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Old Oct 7th, 2020, 01:12 PM
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Old Oct 9th, 2020, 02:18 PM
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She was making very little progress. Either these individuals were truly clueless - which she highly doubted - or they were being magically induced into a stupor from which they could celebrate and gamble with impunity. It reminded her of that book from ages past, her childhood, where the heroes were stuck in the Lotus Lounge with no desire to know what was happening or leave - meanwhile slowly losing their humanity in an endless game of debauchery and entertainment.

Jason slipped past to mention to a stranger about how he was tired of Vegas already, and how this was never a great place. The stranger just gave him a dumb look, but Jaye caught it. She was feeling similar, a breath of fresh air might be useful.




Jason was chasing a security detail. I mean, it could be none other than a security detail. They had black glasses, black jackets and slacks that were obviously off the rack, their shoes had that artificial gloss that you usually see with tuxedoes, and they were holding small stones to their ears to talk. They were about as covert as an Abrahms Tank on fire in the middle of the Mall of America with fireworks going off around it to the trained eyes of Jaye.

She sashayed her way across the floor, smiling and interacting briefly with the minions in her way. Nothing to see here, just a drunk girl with too much time and money. she thought as she made a round-about way towards the security team.

As she drew close, she slipped off her shoes, holding them in her left hand. If she needed to kick someone in the chin, she didn't want to break a heel on the shoe of her other foot and fall!

She caught Jason's eye. He was approaching from behind, she was starting to 'stumble' and slur her words as she moved towards the team. Her senses were high alert, she knew even if she was attacked from the rear she was ready to fight or flight. By moving towards her targets she was also lining up her attack run, should it be necessary - her heart rate increased as her eyes dilated.

There were hundreds of ways to hide from men, even dressed provacatively (sp?) like this. Hiding in plain sight was just the easiest way to achieve her goal.



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Old Oct 10th, 2020, 04:31 PM
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Jason thought about the situation before them. Between himself and Jennifer, and the rest of their team was a small group of security personnel who, while they didn't look like a crack squad were presumed to at least have some modicum of training. The likelihood of he and Jennifer taking out the whole group was probably slim without A) making quite a commotion, or B) Jason going full-lupine battle rage mode (which reverts back to A). Hiding in plain sight was the answer. Give yourself a reason to be in the vicinity of the security detail, without raising suspicion, or causing alarm. Jason had an idea.

Jason shifted his tack and made an intercept line for Jennifer. Making eye contact with her, he nodded slightly and winked as if to say, this might get me an ass whooping later, but go along with it for know... As the pair get close to the security team, Jason reaches Jennifer. With just the right amount of sincerity, worry, and relief, he says,"Ahhh, thank God! There you are Darling!" He slid his right hand around her waist, wrapped her left arm (with the shoes) around his shoulder, and pretend to offer her support in her drunkenness as he lightly kissed her on her forehead; hoping it was platonic enough to A) not get his teeth kicked in by his wife if she ever found out, and B) not get his teeth kicked in by Jennifer when this was over. He and Jennifer start following the team, and in a voice loud enough to be heard, without seeming to intend to be heard, Jason said, "I'm glad to see you took your shoes off. I know how unstable you get in heels when you've been drinking. I told you the flats would've been a better idea before we went out. It's been a while since we had access to this much alcohol." He gave an immediate, but imperceptible 'tut', and waived off the comment. "No worries, Darling. Let's get you back to the room, and we'll hit it again tomorrow evening." With a wide, but genuine smile, he ads, "How does that sound?" He hoped the ruse worked, so that they could follow the detail until they either reach the team or, preferably, walk past to attend to other business. Either way, the entire team would be there, ready to handle the security detail if things go pear-shaped.
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Old Oct 13th, 2020, 11:27 AM
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Alan enjoyed the bar in the buffet. I mean, if he couldn't have the food, at least he could drink, right? In any case, he figured he's been a bit of a tightwad lately. He needed to loosen up. Before the Change he never had a taste for whiskey, but after trying one (he didn't want to go too hardcore and start with the tequila), he found he enjoyed it. Oh, he'd never be a real connoisseur like his friends in Israel, but he could get used to it. The second was enough to make him happy without May I suggest a -1 to all rolls?overly impairing him.

