The members of Poison Wing are called into multipurpose room 1, where they see Agent Steele and a woman in a dark blue business suit, dark hair, who appears to be a feline moreau.
Steele: “Good morning everyone. This is my counterpart from Los Angeles, Agent Howling. We have a situation. We appear to have a rogue agent on our hands. Last week, Mystery Wing from LA disappeared. Their remains were found, torn up and drained of blood. All of them except for one, Agent Wander, the lead agent for the group. He may be working for another agency now.”
He directs everyone to examine the picture he has brought up on their cellphones, security camera footage of him from 16th St. Bart station.
“He has abandoned all his traceable gear, including his phone. His girlfriend also appears to be missing. Ann Marchment.” Everyone’s phone switches to a new picture.
“She disappeared shortly before the destruction of Mystery Wing, and Agent Wander was investigating her disappearance. Get this cell phone to him if you can. We want to talk to him, to find out what happened to Mystery Wing, and what he’s up to. Don’t directly engage him unless absolutely necessary.”
“He used to work here at the San Francisco Claw, though I never worked with him. He seemed very dedicated to D7, very resourceful, stubborn, tended to piss off people, worked with some questionable individuals to get things done.”
“He likely still has contacts in the area from when he used to work up here. Talk to people around Fisherman’s Wharf. A number of the homeless are actually Shadowkin. He has been sighted in the Mission District and one dock at Fisherman’s Wharf. Check with the Displaced, the Church of Pelor, St. Cuthbert’s House, the Cirque Des Moitié.”
The party splits up: Agent Nico and Agent Peyote decide to head to the Mission, while Agent Holly takes Agent Amy to spread word around the Castro.
Agent Nico and Agent Peyote are assigned a black 1967 Dodge Charger lowrider with pink shag carpeting lining every square inch of the interior and a horn that plays “La Cucaracha”. Agent Peyote facepalms when she sees the car. Agent Nico is stoked because he thinks the snazzy wheels will help him pick up some hot latina lesbians. [After all, Nico is a straight boy with penalties to Int and Wis.] As they park, they notice a guy in a Cuthbert’s beret. “Lemme guess, you’re from D7? They need to dump this old clunker.” Agent Nico and Agent Peyote show him the pictures of Agent Wander and Ann Marchment. “Nope, I haven’t seen either of them, but follow me and ask around.” He leads them to the House of St. Cuthbert—a former church, now more of a beat-up community center—and they follow him up the stairs.
A number of beret-wearing figures are gathered around the table chatting about the weather. The Agents introduce themselves and ask if anyone has seen the figures shown in the pictures. All the berets shake back and forth except one attractive woman smiling at Agent Peyote.
“I saw him entering a bondage club South of Market. Stripes.”
Agent Peyote asks her, “What can you tell me about this club?”
“Entrance is by invitation only. I’m going there Thursday. Would you like to come with me? My name is Chemise”
“You can call me Peyote. Thank you, I would like that.”
“Oh, good. It’s vampire night,” she replies, with a twinkle in her eye.
Draining the last drop of information
Meanwhile, Agent Amy and Agent Holly visit the Castro to flash around images of Agent Wander and his girlfriend. They get a table at Cafe Flor and order some mocha latte. While they wait for their order to arrive, Agent Holly opens up her laptop and brings up the photo of Agent Wander, then turns the screen around to display it to passers-by.
“Oh, who’s that doll?” asks a short man wearing green combat boots and a half-length T-shirt.
“I was hoping you could tell me,” says Agent Holly. “His girlfriend is looking for him. He’s been seen with this woman, ” indicating Ann Marchment, “but he may be playing for the other team.”
“If he were my boyfriend, I wouldn’t let him out of bed. But tell me about your strong, silent friend here,” he says, grinning at Agent Amy.
“He’s obsessively fond of chocolate.”
The short man snaps his fingers and shouts at the waiter, “Garçon, one Death by Chocolate Cake, stat!” He takes Agent Amy by the hand and leads him towards the back. “Did you say chocolate?”, asks Agent Amy.
“Oh, honey, we’ll get along fabulously.”
Another man mentions to Agent Holly, “I saw him chasing someone coming out of the Bart station. I was so distracted I hit my head on a signpost.” He rubs a mark on his forehead.
“Which Bart station?”
“Who was he chasing?”
“Weird skin and hair. Dunno, I wasn’t really looking at him. But the guy you’re looking for was angry, like he was wanted to kill the guy he was chasing.”
“Ok, thank you very much.”
Agent Holly gets up to go look for Agent Amy. She finds him zipping up his pants. “That was real good chocolate,” he says.
She smirks and says, “I bet it was.”
[Something about strip club kingpin Content Not Found: larson-culling I can’t remember. Does he also own Stripes?
I can’t remember who it was that saw Agent Wander getting out of the water at the wharf.
Agent Nico calls up Agent Holly and suggests they all converge at Fisherman’s Wharf to exchange information over lunch and do some more investigation there.
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