2020-0908 – Ariyah

[Ariyah – International District – Ariyah’s Haven – BoL – Fame 2 – NA]

[Wake Roll: Success | BoL Roll: Fail | Hunger: 1 —> 2]

The previous night had gone as well as could be expected. She hadn’t done anything stupid at Court, and she had come out of it unscathed. She even connected with a fellow Toreador.

Thinking about the conversation she had with Yuri, Ariyah remembered a message she wanted to send Tobias about setting up something a bit more official for fellow Roses. Finding the right contact in her phone, Ariyah sent Tobias her idea.

To: Tobias

Hey, just following up on the class reunion from a couple nights ago. Thanks again for organising btw. We should do it more often.
In the meantime, what do you think about creating a group chat so we can all keep in touch?

Everybody will obviously have to speak in code, but Ariyah thought that the effort might be worth it. She had noticed that the Toreadors of Seattle don’t really identify as a group – where was the gathering of Roses at Court the night before? Maybe by talking more, a natural group cohesion could form.

Her “morning” ablutions done, Ariyah got dressed – a plain white top, black skinny jeans, boots and jacket. The only pop of colour was the splash of red in her beige check-woven scarf.

She took her car – another harrowing exercise in driving on the wrong side of the road – and went to Gasworks Studio. But not to feed on her existing herd. No, tonight she felt like flexing her hunting muscles.
Ariyah flitted through the common areas of the art studio, chatting with her fellow resident artists, trying to determine which one was going to be susceptible to her manipulations and who had the type of blood she wanted.

[Bloodhound: Resolve + Awareness: 5  successes vs 4 diff | Success | Phlegmatic]
[Bloodhound: Resolve + Awareness: 4  successes vs 4 diff | Success | Phlegmatic]
[Bloodhound: Resolve + Awareness: 5  successes vs 4 diff | Success | Melancholy | 1WP]

Circling the crowd a few times, Ariyah couldn’t find anyone with the exact scent she was looking for, so she returned to the first artist she talked to that night. The young brunette woman specialised in very intricate line art and had turned out to be a fan of Ariyah’s work. When Ariyah suggested that they discuss collaborating on a future project, the other woman didn’t hesitate to follow Ariyah back to her studio.

[Scene Queen Hunting Check: Manipulation + Persuasion + Awe: 2 successes vs Diff 4 – 2 Fame | Success | Fleeting Phlegmatic]

Sinking her fangs into the young artist was easy, especially when the woman was awe-struck to be collaborating with an “established artist”. Afterwards, Ariyah wiped her mind with a quick “forget”, and they had a very conducive discussion on a possible future project.

[Hunger: 2 —> 1]

Ariyah was seeing the brunette out the door when she received a text from Iris, the older Kindred she met at the Toreador party.

Good evening sweetie, I hope you are having a lovely night. I wonder if we could schedule a small meeting, to discuss the offer you made to bring me in contact with one of your clients. - Iris

Ariyah could slap herself. She had been planning on messaging Iris but had gotten sidetracked with preparing for Court.
Without wasting any more time, she typed out a response to the older Rose.

To: Iris

I'm so sorry for not messaging you sooner. Yes, we should totally meet up. Is there any place, in particular, you have in mind? Otherwise, I know of a good coffee shop in Fremont, on the corner of xxx and xxx. We can people-watch while we talk shop. Also, do you have any pictures of the work you do? I might have other clients who might be interested.

Putting her phone away, Ariyah got to work setting up a canvas for a new piece while she waited for a response.

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