Unrest At Club Seal


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Summary: The people at Club Seal are worried about Dax’s disappearance. Eris tells Marcus that she believes Kera is dangerous and needs to be destroyed.

Date: June 28, 2009

Unrest at Club Seal

Rating: PG

Club Seal - University District

Club Seal is one of the more popular night clubs in the University District. The club is divided into several sections. In the first room there is one massive bar that takes up an entire half of the room. Along the wall opposite from this bar are a few tables and booths for patrons to sit around. There is a stairway to the left which leads up to the second floor. On this floor there is a smaller bar and some pool tables. The room has sound insulation to keep the loud music from the dance floor from interrupting conversations, though there is a door leading to a balcony where you can look down at the dance floor below.

The dance floor itself is a massive room. There is a bar on either end of the room, each adorned with various LED and strobe devices. The middle area is a massive dance floor with a few small raised platforms for dancing. There is a disco-ball and several lasers and fog machines hanging from the ceiling. In the back of the room is a small stairwell leading up to a glass-windowed room that houses the DJ Box. The wall beneath this room is covered in mirrors.

Club Seal is known for its non-judgmental demeanor. It is known to have a mostly-gay clientele, but through efforts of the staff this club has opened up to many other groups of people. This club has come to be known as a safe place for mutants to go, and by looking around one can see that even a few of the staff members are obvious mutants. Though the club still has many gay patrons, it is no longer considered to be a club only for LGBT individuals.

Monday night is College ID night! College students get in free of charge with their University ID. Those under 21 are marked with black X's and those over 21 are given bracelets so that the bartenders know who is legally allowed to be served.

The denizens of Club Seal appear a bit on edge this evening. A few of them are pacing back and forth while others cast frequent glances at the door. There is a man in military apparel standing near the bar speaking with a glowing girl with pale blue hair. The woman has a stern look on her face and shakes her head. “I’m sorry, but tell Nurse Valentine that I am unable to come and help her at the hospital until Dax returns.” Lydia frowns. Dax had gone out the night before last after one of the other mutants had disappeared. He had specifically forbade anyone from the club coming to look for him or for the other mutant until they had gotten word from him. The club has been in a state of unease since that time.

The soldier nods and frowns. “I understand that you’re worried about Mr. Dax, but the hospital could really use your help, Ms. Reese.” He looks around the room at the other mutants. “General Raikov has sent out an order to keep an eye out for Mr. Dax, I’m certain we’ll find him soon. Can’t you come just for a little while? It will be dark soon and the nurses need light. I think the mutants here can take care of themselves…”

“No! I’m sorry but I promised Dax that I would stay right here until I heard back from him. I am going to stay here because they need me right now. As soon as I hear from Dax I’ll come back, but I cannot until then, I’m sorry.” She crosses her arms and turns her back on the man, glowing a bit brighter with frustration. She turns suddenly as she hears the door open, looking expectantly to see if it is Dax. Alas, it is a red haired woman in black and green clothing. Everyone in the room lets out a disappointed sigh.

Eris stands there for a minute, a bit shocked to see ho many mutants are hiding out in this little club. There must be over twenty in here, more than she expected when she first heard the rumor of this place two days ago. The woman steps inside and frowns. “My my, what a warm welcome.” She walks forward, eyeing the soldier suspiciously and heading toward Lydia. It seems as though this girl is in charge.

The unease, and the fact that this place is one of the few friendly places left in town is what draws Marcus to Club Seal. He walks in the door, his face smudged with grime and such, it's obvious he hasn't seen a shower or water in quite a few days. But he looks around the place, heading towards the bar, calling, "Vodka, I've had one hell of a day." And the mutant behind the bar eyes the soldier for a moment, seeing if he's going to interfere. Marcus doesn't exactly look 21, and even with a warzone… the law's the law. But while Marcus waits, he looks at Eris, frowning as he remembers her from a simple meeting not too long ago.

The mutant behind the bar wanders off, not getting a drink for Marcus at all. She mumbles something about that not being her job before sitting down at one of the booths. Lydia turns to look at Marcus, he looks like someone who might have been here before, but so many civilians and military personnel pass through this club nowadays it is hard for her to keep everyone straight. “I’m sorry, but we are low on alcohol. I would like to conserve it for medical and political purposes.” She turns back to the door again, “Besides, the alcohol belongs to none of us here now. I do not want to give away Dax’s alcohol to a stranger.” She turns to Eris and gives her a quizzical look, “Can I help you? I do not believe we have met.”

The soldier shakes his head and turns to the door. I’m heading back to the hospital, Ms. Reese. We have a few men stationed outside. If you change your mind or are suddenly able to come and help, please get one of them to escort you.” He opens the door and heads out into the evening, causing a few mutants to look up at the door as it opens again, only to frown disappointedly when they see it is only the soldier departing.

