I have had another interesting experience with my guildmates. Someone came to Lina for help with some bandits, assuming her brother had been kidnapped by them. After some minor investigations, we found that her brother, Frank SuYu, had made it to Southern Cross but never left town. After checking some other inns, we found that at least five other people had also mysteriously gone missing. There was no distinct pattern other than non-residents, either; a traveling pearl salesman, a traveling fish merchant, a new student with the university, a visiting professor, and two other gentlemen of differing status, occupations, and wealth. It seemed that there were indiscriminate kidnappings going on, preying on travelers whose disappearances wouldn’t be noticed by anyone. The kidnappers even left behind valuable belongings that weren’t in the victims’ respective rooms, like a wagon, horses, and so on. This was most peculiar – why would someone kidnap someone else if not for financial gain? This question would be answered later, in a most horrifying way. Any ways, back to the problem. We went to go see the mayor, but she was out of town at the moment. We instead met with her second in command, vice mayor Jerry Jenkins. Wow, now I understand why mom grumbles about worthless bureaucrats. This guy was worse than worthless, he was an obstinate obstacle. He may have been a worthwhile administrator in his day, but boy do I feel sorry for Mayor Theno now. I wonder what she did wrong to be punished by the Jenkins clan with getting stuck with him. He wasn’t willing to listen or care about the problem until someone mentioned that he would be able to take credit for spearheading the solution. It truly seemed as though he didn’t care about helping or saving the missing people (or stopping the problem from continuing, for that matter), all that mattered was that he could get credit IF we succeeded. If he was the primary mayor here, I would seriously consider moving. Ok, enough digression, sorry journal. Great, now I’m apologizing to my journal. And writing about it. Ugh.
Back to the adventure. We decided to go to the GMS and get a seeker spell, to use to find one of the victims. Lina seems really smart and was able to absorb it all in a few hours, which was good. With handy spells like that, perhaps I should investigate my magical potential too. Dad says magic in combat is not an honorable fight. Jax and Lina seem honorable to me, and nothing says I have to use the magic in combat. I think I’ll talk to Jax more about this. Maybe he’ll even tell me about doing time at the mountain. It sounds scary, bet he has stories. Ugh, I did it again. Dad says I get my digressions from mom, all I know is that it’s starting to annoy me. Any ways, where was I… oh, right, seeker spell. So we followed the seeker spell to a house in town. A rather nice house, I might add, but sadly the legal owner was no more – though we wouldn’t find that out till after the threat was neutralized. Kenzie knocked on the door, and was met by a very rude woman. Sure, it was late, but that is no reason to be as rude as she was. Her attitude also clearly showed that she wasn’t Bonig – they are big on the sanctity of life and we were trying to save lives! We found out later that she was one of the two head vampires, and sadly also the one who got away. After she slammed the door, we tried several methods to get in. Kenzie and Asta were trying to hack down the door because the windows on the first floor were barred. The second story windows weren’t though! So I climbed to the window, which was even open, and went in. Didn’t anyone else know how to scale a house? Mom says everyone needs to know how to do that (she’s never said why), but clearly the rest of the group doesn’t know that. I wasn’t worried, there were only four people – people who turned out to be vampires! Actual undead right in Southern Cross! No, really, it’s true! Evidently they can see in the dark, because they kept the lights out, but thankfully dad had the foresight to train me in blindfighting. I need to remember to thank him for that, I’m certain it saved my life. Note for any readers, vampires are really hard to knock unconscious, and vampires can’t be reverted back so don’t even bother with the unconscious thing. Wish I had known that sooner. Any ways, we eventually defeated the vampires. Well, most of them. The one that Asta was fighting got away. I know that the Reformed Wololitan approach is to let your opponent live so that they can get better and stronger, but a) this wasn’t the university where she teaches, b) this was an undead, viewed by most every religion as something to destroy, and c) she’s Dixon, not Reflolita. They don’t like it when you call them reflolitas, by the way. Any ways, we killed a bunch of vampires but one escaped, climbing over the wall. See? Even vampires know that it’s terribly handy to know how to climb a wall. Actually, according to Jax, they were climbing walls all throughout the downstairs at the house. More like clinging or something. Weird. Oh, I almost forgot, Henry was there. He delivered mail to Asta and me. I think I need to have a talk with him about discretion. Yelling out the contents of my mail in the street, after midnight but while numerous neighbors are poking heads out windows (also yelling), is really not an appropriate way to deliver my sensitive mail. Especially since it’s with a female AND supposed to be a secret! I have no idea how my mother would take it, but I have no doubt that it would have SOME effect. As for the mail, she loves me? Sure, I’m really interested in her, but we’ve hardly spent any time together, how can she know she loves me? Mom says that women move faster on emotions that men, but wow. I think I need to find a way to spend some time with her, to get to know her better, before I can say something like that. I need to talk to Kevin, I bet he understands women. The vampires were way simpler.
Oh, and I wrote a new song about the vampires. Still struggling with the song about the demon; mom says writer’s block happens some times, but not to worry because I was able to finish the song about vampires. We’ll see, I suppose.