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    And then they were back in the car, heading north.

    Empty spaces gave way to suburban sprawl. Houses, all haze in the contrast of glaring light and deep shadow, whizzed by. There was perhaps slightly more Kine out than would have been expected for a summer night - but the lingering heat no doubt kept many up; and those who had fled the scorching rays by day had to come out at night...

    Suburban sprawl (a shifting mirage of old and new, rich and poor, commercial and residential) gave way to the brash lights of the city's heart. Tall buildings; shop fronts; empty offices with their lights set to minimal. Here and there, a flat screen pressed to a window, blindly running some advertisement or newscast.

    West, across the bridge (the thrum and rumble of metal and concrete over water) and then north through West Sacramento: a jumble of residential and commercial lots mixed together under the glowing weight of a ziggurat and hemmed in by the river.

    The Safehouse was near the river, close to the confluence of the American and Sacramento Rivers. There was a mucky, murky, park whose landscape had been remodelled by the rise and fall of the waters running through Sacramento's urban heart. This part of the neighbourhood looked poor and felt poor. The buildings were old, cracked, damaged. Empty lots yawned threatening and unnatural in the packed space.

    The Safehouse itself was a battered old house in a block of old buildings. A few of the other houses were still lit (a bedroom glowing dimly behind rouged curtains; an even dimmer glow from a downstairs window where someone has left a TV on in a darkened room; an abandoned light on a desolate porch). The Safehouse is dark. As they cruise the neighbourhood they discover the Safehouse as an overgrown backyard that ends at empty lot made treacherous by the remains of walls.

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    "Stubborn. Proud. It'd be romantic if those qualities didn't get you killed." Clara said as she saw a stray cat carrying a bird in its mouth. The bird was twitching and the headlights flashed across the feline's eyes to form twin silver discs briefly. Then the moment passed and the car rolled through the streets to their destinations.

    "A Court filled with all those beautiful women and none strike your fancy. Hung up on someone?" Clara thought aloud, her eyes taking in the outside world as she spoke. She nodded at Aaron's statement concerning Moretti. It was good that they could all meet up again. Get a grip on the situation.

    Clara played a game with herself as she took in the sights of Sacramento with eyes that could count the different hues of moonlight. She made up stories for the kine who lived in their small houses. The amount of cars indicated whether or not someone was having an affair. If the trash was full someone died alone and hadn't been discovered yet. The rare flower garden indicated someone she'd like to meet and drink.

    Once they arrived at the safe house, Clara tried to re-focus her senses but the details were too much for her. Everything demanded her attention and she couldn't focus on anything. She shut her eyes and rubbed the bridge of her nose. The echo of the night's myriad chorus still rang in her ears but she was shutting out her Vampiric senses to regain composure. "This it?" She asked as she tried to regain her faculties.

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    2018-08-21 17:37:03 Clara E. Verne rolls 9 to Perception (Wits + Composure) (10 Again, WillPower) 3, 2, 7, 2, 5, 3, 5, 7, 5 failure
           

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    Aaron's voice is usually quite flat and emotionless, almost rusty, but he tries to make up for this with his facial expressions.

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    Don't get killed. It seems so easy. But stubbornness and pride are dangerous qualities indeed. Aaron knows them all too well. He wouldn't be a Lord without them. For this, he also sympathizes with John. The big difference is that the Dragon knows how to adapt to change and adjust himself.

    But enough has been said on the topic.

    When Clara continues on the other one, a subtle grin appears. 'Yes and no. First of all, women. Can't remember the last time I went in that direction. If only life had been so easy. And second of all, my Sire and I were lovers.' As they pass familiar terrain, it allows Aaron to dream off for a few seconds. He does not seem sad, it has been long enough. But his Sire clearly brings back memories. Of a different city. One without a modern ziggurat. One without these rivers. Aaron had explored this part of Sacramento on one of his first nights here. Not knowing all the dangers that were so close by. 'But he has returned to dust, as one might say.'

    'So yeah, hung up...'
    before they know it, the GPS indicates they're close. It brings the Lord back to the present. Quickly he pushes some blood through his veins to appear more alive.

    Once they arrive, he lowers his speed but he does not stop entirely. Rather, he would drive around twice to check the front and back of the house, for as far as they could see. 'Yes, this is the address. Can you take a few pictures?' While his car rolls forward on a walking pace, he studies the Safe House. For a moment, he enhances his sight to pierce through the darkness.

