An Unexpected Visit

Last evening, while Elena Lynn was at the office with James Mason, Nickolaus Richter showed up.  Nick offered to heal Elena’s injured left wrist, where Danny Blythe had previously grabbed it during an altercation, and apologized to Elena for not helping her sooner.

Despite whatever threats Harry might have made to Nick, or against Nick’s girlfriend, Imogen, Nick still went to visit Elena, and declared his deep love for her.  This prompted James to move between them, and suggest that Nick ought to be having a rather different sort of conversation with Imogen, if that were the case.  James also suggested that Nick should have completed his assignment to be a guardian angel, if his major goal was to be close to Elena.  Nick said he also loves Imogen, which James refuted, and Nick left without responding.

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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.

Return of Hostilities

When Harry returned, something very peculiar had happened the next night.  It seemed just as Harry was settling in, just as Cheri was tending to him, Elena had received a phone call from Nickolaus Richter.  Harry didn’t react immediately, instead waiting for several days, a week or so, before reaching out to settle this.

Harry approached Imogen Harper with a big bouquet of flowers, and both he and James Mason managed to get inside her apartment.  A conversation was had about Nick, and how he spent far too much time fawning over Harry’s wife.  A compromise was promised: if Nick left Elena alone, than Harry would leave Imogen alone.

When Nick arrived, he tried to power past James, who in turn broke Nick’s grip on him, grabbed his junk and twisted.  James always said he was a nutcracker.  After Harry and Nick shook on this business arrangement and both Harry and James left, Nick fell to the ground in pain.

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.

Illegal Gun Disturbance

The streets of Toronto were quiet and normal as Sven meet up with Elena, intending to make sure that she and the half angel/half demon Nickolaus Richter were over and done for good.  While they were beginning to chat a disturbance occurred and Sven went into action when gunfire started, pulling Elena close and up to a rooftop, to safety, or so he thought.  The disturbance was caused by the city’s newest half demon, Yuuto.

Yuuto is young, 15, inexperienced, and poor mannered.  Somehow managing to obtain illegal firearms and having taken out a large crew of men (that had perhaps been supernatural) Yuuto then looked about for another target and found Sven and Elena on the rooftop.  Sven’s aura saved them from the first plethora of bullets and they began an intense fight, with Sven happy to be able to teach the boy a lesson since apparently they had an altercation a few days prior.

Elena called Seraph Lazarus to get her out of the fray, and the fight went on between the two half breeds.  Eventually the vampiress Cheri showed up with a gun, managing to get Yuuto to calm down for a bit before disappearing into an alleyway that Sven, after telling Yuuto that he was “Impulsive, undisciplined, and stupid.”  An associate of Sven’s appeared and made sure that the damage from their long supernatural battle managed to look like it came from a gas leak before the cops came.

A Deal of Similarities

Elder vampire Valentin has been after Cheri Noble, his wife, for centuries.  She has chosen another path and another man but that hasn’t stopped the destruction that Valentin was willing to cause to try to get her back.  Cheri had enlisted the help of a myriad of people to try to keep her safe and get her out of his clutches, including but not limited to Sven Hazard, Skye Nickles, Nickolaus Richter, her fiance Tarric, Seraph Lazarus and the demon Mephistopheles.  In the end it was the last that truly caused some damage.

Mephistopheles came into Lynn Security, entering the side office he used with Seraph to find Cheri there as well.  He was quickly informed that she was having a real problem with the elder vampire that had turned her.  Instantly, he had several rather devious ideas.  Seraph couldn’t come, as his desire to try physical attacks would have negated the careful trap Mephistopheles had in mind.  Mephistopheles led Cheri away from Elena’s office out into the middle of the town before he made a point of casually slipping an arm behind her, holding her waist tightly with his left hand.  He said the right words to provoke the henchmen to show themselves, convinced one to get close enough and grabbed him, using that henchman’s mind about where Valentin was in order to transport them to him.

They entered the mausoleum and Mephistopheles began to set up the deal.  Did Valentin want to have a piece of Cheri forever that would stay willingly with him and never leave him, never stray?  When he greedily nodded his head the deal was done.  As always, Mephistopheles doesn’t offer prices… simply enacts them.  The price for Valentin’s desire was steep.  Anyone in the supernatural world would be in the know in regards to demon’s deals.  They always go through once agreed upon and there is no way to retract them.  The price of Valentin’s desire?  His freedom.  Valentin would now be bound to Mephistopheles for the rest of his life; his underling, his minion, his servant/slave.  What did Valentin get in return?

Mephistopheles flooded the main antechamber, creating a wall, a smokescreen between those around he and Cheri.  He turned to her and apologized, taking three inches off her hair.    He told her that he originally intended to either give Valentin a little voodoo doll, or a sort of Cheri mannequin that looked identical to her, but he suddenly had a better idea.  A prick of her finger and some drops of her blood and he could use some old, ancient, dark magic in order to create a simulacrum.  This new creation was only given one command- to stay with Valentin.  It seemed Valentin now had his desire- Cheri was there with him, staying with him and Valentin would be none the wiser to how truly messy his situation had gotten.   

From the Brimstone

Mephistopheles was keeping rather low key recently, for unknown reasons.  For some reason, however, he decided to continue his outreach and look deeper into the love life of Miss Elena Lynn, namely, by calling out Nickolaus Richter.  Mephistopheles asked him a number of various questions, starting with something as crude as “Was she good?”  in reference to the girl it was rumoured Nickolaus had a few interesting public occurrences with.  His interrogation continued, asking Nickolaus if he loved the girl in question, but the most prominent exchange between the two happened from a much more rhetorical baited question.

“How long will it take you to break her heart?”  A jibe, likely.  The response?  “Until I see her again.”  Mephistopheles grabbed the back of Nick’s shirt, spinning him around and punching him in the jaw.  The warning was there.  Where Elena was involved… it appeared to be… Messy.

Man Kidnapped Found in Park

It was just another day in the neighborhood.  Elena Lynn was in the middle of a back bridge, kicking over into a back walkover when Cheri Noble and Cal Sarrion appeared on the scene.  Something quite peculiar seemed to be going down.  Last evening Nickolaus Richter was abducted from his home, his bats left alone and defenseless… by none other than a blonde haired man who appeared to have the same eyes as him; his father.

Elena noticed Cheri and Cal and moved closer to see what they were looking at.  It was Nickolaus, on the ground, appearing to be unconscious.  Doing what any responsible person would, Elena knelt down, hand on his wrist checking his pulse.  That was when things started to get a bit odd.  Ansel, Nickolaus’ father, stepped out from the shadows and mentioned how interesting it was that it was a human that touched him, and that he thought for sure that it would be the vampire, Cheri.

Why it would prove interesting became apparent when Nickolaus opened his eyes and started to proclaim his undying and everlasting love for Elena.  Together Elena and Cheri worked, Elena distracting him while Cheri tested his blood to see if he had anything in his system.  It appeared that six love potions were used on him, and at least four spells to boot.

While Cheri may be a healer, spells are out of her realm and depth.  Will she possibly be able to save Nickolaus before he ends up getting himself into too precarious a situation?