Monday, October 21, 2013
Jamie puts Celeste’s card into the drawer full of salt and feels a “ripple”. She tells the others and they decide to burn it, as originally planned. When they do, they sense something happened, though nothing apparently does. Jamie checks on Alexandros, just to make sure he’s alright, and he is.
John calls the detective bureau and asks to be put through to Elliott. When he’s connected, he says he heard Brown was looking for him. Brown is coy, but when John threatens to hang up they arrange a meeting at Jack’s apartment. Alexandros is waiting in John’s back seat so Jack rides with Jamie and they take separate routes, just to fuck with him. Elliot continues to be coy, until John forces the issue, and Elliot finally asks what they’ve done with Abigail. They tell him the whole story about Abigail and assure him that she’s at rest. When asked about the journals, he says it was a cousin of the same name who purchased Mordecai’s journals and wants them to turn the knives over to him so he can have them destroyed. He can’t, however, offer any assurances that Celeste won’t make good her promise if they do. John asks why the Brown family did not simply break into Mordecai’s house to retrieve the things the family wanted, and Elliot responds “Lawyers”, calling them a “Plague upon this earth.” John seems incredulous that lawyers would stop them from retrieving the evil killing knives, and he replies that Mordecai knew well how to ward his home, and that without the proper key, getting it was perilous at best, thus the Lawyers. He indicates that the fractious Brown family were fighting over the estate.
When his pleas for the return of the knife go no-place, but it seems that Jack might give ground with more information, Elliott says he’s at an impasse and needs to make a call. Jamie eavesdrops on him while he’s in the bathroom and hears him speaking in an unknown language that is so beautiful she is left weeping. When he returns, he says “Alice has given me parameters” and starts answering questions about the families. He confirms Jack’s assertion that Celeste is a “wicked sorceress” and says she is older than she looks, that she was even alive when Dixon was killing. He said his family was tricked into making the knives and wants to atone for it. He notes that the Grays are tightly bound (there are about fifteen of them in the immediate vicinity) but that his family is larger but not united in purpose. He admits they will try and get the knives if we don’t hand them over.
John brings up his recording of Celeste admitting to torturing and killing Young, but says that it won’t stand up in court; in part because of the subject matter (magic knives, ghosts) and in part because Jack and Jamie’s identities won’t hold up to scrutiny. Elliott presses for details but John will only say that Jack is a cypher with no identity and that Jamie has another version of herself running around ten years older and a nun. John then suggests that Brown steal them. That will focus Celeste’s wrath on them, where it is anyway. Elliott says he doesn’t have enough for a warrant and can’t steal them, saying, “It would compromise me”, he would need Jack’s permission to take them as a ruse to fool Celeste and Jack won’t agree to it, unhappy with either proposal. Frustrated, Elliott goes to make another call. This time Jack eavesdrops on him and the effect is similar to how it was on Jamie, except more intense, though he manages to be stoic about it. John wonders if he is nephilim and Jamie says they thinks they are Romany.
John suggests an anonymous tip and the detective admits that would be enough to get a warrant. John asks if he is nephilim, he stutters and ignores the question, then playfully mentions that they are giants and asks if he looks like a giant. Jack asks him what language he spoke and he chides him for listening in and leaves. When he’s gone, Jack says he wants to kill Celeste and tries to talk John into it. They are interrupted when Elliott returns and asks if money would help to sway us. Jack says “no” and Elliott says he’ll tell Celeste he is going to take them by force to try and get her off their back, and leaves again. When the group goes to their cars, they are just in time to see Alexandros being man-handled, kicking, into the back of Elliott’s car, both looking roughed up. Jamie accuses Elliot of having something against him like the other cops, and Elliot looks baffled, but refuses to answer what he’s done to be arrested, and gets in the car. Alexandros clearly says something remarkably filthy to Elliot inside the car, causing him to stiffen and grip the wheel angrily as he drives off. They get in their cars and head back to the Sweet Water.
Jamie goes to talk to her friend Leonard about getting a cat, or finding some way to make her Beast magic easier. Jack goes to talk to Emily and then looks for Moose. While they are occupied, John goes to talk to Strauss, who gets his lieutenant to call Brown back (he’s on his way to meet Celeste). Strauss suggests they come with the warrant and seize the knives while they are giving them to Celeste and tells John to call him when the meet is set, with the details. John asks Strauss not to tell Jack they talked about it, saying he’s under the influence of the knives. John gets back to the Sweet Water with Chinese and they all discuss how to proceed in Jamie’s room (which is meticulously clean). Jack says he’s amenable to losing the knives and didn’t say as much in front of Elliott because he felt that he needed to believe he was taking them by force for it to work. They discuss and reject a number of possible locations and scenarios before John suggests the plan of having Brown show up while the exchange is being made, hoping that she’ll try and take the knives by force, giving Jack his opening to kill her in self-defense. Jack notes that he tried to discover Elliott’s fears and found that he has none, so he thinks he is a Keeper and doesn’t want him to get the knives.
