As soon as they could, the group got clear of the square as they knew the Police would have questions about the disturbance, so they retired to Aiden’s luxury flat to discuss the events and revelations’ of the day. There was a sudden understanding that they were talking without using their voices, that they could communicate directly into each other’s minds, and Darius suddenly spoke up “We have met like this before, only we were… different…”
This triggered memories in everyone; they were dragons!
After further discussion, they realised that the strange “melting” man was also an enemy, and it seemed that the strange events over the previous weeks could be read as signs and portents. Eventually, the group broke up, each shocked and surprised by the strange twist that their lives had taken, although T-Bone was somewhat elated that he was a gold dragon!
Ronnie used his resources to look for patterns and discovers that while the strange occurrences had been limited to London, they had expanded in area since the first report, however appeared to be limited by the M25. Darius also looked into reports that had been received by the police, and found that amongst all the wild conspiracy theories that the Police had logged, one internet blogger, a hippy named Starflower wrote of Cosmic balance and the return of Dragons. Darius decided to pay the man a visit, but before he could do so was distracted by a television report showing footage of the trouble shot from a helicopter. In it he saw five familiar figures fighting their way to the centre of the demonstration…
Shortly after he was summoned to an interview room, and there he met, for the first time, Detective Inspector Thomas Rockford, the new head of the Surreal Investigations Task Force. He may not have met him before, but he knew the man by reputation; undoubtedly good at his job, he is, however, the epitome of political incorrectness, refusing to pander to what he considered the interference of superiors who know little about real policing.
Rockford gave Darius a hard time, and knows that although he is not telling him the entire truth, he is not actually lying to him when he says that he had never met any of the group before in “this life”. Darius argued that they were just fighting to defend themselves, each other, and innocent bystanders from people who seemed crazed and were attacking randomly. Rockford accepted this, but warned Darius that he thinks there was more to it than that, and he will be watching him closely.
Aiden had seen herself on the television and panicked. Her immediate response was to see her parents, explain she was caught up in the trouble, and get the best lawyers money could buy, however when she actually visited them, she doesn’t tell them what happened, and hides in her bed!
Ronnie shrugs when he sees himself on the television. It’s not the first time that that’s happened, and he’s never been identified before, and sees no reason why this time should be any different. In any case he knows that if there is trouble, he can argue that he was just doing his job, gathering intelligence, and was inadvertently caught up in at all.
T-Bone is quite pleased, some of the tough guys in his hood have taken to calling him the “movie star”, only semi-jokingly, and he’s being left alone by the nutters for the time being. Even so, he’s more concerned than he’ll admit, and went to a man he knew in search of a gun for “self defence”.
Darius got clear of his interview with Rockford, and texted Ronnie with the details of Starflower, and a time, asking him to meet him there. Ronnie doesn’t reply, but got to the address an hour early, and watched it, and the surrounding area. He saw Darius arrive, and enter the house, but continued to wait and watch.
Darius immediately smelt that Starflower uses herbal relief to inspire his blog, something the hippy doesn’t deny. Indeed he insists that his ‘erb’ allows him to hear ‘The Beat’ and that when it wakes up everything will be back in balance and ‘the people’ will wake up from “the day dream enforced by the man, man.” Starflower suddenly looks at him, and says “you hear it too, don’t you?” Darius agreed that he does.
Unbeknown to Darius, Rockford has had him watched, and he and a team set off in pursuit of the errant Police Sergeant.
Outside, Ronnie saw Rockford arrive, and having seen him in an interview on television that morning, stating his intention deal with the “troublemakers behind these crimes” texted Darius from a burn phone he was carrying, warning him to “Get out now, Rockford’s here.” Ronnie immediately striped the back off the phone, removeed the battery and SIM, and dumped it in a nearby bin. But when he saw Rockford leading Darius out of the front door, he knows that Darius didn’t react in time.
Rockford transported Darius back to the police station, and left him in an interview room, where he is startled to hear Ronnie’s voice chiding him for being “bloody amateur!” He realised that they don’t need to be in the same room to communicate, which renders mobile phones somewhat pointless. Mulling over this revelations he sat back to await the arrival of Inspector Rockford.