Joey begins to wonder what was taking the others so long, there was the small matter of changing his plates still, though. He didn't want to lose this beauty before he was forced to. He wandered a bit before coming upon the ArmorDude's conversation with himself. However he was making two voices was impressive, but why the hell would he dress up in that armor? It made him a target for more shit than anyone else. Not that Joey didn't knew exactly how he looked, a suit walking around town without any kind of noticeable protection. But the benefits of a suit far outweighed the the shortcomings.
He tipped his fedora to the crowd gathered around him and threw in a five simply because the few insults he heard were amusing to him.As he walked away from the gathering he spotted Inferno, and began walking in the opposite direction in a crowd going back towards the attraction. His car had already been singed, he didn't want the only suit he still had to be burned as well. If it came down to it, he'd shove everyone but her in his car if it meant she wouldn't ride with him. Relief came when Rugal walked into the same shop, that saved him alot of anguish. And gave him something else to work with for his enjoyment later.
He took a cigarette out of his flask's compartment and lit up. He took a few sips from it, and reveled in the taste of it, he'd bought every bottle he'd seen in the shop he'd passed. Very rare on this side of the world, and the distillery not very well known even in it's origin country, probably because of the owner drinking more than he sold, yet he somehow had stayed in business all these years.
After a small bit of reminiscing, he found that he was hungry and found a small restaurant and sat down to eat. He checked his new phone and noticed that it was nearing time for them to make their way to the casiotel. Not that he really cared, if they were tired, the surprise waiting there would be that much more enjoyable.
After the group had finished buying their gear and goods, they proceeded to the Casino:
It was near the Waterfront at the edge of the city.
The instant the group neared, all concerns about standing out faded as several weird and horrible Heroes were seen entering and leaving.
There also was a man with 12 sets of Roses waiting for someone...
As Coraline walks with the group, she says "Tell me boys, what's the plan this time?"
The Man with the roses looked at a picture of Inferno that Roland gave him.
He walked up with a trolley full to the brim with red roses.
"Excuse me, Madam, these came in especially for you." He said before he gave her a card.
"To my beloved
May you continue to light my world
Rugal put on a fake smile and twitched with rage.
Joey...I am going to tear your limbs off, wait for them to grow back, Tear them off again, wait for them to grow back...
Amelia peered over at the trolley of roses. "Wow... someone's got a crush." She noticed Rugal's expression and smirked. Too easy.
Joey looked at the roses with disinterest, sure the kid had picked the obvious choice, but only roses? Oh well, guess it was time to go get checked in.
Well, that new girl seems to have a sense of humor, that's a nice change.
He walked to the front desk as he saw Rugal sputtering and obviously thinking hard about who and what had sent the flowers, maybe even if he had sent them himself. Blondie wasn't stupid by many lengths, but from Joey's experience with him, he'd had a tendency to act first and think later.
He arrived at the front desk,"Joey Castanzano and party checking in...yeah, the three largest suites you've got, and can we all get separate keys? I'll make sure to get them to everyone." Joey paid for the rooms and started back to the group. Still gathered around Rugal, he noted.
'wow, I am having a subtlety overload'
'why would you give someone a whole bunch of flowers? They are useless and boring'
'I would explain it to you, but my brain is still recovering from this masterful display of affection, I mean he stuffed a whole bunch of cliché flowers into a trolley'
"So this is how you spend your ill-gotten gains?" Jessica teased Thunder.
"For now. Have I turned you to the dark side yet?"
"Not just yet, but the night is still young. And there's all kinds of things a big mean villain like your self could do with a poor innocent woman like me in just a few hours." she said with a grin.
"I don't know about hours, but I can be pretty persuasive."
"Can't wait". She said, squeezing his arm.
"So joey, what will our accommodations look like?" Thunder said as Joey approached the group.
Joey lobs Thunder a leaflet with a picture of the rooms they would be staying.
"Each High Roller Room Set Contains:
7 Bedrooms for friends and loved ones
1 Delux Bar
1 Cinema sized HD-TV with recliners
A Lovely View of the River Wayne
Unlimited access to Members Spa and Gym on Waterfront.
Room Service Free of Charge
$5000 free Casino Credit Per guest."
Amelia whistled appreciatively. "Wow, nice digs." She paused for a moment, thinking. "So, who's rooming with who?"
