Hunters or?

Lithe blonde Leora Gunner was spotted outside of Lynn Security, and met up with a burly somewhat intimidating man Joe Warren.  The two spoke about the supernatural rising of the dead that happened a week or so ago, and considered how to exterminate the creature that rose again.  It was so early in the morning they could not get inside to look around, but assumed that the culprit (Dante Gregorium) was long since gone.  Joe offered to blow up the building, but Leora shook her head.  The two left together in his truck.

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Lock Picking Gone Array

Dante Gregorium decided that he needed more information about Harry and Elena before working for them, despite not having been hired yet.  He ran into Cheri, then began to pick the lock on Elena’s office door, despite Cheri’s warnings that might end poorly.  Elena, having received a text from Cheri about what Dante was doing, came outside from the inner office of Lynn Security, packing heat.

James, Elena’s bodyguard, heard the commotion from the stairwell and entered into the fray, gun out and aimed at Dante.  Dante claimed neither Elena nor James had the guts to shoot, so James fired, shooting him in the knee and telling him that he better not make any mention of once being a warrior, or he’d shoot his eye out next.  Dante’s reaction was to tell them to do it.  Cheri didn’t need to be told twice, smelling the blood from the wound and launching herself at the man, going for an artery.

James shut Elena and himself into Elena’s most inner office, and made sure Harry was informed of what transpired.  When Cheri texted Elena that it was over, Elena insisted on coming out with James, seeing the blood spatter stains everywhere– on the walls, on the floor.  But by the time Elena emerged, both Seraph had shown up as well as Harry.  Elena rushed to Harry’s side, his own bodyguard, Lee, with him.  As they took in the bloody scene, Harry and Seraph finally were introduced, just in time for Dante (who claimed he would make a deal with the devil and rise again) to come back to life, breathing fire.

Seraph’s second nature, the darkness, seeped out around him in smoky black tendrils, and harsh words were exchanged.  Neither Cheri nor Elena wanted Dante left alive, but Harry was uncertain.  If he died and came back, what was the point of killing him?  Dante thanked Seraph for his lenience and had at one point retracted his desire to work with Elena, stating instead he’d rather work for Harry, and claimed he would do something to prove that he was serious.  What he will do remains to be seen.

A Bounty Hunter

Last evening while Harry and Elena were in her office at Lynn Security, having a late supper and talking business about some gifts given to their children that had been analyzed at the lab, with disturbing results, a knock came on the door.  James opened the door to greet Dante Gregorium, a self proclaimed bounty hunter that is new in town, and was hoping he could get a job with Elena.

While Elena might not have thought her staff needed updating, James and Harry are far more willing to admit that the men on her retainer have been rather absent of late.  Though Elena hadn’t expected her reputation with the supernatural to grow and be so well known that newcomers would wish to work with her, that seems to be the price from taking clients and cases over from Hunter Investigations, since Ash Hunter hasn’t been seen in ages.

When questioned, Harry asked if he had only dealt with vampires and werewolves or if he could handle demons and angels as well.  Dante stated that demons were no problem for him, showing off an impressive sword he has supposedly used against them in the past.  Though Dante has yet to be proven, after Harry completes a background check (and Elena likely would as well), it seems that he might have found a new boss.

Ill Met Encounter

Elena was leaving Lynn Security and waiting for her ride when Danny Blythe appeared out of the shadows.  He was trying to figure out who she was, and why he seemed to know her.  She was quite irate that her driver had not arrived, and Danny began to move closer to her, intending to frighten her.  She provided her name when asked, “Elena Mansel.”  He stated he wouldn’t give her his name, since she might go to the cops and claim he’d abused her.  Once Elena asked if he got off trying to intimidate petite women, he seemed determined to gain her submission.

When Danny got closer to her, Cheri appeared in the shadows, and stood back, simply watching.  Keeper, a small vampiric child with red hair, was seen by Cheri exiting an alleyway and counting money taken from a victim.

Danny asked Elena what she did, and she replied a bit of everything, and that she’d ask Mr. Blythe what he did, but she already knew.  Danny was quite shocked and perhaps threatened that she knew his name, dropped the bag of booze he had and grabbed her wrist that was holding her clutch, pulling her against him as he asked what else she knew.  Elena fought to get away, right hand coming out of the bag to reveal a Colt Detective .38 Special.  When Danny saw the gun he shoved her away.

Nickolaus Richter had felt something was off, and had come to see what was going on with Elena.  Although he was no longer her guardian angel, he still wondered if she was alright.  He saw that she seemed to be getting acquainted with some guy, but didn’t step in because he didn’t see the threat.

Luckily, Seraph Lazarus, who had been nearby, did see the threat, and in a mix of ice and vampiric magic, appeared from out of the darkness to grab Elena and set her back down on the ground, unharmed.  He stepped forward, ready to take on the assailant, asking if there was an issue, though he also told Nickolaus that they would be having words later.  It was evident from his demeanor and his entrance that Seraph was raging, and anything that he might do could prove fatal.

