Small Change

Graffiti

Story 7 - Session 5

Vikky wakes up to find that someone has so nicely graffiti’d up the front of her store overnight. As she’s cleaning up, Nixie follows the trail to the apartment of three loser Creepers who don’t give in to Nixie’s “demands” to own up and clean the mess they’ve made. She informs the group what’s happened, and that she would like to press chargers, but it’s ultimately determined it’s not worth the time and effort to catch them on such a small crime.

In the process of cleaning up, Nixie discovers a small, stylistically different drawing of “a ladybug flying towards a little burning house.” Perturbed, she looks around for a relevant book and ends up with a short rhyme from a children’s book:

Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home
your house is on fire and your children are gone
all except one
sweet Charlotte Ann
and she hid under the frying pan

This may or may not be a direct message to Vikky, but Nixie doesn’t want to take chances. She pools the group together later that night to discuss turning up at the Creepers’ apartment to find out who specifically drew the ladybug, and possibly ‘convince’ them to show them to the Creepers’ leader. Instead, they look online to see if the Creepers’ tags have shown up anywhere else.

Sure enough, they have. Dis-comfortingly, they’ve also tagged the Olympia Theater. Last night, in fact. This poses a problem, because Carmen and Vikky had been using the theater as a place to study sorcery as of late. With unease and suspicion of a stalker – a supernatural one at that – rising, Kuku and Nixie investigate additional tags. There’s one more tag of a similar nature (an image accompanied by some amount of text) elsewhere: in an alleyway next to Gabe’s office.

At this point, the group determines to split up and check their usual haunts for signs of more graffiti, to discern whether or not this is coincidence or a deliberate ‘attack’ by the graffiti’s artist. Before they split, Kuku and Carmen determine that at least their phones aren’t being hacked into – as far as they can tell.

Vikky and Kuku head over to the Olympia. They discover roses twined about eight lines of text:

O Rose thou art sick.
The invisible worm,
That flies in the night
In the howling storm:
Has found out thy bed
Of crimson joy:
And his dark secret love
Does thy life destroy.

Gabriel and Al find crow-picked text outside his office:

From childhood’s hour I have not been
As others were—I have not seen
As others saw—I could not bring
My passions from a common spring—
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow—I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone—
And all I lov’d—I lov’d alone—
Then—in my childhood—in the dawn
Of a most stormy life—was drawn
From ev’ry depth of good and ill
The mystery which binds me still—
From the torrent, or the fountain—
From the red cliff of the mountain—
From the sun that ’round me roll’d
In its autumn tint of gold—
From the lightning in the sky
As it pass’d me flying by—
From the thunder, and the storm—
And the cloud that took the form
(When the rest of Heaven was blue)
Of a demon in my view—

Sophia and Vincent find a huge, deformed yellow smiley-face with a straight, neutral line for a mouth. Text scrawled across its face reads:

We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men
Leaning together
Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
Our dried voices, when
We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless
As wind in dry grass
Or rats’ feet over broken glass
In our dry cellar

And Nixie and Carmen find a simple eye spray painted on the side of the Crow’s Nest, two words across its iris:

Behind
You


Date

Friday, October 18th, 2167

Moon

Waning Crescent

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 500 XP

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