Visionary Tales

IC => Sci Fi => Topic started by: readlliea on November 13, 2019, 08:44:30 PM

Title: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: readlliea on November 13, 2019, 08:44:30 PM
Lately the cold and sleek look of the city was draining, hard to look at. He was yearning for the countryside again...hell, the dense forest on the border of the countryside was where his mind would pull itself toward when he didn't have a distraction. The smells of the trees and floral, the long blades of grass that caught the morning dew with care. Hearing the wind whistle around him, taunting him with the primal desires that would rush through him. The scent of pine and willow, earthy yet almost hypnotizing.

Laurence sat there at his chair, the man was pressed firmly into his chair. Mix matched eyes of yellow and brown were focusing their combined gaze out the window. A tea cup resting in their hand, long fingers stretched around the cup in the attempt to support it tenderly. His short creamish hair looked slightly ruffled but for the most part, it wasn't too wild looking. With his spare hand, he drummed lightly on the arm rest of his chair. Almost as if attempting to stir up the smell of cigars to get his nose to focus on a real smell, rather than the conjured up ones from his imagination. Sadly the smell of tea had long faded from the room and while he wasn't the one who smoked, he had many clients who did and some of the pieces were here prior to him getting this place; hence they already had the cigar smell imprinted upon them.

Currently he wore a pair of brown pants and a smoking jacket that was auburn with goldish trim  was all he was wearing. His slippers clung to his feet, almost as if they were put on haphazardly or without care. Which was the opposite of how he wore them..in fact...there were a few off things. His jacket was wrinkled, ruffled up, and slightly opened up closer at the top. Normally he would have it smoothed out and closed all the way. The way he sat wasn't typical either. He was shoved against the chair enough to make it look like the natural cushion of it was trying to swallow him whole.

A concern look was given from the doorway was the house lady looked to the partner and friend of Mr. Laurence. She didn't know what to do and she hadn't seen the detective like this in a good long while. Often even one of these signs was a indicator of something pressing on their mind. Of course, the friend of the man had been brought here due to invitation that she hadn't sent. No doubt the detective had requested their presence so early in the morning...the sun wasn't even up yet.

“I swear he's been sitting there since midnight. I haven't seen him sleep. The only reason I know he was awake was due to him either drumming his fingers or I'd catch him moving his wrist with the teacup in hand.” Mrs. Wicky whispered in a nervous tone. “Must be important if he's been awake that long and asked for you to come here so early.”

She smoothed out her dress as she took a deep breathe. Gesturing for the partner to head on in.

“Fresh tea will be ready soon as will breakfast. I'll be back.” Mrs. Wicky said before she headed to another room.

Leaving the friend to stand there in front of a cracked open door that was fixated on the man who was still sitting there. Drumming their fingers and once in a while, adjusting their grip on the tea cup that was no doubt ice cold and hours old.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: PendragonXeno94 on November 13, 2019, 10:18:42 PM
As she managed to pull the hood over her head, Lapis walked down the steps to the entrance of her apartment building and let herself enjoy the night's waning hours. Her short, dark auburn hair was pulled back with a few large wavy strands delicately framing her pale face. Shaking her head at all the possible thoughts as to why he wanted her to come out before morning, she continued down the block before turning at the corner of the small drugstore that was squeezed between the Chinese restaurant and the little arcade that kept having a new owner every two or three years.

Her pencil skirt was free of wrinkles as was her blue blouse. With her thigh boots being the closest pair to her bed, she had to make due. Passing through several smaller shops and the occasional tattoo parlor, she made it to her friend's place and knocked on the door.

Mrs. Wicky had shown her in and told her what had been going on. "That sounds like him," she said. Knowing Laurence, there was something on his mind and he couldn't wait until morning to tell her what was going on.

Opening the cracked door, she calmly strolled in and sat on his desk. "Missed me that much?" she teased, a small smirk breaking her ruby lips.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: readlliea on November 13, 2019, 10:31:19 PM
IT took a moment or so for him to respond, his grip tightening on the porcelain cup. The delicate item made a faint sound, protesting the increased grip upon it's poor frame. In which he did lessen his grip before he allowed those mixmatched eyes of his to tear themselves away from the window and upon his companion. Lapis...a good woman. Frankly he never expected to work with one as much as he had but she was irreplaceable. He knew that much for certain. The cup was placed onto the desk, making a slight sound as he wasn't as gentle with it as he normally was.

"There is much to discuss." Laurence said in a voice that indicated something was amiss.

He gestured with a hand for her to take a seat in a chair rather than on his desk. If she did so or not, he wouldn't say another word on it. Merely he would continue on once he knew that he had her focus again. What she would notice however was the clear lack of sleep. Now it wasn't uncommon for him to not sleep as long as he should but....there was something about the way the bags under his eyes looked darker than they should've if this was just a single night of missed sleep.

"You've heard about the recent murders yes? The ones that are filling the papers and channels about with all sort of gruesome things?" he asked.

Ah yes, the murder count was up to seven now. A truly unlucky number and frankly, he had a feeling it wouldn't end there. Deep in his chest there was that feeling of a whirlpool growing. The chaos that would quickly grow was making his heart beat slightly faster. Anticipating the flood of madness that would overtake the populace, waiting for the police to exhaust their resources, and give in to a new mass murder of horrendous proportions. And yet...he could already feel something else stirring inside of him. A part of him wanting that chaos in order to have a feast of it's own. The thoughts were shoved to the back of his mind best he could as he took a breathe, his shoulders rising as he did before it all returned to it's still position he had earlier.

"The inspector is most likely going to involve us today however, that's not why I'm bringing this up." Laurence added. "I feel....I am getting worse."
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: PendragonXeno94 on November 14, 2019, 11:12:28 AM
The tone of Laurence's voice made Lapis give him a look of concern as she moved into the seat he gestured at.

"Yeah," she said. "Where each one is more gruesome than the previous. How the latest victim was killed was..." She shook her head. "No one should go like that."

She took a moment to look his face and see that the bags under his eyes were darker than usual. Normally, she would dismiss it as he sometimes skipped sleep for a few nights. But the murders couldn't be why he had stayed up all night. When he told her why she was there, she grimaced slightly.

"Oh." She placed a hand on his arm. "I'm sure there's a way to suppress it." Giving him an encouraging smile, two sharp canine teeth protruded out of her mouth as she patted his arm. "There has to be, right?"
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: readlliea on November 14, 2019, 12:54:09 PM
She always did look at more positive things. A tricky thing to do in this era with everything that could wrong. However the means of encouragement that there was a way to keep a side of himself in check was..uncertain. He found his mind mulling it over, disbelieving her words yet wanting to believe them. He wanted to have father that she was right. For years now he put up with it,for many years he had managed to survive with it. Yet..it felt like it was getting stronger as of late..the way his mind drifted back to the forest and it's smells was proof of it in his mind.

"The forest calls me, singing it's inaudible song with memories of it's fragrance and the city looks so.." Laurence had started before he caught himself off.

His mix matched eyes closing as he took a deep breathe, once through his nose and the other through his mouth. The idea was to try and get a different smell in but he just couldn't pick up on anything else. The pat registered and he went to place a hand on her's  to show he appreciated the gesture. However the man froze as he stared at his hand. It looked thinner and as it had a short spasm with claws noticeable for only a moment, he straightened his hand out as he made it return to normal. It might've looked like that took so little effort but Lapis might notice how his shoulders sagged a little and the look of being tired increased  before he seemed to brush it away.

"I need you to help make sure nothing happens." Laurence continued, letting his hand rest on the desk away from Lapis. "My normal methods work to a degree but just to be safe, I'd rather have someone be watching just in case I don't notice something..happening."
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: PendragonXeno94 on November 14, 2019, 10:21:31 PM
Lapis only noticed the hand changing once Laurence went to place his hand on top of hers. As he straightened it, she sighed to herself. She that he was so afraid of losing himself and wanted her to keep an eye on him. "Isn't that all I do?" she teased, shifting in her seat and crossing her legs.

It was a little concerning that he was hearing the forest call to him, but his methods of keeping himself in check had worked thus far. Nodding slightly, she rested her chin on her hand and sighed once more. "You know I've always got your back."

As she slouched, she glanced over at Laurence's hand. "You should get some sleep," she said. "Or... as much as you can before the inspector call us in."
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: readlliea on November 14, 2019, 10:34:09 PM
A humored smile came to his face as he gave a small chuckle. That was one of the common things she did do, keep an eye on him. Though she had yet to see the full power he held deep inside of him. There was a time she saw him on a bad day, struggling with it and becoming more...well more of it. Still he pushed those thoughts away. Feeling the pull  a bit stronger now that he was recalling moments where his grip faulted in the past.