Keeper, the small child, had at once gone for Danny’s legs, trying to trip him so he wouldn’t hurt Elena, though Elena couldn’t have seen it at the time, as she was preoccupied.  When Danny claimed there was no problem, and bent over to pick up his discarded bag holding a bottle of booze, he also picked up Elena’s clutch.  Keeper saw right away, and clung to his arm, trying to pry his fingers off to give the bag back.

Danny threw the clutch and Keeper into a garbage bin, and disappeared down the streets.  Seraph, sure that Elena was secure, told Keeper that he had done quite well, ruffling his hair when he came over to them.  Seraph gave Elena a look as if to say “we’ll discuss this later”, before he disappeared once more.

Keeper gave Elena back her clutch, and Elena took out her wallet, and gave him a one hundred dollar bill.  Elena called her husband, who was quite irate that her driver had never showed up (and by now it was three hours past when the driver had been due) and assured her a car would be there as soon as possible.  Elena made certain Keeper would be safe before getting into the car that came.

Keeper went on to use the cell phone of the fallen police officer that he’d accidentally killed, so that way someone would find the body, before he left to get his things from Cheri’s place (Cheri having disappeared at some point during the scuffle), intending to find someplace to stay until the next night.

Magical Connections

Whilst Elena was working in Lynn Security, Thane Enrose, of Enrose Magic, was spotted entering the building, and leaving with Elena Lynn.  The two had previously been spotted and photographed at the ballet ball in the beginning of July, where Enrose had performed some magic, and seemed quite enchanted by the prima ballerina.  They were later seen at a ritzy Italian place together, getting lunch.

While Enrose likely was talking with Elena about some sort of investigation he’d like done, and Elena was likely at the restaurant working on a case, that isn’t known to the general public, that seem to quite enjoy the look of the magician and ballerina together.  They were also spotted leaving the location and getting into the same cab.

Investigator Almost Discovered

Elena didn’t do much research, wanting an unbiased investigation, before heading out to gather evidence at the club for what happened to lead singer of Eviscerne.  If she had, she wouldn’t have worn red.  She stuck out far more than she would have liked, red in a sea of black, but she’d managed to get into all the places she needed to, get the photos she needed, and she was scoping the area for persons of interest when one Danny Blythe caught her attention.

He was intrigued by Elena, for she was dressed far differently than the others there, though her dress was the requisite short length for the club.  He didn’t try to speak to her as much as demand answers from her, which she gave him without actually answering his questions.  He thought she looked quite familiar, that he’d seen her before, but he couldn’t place where.  She was certain she hadn’t seen him before, and said that plainly, for the black makeup he wore over his mouth is quite distinctive.  He moved closer to her and their bickering banter continued.  When he got tired of her non-answers he pushed her away, letting her make off without being discovered, while he went off for a cigarette.

He’ll no doubt remember exactly who Elena is when he sees a billboard for the upcoming ballet, of which she is the star.

Harry Returned

Harry had been gone for six months, almost seven.  Even the most devoted and loyal would begin to lose hope.  Nickolaus Richter, who was supposed to be working as a guardian angel for the Mansel family had refused to even try to look for Harry.  Cheri Noble had looked a few times in London to no avail.  Mephistopheles couldn’t find him.  None of Harry’s family (both that of blood or business) could find him.  Yet he appeared, through a magical portal, into Elena’s office in Lynn Security.

He spoke of faeries and their stupid faerie games and not wanting to play anymore.  He seemed emaciated and had lost tone throughout his body.  His scientists took what they could to investigate, including the small treasure chest that accompanied him.  Elena called upon Cheri to help fix him the next day, knowing that while he might be able to afford the best doctors, Harry couldn’t afford to be seen as weak in business.

None except the most intimate of Harry’s inner circle knows the truth of where he had been, most assuming that he suffered from a work related incident.  Luckily, Elena had everything running smoothly in the business while Harry was away, and quickly came up with an equivocation about where he had been all that time.

New Entity- Or is it Two?

The latest string of events across of Toronto seem unconnected, but it seems that perhaps there is more than meets the eye.  A blond man with dreadlocks in his hair happened upon Nickolaus, Elena, Cheri, and James, asking for nothing more than to be shown the night life.

That man, Garraty, has come to mean far more to Cheri than he should have been able to.  Though she first spurned him, she now seems quite taken by him… and the thrall he puts her into.  Though some can fight the compulsion, most humans will not be able to actively feel it or notice it.  Supernatural creatures, on the other hand, will likely have an idea what the man is.

Elena, who was friendly and cordial to Garraty, and offered to help him, found reason to watch him given his psychotic behaviour towards her– friendly one moment, and threatening the next.  She found him in a diner with another new figure who seemed… off.  The girl was small, and her skin seemed to have an odd pallor, which appeared… grey.

Major Player Update

Things can be so hectic when one lives in a big city, as all in Toronto have learned throughout the years.  Though updating appeared to take a hiatus, the lives have continued to change, move on, and as always, there is much to mention in the news of the illustrious Toronto By Night.

