Mark met withPrestonas in one of the bars in Mark’s lands. It was convenient for Prestonas to arrive there.
“Good evening, I am Mr. Lenindzeris” said Mark extending his arm
“Good evening, I’m Prestonas.” he said shaking the hand “I assume you wanted to speak about the current Strix situation?”
“Yes. I think that I am the most capable of the Dragons to aid you with Strix so I want to help you”
“Most capable? A brave announcement from someone as young as you. Let’s hear it out.”
“Well this Strix has a weakness, he can’t enter uninvited, but I already wrote that on Cacophony to warn everyone, I know about basic of his banes and this Strix can not be affected by mind manipulation powers. But I guess you already know that. So it’s better if tested my knowledge about it yourself.”
“And how did someone as young as yourself came to possess such knowledge?”
“Would you share a secret or better yet a covenant secret with me?”
“Is it a covenant secret?”
“No, but it’s a promise that I made and I won’t break it by talking about it. So, I have the knowledge, we should use it”
“Alright, well then.. my sire is the best informed on these matters. You should be meeting him then.”
“If you say that I can meet a elder of the circle then we can go to him”
“Well, if you do have valuable information then he shall see you.”
“Ok, we can go then”
They drove to meet Džeimis Franklinas. The house was completely devoid of light. And after the second door, there was only pitch darkness. Mark couldn’t see a thing, which was pretty unpleasant.
“Good evening, I am Mr. Lenindzeris”
Prestonas laughed. “We’re still in the corridor.” he placed his hand on Mark’s shoulder to navigate him in the place. It was pretty confusing.
Mark facepalms. “It’s total darkness… how can you see in here?”
“huh? Well, all of the Khaibits can. And some of the other kindred, I know of can see in pitch dark as well.” he said continuing to lead Mark.
“Hmmm, interesting” he said, feeling something small and strange move by his feet.
“Might I dare ask, what’s on the floor?”
“You’re better off not knowing.” she said quite calmly.
“Ok” said Mark worried
After a few more minutes, or so it seemed to Mark they stopped. “He’s claiming that he has some knowledge on the Strix and that it might prove useful to us.”
“Ah?” said quite a silent voice. It’s owner was scribbling something on paper. “Really? And what do you think?”. The creature on the floor squeaked a little bit, as if giving a response.
“Good evening, I am Mr. Lenindzeris. I want to prove that I can be useful, maybe there are questions, that could prove my claim of knowledge about Strix?”
“Well tell me about the Owls and we shall see the validity of your knowledge.”
Mark tells him about the Strix and what he knows about them.
“Impressive.” he responded.
Prestonas then added. “Yeah, he learned all of this from a secret source.”
“One we didn’t tap in already? Or one we already know off?”
“Due to a promise I made, I can’t tell you… I am a man of my word. But I can share this knowledge with you and help you destroy or trap Strix”
“Well, we need to locate it first.”
“That Strix is called Jinn. He wants to be free and do whatever he wants. He can’t be manipulated by mind controlling or targeting powers and he can’t go in uninvited. That I know of him. Also, every kindred should be aware of yellow eyes and call you if spotted. But the Strix can read minds of those who he possesses, so that won’t work for our advantage”
“Jinn…” he said silently.
“Do you know him?”
“Yes. Have you released him?”
“Why would you think that I would release him? I know so much about Strix, that I wouldn’t release one on purpose!!” said Mark a bit angry remembering the death of his father “Because of that monster my father is dead!!”
“Let’s see. A factual nobody gains a bunch of knowledge about the Strix just after the Jinn is released into the wild. The Strix which fulfills wishes… or so it claims. The strix could have told you those things about it’s kind, due to you asking for them. And_ then_ it kills your father. And that is where you spoiled it for yourself.” he laughed “The Jinn does it’s three wishes and then it sets out to destroy the life of the one who released her.
Why else, would the Jinn kill your father?”
“My knowledge didn’t came from that thing!!” Mark said with anger “The only thing that I want to do with it is destroy it!! Maybe I released it, maybe not, all I know I was drugged and sent to the catacombs, I was told that I passed the trial, but I don’t remember that”
“Your trial? The catacombs? You mean to tell me that you found that darn thing in the catacombs?" after a second of thought. "So that’s where Prince Hooker hid it.” he thought for a second. “There must be deeper catacombs, or something?”
