Everyone rests overnight, though Jenni and Patrick discuss Patrick’s findings about TNI and their global fingers in pies. This requires further discussion with the larger group and Jenni sends out a text for a meeting in the morning.
The night passes uneventfully. Apparently.
The non-supernatural meeting with a discussion of how TNI-related security is now manning the cordon around the Wych House. They all look fairly ready for violence and are probably not to be trifled with. Patrick proposes that it would be best to steal the Pieces of Silver in order to acquire the company (or a large chunk of it?). Steve wonders how the group would actually acquire the Silver. Jenni suggests using the basement while enhanced by the mystical vision provided by a potion from the Parfumier. Noah suggests that even if it’s morning, it’s best if they flex their basement skills and try going now and see if it helps with the time of day too. The conversation turns also to Lance Joyguard and exactly what he is (Steve says “he’s very Enduring”) and just how much worry there should be about wrapping up the Kelly Laboso business. Steven explains that Lance wanted to get this whole thing wrapped up before parcel arrives. There is some concern about the cryptic nature of all this.
The group get through to the Pluto Club, where it is dark and empty. Jenni discovers a safe behind the bar (next to a baseball bat and shotgun). She is able to unlock the safe and within discovers a little brown book labeled “Emergency Contact Details”. Within are contact details for Le Parfumier and photos are taken of the pages. This includes someone called ‘Legs’.
Jenni texts the number, arranges a meeting and goes there accompanied by Patrick. The exchange is made in the toilet stalls of a Debenhams and Jenni returns to take the drugs and go on her dream journey. Or whatever it happens with these mystery drugs.
Meanwhile Steven goes to his pre-arranged meeting with Laboso. Amadia decides to go with him (despite Noah’s protests and entreaties to stay here, stay safe). Jenni is on a metaphysical trip, so Steve takes Patrick. They got to Elephant and Castle and mill about on the platform waiting for it to clear. When Steve goes to get better signal up the stairs, he hears the busking music better (“I just can’t wait to be king”) and comes upon Kelly Laboso as the voice behind the song. She seems amused by Joyguard’s concern for her and asks his purpose (which Steve does not possess). She explains that if she wished to be contacted by Joyguard, she would have been, and she also feels that Joyguard would not be satisfied by being rebuffed again. There is a stand-off. Steve offers a polite threat which Laboso very much brushes off, but Steve continues less politely along the same lines. Laboso gives theatrical pretext as way of her ‘protest’ at being ‘forced’ to go with them. The group frog-marches her upstairs to a phone booth and Steve dials a number where he puts her on for Joyguard. Laboso is convinced of a need for a meeting and after the group declines to rough her up, suggests that the Quest is discharged but Joyguard expects Steve to further ‘entrap’ them.
Jenni stands upon a great cream-white plain. The area around is largely lifeless, with no plant or animal life. There are great blue-black gouges around the land as a song plays in the air – “Sympathy for the Devil” and the sun blinds. Basically a pretty intense trip-dream-quest. Jenni sees a book, a ledger, upon which she reads words of a contract about the Kray Twins and “the Bad Man”.which is a pre-arranged memory removal (removing their memories). One of the signatures Jenni recognises as her own, suggesting it was brokered between her and “The Bad Man” (and that he wouldn’t look for the revenge on her). Then Jenni stands in a cavern (mouth), and from within it she sees a large sack approach and giant silver coins wash down. She passes down but not into a stomach but into a space where the coins have gone. When she comes to on the sofa, she finds herself to have thrown up violently, which includes an untarnished silver coin.
On the way back from the meeting Patrick stops by St. Thomas’ to have a look at what’s going on. Patients are clearly being moved out and Patrick learns a little of what is going on – a gas leak according to some nurses.
The group (sans Steve) discuss the collective findings, and after deciding to see if they can find out more about the ‘Bad Man’ to see if Jenni can get her memories back. They decide to get Steve up (who reported back to Joyguard and received instructions to stay put and ensure continued access to the PORTAL). According to Steve, the Bad Man is a big name, works out of New York, who trades in ‘things’, including things which are… on a more intangible level. Getting a meeting seems like it would require a top-end introduction (e.g. Joyguard). The group decides on a visit to the Queenless Court to see if they could find Laboso.
Patrick brings up his concern that Patrick A wasn’t quite as dead as hoped and he has a bad feeling this is connected with St. Thomas’. Speculation abounds about what happened at St. Thomas’ when a “shouldn’t be dying” Patrick seems to have died there and Bad Patrick came instead. Steven suggests that Joyguard is exceptionally good at getting things killed, so might be a good way to deal with Bad Patrick.
The group ventures through to the Queenless Court via the basement. The train arrives and the group enters. There are fewer people in the lowest carriage and they look scared as a foreboding atmosphere is apparent. By the third carriage it seems everyone is drawn up but no factions are apparent and everyone looks sickened. Someone is called in by the Duke of Hazel and goes in, scared. Duke of Hazel and Lady Y appear to be still in contention while the regent’s council remains missing. The Duke of Hazel appears to be in ascendency.
The group is invited into the final carriage. Lady Y’s court is much-depleted and looking embattled while the Duke of Hazel’s court much larger than it ever was and includes even some who had previously been aligned with the Lady Y. The Duke of Hazel’s side is, like the Duke, half-swathed in bandages…