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Bedlam Burning : The Quiet Place

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St. Romuald’s, Hardwick Park

10:00am, Tuesday, 23rd July 2019

 

In an area known for the dominance of one gang it was rare to find a place that managed to remain neutral, though no one would dare speak out, and until recently St Romuald had been known as neutral ground. Padre Miguel was a bear of a man who few would dare tussle with.

 

That was until recently when suddenly and without rhyme or reason he began to subtly, and not so subtly, change. With everyone concerned about the other problems going on around Hardwick Park very few were paying any attention, but there were a few that were paying attention... 

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Nicki Dee

Nicki had to admit that St Romuald was an impressive structure, in a rather bland town that reminded her of Lincoln turned up to eleven. Truth be told she wouldn’t have be here if she wasn’t following a trail that led from Freedom City to here. She’d already had some success but this was the final piece to try and find out who was behind this plan.

 

Merge Trois

Whist Nicki went in through the front door a Merge was sneaking around the back in what passed for subtle in her mind, a black catsuit with a zipped low an her blonde hair tied back in a ponytail a black stripe down the middle and another around the middle of the ponytail.

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Theo Ward knew Padre Miguel pretty well. They weren't quiet to the point of "weekly coffee and theology" but there had been rumbles about them and a couple of other pastors and priests organizing such a thing. So when Theo heard the Padre wasn't himself, he got moving as soon as he could to go visit. So it was that while others might be trying to stealth their way in, Pastor Ward was just strolling in, wearing a tshirt and skinny jeans, umbrella tucked under one arm ("just in case!"), and a grocery bag with a couple of "get well soon buddy" snacks in it. 

 

When he reached the door to the parish residence, he frowned at a passing feeling, then shook his head and knocked. 

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Wadjet 

 

Across the street, Esperanza put down her binoculars and cursed. She'd thought she'd have had the Padre to herself, but today was like Pulgas Day. Well, she wasn't going to let herself be scared off by all the new arrivals; and if she got a chance to make more people understand the venom of the Wadjet, good for her. After some consideration, she lowered herself off the rooftop where she'd been hiding and began the process of making her way towards the back door. Hey, if that lady was a bad guy, that really did make her the hero, right? 

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Front of the Residency

The door to the residence was opened by a rather sour faced looking woman, who quickly looked Theo up and down and passed a less than positive rating.

 

“I’m sorry he’s already seeing...”

 

She was quickly cut off by the booming voice of the Padre, she rolled her eyes by stepped aside to let him into the house and led through to meet the man himself. A large well built man he didn’t quite seem to fit within the room, he was sat with a well dressed young woman.

 

“Mz Dee has travelled all the way from the East coast to come interview me! Why don’t you join us?”

 

Back of the Residency

From her vantage point Esperanza watched the strange woman wander up to the back and stare through the door for a few seconds, then things got a little stranger. The door was opened from the other side by someone who looked exactly the same, down to weird black steak through the hair.

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Wadjet took a few breaths and considered just turning around and leaving - or maybe putting a ball of fire into the house as she left. But what the hell, she was no coward, and she had no way of knowing if this situation was actually hostile. Figuring that the two women she'd seen must have been in a gang, she made her way slowly towards the building,  staying under cover until she'd reached the back door. It took several minutes, but she figured it was worth the trouble. Once there, she peered in the rear kitchen window, trying to scope the building out before she actually entered. 

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Theo gave an easy smile to the woman, then shrugged as the Padre invited them in. He set the bag of snacks down on a nearby end table.

 

"You need to get on the old ladies in your flock, Padre. I heard rumors you were under the weather but I think they just wanted to wag their tongues. An interview, you say? What about? If it's okay to join you I'd be more than happy to do so!"

 

He gave his fellow shepherd, and this apparent journalist, a nervous smile, even as he adjusted his glasses. 

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Nicki Dee

With a smile the young woman offered her hand to the newcomer.

 

“Nicki Dee, Freedom Ledger, please to me you sir.” she pointed to her press pass, that she’d borrow from some reporter she bumped into before she left freedom

 

 

“I’m here to do a piece on the good and bad of the city and I heard that this was a good place to start!”

 

This was a blip in her plan to find out what was going on, but she was happy to roll with the punches. It was always the fun part of this kind of investigation.

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Merge Trois

Now three the Merge’s were searching the kitchen, helpfully someone was watching those in the other room meaning she could search safely without worrying. In her overconfidence she’d missed that Wadjet was watching from the window.

 

Merge wasn’t quite sure what they’d fine, all they had was a name and vague hints of what was going on here, but they were somehow tied to what she’d found out back in Freedom and this was as good a place to look as the other places she’d checked out with her two undead boys.

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Wadjet thought about how to deal with this. Her instinct was to fire a smoke bomb into the building, make everyone run outside, and then go in and scope the place out and maybe lift some jewelry or something while she was in there. But the old lady had been on her case lately about making friends, and so with some reluctance she decided to try it. After drawing and cocking her chemical gun, anyway - there was no use in getting herself in trouble if it turned out there were fifty of what's her name in there and they'd all eaten the padre. You never could tell with Bedlam. 

 

From the back door she hissed, "Yo! Hickory Dickery Dock, what the #)# are you doing here?

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Theo smiled at the reporter. She seemed like a breath of fresh air in this city.

 

"Well, while some might argue there's a lot of bad and not a lot of good, I think you're in just the right place. Padre Miguel here is a fantastic beacon in the community, and I've come to him more than once to help sort out a problem. I'm more than willing to pitch in but I think he'll be your real ticket for the 'good stuff' angle, Miss Dee."

 

He stood from the chair he'd been in and turned toward the kitchen and hummed a bit.

 

"I'm thirsty. Does anyone want some tea or coffee or anything? I can get something cooking."

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Nicki Dee

Luckily Nicki was an expert in dealing with crisis situations, and smoothly smiled as she began to get up again from her seat.

 

“That sound delightful, I’ll come and help you out. No, no I insist it's the least I can do after such a nice welcome to your home. If you’ll just give me a second.”

 

Merge Trois

Merge was slightly less ladylike swearing as she was surprised by Wadjet. The two Merge’s snapped back to just the one as she gestured to the newcomer.

 

“Look I’ll explain in a moment, but we need to hide right now. This is all on the level I promise you!”

 

She gestured to the kitchens larder nearby with apparent urgency.

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Wadjet glared for just a moment (her face hidden behind her mask) - but then went for the larder, making sure that Merge Trois went in first. Wonder if she's going to pull her duplicate out and then set the place on fire, she thought as she took shelter inside the pantry. She found herself more intrigued than concerned by the idea. 

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Theo let the eager journalist lead the way. He called back over his shoulder to the priest as he walked.

 

"One or two sugars, Padre? You know how my sweet tooth is but you can never make up your mind."

 

He followed Nicki to the kitchen door; when he got there he stopped for a second as a frown flickered across his face. He shook his head, and the smile returned as he spoke with an ever-so-slight drawl.

 

"Gonna be honest ma'am, I mostly just know how to make bagged tea. Last few times I've been here, I just used those and a couple of sweetener packets. Not sure if you had fancier ideas, coming from a big, shiny city like Freedom."

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