Sleepless In Seattle

Jonah breaks the rules of magic...what else is new?
In which Rory very nearly dies...twice. And crescendo on Sanguine's plans

(Note: we missed a week of notetaking.)

  • Gabriel shows up in front of Rory
  • Says that the seals on the Garden of Eden were broken
  • Could only be done by an angel and a demon working together, or by a nephilim
  • Lilith’s ashes stole; could be used to kill her for real
  • Gabriel wants to use our anchors to stop Sanguine
    • Probably pain, possibly death, slightly greater than 50% chance of success
    • Better chances if she uses more than one anchor but only one is necessary
  • Suddenly, werewolf invasion
  • Rory charges in, gets his shit wrecked
  • Jasper starts doing excessive amounts of vulgar magic.
  • Sister Grimm shows up; throws her blood to make fireballs to kill mummybeasts (who evidently showed up)
  • Also throws down some healing power to fix up Rory
  • One of the werewolves takes the Butcher’s head
  • Rory chases, catches wolf. Smashes butcher’s head with his staff.
  • Wolf deathrages
  • Rory runs, but wolf catches up, takes Rory out. Again.
  • Sanguine shows up. Horribly mangles deathraging wolf.
  • Steals the soul from and commands the other wolf; gives him a message for his master, “don’t fuck with me”.
  • Once Juliette comes back, we have a long argument about what to do about Sanguine.
    • Rory wants to work with heaven; Jasper and Juliette don’t
  • Anthony and Kyle get back from UW
  • Anthony fucked up with UW sickness—needs Life, Death, and Spirit to cure
  • Nobody can do all three. We call Fang (Life and Death) who tries to hold it at bay while Grimm runs home to make a potion
  • Suddenly, weird pressure on mages
  • Spirit activity weird as well
  • Trace back to epicenter of disturbance
  • Jonah is at a graveyard, trying to resurrect Red Queen
  • Kyle wants to kill Jonah to stop it
    • Kyle’s grandmother’s knife can now destroy Awakened magic
  • Kyle holds down Rory, Juliette
  • Sanguine shows up, says she can’t let him hurt Jonah
  • Kyle whips out chains of bedrock (made by Jasper a while ago), uses them to bind Sanguine. But he can’t let go or she would get free
  • Jasper only non-restrained character. Decides to let Jonah do his thing, only because he’s afraid of what would happen if stopped the ritual.
  • Jonah finishes the ritual. Dark energy launches out, tries to kill Juliette. But red and white light deflects it, shooting off into distance.
  • Red Queen is alive, reveals she had been charming Jonah
  • Juliette checks; Michael is fine, but her badass grandpa is dead.
  • Rory resolves to help the angels, even if Jasper and Juliette won’t.
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oh god why
  • Picked up where we left off in Kyle’s Basement
  • Rory wants to go to investigate his father’s grave. Jasper wants to dig up Rory’s father’s casket, Rory refuses to let him. Jasper tries to follow him, Rory has to disable his headlights to get him to give up.
  • Rory goes to the graveyard with Raven.
  • She determines that:
    • There was no body in the grave
    • The ashes had once been in that grave
    • His body had been cremated about 10 years ago, 3 years after he had been buried.
  • Jasper gets his dad to email him his grandfather’s will; nothing interesting found in it.
  • Jasper tries to investigate the bow, but his magic doesn’t give him any useful info.
  • Juliette and Jasper sleep and have dreams, Rory doesn’t sleep
    • Bliss and happiness in white space
    • Falling, fire, pain, feeling of loss
  • Juliette investigates the amulet. Feels a sense of well-being, protection. Maybe sentient? Trying to talk to it, but no response. Suddenly, amulet gives magic armor.
  • Guy in police drunk tank wants to talk to Rory
  • Introduces himself as Andrew Angston, says he has a message from the Dark Surgeon
  • Aura is human, but pale
  • Kidnapped by the Surgeon
  • Woke up in cage with an incision on his chest
  • Led out of the Undercity by one of the Surgeon’s children
  • Gives Rory an envelope, sealed
  • Letter address to “Rory and compatriots”. Thanks us for “introducing him to his new ally”.
