Chicago by Night

Two doors close, another opens

A choice is made

After picking up Reign, Li Li and her passenger sit wordlessly on their drive back to the Succubus Club. Even after entering the nightspot and finding a booth upstairs, they say nothing. It is only the extreme discomfort of waiting for Charlie and Kathy to show that the ice is finally, awkwardly broken by Li Li. Shortly after, Reign leaves the booth to have a cigarette and heads towards the back of the club. She finds the exit to the fire escape on the side of the building and heads out, sits down and lights up. She notices an unusually large dog walking the streets alone before turning her attention back to her own thoughts. Minutes later she hears the click of a Zippo lighter behind her and turns to see Charlie just steps away. They talk about the choice that awaits her and he asks her to make the right one before stepping away.

Inside, Li Li sees the drapes of her booth drawn open as Kathy steps inside. Like her unlikely friend outside, Kathy asks her progeny to likewise make the correct choice and join vampiric society, rejecting the anarch's offer. When all are rejoined, Reign's choice comes easy. She is clearly seduced by the thought of unfettered vampiric power and forcefully accepts Charlie's offer. Li Li, who has been considering the weight and value of her choice for some time, finally arrives at her answer. She chooses the Camarilla and the rules of vampiric society. Kathy and Charlie shoot each other a look of extreme annoyance before turning back to their progeny. Enraged, Charlie declares that this solves nothing, that these new vampires have failed them in their quest to resolve their larger disagreement. Reign seems shocked that she was just a pawn in what amounts to a petty squabble between immortals. Li Li seems remarkably less shocked and realizes that her gambit has paid off. The two creators release and dismiss their creations harshly. Li Li and Reign hurry out of the club and head back to the fledgling Toreador's car. All the while wondering how they will now discover anything about their true nature

They soon part ways once again and find themselves at their homes. Li Li announces to her parents that she's decided to switch to night classes, a move of which they approve. Back at Reign's, she finds herself hard at work on the computer, researching anything she can find about vampirism. The pop culture noise of the internet initially drowns out her inquiries but after a time, she finally begins to reveal some things of value to her investigation. Suddenly, a chat window pops up on her computer. The name of the sender is intelligible, as the letters and numbers consisting it continually shift and change. It warns against digging too deep but when pressed, requests a meeting at Navy Pier. Reign closes her computer and texts Li Li, saying she may have found a source of answers and they meet once again.

They drive as close as they can get to the pier and park. They take a short walk to the edge of the pier and realize that of course it is closed at this hour. Though there is no fence encasing it, private patrols walk and drive around the grounds to stave off unwanted visitors. After waiting and timing out the pace of the patrols, they decide to move forward. With some fairly basic attempts at stealth they are able to make it onto the promenade and begin to head towards the back of the structure. Their progress is interrupted by the security vehicle making the turn at the far end and they duck into cover near the ferris wheel. As they make their way out of sight, the giant wheel begins to turn slowly. Taking this as a portent of sorts, they head towards the gondola that has stopped at the bottom and step in. After they close the door the wheel once again begins to move, climbing to the top before stopping. It is at this point that their host reveals himself. A creature most horrible, smelling of foulness and rot, possessing a face that is twisted and misshapen, speaks to them from the other side of the gondola. He is Marcus and he has a wealth of knowledge and secrets that they might tap, if only they would do him a favor of sorts. A small group of anarchs have been terrorizing his haven, destroying things and bringing unwanted attention and Marcus seeks to have them taken care of in any way necessary. They reluctantly agree and he provides them with descriptions and possible places they might frequent. He thanks them as the wheel once again begins turning, bringing the gondola back to ground level. He explains that the guards are his thralls and that their attempts at stealth are unnecessary. 

Reign recognizes once of the names on the list, Delilah's, and the pair decide to head there first. They spy at least one of their potential targets and make a quick plan to engage with him. Reign heads over to the one they I.D. as "Dickie" and though she would appear to be his type , they do not hit it off. In his mind, she causes him to lose his game of pool and brushes her off. Li Li sizes Dickie up by watching his interactions with other women and tries a different approach with the seemingly too young to be at a bar punk. She treats him like garbage and he responds with real interest. Though he presses her to leave, she rebuffs him and he stomps off to make out with another girl, shooting Li Li looks the entire time. He makes one last pass on his way out the door but shut down once again. The girls let him walk ahead, down the stairs and out the door before following him down the street.



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