"I know, I merely wish to warn you of a possible storm." Laurence admitted. "Ah sleep, such a vital thing yet elusive when it's needed. Sadly all it's been doing is making the call louder like a gong sounding off in my head. Causing the sound to echo and rattle me to my core..."

The man paused before giving a slow shake of his head. No. He would sleep later. When perhaps working on something new would drain him and his other side enough for sleep to be a peaceful endeavor. He could only hope in truth.

"Besides, the good man will be here in fifteen minutes. Long enough for us to enjoy a calming chat and some breakfest before we are pestered." Laurence added in.

As if on cue, Mrs. Wicky opened the door. Carrying a tray with toast, eggs, and even a few other items that were more along the specifics for certain supernaturals. Laurence could eat almost anything and while he did try to avoid foods that would trigger his other side, he found a recipe that he requested for Mrs. Wicky to try making him. There were some things...he still missed eating from before this whole mess began.

"Here you two are. Are you sure you want this in the morning though, Mr. Laurence? It's a bit early for a bigger piece of meat that isn't bacon or sausage."

The small plate she held seemed to have something along the lines of a type of meat, though it was hard to tell what it was due to the sauce that it sat within the center of and the small bits of green and grey herbs that decorated the cooked flesh.

"I am sure Mrs. Wicky, it's a small portion that shouldn't cause trouble if the recipe doesn't work. You did remember it my dear?" Laurence replied.

"Of course! IT's pinned my precises of the day board." Mrs. Wicky assured, with a nod she set it down and left the room.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: PendragonXeno94 on November 15, 2019, 10:01:41 PM
"How nice of him," Lapis replied dryly. "But breakfast does sound good."

No sooner had she said that, Mrs. Wicky had brought them some food and she reached for some eggs.

"So... what's this recipe that Mrs. Wicky makes for you?" she asked as she began to eat.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: readlliea on November 15, 2019, 10:10:38 PM
"Tis a new one I found that should make eating some things...easier for me." Laurence started. "It's mainly drowned in various seasonings but what it's meant to do is restrain the magic that normally resides in me. When two things mix such as me eating certain foods and what lurks in me, they tend to have a negative reaction. Sure I could eat normal chicken but that causes my other tendencies to gain a stronger hold, craving more and growing harder to control."

Laurence would go on to list the various herbs and new seasons that were put on it, the sauce that was around it playing a key role in it as well. All in all, it would sound fine and he would add in that with this small of an amount, it shouldn't do too much to him if the recipe didn't work. Hence why he had other things to eat as well, to make up for this little experiment. Oh how he wished it was easier to eat his meals...not having to worry about throwing himself into a frenzy cause of one particular item.

"How has the private life been going? No trouble I hope?" Laurence asked as he cut another piece off the specially prepared bird.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: PendragonXeno94 on November 16, 2019, 06:57:41 PM
As Laurence explained what was in his meal, Lapis could only nod as she knew that it was only what was best for him. She was thankful she hadn't seen him at his worst when he lost control, and she hoped that it would stay that way.

"Oh, it's fine," she said. "I just broke up with Jamie. That jerk thought me having one human parent was bad enough to where he called me an abomination. I didn't choose my parents, and I don't see why the blame should be on me." She only shrugged and continued to eat her eggs. "But that gives me an idea of what I'm not looking for in a guy. Jamie was little self-centered, anyway."

She was interested to hear what Laurence thought of him. Her parents were never overly thrilled that she was dating someone who was considered hoity toity.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: readlliea on November 16, 2019, 07:23:10 PM
Laurence listened patiently, letting the words reach his ears and to be heard in their entirety. It was a shame that the potential romance hadn't worked. Now he normally didn't dive into that romance side of things in life. IT had never worked out for him before, why would it now? Still hearing how someone was casting her aside due to one half half of her be one thing, well..it irked him.

"A unworthy partner." Laurence replied simply as he returned to his food, not wishing to rile himself up.

The remaninder of the meal was spent with more pleasent things and as soon as they were done, Laurence glanced out his window. A smile appearing on his face before he chuckled. Right on time it seemed, if not a second early. Mrs. Wicky would end up opening the door to a young police officer, whose classic blue uniform had never changed over the ages in it's look. Although all police officers had a type of armor like quality to their clothes, sure they looked like fabric but the cloth could stop most bullets and blades not of the technologically advance kind. Removing their helmet, it revealed a young face with some peach fuzz at the ends of their sharp side burns, their hair a bit messy due to the helmet creating some static electricity to make it stand on end.

"Is he in?" The young man asked, although their words were less than desired, there was a humbled, if not nervous tone to their words.

"He's up in his study with his partner in work as usual." Mrs. Wicky said as she took the helmet and let it rest on a hanger.

Of course, the young policeman would give her a quick thanks and make his way up the stairs. Even before he reached to knock, he'd hear Laurence grant permission to enter. He did so without a fuss though Laurence was a tad surprised.

"Goldstone? I must admit, I was expect your superior, Inspector Crown. You look nervous lad, come sit. Take a few moments to gather yourself." Laurence urged kindly.

"I..I would accept the seat and moment to relax, Mr. Laurence. But I'm not here during my break, I'm still on the clock, this is urgent though!" Goldstone spoke, his humbled voice was shaky like a record attempting to skip but not quite there yet. "The murders, they're out of hand! Inspector Crown and even the Chief are having trouble , they won't seek outside aid due to how dangerous this is. HUmans and supernatural are dying all over, and they're getting more brutual. I was just there, I couldn't....I.."

"Calm Goldstone, calm. You are going to lose whatever remains of your morning coffee in your stomach, I can tell you already lost your breakfest." Laurence stood and set a hand on the young officer's shoulder and guided them to a seat. "If anyone from your department comes here, I'll deal with them. Right now you are in no state to go recounting what you've seen. My dear Lapis, please fetch some medicine to help our guest with his nerves, it'll also help his stomach as well."
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: PendragonXeno94 on November 17, 2019, 08:57:36 PM
Instead of telling him that her dating life was put on hold, she focused on telling him about how her parents had been and how they had just left to go to Barcelona for their anniversary. Turning to see the young officer, she looked him over once before she quickly went to get him medicine.

"Here," she said after returning and handing it over to him.

"Thanks," the young man said as he took it.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: readlliea on November 17, 2019, 09:39:30 PM
Taking the medicine and given a few minutes. Goldstone would start to explain what had happened. Apparently a murder happened on the east side this time, the victims were torn apart and quite literally scattered all the place. There was the fact that a message was written in blood and judging by how large the print was and the state of a leg and torsoe on one victim...the killer used them as a paintbrush to write their blood message which read in a old language:

'Time to change, time for ending.'

Thankfully Laurence knew the old language well enough to do a translation but with that cryptic and foreboding of a message, well...it gave little comfort and not much insight. Goldstone would go on to explain that none of the other crime scenes had a message written and it felt directed to an audience due to how large the writing of it was. The scene had signs of a fight under all the blood, with claw marks in the pavement and even posters torn; as well as painted on. Injuries on the victims suggested a attempt of a fight was given. Yet with how big the killer had to be in order to use parts of them to write with? It felt odd.

"The incident could've started with our murderer in a more human form, many supernatural are capable of changing their height and size. It's a must to have a human form." Laurence explained to Goldstone, in which the young man nodded.

Carrying on, the young officer added in how angry Inspector Crown was. How bitter and enraged they were, Goldstone had a feeling that he might've known the victims given how there was a look of grief on his face before the anger quickly boiled over it. And that's when the order to not involve non-law enforcement members into the case. Laurence sat in quite contemplation, having had a cup of tea brought for Goldstone by this point. The officer barely sipped at it, no doubt the medicine was only just now kicking in.

"I....I couldn't listen to that order Sir....this... this is out of hand. We don't have any clues other than a...a.." goldstone stammered.

"Other than a possible supernatural member of society. Yes, what little you have is hinting at it but it's unwise to say that is the true answer." Laurence finished the sentence.

"Indeed...if the press starts running this like the cops are only looking at supernatural, it'll cause a uproar! And the last time we had a civil dispute between human and supernatural it...well...you know."

"It ended in the most gruesome bloodbath our city has seen in the current century...hm.." Laurence paused for a few moments before glancing to Lapis. "My dear, what do you think on this?"
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: PendragonXeno94 on November 17, 2019, 10:37:37 PM
Shaking her head at what she heard, Lapis slouched in her seat some before she noticed the look on Goldstone's face. Something about his expression told her that he was connected to victims in some way, thought she was sure by the way he seemd to have reacted to how brutal their deaths were that... well, it was obvious, anyway.

