The Vanburen Estate
"If we were being tested I say we all failed and got by on luck more than skill. If you had a hard time fighting it, then there's more of a chance most of us will die. You don't have many children that are bright between the ears, Ja-Father."
James chuckled at the comment about his children. Not in a way that even implied
that he had agreed with her, but more of an amused way. He shook his head as he looked at Georgie. "You doubt us, Georgie." He said, "We're all a lot better than what you think we are. Everyone survived, correct?"
Justin was not sure about the Vanburen family, yet. He couldn't really agree or disagree with Georgie's assertion... he just felt that she was a bit blunt at best, and outright rude, at worst. Justin would never say such things about his family but he was raised in a... much different household. One that valued family over money but he's getting ahead of himself. James seemed to imply that there was a catch.
"The Horned God has a weakness, so does the Triple Goddess," He started as he raised a hand. "The two of them are linked to each other - when one is sealed, the other is far weaker. This is why she's going to throw her cult at you... Yet, do not underestimate her under any circumstance." He sighed.
"The Horned God's weakness lies in his horns... damage them and he will lose power and you'll easily be able to seal him. I'm not sure about the Triple Goddess. Both of them have a weakness to being damaged by artificial materials, but this shouldn't be an issue as long as
the Horned God remains sealed..."
"Could you tell us where in your library we can find information on the Triple Goddess, the Horned God, and Thorton Walters? It's best we know everything, before going into a fight."
"It's alphabetically arranged," James very flatly answered. "Unless one of you got in there and messed up the arrangement... again
." He sighed.
"Well, it looks like that we know what to look for to know if the cult of idiots had managed to do their job despite being a group of incompetent mage wannabes with absolutely no management skills. Where did you hide the ram skull, then? We'd have to check if it's gone, and if it's not, we better put it in a more secure location, such as... I don't know. A reinforced steel vault perhaps, with magic thingimajigs keeping it sealed? Dunno, whatever it takes, that is. A lot of the things here could just be grabbed four of a pedestal without any effort, after all."
James looked to the left and the right.
"It's the skull of a ram that's in my study," James answered. "I never knew that magic would ever return to this world... and that those beings that I defeated eons ago would remain dormant. However, I heavily advise that you hide them somewhere because it's likely that there are other eyes set on them. And I have sealed beings such as Babylon the Great, The Swarm, and... the Hands."
He cringed as Justin was tempted to ask about James' relationship with his grandmother. Justin held his tongue, yet again as James asked,
"Is there anything else you all need? I guess I don't have any obligations anymore here in the afterlife!" He chuckled.
The Vanburen Estate
"No, I-...No. If I can help it, I'd rather sort all this out as quickly as possible. They just seemed like stupid kids, even if they can throw out all kinds of crazy shit, they can still see reason. Namely, that attacking the estate of one of the most well-known families in town is really fucking dumb."
Sabrina played it off with a bout of laughter. She was certain that she wasn't going to convince her younger brother by playing it off as a joke- especially since he was a cop and she was... just a Lil' ol' fashion designer out of her element. She loved Shane with all of her heart but she had to make sure that he wouldn't go off the deep end on some kids. The idea of killing people frightened Sabrina, and she was not trying to watch anybody
go down that road. That was why she was going to stop them... if it was really possible to do so. Sabrina sighed as she wanted to say something but she thought it'd be best if she remained quiet and hope that Shane lets that go.
"And about Dad. It doesn't much matter what he'd want right now.""But-"
Sabrina squeaked out but she stopped herself. Holding her tongue was tough but she didn't want to get into an argument about what James wanted at the moment.
"Anyway, back to the matter. Where would someone like Morgana and her friends go in town? From what little we know, Morgana's boorish and immature, stands to reason her friends aren't much better. Theoretically, Morgana's got a memorable enough name, look and attitude that if we go somewhere communal like a corner store we've got a half-decent shot at finding a lead."
Araminta wasn't that
big but Shane was likely overestimating their chances a bit, Sabrina felt like. Araminta was full of drug addicts and the children of
those drug addicts raising hell - if she was even from Araminta but she doubted that so she pushed that possibly out of her mind. Though, Shane was a police officer, maybe... An idea popped into Sabrina's head."... Do you think we could pull a few strings with the Sherriff's office and ask about her?"
Sabrina asked. "We should have enough pull in Araminta, but there's a lot of corner stores here..."
She trailed off.
“Well, I remember Justin said something about there being a cult in the woods. So it seems that they use that for whatever weird things they’re doing. But forests are large and I think it would be best to try and narrow them down. But there’s only so much of the city that is next to woods, so that narrows it down for finding a corner store to ask at. Which I think is a good idea, she’s certainly memorable. They may have… powers, but they’ll still need to eat. We just need to decide where to check.”
Her mind went back to their supernatural expert and she felt the urge to go back and ask him what he knew. However, they were already in the cab and, at this point, it was likely that Justin didn't have that much of a lead either - likely that he just scoured Reddit and told him what he found there. However, Oscar had a better idea - they could just look by the woods! Probably they grab a pizza and stuff - anything to avoid wandering around the woods for hours in a place where the Wiccans probably have the home-field advantage."Yeah, that's a grea-"
Sabrina tried to say before she was surprised by the knocking on the window. She jolted as she whipped her head around to the side of the cab... and saw Raymond. She was happy that it wasn't that insane cult, but at the same time... she quietly coughed as she rolled down the window.
Hey, I heard you talking about going after the cult. I want to come along with you... if that's alright. I know quite a bit about magic, and they already have the conversation with our deceased father covered. If rather do something more active. Please...?""I don't see why not,"
Sabrina answered. Before she smiled as she said, "Just don't bring down any buildings while we're there, okay?"
Sabrina said as she remembered the devastation he caused in the manor. Though, there was a problem that she didn't yet realize until she opened the door for him...
everyone in the car was six feet and over.
Needless to say, it was a very
uncomfortable car ride to the border between the wooded and the urban parts of Araminta. Sabrina wanted to say she was okay with it, but being the largest of the siblings, she was very uncomfortable. The girl had to suck it up, but the fact that she had to bring her knees up so high in the back of the cab plus being sandwiched was not...ideal. She sighed. Sabrina watched as the environment went from the woods to the more run-down areas of Araminta. They were in East Araminta, just as she told the cabbie... because if there's a cult out in the woods they definitely crawled out of this shithole.
When the cab stopped and she opened the door, she was assaulted by the harsh smell of sewage filling in the air. That's what reminded her that she was in East Araminta... the one part of the city that she and the rest of the siblings stayed away from with good reason. She realized that she stuck out like a sore thumb here and hoped that their time here would be brief. The cab sped off and right behind Sabrina was the woods... and in front of her was a row of buildings. A convenience store, a bar, an alcohol store, a pizza store, and a strip club.Only in Araminta.
She sighed as a tall lady with blonde hair came out of the pizza store holding a pizza... she looked at the four as her eyes shot open before she turned to the right and walked down the sidewalk away from them.