  • Giving Rory a gift
  • Creepy girl shows up in the room
  • Rory Life scans guy, finds something bad
  • Guy screams, and something rips its way out of his chest
  • Some sort of muscle thing connected to his intestines, with metal blade over its right arm
  • Metal blade hits Rory a couple times; in addition to damage, immense pain
  • Rory manages to kill it with his handgun
  • It explodes, spraying acid bile
  • Rory kicks girl in the face
  • She laughs, seems to enjoy it
  • Rory kicks her again; lose Wisdom, gain derangement.
  • She disappears
  • Meanwhile, Sanguine comes back
  • Jasper asks her about bow and Anthony; she confirms that he’s probably sufficiently connected to the angelic realm
  • Rory calls Anthony, who calls Nero. They portal in.
  • Rory goes through portal. Showers and changes clothes in Roxanne’s. Returns to police station, uses invisibility and stealth to get out.
  • Ted investigated and werewolves have disappeared from other clans
  • Juliette calls Sister Grimm, going to use her to track kidnapped werewolves
  • Secret note passing between Jasper and GM
  • Publicly, Sanguine confirmed that we three were additional anchors
  • If we were to die, she’d have to find a new one. Inconvenient but not permanent.
    Better ways to banish her, via us.
  • Underworld is dead souls clinging to life: Hell is souls which were corrupted by demons.
    • Souls become more demons, collect more souls. Pyramid scheme.
  • Meeting at Fortress of Science. Sanguine attends.
  • Decide our priority is killing Abyss pits
  • Call Anthony, he’s been talking to Kyle about doing just that
  • Looking through Kyle’s grandma’s journals
  • Sister Grimm and Juliette get hair samples from werewolf hairbrushes
  • Juliette talks to Chelsea. Thinks Talon blames the mages for his mom’s death.
  • Juliette goes to Sister Grimm’s house. Cat familiar. Mix wolf hair and Grimm’s hair in cauldron. Trace all wolves to single location in the Undercity. Decide to intervene without mage backup.
  • Rory assists Anthony and Kyle in rune identification
  • Fight breaks out in main floor of Roxanne’s
  • Erik and Talon fighting
  • Anthony breaks it up
  • I ask Erik, he says Talon was drunk and wanted to find Jonah
  • I call Jonah, let him talk to Erik. Warn Jonah about Talon’s grudge.
  • Jonah goes back to school in 2 days, not sure what to do
  • Insufficient data for rune analysis. Need to talk to Kyle’s grandma directly via the Underworld.

Next time, two half-sessions. Mages go into Underworld. Juliette stays, runs werewolf rescue, and tries to stop Talon from killing Jonah (or vice-versa).

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Bucket o' Blood
Also, "Detect Old Person" and evil book of evilness
  • Prior to leaving for Salem, Sister Grimm shows up, asks to see Juliette
  • SG did some research (as in, clairvoyance) but couldn’t find any info on the PCs, like we didn’t even exist
  • Gave Juliette an amulet to “guide her in the dark”
  • Juliette gives both angel feathers to Sister Grimm. Sister Grimm channels through feathers to completely heal Juliette and give a few bonus HP
  • Grimm explains that she is magic, physically, rather than being connected to something. (Mages+watchtower, Werewolves+spirits, etc.)
  • Jonah lays down rules for Juliette: within 50 ft at all times, no cell phone or computer us, has to ask for bathroom permission. Rules designed by Echo. But, Jonah hints that he occasionally “gets distracted”.
  • Portal to Salem with party, Jonah, and Kyle
  • Show up in the woods, hike to Salem
  • Go to old schoolhouse where Kyle’s grandma attacked the cult
  • Area has odd absence of magic and spirit influence: not Abyssal but the Gauntlet is especially thick
  • In the main room, broken desks. In the middle, dried caked blood. Half-finished Atlantean runes carved.
  • We guess that Kyle’s grandma was not a Mage, but was probably a Sleepwalker if she recognized that these runes have power
  • Juliette finds a secret staircase, smells of rotten blood
  • Stairs go into stone cavern
  • Filled with empty cages. Cages have silver spikes, restraints, and carved channels leading to 6 ft basin filled with 50-yr-old blood. We make rolls to not throw up.