Eris tilts her head to the side as she sees the scene unfold. The one who runs the bar is not here? He must have assembled these mutants here, but why? She walks over to the bar and sits next to Marcus with her back to the bar, facing Lydia as she speaks. “I have only just learned of this club. I hear it is a safe hideout for mutants, correct?” She turns to face Marcus, pondering for a moment before remembering him. “Oh, you’re that man who can stick to ceilings, I recall now.”

Marcus raises his eyebrows at Lydia and says, "Dax isn't here? Hmm… alright." He takes the denial with somewhat dismissive attitude, and when Eris comes and sits next to him and comments on his ability and says, "That's just one of my tricks. I'm sure everyone else in here has something a little more impressive than simply being able to screw with gravitational fields." He leans back, sighing, "So anyone have any good news to lighten the mood?"

Lydia shakes her head solemnly. “No, he has not returned. And good news? No. The head nurse at the clinic was wounded the other day, two of our mutants are missing, including Dax, and the General mentioned that there may be a mandatory evacuation of the city soon.” She shakes her head and sighs, turning to Eris, “Yes, this is a mutant safe house. Though if you have anything against mutants I’d suggest forgetting you ever saw it.” She narrows her eyes and turns, walking away from the two to check on some of the younger mutants near the back of the room.

Eris raises a brow and shakes her head, “Well, this just gets better and better. I’m sure that the military will evacuate these mutants into freedom and not a laboratory to be studied.” She shakes her head and turns back to Marcus, “Well that could be a useful power, especially with that girl going all crazy recently…The one who made the black hole. She threatened to create another one a few days back.”

Marcus blinks and looks straight at Eris, "You've seen her? I've been looking for her all over this godforsaken city… she ran away from home, or so her dad said." He leans back and sighs, "Why'd she threaten to create another one? She knows how damned dangerous the first one was… it only ended because she ran out of energy. And for that matter… who was she threatening? That doesn't sound like her."

Eris shakes her head. “She ran away now, did she? We’ll we’re probably all doomed now. She said that ‘humans aren’t worth saving’ and that she wanted to ‘destroy every one of us’.” The woman shakes her head. “I don’t know why, she seemed mad that I killed a few mutant haters, but they were trying to kill a mutant in the park, I was defending him. Then she created a small sun and said she was going to destroy everyone, starting with me. I managed to escape, though.” The woman looks around the room, “How long have mutants been coming here? I’m amazed I never heard about it before.” This might have something to do with the fact that Eris avoids the military and pissed off a bunch of the friendlier mutants.

Marcus listens to all of that… and groans, "Oh hell no… look… Kera's…. as innocent as a virgin… in fact I'd be willing to bet money she still is a virgin, but that's neither here nor there." Last thing he needs is for Kera to find out he's discussing her sex life… or lack thereof. "If you killed people she views that as murder, whether or not they deserved it. The mutant that started the shit in the park that caused her to set this all into motion… he bit the big one not too long after, but nobody killed him. She wanted to take him to the hospital, but I told her to leave it in God's hands because he'd done what he'd done and if he lived or died was not up to us. But taking lives without regard for what it really means… she won't and can't understand that. And she'll hate you for doing it. Plus what she's been through… it's no surprise that she's become slightly unhinged… all the more reason I need to find her."

Eris shakes her head, “Oh I severely doubt that she is quite as innocent as you would think. She has tried to kill me on more than one occasion. The last time I was defending myself against a polar bear and she decided she wanted to kill me.” The woman raps her fingers on the counter. “That girl is unstable and dangerous. She needs to be taken out before she destroys another city, or worse.” Eris narrows her eyes. “Her logic is all screwed up, those men had guns and intended to kill us in the park, I defended myself. If they had killed me, she’d have tried to kill them. So she would have killed someone regardless of the outcome. She’s just using ‘justice’ as an excuse to feed her bloodlust.” Eris sighs, “And when she gets like that it’s almost as though she is a different person. Like she really wants to go out and kill as many people as possible. She’s dangerous.”

Marcus raises his eyebrows, not having heard any of this and he taps his fingers against the bar… "So your plan is to track her down and outright kill her? Shit… I could do that and very easily and she'd have no warning of it either. But what I -can't- do is fix this damned city. That we need her for… and I could get her to do it if people would stop fucking messing with the girl. She hasn't had time to reflect on who she's killed, what she's done, and what she's capable of… neither have I for that matter… and I've killed my fair share of people that were trying to kill me, even when I'd made it more than clear they were out of their depth." The hard eyes of the young man attest to that.

Eris shakes her head and stands, walking toward the door as she speaks. “She isn’t going to fix this city, she’s going to destroy it further. And if we don’t stop her, she’ll move on to another and another and another. Maybe it’s time we took action against her, eh?” She smiles faintly back at Marcus and opens the door. “Just be careful around her, ok?” She heads out into the night.

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