“As I said, I was heavily drugged and sent there. I don’t remember everything clearly… Just a big black object that looked like a box”
“We need the box. Tomorrow night you shall go there withHelena. And you shall recover the box.”
“The sooner, the better” Mark thinks for a second “I know I am not the one to speak, but that place isn’t the best place to hide the Strix… I mean, high vampires go in and wonder the catacombs… I guess I was the unlucky bastard to open it… This keeps better and better…”
“Well, I do wonder where you found the thing. Prince Hooker did assure us that it’s safely locked away. We’ll see what Helena has to say once you two get the box.”
“I will help in a way I can”
On the next night…
Helena was already waiting in the middle of the church, by the desecrated altar.
“Good evening Miss Viljamson. Shall we go?”
“Of course” she said turning around and starting to walk towards the entrance to the catacombs.
Mark follows her to the catacombs. He remembered that looking at spirits attracted their attention, so he will ignore them.
“I hope you came here fed.” she said, before pulling a dagger out.
“No one told me so…”
“Through tribulation comes enlightenment” she said, opening up the hatch and raising her knife.”Your hands.”
“What about my hands?”
Mark raised his hands
Helena slashed with the blade opening deep wounds on each hand.
“We shall go down and you shall bleed. Thus you will appease the spirits and we’ll be able to pass. Then you will show me the way to the box.”
Mark goes into the catacombs. First he approaches the spirits.
Mark believed that Helena gave him protection from spirits and goes in. One of the spirits attacks him and he jumps backwards through the boundary before it tears away Mark’s leg.
“You fool, I told you to bleed.” said Helena, obviously disappointed.
Mark starts to bleed and tries to enter again. With his hands bleeding and blood dripping on the floor he enters the boundary again. This time however, the spirits do not attack.
Behind him, Helena follows suit, slashing her own wrist and entering the boundary while bleeding from it.
He goes where he found the relic. Looks around as if searching, but in reality he is investigating the relic.
After finding nothing interesting about that relic. Mark walks around looking for the entrance to the lower catacombs. He knew the hidden switch perfectly well, located on the same altar.
Mark looked around the altar. “hmmm, this should move somehow” He walks a bit around the altar. Then he stops at the switch to the hidden passage. Pushes/pulls the switch and waits for it to open.
The passage slowly opens, Helena looking at him carefully. They descend the stairs to find the room. As they walked down Helena asked “So, in your trial you had to fetch the statue. After getting it you what? Decided to explore the place?”
“Spirits attacked me, I was really hurt… I thought I’d die… I wanted to find another exit…”
They reached the floor, finding the treasures and still open sarcophagus. Helena looked at the scene then approached the box and looked into it. “So you’ve released it from that box?”
“That’s the box I remember”
“Well, you had to be really high to think that’s an exit.” she said, looking at the box. “Let’s take it out.” she said grabbing on one of the ends.
“Before we go… can I have some blood?? I am quite hungry and we’ll need to carry it out”
She looks at him. “Sure.” she said before feeding Mark from her palm. Then she returned back to her position.
Mark helps carry the box out. When walk near spirits, he bleeds 1 vitae
And so, they were out of the catacombs. “Let’s go to my car” said Helena, slowly they carried the box. Just then Mark realized that the box is far too heavy to carry for someone of Helena’s physique.
“Ok” Mark though for a second “You must have a lot of vigor… To carry this box”
She just blinked slowly, quite ignoring his words, once they got to the car she opened the back door.
Mark helps load the box, examining it in the light of the night. “Shall I go with you?”
She shook her head. “We’re done for tonight.”
“Contact me when you will need my help or need me”
And within a couple of night’s Mark was summoned there again. He felt even more unease this time around. It seemed that the blackness and darkness here is even thicker.
Mark tries to find his way through the darkness, he’s quickly met by Helena, who escorts him.
“Good evening Helena”
She was silent. Mark felt uneasy in this place. They went, seemingly much longer than the first time he was there. Finally they stopped.
