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Storm

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Featured Thread #1
Following the events of "They Don't Know Anything".

The car dropped Storm off some three blocks away from Hilcrest Ridge Drive, a few minutes' walk from The Cybermachine. It was a warm summer night, so the Lasombra did not mind actually covering the distance on her own two feet rather than easing into the comfort of the shadows. It was all too easy, she thought, and also dangerous in terms of losing a small piece of her humanity every time she slipped into the waiting embrace of darkness. So she began walking until finally getting to her destination. The bouncers took her ID without question; a forged Erebos membership card which she had a dime a dozen copies of stowed in various safehouses all around the city.​

Better safe than sorry.

The building which housed The Cybermachine was not ostentatious by any means, but it reflected an understated Limbus elegance and a minimalist sense of style. It was very much the opposite of the Bohemian splash of extravagance flaunted by the imbeciles of Tenebris, she thought, flashing the bouncer a final smile before disappearing into the crowded lobby of the Erebos Elysium. Her eyes were instantly wandering about, seeking out the one she came here for: Lord Magister Victor LaGuardia. Or did he prefer his native Vittorio? Time would tell, the Lasombra thought, sauntering toward the bar and considering a glass of B-negative while waiting to see if the owner of the place would make an appearance here, tonight.​
 

Vittorio LaGuardia

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#2
It had been a long evening after the debacle at the Amaranthine Hotel, and he had come back to The Cybermachine to relax and to heal. He had already downed a glass of his favorite vitae, and was now making the rounds in a replacement dark blue bespoke suit from Gieves & Hawkes on Savile Row. The wound in his arm had healed, even though he wished it hadn't. He had wanted to let it trouble him a bit as penance for being hit in the first place. Instead, here he was. Just as fine as the day he was Embraced.

Moving through the main floor of the club, he smiled and checked in on his regular customers, letting himself be seen. Not only was it required of him as the proprietor, but it would also let the spies in the crowd know that he had survived their attack on the ball. He'd start sifting through reports later when they started coming in. For now, he was back to the affable host and was mingling with his guests.

He just wished the DJ would play something more to his liking. This electronic shit they played now...it's amazing how far people can get by hitting a space bar on a keyboard.
 

Elena Moceanu

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#3
The car zoomed down near-empty streets of Hillcrest Ridge while Elena tapped in boredom against the side window. She was tempted to say, "Are we there yet??" but knew that Wasyli would just smile at her and shake his head. The Ventrue was not one to give into the little mind games she liked to play to try his patience. Nope. it was pointless to try. So she continued her tapping while resting her legs on Sobieski's lap, and enjoyed the subtle ministrations of a gentle foot massage.​

"Thank you for doing this, Wasyli," she said at long last. "I know you don't really feel like partying after all the stuff that went down earlier but in all honesty, the best way to de-stress is to have some fun. And I know you love fun, you just don't show it."​

Grinning, she blew him a kiss while the car began to decelerate. They were getting close. In fact, given that the car was now pulling up to the curb, they were already here! "Voila!" She exclaimed, popping her door open without waiting for the chauffeur to help her out. As she did so, Elena nearly tripped over the long velvet hemline of her gown and fell forward into the gutter. Thankfully, her Celerity assisted when necessary and helped her avoid a potential disaster.​

"Well? Come on, I can hear the beat already - they're playing my favorite Skrillex mix!" Elena was quite excited now and she would not be delayed. Waiting for Wasyli to finally joined her, she grabbed his hand tightly and pulled him in the direction of the door where a couple of familiar bouncers watched them both, intently.​
 

Wasyli Sobieski

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#4
Chuckling he simply shrugged and shook his head, "Not a problem, everyone wants to have their fun when they want it. I see no harm in it, plus it gets me out of the house, and the mind off killing, and other things. Although, that's honestly quite dreary now that I think about it. Oh well." As he pulled the car to the curb, and to a stop, he watched as Elena tumbled out of the car, and nearly into the rain run-off with a soft laugh as she recovered, albeit perhaps a little too fast. He'd have to talk to her about that, but later was fine, so he tucked that remnant away for later perusal.