She simply chose not to add her commentary about the uproar that had occurred in recent years. Her parents were concerned whenever she had gone out during that time, though they were more relaxed once the situation was under control.

"Hm." She folder her hands together and tilted her head while pursing her lips. "It could always be someone who is half supernatural," she said. "Although a shape shifter definitely sounds about right. I know of a few who are capable of it."
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: readlliea on November 17, 2019, 10:49:49 PM
"That is possible as well. I've observed several cases where hybrids of the supernatural and humans have turned out very strong and some that have surprased the norm of their supernatural parent." Laurence agreed with a nod. "We'll start looking into this Goldstone but don't mention this conversation to your superiors. If Inspector Crown knew the recent victims then his judgement will be clouded to a degree. If he asks any questions that involve me, I'll take care of it."

Goldstone gave a small nod. Although he wasn't feeling very relaxed, his heart was still pounding and his stomach would twist now an then. Taking a deep breathe, he exhaled.

"Yes sir." Goldstone answered.

"Good lad, now write down the location where the recent murder was for me and you head on back to headquarters. Just tell them you needed a few moments to collect yourself, surely they would understand." Laurence instructed gently.

Goldstone did as was requested, writing the exact address down before departing. Laurence watched the young officer leave the building and disappear into the street bellow his window.

"Well then dear Lapis, let us be on our way. But now that it's just the two of us, you may voice any thoughts you having in full." Laurence encouraged as he reached for his coat.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: PendragonXeno94 on November 21, 2019, 07:25:41 PM
Lapis rose from her seat as she shook her head. "Honestly? I really don't know. I'm more concerned about what would happen if Inspector Crown decides..."

Shaking her head again, she fixed her coat. "Never mind."
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: readlliea on November 21, 2019, 07:37:07 PM
A brow was raised to what Lapis had started talking about her thoughts and yet she cut herself off.

"Now now Lapis, speak what you have to say. You know that voicing one's thoughts can help prevent them from being clouded." Laurence spoke. "ALas if you are that uncomfortable with the thought and would prefer not to, I understand."

With his coat in hand, he easily slipped into it and reached for his hat. Letting the rather old style top hat to rest on his head, he gestured for Lapis to follow as the two left the house. Now taking a cab to the crime scene was most unwise but so was taking the car. So Laurence opted to skip both options strangely enough! They had wished Mrs. Wicky a good day before leaving and the lady was visably concerned, though she wished the two luck.

The trek to the crime scene was quite a while, and the walk was long. Strangely quiet despite the fact that people were about on the streets as well. All of them whispering their buisness to the other, even in the spots were vendors were common. Interesting though, how there wasn't much in terms of vendors today. Most likely scared off due to the rise in murders. Such a shame..Laurence noticed that the person who made vintage items no longer had their stall out. Perhaps they would return in time, when the streets were safer?

"You notice, yes?" Laurence asked quietly as they walked, now only a mile or so from the new crime scene. "A great deal quiet despite the amount of people.."
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: PendragonXeno94 on November 24, 2019, 04:51:35 PM
Normally, Lapis was quite vocal with her thoughts, but now with it being the latest victims being so close to Crown... she didn't know how to word what she wanted to say. "I'm just worried if everyone knew about your... issue, they might think you did it..."

There was always a chance for someone to know about his condition and deciding that he had to have committed all of the murders. She still felt some disquiet as they left the house and walked all the way to the crime scene. A quick glance had her sighing to herself as she saw how empty the street seemed, possibly due to the latest murder.

"Yes," she answered. "It just seems so sad that fear is running rampant now. I just hope that we can solve the cases soon."
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: readlliea on November 24, 2019, 05:28:13 PM
"A reasonable concern, I will admit that even I have a concern regarding it. But let us not dwell on that part." Laurence assured her before they walked out.

Even with how empty the streets were, he could contain his sigh. A nod was his only response to Lapis as she agreed about how empty it was, and added in that fear was rampant. It was...wasn't it? Such a easy thing to stir up within any creature, no matter how hard they tried to deny being afraid. Still thoughts of fear and his own problem would have to be put aside as they came upon the holo tape with "DO NOT CROSS", "CRIME SCENE", "POLICE TAPE" all flashing alone it.

"Alright, let's get to work." Laurence replied as he pulled out a odd pointed device with a crystal clear edge.

Putting it through part of the tape, it would turn to static before deactivating without setting off a alarm. It was a easy hack, the police needed to modify the tape but....what they didn't know wasn't his problem.  Once Lapis was through of course, he would reactive the tape; just to keep anyone else out. The scene had been cleaned rather well already sadly, the blood had been removed form the pavement but there was a outline of the bodies... or at least, the pieces of it.

A sound left him as he moved along, looking around for anything that would be suspicious. Without the blood splatter though, it was hard to tell just how the bodies fell. Even then though with how many pieces there were...would that help?

"Keep a sharp eye, Lapis. Let me know if you find anything out here in the front. I'm going to check around." Laurence instructed.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: PendragonXeno94 on November 25, 2019, 11:16:47 PM
Finally reaching the area covered in holo tape, Lapis allowed Laurence to deactivate it and followed him to where the outlines of the bodies where.

Nodding, she began to scour the front area as Laurence went to another part of the crime scene. As nothing had turned up, she sighed in frustration before she slipped her gloves on and looked through the pieces. The pieces looked as though they were torn off with a few shards of glass and bones embedded into them.

Sitting down, she began to delicately pluck the shards out of each body part before placing them in individual bags for each body part she examined.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: readlliea on November 26, 2019, 07:16:39 PM
"Lapis dear, come here." Laurence would call.

He stood on the other side of the village, examining large cracks in the walls but he had picked something up. As he waited for her to show up, he pondered the marks in the walls. They looked like they could've been cracks in the building at one point but...the large and long deeper marks that the cracks were spreading out from. Those weren't cracks. However he would glance toward Lapis as she would emerge from around the building.

"Ah there you are. What does this look to you?" Laurence asked as he pointed at the deep cuts into the hard stone and metal side of the building.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: PendragonXeno94 on November 26, 2019, 11:46:59 PM
Hearing Laurence call, Lapis went to him and started to examine the marks on the wall.

"It looks to me that some claws were powerful enough to cut through that," she said.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: readlliea on November 26, 2019, 11:56:33 PM
"Certainly seems like it." Laurence admitted, though he wasn't so sure.

He let his fingers run across the edges of the marks, narrowing his brows after a moment. Something felt off and while he wanted to say his thoughts, he knew it wasn't really wise to. Not yet at least. He turned his attention to Lapis once more.

"Have you found anything?" Laurence asked as he pulled his hand back.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: PendragonXeno94 on November 29, 2019, 09:27:32 PM
When she was asked what she found, she showed Laurence the bags of glass and bone she pulled out. "I found these shards in the pieces that were piled together." She glanced at the shards for a moment.

"Now, how did the killer manage to get glass and bone embedded into the pieces when the victims were dismembered?"
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: readlliea on November 29, 2019, 09:45:45 PM
"A very good question. Considering that there isn't even a window here to that could be broken, let alone the victims potentially thrown into." Laurence spoke, pondering it over. "The amount of blood from how Goldstone described it is more accurate for a primary crime scene, so the chances of this being a dump location is slim."

With a flick of his wrist, he would hold out the small piece that he had found. He had his ideas on what it was but he didn't want to be the one to keep a hold of it.

"Put this in your bag my dear but remember which one you put it in. Later on I'll need you to do a scan of it to see if my theory is right." Laurence instructed, his brows were still narrowed as he was pondering this whole mess.

Despite the blood having been cleaned up from here, he could smell the blood on the bits of bone and glass from the bag she was caring. Keeping his mind busy was one way to ignore the scents that seemed to to with the thin strands of his mind. When Lapis took the small fragment form him, she might notice the discoloration on his hand. A small warning that his 'condition' was flaring up.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: PendragonXeno94 on November 30, 2019, 09:40:54 PM
Nodding, Lapis glanced at the glass shard that Laurence has found. "Do you think that the suspect has a unique form of shape shifting to where they can change their body matter to mimic something else? Like, say, glass?"