“Good evening, Mark”, said the same voice.
“Good evening.May I ask what do you need of me tonight?”
“Well, the Jinn is after you. So you are the key to finding him and locking him down, forever.”
“I will help how ever I can. But I have this question, to which the answer is really unpleasant” Mark pauses “What will be my punishment for this?”
“That is not for me to decide.” he answered.
“The Invictus or the Prince?”
“More like ”/characters/maiklas-rovenas" class=“wiki-content-link”>Maiklas, for it was done on his lands.”
If they are watching, they can see a smirk on Mark’s face. “Do you have a plan?”
“Find the strix. Get it into the box. And that’s where you come in. You are it’s target, so you’re most likely to find it. So where it will strike you next, is the question?”
“Then I guess I need to make my public appearances and keep the box near me”
“So be it. Helena, you will walk by him day and night, until you two find the Strix.” said the voice.
“As you ask” she answered in submission.
“I guess we should go to Elysium first”
“We will take our leave then” said Helena, turning to escort him out.
Once they were out, she lead him to outside, where a new black darkened window car stood. The box was on the back seat.
“Guess we’ll keep the car close as well. So, where you possesed by the Strix?” she asked as she was getting into the car.
“Yes, but I remember nothing. How close should the Strix be and should he be in his original for us to catch him?”
“Yes, it needs to be in it’s original form. And it doesn’t matter if you remember something… If it were in you, it means it went into your memories and that means it knows where it will hurt the most. That’s probably how it got to your father. Anyone else who she might target?”
Mark pauses "Yes!! We should go to there (tells adress ofGreta’s house)
They stepped out of the car next to Greta’s house. Just now Mark actually realized that Helena isn’t wearing her usual red dress. She’s wearing jeans and a comfy tank top.
“Wait near the door, I will go in and check”
“No. My sire specifically told me to be by your side.”
“Ok. But don’t try anything fishy”
“Fishy… I’ll do whatever needs to be done to capture the Strix.”
“She is not to be harmed!!”
“Well, let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.” she smirked.
Mark turns on Nightmare 1. To which Helena shoots an angry look. “How dare you?”. After which Mark felt much lesser before her.
“She is not to be harmed!! She is the only thing I have!!”
She looked at him. “We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.”
Mark glanced at her with a bit anger. “Let’s go”
Mark goes to Greta’s apartment and knocks.
There’s no answer.
Mark knocks harder.
There’s still no response.
“Can you open these doors, I don’t want to make a scene”
“I guess I will have to kick them out then”
“Be my guest.” she smiled.
Mark tries to kick the door out. The door isn’t that strong and with a loud crack it falls down. After that Mark walks into the apartment.
It looks like there was a party here very recently. There’s trash, bottles everywhere. There’s even some needles on the table.
Mark searches for Greta in the apartment, but it’s almost empty, except for a guy sleeping in the bed and another girl, lying in the bedroom on the floor. She looks passed out.
Mark lifts up the guy. He’s still sleeping. Mark bitch slaps him several times for him to wake up.
“Uh… whaat the hell?” he says barely conscious. Mark realizes that the guy’s naked.
Mark turn on nightmare 1. “Wake up you little piece of shit”
“Who are you, man?”
“Where is Greta? Talk” Mark squeezes the man, so would know Mark’s strength
“I don’t know man. Just… let… me… go…” he said in pain.
“I’ll ask again. This time I want an answer or your thing there” points at his penis “will never be used again”
“Really man. Got no idea. Last night we partied… and if she’s not here, I’ve got no idea. Maybe she went to restock or something.”
“With whom she was last night?”
“What do you mean? There was a lot of people here.”
“I mean, where there some new strange people that were always near Greta?”
“New strange people? Dude none of us knew the girl till a few nights ago.”
“Where did you meet her?”
“At this party downtown. Then when it was over she invited us all over here.”
“Remember, did anyone kit around her?”
“Um…” it was obvious that he can barely remember anything “Well there were a ton of guys who were hitting on her… but nothing “out of the ordinary”, i guess.”
Mark looks at Helena “Should we go or wait here for Greta?”
“It’s your call.”