Jack calls to check on Nicholas’ status and finds out he’s in the ICU but is still alive. Then he calls Celeste to arrange the exchange. She suggests Der Waffle Haus again and they agree on 9pm. John goes to the pay phone and make his call to Brown to give him the tip. Elliot clearly knows it is John, and tries to play along badly, John hanging up on him halfway through speaking. He also calls Strauss to give him the time and place. He gets a message from Brown to be careful and to tell him that Alexandros has been released. Jack goes off and Jamie finds him having sex with Emily (with the door open). John finds Alexandros and is trying to warn him that something’s going down and Alexandros says he’ll have to call Abacus. Jamie comes in, drags him to John’s room, steals his phone and ties him to a chair, as he is both protesting and being deliberately lewd. Then she goes to take a picture of the knives with the special camera and, while she’s gone, Alexandros starts playfully shouting for help. John unties Alexandros, ignoring his suggestive remarks, fueled by Jamie’s protests that instead of releasing him, John should gag him. He gives him a banana (which only makes Alexandros worse), and sends him on his way. John settles down for leftover Chinese food and a nap while Jack, Jamie, and Alexandros have dinner at the diner.
They arrive at Der Waffle Haus on time with Alexandros asleep in the back of John’s car. Celeste shows up not much later with a twenty-ish woman they haven’t seen before (later introduced as Julie) carrying a large box. Jack asks her for Mordecai’s story as part of the deal. She says he was a pervert who liked to peep in windows, and saw the thing with Abigail and left when suspicion fell on him. He traveled the world killing supernatural things and collecting trophies and filling journals with what he learned before returning home and leading part of his family to kill Dixon and steal the knives. His faction of the Browns then proceeded to fight with the Grays. She says they were owned by the Grays for some time before being “christened” by Dixon, which gave them their purpose: killing for pleasure (as opposed to justice or some nobler cause). She says Alice is a very old woman with knowledge she shouldn’t have who tries to make the world a better place for “other folk”, gesturing to the waitress. She says Alice is bound by guidelines which make it possible to elude her and warns that she has a talent for “binding”, that we might end up in her service for a long time if we cross her. When asked what the Browns are, she says they are witches, though noting that they aren’t all actually witches, but that they all have jobs (witch, soldier, sage, etc).
Finally, she and Julie stand and say they are going to the ladies room. She wants Jack to agree to the deal before they go and put the box with the knives inside the one Julie was carrying and he starts in on a long, complicated oath before she interrupts him halfway through. Her shorter version says if she is given the knives, she won’t kill us, our families, or our “legitimate” romantic interests. In response, Jack grabs the knives from where he was concealing them and stabs her, though her tough leather jacket protects her from injury. She quick-draws a gun and puts it to Jack’s head but Jamie successfully grabs the gun, and John pepper sprays Celeste. She drops the gun and takes a few steps back from the table, painfully rubbing at her eyes, and saying she’ll forget this happened if they stop now, but Jack attacks again and manages to draw blood, bringing with it a surge of Glamour for Jack as the knife drains life from the woman. When she quick-draws a knife and lunges for him, John gets in the way and is gutted, then grabs her and starts draining her life. She says that if Jack kills her, we will lose him. Jack stabs her and she falls unconscious in John’s arms. As the knife takes her down, Jack feels a different surge of power, returning his resolve, and removing any temptation to surrender the knives or let his quarry live. He knows, without really being bothered by it, that he cannot put them down now of his own volition. Jamie grapples with Jack for the knives but he reveals he made an oath to kill her and will die if he doesn’t, so she releases him.
Jack puts the knives away just as Elliott bursts in with his gun drawn. Seeing nobody armed, he kneels beside Celeste and tries to stop her bleeding while Jack tries to convince him to let her die. Jamie steals one of Jack’s knives and he lunges for it, drawing the other. John yells for Jamie to take the knife back to the apartment and put it in the iron safe, to cut off its power. She tries to leave but Elliott grabs her (proving to be very strong) and takes the knife. Jack comes over and kicks Celeste; Elliott, enraged, takes a swipe at him after losing a struggle to resist the impulse. Jack tries again to stab her, but John throws himself over her and gets badly hurt, losing consciousness. Elliott manages to drop his knife and goes back to trying to save Celeste. Jack picks up the knife and watches quietly but when it looks like he’ll be successful, he stabs her one last time, killing her. The realization that he has just murdered someone travels through the bond formed when John’s fetch was killed, and only Jack’s calm certainty that he has done the right thing buoys the other two out of their guilt.
Elliott advances on him, pleading with him to turn over the knives. Jack tries to distract him by noting that John’s bleeding to death, but Elliott says he’ll go to Heaven and continues imploring him. Jack says that John is a demon, and Elliott says that John is delusional, begging him to listen to reason. Jack opens a door to the hedge and steps through it, slamming to door in Elliott’s face. During all of this, Jamie has retrieves the first aid kit from the trunk of John’s car (and noted that Alexandros seems unconscious rather than asleep) and has been frantically trying to save him. Elliott kneels over John and kisses him, healing his injuries instantly. He then orders him, while frantically shaking him, to follow Jack and get the knives back or Jack will lose his soul. He says it would be a very bad idea for him to go into that door, even if he were able to reopen it.