She took the shard from him and looked down at his hand. "Laurence, dear. Your hand looks different." She gently took his hand into hers. "Are you allergic to something? IT's not your condition, is it?"
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: readlliea on December 01, 2019, 04:30:04 PM
"I've heard a few cases where people could change their body to the structure of a type of mineral such as diamonds and steel, though I'm not sure if that's what we're dealing with. However it is on the pile of possibility that we can't rule out just yet." Laurence replied.

Those kinds of people were on the rarer side, as they were often from a supernatural and human union OR they were tested on by some lab; which the later would make them more of mutants than supernatural but they were grouped into the same category as hybrids as it made things easier to keep track of. For the government that is. However at Lapis's words, he  glanced to his hand for a moment and watched as the odd patterned seemed to spread more. His brows narrowed slightly at this before he could feel it, that pulse that would go through him. Making him tense up before that tension seemed to spread to his hand that was being held in Lapis's gentle grasp.

She'd feel the bones shift under her grasp before she'd hear it or see it. Though that sound soon went through the air and Laurence took in a few deeper breathers, his changes immedeatly stopping before his color's hand returned to normal as well. At that time, he would pull his hand back to himself and look it over.

"Seems that recipe wasn't a saving grace after all..." Laurence grumbled, looking displeased and disappointed.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: PendragonXeno94 on December 01, 2019, 08:46:15 PM
Lapis did her best to stay calm as she felt his bones shift before they ceased and his hand returned to normal. Hearing the disappointment in his voice, she placed a hand on his shoulder.

"Perhaps we can look into it more and see what can be done about it," she suggested.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: readlliea on December 01, 2019, 09:21:59 PM
"For now, it's not important. It can wait till some other day." Laurence responded, his voice a bit harsh with the disappointment.

Letting his gaze fall elsewhere, his brows remained narrowed. However he seemed to look up before having a small smirk.

"Prepare yourself my dear, seems our friend Inspector Crown is finally pulling up. Let us go around and sneak up on him from behind to greet him." Launrence said before he started to walk away and duck under the police holo-tape.

Deactiving it with the inspector so close by was a silly idea, he'd know for sure they were there. Course when they arrived around the front side of the crime scene, the two would see the man that they had mentioned. Standing at the average height, Inspector Crown had a small bit of a belly. Though their police cap hid most of their balding head from view, allowing the thick red sideburns and moustache to gain true center stage. Their green eyes quickly fell on the two and he didn't look pleased.

"Not today Laurence, leave! Take your helper and go!!" Inspector Crown snapped, clearly not in the mood today.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: PendragonXeno94 on December 01, 2019, 09:31:08 PM
"Understandable," said Lapis.

As she went about the crime scene, she paused when Inspector Crown pulled up and demanded for them to leave.

"But Inspector," she started, "couldn't you use all the help you can get?" Shaking her head, she had the bags hidden in her inner coat pocket while giving the inspector her best smile.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: readlliea on December 01, 2019, 09:46:03 PM
"I'm not having more civillians die on my watch and I'm not having some private detectives who think they're bigshots, go snooping around and add to the death toll!!" Inspector Crown snapped at Lapis as he pointed a finger at the two. "You will leave!! Before I place you under arrest for contaminating a crime scene and preventing officers of the law from performing their duties!"

"Calm down Inspector Crown, we mean no disrespect and we don't wish to harm your investigation. We came to see if there was anything we could deduce by merely looking, we're still on the side of the holo-tape where non-officers stand." Laurence said in a calm voice.

Though the glare he got from the Inspector was a clear sign that the Inspector wasn't gonna buy that today.

"Leave! I won't warn you both again." Inspector Crown snarled, Laurence sighed as he shrugged sadly.

"As you wish, come on Lapis." Laurence said as he started to walk away.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: PendragonXeno94 on December 07, 2019, 07:19:22 PM
Following behind Laurence, Lapis shook her head as they left the crime scene.

"Shall we go ahead and go through the evidence when we get back?" she asked.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: readlliea on December 07, 2019, 07:35:17 PM
"We still have a few things to figure out. Such as who the victims are. We can't afford to wait till the news releases the names of the victims and since Inspector Crown is being rather... firm on his stance of not giving any information, we're out of luck there." Laurence said as they walked.

Though who could they go to?

"Drop off what you found at the house in the draw. Then head on off to find Officer Goldstone, perhaps he can give you some clues on who the victims were. I'll hunt around for a few things that I have in mind." Laurence suggested. "Sound good?"
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: PendragonXeno94 on December 08, 2019, 08:41:33 PM
"Ah, yes. I thought you'd say that." Lapis nodded and held the bags against her waist underneath her coat. "I'll take care of that while you do what you need to."

With that, she left for his home to put the bags away. After walking for so long, she quickly greeted Mrs. Wicky at the door and as she was going to Laurence's office, she kicked off her heels and rubbed her feet.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: readlliea on January 31, 2020, 09:34:47 PM
"Is everything going alright?" Mrs. Wicky asked as she brought a cup of tea to Lapis.

Normally the two of them returned at the same time unless something was amiss, and while she normally didn't worry. She was a bit concerned due to trying out that recipe at her employer's request. She didn't have to worry about Laurence but it was a more natural thing for her to do. The man was smart yes, but he did have the habit of getting himself into bad situations. Even more so when he seemed to act off when something was starting to affect him.

She fidgeted slightly as she waited for a answer, setting the teacup and saucer down onto the table near her. Though she ended up rotating the serving tray in her hands in a worried fasion.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: PendragonXeno94 on February 06, 2020, 08:47:27 PM
"Yes." LApis graciously took the cup of tea and sipped at it. "Laurence just needed to take care of some things, but he's alright."

As she began sorting through the evidence, she quietly hummed to herself before taking another sip of tea. "I'm sure he'll be back in no time at all, like he always does."
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: readlliea on September 09, 2020, 04:34:36 AM
“Very well, I’ll go ahead and make him one of his usual snacks when you two are brainstorming.” Mrs. Wicky replies. “Is there anything you’d like dear?”

When she got her answer, Mrs. Wicky would head on out of the room to set to work. A rumble of thunder would start as the sky darkened, an unwanted storm was coming in. Ripping away evidence at Inspector Crown’s crime scene; no doubt adding to his fury. The rain didn’t come till ten minutes later and at this time, the warmth of the oven had started to seep into a small section of the house.

Ten more minutes, the rain poured with its own fury. It proceeded to slam against the roof with a chorus of thuds akin to people demanding entry. The lightning would race across the sky like a serpent. The overall mess of this storm just seemed to carry a foreboding theme.

An hour would pass....then another thirty minutes. Laurence hadn’t returned yet. The smell from the kitchen drifted to the study where Lapis was. A bread like smell, crisp with a hint of garlic butter. Truthfully they were special cookies that just had a interesting way of smelling but understanding their  uniqueness was hard. Mrs. Wicky has a hard time crafting them and she just called them Bread Chips; the recipe name on the card was the only thing worn by time.

The door would rattle open and Laurence stumbles in. Soaked to the bone and breathing heavily as he leaned against the door.

“Oh dear!” Mrs. Wicky nearly shrieked when she noticed him, quickly rushing over to him. “Oh you look terrible, you shouldn’t have gone out earlier. Come on, get those wet coat and boots off. Change your clothes as well.”

It was funny how motherly she seemed to the man. Reluctantly, Laurence undid his coat and removed his shoes. Pulling something from his coat as he headed toward the stairs that would lead him to the study as well as his own room.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: PendragonXeno94 on September 13, 2020, 07:08:30 PM
Lapis sighed. "Just my usual, thank you."

She ignored the heavy downpour as she thumbed through the evidence while the hour ticked away. Before long, she heard the door open and she looked up. "Good lord, Laurence. Where have you been?" She shook her head at how soaked he was.

But she let out a chuckle when Mrs. Wicky turned motherly on him. "I'll be here when you get changed."
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: readlliea on September 13, 2020, 07:51:09 PM
"Hold this...." Laurence instructed as he shoved the item he took from his coat pocket toward Lapis's hands.

The item he had handed off to Lapis looked to be paper in origin, the flimsy material wrinkled and creased by the force Laurence had applied to it. A partially intact symbol was on it, it looked akin to a wax seal but was shiny holographic almost. It was also smooth with a cold touch. The seal was round in nature, within that circle was the start of a capital A but where the line in the middle that helped show it was a A was replaced by two darker circles. Soon enough it was easy to see this was upside down, rotating the item would show it was more of a bird's head due to how the point of the A was longer than it should be with two darker spots to show the nostril holes within a beak.

The symbol of the Montgomery family, they were rather well known but had long ago opted out of using traditional paper. After all with holo pads and various other electronic devices on hand in this age, paper was only used by those who were extremely poor....or were hiding something. Laurence hadn't made it far past the study doorway when he collapsed to the floor.