“I’ll leave her a note. Later we can check this place again. Now we should proceed where I wanted to go first”
On the note “Greta, go to my place and please stay there. If anyone asks there, say you are my friend. Mark”
Then Mark on the way out says to the guy “If Greta comes by, tell her I left the note” and leaves to the Elysium.
Mark with Helena goes to Kristoferis place.
He welcomes them.
“So what brings both of you here?” he asked.
“The Strix is after him, and so I’m here to catch it when it strikes.”
“And I came to discuss one matter, I would like to discuss it in private, without Helena hearing it”
“Džeimis Franklinas has asked me to stand guard by him at all times, so that the Strix could not attack him out of my sight, Kristoferis. It’s inadvisable for me to part.” immediately said Helena.
“Mark, looks like before the Strix matter is resolved, you’re stuck with Helena by your side.” said the hierophant.
“Well ok” Mark thinks for a second “Ok… You remember the task you gave me? So I want reward from it changed. The thing is, I can’t do that task if I am dead, so I would like you to persuade Maiklas, so he would give me the most mild punishment for my actions in his lands.”
“Seems fine.” he said. “You should hurry with the task then, since now you’re not only racing the clock, but the trial as well.”
“Can you do it in advance or should proceed the task with Helena at our side?”
“Mark, do you make payments in front, when there are no guarantees, that you’ll actually get what you want? Now it’s your life on the line as well. Better be quick.”
“Well, in this case I would gamble. There are only 2 places left and I paid a lot to get to the rest, not even knowing if I can complete my task”
He nodded. Helena was looking at both of them carefully trying to discern what’s going on.
“So you will try in advance??” Said Mark with desperation in his face
He looked at him. “I thought I already made it clear. Better hurry up, before Maiklas has to trial you.”
“Ok, but Helena will find out about your task…” Mark looks at Helena “we should go”
“I thought you’re planning to kill the strix first, no? I was very clear with my instructions.” he said. Helena’s eyes jumped from one side to the other.
“Ok, Strix comes first then. Let’s hope arrangements for the task will be made soon, because it doesn’t depend on me… "
“When your sentence comes up, will you use that excuse as well?” laughed Helena, seemingly amused by the situation.
Mark just looks at Helena. “Laugh now, but you have to follow me every I go. I wanted to postpone the task that I was given by my mentor, but it seems we’ll go there” Mark made a sarcastic smile.
“Ha” she laughs “Sure, don’t worry, I won’t get into trouble. I can simply watch, enjoying you fail at that task.”
Mark starts laughing "Not if you want to go back safely.
“We’ll see, Mark.” she smiled.
“I know the safest way back” Mark smiles “do you have any idea where I will go??”
“Enlighten me” she was still smiling.
“The shadow realm. Home of the spirits” Mark smiles
Her jaw almost dropped there for a second. She looked at Kristoferis. His face was untelling.
“And why would we be going there?” she asked.
“I was given an order from my mentor. I can’t say no” Mark was still smiling
“Your mentor?” she looked with a questioning look. Then she turned her head towards Kristoferis who shook his own lightly. “We will hunt the strix down and then you can go to the very depths of hell if you so desire.”
“It’s not wise to disobey a superior’s orders…” Sighs “It’s against the Dragons rules”
“Has he ordered you to drop everything and do his task immediately? My superiors have given me an order to capture the strix as soon as possible. It looks like you have other tasks from Kristoferis. Guess you’ll have to prioritize, but the Strix is our top priority.” she said.
“So why are you making fun of me?? Is that more important than Strix”
“We’re wasting time here regardless. So might as well have some fun. Let’s go.” she said, before turning to walk towards the door.
“Well, you wasted even more time. And securing my life isn’t wasting time. If I am dead, who will draw Jinn?” Said Mark following Helena
“Even a bigger reason not to go to the shadow realm until it is done then.” she said.
Mark goes to Greta’s place again on the next evening. It looks like there’s a party going on inside.
Mark goes into party and looks for Greta. He finds her among this mass of people. On the dancefloor, wearing some sort of tattered rags which barely leave anything to the imagination. She’s dancing between two guys, who are awfully close to her.