  • Rim of basin is covered in Abyssal runes, but effaced and not active
  • Jasper and Kyle stay to do science on the bucket o’ blood, Rory and Juliette leave to investigate in the city
  • Rory casts “Detect Old Person” and finds the nearest one
  • Jonah disguises us as journalists
  • We buzz Maria Oswald to let us in, she does
  • Rory monitors emotions, Juliette uses gift to make her spill the beans
  • When we change to the topic of the old schoolhouse she gets afraid and depressed
    • Her brother died when Kyle’s grandma attacked (cultist?)
    • Lots of families moved away after that, including one Matthew Hull
  • Go to police station, bluff our way into seeing old missing persons files from relevant time period
    • One missing girl (not relevant, parental abduction)
    • One 32 year old man Derek LeReax. Evidence of struggle in his hotel room but no leads.
  • Jasper and Kyle do science. Discoveries:
    • The runes on the basin were eroded because the rock warped. Unusual- other Abyssal runes we’ve seen don’t do that.
    • The bucket o’ blood was 50 years old, and was the blood from only 3 werewolves.
    • The cave was natural but expanded artificially using tools appropriate to 400 years ago. Implies schoolhouse was built on top of evil sacrifice cave.
  • Jonah, Rory, Juliette go to library.
  • Jonah finds book of genealogies in library
  • “Hull” entry. Long time residents of Salem. First member listed is Jonathan Hull. Last member listed is Matthew Hull, who moved away.
  • Hulls have family home in Salem. We get the address.
  • Spend a night in the hotel. Jonah pretends not to notice when Juliette calls Michael. Everybody but Rory sleeps.
  • Hull house is pretty nice, but hasn’t been lived in for 40 years
  • Sensing massive Abyssal influence
  • Jasper calls his dad: Matthew Hull was his grandfather, left the house to his son (Jasper’s dad) but they’ve never visited it or sold it.
  • Kyle picks the lock, we go in
  • Search ground, first and second floors, and attic but find nothing of interest
  • Open door to basement, air flows out
  • Magic darkness, probably Abyssal
  • We leave to prepare torches
  • Juliette hunts a deer for no apparent reason while Rory buys some kerosene
  • We go into darkness. Torches not helpful, but the amulet that SG gave Juliette glows brightly and illuminates strongly.
  • Normal looking basement, but Jonah finds a secret switch
  • Looooooong staircase down into the dark. Jasper makes rough tally, over 5000 feet, nearly a mile down.
  • At bottom, extremely large space. Illumination cannot reach the far edge.
  • Filled will randomly-spaced holes. Some holes covered in boards. Others standing open.
  • Faint scratching coming from some of the boarded holes. Deformed skeleton in at least one of the open holes.
  • Abyssal Runes surround all the pits.
  • Horizontal tunnel continues, we go in
  • Find a cell of some sort with bars and a locked door. Interior is empty except for a bench.
  • Two sets of wood doors.
  • Behind left door. Rows and rows of wooden shelves with urns. Urns are filled with ash and labeled with names, all different.
  • In same room, an altar. Urn on altar with the name Jonathan Hull. Altar is covered in abyssal runes. Book on the altar, bound in human leather and written in blood and marrow.
  • Book is written in unknown language
  • Realize that some of the urns have names we recognize. Abigail (The Red Queen) has an urn. Rory’s dad has an urn. Juliette’s great grand father (or something) had and urn. Odd because Rory’s dad was not cremated and Juliette’s GGF was a werewolf who got trapped in Egyptian Abyss-pit. Abigail self-immolated, so could be her ashes but seems unlikely.
  • We remember that when we went to the Underworld, the Void told us “The sins of the father weigh heavily on you all”.
  • We decide to take several urns, but Jasper leaves his great great(…)grandfather.
  • Door on the right. Old study, filled with books (not human leather, just regular.)
  • Summoning circle on the floor, identified as a tool for bringing back the dead as zombies/ghouls/miscellaneous unded.
  • Grab a bunch of books and start to leave.
  • One of the holes that was boarded up when we went in is no longer boarded up.
  • Something not quite human comes out of the darkness. It looks like Rory’s dad.
  • We roll initiative but Jasper uses his angel bow and kills it before it gets close. Noticed that the arrow lit up the dark.
