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[There video shows a shot of a staircase, with a pair of voices coming from the top.]

"How do you do, Lady Lauderdale? I'm Dr. Bailey, Dr. Harrison referred me to you." "Oh, yes of course..."

[You see Jezebel descend into a room that seems to be a well-lit stone basement. Inside is a man who looks to be nearly twenty-five, but he sits in a corner playing with puppets and a rocking horse, watching him warily. When he speaks, he has the tone and inflection of a small child.]

"Who are you?"

[He smiles.] "How do you do, Gilford? Dr. Harrison, your family doctor, sent me."

[Gilford sits on his rocking horse, swaying back and forth, still staring at him. Jezebel moves to crouch in front of him, and Gilford reaches out to toy with Jezebel's hair and iron cross.] "Are you really a doctor?"

"Yes, I am."

[Gilford pulls out the string tying Jezebel's hair back.] "You're lying."

[He giggles.] "No one with hair like that is a doctor! I know what you really are. You're a devil."

[Jezebel looks at him curiously while Gilford points to a poster on the wall.] "Look at that picture. It's Lucifer, the fallen angel. He was cast out of Heaven when his lust for power turned him against God. And just like him..." [He nods towards the doorway, where Cassian is crouched, watching them both.] "...you, too, are followed by a little devil."

[Gilford giggles.] "I'm glad you finally came to see me! I've been waiting for you!"

[Jezebel looks at him for a second or so, wearing a bemused expression. He chuckles, straightening up so that he looms over him, taking his glasses off and wearing a wide smirk.] "Well, now. If I was the devil...what would you want me to do for you?"



Our murder witness should be no longer a source of concern within a few days; I snuck a needle with medication into one of his toys. I imagine he'll regain his senses soon. Considering Gilford Lauderdale is a spoiled, self-centered aristocrat who is about to lose his inheritence because of his madness and was being beaten daily by his own servants, I imagine he's going to have bigger things to worry about any "red ram"s he might have witnessed...and since his madness is what's about to cost him his title, I doubt he'll be mentioning to anyone that he met the devil in his basement.

Earl Cain has been sniffing around; he went to visit Meridiana's old home, though I doubt he learned much, since her mother is the one who's been, shall we say, keeping Meridiana "fed". Her grave was also dug up in the last night, which I doubt is a coincidence.

None of that would be bothersome if Meridiana hadn't run away to go see him. Cassian found her within an hour, but the change in her behavior is worrisome.

And even that would not be so very bad except I think that Earl Cain will not be off our trail anytime soon.

It seems that while collecting blood for Meridiana -- and only a day after the Card Master ordered us not to interfere with the Earl -- Meridiana's mother hacked Cain's fiancee into bits with an axe.

This is not going very well.

Date: 2010-11-10 01:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] visestvita.livejournal.com
Dear me, it seems things are rather heating up for you. I'd have thought you'd have a better hold on the girl after she's already exhibited odd behaviour.

Date: 2010-11-10 01:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] delilahs-reaper.livejournal.com
I didn't anticipate her being able to make it out of a locked third-story room, but I suppose I give her too little credit now that she has her senses.

Date: 2010-11-10 11:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] visestvita.livejournal.com
She sounds incredibly resourceful. A pity that she won't do as she's told then.

Date: 2010-11-10 01:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] delilahs-reaper.livejournal.com
A pity indeed. I'll keep an eye on her for the time being, but I can't help but wonder if there's a way to turn her rebelliousness into an advantage.

Date: 2010-11-10 01:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] visestvita.livejournal.com
Oh I'm sure there must be a way. Everyone and everything has their use.

Date: 2010-11-11 04:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] delilahs-reaper.livejournal.com
Oh, of course. And Meridiana is rather naive. She's too simple to suspect any sort of machinations.

Date: 2010-11-11 04:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] visestvita.livejournal.com
Even more encouraging then. I'll be very interested to see what you might be able to achieve with her.

Date: 2010-11-11 06:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] delilahs-reaper.livejournal.com
I'm sure if anything interesting crops up, I'll post an update. I'm sure she can be put to good use.

Date: 2010-11-11 05:05 pm (UTC)
screwloose: (LOL)
From: [personal profile] screwloose
Busy busy~ Meridiana is still giving you trouble, I see.

Date: 2010-11-11 06:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] delilahs-reaper.livejournal.com
Busy indeed. There's already been too many missteps to clean up.

That she is. I'm wondering, though, if there is a way to turn that into an advantage.

Date: 2010-11-11 08:06 pm (UTC)
screwloose: (Buh?)
From: [personal profile] screwloose
How so? It sounds like she's still pretty unpredictable.

It sounds like this Gilford guy is having a pretty rough time of it, too.

Date: 2010-11-11 11:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] delilahs-reaper.livejournal.com
Is she? Her desire to seem Cain seems reliable, at the very least.

He's been having a rather eventful few months, but nothing a little medicine won't sweep away. It seems he's not really mad; he's been given poison over the last several weeks that's been inhibiting his faculties.

Date: 2010-11-12 12:23 am (UTC)
screwloose: (Considering)
From: [personal profile] screwloose
Well, maybe not unpredictable, but stubborn. And who knows who she'll go for next.

I see. But if he witnessed you committing murder, why do you want to cure him?

Date: 2010-11-12 12:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] delilahs-reaper.livejournal.com
That is true. Her affections are rather fickle, but I think that so long as she feels that I am discouraging her from seeing Cain, she will want to see him all the more.

Because as an adult, he was -- and presumably, will be again -- entirely self-centered and spoiled. With the thread of losing his title and his inheritance, as well as having suffered daily abuse from his staff that his family has blithely ignored, I imagine his focus will be on his own personal affairs.

Date: 2010-11-12 02:05 am (UTC)
screwloose: (Waiting)
From: [personal profile] screwloose
Well, I hope you're right about that, Jezebel. It sounds like you've got a lot of balls you're juggling right now. I'd offer you a place to stay if it all comes crashing down, but unfortunately Wesker blew up the island.

Date: 2010-11-12 02:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] delilahs-reaper.livejournal.com
I appreciate the offer, but I think it will be alright. While Cain might be able to unravel my own personal plans, I doubt he could ever really do much to Delilah itself. And, as unhappy as I'm sure they would be with me if I were to fail, I do not think they will throw me to the dogs should things go awry.

Date: 2010-11-12 03:40 am (UTC)
screwloose: (Blood!)
From: [personal profile] screwloose
Well, I hope that's true, for your sake. Just keep in mind that there's this thing about evil organizations. They're not very loyal, as a rule.

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Date: 2010-11-11 05:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] il-tovaras.livejournal.com
So, are you the devil~?

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Date: 2010-11-11 06:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] delilahs-reaper.livejournal.com
Oh, if only it were so. But unless I have been sorely misinformed, no.

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Date: 2010-11-11 07:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] il-tovaras.livejournal.com
Ah, so you'd like to be, then?

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Date: 2010-11-11 11:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] delilahs-reaper.livejournal.com
I can't say I would mind the idea.

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Date: 2010-11-12 12:02 am (UTC)
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How wicked of you. Are you human?

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Date: 2010-11-12 12:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] delilahs-reaper.livejournal.com
Very much so. And yourself?

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