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  • Interviewing the Witness

    Annie Bile escorts them to see Oleg and ask him what he knows. He is found being guarded by the dour and terrible guards of the Autumn Court in some dank room adjoining the Bowl. They press him for information; it seems that Oleg is working with a …

  • Dreams of Abduction

    Since it is very late and they’ve obviously got a lot more work ahead of them, they decide not to traipse into the Hedge at this time of night. They also want to talk to Lucinda. They agree to adjourn for the night and meet at Pioneer Square in the …

  • The Grieving Girl

    Dim downs a full pot of near-boiling coffee in order to rouse himself in the morning, in order to meet the others. When he gets to Pioneer Square, he stops at the Starbucks to get himself another drink before he goes outside to them. Waconda catches a …

  • Dim's Sidetrip

    Meanwhile, Dim has gotten his own car and taken off. He asks around with a number of other changelings about where he can find Bloody Bart. Eventually, the trail of leads takes him to a gym. He meets up with another ogre he knows vaguely, a guy called …

  • First Time at the Garage Sale

    Shika, Jacob and Waconda have decided on a course of action. Back at the crime scene, they collected a scrap of torn gray cloth found crumpled in Demetrius’ hand. It seems like a clue they should follow up on, so they figure that a hobgoblin tailor …

  • Dim's Sidetrip Part 2

    During this time, Dim has driven himself out to Forest Grove, far out into the western extent of the Winter Court territory. He knows full well that he’s breaking Freehold law, but he doesn’t much care. He drives past the apartment he used to live in. …

  • Dim's Sidetrip Part 1

    Meanwhile, Dim has gotten his own car and taken off. He asks around with a number of other changelings about where he can find Bloody Bart. Eventually, the trail of leads takes him to a gym. He meets up with another ogre he knows vaguely, a guy called …

  • Dim's Sidetrip Part 3

    Dim pulls up at the Pub at the End of the Universe. It’s a quiet little bar. There’s not enough exterior lighting, and just beyond it, the city literally turns into wilderness as the road stretches off into rural country. It seems like a very lonely …

  • In Search of Saline

    From the Garage Sale, the motley goes briefly over to Jacob's shop in downtown Hillsboro. It is a cramped place, every shelf, table and wall covered in various gewgaws and dusty treasures. Seeing the place, Waconda and Shika both comment that they’ve …

  • Forensic Playtime

    Monday passes uneventfully for each of them. In contrast to their weekends, each attends his or her job normally and tries to pretend that they aren’t investigating a murder for a community of superhuman faeries. That night, the boys all meet Shika …

  • Misinformation

    Tuesday morning, Jacob closes his shop on the spur of the moment, which is hardly a rare occurrence for him, and then goes to the offices of the Winter administration. Walking a few blocks to the Hillsboro courthouse, he ducks in a little-used entrance …

  • Guided Tour of the Hedge

    The motley congregates outside and then goes in together. Inside, they see a short darkling with a stretched face like a mole going through the shelves of DVDs. He’s wearing a gray utility jumpsuit rolled down to his waist and a big black jacket. …

  • The Pale Cab Driver

    They come out of the closet into the Shelter’s ground floor. The door is marked with the words “West Hills Road. Enter at your own risk.” Tired and creeped out, Jacob leaves on his own. The others call a cab to take them back to get Waconda and Dim’s …

  • Checking Up on Oleg

    Tuesday morning, Waconda wakes up late and calls in sick to work so that he can check around the Spring court for more information on Oleg. He’s never really been satisfied with Oleg’s motives and claim of innocence. A couple hours of digging turns up a …

  • Olga's Wisdom

    Early that afternoon, Shika is on her lunch break at work, and she walks out of her building to get something to eat. Walking down a few blocks, she’s surprised to see a grungy woman pushing a shopping cart hobble up to the same corner she is approaching …

  • A Cry of Murder

    It is a cool Autumn evening. This Friday marks the second call to the Court of Autumn for the Port of Roses. Changelings trickle in from all corners of town to see and be seen, to do their business, and to resolve their disputes. Court is held in the …

  • Getting Down to Business

    Shika calls around and gets the guys to come meet her at the usual Starbucks as soon as she gets off work. She briefly explains the revelation she’s had about the connection between the bits of evidence they’ve received. When the boys all show up, Dim …

  • Questioning Maggie

    They drive down to the Shelter. The knuckledragger that took them to see Lucinda previously tells them that they can probably find the woman called Maggie in the garden. Going outside to the adjoining garden fenced in next to the building, they find her …