Stepping out of the '69 Camaro, and dropping the keys into the valets palm, he nodded his permission, and simultaneously slipped him a $20. Simultaneously he leaned in and offered a word of warning, "Break it, and I break you." before finally moving on after Elena as she took hold of his hand and pulled him towards the club and the music within. He didn't care for it personally, and was hopefully something that wouldn't bother him too much tonight - avoiding a headache on top of everything else was his goal for the night.

Laughing aloud, as he couldn't help it, he finally acknowledged Elena's pleas, "Yes, yes, we are going - you're leading the way after all. We can boogie all night to the lovely Skrillex!"
 

Storm

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#5
Storm was sipping on a glass of her usual also being her favorite - and loved every sip of it. The only thing that would have made it better would be a fresh specimen, but alas, no luck. The place was crawling with Limbus goons, monitoring carefully everything that was going on, making sure no one was misbehaving by draining innocent mortals and the like.​
Pathetic, just how these Erebos fools acted. The people in this city were their food, not their damn pets to be coddled and admired. Faking a sigh, the Lasombra turned on her swivel stool, turning half way to glance about the perimeter. And that's when she saw him. Tall. Rugged. Not as handsome as Sariel, but still turning a few heads as he moved through the main floor of his club. To her dismay, he was smiling whilst exchanging some small talk with his regulars, and just plain advertising his ass for everyone to see.​
Fucking Ventrue. Acting like he was the king of the place. What a bloody joke.​
She was still sore about failing to kill him. Don't you worry, Vittorio - I know exactly what a pompous ass like you is going to need tonight. We'll start off nice, and slow, and then . . . well, we'll just have to see where the evening takes us - won't we?
As an employee of Erebos, Storm had every right to be here and she would take full advantage of the fact. Turning a little more still on her stool, she cast Victor a 'come hither' stare, hazel eyes turning to crimson as she waited for him to notice her.​
 

Vittorio LaGuardia

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#6
Victor was just about finished with his tour and ready to retire for the evening to the Underworld when he spotted a young woman at the bar, drinking what was quite obvious Vitae - well, obvious to a Kindred anyways. She was also giving him a look that if he were mortal, would have stirred his passions.

Now, it didn't mean a thing to him - unless he wanted it to.

Making his way over to her and giving a few last minute greetings to his patrons, he comes to stand near to her, taking the spot next to her as it opened up just as he got there.

"Good evening Miss. I hope you're enjoying your time here at the Cybermachine, and that she is living up to your expectations." Behind his smile, he activated his Auspex, confirming that she was a Kindred. Good, at least she wasn't a mortal that had a strange appetite for blood. He met one before... what a freak.

@Storm
 

Gabriel Villiers

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#7
Gabriel ushered Valerie into the Lincoln Towncar waiting for them around back (of The Crown). Marcus was either out, or barricaded in his office somewhere. Either way, he had little to say about them taking off for the night. He sat back and across from her to give the young woman some space, knowing she did not react to Kindred proximity well. He said nothing to her of where they were going, except to dress casual - so she felt comfortable no matter where they went - and to wear her most comfortable shoes.​

Now grinning like a Cheshire cat, the Toreador leaned back against the luxurious leather seat and regarded his lovely companion who sat, quiet and serene, and hopefully just a little excited about the fact that they were finally going to leave the property and go someplace entirely different, someplace that Marcus was -not- around.​

"We have until about 4 AM to enjoy ourselves tonight, Valerie," Gabriel said, looking up at the ceiling to the smartly concealed speaker, hidden behind a black mesh of velveteen tweed. "We are ready, Patrick." And with that, the luxury sedan took off, leaving The Crown grounds momentarily as it headed for parts unknown.​

 

Valerie Modeste

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#8
Outfit.

She had been quite excited to hear that they were going out. Especially after the night, she had had before she really needed to have some fun. To air out her head and be able to concentrate again. And she was glad it was just going to be her and Gabriel. Being around Marcus right now as just... distracting. And made airing out her head and get control of her mind harder. So she had done as he said and put on a dress she loved and comfortable shoes. She had even put her hair up in a high ponytail, leaving small curled strands to caress her face.

Getting in the car she sat down with a smile and waited until she heard Gabriel speak. A slightly irritated wrinkle to her brow.

"Is that because of my bedtime or yours?"

She sighed and shook her head with an excited smile on her lips. It did not matter, she was intending to make the most out of her little break away from the mansion with Gabriel. Feeling the car move she pushed the thoughts out of her head.

"So. Are you going to tell me where we are going or is it a secret?"

Propping her elbow on the window ledge she rested her head against her fist as she had her attention on him, still smiling wide and excited as she felt the car do twists and turns towards their destination.

@Gabriel Villiers
 

Gabriel Villiers

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#9
"Mine, of course. Unless you'd rather have me turn to a pile of ash - although I would prefer it if you did not. Have pity," Gabriel grinned, enjoying the smile on Valerie's face. "And nope, not going to tell you - although I am sure you must have -some- ideas," he teased. "After all, not too many places are open after nine PM. I just wish you could actually see it..."​

Their banter continued, care-free and casual as it was most times they spent any time together. Gabriel had learned very quickly that Valerie hated restraint of any kind; with the handicap put on her by the blindness, she already had enough barriers to battle against. He would not be adding to those - at least for as long as her safety and well being were not being compromised.​

The next twenty minutes or so, the car maintained a steady velocity and surprisingly, did not run into a single red light. Either that, or Patrick was just being naughty, but Gabriel did not pay attention. When they finally cruised to a gradual stop, the Toreador waited for the driver to help Valerie out of the car, then emerged himself, offering the lady his arm. "We are here, Valerie," he cooed softly. "Before we go in, though - tell me - can you hear anything?"​
 

Valerie Modeste

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#10
Of course, she did not want Gabriel to turn into a pile of ash. The only one she wished that on was Marcus, and that was only sometimes when he was being an ass. She liked the friendly banter that went on between them. It made her smile and laugh with ease as the car moved. She tried a few times to persuade Gabriel into letting her know where they were going but to no use, the man was quite determined to leave it a surprise.

Soon they arrived and the driver helped her out on the curb. Standing there a moment she could feel some vibrations in the air but did not think much of it until Gabriel took her arm and asked her if she could hear anything. With a curious expression, she focused her hearing a bit and noticed that the vibrations came from music. Her face lit up as she turned back to him.

"Seriously? A club?"

She laughed and looked excited.

"God... I can't remember the last time I went dancing. Apart from Marcus showing me ballroom dancing at the ball, but this is so much more fun."

Now with a little bounce to her steps, she gestured for Gabriel to lead the way and followed him inside the club.
 

Elena Moceanu

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#11
"Break it, and I break you," Elena heard Wasyli say and wrinkled her brow. Sometimes, he could be so ... harsh. Idly, she wondered if any of his outward behavior towards valets was based on past experiences but decided not to ask. Now accosting the burly bouncers, she waited for Wasyli to flash his ID after she did the same. His comment on the 'lovely' Skrillex did not go unnoticed and she almost burst out laughing, picturing this tall, broad-shouldered, muscled like a tank Ventrue, dancing to rave music like a total maniac...​
"Come on, come on, come on.... we're not getting any younger, ya know!"​
The bouncers waved Wasyli away, not bothering with his Elysium ID. Raising a brow, Elena thought perhaps they all knew him far better than he let on. "Nice reputation you've got there," she commented as they sauntered past the doors and into the foyer. "Shall we get a drink first? To get into the mood, I mean." Winking, she led her partner toward the bar where Victor and a sultry looking blonde (Storm) seemed to be 'enjoying' themselves already. Elena could not recall her name, but she knew that face - she had seen it before - but where??​
 

Storm

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#12
There he was, sauntering up to her, in his Limbus splendor. Assuming a spot right next to her, as if her personal space was now his. Claimed. Taken. Action definitely speaking louder than words. "Evening," she flashed a demure smile, keeping her mouth closed and her annoyance in check. This assignment was going to take every ounce of her patience AND her willpower. Thankfully, she did not have to put up with a gag reflex, since only consuming Kine food and drink was able to wrench such a reaction from her.​
"It's actually my first time here, but I love what you've done with the place," her gaze shifted to the ostentatious, brightly lit Eiffel Tower in the back of the lounge area, where the private booths were located. "Nice piece of work, that," she gestured toward the tall replica. "As to my final expectations... let's just say the night is young?" Lifting the drink to her lips, she indulged in the crimson vitae while watching Victor from above the rim of her glass.​
 

Gabriel Villiers

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#13
"The lady's hearing is superb," Gabriel nodded gravely as he led her toward the main door. "We are going to have to get you an ID; I thought Marcus would have taken care of it by now, but apparently his mind has been preoccupied with other things," came the snide remark. "I will take care of it tomorrow."​

