It’s been a few weeks since the madness of the giant robot attacks. In other cities, this would still be the talk of the town, but this is LA. Since the robot attacks, the papers have been filled with stories like a movie starlet married a football player and a police detective was discovered in a whore house.
For some, the world will never be the same. It’s September. School has started again.
The LA heroes have also returned to a semblance of normalcy. The factory re-opened, so Mark has his job back. But the owner is definitely quitting the business should there be another explosion, or fire, or giant robots reappear.
Rosie has been sleeping really badly. She hasn’t seen Agent Corell for a bit, which is a good thing. Even though some of us have been patrolling and investigating issues in the city, but it’s been small time hoods; no marvels or the unexplained.
It’s a Tuesday. Mark is back from work, after a long day at the factory. Ernesto and Maria are out, so the younger children are being watched over by Madame Cobb, Rosie, and Stacey.
Stacey is waiting for her uncle who’s back from San Francisco with some books. He wants to disenchant that crazy mask we have “stored away somewhere safe”.
It’s a quiet night at Cobb house. Madame Cobb and Rosie are knitting, while Stacey is showing Juana some magic. Rosie is half-dozing. Over the week she regularly wakes up feeling like she’s lost or forgotten something.
Emillio is watching the Television.
We hear them before they come in, surprisingly. The Montoyas come back, and they are arguing. Loudly. The door opens and Ernesto storms in, with Maria following accusing him of being too chummy with a young niece at the soiree they were attending. Ernesto moves into the kitchen to make himself a sandwich.
Jorge screams out “Papa no!”.
Ernesto turns on his wife and switches languages – it sounds Russian. He raises his hand to strike Maria, and Emillio interposes and grabs Ernesto’s arm. In that same strange language Ernesto yells at his son and flings him back into the cubbards, hard.
Jorges tells Emillio that Ernesto is calling Emillio a bad son. Ernesto turns away from Maria (who is furious about her husband’s behaviour) and Emillio gets up and gets into his face, trying to talk him down in Spanish.
Rosie/Noh steps into the kitchen, stepping up to Maria, and trying to get Emillio to calm down. She gets everyone’s attention by being far more forceful than usual.
Jorge gets up and peers around the door from the living room to the kitchen. Madame Cobb also gets up, demanding to know what’s going on. Jorge says Ernesto is now talking Polish. Jorge looks carefully at Ernesto.
Ernesto glares at Rosie, and moves to strike her with a closed fist. Emillio interposes, and the strike misses.
Mark/Dynamo rushes up, adding himself to the brohaha. Ernesto is ignoring everyone except Rosie.
Stacey/Domino senses magic. Ernesto’s eyes are blue and he’s looking at Rosie with extreme hate. Stacey/Domino rises from the couch, steps into the kitchen and grabs the salt shaker. She opens it, while repeating a Santarian prayer and throws it at Ernesto. There’s a white mist that flows briefly out of him, before he sucks it back into himself.
Rosie/Noh tries to trip him, and fails.
Jorge yells out “Stop!” There’s this weird hiccup, where everyone is certain the last second or two just happened again.
There’s someone at the door.
Ernesto tries to grab Rosie/Noh. Emillio tries to interpose again. Ernesto manages to connect, hitting Emillio with his ebow to Emillio’s jaw. Ernesto says to Rosie “you abandoned me, you left me…”
Mark/Dynamo gets a good hold of Ernesto, holding him steady.
Stacey/Domino tries to put Ernesto to sleep. He seems fatigued.
Juana freaks out and Madame Cobb is trying to comfort her
Emillio goes to get some rope and ties him up.
Shortly thereafter, Stacey answers the door. It’s her Uncle Antonio Vargas.
Maria tries to mother Emillio.
Ernesto is reverting to a bizarre rotation of english (American vernacular of the mid-west, modern contemporary), Italian, polish, streaming a Rosie, Marie, and everyone in general until Maria grabs a sock and shoves it in Ernesto’s mouth.
Madame Cobb gathers up the children and tells them it’s time to brush their teeth as their father’s just had too much to drink.
The household calms down a bit. Ernesto, tied up tightly and gagged, is moved to a corner.