Everything hurt...there was far too much pressure against his chest. Laurence was breathing heavily before he started coughing, discolored spots on his hands were visible once more. Though they were starting to blend together causing the skin of his hands to have a dusty grey color to them. Blood trickled out of his mouth as he pulled himself to his knees, coughing as a hand grabbed at his chest. He needed to keep it together, he had to keep everything under control.

Even with the rain pouring as hard as it was, he could hear it. The forest, the way things were...it all flooded his ears as he choked on more blood. The heavy taste of metal in his mouth as he felt his body struggling to contain it.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: PendragonXeno94 on September 18, 2020, 10:05:54 PM
Lapis took the the paper from him and looked at the seal on it. She recognized the symbol, and a puzzled expression took over her features. "I don't understand," she said. "Why would they use paper if they-"

She turned to see Laurence fall to the floor as blood trickled over his lips and pulled himself to his knees. "Laurence?" she called, rushing to him and placing a hand on his back. "Laurence, are you all right?" Getting no response, she rose to her feet and ran downstairs. "Mrs. Wicky! Mrs. Wicky! Come quickly!"

Whatever was going on with Laurence... was it his "issue" again?
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: readlliea on September 18, 2020, 11:08:31 PM
Feeling a hand on his back, Laurence wheezed in air, trying to not choke on more blood. His voice was clogged at the moment, making speaking impossible. Lapis would feel the large amount of tension in his back but she removed her hand swiftly it seemed. The sound of her leaving made him try to reach for her but he was too slow. Having to use both hands to prop himself up as he felt a sharper pain in his back, as if something was sinking it’s claws into him and pulling.

“Dearie what’s wrong?” Mrs. Wicky asked, setting the tray down on the counter.

The old woman was still in the kitchen, a neat and organized space. The large dinning table was hardly used for people eating thier meals there. Laurence ate in his study and if too sick to get out of bed, then his meals were taken there.

A shaking hand slowly reached up and grabbed a hold of the railing. Pulling himself up as he panted, his breathing became more labored, every muscle was spasming in his body, causing him to shake and struggle to get his body to move the way he wanted it. More blood trickled out his mouth, being sprayed whenever he coughed. His splotched grayish hand gripped the wood railing harder, the wood creaked a little as the bones shifted. Pressing against the thin layer of skin with his labored breathing.

Then the worst sensation hit him, His chest tightened before the sick crunch left it, the feeling of those ribs pushing outward as the cracked further...he couldn’t handle it.

“Aaaaaaauuuuuuurhghhghhh!!” Laurence screamed with blood fueling in his throat, his attempt to get up failed as he crashed back down to the floor.

His mix matched eyes gaining a glow to them as he heaved in air while squirming on the floor.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: PendragonXeno94 on September 21, 2020, 07:03:20 PM
"It's Laurence!" cried Lapis. "Something's wrong!" She rushed back to the stairwell where Laurence spasmed on the floor and brought himself up. Seeing him writhe in pain and his eyes glow had her rushing to him.

"Laurence!"

She placed her hands on his shoulders as she attempted to help him up. She hated to see him squirm like this, especially when she didn't know what to do to help him. It was all she could do to pull him up and try to cradle him in her arms. Pulling her scarf off, she began to wipe the corners of his mouth and try her best to calm him.

Beckoning for Mrs. Wicky to hurry, she heard his bones shift more and braced herself for the worst.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: readlliea on September 21, 2020, 07:34:21 PM
Mrs.Wicky was quick to follow after though as soon as she saw the writing man, she darted back into the kitchen. This wasn't good, this was bad. He hadn't gotten to that state in quite some time! Reaching into one of cupboards,she pulled out a large red glassed bottle. The stopper was the same color but it was in the shape of a tear drop. As she was fetching this, Laurence rasped for air. His teeth growing sharper as Lapis tried to help him.

"Dearie, I need you to help me make him drink this!!" Mrs. Wicky order as she rushed up the stairs.

As she did, the man tried to pull himself away from Lapis but failed in his attempts. Groaning in his pain and frustrations as his eyes closed. Mrs. Wicky uncorked the bottle.

"He always tries to spit it out, we need to make sure he swallows what I put in. When enough is in him to give him back control, he can normally drink the rest on his own." Mrs. Wicky explained.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: PendragonXeno94 on September 21, 2020, 07:38:57 PM
As Mrs. Wicky uncorked the bottle, Lapis kept him in place as she was told to make him drink it. The sight of his teething growing sharp made her feel chills. "Alright. Give me the bottle."

Once she grabbed the bottle, she forced Laurence's mouth open with one arm and began to trickling the liquid into his mouth, closing his mouth every now and then to make him swallow. "Stop squirming!" she said as she watched try to wriggle free. She kept giving him the drink as she hoped that he would regain control over himself. She wasn't about to lose her partner and work on this case on her own.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: readlliea on September 21, 2020, 08:36:52 PM
A few times Laurence chocked on the substance as well as the blood in his throat. The liquid was a clear color, almost akin to water in it's look and behavoir. Though it was so much more than that. After doing this song and dance five times, the glow to his eyes started to fade. Taking in rasps of air each time the hand was away from his mouth.

"That's it, come on dear." Mrs. Wicky encouraged as she tried to help hold him down.

There was a warmth in his chest, it spread as it pushed the pain away. Causing him to close his eyes as he tried to take in a few more breathes of air to stabilize his breathing. A shaking hand reached for the bottle as the detective slowly sat up, his eyes held some hint of his normal self to them and their gaze was directed at the bottle. If Lapis would let go, he'd take it from her and start chugging the liquid down. Pulling it away after a solid minute of drinking it, he coughed and sputtered before he took in slower heavy breaths. The snap of his bones going back into place could be heard as he flinched. The glow faded as his claws returned to neatly trimmed fingernails. His brows lowered slightly as he took in a deep breathe and exhaled.

"Well.....hasn't been that bad for a few years..." Laurence remarked before swiftly starting to drink from the bottle again.

Sweat was pouring down his tasked frame, showing just how worn out he'd become from that whole ordeal.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: PendragonXeno94 on September 21, 2020, 09:30:15 PM
"That's it, come on." Lapis continued giving him the liquid until his body began to revert back to normal and he could finish it on his own. As he took slow, deep breaths, she patted his back as he remarked that he hadn't had a fit that bad in a few years. She even wiped the sweat away with her scarf.

"Don't scare us like that again," she said sternly. Really, his fits scared her enough as they were. But this was the worst she had seen him get. Though... his claws were fairly long just now. But surely, there as no way he could be connected to anything...

With that, she helped him up and sighed.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: readlliea on September 21, 2020, 09:37:06 PM
A few more large gulps of the substance cleared the bottle out, pulling it away he heaved in more air. The warmth stayed in his chest and guts, the heat radiating through the rest of him. His heart was beating at a much slower rate, one effect the elixer had on him that ensured the success of the substance.

"My...apologizes. I felt fine prior to collapsing.." Laurence apologized as he handed the bottle to Mrs. Wicky; whom quietly took the red glass item from him.

"Dear, you were already about to collapse. How is that fine?" Mrs. Wicky asked as she watched Lapis help him up.

"Fine in the sense of, I didn't feel like a fit was coming. It just came out of nowhere.."
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: PendragonXeno94 on September 23, 2020, 10:43:14 AM
Lapis sighed. "Laurence, I wish you would take better care of yourself. Working yiurself to death isn't helping with your condition."

She turned to Mrs. Wicky. "I'm right, aren't I? Him not getting enough rest is taking a toll on him?"
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: readlliea on September 23, 2020, 02:03:38 PM
“I do take care of myself.” Laurence remarked.

“Well that’ll certainly affect anyone dearie, but yes Lapis, you have a point.” Mrs. Wicky replies giving a smile.

A sigh left Laurence as he stood there.

“I’m going to bed.” He grumbled out.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: PendragonXeno94 on September 23, 2020, 08:58:27 PM
"Good. And don't come out until you feel well rested." Lapis sighed as she went back to the study to look over the paper again. The family had to be hiding something. Someone with a curse, or something else entirely. She looked over the pieces of glass found at the crime scene and began to place them under a microscope. There seemed to be specks of dirt that didn't match where they were found.

After a few moments, she pushed her chair back and sighed to herself, burying her face in her hands.