Mark walks up to her and pushes those guys down to the ground. They fall quite easily. The surrounding people looks at them. However, Greta is pretty ignorant to the situation. She’s still dancing. Slowly looking around and then directly at Mark. “Excuse me? I was dancing here.”
“Do you know who I am?”
“Of course, Mark. How could I forget you?”
The guys were standing up “What the hell, fucker?”
Mark looks at the guys “If you don’t want his head” points at one guy “In your ass, you will fuck off. I am talking here.” then looks at Greta “Why haven’t you called me?”
Greta looked at him, then around herself. “Hello everyone!” she shouted. A lot more people started paying attention to her. “Meet Mark! My ex-boyfriend, who wants me to finish the party! And who’s a major asshole anyways.”
Mark looks at Greta, leans a bit to her and whispers “Please, be safe. I will come any time, you call” then he turns around and walks towards the door.
With some boos and shoos from the crowd he passes and leaves, Helena stepping out with him. As soon as they were out. “Your girl’s possessed.” said Helena.
“Possessed by him?”
“Dunno. Couldn’t tell. But who else? I’d say it’s fair assumption to assume it’s him. And even if it’s not, we need to destroy it regardless.”
“Uosis, can you show your self please?”
Within moments he appeared.
“What an interesting conundrum. The girls possessed inside. Around her a bunch of drunk lowlives.” he said.
Mark glanced at Helena, but she wasn’t startled or surprised by his appearance at all.
“Can you try to force him out of her as you did to me? It’s the same darkness as you call it, right?”
“I can. But what happens if I fail? Or what will the lowlives think seeing the girl struggle on the floor as much.” he was wondering. “Is it worth the risk?”
Helena turned to the old man. “You’ve pushed out a strix before?”
“Were you informed about Jinn’s banes?”
“The usual ones, plus the box thing, plus the invitations? Yeah.” answered Helena. “If we want to get her out of the body, it’s either through her death, or through the Strix’s desire. “
“NOT HER DEATH!!” Mark thinks “Let’s carry the box up, I will clear the room of people and Uosis will try to kick out Jinn out of her. When he is out, he’ll get into the box. Does that sound ok to you?”
“You’re gonna clear the room of people? There’s like 50 half drunk people? Let’s call Emersonas. He’ll call the police on them, they’ll pack most of them up, the others should jolt pretty quick. That way, we only need to make sure she stays in the room long enough.”
“I would have used my nightmare on them. But ok, your plan sounds legit as well. You said you can turn invisible. Can you hold it, without damaging Greta?”
“Well we need to get her alone with us, until then it would be counter intuitive, no?”
“What do you think Jinn would do if police showed up?”
“Run? Escape the body? Turn herself in? Many different options. But what I’m sure of is, she won’t consider them a threat.”
“We need to clear out the room…. I can make all of those 50 people scream in fear for their mommies, but I don’t know what would the Strix do”
“And that’s why we don’t want it to think it’s threatened, until it’s gonna be too late? no?”
“So we could call the cops and see what happens?? We know where it is, it doesn’t do any threat to us at the moment”
“Sure” she said, turning to go outside.
“We should keep the box near the house, if it tries to go out in it’s original form, it will be trapped. Make the call”
She nodded and then the two walked out, to the next payphone. She called “Hello? Pass this on to Archon Gillen.” she said, before giving him the address of their place and saying that it’s pretty urgent.
They watched the place making sure that Greta didn’t leave the place. Within an hour or so Archon Gillen came. He approached them.
“Good evening, Hound” he nodded to the girl. “So what do we have here?” he asked.
“There’s a party going on here. We need everyone, except for the owner to be out of this place. The owner is possessed by the Strix and we’re here to hunt it down.”
He nodded. “Alright. How does she look?”
“But the girl that she is in not to be hurt!!”
Helena described the girl and then the Archon turned to the payphone himself seemingly ignoring Mark.
Mark glares at Helena with anger.
Before picking up the phone. “Are we expecting resistance from the mass?”
“There are 50 drunk people out there, whose party was just interrupted… they will be angry”
He picked up the phone and called. “Hello, there’s a party needing separation….yes…yes… I’ll meet you here.” he said to the phone.
