Disclaimer: none of the characters are mine, except for the OC.
The next time Master Shen regained consciousness he was in Eureka’s jail, in the holding cell.
“Nice place,” Kennedy was telling Jo meanwhile. “Very old west.”
“Yes, well, until the Carters came to town this place didn’t see much action,” Jo muttered some-what defensively to the younger woman, “anyways. The nutcase with the bulging eyes is here, and-“
Master Shen opened his eyes fully and teleported from the holding cell into the office proper. “Prison bars cannot hold Shen!” he shouted.
Jo grabbed her taser and zapped him below the waist. “Ow!” the humanoid shouted as he fell unconscious on the floor.
“So, he really is a mutant? Or an Old One?” Jo asked. “I admit, I am half-convinced-“
“Except that I don’t think that it’s a mutant – or at least, not a human mutant: it got those piscine eyes, but the rest of him? Nowhere as slimy as any of the mutants I’ve seen,” ‘Andria Korshe’ muttered thoughtfully.
“Nor is it an Old One,” