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Nov 16, 2018 5:15 PM
Tasfal meets Will on Earth
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The opening party for the new art museum is a crowded and loud affair. Hannibal is quickly immersed in conversation and Will slips free to stand against the far wall, out of the press of people.

From this slightly safer vantage point, he scans the crowd. 

 

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Apart from Hannibal, the most popular person in the room is the architect himself, a tall man in an old-fashioned tailcoat. The coat is an unusual sight in this sea of suits; it seems to delicately straddle the line between 'formal wear' and 'steampunk cosplay', and flatters him magnificently under either interpretation.

Although he's enjoying the attention and effusive compliments of the crowd, after only a few minutes he's already starting to display a hint of restlessness. None of the available conversation is really engaging him.

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Will is not confident in his ability to offer engaging conversation, but he's curious about the man who designed this place. Most potentially interesting people he meets are serial killers, not artists. 

Will approaches the edge of his conversation. 

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Someone has just finished telling him how lovely the building is; he thanks them politely, smiling, and turns to the next person.

"I can't tell you how much this place means to me," she says earnestly. "It's - not just that it's beautiful - it really shows me what architecture can do. It's the most inspiring thing I've ever seen."

He grins radiantly at her as he shakes her hand, happier by far about this than any previous encounter. "I'm so glad you like it!"

"Thank you," she says, and then is overcome by shyness and has to retreat to the buffet table. He gazes after her, still smiling, clearly touched.

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Will grins too, catching a bit of the architect's delight. 

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"It really is," Will says, "I know nothing about architecture, but even I can tell that there aren't many places like this."

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He turns his smile in Will's direction, with that same sincere delight in other people's happiness. "Thanks! I'm very proud of it!"

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"And with that, I'm out of interesting things to say I'm afraid, I know nothing about any of this, but I thought it'd be a shame to come here and not meet the person who made the place."

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He laughs.

"Well at least you're honest about it. Nothing interesting to say at all, though, really? Are you sure? Have you checked?"

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"I could tell you about the serial killer I'm currently investigating, but I've been told that's poor party conversation."

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"Aww, but that sounds like it'd be the most interesting thing I've heard all night!"

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He laughs.

"As long as you're not the type to be bothered by gruesome details?"

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"Not at all," he says cheerfully.

The rest of the crowd around them seems to have different opinions; they quietly and politely disperse. He doesn't mind a bit.

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"We call him the angel-maker. He removes the flesh from the backs of his victims and suspends them by it, making them appear to have wings. His victims were found in a hotel room, suspended at the foot of the bed. The original theory was that he had a god complex, but I had the lab run a test on traces of his vomit that were found in the room. He's on radiation treatment and has been taken anti-convulsants and steroids. It's very likely that he has brain cancer. I believe that he created the angels because he fears death and wants the angels to pray over him while he sleeps."

Will is, as always, unable to hide his unusual reactions to the crimes. The horror that should be there is missing and is instead replaced by a strange sympathy for the killer. 

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"Wow. That's a new one." He almost sounds like he might be a little sympathetic himself.

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"They tend to only call me in for the strangest cases."

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"Well, at least you're very unlikely to get bored."

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He laughs.

"No, boredom is not a complaint I've ever had about my job."

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"That's good! Boring jobs are the worst. I can't stand them, I'm lucky I'm independently wealthy or I'd be in trouble."

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"Does architecture not pay well?"

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"It pays fine, but I never would've been able to get these fancy gigs if I'd had to make an honest living first."

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Will tugs on the collar of his suit.

"I don't think I could stand to live like this all the time. It'd be suffocating, but maybe it's worth it if you get to build places like this."

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"Live like what? Going to fancy parties? Oh, I keep that to a minimum."

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"I would've imagined you'd have to do a lot of networking to be chosen for this, but maybe your talent speaks for itself."

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"The air of mystery adds to my charm."

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He laughs.

"Unless you want to hear about more serial killers, I think I'll make my escape. I've been here long enough to at least technically count as keeping my promise to come to this party."

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