Stopping just an arm's length shy of a bouncer, he showed him the Erebos ID, then indicated that the lady was with him. The man held out his hand as Gabriel forked over the cover charge, then gently nudged Valerie onward as they made their way inside. Going slowly and carefully, he guided Valerie down a narrow path peppered with people, both Kindred and Kine alike. "I hope you don't mind a booth; I find them a bit more private and less noisy, although judging by tonight's music menu, a both will be of little help to the ears,"​

Having found an unoccupied booth near the flashy Eiffel Tower, Gabriel helped Valerie take a seat before doing so himself. Looking up, the vampire saw a waitress head their way already, likely with the menus and the like. "Care for a refreshment or a bite to eat?" he inquired, having to raise his voice above the decibel level of the music, and re-considering taking a seat next to Valerie instead of across from her. For the ease of communicating, of course.​
 

Valerie Modeste

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#14
"An ID?"

It was weird, but an ID was something Valerie had never had. Being gipsy born meant coming to this world in the back of a caravan and no birth certificate ever released. It was one of the problems the French government had with her kind, that they had no idea how many of the Romani that roamed the mountains.

"You might have to get a bit creative, to say the least."

She waited for him to lead her inside, wondering just for a moment what he did with the bouncer before it was gone again. The music filled her ears and made her smile wider. Already she could feel how the bass of the music was filling her chest and making it feel like it made her heart beat in rhythm to the music. Hearing him ask her if she minded a booth she shook her head still smiling.

"I actually like this music. There is something... primal, about the beats that make you want to dance until you forget your troubles."

Arriving at the table she took a seat and was a bit annoyed that she could not see the place, and only hear the music. She would have loved to be able to see how it looked and the other people there. Not for a moment did she even think about the fact that there might be other Kindred around.

"A drink! Then I want to dance!"

Valerie called out hoping he would hear her through the music that was already making her foot and hand tap to the beat.
 

Vittorio LaGuardia

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#15
Victor kept up his smile at the young woman, doing his level best to make sure she was happy and ready to spend money. Though if she was drinking Vitae, she'd have to have shown her Erebos ID at the door, as she was not one of his regulars. He'd look into her file more once the night had wound down. After the blood bath at the Amaranthine, he couldn't be too careful.

He looked back at where she had indicated, catching sight of the Eiffel Tower he had in the back. He could catch a small hint of annoyance in her tone. Not enough for your every day run of the mill person to pick up on, but to one that had been in the circles of power for a few centuries? Well let's just say everything means something, and nothing at the same time.

Looking back to her, he intentionally let his smile slip for just a moment before putting it back on. "It's gaudy and a bit extreme. Many people like it though. Doesn't compare to the real one unfortunately. My ceilings go only so high."

He was handed a shot glass of his choice vitae and he tossed it back before giving it back to the young woman. "Thanks Krystal." He once again turned his focus back on the woman, his eyes taking in every feature of her face. Some would see it as taking in her beauty. He was merely cataloging her face, in case he ever saw it again. "Tell me Miss, what do you do for a living, if I may ask? It's pretty obvious what I do." He gestured at the club around them. "What about you?"

@Storm
 

Gabriel Villiers

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#16
"This will be a different type of ID than most carry on them," Gabriel explained. "It is specific to our organization and grants you access to any Erebos elysium, no questions asked." He did not foresee any difficulties with obtaining one; Marcus wanted her with Erebos? Then he would have to make her an honorary part of it. She was no man's slave.​

Shaking his head at her taste in music, he laughed. "I can tolerate it, I suppose. And with the right person as a dancing partner I might even enjoy it - so I am prepared to play things by ear and see how they turn out. Just be mindful.... there is close to a couple of hundred people on this floor right now; I don't want you to get hurt by dancing too excitedly," he teased, looking up at the waitress who paused at their booth, not wanting to interrupt.​

The short-haired brunette, attired in super short jean shorts and a black tank top with a glittery Limbus scale logo embedded in the front and back, rattled off the menu from memory. It was mostly American food, with a dash of Mexican dishes included. The drink menu she would lay on the table, with the Kindred entries coded not in names but in picture-code that used goth glyphs and other funky elements to disguise their true nature.​