Maria sits downn, abd looks at her husband in an angry/confused/upset sort of way. When Rosie goes to talk to her – she learns that Ernesto made inappropriate remarks about the young Hernandez woman. So much so that Maria insisted they come home early.
They’d been to a church social that was a pot-luck. It was to raise funds for the church roof.
A police car goes past, but for the next half hour, a lot of cop cars seem to be coming into the area.
Uncle Vargas sends a message to Mama Tousault (a voodoo madame to the stars), asking Emillio to deliver the message. Stacy covers his disappearance.
He arrives at Mama Tousault’s magic store. There’s a south-seas island motif. Behind the counter is an elderly ample woman in her 50s – with a white headscarf. She calls Emillio “mon petite”.
She reads the note, packs the bag and tells “Antoine, Je Sort.”
As Emillio is zipping around, it seems the police are dealing with seven distinct incidents of domestic abuse. Looking into one, he sees a similar scenario. He does what he must to intervene.
In 6 cases, the men attacked their wives. In the seventh, the man had a knife and charged the police. They shot him. He’s still alive (and still trying to strike the policeman). The police are applying first aide as best they are able.
El Nino takes the man to the hospital after struggling to get him off the ground.
Mama Tousault arrives, smoking a big cigar. Madame Cobb is not impressed, but after a please? look from Stacey, she goes to make tea. Emillio tidies up the kitchen.
Mama Tousault blows cigar smoke into Ernesto’s face. Making him cough.
We chat and then take him to the garage. After she draws symbols in red chalk, she drinks down 2/5th of burbon before dumping some on the ground and breaking the bottle.
She then gets ridden by a loa. Her smoke forces out the spirit and she catches it. She tells us that old blue eyes is furioush with Rosie/Noh. He’s very angry and feels betrayed. The butcher of the black flower. He was found and punished by the white face who killed him.
Mama Tousault says we have to find him. But tells us no more. When the loa departs.
Stacey tries to explain it to Ernesto. He says he’ll sleep at his brother’s tonight and come back tomorrow night. When he leaves the garage, Mark jumps him! Mark lets him go once Ernesto shows he’s rational.
Rosie/Noh goes patrolling to try and figure out what’s going on. She’d rather the butcher of the black flower is attacking women, not her.
Stacey and Uncle Vargas researches the nullification ritual. It takes most of the night to finish.
The people on the street are out and talking about the violence and the police presence. Things begin to quiet down. There’s still a tension in the streets of Bunker hill.
The next day, Mark goes to work with a very embarrassed Ernesto. At lunch, Ernesto seeks Mark out and asks about his wife and discussing the night before. He returns to work, and on the way home – buys flowers.
Around 6, Ernesto arrives home and Maria is cooking up a storm. When Ernesto arrives, Maria gets Mark a beer and ignores her husband. Ernesto brings her flowers. She grabs them, takes her husband by hte elbow and goes into the parlor to have a hushed conversation in Spanish.
Eventually Maria and Ernesto return. Ernesto apologizes for his behaviour, claiming he was very drunk. After dinner, Ernesto and Maria go to church.
We suit up and head out to the church. Along the way we see extra foot patrols, but the hill is quiet.
The hall is an area used by various groups and organizations. Tonight was bingo night.
Stacey/Domino knocks on the door. Father O’Shawnashe answers the door. He takes us into the hall. He describes the madness as a form of contagion. One of the long-standing parishioners – Ben Miskona. He’s a widower. And he spoke to each of the stricken men for a long time.
El-Nino found the priest’s stash of nu-die magazines. Ewwww!
Rosie/Noh is flitting from room to room using her ghost site. She’s in the priest’s bedroom, checking around. She’s not found a direction or source and so she’s just looking around. She glances in a mirror and sees a man drenched in blood with piercing blue eyes – holding a knife, drenched in blood! She turns around, and he’s gone. He’s not in the mirror. She starts moving back towards the group, when there’s a lot of movement around her. She starts to hide, and she seems shadowy forms (men dressed in black – with blades on their arms. Coming out of a puff of smoke is a Japanese woman with a blade that flares, wearing all silvery-white. She names herself Silver samurai and demands Noh give back what she has stolen!