  • We start going up the stairs
  • Another not-quite-human thing drops onto Juliette, tries to pull her off the stairs
  • Juliette manages to grab the ledge and not fall
  • Jasper shoots it, but the arrow doesn’t kill it outright
  • Thing starts biting Juliette. Appears to be feeding on her blood and regenerating.
  • Jonah does his supermage thing and hits it with a lightning bolt, it disintegrates.
    • No paradox. Huh.
  • We make it out and portal back to Seattle
  • Investigate our loot.
  • Jonah casts translation spell on Juliette. Juliette sees that the 12 books from the study are lab notes, detailing experiments to create Frankenstein-ish monsters. The author’s purpose is not clearly stated and there are not many listed successes. However, all books were written by Jonathan Hull.
  • Tries to read altar book. The words actually break and distort the spell. The words actively try to corrupt Juliette, but luckily fail.
    • However, book reads as non-magical to Rory’s Supernal Vision
  • Rory, Juliette, and Kyle want to destroy it but Jasper isn’t ready yet so he encases it in titanium.
  • Juliette goes to see if Sister Grimm is still in town. Turns out she didn’t ever leave like she said she was going to.
  • Rory calls Anthony and has him come to the Fortress of Science. Brief stare-down between Kyle and Anthony but it is resolved with a manly handshake so we’re okay
  • We fill Anthony in on the events
  • He recognizes the carved Atlantean runes as the start of a banishing spell
  • Anthony is curious about the angel bow. He can pull it, wtf? We double check: even with 7 strength, Rory can’t pull it, and Jonah can’t either.
    • Hypothesis: angels are from the Aether, so are the Obrimos. With enough Gnosis an Obrimos can essentially become an angel. However, hypothesis is untestable without another sufficiently powerful Obrimos.
  • Anthony also wants to destroy the evil book
  • Speculation: Grandaddy Jonathan Hull maybe perfected his rituals and is still alive? May be helping the Dark Surgeon?
  • Juliette returns, has to hide Sister Grimm because she was supposed to leave town
  • We eventually have Grimm come out. She flips Anthony the bird. He seems amused rather than angry, which is good.
  • SG notices something off with the ashes of Juliette’s great grandpa. Probably because he died in an Abyss-pit.
  • Rory’s dad’s ashes seem normal
  • Red Queen’s ashes are super powerful
  • We mention that Jonah is the Red Queen’s psychic magic-baby, but Jonah immediately contradicts us saying that he and the Queen were positive that wasn’t the case
    • Meaning, there could be another Jonah-person somewhere. Perhaps several.
  • Grimm looks at books. Identifies the language as a constructed cipher, but one which had been in use before these particular books were written.
  • Grimm also agrees, evil book of evilness should be destroyed
  • Decide to shoot it with the bow
  • Jasper’s shot hits, but the book is unharmed
  • Anthony’s takes a shot. His nimbus goes all golden (angelic connotations?) and his shot also has like lightning
  • Brief moment of battle between light and darkness, then book, target, and part of the wall is destroyed

Next session: Rory and Juliette look into their relatives’ ashes to see how they got into a creepy basement

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The Devil You Know
Plus Mindrape Death Rage, and giant foam hats
  • Jonah back; wearing blue royalty outfit, slightly military
  • Looks different- older? Eyes now blue.
  • Acting slightly different
  • Hug!
  • Anthony unclear on Red Queen psychic stuff; Rory calls Juliette and she fills him in
  • Sanguine shows up to Juliette’s work; tells Kyle she’s going to Africa for a few weeks
  • Sanguine invites Juliette to coffee; Juliette accepts
  • Jonah explains he just went to the Underworld and learned some stuff from the Red Queen, but that he’ still limited by his physical existence. We fill Jonah in on recent events.
  • Autopsy report from Karen. Mundane observation reveals that Talon’s victim was utterly disabled, and then killed.
  • Magic observation reveals that whatever broke the victims’ minds was a one-time, no lingering effect deal, persisting into death. Only repeating phrase: “The Whispering Abyss”.
  • Rory asked her out to coffee: she said yes.
  • Rory calls Juliette, lets her know Talon is probably unstable
  • Juliette goes to werewolf dojo; Talon isn’t there
  • Finds him at the gymnastics building, writes malware to kill time
  • Talon not too happy with Jonah’s return or Juliette’s line of questioning
  • Rory and Karen go to The Burial Grounds for coffee; Sanguine, Juliette, and Jasper all go at the same time. DATE RUINED.
