Prelude: Cole

Prelude: Cole

Cole: “What the hell am I doing?”  The grey cliffs zip past the hatch of a not-quite-surplus Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk.  You’re wearing your not-quite-surplus IMTV, ECH, ILBE, M16A4, Glock 19, and the other thousand pounds of bullshit you were sick of the Corps making you wear.  You’re staring out at the arid mountains east of Kandahar that you were sick of the Corps making you march through. Mitch looks up from his dozing.  “What was that, Gunny?” “Nothing,” you shout past the rotor noise, “go back to sleep, princess.” Fifty-thousand for sixty days, that’s what I’m doing. When you signed on to L-3, you were thinking it would be escorting drunk chicas through Buenos Aires for their drug-kingpin sugar daddys, not this.  You’ve already done...

Prelude: Margaret

Prelude: Margaret

His name was Ezra. You’d just taken a job as the assistant manager of the Barnes & Noble near Faneuil Hall.  It had the authenticity of a McDonalds in Disney World, but at least it was in an old building and here and there some of the century-old architecture would poke through.  Plus, the proximity to Berkeley meant a certain level of young and weird passing through the doors.   The staff talked about Ezra, and when you took over the evening shift the store manager mentioned him. “Then there’s Ezra,” he said, “he’s a fixture.  Don’t bother him, he spends enough in the long run.” Then there’s Ezra.  You almost choked when you bumped into him for the first time in the fiction section.  He was easily one of the most beautiful...

The Castle: Casting Call – Session Notes – 15 February 2020

The Castle: Casting Call – Session Notes – 15 February 2020

Beth approaches Hugo and Mike, bares her fangs and attacks.  At the same time, Emily and Margaret both feel a very awkward and inappropriate desire for Mike, who shoos Emily across the room when she gets a little touchy. The team, primarily Hugo, Seamus, and Cole, shred one of the bedsheets and subdue Beth.  While trying to figure out next steps, Margaret and Emma both try to harvest some of their own blood in the hopes of soothing Beth’s hunger – but the first appearance of blood seems to energize her.  Beth escapes her bounds by becoming a mist, then continues her assault. After a scuffle, the party finally renders Beth unconscious.   Shortly thereafter Cole, unbidden, crushes her throat, seemingly killing her.  Some period of party drama ensues, mostly...

Prelude: Jamie

Prelude: Jamie

Jamie- It’s been a year.  A year since the photos changed.  A year since they’ve started selling like never before.  A year of going mad. It all started with a junkie. You were shooting the burnt out Alliance Steel mill on Zug Island on the riverfront in the spring, the second part of what was supposed to be a four-part series.  You were just getting started when she stumbled around the corner, a strung-out human train-wreck in a beaten-up motorcycle jacket. She ambled into your frame in a gust of weed smoke and whiskey with just a whiff of something you couldn’t recognize. “Take a picture of me, picture man,” she slurred.  This chick is tripping balls.  Wannabe models weren’t entirely uncommon, so you took a few shots and lowered...

The Castle: Casting Call – Session Notes – 8 February 2020

The Castle: Casting Call – Session Notes – 8 February 2020

Hugo, Cole, and Margaret rush to help Emma as she collapses off the bench.  The bullet passed through her chest and perforated her lung and she begins to choke.  Wile triaging, Cole tears his canvas tunic fairly effortlessly, demonstrating an inhuman strength.  Right before Emma loses consciousness, she looks up at Cole and says “there was a Siberian wolf…at the zoo…you have his eyes….”  Right after she passes out, Emma convulses and screams, but the sound is like the roar of huge creature and not a young girl.  Wisps of gray-black steam stream from everyone in the room (besides Daphne, curiously) and flow into Emma, and her wounds heal before the party’s eyes.  She wakes a few minutes later with no recollection after she fell...