Ash J. Hunter
Ash had become reclusive, or so one would think.  The truth was that he was off chasing something, though one was never sure what.  For a long time Elena kept up Hunter Investigations in his absence, paying his bills, cleaning the place, taking phone calls and doing the investigations that poured in, sometimes taking Sven or Seraph along if supernatural elements were called for.  When Ash did return for a short bit, he had Elena and Sven in for a meeting, and effectively fired her when he learned she had become connected to a supernatural creature, and he certainly did not approve.  Afterwards, he once again disappeared off, and though the office door continues to say his name, one has to worry who has kept the bills paid.

Cal Sarrion
The ever accident prone Cal managed to have his apartment in Regent Park broken into within the first week of his tenancy, Cal had a hard start at adulthood.  Despite that, he managed to inherit enough money to make his dream a reality and set about to start Keeping Classy– what would become a burlesque club.  He requested Elena become his head of PR, and it was expected that she would likely end up on the stage some nights as well (at least to help with promotions!)  It has been under heavy renovations inside and out for the past few years.

Sven Hazard
Sven had to chose between taking hold of daddy’s supernatural demon empire or leaving all of the factions to open warfare trying to claim the throne. He decided to take control, having a shaky peace at best. He asked Cheri to come and live with him due to their mutual affection towards each other, but ultimately left her a few weeks ago, presumably due to Valentin.

Seraph Lazarus
An old vampire employed by Elena Lynn at Lynn Security, he’s been known to disappear for more than his fair amount of time off work.  Nonetheless he is kept on retainer, and always returns eventually.  On one of these outings, his usual jovial demeanor was replaced by sullen depression; his once normal eyes filled in completely with black.  Although asked, he would not reveal anything except that he was dealing with his past, something he keeps hidden even from his close friends, though his infinite connection with voids and shadows is undeniable.  When Sven once upset Elena, Seraph made certain to set him in his place– though whether or not it was due to her being his boss, or more like a little sister, is unknown.

Cheri Noble
Having turned her first human, Cheri later left Tarric.  Upon reentering society a single girl, she was scooped up and turned into a puppet– a role she rather despised, and escaped from thanks to the witch Skye Nickels.  Unfortunately, the puppeteer culprit was never found.  Returning to the night and darkness, she agreed to be with Sven Hazard, though he recently left her, coincidentally around the same time Valentin revealed himself once again.  Cheri seems to have lost the spark needed to feed herself properly, and has been becoming more and more dark eyed, sullen, and has since the loss of her half demon beau.

Nickolaus Richter
Nickolaus slowly became friends with Cheri and Elena.  Soon after a love potion was placed on him, and he became enamoured with Elena.  It was discovered that the rare breed he is, that he would die unless married.  Elena agreed, but through miscommunication, ended up inadvertently helping him turn into a demon.  He almost died when the witch, Skye Nickels, did a special ritual to change him back to what he was, and he and Elena soon parted ways.  He disappeared to Germany for a while, played at being a talent scout, before finding himself back in Toronto with a new girlfriend, Imogen Harper.  Through another accident with Elena, he recently earned himself a temporary status as Elena’s family guardian– a position that will likely determine his fate.

Harry.
A mobster from London happened into a pizza parlor when Elena and Cheri were having a bite (or Elena was).  Having recognized her from a party with another mobster in California, he and Elena quickly became business associates.  While working on a registry for supernatural creatures that he intended to use for his lab/experiments, Harry and Elena became close.  Through Elena he also met Mephistopheles, Despite likely not planning to settle down so soon, he did fall in love with Elena.  He brought her on a cruise, where she reunited, quite by accident, with a former ballet partner, James Mason.  Once she had met Harry’s family and he had shown her around London, he proposed and she readily accepted.  The two were married, and had twins nine months later.  During that time he met and began considering a business arrangement with Cheri’s Sire, Valentin.  Although happy and in love, Harry recently has been out of contact after stating that he had business in London, and he wouldn’t be gone long.

Elena Lynn
Lost in her work, Elena often traveled back to the US when the opportunity presented itself.  Through her ballet connections, it was easy for her to have at least one source of income.  She fell into an unusual lifestyle due to one of her more intriguing investigations, and for a long time was never seen at night.  During this time period she had played both the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker and Giselle in Swan Lake.  She met Harry while eating pizza with Cheri and had a whirlwind romance, with her leaving ballet in order to have their twins, though she has since returned to both of her jobs.

Mephistopheles
The demon of Faustian legend has been seen across both London and Toronto.  Though no one can pinpoint anything in particular that he’s done, he’s been seen with many, and one never knows who has agreed to a deal, that is, until it gets… messy.

Valentin Thorne
The Sire of Cheri Noble, and her husband, it seems that the vampire has returned to claim what is rightfully his, though he hasn’t approached her, yet.  Having met Elena and Harry, Val casually offered a business arrangement between some of Val’s experiments and Harry’s, and it’s unknown if this ever came to be.  True evil and unpredictability run hand in hand, so it’s hard to say what Val might have in mind to reach his ultimate desires.