<South and Main>
*Rainn yelled in shock and ran to Aster. He helped her up while three ambulances arrived. A paramedic dashed over to Rainn.*
Paramedic: "Ma'am, are you alright? Do you need to go to the hospital?"
Rainn: "She's alright. If anything, we'll take you to your doctor tomorrow."
Paramedic: "Are you sure?"
Rainn: "Yes, yes. We must leave to the police department for a moment. Goodbye."
*Rainn gets in the car with Aster, and hopefully Jasper and Masketta. They drive away.*
OOS: TIME SKIP!!!
*Later that night, the group was at Rainn's HQ. Sulrai sat down in front of Aster, and rubbed his chin.*
Rainn: "How are you feeling?"
OOS: You all can do whatever you want here.
*A set of black Mercedes and Cadillacs drove down the street. They each stopped in different locations near the curb. Men and women in suits wearing sunglasses all stepped out of the cars with an attendant holding an umbrella for them. They each approached a wall next to an unmarked brick building. One man tapped the wall six times. The "bricks" moved, revealing that they were actually "painted" onto a metal door. A Herculean guard standing behind the door nodded at the group, and pointed to a strange computer to his left. The servants waited outside, while the others entered and waved their hands in front of the machine. It registered their rings, and made a beeping noise. A door opened to the right of the machine, revealing an elevator. The suited people entered it, and were scanned for weapons. The elevator lowered itself to the basement of the building, where an Asian-American man wearing a red tie, a woman in a white suit, and a brown-haired man were all sitting at a conference table.
The other suited individuals sat around the table. The Asian-American man turned on a match, and began smoking his tobacco pipe. All of the attendees chanted something in Latin, and the man with brown hair stood up.*
???1: "We have all heard of Manicelli's most recent failure. It is only a matter of time before he screws up again. I don't want him to start asking our mutual friends in the government some...inconvenient questions. It would be against our best interest that he is given any inkling about our existence."
*A suited man shook his head.*
???2: "Do not worry. Our friends in the City Council are prepared to field any questions. The mayor and the police department are out of our hands, but Manicelli wouldn't dare show his face in either area."
???1: "Good, then we can proceed with our plan with no need to rush things."
*The Asian American man shook his head.*
???3: "The Triads are getting restless. While they are unaware of our existence, they know that their new benefactors are going to ensure that they will gain control of the criminal underworld. The events of today prove that Manicelli's power is starting to wane. This will provide an ample opportunity for them to strike, but they are continually asking when."
???1: "I'd say we need a month or two. Manicelli is panicking because he knows that the mob and its Russian allies don't trust him. He was stealing all that money to prepare for war in case someone decides to foment a coup. He also wanted to get rid of his enemies in the police department. That failure will bring out skepticism in some of his allies."
???4: "And the money?"
???1: "Police found it. Apparently the masked men didn't value it."
???2: "That's what happens when you put a maniac in charge."
*The woman nodded.*
???5: "Indeed. However, let us focus on the future. Manicelli's mob, the Russians, and the Triads will soon clash, and hopefully collapse into infighting."
???6: "The fighting might get out of hand. Do we contain it to Crimeton?"
???1: "Why contain it? Let it spill over the schools and churches, let the bodies pile up in the streets. In the end, the city will beg us to save them."
???3: "And the Cult of the Knife will completely rule the city once again."
???6: "What about those private detectives? They solved a mystery that was taking the police a week in two days..."
???1: "They cannot be that relevant. Even then, if they become a problem we will simply eliminate them."