Villiers waited until Valerie made up her mind as to what she wanted to indulge in, this evening, then quickly placed his order."O-negative," Gabriel nodded to the woman, whose badge read 'Karina'. The waitress flashed them both a grin before departing to fetch their order, at which point Gabriel took up the opportunity to seat himself next to Valerie, not wanting her to scream every time she intended to talk to him.​
 

Valerie Modeste

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#17
Hearing that Gabriel didn't like this music didn't surprise her at all. The new modern electronic music had to be harsh on his hearing, and probably sound like garbage. She conjured up an image of his face from when she had turned to an owl and smiled. He probably liked some kind of classical music. He certainly looked like the type.

She waited for her turn before she addressed the waitress and actually told her to get her a drink. Something sweet, she didn't really care what it contained. She just knew that she wanted alcohol, having a desperate need to blow off steam. Surprised she felt Gabriel take a seat next to her, but she quickly realised that it was actually pretty clever. Reaching over to him she leaned a bit closer as she took his hand.

"Don't worry. I won't party too hard. Besides, I got you here to make sure I am safe."

Pausing she enjoyed the music a moment before leaning close again.

"Paint me a picture of the place?"
 

Storm

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#18
Setting down her glass, Storm let a chuckle spill from her mouth. He was right about that, the real thing was always better. Still, one had to commend him for trying. Frankly, she was surprised he didn't turn the damn place into a replica of Versailles!​
"Pardon my lack of manners; it's not often I get accosted by the Lord Magister. Congratulations on your promotion," she said, voice silky and smooth. "It is always good to see another member of one's Clan rise high. I am Serena Perras, House Tenebris. I'm an information broker," she fired off a belated introduction. "I work closely with the Duchess of Vindicta. She is a fascinating woman, although very quirky at times. Keeps one on their toes," she grinned, not minding that he kept staring at her face, likely trying to place her.​
"I take it business is going well for you, my Lord. Or do you prefer mister LaGuardia?" inquisitive hazel eyes studied him now too, noting the elegant brow and the fine shape of his mouth, in spite of an otherwise rugged appearance.​
 

Vittorio LaGuardia

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#19
Victor couldn't help but bow his head slightly at her use of his title. "Thank you, Miss Perras. But here, in this place, I am just Victor. The proprietor of the Cybermachine." He was intrigued when she said she was an information broker. "I have met Miss LaCroix. I do not know her very well. It is something I intend to correct." To someone else, that might mean he wants to get in her panties, but to Victor - it simply meant there were blank spaces in his knowledge on her and he intended to have that rectified.

He smirked at the comment of Divia being quirky. Perhaps some of Mr. Edick was rubbing off on her. "As for the Machine? Sales are up, expenditures are down, and the arrangements I have with different parts of the city are working out quite nicely. I'd say business is good." Of course, he wasn't talking entirely about the Cybermachine. Imogen was doing nicely too, as was his little pet project. She wouldn't know about that of course.
 

Gabriel Villiers

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#20
After Valerie's reassurances that she would not go overboard with the fun, Gabriel looked to her hand clasping his. He returned the clasp, though to a Kindred it felt as if he were barely touching her. Still, the tactile contact that she initiated must have pleased the Toreador immensely, for he could not stop smiling even as he began describing the club to her.​
"Let's see... It's a single floor nightclub with a very open floor plan, although there are several very large 'nooks' that look like separate rooms. Plenty of contemporary paintings lining the walls, which I cannot pretend to understand... (the paintings, that is), and a lot of flashy neon lights, mostly deep purple and teal green. The place screams 21st century if you know what I mean," his gaze lifted to encompass Valerie's profile, yet holding back from leaning close and placing a soft kiss in her hair. Her scent was maddening; floral and fresh and yet demure, everything his kind was not. It attracted Gabriel without question, arousing the blood that cursed in his veins.​
"They also have VIP areas, styled after famous Monaco gambling parlors. I hear they are paying special homage to Formula One or some such nonsense, although I've never been in one to confirm or deny these boasts. What I can safely say is, that Limbus leadership spared no expense in making this gaudy nightmare come alive. Still, there is something to be said for being audacious, I suppose." He fell silent for a moment, waiting to hear her opinion on all this as they sat in anticipation of their cocktails being delivered.​