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[This is a casual rp starter for scenes with Jen Daring, the world's most harmless Malkavian Antitribu. It serves as a warmup spot for character ideas for the After Gehenna game.]

San Francisco was a fishing village now. Bay water lapped the bases of the surviving skyscrapers, so clear now you could see down to the shattered street. Some brave divers went for artifacts down there: jewelry, surviving tools, random items to decorate their chambers with and claim bragging rights just for surviving. An old hubcap could cost you your life now that the Farrallones and the Bay were wed in one stretch of water over the drowned city. Sharks--the main risk in the area and also the main livelihood. They might get a fisherman now and again, but most nights in the high village with its precarious catwalks, it was they who became dinner.

When the sun went down the fishing crews lowered ropes down the side of the buildings and hauled up the boats along with their catch. The hard, ugly end-of-the-day work was necessary, for one breed of shark hunted at night and could take out even the few old yachts they had left.

The grunts and creaks of the ropes and thunk and scrape of the rising boats were the first thing Jen heard when she woke that night. She opened the closet she was curled up in and spilled out, yawning hugely. The outer wall of the hotel room she was squatting in had shattered outward, and a huge, battle-scarred gray cat crouched among the bricks, messily dining on a pigeon the size of a football. He looked up at her with his one good eye and meowed conversationally.

Within half an hour they had both eaten, and Jen was sitting quietly on the edge of the cracked rooftop plaza of the hotel. Other villagers, human and otherwise, milled on the rooftop by torchlight, enjoying a barbecue out in the cool night air. The cat sat next to her, keeping watch. Jen was a little unfocused, distracted by the blobs of golden and royal blue light dancing through the air. She knew something was going to happen soon and she should be here for it, but not what.

Date: 2014-08-14 03:56 am (UTC)
tookhishand: (Default)
From: [personal profile] tookhishand
"The odds are against everyone bitten being a killer, although I suppose the ones that were could murder the ones that weren't as... bloodthirsty."

He did say bitten, not knowing he's given himself away without a doubt. Oops.

Date: 2014-08-15 01:33 am (UTC)
tookhishand: (Default)
From: [personal profile] tookhishand
"No disclaimer necessary, I guess what you all were." By scent. "And you haven't mobbed me on sight."

On to the main question: "No. Not genetic. It was a lab experiment with me as an unwilling subject, if you're curious. I'm Donald."

Date: 2014-08-15 02:16 am (UTC)
tookhishand: (♥ 22)
From: [personal profile] tookhishand
He seems more awkward than upset. "As I said to Jen, it was years ago. Irrelevant and not going to happen to anyone else. I've adjusted."

Date: 2014-08-16 03:23 am (UTC)
tookhishand: (Default)
From: [personal profile] tookhishand
"You... have nothing to worry about. I can promise you that. It didn't happen in America, for starters." Details are going to be kept to himself, thank you. It was several worlds ago he was altered.

"Besides, I have to assume none of you can catch diseases. Any sort of diseases."

Date: 2014-08-16 04:04 am (UTC)
ka_sera_sera: (old bitchface suspicion with hat 2)
From: [personal profile] ka_sera_sera
In times of chaos, it's not difficult for anyone to slip into a place relatively unnoticed. Normally he wouldn't bother, would see that chaos and move in the other direction. Normally he's following no particular path, and for the most part problems that are not his problem are easily avoided.

This one is his problem. His problem is in the form of a 5'8" grey-haired man standing in the middle of a group Roland would want to keep an eye on even on a regular day. He tries to stay unnoticed as he edges closer, but it's difficult to look like a random bypasser when he can't keep his eyes off his friend and the crowd surrounding him. He finds himself sending out his mind a little, trying to feel around the edges of their thoughts to see how likely that the crowd is going to become a mob.

Date: 2014-08-16 04:39 am (UTC)
tookhishand: (♥ 33)
From: [personal profile] tookhishand
All of you, stop sending foreign emotions into his brainmeats. Once upon a time he had practiced shielding against intruders. Remind him later to get back into the habit...

And their new topic doesn't have much to do with him. This is where he stands awkwardly, plate of cold food in his hands...

Date: 2014-08-16 04:49 am (UTC)
ka_sera_sera: (old general strut)
From: [personal profile] ka_sera_sera
Roland notes the names and basic facts of the speech even as he dismisses them. They're not important to him now, but who knows? The most important thing is that everyone seems so focused on it. Before he'd closed his mind again and put up what defenses he has, he'd gotten enough vague feelings to know a little about who it is he's walking amongst. Don't mind Roland, he'll just be slipping behind and between a couple of you, trying to get closer to Donald. He'll stay away from the woman in blue - if what he'd felt in that one was the touch, there's too much chance of being noticed and noted as an outsider - but he has to get close to one or two others. If they stay focused on that speech long enough for him to grasp Donald's sleeve and lead him away, then everything will've gone to plan. Things usually don't, but it never hurts to try.

