Text: Ross to Jay

Sat. 12/7/2251

Ross Blackhall 8:37 AM: So, you’ll never guess who I ran into last weekend.
Jay Gardner 8:56 AM: Who?
Ross Blackhall 9:30 AM: You know, a certain man. Typically blonde hair, blue eyes. Hella powerful. Goes by the name Levi.
Jay Gardner 10:03 AM: What?
Jay Gardner 10:05 AM: What’s he doing there???
Ross Blackhall 10:07 AM: Apparently Uriel asked him to hang around. He’s teaching magic.
Ross Blackhall 10:08 AM: I’m kind of surprised that you didn’t hear his name from any of the kids, to be honest.
Jay Gardner 10:10 AM: No, I didn’t, they mentioned a new magic professor, but not a name
Jay Gardner 10:11 AM: Does Rodney know who he is???
Ross Blackhall 10:20 AM: Apparently not, Levi asked me not to say anything to him.
Ross Blackhall 10:21 AM: But you’re not Rodney, and I can’t really ask the guy who owns my soul to not say something.
Jay Gardner 10:24 AM: Look at you being devious and beating the system.
Ross Blackhall 10:25 AM: Hell yeah
Ross Blackhall 10:27 AM: Though I do highly recommend not saying anything. If Uriel asked him to be here, then it might not be smart to piss off an archangel.
Jay Gardner 10:29 AM: There hasn’t been any problems, has there?
Ross Blackhall 10:31 AM: No, but I saw him and almost had a panic attack.
Jay Gardner 10:35 AM: Ross, seriously, I know he’s fond of you and our family, but do you actually trust him? Especially around kids? You’ve said before, he’s like a tank, what if he snaps and hurts someone?
Ross Blackhall 10:37 AM: I’ve never really seen him snap is the thing, he seems to have pretty good patience, which you’d need given everything.
Jay Gardner 10:42 AM: Can you please keep an eye on him, just in case
Jay Gardner 10:43 AM: And of course if the media finds out it’ll be a shit storm over there, Uriel’s making it bad enough, but given the time she almost threw a newscaster off the roof, they’ve been hanging back
Ross Blackhall 10:47 AM: At this point I’m kind of keeping an eye on EVERYTHING
Jay Gardner 10:49 AM: Okay, keep me posted

 

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Text: Ross to Jay

Fri. 11/29/2250

Ross Blackhall 9:21 AM: I’m starting to think you want me dead
Ross Blackhall 9:23 AM: FIrst Vander attacked me, then she attacked me a second time
Ross Blackhall 9:24 AM: And the whole thing where a certain student stole my cross
Ross Blackhall 9:26 AM: And now, there’s fuckign werewolves runnign around, attacking students
Ross Blachall 9:27 AM: HAPPY THANKSGIVING
Jay Gardner 9:36 AM: Wait what, werewolves???
Jay Gardner 9:37 AM: They have rooms in the basements that they get locked up in
Ross Blackhall 9:38 AM: Well they didn’t get locked up last night
Ross Blackhall 9:39 AM: Some of the students almost became puppy chow
Jay Gardner 9:40 AM: Is everyone alright?
Ross Blackhall 9:42 AM: As well as can be
Ross Blackhall 9:43 AM: You owe me so big for this, you have no idea
Jay Gardner 9:45 AM: What happened last night, exactly?
Ross Blackhall 9:51 AM: There was a huge blizzard and apparently everyone but me and that fallen angel on campus got stuck in their respective places cause white out conditions. There were some students hanging out int he primary building and two of the werewolves got stuck in there with them, and anoher got stuck in the uni dorm with two students.
Ross Blackhall 9:53 AM: I heard the howls so i got to the primary building in time, and me and the fallen managed to wrangle them into the padded rooms. I poofed over to check on the other building and found these two uni students holed up and apparently one of them had managed to get the other werewolf into a bathroom and barricaded the door with ice and snow and frozen furniture
Ross Blackhall 9:57 AM: If this shit is normal, I have a hard time believing you let all fo the Gardner Harper kids come here.
Jay Gardner 10:01 AM: I don’t think anything like this has happened, at least not to my knowledge
Jay Gardner 10:03 AM: Besides, it’s a good hands on learning eperience, dealing with these sorts of things
Ross Blackhall 10:05 AM: You have got to be kidding me
Jay Gardner 10:07 AM: Actually, I am not
Ross Blackhall 10:08 AM: That’s harsh man
Jay Gardner 10:10 AM: The world is a harsh place
Ross Blackhall 10:11 AM: Stfu, i’ll talk to you later