  • Sanguine did it on purpose. Bitch.
  • Rory and Raven ditch, Sanguine chats with Jasper and Juliette
  • Sanguine, Jasper, Juliette leave. Sanguine notices they have shifted into the Spirit World.
  • Sanguine tells Jasper and Juliette to run, gives Juliette her whip thing
  • Angels with weapons show up, demand they come with them to speak with Azrael, promise that they will not harm them in suspiciously precise language
  • Jasper, Juliette are skeptical; whip attacks mostly on its own and it is terrifying.
  • Angels’ wings get cut off, they disappear. We thought they were dead but they were just banished.
  • Two feathers fall off; Juliette retrieves them
  • More angels start shooting at them, aiming for disabling but nonlethal shots
  • They hid in a coffee house
  • Jasper tries to turn front window into diamond; paradox ensues and his PSG1 turns TO SAAAAAND
  • Coffee spirit fires coffee at angels, says “You are not welcome here” in First Tongue
  • Jasper retrieves bow and arrow from dead angel
  • Jasper rides Juliette, firing bullets from his .44 magnum. No effect.
  • Turns bullets into gold; turns angels to gold statue
  • Angel intervenes and asks them to stop. Angel introduces herself as Gabriel.
  • Whip attacks Gabriel on its own, just a scratch
  • Warned they had to leave before Sanguine shows up
  • Sanguine shows up, in super intense armor with a halo, a flaming sword, horns and tail, and ball of light in one hand
  • Threatens to crush Azrael’s heart (ball of light) if the angels don’t run
  • Angels run. Jasper, Juliette, and Sanguine return to real world.
  • Called wolves asking why angels hate spirits, and uses for angel feathers.
  • There’s a Mage Council meeting which Juliette is called to; she’s worried and asks her pack to sneak in weapons as a precaution.
  • Rory finishes his date, is told about the encounter
  • Sanguine tries to give Rory the whip, he refuses to touch it. Given to Jasper instead.
  • Gold is some protection against angels, Underworld is totally safe except not at all because it’s the Underworld.
  • Assume angels are going to come after us again; stock up for anti-angel holdout in the Fortress of Science
  • Jasper blows his life savings on 4 cubic centimeters of gold
  • Juliette goes to council meeting. It is actually the first stage of a trial
  • Recovered the footage Juliette erased; can clearly see Juliette stealing the Orb
  • Juliette told Anthony about Echo in private
  • Echo wants to keep Juliette locked up
  • Werewolf leader says hell no, council votes 4-1 to let Juliette leave but stay in town
  • We hole up in Kyle’s dojo
  • Suddenly, surrounding darkness
  • Lilith, Queen of Hell, Mother of Monsters appears
  • Tells us that Sanguine/Ariel/Asmodeus wants to take over Hell. Warns that Asmodeus might want to take over Heaven next.
  • Says there is something special about us that makes us useful for fighting Sanguine
  • If we sign a contract saying “we will do whatever we can to stop Sanguine” Lilith will return. Can be summoned by spilling a drop of blood into saltwater.
  • Debate about whether Heaven is trustworthy
  • Rory decides we should talk to Anthony and summon an angel to get more information
  • Rory goes to Roxanne’s, tries to explain to Anthony as much as he can about the situation, but is limited because he can’t discuss the events of Soulless Monday
  • Sister Grimm shows up to Fortress of Science, says angel feathers are powerful
  • Jasper and Juliette stay in Fortress
  • Rory helps with ritual: at first he sucks at it, but then does okay
  • Angel starts speaking fluent Atlantean
  • Jonah talks back, asks it to speak in English. Its English is not great but we can communicate.
  • We learn Sanguine can see through us and we probably blew our only chance to speak with an upper-level angel
  • Pretty sure that when Sanguine gave us those extra attribute dots, she made us part of her anchor
  • After discussion, we realize we aren’t sure if Sanguine actually would attack Heaven. Our only sources are biased, and it seems unlikely.
  • Decide to stay neutral until more information.
  • Kyle shows up: says “The Whispering Abyss” is the cult his grandmother killed 50 years ago
  • Sister Grimm wards us from scrying so Juliette tells us about Echo and the Orb
  • Rory gets pissed, attacks her. We grapple a bit. Jasper gives us foam hats.