This was going to be a long day...
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: readlliea on September 23, 2020, 09:40:17 PM
Well rested huh? Well that meant the rest of the day in all honesty. Granted, it's not like he was going to be able to wake up any sooner than that. Not even hunger stirred him from his sleep. Lapis would spend the rest of the day with Mrs. Wicky for company, while Laurence stayed unconscious in his quarters.

The following morning though, he rose from bed at his usual hour. He still looked drained but he was at least a little more lively and not looking like he was on the verge of passing out. A sigh left him as he took a seat in his chair in the study, sinking into the cushion as he felt at ease in it. Some might remark about how it was his favorite spot in the entire apartment. A glance out the window revealed it to be foggy..dreary as ever. The night sky felt like it was still out despite it being eight am, the heavy fog preventing any daylight through.

"Figures.." he grumbled.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: PendragonXeno94 on September 24, 2020, 08:48:56 PM
The rest of the day dragged on as Lapis tried to wrap her brain around everything, getting absolutely nowhere as the one that liked to be a monstrous Sherlock was passed out. She even turned to Mrs. Wicky for help before it proved to be fruitless. Instead of leaving to go back to her apartment, she ended up falling asleep on the couch.

Not long after Laurence was up and about, she slipped off the couch and grabbed some tea before returning to the study. She smiled when she saw him sitting in his favorite spot. "I see someone is a little more refreshed," she remarked. "I could really use your help. All I could find was that some of the fragments from the crime scene may have been placed there from somewhere else. Other than that, I don't know."

Unlike the others on the force, she didn't mind admitting to Laurence when she couldn't figure something out, mostly because he didn't treat her like an idiot.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: readlliea on September 24, 2020, 09:12:35 PM
"A little, I'm surprised you're here so early." Laurence admitted. "Take a seat my dear, and let us compare our notes and findings. You mentioned that some pieces looked to be from elsewhere, what do these different pieces look like?"

A simple question. The crimescene was on a cobble street with a stone building, many things could stand out. The grass and dirt out in the country or a specific seed pod of a plant that only grew in some areas, or a type of material that just wasn't near there. Many possibilities, many ways this could go.

"As for mine last night, I learned that our victim was in contact with the Montgomery family, which is why there was that piece of paper. Granted this is even stranger as the victim isn't anyone important, they don't work for the Montgomery family, they aren't rich, and they haven't done anything influencial with their life." Laurence continued. "I wasn't able to get a good look at the paper as the seal had only been partially broken when I found it."

And by the point he found it, the good ol hardiest we’re back once more. Man was it hard to get the things he wanted done to be done. Oh well. Reaching for the scroll, he picked it up carefully and inspected it once more. The seal was a little more cracked and broken but from his current perspective, he couldn’t see anything suspicious about it. Wax seals were horrendously outdated, they would break so easily.

So why the fancy treatment for a pair of nobodies? Hm. Laurence raised a brow as he sat there, pondering the possibilities. Though this was causing him to space out as his focus was solely on one thing now.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: PendragonXeno94 on September 30, 2020, 10:26:12 PM
Lapis sighed. "Actually, I never left last night. I stayed up fairly late and ended up falling asleep on the couch. I know you don't mind, though." Really, how he was able to survive on so little sleep and still be able to move about?

"Well, I'm currently trying to identify where the dirt and whatnot would come from. So far, not much has come close to being a match. But the samples are here." She gestured to the microscope she had the dirt under as she left it there from last night.

The seal was, as she could see, broken. She couldn't understand why people still used wax seals in this day and age. They would become so brittle and break so easily.

"Perhaps the victims were connected to the family via a blood debt. Shady practices, perhaps."
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: readlliea on September 30, 2020, 10:52:22 PM
"Ah." Laurence replied with a nod. "I don't mind you staying over this is true. Though I think a bed would best suit you and your sleeping needs."

While true he usually ran on little sleep, his body did operate differently. His sleep needs weren't as much as a humans but he still needed to get a good level of sleep himself. Even more so after a fit, that's usually why he would crash so hard and long after one, his body just couldn't really handle a fit even on his 'normal' level of sleep. Though he would admit, being in a human form did make cause him to gain some more of the needed human sleeping amount. Strange how that works.

"We'll take a look in a moment." Laurence assured as he easily broke the rest of the seal and proceed to unroll the paper. "This is true, blood debts still exisit now an days and probably always will. You can never know what people are willing to do to get what they want. And with supernaturals within the world and other beasts, blood debts are far more likely to live longer than humanity can think."

It was a bit morbid no? But Laurence never sugar coated how dangerous his side of the world could be, the supernatural. While there were good supernaturals, there were many bad ones that still fell into the categories that humans viewed them as. Some werewolves were still too bloodthirsty, slaughtering innocent people, some vampires didn't care about the lives they ruined by turning whoever they wanted or draining people dry to leave husks behind; sometimes making the low their ghoul vampire but those poor souls were hard to save. The supernatural side of things was always filled with turmoil and chaos, almost as if another explosion was just around the corner. Many were trying to change their ways and their species reputation, yet just like with humans, it only took one asshole or legit monster to ruin any progress made. That's why this case was already so sensitive.

Too many things pointed at a supernatural involvement. As if to add onto this suspicion, the uncurled paper glowed. The text was alight with a white glow, holding a pale blue tint to it. The words rose off the page before they could be read, swirling into the air above the piece of parchment and combining into a single bright orb that soon morphed into the Montgomery family symbol.

"This message has already been delivered and read, unauthorized reading at this time." A almost computerized voice would drum out, tilting his head, Laurence couldn't help but smile.

"Fascinating. They're combining their old ways with modern tech and even magic!" Laurence remarked. "However, this posses a problem.."
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: PendragonXeno94 on October 01, 2020, 04:17:43 PM
Lapis jumped as the scroll seemed to speak. "What sorcery is this?" she snapped before she saw Laurence marvel over how they combined old magic with modern tech.

"What kind of problem?"

Between the scroll glowing and having it combined with other things, she shook her head. All she wanted was to identify the particles that seemed to be left at the crime scene. And now Laurence was distracted by the scroll. "Well, how would we get access to the contents of the scroll? I don't think they'll just give access if we asked."
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: readlliea on October 01, 2020, 04:26:09 PM
Reaching with his hands, he rolled the scroll once more and closed it. The glowing blue light faded and all seemed to return to normal. It looked to be a normal old scroll with a now fully broken seal. Letting it rest on the desk, he put his hands together.

"Well for one, we can't read it. And two, we don't know how this work. This thing could be traceable or a notice of it being open could be made. We just don't know anything about it." Laurence answered simply, giving a small sigh. "However, I think a few more magically inclined friends could help. OOOR we try to enlist young Officer Goldstone's aid while trying to make sure our angered inspector friend doesn't find out?"

Those were the only two options he could see with the scroll.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: PendragonXeno94 on October 02, 2020, 06:52:32 PM
At the mention of not being able to read it, she sighed. "Great... We just opened a scroll that could notify someone that it had been opened. What could possibly go wrong?"

Shaking her head, she eyed the scroll for a moment before hearing what Laurence was considering. "Well, if we could discreetly get Goldstone out here to see if he can help, that might work. But if the inspector finds out, he might have our heads."

All possible outcomes didn't seem that great, either.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: readlliea on October 02, 2020, 07:05:52 PM
"Not the best statement to say, that's just inviting something to go arwy." Laurence remarked. "Now, i'm sure you can get to Goldstone with less suspicion than I can. So I trust you can find the young lad at his normal hangouts or patrol areas even. If you need any reminders, my little blue book of yardies patrol routes should help. Top shelf left hand side."

As he mentioned the books location, he gestured to the shelf it was on. With that said, he rose to his feet and walked over to the microscopes that held the elusive dirt specimens within them. Taking a look, he tilted his head a few times to get a better view of them. Though he looked at each sample before he would straighten himself up. A look of deep pondering on his face before he walked to his shelves. A thin finger rested against a spine of a book before dragging to the next, low inaudiable muttering leaving him as he did so; perhaps he was merely saying the names of the books he passed by?

He'd swiftly pluck a book of the shelf and flipped it open, searching it's contents before closing it roughly. Once more he searched his shelves, repeating this process a few more times before he paused with two books open.

"Interesting...though confusing.." Laurence remarked, taking a moment longer to relook at the specimens. "It seems..to be a mixture of country soil and the mud from the river banks yet...there's something else in it that makes it just..not those two things."

Setting the books down on a table, he arched a brow as he pondered what that component was. Hm...
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: PendragonXeno94 on October 02, 2020, 07:51:28 PM
"Yes, yes. I know where he goes and where his patrol is. It won't be a problem finding him." She wasn't very keen on heading out at the moment, but she hoped that Goldstone wouldn't say anything if she brought him out here to help with their case.