Alan was mostly being quiet, just enjoying the scenery. Like Jason, he always hated Vegas. He had been here plenty when he was a kid visiting friends. Probably dead now, said the pessimistic side to him. Then he thought of who they were and reconsidered. No, not dead. One was probably a hermit wizard. Some might be dead, but with that group .. Yes, the alcohol was making him nostalgic as well. In any case, he now looked upon the world with a lot more humour. He knew that on the one hand everything was for his personal benefit, to teach him the lessons he needed to learn in this life (the reason he's come back after dying a few times). On the other hand, he knew that he was just dust and ashes, a grain of sand in a huge beach. Amazing how everything can be for everyone's individual personal benefit all at the same time! Maybe another drink was in order.

With the downing of the OK, maybe -2third drink the "old" man showed up and asked about their services. Alan wasn't fooled in the least. Old, shmold. This guy's still in his prime. Well, maybe he is and maybe he isn't. Alan didn't feel like sharing at the moment, just keeping his incredibly insightful euphorias to himself. If that's what they were.

He went with the group up to the "old" man's room and took a quick look at the map given to them. He couldn't help himself from saying, a little softly, Roosevelt Dam? Isn't that the most obvious spot for a rendezvous!
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Old Oct 16th, 2020, 07:55 PM
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Roosevelt Dam? Isn't that the most obvious spot for a rendezvous!
"That's what I thought." says your host. "Not sure these boys could help from getting lost above ground. Made it easy as possible."

"I may be being watched, so I need you folk to find them for me."


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Meanwhile the drunken lovers are tailing the Security team, which, if it notices them pays no attention.
The men are dressed like secret service agents, without the sunglasses, but with the earpieces. The suits are a higher quality of cut as well. The man obviously in charge stands 6' 4". Two of his backup are a couple inches taller, of deep dark skin, and look like brothers in their mid 20s. The other two are closer to 6 foot and older... perhaps 40s or 50s.

One big man and one older fellow are sent off in another direction. The other two fall back so the leader can approach the group singly as they walk away from the fellow's room.

"I understand you were looking for the Security Chief." he says, in what he probably thinks is a friendly tone. Although not hostile, you suspect that he does not have a friendly tone. "What can I do for you?"
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Alan comes out of the room and feels his whole 5'7" tall. Meaning: short. At least, between their height and girth, he feels, well, below par physically. It normally doesn't bother him, but times like these he kind of feels ... short. He makes sure he's positioned in the back of the group, certainly behind Jim, and lets him lead.
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Jason soon flanked her, which was going to cause a problem for her. If she had to attack, she wanted to be able to move dynamically in whichever direction she needed. For instance, if she needed to do a "toe touch" jump to kick two different guards simultaneously, having Jason right there might knock off her aim. Same with an under cut back handspring which would require dropping her shoes, but which would clearly take out at least one of the guards with surprise.

He couldn't know of course, but she was primed to disable the guards if necessary, form an escape, and flee on foot if necessary. Years of cheer and military training could become, suddenly, very expedient given the scenario.

"Ahhh, thank God! There you are Darling!" He slid his right hand around her waist, wrapped her left arm (with the shoes) around his shoulder, and pretend to offer her support in her drunkenness as he lightly kissed her on her forehead. "I'm glad to see you took your shoes off. I know how unstable you get in heels when you've been drinking. I told you the flats would've been a better idea before we went out. It's been a while since we had access to this much alcohol." "No worries, Darling. Let's get you back to the room, and we'll hit it again tomorrow evening." With a wide, but genuine smile, he adds, "How does that sound?"

Gyah, the guy wanted to get past this without confrontation, but she wasn't sure that was going to be possible. Though he'd now reconfigured the stage, she was committed - unless she wanted to throw a fit, but then if the guards were there to get them, that wouldn't help and if the guards were not there to get them, all it would do is land Jason in hot water. "Yesh...that shoundsh like a plan." she slurred, playing along. Could she disengage from Jason quick enough to drop one or two guards? Was she overly focused on guards and not the perimeter?

At least the two were plainly hiding right where everyone could see them. A unique method that trained professionals used to evade capture, but were they doing the right thing?



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Elvis stepped forward to intercept the security detail ahead of the rest of his party. It wasn't at all clear, at this point, who or what was running Las Vegas. They had all assumed that it was the Drow. That was what they had been told. The taller, darker, "gentlemen" could certainly be Drow or, as had been the case at the Fond du Lac Casino in Cloquet, they could be glamoured ogres.

