Thursday, November 7, 2013
Jamie and John wake to find a strange reptilian man dressed like a secret service agent guarding Jack’s door. He introduces himself as Jake and says that Jack isn’t in his room but hasn’t left. He also says he hasn’t eaten, so they go to get food from the diner (a bag is already ready) and are allowed into the empty room to leave it. While the pair of them are in there, Jack steps out of the closet wearing a robe and wizard hat. He’s surprised to learn about the guard on his door. They fill him in on the situation with the Stepfords and they agree to tap Wood for more info.
Wood is mussed when he arrives for lunch, having second thoughts about doing a newspaper, pondering instead pamphlets or books. Jamie convinces him to do both, the paper for current events and the other two as reference materials. Wood says that one of the carnies who stirred up so much trouble several years back had a fetch who got very powerful and was able to “infect” the people around her. Her changeling was friendly with her despite being a prominent member of the Summer Court. After she left, the fetch’s power continued to grow until the freehold put her down (after several failed attempts). Part of the difficulty was her ability to nullify changeling magic in a growing radius. When she was killed, there was a human body left and it was investigated as a murder (she was shot and severely beaten).
He can’t remember some detail and so goes to his car with John to fetch his journal, which turns out to be one of dozens packed into his car in filing boxes. Finally, he finds his notes and says that the fetch had a daughter named Cyndi with her husband, John Beechum. John looks her up on Facebook and finds a cute fifteen-year-old redhead who appears to be driven, active in all sorts of clubs, and fun despite being conservative. A perky go-getter. Jake chimes in, warning us against doing anything, and admits that the monarchs have been unable to agree on a course of action which is why nothing’s been done about it. They need to cooperate to get it done and they can’t.
John wonders if Flynn left a ghost and they decide to go see Pamela. She meets with them in her kitchen with a hairbrush she asked them to bring. She says that everyone who dies in Athens leaves behind a ghost and that things are pretty crowded here. She summons Flynn’s shade, but as soon as Jack asks him about his body, he fully manifests, screams like a banshee, and goes all poltergeist. Jake tries to drag Jack out of the room until Pamela banishes the ghost back to his body. Jack says they he learned that Flynn’s body was currently being dismembered. With much trepidation, she locates where the parts of him are on a map, and demands to know what’s going on. She says she was never told about the Stepfords. Meanwhile, Jack and Jake are arguing about whether he needs protection from ghosts, being a medium. John helps and Jack tells him to stop.
They call Strauss and give him the information and then head back to the motel to await word. John and Jamie grab a nap while Jack goes back into his closet to continue decorating. They are woken by a ruckus outside and find Jake manhandling Wood. The pig-man heard over his police scanner that body parts had been found at a house in the taboo neighborhood and arrests were being made. Jack emerges wearing a smock and elbow-length leather gloves and they all go to Jamie’s room to talk. Checking the address the police mentioned, it is not the Beechum residence. Wood says he’s going to go drive by and take a look, but Jack admonishes him, saying, “They are a cannibal murder cult and you are made of bacon.” Wood seems taken aback and leaves.
The three go to dinner at the diner and when they still haven’t heard from Strauss, John goes to Moose’s office, finding her poring over a pile of paperwork with glasses on. She relates that the family in that house was marinating parts of Tyler for some sort of party and Mark is stressed because he’s having trouble getting access to the other houses because of the lawyers and a recalcitrant judge. John makes the mistake of asking about the paperwork and ends up getting Moose’s taxes dumped on him (with the glasses, to make him smart). He returns to the diner with his pile of paperwork and fills the the others in. John and Jamie retire to his room to play Last of Us and Jack returns, yet again, to the closet.
Friday, November 8, 2013
Strauss shows up at 1am and reiterates what Moose already told them. He says that the Beechums was the first place he tried to get into. The one he was finally able to get a warrant for were a new family which had moved into the neighborhood three months ago. The addresses he was given, nineteen in all, represent every house in the neighborhood. He says he’s informed George but not Abacus. He says he’s tried to contact Abacus but hasn’t been able to get through to him. John lets slip about the situation with the Browns and Alexandros. Strauss demands to know the details, given that Elliot is one of his detectives. They grudgingly give him some and he is less than thrilled.
He notices Moose’s glasses on John’s table and asks after them. He is very thankful when John says he’s going to take care of her taxes and seems surprised to find out the motel is near foreclosure. He confirms that, as John guessed, Moose has money but it is essentially a chest full of gold doubloons she keeps in her apartment. Strauss leaves and they go to Abacus’ house, getting there around two. Conversation with Jake as they approach indicate that he’s sworn a powerful oath with Abacus to protect Jack and doesn’t need to sleep.
There are a couple of lights on but nobody is answers the door. Jake calls and leaves a message and Abacus immediately calls him back and says to have John break in and he’ll be right down. John phases through the front door to let them in, disturbing Jake. With a detour to the kitchen, where John acquires pie and a glass of milk, they end up in the library where they are shortly joined by a hastily showered and dressed Autumn monarch. They explain everything that’s happened and tell him that they think they need to kill Cyndi. He says they would need someone who can fight even without their powers and Jack brings up Thomas, but Abacus says that he may actually be a longbowman from medieval England and never leaves the Hedge, thinking he’s in a dream.
Abacus calls George, who says he’s coming over. While they wait, Jack asks why everyone who dies here leaves a ghost behind. Abacus says it has only been that way for a few years (he doesn’t know precisely how long because Pamela is vague) but the dead are unable to move on like they should be doing. A squeal of tires marks the arrival of the Summer King and Caleb. The monarch is displeased to see the motley and tries to claim that all of the trouble of late has been their fault. It turns out he didn’t know about Cyndi and is livid that Abacus kept this from him. He challenges everyone present to convince him not to just start burning down houses in the neighborhood. John and Jack posit that the people there are just pawns of the fetch-child, innocent victims who will return to normal when she’s dead. George says he’ll handle killing the teenager (Jack is eager to take part) but needs intelligence. John offers to follow her and he accepts. They return home to the motel.