 

Text: Jay to Crimsonfang

Sun. 11/24/2250

Jay Gardner 8:19 AM: Crimsonfang, do you have a moment?
Crimsonfang 8:21 AM: And what can I do for my favorite gardner
Jay Gardner 8:22 AM: One of your former agents, who I know is still in contact with your associates, attacked Ross.
Jay Gardner 8:23 AM: I am aware he provoked her by saying her code name, and I have already spoken to him, but I wanted to make it clear that if this happens again the Gardners will be breaking all alliances with the Spooks.
Crimsonfang 8:35 AM: I’ve looked into the situation, and as you know, confidentiality is of the utmost importance for my agents, particularly an agent as prolific as the one your demon provoked. It endangers both the agent in question, and their families. I will speak with the agent, but know that we will protect our own.
Jay Gardner 8:37 AM: I understand, of course. Just as you understand I must protect my own. Hopefully it won’t come to any of that.
Crimsonfang 8:40 AM: Here’s to hoping.
Crimsonfang 9:00 AM: While I have you here, how much are you aware of the gangs of Chicago?
Jay Gardner 9:05 AM: What kinds of gangs, the foot soldier local ones, or the more sprawling organizations?
Crimsonfang 9:10 AM: They’re one and the same in Chicago. Chicago is one of the most tightly held state’s I’ve ever seen, barring a single other location.
Jay Gardner 9:12 AM: I’m guessing you mean Las Vegas.
Crimsonfang 9:15 AM: No, not Las Vegas. It’s a touchy subject. Las Vegas is definitely up there in the top too. Chicago is a little closer to home, however.
Jay Gardner 9:16 AM: True, anyways, outside of the Academy, we don’t do much in Illinois, so I don’t know much right now. My son, Daniel, would know more about it.
Crimsonfang 9:20 AM: Well, let’s just say Chicago is riling up nearly as much as it did in the early 2200s. If not more
Jay Gardner 9:25 AM: Are you referring to the Gosforth family? if so, then I know what you’re talking about.
Crimsonfang 9:30 AM: The Gosforth family aren’t unlike the Las Vegas coven. They just have further branches. But they ran all the other gangs out of Chicago centuries ago, and they might be on the move again.
Jay Gardner 9:45 AM: Haven’t they expanded? Wasn’t there some nasty business between them and the Vegas coven before the power shift?
Crimsonfang 9:50 AM: Yes, the old head tried to expand their power to the Vegas market like they had to the rest of North and Central America, but the coven wasn’t having it. That’s over with, though, the new head seems smart enough to know Vegas isn’t worth the battle.
Crimsonfang 9:53 AM: But what I want to talk to you about is closer to home, and much closer to now. Enough with being coy.
Jay Gardner 9:56 AM: Does this have something to do with that bill that Governor Trump has been trying to garner support for?
Jay Gardner 9:57 AM: Because Domus has always been staunchly against the supernatural community
Crimsonfang 10:00 AM: Not recently, they haven’t said a word against the supernatural community since the power struggle. Which is why their movements are so peculiar, we don’t know what it’s for.
Jay Gardner 10:15 AM: Do you want me to ask around the spn community some? You know we have a better chance than the spook bogeymen, especially if it’s something connected to Domus and that damn bill
Crimsonfang 10:20 AM: Like I said, we don’t know it’s connected to the bill. That’s states away. That being said, we also don’t know what side of the issue Domus lies. There have been plenty of rumors that they even accept supernaturals among their own ranks.
Jay Gardner 10:21 AM: Okay, you’re still being coy though, what movement are you talking about? I haven’t really seen much, but then again, organized crime isn’t my forte.
Crimsonfang 10:23 AM: They’ve been receiving an influx of shipments from the north, and I’ve heard talk that portals to Atlas have been opened. I’ve sent agents to check the shipments out, but they are nothing but large, black encasements from afar, and any attempt to get close has resulted in more rapid and aggressive defense than I’ve seen from Domus in awhile. Normally they don’t do dealings such as this so close to home base.
Jay Gardner 10:25 AM: Odd. Atlas isn’t exactly a center of weapon manufacturing or drug cultivation, but you know that, and the only illegal importation from Atlas that we usually see is in endangered magical creatures.
Jay Gardner 10:26 AM: Is it possible that they’re doing something with human trafficking?
Crimsonfang 10:30 AM: They’ve been involved with trafficking for the better part of their run, but we’ve weeded out the worst of it from America, and they don’t seem too interested in reinstating it. I don’t see why humans would be transported in those containers either. Perhaps they’re delivering illegal potion supplies- dragon eggs, maybe? Those are worth a pretty penny.
Jay Gardner 10:30 AM: It would make sense, with the location, but I doubt even a small operation would escape the notice of the colony. They’d wipe them out.
Jay Gardner 10:32 AM: Unless of course it was something the dragons knew about, or were keeping away from for a specific reason.
Crimsonfang 10:35 AM: The Gosforth’s have been known for their dragon hunting. Mostly loners, however. Perhaps they struck up a deal of some sort? I can’t imagine what would separate a mother dragon and her egg, though.
Jay Gardner 10:39 AM: It’s possible it has nothing to do with dragons. Other things live in the Badlands. Still doesn’t explain why the colony hasn’t chased them off.
Crimsonfang 10:45 AM: It must have been an in and out job. I’m attempting to reach in and find out more info, but this mission is a much higher ranking mission than the typical in Domus. They’ve weeded out any spies on the higher tiers.
Jay Gardner 10:48 AM: Well hell. If you need me to look in on it, or help you out with anything, just let me know. I’ll free up my schedule
Crimsonfang 10:50 AM: You know I’d appreciate that, Jay. I’ll send someone to debrief you and we can meet to discuss some proper plans.
Jay  Gardner 10:55 AM: Works, keep me posted. Glad to see you still refuse to use my shitty code name.
Crimsonfang 11:00 AM: I don’t even recall what it is.
Crimsonfang 11:05 AM: Ah yes, Paris reminded me. Adieu, Fluffykins.
Jay Gardner 11:07 AM: That’s not even it, but I’ll take it. Adieu, Featherface.

