Darius and Ronnie had a brief telepathic conversation, where Ronnie offered some words of advice to the Police Sergeant, “Keep to the story. You are a serving Police officer following a lead to aid the Inspector in his enquiries…” Darius agreed, and ready himself to face Rockford.
The conversation was terse, and Inspector Rockford seemed to accept Darius’s story, at least on the surface, and considered his offer of help with the investigation. Darius was placed on a leave of absence, and told to go home. After he left, he attempted to contact Aiden using his new found telepathic powers, but couldn’t make himself heard, although Aiden was aware of some strange noise on the edge of her awareness. Knowing the house was empty she nervously searched it, finding nothing, and decided to go back to bed where it was safe.
T-Bone was telling his version of the “Battle of Parliament Square” to his home boys in McDonalds, which varied somewhat from anyone else’s version, or indeed the truth, particularly as he claimed that Aiden wanted to reward him in a physical manner. He accidently broadcast his thoughts to the rest of the group, and Aiden took exception to his version of events and started shouting at him. She seemed almost hysterical, mostly because she thought she had killed someone during the trouble. Ronnie reassured her that she hadn’t actually killed anyone and she eventually calmed down. T-Bone began to speak aloud, as he joined the conversation, and his boys decided that he’d lost it as he seemed to be talking to himself, so they began to edge away. Realising that he was attracting strange looks, he persuaded people that he was using a mini-blue tooth headset. T-Bone was shocked to learn that the group were being hunted by the Police, who wanted to question them in relation to the violence.
Darius attempted to send an image by telepathy, but failed, succeeding only in developing a slight headache, while T-Bone, more worried than he’d care to admit, and still pondering the fact that he was a wanted man, suggested an unlikely meeting place; a community centre where the old folk held a monthly meet, greet and coffee morning. They found a quiet corner for a conversation. Darius decided to head to a coffee shop several miles away, and sat reading a paper, and listening remotely.
Aiden began to outline the results of her research, outlining dragon mythology, and their enemies, known as Night Wanderers or Dark Ones; these were creatures who attempted to corrupt the souls of dragons and their followers – and looked like the man direct the fight in Parliament Square.
Ember, using her journalistic contacts had managed to track a whole range of weird and wonderful stories, the majority which hadn’t made the media reports, relayed this to the group, and Ronnie said that he’d seen very similar reports. Between them they worked out that the epicentre was Central London generally around the Southbank.
Comically, despite their constant bickering, T-Bone and Aiden realised they’d been married in their dragon form…!
The group headed towards the Southbank, and en route Ronnie arranged a distraction to remove the two men following Darius, and then the group rendezvoused at a pavement cafe; strangely the area they were settled into felt like a pool of tranquillity, almost the exact opposite of the feelings they had in Parliament Square. The group quickly found that the tranquillity covered a small area, and was very localised with distinct boundaries. T-Bone reminded everyone that Aiden had spoken about dragons able to transform themselves into rivers, so Ronnie laughed to himself, shrugged, and attempted to think towards the river, attempting to make contact with any sentience there.
Ronnie stopped laughing when he received a murmur in reply. It felt to him like the murmur of someone who had been disturbed in their sleep, but it didn’t feel like contact from a dragon, more like some sleeping water spirit. Ronnie, and all those that had helped him rapidly developed headaches.
The group quickly decided that they should return to Parliament Square to see if the feelings that were there on the day of the near riot, and as they walked over, T-Bone noticed that the clean-up crews seem to be working with distinct poor humour and venom. Ronnie told the others to wait and crossed the threshold again, immediately feeling the change of atmosphere as the oily feeling washed over him – weaker than previously, but certainly noticeable.
This triggered a flashback for him, where he saw himself in dragon form, a large black dragon, and found himself in a familiar area that should have engendered good feelings, similar to the positive feelings he had outside the pavement cafe, however, it seemed to have been corrupted by the great enemy, and this snapped him back to reality. He knew there was a way to clean the taint of the area, but couldn’t quite remember how…
T-Bone wondered aloud whether the corruption that polluted the area could be carried elsewhere by the people that passed through it. Darius’s thoughts immediately went to the conversation he’d had with Rockford who had spoken of a mysterious man on a bridge who raved about dragons and whose face seemed to melt. He decided to go and speak to Rockford and try to get information out of him.
Ember and T-Bone broke away to follow up some of the unreported stories that the media had gathered while Aiden decided to inject some normality into the situation and went to college! Ronnie slipped away and decided to see if he could track down any other pools of calm or anger across the city.
The first port of call for Ember and T-Bone was a rather dotty elderly spinster who claimed to have seen faeries at the zoo. She was convincing in her story but easily distracted, and could offer little real evidence. They visited a number of other people, with two of the interviewees having stories that seemed to ring true, including several reports of “ghosts” in and around a number of London landmarks.
While Ember was interviewing people, T-Bone made his excuses and went to the zoo to see if he see the faeries. He shocked himself when he did indeed see faeries, and any doubts that he’d had about the strange events finally disappeared.
Darius returned to his flat to change before going to see Rockford, and was only slightly surprised to find Inspector Rockford waiting for him. He invited him in and they verbally fenced for a while, until Darius steered the conversation to the man on the bridge. Rockford told him that the man was still in hospital and agreed that Darius could go and visit and talk to him if he liked, as long as Darius reported what he learned. Once he’d secured the agreement he handed over a list of the names of a number of other people who had been the subject of reports of supernatural strangeness. He informed the group of this telepathically, stressing that Rockford had been careful not to state that he was asking Darius to interview the people while leaving him in no doubt that he expected him to do just that!
Aiden found herself in trouble at college; she’d argued with the lecturer about the ages of civilisations, stating that Atlantis was far older than Babylon. The other students laughed at her, and she decided that silence was possibly the best course of action.
Ronnie decided to investigate other places in London where there’d been sightings, and to attempt to discover whether there positive or negative feelings associated with the locations. St Pauls Cathedral was generally positive, and London Zoo fairly neutral, but when he arrived at Tower Hill tube station approaching Tower Bridge, he felt a strangeness that seemed to flip from positive to negative and back, and throughout the experience could hear a strange beat which faded as he headed to the surface. He returned to the platform, and the beat returned. He could feel a similarity with the feeling he had when contacting the river entity, but couldn’t quite put his finger on it. Puzzled, he left the station and headed back towards the city centre.