  • Ends with a kick to the groin. After recovering, Rory apologizes.
  • Think we can get Persephone to post-cognitively view the time Echo talked to Juliette
  • Rory, Anthony, Persephone meet at Juliette’s apartment
  • Viewing only shows Juliette standing alone in a room. Turns out, the “meetings” were entirely via mind control.
  • Supposed Orb handoff didn’t take place where Juliette thought it did, if it ever happened at all
  • Anthony says it would be okay for Juliette to go to Salem (where the Whispering Abyss was) provided someone else went with
  • I called Juliette and told her the bad news first…which triggered a death rage
  • Kyle stabbed her with silver and injected her with a serum to make her stop
  • Made plans for Jonah to heal her and take us to Salem

Next time—Salem Road Trip

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Attempted mass murder...or something worse?
In which Rory goes batshit insane
  • Meeting with Persephone to set up post-cog viewing window
  • Persephone curious about Kyle and sin-eaters, agrees to track mystery man
  • Follows the post-cog vision into an alley, into undercity
  • Guy went into Dark Surgeon’s place, viewing ceases
  • Persephone creates photo-realistic drawing of blonde dude with scar over right eye
  • Scanned image through police records; no hits
  • Sister Grimm’s shop boarded up
  • Kyle distant and mysterious, Sanguine busy doing her thing
  • Police call; two invaders at elementary school and high school (Jodie and Talon respectively)
  • Jodie successfully defended her students from agitated gunman
  • Talon “took care of” his attacker
  • Michael got threatened by another babbling thug with a bat; shot him
  • Rory follows up with Jodie’s victim at hospital but he’s knocked unconscious
  • Sanguine calls Jasper, someone attacked her as well
  • Erik got attacked too
  • Rory got attacked, took some serious gun hits but managed to kill his attacker
  • Jasper called and warned Fang but no one attacked her
  • Rory got medical treatment (so stupid)
  • Anthony picked Rory up, healed him. He was not attacked.
  • Anthony called a Mage’s Council meeting. Rory and Jodie there to testify; Jasper there to spectate
  • Kaiyoko busts in, throws down a severed head, says she was attacked by Awakened magic-controlled dude. She had a witch-powered antimagic bracelet.
  • Anthony tells us none of the other attackers were Awakened magic
  • Speculation amongst PCs; Echo behind everything? Plausible but not likely.
  • Further speculation; not really attempted murder? Important note that the only human target (Michael) was not attacked by a gunman but just a guy with a bat. Implies orchestrator knew our capabilities and didn’t want to actually kill any (or at least not most) of us.
  • Council orders mages to track down Sister Grimm and either kill or kick her out of town
  • Went back to boarded up shop
  • Rory tried to levitate to the roof; got whacked with paradox and went temporarily schizophrenic
  • Rory hallucinated climbing down a chimney, which was odd since there was an actual chimney on the roof that I wasn’t in
  • Despite Rory’s insanity, Jasper and Juliette made it up to the roof
  • Jasper climbed down chimney. Tried to get through boards at bottom, but one of his spells went havok and turned the board into spontaneously combusting metal, setting him on fire
  • Rory tried to help but semi-accidentally iced the interior of the chimney
  • Chimney looked like it might collapse, but didn’t
  • Juliette took the less ninja route and bashed the front door down
  • Found an Abyssal rune on the wall; otherwise shop was empty
    Secret scene between Juliette and GM
  • Through 1337 hax and plain ol’ detectiving, identified past owner of shop as Theresa Godfrey and her daughter, Elizabeth Godfrey, as Sister Grimm. Got a home address for Elizabeth through her drivers’ license registration.
  • Went to her apartment, explained situation to her. She agreed to leave town although she wasn’t too happy.
  • She explained that the magic bracelet she had given to Kaiyoko had the caveat that it would kill her if she did anything too aggressively violent, so Kaiyoko has been acting rationally given her perspective
  • She cast a witch spell on us to block mind control against us in regards to our knowledge of her
    Juliette and Sister Grimm have a secret chat. Rory deduced it was about Michael but didn’t pry.
  • We go back to Roxanne’s and OH SHIT Jonah is back!
    End session
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