Two days after the twins left to pack up and settle things where they've been living, Stephen gets a call shortly after dinner.
Jamie stops pulling the air back, continuing towards the door. The minion stays where he is, as Sawney ordered.
Cute. Aaron just jumps over the feet, like this is a coordinated dance. Then he makes contact with the minion.
"Don't do anything." Sawney repeats.
"We have subdued them."
A Stephen opens the door.
Jamie pushes inside, stopping in his tracks when he sees Alex, and then Davin.
He kind of can't breathe.
One of the Stephens had managed to get the syringe into Davin while they had him pinned to the ground. He's still conscious, of course - the point of the cocktail is to keep the drugged one awake, capable of feeling all physical sensation as normal - perhaps even heightened - but unable to focus on anything for more than a moment. He stares at nothing, twitching occasionally when someone moves in his line of vision.
Alex is on his front on the ground, eyes half-lidded and unfocused as a Stephen works on his injuries. He slowly pans his gaze up to the door, staring at Jamie for a moment with unfocused eyes for a moment, and then tenses, trying weakly to push himself up from the ground, "Jay-"
Stephen kids walk in and gasp at the sight.
But they approach to help.
Sawney approaches Davin and whispers "Don't do anything." Then he feels groggy, and not just because of the wakefulness overuse.
Jamie snaps out of it, joining Aaron, Franklyn, and Stephen at Alex's side. "Don't move, Lex," he says, gently, easing him back down. He glances at the other three, "I don't know how to heal, but if any of you need more lifeforce..."
"I think the best we can do is tie the three up and get Morgan over here."
"Right," he looks around, "He'll have... rope and cuffs..." his eyes catch on the frame and he flinches, turning his attention back to his brother. Alex is obviously injured and covered in blood and half-out of it, but he's right here and he's safe. Jamie focuses on that for now.
(There are, in fact, ropes and spare chains and such around for them to make use of in securing the three prisoners.)
It's good that they can secure everyone.
The house is, presumably, such that one can't easily spy on the inside, right? Regardless, they figure out an arrangement where they can keep their prisoners out of the way and get Alex stable enough to move. He will accept health donations, but James still is recovering from his own overuse, so mostly the donors are Stephen clones (who are drained dry and then puff).
Topher will do some probing to see what Davin knows.
He knows there's some kind of masquerade - that there's more to know (he didn't tell Jackie) - but he doesn't have any idea just how much. He knows that some very rare people gain magical gifts from being put in extreme conditions. He knows it's rare because he's tried to bring them out in many, many people, and out of all of them only Jackie, Jamie, and Alex gained anything.
This reading is no more pleasant than reading Jackie was. The emotions behind the memories are a little different - more enjoyment of the pain, less of the fear. Jackie liked her victims angry and afraid but not sad. Davin likes them cowed and crying. Despite the differences it's still another series of memories about torture.
Adam... will help Topher by singing to him.
That considerably helps Topher to focus.
Davin knows too much, and he is a monster.
He doesn't like this, to him this is not exactly better than amputating someone for theft.
Also, if he doesn't, someone from The Merchant Enclave will come along to ensure the Masquerade's secret.
Stephen knows this face and comes to give some encouraging words.
It doesn't really help.
But Topher goes through the process of copying as many relevant memories to himself as he can. He can't catch everything, this a matter of erasing information that had ears to cement itself. But things like the twins' address, Topher's family, the last few hours and so on. He does something to similar to the minions.
There's a fair amount to go through, and most of it is... very unpleasant. The minions at least only have a few memories of magic - watching Jackie play with her powers, helping her kidnap some people with her illusion and possession gifts. One of them was called in to help Davin when Alex manifested his gift, as well, scorching the room and almost catching Davin before the drugs had started working.