“Can she be arrested, but not taken to the station?? We need to separate her from the mass”
“How dangerous is she?”
“If she holds you as a treat then yes. But if not, she is just a harmless girl… But I guess she will try to get her self shot…” Mark looks down “NO GUNS!! SUBDUE HER NO KILLING!!” Mark said that with increased tone
“Who do you_ think_ you’re talking with?” he asked. “Does it look like guns need to be pulled in a simple drunk people clean up? Why is he here anyways?” he asked Helena.
“The Strix is after him. Possessed his girlfriend or something like that… that’s why he’s so jumpy.”
Mark just stands there, hoping for the best ready to act if he sees that something is not right.
They wait standing there, speaking little. After about thirty more minutes a patrol car came up. Two tough looking policeman stepped out. The Archon came to greet them, speaking something with them by their car.
After the talk, he returned. The policemen stood there. In about twenty minutes another police car came in. With 3 more guys. One of them was obviously new. They went inside the building.
“Let’s open the box”
“Sure.” said Helena turning towards her car explaining to the Archon. “Once we get the Strix out of the girls body, we need to get it close to the box. It should be drawn to it…”
He didn’t respond, he was more concerned with what’s going on in the building.
“Oh, and don’t try dominating her. You’ll just get dominated yourself.” she added as an afterthought.
Some drunks went out the door, quite in a hurry trying to get away from the place.
“My friend here will do the getting the Strix out part” said Mark
He didn’t respond, watching the building carefully.
The majority of drunks were out. Some bang was heard. With that the Archon started running towards the building. Helena looked at Mark.
“And that was a shot, Mark.”
Mark runs inside the house.
The Archon was by the door. Another two cops were to the sides, with their guns drawn. There was some moaning coming from the inside. Someone was in pain. The Archon stopped Mark. “Wait here.” he whispered.
“I will for now, but it better not be a shot at Greta or the one who shot, will die”
He switched places, quickly glancing into the room.
Mark could hear crazy laughter coming from the inside. “SOOO MUCH FUN!”, it was Greta’s voice. Strangely distorted.
“Ma’am” one of the cops said. “Everything is going to be alright now. But I will have to ask you, to slide the gun outside the room.”
“Outside the room? But how will I kill this scum without the gun?” she asked.
Mark whispers “Can I go in now?”
“DON’T YOU MOVE” she shouted at the injured man inside.
Archon looked at Mark and slowly nodded.
Mark raised his hand and slowly started walking towards Jinn in Greta’s body. “Jinn, it’s me. Can we talk?”
When he passed the door. “STOP RIGHT THERE.” she shouted at him. Standing half naked in a strange pose, with a gun in her hand.
“So it’s your fault that my party was over.”
Mark stops “I came here, because there was a shot, I thought Greta was injured. Can we talk outside for a moment? Please”
“I’m pretty fine where I am right now, Mark. I got some swine here” she gestured towards the injured cop, he was holding his side, which was bleeding.
“Can I come in?”
“And why would you come in? I’m fine with you being exactly where you are. Just look, what an interesting situation we got ourselves into. Lotsa fun. An insane shooter. The policemen on the other side of the door. And a random guy in the know trying to speak the psycho out of doing something stupid.” she said as she was toying around with her gun. “Lots of fun. Just like we agreed.”
“You said next time I will layout the rules for the game. Didn’t you?”
“Yes, I did. But you didn’t handle the first game really well.” she smiled. “And that means you can’t have the next one. “
“aahhh, but you are in one already. And you aren’t handling it well aswell. But it can all be fixed, if you come with me. And if you do well, we can play another game, now by your rules”
“I’m not handling it well? HA.” She laughed maniacally “Here’s a new game. Kill the policemen, and I leave little Greta’s body.”
“If you go downstairs with me, I will kill anyone you want”
“That’s not how it works. You handle a game properly, and then we play yours.”
“But you are not playing my game now… And after I set you this much fun, you want to waste it?? The prize is downstairs”
“Really? What is it?” she smiled.
“Now now, I can’t spoil the fun, can I?”
“Well, I can’t go there with all the cops here. So kill them and then we can go.”