Date: 2014-08-16 09:01 am (UTC)
tookhishand: (♥ 26)
From: [personal profile] tookhishand
People's scents stick in his brain, never to be forgotten. He picks up on it as soon as Roland approaches, turning around.

"Roland. It's good to see you. I thought you'd gotten... left behind."

Which was depressing as hell, these last weeks.

Date: 2014-08-16 01:05 pm (UTC)
ka_sera_sera: (old anger surrounded by idiots)
From: [personal profile] ka_sera_sera
Roland wobbles a bit as the bowling ball demands his attention and then rebalances himself, shooting a brief look of disappointment down at it. Pets. The one thing that can never quite be convinced to properly ignore you. That disappointment is quickly dismissed in favor of the man in front of him, though, and Roland reaches out with the remaining two-fingers-and-thumb of his right hand to grasp at Donald's. "I did."

His eyes move quickly down the whole of his friend and up again. At least a brief, cursory assessment can't wait but anything else will have to, so after he does it he moves his expression into something polite, squeezes Donald's hand, then lets go of it to hunker in front of the cat. "Thank you miss, but I've eaten," he lies, presenting the back of his knuckles for the cat to sniff. "And as to strays, you don't need to worry about that. We're only passing through. We've no intention making ourselves a nuisance, nor pressing our noses into your business."

Date: 2014-08-16 09:04 pm (UTC)
tookhishand: (Default)
From: [personal profile] tookhishand
"Relax." He's going to stand closer to Roland than the vampire bunch, and that's who he addresses first, quietly. "We're safe. We're not in any trouble with them."

As Danica said, but it probably means more coming from Donald.

To the team: "I have a place to stay. No need to take in 'strays'."

And he offers his cold 'dinner' to Roland. Better than nothing.

Date: 2014-08-16 09:16 pm (UTC)
ka_sera_sera: (old general arms crossed headtilt)
From: [personal profile] ka_sera_sera
Curious gesture for a cat but Roland doesn't think long on that, just stands to study Donald for a second. After that second he nods minutely, something relaxing in his posture as he looks back to the rest of them. "Just how large would that region be? Nothing we could walk out of in a day or two?"

He keeps looking toward the others, attentive and polite, and nudges the plate back toward Donald without looking at him. He knows how much you have to eat. Get to it.

Date: 2014-08-16 09:49 pm (UTC)
tookhishand: (Default)
From: [personal profile] tookhishand
He eyes the cat, shrugs to himself, and donates part of the fish. Not all of it. Food is good, variety is better. He'll finally eat the dang thing.

He's quietly judging them for not noticing so many disappearances earlier. Excuse him for having worked with the FBI so long ago.

"Sharks, though. Are there other animals to watch out for?"

Date: 2014-08-16 10:07 pm (UTC)
ka_sera_sera: (old general listening intent stare)
From: [personal profile] ka_sera_sera
A border dispute. Some things never change no matter how far you travel. Well, Donald could have walked into much worse. Roland could have found much worse, when he'd come for him. And the people Donald had found here - well, you never can tell. More than human, probably, at least some of them, and it doesn't take much to figure out that there's something strange about that grey one. It's not as if he doesn't trust Donald's judgement that they're safe, but more cautious men have been fooled on less.

"And those disappearances," he adds onto the end of Donald's question. "Those aren't a usual part of something like this."

Date: 2014-08-17 12:13 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tookhishand
It's not his fight. One hundred dead is hard to walk by, though. He can guess that's only the beginning of the casualties.

"By the way, what's a Gangrel?"

Date: 2014-08-17 12:27 am (UTC)
ka_sera_sera: (old anger resigned frustration)
From: [personal profile] ka_sera_sera
Roland makes a face at Donald for a second. Even asking for clarification on what seems such general knowledge is a sure way to peg them both as Not From Around Here. Which, depending where you are, can be dangerous. Well, it probably would have come out eventually anyway. Too late now. "Getting a lock on them? What is she doing?"

Either that question will distract from Donald's, or it will give an even worse impression. But that sounds like something you'd say in regards to a weapon, and it seems like something he might need to understand if he's going to stay here much longer.

Date: 2014-08-17 02:12 am (UTC)
tookhishand: (♥ 22)
From: [personal profile] tookhishand
Hush up with your Looks, Roland, they already guessed what he was.

"We can wait, don't you think?" The question is for Roland, now that they're both here. His vote is towards helping, if he can, and if he gets a vote this time.

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