Chapter 21: A Chance Encounter? Keija and the others regrouped at their rally point, on the Fullerton Hotel side of the Cavenagh bridge, and, after storing their gear on the bus, made their way to a restaurant on the north point at the tip of the boat quay. “Over and Under” was a thriving American style diner and bar set across from the hotel, and the teams had worked up quite an appetite during the past few hours, and so they allowed themselves a couple of hours to relax before heading back to the safehouse. In the diner, the scene was lively, and Lars' inquired as to whether or not they could accommodate a tour group of 15 people in a private room. Normally, reservations had to be made at such a busy restaurant, but most restaurateurs would not turn away a tour group with that many people. “Please give us about 20 mins to set up a private area for you,” The maitre d' replied, “Please note, that our kitchen is only serving appetizers and tapas after 11pm. Please, enjoy our bar in the meantime.” “Well,” Lars sighed as he turned to the others, “There you have it. I'm surprised they were able to accommodate us at all at this late hour.” Melissa laughed gently, “15 American 'tourists'? They are probably hoping for a big tip!” She smiled knowingly. The group made their way to the bar, and they enjoyed themselves as they began to blow off the steam of the day. It took a while to place their orders. Lars' had all the orders put on a tab, that would then be added to their table bill once the private room was ready. He edged to the end of the bar, and placed the orders. As the whole group of them unwound, a rather frustrated young woman in a business suit came into the restaurant bar seeking to blow off some steam as well. Teyna Caulfield considered herself an open-minded person, and had a very good sense of her own spirituality (in the common mundane sense), but she felt violated tonight by both her boss, and by that intruder into her work space. She didn't even consider why she was attracted to this particular bar, other than it held a strange attractive energy on this particular night. She felt drawn to it like a moth to a flame, almost as if she were predestined by some higher power. She came to the bar looking to relieve this pent up frustration, and she pushed her way towards the farthest corner of the bar. One look at her, and the patron who had been occupying a space of at the end of the bar raised his hands in mock surrender, and gave up his position to the visibly frazzled woman. “Next one is on me,” He proffered in sympathy, ordering a drink for the lady. “What'll you have?” Teyna glared at the bar patron, then relented seeing his kindness was not insincere. “Whiskey Collins,” Teyna replied, “It's been a very long day.” “I understand completely,” Lars Olson replied, “I've been leading this group of 'tourists' around all day.” He waved his hand at the group of Shadow Hunter 'tourists'. Teyna snorted in understanding. “My workplace was invaded by an intruder today.” “Woah. Sorry to hear that,” Lars replied, but immediately became more cautious, "Is everything ok?" Just then Uzume pulled up next to Lars, and pulled on his shoulder, “Our table is ready.” Uzume blinked and did a quick double take as she glanced at the woman she instantly recognized. Immediately her trickster instinct reared it's powerful head, “Oh, Lars, why don't you invite this young lady to join us?” Lars, in his cautious state, couldn't help but wonder what Uzume was doing, and was reluctant to do so, “We just met, so I don't think that'd be fair to any of us.” He replied a bit confused. “No, no, no!” Uzume retorted gleefully, “You must! I insist!” (She whispered in Lars' ear, “She works for Daedalus.”) Lars' eyes immediately sparkled with understanding. “Only if you agree to some restraint!” He chided the fox spirit. Teyna didn't care one way or the other, but she wanted to take her mind off what happened earlier, “If you don't mind paying, I don't mind accepting your invitation.” She had come here to relieve stress, after all, and this was an opportunity to socialize that she hadn't had in a very long while. Uzume's grin was particularly predatory, but Teyna was too frazzled to notice it, “Oh, it's no problem, Miss?” “Teyna,” she introduced herself, “Teyna Caulfield.” “Ah, this gentleman here, is our tour guide, Lars, and I'm Uzume Yukikage, from Japan.” “Nice to meet you both,” Teyna replied somewhat absent-mindedly. She noticed something strange about Uzume, however, “Oh my,” she exclaimed as she came to the realization that Uzume was an albino. “Your eyes! They're beautiful!” Uzume grinned playfully, “Why thank you! And it's nice to meet you as well,” Uzume added an additional thought silently, 'again!' She then said out loud, “Come with me, I'll introduce you to the others.” Uzume took Teyna by the hand and led her towards the others. Lars followed closely behind the two. As she was leading Teyna by the hand, Uzume began to exert her kitsune charm and beguiled Teyna with honeyed words. Teyna felt lightheaded, and her mind began to wander as she became more aware of Uzume's scent. The feeling was very unusual for the normally prim and proper secretary, and her cheeks became flushed with embarrassment when she realized she was becoming aroused by the other woman's hand holding hers. Uzume led Teyna to their private party room, and introduced everyone in loud voice, “Hey everyone! This is Teyna. We just met in the bar a while ago, and she's decided to have fun with us tonight! Teyna,” Meanwhile, Lars began to inform the others of Uzume's plot, and everyone understood immediately that this was a golden opportunity to either get information, or possibly create a friend on the inside of their surveillance. Uzume turned to the bewildered young secretary and flashed another predatory grin, “This is everyone!” she gestured with a sweep of her hand. “Um, Hi everyone!” Teyna shyly waved. Keija looked at Uzume with her own level of confusion, not having yet heard from Lars, but Uzume winked and whispered in her ear, “This one was at Daedalus!” Keija smiled warmly, as she began to understand the nature of this prank. What luck, what astounding luck, she thought as she offered Teyna a seat next to her and Uzume.