As Laurence looked over the dirt she found, she moved to sit in the chair and began to examine the seal on the scroll once more. As he announced what he thought the dirt could be, she pursed her lips. "Well... that narrows it down. Are you suggesting we go to specific areas and get dirt to compare our sample next?"

If Laurence knew one thing, she hated having to dig up anything.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: readlliea on October 02, 2020, 08:03:44 PM
"He's normally far more cooperative than his fellows, he was the one who came in here with this case after all." Laurence reminded. 

Pondering over her suggestion on what the next course of action was. Laurence stayed quiet for a few moments before a small nod left him.

"It seems our current course, as hated as it is." Laurence answered, keeping in mind her distaste for that part. "If it makes you feel better, I can do the dirty work."

A smile was on his face at his silly joke.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: PendragonXeno94 on October 03, 2020, 09:16:34 PM
Lapis rolled her eyes as he uttered a little pun and smiled at her. "You know how much I hate puns," she said as deadpan as she could. "I'll see if I can coax Goldstone to sneak over here shortly." Before she got up, she peeked at the sample again, pursing her lips as she did so.

"Well, I hope we can find something to match this dirt..."
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: readlliea on October 04, 2020, 02:52:51 AM
"I'm sure your task will give you fruit." Laurence replied, his smile remaining."Ah but puns can lighten a mood, don't always go towards thing with a sour mood dear. Otherwise you'll miss the smallest of details due to your mind keeping you distracted."

Putting his books back onto the shelf, he could help but keep his smile still. Though now it was a far more encouraging smile than his humored pun caused one.

"We shall find our answers my dear, and we shall solve this conundrum." Laurence assured her. "Like many of our cases, we just need a little more time and more concrete clues. Now, I must wander into the town myself and procure some things besides more dirt samples. We shall meet up here in two hours, yes?"

Two hours seemed like a good amount of time to him. After all, dirt collecting was easy. He had to...regrettably get more of his potion that he had to have last night. As much as he trusted Lapis, he didn't dare tell her that he was regrettably...out of his potion. Which this was the best excuse for him to head into the darker, more supernatural governed areas to get it. The detective didn't wish to put Mrs. Wicky in harms way, even if she had a escort. So he always went alone to retrieve it.

-----
The time was set and once he was ready, Laurence set off. Walking in the opposite direction of Lapis. His walk would lead him toward a dark alley, where he walked to the end of it and gave a swift knock onto the bricks. One brick shifted and a large eye peered at him from behind it.

"Passssssword?" The voice slurred.

"Forgotten are we, those before man." Laurence started. "To be here after man, we shall be."

"Proccceded, child of the forgotten."

The brick was replaced before the wall moved and swiftly, Laurence went in. Sure the supernatural wasn't forgotten but there was a time they were labeled as just stories, forgotten things. Things that were just for story telling and explaining away early humanity's fears of the world they didn't understand. Alright, now to find what he was here form.
------------

Lapis's walk allowed for her to wander the streets, for the most part Goldstone wasn't at his normal spots. She had one spot left to check and what she found was a chaotic scene. A yardies's helmet rested on the ground alongside some blood, though the hat lacked the badge number that matched  up with the man she was looking for. A trail of blood lead into a house in which she could spot a shiny whistle resting on the front steps to it. If she got closer she'd find the whistle was law enforcement produced. These things could pack a powerful punch with their noise, so why hadn't it been used?
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: PendragonXeno94 on October 06, 2020, 08:28:13 PM
Lapis nodded. "Alright. Two hours it is."

Once they separated, she began her search for Goldstone. She traced her steps and moved along what was his patrol, though he covered quite a few blocks. So it wasn't out of the ordinary to not find him in the first few usual spots. A puzzled look took over her features as he didn't turn up after the third possible place he would be. Perhaps he called in sick... which didn't seem like him as he never called in sick. A family emergency, something terrible happened, he got called in as backup...

Her mind was still combing through possible scenarios when she came across a house and a trail of blood. Seeing the hat and whistle, she hurried up the steps and opened the door. The blood trail continued through the entryway into the kitchen where there were splatters of crimson all over the walls. Broken dishes and glasses littered the tiled floor, with a lifeless body pushed into the laundry room.

"Shit..." she muttered, slipping a glove on and pulling out her phone. "Chief, we have a problem..."
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: readlliea on October 07, 2020, 02:51:40 AM
"Where are you? You're offduty today, what did you get into?" The chief would question, their voice serious but there was concern in there.

The body on the floor was that of a yardy but it wasn't Goldstone, more than likely the owner of the helmet that rested outside. The house was certainly a mess with all the destruction. Yet the body sported multiple gashes, deep claw marks that almost cut through them entirely; the officer's body was just barely holding itself together.  They were a male though with all the blood splatter on their face and bits of glass embedded in them, their identy was a bit hard to figure out at the moment.

However the sound of something breaking as well as a heavy thud with a pained groan. It sounded like it was coming from bellow, a basement? A cellar? Very possible options. Lapis would find some blood boot prints leading through the house, her trained eye would know these were from law enforcement boots as well. Was Goldstone still in here? Struggling with something?

If she investigated, she'd find his helmet at the top of the stairs that led downward. The badge numbers matched the one that Goldstone used and there were droplets of blood here. Not as bad as the large amount that was through the house. IF she descended further, a loud sound would echo through the room as something inhuman gave a shriek. From her small vantage point, she'd watch as Goldstone was slammed into the floor, a weak pained gasp leaving him as his chest heaved. The energy shield that law encforcement were given was being used, though the blue energy of it glitched and sizzled out as if it was out of power. Which shouldn't be possible. Those things had a energy crystal that rarely got enough use to need to be charged, they were suppose to last two years without a second charge.

The person or...thing that Goldstone was fighting with, was something Lapis might find hard to understand. It was humanoid but malformed, a twisted assortment of limbs with large claws. Whatever it was....it was something nightmarish.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: PendragonXeno94 on October 14, 2020, 07:54:43 PM
"There's a body in a house," she said frantically. "I can't Goldstone any-" Hearing a heavy thud from downstairs, she pulled out her gun and began to run to the cellar stairs. "There's something here! I need backup!"

Goldstone was slammed into the floor by some heinous creature as his shield fizzled out. "Goldstone!" she cried. She began to fire a few shots at whatever was attacking him, making haste to get to his side before she fired at the creature's chest. Pulling him along, she began to head back to the stairs as fast as she could. She knew what she was doing could get her and Goldstone killed, but she couldn't just let him die like that.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: readlliea on October 14, 2020, 08:28:57 PM
"Address Officer, I need to know where exactly you're at!" The chief ordered. "I can't just send....LAPIS?!"

The chief gave a irritated sigh, sure he could have the call traced and he gave the order to do just that. But that seriously made response time longer than it needed to be. All that needed to happen was for her phone to stay online, it just had to for their sake. 

The creature's strange hand slammed into the inspector's chest, causing a pained sound to leave Goldstone as he was pressed against the floor.  The device for his shield breaking and it crumpled into various bits of metal and wires. The creature shrieked as the bullets seemed to hit it and it reared back, giving Lapis the way in to grab Goldstone and start to drag him up the stairs. The man was breathing heavily in her grasp and she'd find he had several cuts and deep gashes though she would soon find herself up the stairs and the creature didn't follow.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: PendragonXeno94 on October 18, 2020, 07:43:30 PM
As she brought Goldstone up, Lapis quickly gave the chief the address as she looked him over. "Oh, what were you fighting?" she asked, locating some towels and rags to use as tourniquets. Even with backup on the way, she hoped that it would be enough to save Goldstone's life.

"Don't you die on me now!"
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: readlliea on October 18, 2020, 07:52:56 PM
Goldstone heaved in a breathe, feeling like things were slowly going numb. Hearing Lapis's voice, they were rather surprised to see her here.

"I don't....know..." Goldstone wheezed out, wincing as pressure was applied to some of the wounds. "We heard....a verbal altercation and...and everything just went to hell so fast..."

The inspector was struggling to recall the entire affair, so much fighting...too much blood than what he was used to. He hadn't seen comrades almost die, he didn't....he just saw the first fellow officer get cut in half. Goldstone seemed to start breathing heavier as that relisation hit him. The man was starting to break, which wasn't a good thing considering his injuries.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: PendragonXeno94 on October 20, 2020, 09:36:42 PM
As Goldstone began to hyperventilate and panic, she ran a hand over his head. "It's alright. You're safe now. I need you to just hold on. I have help coming."