    The two main things to look out for are exit/entry points and cameras. He expects everything to be well hidden and well guarded, but there's no harm in hoping to see something.

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    2018-08-21 18:24:55 Aaron van Valen rolls 6 to Perception (Wits 3 + Composure 3) (10 Again) 6, 1, 7, 2, 9, 10, 9 3 successes


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    The hypnotic flash of the lone television draws Clara's gaze before she can stop.

    Aaron has better luck. The front of the safe house has an old porch; the blue door looks very new and very solid. There is an unlit lamps on the porch - it could just be housing a light, but it is well placed to capture a good view of any persons knocking at the door.

    The safe house's backyard is an overgrown jumble with a dirty path and a shed squeezed between vegetation and junk. The backdoor has been reinforced against intruders, and if there are any hidden cameras, they could literally be anywhere.

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    The Bacchante had just regained her senses and fished out her cellphone to take pictures as Aaron asked. Before she does, she ensures the flash is off. As she did, she thought on his statement. The idea of limiting oneself to one sort of partner never crossed Clara's brain, but she could respect preference. Especially when it came to Kindred that had digressed so far that their breath smelled of mothballs.

    "Huh. I guess I never think in terms like that. It's like cutting off half of all options. But I can understand it." The way the Dragon Lord spoke of his sire stirred some complicated emotions in Clara. "Thanks. For, y'know, sharing." The typically eloquent Bacchante couldn't find much to say but appreciate the brief openness Aaron had given her.

    Then she re-focused on the house. She already took pictures of any entrances or exits, but then she focused on the house with the keen investigator's eye that she'd trained. Any proof of criminal activity might be useful.

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    2018-08-22 16:38:51 Clara E. Verne rolls 4 to looking for incriminating clues (Int + Inv) (10 Again) 1, 6, 10, 1, 4 1 success

    She then briefly looks over the house for the subtle indications that might indicate gang activity. Six months on the Road had instilled a certain savvy in Clara and she knew what to look for.

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    2018-08-22 16:40:48 Clara E. Verne rolls 3 to looking for signs gang-related activity (Int + Street) (10 Again) 3, 7, 10, 7 1 success

    Anything in addition that she finds she immediately takes a picture of. Once she finishes she asks Aaron, "Is there anything else you want to do specifically right here or can we go now?"

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    Something is brewing inside the Lord, and he doesn't like it: It's a frightful tension. They are literally in front of a hunter safe house.

    Clara seems to remain focused, which is good. 'Make sure you get the roof. These doors are so heavily reinforced, it seems. Would there be a basement or attic entrance? Though I bet they're not any less protected.'

    On their second round, he tries to go even slower, since the Daeva beside him is studying the whole area, it seems. Luckily his relatively modern car does not make a lot of rumbling noises.

    'Nope. Let's go. I sure as hell don't want them to notice us. We need to drop our package somewhere, make sure that it's found, and call it a night.'

    As soon as they head off, he tries to think of a good spot. 'The Bridge might be too crowded, even now. But how about a park. Or right in front of the ziggurat? I think we just want this to be found, get the media going, make sure that the hunters hear about it somehow.'


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    Apart from the door, Clara doesn't see anything that is truly incrimination. Even then, the door might simply be new.

    The vibe, though, is different. The house looks neglected but Clara's senses, trained from the streets, tell her to be wary; the neglect of the backyard and the front lawn does not sit well with the hulking new door - or the new lamps attached to the porch.

    She also notes how the gate on the back fence is curiously clear of clutter, despite the back yard being an overgrown jungle.

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    Click after click after click; if Clara thought it was worth noticing she took a picture. She took a moment to get an angle on the roof as Aaron asked and then focused on what her intuition told her didn't feel quite right. Namely the new door, new lamps, and the neglected front and back yards. The last photo she takes is of the back fence and the clean egress it represented.

    We've been here more than long enough. It also seemed that Aaron shared her sentiments. "Keep moving. But let's not speed off and bring the assholes down on us." She did not want to deal with having hunters chase them down. "A park sounds about right. Have some lucky jogger run across it on their morning run. How about we go past the next one, make sure there's no one there, and then toss it out the window?"

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    'My thoughts exactly. Except: Let's put it on a bench, I don't want any vermin to get to it.'

    Maybe in the end, this would all work out.

    I think we're good to wrap this up soon?


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    Closing scene to lock in Continuity for Hunter meeting

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