 

Text: Ross to Jay

Fri. 11/22/2250

Ross Blackhall 04:28 PM: WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK
Ross Blackhall 04:29 PM: DID YOU SEND ME HERE TO DIE
Ross Blackhall 04:36 PM: JAY
Ross Blackhall 04:39 PM: JAY
Ross Blackhall 04:52 PM: FUCKING ANSWER YOUR PHONE
Ross Blackhall 04:59 PM: I QUIT
Ross Blackhall 05:00 PM: I’M DONE
Ross Blackhall 05:00 PM: I’M OUT
Ross Blackhall 05:01 PM: ADIOS AND FUCK YOU
Jay Gardner 05:14 PM: What the hell are you rambling about?
Ross Blackhall 05:21 PM: I HAD TO RUSH TWO STUDENTS TO THE UNIVERSITY
Ross Blackhall 05:21 PM: I MEAN INFIRMARY
Ross Blackhall 05:22 PM: THEY WERE FIGHTING AND ANYWAYS
Ross Blackhall 05:23 PM: FUCKING VANDERS
Ross Blackhall 05:23 PM: JUMPS ME
Ross Blackhall 05:24 PM: POURS HOLY WATER ON ME
Ross Blackhall 05:25 PM: NORMALLY THAT WOULDN’T BE A PROBLEM, BUT HELLO MISSING CROSS
Ross Blackhall 05:26 PM: AND THEN USES ANOTHER CROSS, NOT MINE, DRAGS ME OFF AND THROWS ME IN A RUNED SALT CIRCLE AND BRINGS THE DEMON OUT
Jay Gardner 05:29 PM: Is this all about the thing on the first day?
Ross Blackhall 05:31 PM: NO, APPARENTLY I WASN’T SUPPOSE TO CALL HER BY HER AGENT NAME SO SHE FUCKING ASSAULTS ME
Jay Gardner 05:32 PM: Well yeah, that’s something that’s actually pretty well known
Ross Blackhall 05:33 PM: REALLY?!
Jay Gardner 05:35 PM: Yeah you don’t refer to anyone by their agent name, Spook Squad, FBI, CIA, KGB or otherwise
Ross Blackhall 05:36  PM: WELL NO ONE FUCKING TOLD ME THAT
Ross Blackhall 05:37 PM: ANYWAYS
Ross Blackhall 05:37 PM: DEMON POPS OUT
Ross Blackhall 05:37 PM: HISSING AND SHIT
Ross Blackhall 05:38 PM: AND SO NOW I’M COVERED IN SECOND DEGREE BURNS
Ross Blackhall 05:40 PM: SHE FOUND MY CROSS THOUGH
Jay Gardner 05:42 PM: Well there’s that
Ross Blackhall 05:43 PM: YEAH, AFTER SHE FUCKING ASSAULTED ME
Ross Blackhall 05:44 PM: FOR A SECOND TIME
Ross Blackhall 05:45 PM: MAYBE I SHOULD TAKE HER THROUGH THE VOID AGAIN
Jay Gardner 05:47 PM: Ross, no
Ross Blackhall 05:50 PM: I’M HANDING IN MY RESIGNATION
Ross Blackhall 05:51 PM: I QUIT
Jay Gardner 05:54 PM: You’re not quitting