“Take me as your hostage, they will let you go as long you point that gun to my head”
“We both know that won’t do you any harm. So why would I let you get this close to me? It’s not that easy.”
“I trusted you once, now you should repay with the same thing”
“And you didn’t handle the game properly. You got angry at me. IF you hadn’t, then you would have won my trust.”
“Well, as I said before, you aren’t handling this properly as well. How can I trust you, if you don’t trust me?”
“You don’t set the rules, until you win, Mark!” she said, before starting to scream. Suddenly she bites around the gun.
“If you want to play more games, you shouldn’t put a gun in your mouth. There is no spirit of game in that”
As suddenly she falls to the ground, black mass flowing out of her mouth, ears and nostrils.
Mark starts going downstairs.
He easily dodges the cops and starts rushing down, Helena at his back. “What’s going on?”
“Uosis is doing his job, Jinn is coming out!!”
She barely managed to stop. Turned around and started rushing back upstairs.
When Helena turns back Mark yells “Archon come here, hurry!!”
However, he didn’t respond before Mark could hear Helena cursing – it’s too late.
Mark goes up again
He sees one of the cops calling in the wound. And is helping him, the other two have rushed to Greta and now were handcuffing her.
Mark looks desperate…He ask “Where did it go??”
Helena was looking through the window. “Outside. And away into the night.” she smashed a vase with her bare fist.
Archon Gillen was observing the situation.
Mark goes to Archon and whispers to his ear “Don’t let them take her away…”
He looked at him. “Don’t ever dare threatening me, or my men again.” he looked back at Helena. “Is there anything else, H?”
“It’s gotten away…” she simply responded.
In Latin “Don’t let them take her away”
He also switched the language “Or what? You’re gonna threaten these men again? Lehninger, be glad that the masquerade needs someone blamed for that man’s wound.”
In Latin “I never intended to hurt them! I was buying time you fool. Blame someone else, but she needs to be safe”
“Buying time? By threatening me and my men with death, should they harm the girl? And you call me a fool? Seems that Miss Klein was completely right about your lack of tact.”
“I wasn’t threatening you, I was warning you about my beast. If she had died, I would have lost it. And when it comes out… You know the rest.”
“Then learn to handle yourself better. Be glad, that this is not the kiddie pool. You’d die for less.”
“Nevertheless, I NEED Greta by my side. Blame someone else”
“What’s… What’s going on?” it was Greta, she was crying now.
“She can always plead insanity. Shouldn’t be that hard to get that in. And I greatly advise you to learn some manners. Less forgiving might get her killed to teach you a lesson.” he looked around and then spoke in English a little bit louder. “This is a mess…”
Mark interrupts him in Latin “You need me to catch the Strix. Either you give me Greta or I will do nothing with the Strix. Because both ways it’s death to me”
He looked at Helena. “Do you really need him?”
“Not really, but his cooperation would be helpful.” she said.
He turned back to Mark. “We’ll just get her to the station then. To get her into the system.” he smiled. “I’d learn some manners if I were you.”
“I will go with her then, to the police station, she is really scared”
He stood up. “Sure, if Helena agrees.”
“Well, the Strix ain’t gonna be anywhere tonight.. so we might as well go there.”
Mark goes to the police station with Greta calming her all the way.
She’s filled in as a suspect and released under an order not to leave the city.
Mark tells the address of the Daniel’s church to Helena “Please, go there”
“Alright. So what are we trying to find there?” she asked starting up the engine.
Mark looks at Greta “Greta will be safe there”
After the drive, Mark could see the lights in the pastor’s house.
“You sure? If this is some trusted friend or something, Jinn might know about him too.” asked Helena.
“I doubt Jinn will go there, even if he did, the person I am looking for, would know that Jinn came”
“Who is he?” she asked.
In latin “I don’t know, but he isn’t a human. He is some supernatural, you know, like werewolves and humans differ, so he does too”
“Well let’s go meet him then.” she said, obviously interested.
“He isn’t that friendly towards vampires”
“And you’re gonna trust him with your precious? This will be fun.”
“He cares for humans. Greta is a human”
Mark waits till they arrive there