  • Into the Woods

    Maggie bounds away easily through the garden and toward the door to the Shelter. Waconda calmly pulls out his lighter and lights it. Dim rips his way free and gives chase. Waconda summons the flame off of the lighter into a tiny animate flame creature …

  • Back to the Shelter

    Both Dim and Waconda are pretty badly wounded from whatever that weapon was, but Dim shoulders the burden of carrying Maggie as they make their way back to the Shelter. Once there, they convince the Hospitallers that Maggie may be dangerous and that …

  • The Alley Revisited

    Stopping to catch their breath, the motley is preparing to pick Maggie up and carry her back, when a voice calls from the fire escape above. “What the hell are you doing here, again?” Eats-the-Moon jumps off the fire escape and lands easily. He looks …

  • How to Part a Vampire From His Blood

    As Dim and Jacob pack up to run off into the Hedge again, Olga expresses surprise. “Where did you meet a vampire?” “Radio cab.” Olga just raises an eyebrow and goes to gather the other ingredients. Waconda recalls that the name on the cabbie’s …

  • The Onion Drop Tree

    After being set to the task of obtaining the onion drop, Dim and Jacob take a cab out to winter territory. They stop at the Starbucks in Beaverton that a lot of changelings frequent and Jacob asks an ogre named George—who has his left arm growing …

  • The Concoction

    When they get there, Shika and Waconda are sleeping on a pair of benches in the foyer. The two exhausted Lost wake their companions and together, they go rouse Olga, who was dozing in an actual room with a bed. She takes the onion drop and the Mountain …

  • The First Denouement

    In the following weeks, each does his or her part to try and stem the tide of ill will between the Courts. Waconda tries to persuade his fellows that they have no right to take revenge on behalf of the guy who got beat up. He patently ignores the …

  • Two Dream As One

    On a mild summer night in Portland, two faerie folk were dreaming the same dream. In the dream, a girl emerged from a dark and foreboding labyrinth and into the light, and where she stepped the ground was covered with frost. Although brief, the dream’s …

  • The Lost Girl

    Porsche approached a telephone booth. It took her several tries to remember the phone number she wanted, a fact that frustrated her greatly. Finally dialing the right number, she settled back against the back of the booth and sighed, listening to it ring. …

  • Time To Go

    Polly and Shade managed to catch the license plate number and rush to the car to try to follow. Ignoring speed limits and running a light, they cruised up Burnside, one of the major arterial roads of Portland and looked out desperately to try to catch …

  • Porsche's First Lesson

    At the restaurant, they talked about where they had been and what had happened since they were separated. Pollock went into some detail about the fact that she’d been living in Portland for about three years. They all got a chill, and especially Porsche, …

  • Crash Pad

    Later that night, after settling Shade and Porsche into Jerry’s apartment, Pollock followed through on her lead with Porsche’s fetch. Their Facebook conversation had given her a good lead, and just after school got out, Porsche’s fetch messaged her again …

  • Rude Awakening

    The very night that Pollock and Shade retrieved Porsche from her family’s house, they all dreamed again. A tiger stalked along a narrow corridor. And unlike the dream of Porsche’s return, there was no escape. Obstructions in the pathway tripped him …

  • On the Hunt

    They ate breakfast and then headed to the shelter downtown again. The Hospitaller changelings greeted them and asked what they were needing help with. They explained, and an impossibly slender woman in a blouse and skirt stepped up to speak with them. …

  • The Darkling’s Bargain

    Using Jerry’s borrowed car, they drove over to the bar. It was still early in the day, so it was doubtful that Slim would even be there. But when they slipped inside, they found that across the room, hunched over a barstool, was the man they wanted to …

  • To the Hedge

    Pollock had been driving around for a while, and Shade had the inkling that she didn’t really have a plan any more. He thumbed his chin contemplatively. They’d gone over the nature of the sweet nothing’s magic for Porsche when they got back in the car, …

  • What Happened to Rajah

    Sprawling in every direction lay a land of mystery and peril. The terrain was broken up by never-ending hedgerows of stinging plants, punctuated by notable geography. Here a stone plinth, there a weathered statue of some long-forgotten god or hero. Here …

  • Of Fight and Flight

    Rajah had wandered off from the caravan a ways. He was supremely dissatisfied, and had the urge to test the limits of his ability to escape his employer. He’d been talking himself up, convincing himself that if he just stuck to his guns and walked away, …