Ross Blackhall 05:55 PM: YOU CLEARLY WANT ME DEAD THEN
Jay Gardner 05:56 PM: Can you please calm down?
Ross Blackhall 05:56 PM: EVEN ADRIAN DIDN’T PUT ME THROUGH THIS SHIT
Ross Blackhall 05:56 PM: AND ADRIAN MADE ME TAKE HIM TO FUCKING HELL TO FIGHT A FALLEN
Ross Blackhall 05:57 PM: LET THAT SINK IN FOR A MOMENT, JAY
Ross Blackhall 05:58 PM: YOUR GRANDFATHER, WHO LITERALLY MADE ME DRAG HIM TO HELL PUT ME THROUGH LESS SHIT THAN THIS
Jay Gardner 05:58 PM: You’re being overdramatic
Jay Gardner 05:59 PM: And must you use all caps?
Ross Blackhall 06:00 PM: YES, BEING ASSAULTED FOR A SECOND TIME WARRANTS CAPSLOCK
Ross Blackhall 06:01 PM: CAN I PLEASE COME BACK TO BABYSITTING THE LITTLEST GARDNERS, I WILL NEVER COMPLAIN ABOUT IT EVER AGAIN
Jay Gardner 06:04 PM: Murdoch really needs the position filled and with the problems in the government about supernaturals right now, the school needs people who can protect it
Ross Blackhall 06:06 PM: Is that why Uriel is here? Or Max, or whatever she’s called?
Ross Blackhall 06:06 PM: There’s also a fallen here
Ross Blackhall 06:07 PM: They have an archangel and a fallen, then why the fuck do they need me
Ross Blackhall 06:08 PM: A lowly demon??
Ross Blackhall 06:10 PM: You owe me so big you have no idea
Jay Gardner 06:11 PM: No, you fucked up the McLaren
Ross Blackhall 06:12 PM: THE ONLY REASON THE MCLAREN GOT FUCKED WAS CAUSE I WAS ASSAULTED
Ross Blackhall 06:13 PM: HOW IS THAT MY FAULT
Jay Gardner 06:15 PM: I saw the video, Ross
Ross Blackhall 06:16 PM: SO YOU SAW SHE ASSAULTED ME
Jay Gardner 06:18 PM: Okay fine, what do I owe you
Ross Blackhall 06:19 PM: VACATION TIME
Ross Blackhall 06:21 PM: IN FACT, GIVEN I’VE BEEN WITH YOU FUCKERS KEEPING YOU ALL FOR DYING FOR LIKE, OVER 200 YEARS, I AM OWED SEVERAL YEARS WORTH OF VACATION TIME
Jay Gardner 06:24 PM: We’ll talk about it when everything’s calmed down
Jay Gardner 06:24 PM: For now, Murdoch needs people on campus that can protect the students
Jay Gardner 06:25 PM: So you’re staying at the Academy
Ross Blackhall 06:27 PM: Man, fuck you
Jay Gardner 06:29 PM: I love you too

 

