July 08, 2001 ... The Horns of a Dilemma

The Horns of a Dilemma
by Jason Cebalo
(with big thanks to Time for information and Alex for the great idea)

Place: The Raven
Time: Just before Midnight, Sunday July 8.

Jason walked into the Raven, the music wasn't exactly his favourite, but he was enjoying it none the less, and he had been more than impressed by the bar's selection of Australian beers.

"Still," he though, "maybe I should put them to the test on something a little more exotic."

He walked up to the bar, "I don't suppose you know how to make a Dark and Stormy, do you?" he asked the bartender.

"I do indeed," came the reply.

"I'll have one, please."

"Your on you first trip to North America, closer to the Caribbean than you've ever been, in your life, and your asking for a drink that requires Australian rum?"

The voice came from behind him, Jason turned to see Janette behind him.

"What can I say, Mademoiselle? I'm parochial, I think the best drinks come from Down Under."

"I can't say that I agree, although I must admit I've been impressed with the Australian wines I've tasted."

Jason took his drink from the bar, and sipped it slowly.

"Coming from a French woman, that is a compliment. But I've been wanting to ask you about something."


"I'm told that a while back the Mayor of Toronto had fibre-glass Looses put up around the city and that vandalism became quite a problem."

Janette smiled "Mais oui, particularly the antlers kept being stolen. It cost the city a lot of money."

"So it would not go well for anyone who could be proven to have stolen a lot of those horns?"

The femme Fatale of Toronto's vampires cocked her head slightly and gazed intently at Jason, trying to work out what he was thinking "No, I suppose not."

"I wonder, could you possibly have a talk to some of your connections, see if you could get as many fibre-glass horns as possible brought here."

She nodded, "I think so. I'll be most amused to see what you are planning."

"Thank you, Mademoiselle." He smiled, "I really should be going to bed,I'll explain my plan in the morning."

Place : The Raven, N&N Pack H.Q.
Time: about 8:30 p.m. Monday July 9

Raven/ettes Alex, Mindi, Claudia, Kimmmer, Molly and Kaiya used by request.

N&N Pack H.Q. and N.&N. Packer Eva used by permission.

"Okay." Jason was sitting at the bar, a glass of Toohey's Blue in his hand. "My lady," he nodded to Janette, "how many sets of horns do we have?"

"Thirteen," replied the vampire with an evil smile.

Jason sipped his beer, "Excellent" now, these horns have been wiped clean, so anyone touching them needs gloves, no fingerprints. Everyone might know we've done this, but I don't want any actual proof."

He paused a few moments in contemplation, the war had been fun, but it needed something to spice things up, and this was just the thing.

"Now Kimmer," Jason turned to the Ravenette war leader who sat beside him sipping a glass of sparkling wine. "You know what to do."

Kimmer smiled, "It will be a pleasure."

"Good." Jason turned to the other Ravenettes in the bar. "Now, Molly, Claudia, Kaiya, Mindi and Alex, I'm afraid you get removal duty. I wanted to hire some mercs to take care of the dirty work, but looks like they weren't available."

"No problem," replied Molly. "We eat the fine chocolates that would have gone to pay them."

"Bright side to everything." agreed Jason "Okay, lets do it!"

Jason knocked at the door of the N&N Pack H.Q., he waited a few moments before the door was opened by a tall woman with short brown hair and glasses.

"Hi," said Jason, extending his hand, "I'm Jason, pleased to meet you."

"Um, Eva" replied the N&N Packer, shaking hands but looking slightly confused. "What can I do for you?"

"Well, you see. This is my first war, and I've never met a N&N Packer before, and to be perfectly honest, I don't really understand you. I just thought you might be able to explain to me where you're coming from."

"What do you mean?"

"Well, after over seven hundred years, it just seems so obvious to me that Nick and Janette belong together."

Eva frowned, not sure whether to be offended or impressed with the brazenness of the Raven newbie.

"Besides," he continued, "It's really obvious that Nat doesn't love Nick."

"Are we safe?" asked Claudia.

"Yep." Alex whispered back. Only one person home and Jason's got her well and truly distracted.

Alex, Mindi, Claudia and Kaiya snuck in the back door of N&N Pack H.Q., they where in and out a few times, leaving the fibreglass moose horns in the N&N Packers' bedrooms.

They quickly returned outside where Molly was behind the wheel of a large van, specially rented by Janette for the occasion.

Back at the Raven, Kimmer checked her watch, "I think it's about time" she said to herself. She picked up the phone and dialed.

"Hello, Police? Yes you remember the spate of moose vandalism about a year ago. Yes well it seems that a gang calling themselves the Nick and Nat Pack where responsible for quite a few of them, and they still have a number of horns stashed in their headquarters."

Eva was standing there, totally gobsmacked. "You have a nerve! To come to our H.Q. and say something like this! I mean, you have a right to your views about Nick and Janette, but how can you doubt Nat's devotion to Nick?"

"I'm sorry, I'm not trying to offend you. Like I said, I really do want to understand where you guys are coming from. But the way I see it, she's not so much devoted to him as to the person she's trying to turn him into."

At that point two police cars pulled up. Several Officers got out. Excuse me, said one. Sargent Catherine Johnstone, Royal Canadian Mounted Police. We have a warrant to search these premises for stolen moose horns.

"Umm, nothing to do with me." said Jason, "I don't live here. I just dropped by for a chat and was about to get going."

Jason smiled to himself as he walked of, leaving a very bemused Eva to deal with the police.


Subject: Re: War: Ravenettes: The Horns of a Dilemma
Date: Mon, 9 Jul 2001 14:18:32 +1000
From: "Jason Cebalo" catholic_socialist [at] HOTMAIL.COM
Reply-To: Jason Cebalo catholic_socialist [at] HOTMAIL.COM


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