Cockblocked by the Sin-eater.
Verymild trigger warning for a reference to certain drugs.
So, in the mixed nWoD game I’m in, my Spring Wizened is on a mixture of a Valentine’s date and a mission: The PCs are framing someone for murder to help conceal a vampire NPC’s existence, at a political mixer for our Sin-eater PC (basically think of someone who made a deal with a ghost), Jack Abraham, a politician who’s running for mayor. To do this, part of the plan is to dose the patsy and the Sin-eater with roofies to create a ‘black out period’ and a time our douchebag patsy doesn’t have an alibi.
Sereno, the Changeling, is mostly there as a member of Jack’s campaign staff, as his role in the plot is to plant a dream into the patsy’s mind to blur the lines about what really happened, and that doesn’t need him near the guy. And so, at ease with the fact he won’t be needed much at all, Sereno asked his gentleman friend, a mage, to accompany him as his date, both for the sake of company andjustin case, as the mage in question is a Mastigos Guardian of the Veil.
(For those playing the home game, Sereno’s dating a guy who can read minds and manipulate space, and works for magical MiB most likely as wetworks. And goes by the moniker Ulciscor. That ain’t sunshine and kittens.)
Things are actually going well, Sereno has been schmoozing a bit as a staffer should be doing, and occasionally returning to his date to relax and calm down so he doesn’t get too overwhelmed. The two start talking about different little things, such as Sereno’s mental state being a bit weird, but very well insulated, reducing the amount of noise Ulciscor hears from him, and it comes out Ulciscor finds Sereno’s nature, as a friendly, kind, sincereperson to be appealing, a rarity in the world of darkness, while Sereno finds Ulciscor’s personality to be comforting and encouraging analysis in a positive manner. Sereno makes a mention that he probably should get back to the social aspects, and Ulciscor offers a little bit of help, touching his hand and amplifying Sereno’s sense of inner peace enough to provide power for Sereno’s magic. More on that in a few.
Meanwhile, Jack has gotten to the patsy, and they are talking. The guy’s well connected, which is nice, and he gets a few introductions to people before they go to talk in private, where the drugged wine is. They keep talking there, and there’s implications the patsy’s hitting on him. However, the patsy lets something worrying slip: he has more connections than expected, and he might be involved with supernaturals the city doesn’t know about. Lovely. Jack texts Sereno to get him and Ulciscor down to where he is so Ulciscor can read the patsy’s thoughts.
Back to our idiot Changeling, one of the emotional reasons why he’s attracted to Ulciscor is tranquility, a sense of security. Ulciscor’s calm, blunt, and intelligent, things that appeal to a boy who has a fractured mind, who craves safety, prone to worrying and panicking. His appearance doesn’t help matters either, and Sereno tends to be flushed around Ulciscor. Their first meeting, Sereno panicked pretty badly, and he’s been getting better over time. Anyway, getting a major dose of peace and tranquility? Sereno was inches from taking his first kiss there.
Then the Addams Family started playing on Sereno’s phone and interrupted that. So no smooches and right now, Sereno’s planting the dream in the patsy’s head and Ulciscor is scanning the unconscious patsy’s thoughts to figure out who and what the hell he’s working for.
Such a pity. At least Sereno’s fine with it. Just about nothing can rattle him at the moment.