Coraline had mostly ignored the man with the mass of roses, expecting him to have been a flavorful background event. Hmm, I wonder if his lady will show while we're still here. Or would it be better if she never shows in the first place? That or
Coraline's thoughts were interrupted by the man approaching her with a trolley.
"Excuse me, Madam, these came in especially for you."
Coraline stumbles. "Um, hwa?" That was.. unexpected.
The man then hands her a card. She looks at the man, confused. "What is.."
She looks at the letter.
Amelia says "Wow... someone's got a crush". She glances at Rugal and smirks.
Coraline laughs for a moment. "Apparently so. Rugal, explain?"
Red-0, having purchased everything she needed earlier, knew instantly that Rugal wouldn't have sent those flowers. He's always been way too cowardly about his crush. But this is too funny to have him make an excuse and leave. Red-0 subtly kept Rugal from leaving, so he'd have to face the issue.
"Well....uhhhhh...huh....errr..." Rugal stammered, god what he would do to have a sniper attack right about now...
"Use your words, dear."
"*glup*...well....I've...travelled a lot, drifting from place to place, never stayed in one place for too long....annnndddd...When I came here, I did so to meet Maldeath, but after he died and the events of the last few days, I wondered...Why not just leave?...Find another lead, hunt that down...then after soon thinking...I realised the reason I didn't leave...
Was you...Your beauty, your Mind, the way your face lights up when you burn something, I...Love everything about...you...I-i-i- bought these...becauuuuuseeeee...Heh, Because I am Really bad at this!" He mumbled as his romantic speech turned into an awkward laugh.
Joey, I will kill you, over and over and over and over...
Roachman was visibly impressed, he held onto his braces and admitted "You know, I don't feel so bad about losing us the mansion, anymore, of course, like she said, or at least implied, this is all dependant on who we share a room with....how're we even gonna decide? How many of us are there?" Roachman counted "something like 9", including Thunder's wench.
Joey watched as Rugal stammered through his little speech. The way his face kept switching expressions so quickly was nothing short of hilarious for him. He smirked and pulled out his flask, found one of the Joker faces on it, and replied to Rugal's obvious sudden hatred,"Why so serious, Blondie? And why you so mad now?"
He shrugged and turned to Thunder after a sip,"And who is this exactly? Never seen her face turn up in the news." He took another sip and tentatively offered it around the group.
Thunder polity denied the flask before answering.
"This lovely lady is Jessica. She helped me acquire my new car at a 100% discount and is my date for this high-class outing."
"So, you all are villains too?" She asked in a tone of voice that said she already knew.
'he is bad at this, I could have never guest'
'do you have to be a insultive elderly troll all day long
'you should be happy, its not aimed at you'
'so I should just led you go around insulting people who have to courage to bare their hearts'
'are you being emotional?'
'no merely respectful'
"So, you all are villains too?"
'yea just ask that question when we are right infront of a building jam packed with superheros'
"My good woman, there are no heroes, and there are no villains. Simply the people that screw people over, and then there's people like myself, who ruin those people's family life, in a manner of speaking."He coughed during the last part and took another drink.
"You do know that her employers are going to want that car back, right?Oh, and here's the room keys"He began handing them out, and made sure to give Rugal and Inferno cards to different rooms, just to make it that much more entertaining. The last four he randomly distributed, throwing two in the direction of Thunder and the other towards Roach and Red, whichever of them took it didn't matter to him. He turned on his heel and headed for the elevators.
Phase two started, I wonder what Blondie's going to do now...
"So what's the actual plan here Rugal?" Thunder asked.
Coraline's mouth opens with a surprised look on her face. After a few moments, she closes her mouth. Coraline then opens her mouth as if to speak, and then shuts it again. Then Coraline points to the right side of the Hotel as she says to noone in particular "So I'm going this way."
Coraline then turns and begins walking.
Coraline glances back for a moment. "Oh, and 'Hi Jessica, nice to meet you'."
"I-er arrr...." Rugal managed to slip out before She walked away.
Feeling Rejected, He walks past Thunder and says "Well, I'll be in the bar..." as he entered the main Casino floor:
The available games are Poker, Roulette, Blackjack and Slots.
"Nice to meet you too." Jessica said to Inferno.
"So," she turned to Thunder. "Will you dazzle me with you gambling skills?" Then she whispered in his ear, "Or should we skip to the fun part?"
Thunder was going to try to get Rugal's attention, but Jessica ended up getting his. There was one moment of exchanging playful looks and then the two of them rushed off to the elevator, hand in hand.