"Yes! Thank you. Thank you, very much. We just recently arrived in Las Vegas and the Princess' security is of paramount importance to us. I realize that every VIP considers themselves to be the most important person under your roof. We are no different and have an expectation that the associated privilege of status will be afforded to Her Royal Highness and to her entourage.

We also had a hope to gain a better understanding of this establishment's apparent ability to emulate the former technologies, those that seem to have all but disappeared from the rest of this continent. It is quite impressive.

We were told to speak with you first, before setting a meeting with the hotel's senior management or the powers that manage them. There is a strong possibility that we can negotiate a mutually beneficial, contractual relationship with them.

Are you the people we should be speaking with or do we need to make the required arrangements and appointments through another intermediary?"


 
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"Very good!" he says, nearly smiling. "You have her diplomatic credentials? We would be happy to make arrangements for her."
"Which Kingdom is she from? I have visited a few and may know her family."
He is formal and courteous. He also seems unsurprised to be speaking with Elvis.
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Having been married for a number of years, and growing up with three sisters, Jason could tell immediately that Jaye was not on board with his presumptuous idea of hiding in plain sight. As it became clear that the duo was being ignored, Jason slowly pulled away from Jaye to give her the freedom of movement that her initial reaction indicated she was looking for. By the time the security detail reached the team, and began talking instead of fighting, Jason had given Jaye an almost 2 meter swath of space in which she could fight as she pleased. He realized that if he had to "wolf-out" he'd probably physically occupy most of that space. But his ruse had served its purpose, and the security detail was focused on the team, giving Jaye and Jason the jump that he'd hoped for.

As the detail and Djimm spoke in an amicable manner, Jason was pleased to hear that things might not get ugly. But he was prepared for it if they did.
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Elvis Djimm did a double take at the request for credentials.

"I had understood that Kitsu Shura-hime had already been vetted at the time of our registration. Forgive me, this is confusing. Are you saying that you do not have access to the Royal Registry? If not, how do you propose to validate the princes' bona fides?"

Elvis looks truly perplexed. He put a hand up alongside his mouth and made a comment in a low voice, as if he were sharing a guarded secret.

"I never performed anywhere overseas, to tell you the truth. The closest I ever got to Japan was Hawaii, but, maybe you're better travelled than me."

 
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Tired eyes moved back and forth between Elvis and the security personnel as they exchanged words. Seeing the others approaching from the far side, Ben extricated himself from the situation with a few choice words.

"Sounds like you have a few things to work out," His gaze passed from Djimm to the security lead and back again, "Let's catch up again once royal affairs are in order."

"Gentlemen," He nodded to the security detail.

"Thanks for the drink," He offered to Djimm and Alan as he took a step back and turned to walk down the hallway opposite Jason and Jaye.

Ben continued, without looking back, and turned down the nearest branching hallway/exit with the intent of rendezvousing with the rest of the Stealth Team as they passed in his direction.
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The security man frowns. "There has been no such examination or request for it. That would come directly across my desk. Perhaps your Princess' Herald can bring it in to my office. I am certain we can make arrangements to comp her some suites."

"Are their any other things that your Princess needs? Any considerations for her nationality? What is that Nation again?"
He looks around as though attempting to ascertain where the royalty is.

"Do she have some Royal Artifacts to secure? Our vaults are second to none."
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OOC...assuming Jason and Jaye are planning on continuing forward, unless they stop to interact with Security.
Now that they are separated, and Jaye is free to act upon her own intentions, Jason does indeed slyly skirt past security to rendezvous with Ben. He is equally capable of rending any number of the security detail from the front, just as well as from the back (if needed).
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They split apart a little, not enough to make the entire ruse improbable, but enough that they both had freedom of movement - and then, to Jaye's surprise, the security team ignored them.

She moved in a bit closer with Jason. He was obviously headed somewhere and, having no where else to go herself, she decided to follow suit. Perhaps the team had learned something that she, mingling with the guests, could not ascertain? Which was quite a debacle, who would have thought the denizens of Las Vegas would be so unfamiliar with their own politics and surroundings? Oh sure...they were gambling, but it's blackjack and poker - not exactly mind bending games like Chess or Axis and Allies, they could easily banter back and forth while losing money - and yet, they did not.

She caught up, and with the security guards behind them, started to walk a bit more normally - the tipsy act was still pretty good at keeping people out of her way however, so she did not right herself perfectly. She whispered; "What's going on?"



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