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The Founding of the Best Friends Club (Monsterhearts)

Anders
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Setting: An affluent, one high school town deep in southern California.

Persons:
Cordelia (Jerome), Witch: An 'Edgy', 'Deep-eyed' Voodoun, Cordelia considers her fellow students uninteresting & tiresome, at best amusing and at worst annoying. She eagerly seeks out new or unique experiences, and drives a very nice car.
Zed (Anders), Ghoul: 'Stiff' and 'Hungry-eyed' Zed was killed in a car accident last summer, though as far as he's concerned, he only slept for a day. He awoke changed, inexplicably hungry for human fear.
Lori (Martin), Werewolf: 'Unkempt', 'Fierce-eyed' Lori's werewolf clan has lived in this part of Southern California for generations, but now it's just Lori & her dad Tuck; her mom took off with some lowlife when she was young.
Max (Jess), Hollow: 'Haunted' & 'Desperate-eyed' Max's conception was a little strange: his parents willed him into being, an abstract concept made flesh. They did a fine job of it; he seems very nearly human.
Marcy, Nash, Shawn, Matthew, Tuck (Sev), MC.

It's the first day of school, and the students filter into Ms. Jones' Sociology class. Once settled in, Ms. Jones splits the students into small groups, sends them to the gymnasium, and tells them to hit each other in the shoulder. Max & Lori skulk on the edges of the activity, bemused and not super keen on getting hit for no good reason. Nash, Lori's very religious ex, makes a beeline for Zed, for some reason eager to cause school-sanctioned discomfort. Zed & Cordelia gang up on Nash, not punching themselves but egging him on in a creepy & intimidating manner; this culminates in Cordelia grabbing Nash's face & hissing arcane nonsense, which is quite unsettling but sadly fails to trigger the intended hex.

Lunch follows class. Zed tries to extract information & further unsettle a shaken Shawn, but only succeeds in convincing Shawn he's hitting on him. Nash tries to convince Lori that Cordelia's the victim of demonic possession; Lori isn't sold, but shares the concern with Max. At some point, Max observes Cordelia rooting through Lori's belongings. Banter & gossip all around. The drama club head, Marcy, eventually herds all four heroes into the drama club's first meeting. Max & Cordelia overact the crap out of Romeo & Juliet. Max runs from the room & trips over Shawn, bloodying his (Max's) nose. Lori runs out to help Max, and they end up in a strangely intimate sort of blood & tear sharing embrace. Cordelia steals some eyeshadow from Marcy. Zed acts a jerk, doing everything he can to make Marcy feel bad about herself & the club. Cordelia & Zed share a moment, mutually admiring the other's manipulative dickishness.

As school is ending, Cordelia heads to the boys locker room for a little transgressive magicking. She has a run in with Matthew, the soccer team captain, but shuts him down and gets him out of her way. The coaching staff catch her in the showers; word will travel and the school will soon think she's a slut, though who really cares what those gnats think? Much more annoying are her car's slashed tires ... she'll need to walk home, and someone will need to pay.

School's over, the students leave. Lori is convinced that something is not right with Zed: he doesn't smell quite right. She's waiting for him on an empty area of his route home, and confronts him with this information. Zed denies everything (he doesn't really know himself) and Lori punches him, thinking violence might effect compliance. Zed fights back, and pretty soon both kids are their darker selves; Lori turns wolfy & Zed is insatiably hungry for fear. Cordelia sees the fight, off in the distance, and casts a spell to see things through Lori's eyes; she's never embodied a werewolf before. Max arrives at the scene and is horrified to see one friend turned monstrous and beating on the other; Zed smells his fear and runs after him, and has time to loom and say something nasty about Max's 'girlfriend' being a beast before Lori disembowels him, through the back. Dead Zed collapses on top of a horrified Max.

Cordelia has always wanted to know what it's like to be dead; she casts a spell to experience things through Zed. It itches more than you would think, and it feels strangely as though he's healing. Max's terror brings Lori back to reality, and she returns to human state. They need to do something with the body; Lori decides they should take it to her house. The drag Zed's corpse to the basement, Cordelia still in his head. Their noise also wakes Tuck, Lori's dad. He's upset about the dead body, but is far more upset when the body returns to life. He says all sorts of confusing & threatening nonsense about 'driving your kind out'; Zed cowers. The phone rings, and Lori answers it; it's Cordelia, who says they'd best not do more nastiness to Zed, cops are on the way. Werewolf Tuck is going to kill & then cut Zed up into little bits; a darkened and suddenly suicidally bold Max gets in the way. Tuck still manages to kill Zed, who gazes into the abyss and realizes that Tuck's wife left him for a Ghoul, explaining his irrational Ghoul hatred. Cordelia arrives, Tuck is a sad, humiliated, beaten down old man — beaten enough that Max reverts to his normal state. The four escape the basement, all now outed for what they are, mostly. They're tied together, now, and when they go to school tomorrow, they'll do so as a not-quite-unified group.

Many thanks to Sev for MCing the game: you did a great job of it & kept things running very smoothly. I really enjoyed this one.
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