The ride up to their floor was fun, and the new room was even more fun, not that they actually saw much of it.
Well, wasn't expecting Inferno to run off like that. Red thought, grabbing one of the room keys that Joey had tossed her way. "Well, I need to go change. Nice meeting you, Jessica." Red carried her luggage toward her room, intending to close the door and start to change after -- after all, she wouldn't be needing the old voice modulator anyway, and she didn't feel like wearing the Red-0 stuff the whole night.
Rugal reached the bar, located in the middle of the Casino floor, and proceeded to comsum a unhealthy amount of Vodka and Whiskey blended together with Koppaberg.
After Joey arrived at the suite and then left after claiming his room, he ran into Red as he opened the door and she was opening it.
"Oh, uh, sorry Red. The room's that way and the elevators aren't."
He began walking away, but caught the door again as he realized that someone else might want in on this. He walked back in.
"So I had this little... idea of how to.... string a series of events together... for general enjoyment... that involves Blondie... you want in?"
"Well, looks like it's time for me to relax," Amelia said with a grin, "But first, something to help me get into the mood."
She sauntered up to the bar, saying "Rum and whiskey, on the rocks. And if you get it to me fast enough, I can make it worth your while." She pulled a few bills out of a purse she bought earlier for emphasis.
"Sounds amusing," Red replied, lifting her facemask and revealing a voice modulator covering her mouth. "What do you have in mind?"
"What do you have in mind?"
"Oh, you know, hypothetically, if Blondie were to accidentally wake up in Inferno's room, with perhaps,in some kind of... embarrassing state. I've already taken care of where Inferno and Blondie are sleeping, he's either in this one or the one across the hall, Inferno's got the room down that way. He's downstairs drinking, at least, that's the way he was heading when I left, right? The only problem is finding Inferno and getting her back to her room before putting Blondie up there."
He began pacing a bit, thinking about how to pull the prank off. He saw Red take off her facemask and the modulator over her mouth and began humming to himself a little ditty.
"O'Course, if Blondie were to be found asleep in the only available bed before we got her up there. I suppose I'm trying to help the kid somehow, but what's the point of helping someone if you don't get anything from them in return?This seems a decent enough price, at least to me."
He took out his flask again and took out a cigarette, and offered her a drink after taking a sip himself.
" Meet me at the bar if you want in still. I'm not much of a money gambler, too easy to lose and gain again. Your hair's nice by the way, you should wear it out more often.I'll let you do... whatever it is you were planning on doing."
Joey gave a small smile and a nod.He left the suite then, after remembering to take off his hat and threw it on the couch across the main room. He arrived down at the hotel bar, at a table near the entrance, blocked from view of the bar and Rugal. He ordered a drink and began nursing the highball glass, not much else to do but wait for Red if she decided to follow.
Red accepted Joey's offer, taking a drink of whatever was in his flask through her modulator (because she's learned to do that). She thanked him for the compliment, offering the flask back. Joey told her to keep it and left, so she went to her room (locking the door behind her) and began changing into more appropriate clothing.
Coraline wanders over to the Roulette. She ponders for a moment.
"How about... $20,000 on Red 7."
"How about... $20,000 on Red 7."
"Number 7..." The Deal responds before taking her money and adding the bet to the others.
He spins the Wheel and it lands on 20.
"And the Winner is 20..."
"OPERATION SUCCESSFUL!" General Martin Sanchez shouted joyfully as he spun a pimp cane in-between his fingers before using it to rack in his winnings.
He had changed from his standard combat gear to a nice Desert Camo pinstripe.
Roachman wandered around the casino until he spotted Coraline at the roulette boards, and heard an ecstatic shout from one of the gamblers.
He adjusted his hat for the 100th time, it was uncomfortable to have his antennae tucked away underneath it, but he wasn't of subtle appearance, so he had to make do. Then he approached the board.
Being surrounded by heroes made his nose itch, so he moved closer to Coraline. "Hello." he said to her, merely out of convention. He moved his attention to betting. This was a simple game of luck, so where could he go wrong? "10, 000 bucks on black 17." he ordered.
"Number 17..." the Dealer responds as Roach threw he money into the pot.
He spins the wheel and it lands on 13.
"And the Winner is 13..."
The Gentleman in the strange Pinstripe was less animated this time.
"Eh, War is Hell..." He groaned as he made another bet.
Hello roachie. How are you?
And 5,000 on Red 7.