Text: Ross to Jay

Tues. 11/19/2250

Ross Blackhall 7:10 AM: Jay, answer the phone
Ross Blackhall 8:22 AM: Jay, I swear to God, I have an emergency.
Ross Blackhall 10:50 AM: JAY GARDNER.
Jay Gardner 10:55 AM: What?!
Ross Blackhall 10:56 AM: Answer your phone!!!
Jay Gardner 10:57 AM: I’m in a library, so no.
Ross Blackhall 10:57 AM: For fuck’s sake, my necklace is gone
Ross Blackhall 10:58 AM: I’m panicking over here
Jay Gardner 11:01 AM: Oh, that is rather serious
Ross Blackhall 11:02 AM: YOU THINK!?
Jay Gardner 11:05 AM: Where was the last place you had it?
Ross Blackhall 11:06 AM: This morning I sat it on top of the clothes I was going to change into after I took a shower
Jay Gardner 11:07 AM: and it’s just gone?
Ross Blackhall 11:07 AM: Yeah
Ross Blackhall 11:08 AM: I wondered if maybe it fell off the bed but there’s not much of anything in my room yet and I turned the place upside down
Jay Gardner 11:10 AM: Have you asked Murdoch about it yet?
Ross Blackhall 11:11 AM: No, not yet
Jay Gardner 11:12 AM: Ross, was the door to your room locked?
Ross Blackhall 11:13 AM: Honestly, I thought I did but I don’t know.
Jay Gardner 11:14 AM: So check it
Ross Blackhall 11:16 AM: I’m at lunch, I already left the room to look around the common room and the kitchen, so idk if the door was locked or not
Jay Gardner 11:17 AM: Well fuck
Ross Blackhall 11:17 AM: Little fucking monsters
Jay Gardner 11:18 AM: Go to Murdoch and report it missing
Jay Gardner 11:19 AM: It’s a pretty distinctive cross, if te staff know to look for it, it’ll get found
Ross Blackhall 11:20 AM: I fucking hope so
Ross Blackhall 11:20 AM: I will literally massacre these fuckers
Jay Gardner 11:25 AM: Ross, you are not allowed to massacre the children
Ross Blackhall 11:26 AM: Fuck you
Jay Gardner 11:28 AM: Deep breaths, I know it’s important, it’ll get found.
Jay Gardner 11:29 AM: If it hasn’t shown up by next weekend I will personally come up and turn the campus upside down
Jay Gardner 11:30 AM: Okay?
Ross Blackhall 11:32 AM: Okay
Ross Blackhall 11:32 AM: Thanks
Jay Gardner 11:33 AM: No problem, keep me updated
Ross Blackhall 11:35 AM: I will.

Text: Ross to Jay

Sat. 11/09/2250

Ross Blackhall 11:45 AM: What the hell did you get me into?
Jay Gardner 11:48 AM: That’s it? No hello? No telling me how your first day is going?
Ross Blackhall 11:50 AM: Hello, I accidentally took another professor through the void when she tried to assault me.
Jay Gardner 11: 51 AM: Oh. Wow.
Ross Blackhall 11: 58 AM: Yeah, that’s my day, you ass.
Jay Gardner 12:03 PM: Why’d she attack you?
Jay Gardner 12:03 PM: Wait, she isn’t dead, is she?
Ross Blackhall 12:05 PM: No, she’s fine.
Jay Gardner 12:11 PM: Fine is a relative term.
Ross Blackhall 12: 16 PM: Whatever, fine as someone can be when they get unexpectedly torn through the Void and dropped from a few meters in the air.
Jay Gardner 12:18 PM: And why did she assault you?
Ross Blackhall 12:19 PM: Because I mistook her for a student? She’s short, sue me.
Jay Gardner 12:22 PM: What else?
Ross Blackhall 12:25 PM: Literally nothing. So maybe I kept poking fun at her height, no reason to cause bodily harm to someone.
Ross Blackhall 12:32 PM: And that brings me to another point.
Ross Blackhall 12:33 PM: There was no mention that I was going to be a head of one of the Academy houses.
Jay Gardner 12:58 PM: It must have slipped my mind.
Ross Blackhall 01:31 PM: Like hell it did.
Ross Blackhall 01:32 PM: I thought this was suppose to be a break from 24/7 babysitting.
Ross Blackhall 01:32 PM: In fact those were your exact words.
Ross Blackhall 01:33 PM: “Look on the bright side, you’ll get a break from 24/7 babysitting”
Ross Blackhall 01: 45 PM: Sadistic bastard.
Ross Blackhall 02:25 PM: So you’re just going to ignore me?
Ross Blackhall 02:52 PM: Fine, just to let you know the professor who went through the void landed on your McLaren.
Jay Gardner 03:02 PM: Wait, what?
Ross Blackhall 03:06 PM: Oh, now you answer.
Ross Blackhall 03:06 PM: Bitch.
Jay Gardner 03:09 PM: Ross, I swear to God my car better be fixed.
Jay Gardner 03:12 PM: I’m not joking.
Jay Gardner 03:18 PM: Why did she even land on the car?
Jay Gardner 03:31 PM: Ross, you answer me right now, that car is worth more than the Academy’s tuition for all the Gardner-Harper kids in attendance.
Ross Blackhall 03:46 PM: It’s funny how one does not feel compelled to answer a text if one does not answer his phone.
Jay Gardner 03:52 PM: Ross, you bastard.
Ross Blackhall 03:58 PM: Call you tonight, looks like I’m about to be swarmed by munchkins from the Lollipop Guild.