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Jan 21, 2021 4:18 PM
The continuing chronicles of life after the Bug
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He shows him his phone. "I'll kill them all! Drink their blood! Werewolf blood is terrible but I'll drink it anyway!" 

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"...I know you're spitting mad, but didn't it seem like Gren wanted you to be calm about this?"

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He sniffles. "Yes."

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"So we're going to be calm about this. We're going to get all the adults together and decide what to do. My judgement of Angie is that we can intimidate her into giving up on this..."

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"Good idea. Safer than bombs."

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"Indeed."

He goes to find the doctor and Winona.

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As it happens, Winona is chatting with the doctor. "--So I think we should refrain--oh, hello Terence, Daniel."

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"We have a kidnapping and extortion problem." He explains, briefly. "To some extent this is playacting on the werewolves' part, I suspect, and while Miss Woods's safety is a very important factor... I do not think we should play along."

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"So we're gonna let them keep Gren?"

The look in Danny's eyes is a slightly uncomfortable reminder that Danny is in fact related to Tabby.

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Winona puts a hand on his nephew's shoulder. "They won't want to keep her."

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"We can make them not want to keep her. We try not to be draconian, I know, but this is the sort of thing that crosses a line and requires severe discipline."

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"What do you suggest?"

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"I think Angie is in this for fun. She want to scheme and win a boon for her friends the punkers. If we show up in overwhelming force - a dozen adult vampires - and make it so she knows it's not a game anymore, I think she'll cave. But this means she will probably threaten Miss Woods... And I'm not sure she wouldn't actually hurt our favorite farm girl, which is the hard part."

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"Maybe if we made them think we were giving them what they want?"

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"Possible. If we look like we're playing along... We only need to hold up the illusion until one of us can whisk Gren out of the way. The puppies aren't going to beat adult vampires. Especially not Winona. And property damage is acceptable. I still think we should be doing more to rehabilitate the punkers... It sounds like most of them sided with Tabitha, anyway, and the troublemakers are relatively few?"

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"She still has the loyalty of the majority of them, yes."

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"...Well, we're going to save everyone we can, it's tragic enough already, but a moderate amount of property damage is acceptable."

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Winona looks at her nephew. "You willing to be our Judas goat for the proceedings."

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"I am not a general, I don't really know how to plan this sort of thing. Is that closer to your expertise, Winona? Or perhaps the others, that Kevin fellow?"

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"He is good with that, and it has been about a hundred and fifty years since I planned a raid."

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"I'll go fetch him, then, shall I?"

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Kevin arrives. "Terence told me the plan. I think you really need to lean hard on misdirection and redundancy. What could go wrong? The wolflings kill their hostage as soon as they realize something's up. The wolflings smell us gathering to attack them. How can we prevent those things?"

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"Smell will be the hard one."

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