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The Homicide Detective made the fateful mistake of looking directly into Vito’s eyes when questioning him.  But the streetwise world-bitten intensity of even the most harden cop’s stare has no impact on a vampire.  Whatever it was he’d intended to inquire about disappeared from his mind completely.  Instead, he sat motionless and quiet across from Vito in the interrogation room, attentively awaiting Vito’s orders.  Vito, in turn, was not so patiently checking his cell phone, waiting for Donatella or Galen to send him a text indicating they’d successfully hacked into the police station and cutoff the video and audio feed to the room where he was being held.  It finally came just as Vito was beginning to get uncomfortable about the silence.

          “Detective Mason,” he relayed to his latest stooge.  “You are going to contact the Guardian for the Southern district, and tell him you will be remanding to his custody two magic users, and a human who was helping them, as they have been involved in a gunfight.  The others brought in with me are the magic users, and should be restrained with collars for transport.  Do you understand?”

                     “Yes, I understand,” Detective Mason droned flatly, then got up and left to carry out the vampire’s orders.

Vito suspected Fehed and Tala would naturally be pretty upset about being collared, but he hoped they’d understand the gravity of the situation.  Right now it could not be helped... it was the only possible way they were going to get out of this situation.  He also hoped Alden was in good mood today.


Fehed and Tala could scarcely believe they’d been placed into restraining collars.  The collars were developed in Europe to nullify the abilities of magic beings, which meant they could not transform with them on.  Tala, the werewolf, stared daggers at Vittorio’s back.  That slimy vampire ratted them out!  Fehed, on the other hand — the were-panther — though unsure of Vittorio’s motives, was simply going along for now, hoping the vampire would not sell them out to save his own skin.  Neither of them had worked with him before this mission, and up until being captured by local law enforcement, he had performed well and was extremely helpful, so far.  When they got arrested, though, after the snatch-and-grab went sideways, he had told them to stay quiet and follow his lead, so they did.  Now they were in custody, and being transported who-knows-where, and unable to use their abilities.  Fehed thought to himself, at least the vampire is only in handcuffs, and can still use his powers.


Alden received a call from the 12th precinct.  They had two magic users in custody responsible for a gun battle at a secluded warehouse in West Englewood outside the magic zone.  They were being transported to the South Side Pysch squad precinct for processing and questioning.  As the Guardian of South Side Chicago, he was the de facto Chief of the Southern Psych Squad.

Entering the precinct through the alley, Alden proceeded to interrogation room one, where the human prisoner was being held, and only took half a breath after seeing the perp before immediately covering his eyes with mirror shade sunglasses.

                     “Vito!,” Alden exclaimed.  “Merlin’s beard, man, give me one good reason I shouldn’t throw a collar on your ass this very second!”

Alden glared at the vampire behind his shades with his wand hand ready to blast the old scoundrel.

          “Alden!,” the vampire cheshired.  “You look well, my good man!  Please... let me explain.” Vito sheepishly raised his cuffed hands from the table in a pleading gesture.

                     “Drop the act, Vito,” Alden sat down across the table, keeping his hand in position.

          “Ok, ok,” the ancient one’s tone admitted defeat.  “I seem to have gotten myself mixed up in a bit of... international intrigue, as it were... accidentally of course,” he offered.

                     “Really,” Alden reacted, his face as expressionless as his expectations.  “You don’t say.  Do tell.”

The Guardian could hardly wait to see what Vito was cooking up to get out of hot water.

          “Well it seems,” Vito leaned forward, lowering his voice to a conspiratorial whisper.  “Your niece and nephew have dragged me in on a mission to recover a magic artifact for them.”

After he said this, the vampire sat up straight and grinned at Alden like the cat who ate the canary.

                     “Bastard,” Alden sighed, and, taking off the shades, he removed the cuffs from the vampire, whose intentions at this point were clearly not as malevolent as one might have thought.

                     “So... this is Gallian business, then, on American soil, and involving my niece and nephew,” the Guardian mused, his lips pursed.  No longer fearing mesmerization, he scowled across the table.