  • Reunited

    Pollock stood and helped Shade rise with her. She went to the edge and looked across. "You!" Across from them, the familiar tiger-striped form of Rajah stood, his chest pumping from exertion, his gaze cast upon them with a mix of relief and …

  • A Way Out

    Pollock put an end to the sweet bliss of rejoining their lost cohort by shaking everyone off of her and sniffling. Watercolor was running down her cheeks, and greenish paint clung to her nose. Shade supposed that it was her equivalent of tears and snot. …

  • Home Again

    While Pollock rang up a cab for them, Porsche meandered back and forth along the sidewalk. She breathed in the cool autumn air and felt an unwelcome tension leave her shoulders. No matter what Pollock and Shade said, she hadn’t been ready to run right …

  • Filling the Hours

    Two days later, Pollock packed her things and said goodbye to Jerry. He hadn’t taken her “borrowing” of his car for the entire day well. She had a hard time expressing to her compatriots how little this bothered her. They all walked on eggshells for a …

  • The Rise of Autumn

    Shade was helping Rajah choose clothing out of an entire room full of bags of random articles when Pollock arrived to take them all downtown to Court. Rajah had settled on a warm puffed jacket and some jeans that were only slightly too large for him. …

  • Court Begins

    All of a sudden court began. The official retinues of each court appeared at their respective thrones. On each face of the square recess of the Bowl, there was a seat which bore the markings and insignias of its great court. The honor guard of the …

  • A Place for Porsche

    Porsche approached the king of the Spring Court. She’d seen him lounging in his throne, one leg thrown up over an arm, flirting with ladies, keeping a hold on his silver flask and laughing at the jokes and stories of his courtiers. They called him …

  • The Motley Pledge

    Pollock smiled at her friends as they gathered around her. Rajah was back from his talk with the Summer Court, and Porsche glowed from her fresh acceptance into the Spring Court. She was happy, because she and Shade had come up with an idea they wanted …

  • The Wyrd Delivers

    To celebrate their pledge, they threw themselves into the socialization with their fellow faerie folk. But after a short while, Pollock felt herself called away. With only a cursory explanation to her new motley, she withdrew. She wandered the hall of …

  • A House on the Hill

    The motley stood at an iron fence with stone pillars ringing a beautiful home overlooking the city on the west side. It was a Victorian-style home with a steeply sloped roof, richly detailed all over its exterior with scrolling and a combination of …

  • Slim's Request

    Their material needs met, the motley had a promise to fulfill. Over a proper sit-down dinner in their new home, Pollock recalled their attention to the deal made with Slim, and filled Rajah in on the details. Shade was happy to make the trip back out to …

  • The Garage Sale

    The Saturday before the tea, they went out in search of a goblin market. Pollock had explained that every Saturday from noon til midnight there was a market open to the fae of Portland. The problem was that it moved from place to place every week. The …

  • Shopping for Oddities

    Shade stood just outside the pavilion and examined the sign. It said, on a finely crafted illumination ‘Fanstastical Finery’. The proprieter looked like a miniature human, perfect in proportion but for his—or her, Shade couldn’t properly make out a …

  • Unexpected Threats

    Rajah was glad to be on his way again, and the arrow was the most sensible thing he’d seen all day. He didn’t see what Shade found so fascinating about a hob that talked in pictures like a preschool book and still didn’t manage to make any damn sense. …

  • Porsche's Dreams - 1

    Pale light floated through the wood roman slats, and spread across her pillow with the false promise of warmth. As she closed her eyes, she could still see the slight ribbons of darkness through her eyelids from the shadows across the floor. Smell the …

  • Greetings and Salutations

    Rajah and Shade stood in the foyer of the house, commiserating. Porsche had been down the stairs three times already, each time in a different pair of shoes. They were waiting on the fourth change. But Pollock hadn’t come down yet, despite having picked …

  • Sherman the Bear

    Their hostess smiled guardedly at their banter. “Allow me to introduce you to some of the other guests.” Already seated at the table was a brown bear in a waistcoat. It held a tea cup on one paw, with a tiny teacup carefully pinched by its handle in …

  • The Viper-Tongue of Autumn

    Porsche needed a break from the bear. Not that he was a bad guy, if a bear could be called a guy, but she needed some human-ish contact at this party. The hob had given her a fright, and Sherman the bear left her a little unsettled. So she walked out into …

  • Ivory Teeth and Sickly Cloud

    Rajah’s gaze was drawn away from Snow Princess and Crayola by their sudden turn to look behind him. He saw that woman back with another guest. This one was a short man with gray, rubbery-looking skin, multiple rows of triangular skin, and large, purely …