the bar, was exactly the same person Merge Trois.

 

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Anna Cline had left her sidekick down in the Rio Grande Valley for the week; Esperanza having to help a "friend" with a problem that she wasn't comfortable talking to her mentor about. With the Hammer of Justice quiet for the moment and Bedlam enjoying a brief period of unity, that made this the perfect opportunity to slip back to Freedom City and check on her family. She'd done that, and been incredibly relieved to find them safe and well - but then she was bored, and Esperanza wasn't expecting her until the end of the weekend. The gods that occasionally spoke in her head even when she wasn't wearing the helmet were quiet here in Freedom, probably trying not to attract Set's attention. Anna had thought about attracting Set's attention too, but Set still had a boyfriend and there'd probably be conversations she wasn't quite ready for. Luckily, she wasn't the only one who'd been called back to Freedom City for a while because of the invasion. 

 

She'd made Nicola wait for an actual yellow cab to pick them up at the hotel, not wanting to trust "those new-fangled Internet taxicabs, probably try and slit your throat soon as look at you." She wasn't worried about that so much as she was worried about ruining her brand-new dress, a flowing number in green that clung tight where it should and hung loose where it needed to - and a chance to go out on a date in a town full of heroes, where she wouldn't have to worry about anyone except herself for a few hours. The city looked like it was relishing the chance to relax. In the back of the cab, she was next to her girlfriend, hand resting on hers, as they headed back buildings under reconstruction on their way to the club. 

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It felt strange to be back in Freedom City after what was about two years in Bedlam.  There was some business she had to attend to while she was in the city, but she could put that off until later.  They made quite the pair, the dark haired and pale skinned woman next to the older blonde, but the vampire didn't really care what other people thought.

 

She even secretly enjoyed the cab ride.  It was so wonderfully normal and mundane, in sharp contrast to the rest of her existence.

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Anna was talking a mile a minute in the back of the cab, something Nicola was used to by now. "That's where the Centurion fought the Crime League back in '68!" she expostulated at one point as they headed past what looked like an old bank building since converted into apartments, smoothly editing details so that the cab driver wouldn't think anything of their conversation. She looked old enough to have seen such a fight, if not actually participated in it. "They almost got 'im, too! Clock Queen was hittin' him from behind every time he turned his head, and then Madame Zero was coming in with her freeze ray-but of course he got away, and wasn't that a lucky thing for the good people of the town." She put an arm around Nicola and smiled at her. "But enough about old times for now. This is supposed to be a new place, right? I am gonna show you _all_ the best sights in this town..." 

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Nicki Dee

In a special room in the bar sat surrounding by screens was the brains behind the entire operation directing the various Merges as they went about their business. The screens were just for effect as Nicki was in mental contact with all of her duplicates, well except for her laptop that she used to look up the names, though some people she didn't need to look up.

 

Merge Trois

One of the Merge's opened the door to the yellow cab only to look at Anne with a brief look of surprise.

 

"Ms. Cline it's an honor to meet you, and your lovely companion. I used to follow your career with some interest before going straight! Tonight everyone is welcome to our little event." she gestured out of the car into the nightclub.

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Anna stared back at Merge, her eyes widening and her heart racing, and grabbed Nicola's hand for a moment the vampire could barely perceive. "I'm sorry," she said firmly but politely, never breaking eye contact with Merge, "you must have mistaken me for someone else." Ready to bolt if the point was pressed, she began the process of getting her way out of the car, not an easy task in a dress like this if she wanted to stay ladylike - and truthfully because she wasn't as fast or as flexible as she used to be. 

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