                     “Just what do you expect me to do about it?  Let you and the two in the holding cells walk, and write up a false report?”  Alden queried, with no small tone of accusation, rubbing his tired temples.  He felt a headache coming on.

                     “Exactly how did you get mixed up in this mess, anyways?”

          “Trust me,” Vito winked back.  “...the less you know, the better.”

          “I have no idea what you and your niece are going to cook up to get us out of this, but I figure between the two of you, you’ll come up with something.”


Alden stewed in his office.  He’d dispatched the psych squad members to round up any evidence left at the police station and bring it to him.  He smoked a pipe and paced.  His niece and nephew were on their way over with another spy, and two of Vito’s goons, as well as an unidentifed mage in tow.  He knew Rhiannon and Ezra were involved in espionage for the Gallian government, but they were still family, and it wasn’t like he hadn’t occasionally asked favors of them in that capacity.  The thing that really scorched his hide was how in the Sam Hell they’d somehow got involved with a gangster vampire low-life like Vittorio Gagliardi.

***These events take place directly after the events from In The Beginning from Season 9***

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( 24 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 16th, 2016 10:06 pm (UTC)
This was an excellent installment. You are creating a very interesting world, with many fascinating details.
Dec. 16th, 2016 11:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you, it is a world I have been working on since I was sixteen
Dec. 17th, 2016 07:10 am (UTC)
Oh Cool! This fits in perfectly. I have been enjoying this world for quite some time now. Would be waiting for the next instalment. Keep writing! :)
Dec. 19th, 2016 05:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you, it just so happened that the topic was perfect for me to link with another story. I hope that happens some more this season.
Dec. 17th, 2016 07:04 pm (UTC)
Really awesome and so meticulously crafted. It really feels like a fully formed piece already.
Dec. 19th, 2016 05:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you, it is somewhat formed in my head at least the broad strokes. the topics help me flesh out the minutiae of this world.
Dec. 18th, 2016 12:05 pm (UTC)

This is an interesting world here. I enjoyed reading this.

Dec. 19th, 2016 05:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you, it is a world I enjoy writing in.
Dec. 18th, 2016 07:08 pm (UTC)
You have seriously found a voice here. I feel this would be an even more fun amazing read if/when you collect it all to be read in proper structure, cause it's a great world.
Dec. 19th, 2016 05:55 pm (UTC)
I do hope to one day put them all into a form where they can be read as a continuing story arc. I am glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for reading.

Edited at 2016-12-19 05:56 pm (UTC)
Dec. 19th, 2016 06:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your entry!
Dec. 20th, 2016 08:13 pm (UTC)
You're welcome
Dec. 20th, 2016 11:49 am (UTC)
Good one! An enjoyable read and you know I always love the episodic tales.


Edited at 2016-12-20 11:50 am (UTC)
Dec. 20th, 2016 08:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you
Dec. 20th, 2016 04:23 pm (UTC)
Oooo when we're no longer 'Idoling' I'm going to have to come back and catch up on this tale!

Hug and peace~~~D
Dec. 20th, 2016 08:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you in one of my future posts I will have it setup that all stories for this universe are tied together
Dec. 20th, 2016 07:31 pm (UTC)
a gangster vampire low-life
You have probably been waiting years for the context to use a line like that one. ;)

It does change things up a bit when your "wrongdoer" is also protecting your own people from being taken down. They you kind of have to play the game he's roped you into. :O
Dec. 20th, 2016 08:25 pm (UTC)
Yes I have been waiting awhile to write a line like that. Unfortunately for those working with Vito this happens often.
Dec. 20th, 2016 09:54 pm (UTC)
I very much like this world you've created.
Dec. 20th, 2016 10:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I am glad you enjoyed it.
Dec. 20th, 2016 09:56 pm (UTC)
Nice genre mixing, enjoyed
Dec. 20th, 2016 10:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reading
Dec. 21st, 2016 12:37 am (UTC)
This was fun!
Dec. 21st, 2016 02:14 am (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed it.
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