Knowing the chief and back up wouldn't be able to come fast enough, she decided to quickly dial someone. "Laurence! Laurence, I need you here yesterday!" she said. "Goldstone is hurt and there's something in the basement! I don't know what it is!"
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: readlliea on October 20, 2020, 09:44:36 PM
"The shield.....the shield barely endured one hit....it's why Benjamin....Benjamin's..." Goldstone rasped, coughing slightly as he only felt his heart race more.

It took Laurence a bit to respond, though when he did Lapis would hear the rushing of air as if the phone was moving and the person holding it was running. There was the sound of a crash and something breaking.

"My dear, I'm afraid I'm  in a bit of a kerfuffle myself." Laurence responded between a heavy rasp. "Does it look vaguely humanoid yet unreal at the same time?"

Waiting for a answer, there was a loud shriek that even though Laurence wasn't near the thing it came through the receiver loud as day. Laurence winced slightly as he adjusted his grip on the bottle's neck of the large red container that he had gone to get. The clear substance within it sloshed around as the detective wished he had brought a bag.

"If so my dear, I think either there's two of them or yours just teleported into the Hidden section of Old London." Laurence adds.

The Hidden Section of Old London, it was what the supernatural's refereed to their section of the city. Only those that weren't human could get in and even then, it was heavily guarded. A place where those that weren't human would be able to relax slightly, free of some judging eyes. Well...now everyone was freaking out as a strange being was on a rampage.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: PendragonXeno94 on October 21, 2020, 08:27:12 PM
"Yes, it di-" A loud shriek pierced her ears and she instinctively threw herself over Goldstone. As Laurence sounded out of breath and when he suggested that whatever it was , it had just teleported. Still, she knew better than to try and see if it was still in the basement.

"Well, what are you doing?" she cried. "Get out of there!"

Dragging Goldstone out of the house, she kicked the front door shut and had him lying in the front yard where she checked on his wounds. "Help should be here any minute now. Just hold on a bit longer."
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: readlliea on October 21, 2020, 08:35:26 PM
"I'm working on it, unfortunately I have something that I can't afford to just chuck around and have it break." Laurence replied.

Indeed, he needed to get this home and he was the only one who could get it. The chances of another fit were small but it was better to get this while he could. He was actually intending to buy more than the one but things went chaotic with this thing suddenly materializing.

Goldstone groaned and flinched in pain, his breathing was more of just puff of air as he fought the urge to cry out from being dragged. His injuries didn't like it. As he was laid down, his breathes returned to heavy rasping. The sound of sirens would reach Lapis and she'd spotted the tricolored lights that would give the verbal confirmation. A ambulance was behind them thankfully.

The first cop car would come to a halt and out would step Inspector Crown, the man who had been angered by Lapis and Laurence being at the crime scene was replaced by a greatly concerned face. He was quick to rush over to the two.

"What happened? It was just suppose to be a simple patrol!" Inspector Crown questioned.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: PendragonXeno94 on October 22, 2020, 08:56:52 PM
Lapis remained with Goldstone until Inspector Crown arrived, a look of concern taking over his features. "I don't know," she said. "I happened to be out for a walk and I found one of the officers dead. I had to run in because I heard Goldstone screaming and there was this... thing." She held her hands over her head for a moment, trying to indicate how big the creature was. "It was unlike anything I've seen. I managed to get him out, but the thing must have teleported out or... maybe it's still in the basement. I don't know."

It was hard for her to explain what she saw and what it did, but all she knew was that whatever it was, it needed to be found. And it needed to happen soon.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: readlliea on October 23, 2020, 02:11:11 AM
"What the fuck is this case..." Inspector Crown muttered in frustration, heaving a sigh from his lungs.

Goldstone was picked up and was easily rushed to the hospital. Whether or not he'd make it was up in the air currently, even with Lapis's aid. Sure she did help him and prevented him from bleeding out. But the man was shaken, potientally going into shock or starting to crash due to how much potential trauma he had been hit with. For now it was hard to say.

"Search this damn place!!" Inspector Crown ordered before pointing to a random office. "Take her statement then have her checked."

It was clear he was refering to Lapsis.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: PendragonXeno94 on October 25, 2020, 10:00:18 PM
Lapis had her statement put down, not even daring to mention anything about Laurence. Once she was done, she was ordered to go home and take a few days off. As she entered Laurence's apartment, she rubbed her eyes and made her way back to where the evidence was left sitting.

"Well, that worked splendidly," she muttered sarcastically as she stared at the table. She was quick to begin sketching what the creature looked like. She had no idea what it was, or where it came from, but it seemed to be thirsting for blood as one officer was dead and Goldstone's life hung in the balance.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: readlliea on November 04, 2020, 07:31:34 PM
Mrs. Wicky had brought in tea for Lapis, a concerned look on her face.

"Perhaps you should go check on the young lad? After all, the hospital works much faster now an days, he could be out of any treatment by time you get there." Mrs. Wicky suggested. "I'll keep a eye out for Laurence my dear. Here, why not take some cookies to Office Goldstone? Hospital food is still very bland despite their advancements."

A kind smile was on her face as she set the round tin next to her but something told Lapis that Mrs. Wicky would probably insist on this until she gave. The hospital took a while to get to due to traffic as well as distant.  Eventually she'd be allowed into Office Goldstone's room, it was still a sterile enviroment. White mostly everywhere though the man was merely laying there in the bed with slow breathes. It was deliberately slow, hinting that he was awake with his eyes closed. But the sound of the door closing caused him to open them, slowly looking over to Lapis.

"L...Lap...is?" he asked.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: PendragonXeno94 on November 21, 2020, 09:41:23 PM
Lapis quickly downed the tea before nodding to Mrs. Wicky's suggestion of visiting Goldstone at the hospital. She knew that Wicky would only insist that she went, and there was no point in pointless banter back and forth. After some time, she gathered a few things and took a small bag of cookies with her to the hospital. "Let Laurence know where I am, yes?"

Once she was allowed in, she quietly entered and set the bag on the small side table. "I'm here," she said softly as she pulled a chair to the bed.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: readlliea on November 22, 2020, 12:04:09 AM
"Of course dear." Mrs. Wicky agreed.

The young officer was surprised though he was grateful at the same time for the company he now had.

"What are...you doing here?" Goldstone asked. "I am happy to see you, just a bit surprised."

Couldn't blame the lad for that either, though he was still shocked that Lapis had found her way to the crime scene and to him. The whole thing felt...unreal. And yet real at the same time. With how much pain he was, the medication didn't feel like it was doing much. In fact, it felt like it was rising in one particular spot. No...no that wasn't possible.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: PendragonXeno94 on December 17, 2020, 08:52:25 PM
Lapis smiled. "I came to make sure you were doing alright," she told him. "How are you feeling?"

Based on how he looked, she guessed that he wasn't feeling the greatest, though she sensed that there was something a little amiss. "Goldstone? What's wrong?"
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: readlliea on December 28, 2020, 06:16:13 PM
"Ah...i...i see." Goldstone replied, weakly smiling though he quickly lost that smile as he felt the pain register.

It took him a few minutes to realize what was said next, causing him to stir again. A few blinks left him as he tried to figure out the answer to her words.

"Medicine doesn't....feel like it's doing anything...hurts the most in one spot.." Goldstone answered. "P..probably due to....all the vital stuff in that area..maybe..I don't know.."
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: PendragonXeno94 on January 15, 2021, 09:21:09 PM
Hearing how much pain Goldstone was in, Lapis reached to touch his hand. "I'm sorry..." she said softly. "I wish I could've gotten to you sooner." She gave his hand a gentle squeeze. "Try to get some rest. Hopefully that helps."

She sighed to herself.
Title: Re: To Frame a detective (Pendragon)
Post by: readlliea on February 14, 2021, 04:17:49 AM
“There...wasn’t much to be done I...I think..” Goldstone started, his hand holding her’s weakly for a moment.

However the man tensed and his free hand grabbed at the bandages over his chest, a pained almost cry left him as he arched his back slightly. Pushing his shoulders and upper back into the hospital bed. The machines light beeping increased, becoming frantic and loud as his heart pounded in his chest. Taking in air felt harder and harder, he dug his fingernails into the bandages as a searing hot pain filled him.

“Iffugrgh!!!” Goldstone attempted to speak but his voice wouldn’t work, only a scratchy pained gasps left him.

His grip tightened on her hand for a few moments before he released her. His hand grabbed at his chest and the man attempted to rip the bandages off.