The evening descended and Allison busied herself to prepare for a meeting with Thomas. Making a call to the Kansas City Star, she convinced the staff to run a mutually beneficial human interest piece of reconstructive plastic surgery. With this in hand, Allison met with Thomas at his office suite in Corporate Woods.
The chat went smoothly until unexpected guests arrived: Cammy and her two brothers. The previous night’s lite snack had been drinking again and wanted to come back for more of the ‘magical’ facial cream that Thomas had slipped her. Her brothers, however, had different ideas. After some awkward social interaction and a confirmation from Scooter, the eldest brother, Todd, struck out at Thomas. Brawling with the man, Thomas managed to subdue him and ingest some blood. Allison used her otherworldly appearance and voice to frighten Scooter into a corner. Cammy protested her brothers’ actions drunkenly.
Speaking further, they found that the brothers had been ghouls, hungry for blood but without a consistent supply. They had run into some hard times and were in debt to their previous ‘masters’. Without a bit of superhuman ability, they lacked the ability to repay the debt nor protect themselves.
Providing some blood, Thomas fed the siblings, including Cammy, in order to attain their services, especially since they may have some knowledge of the city’s goings on. Allison also struck a deal with them to alleviate their debts. The meeting had indeed been prosperous, but now they will have to deal with an unkown foe.
While on stakeout with Senin, Frank received text messages from his son, Mikey, asking for a ride back home. Mikey had been missing for a number of days without communication. Breaking off from the stakeout, Frank took his bike into Kansas City’s warehouse district. He found the boy strung out waiting for his father. He got on the bike and they began the trip home.
Frank, however, soon sensed a source of power nearby and decided to investigate while he could. Down the street only a few short blocks away, Frank found a warehouse that seemed to be the source of the power. Upon entering (with grace and stealth) he found a careved wooden statue about two feet tall. The object seemed to be a talisman of some sort.
Apparently he was not the only thing on the talisman’s trail, as a miasma of black smoke surrounded it. As Frank went to pick up the statue, the tweakers from teh street came into the warehouse and headed straight for the item. With a wail and a great gnashing of teeth, the men incoherently babbled and began to eat the item. Frank attempted to break them up but the menacing smoke began to approach him. Finding his firearm ineffective, Frank made it to his son and departed in short order. The men were seen carrying the remnants into the night, devouring the remaining splinters. What could have come over these men?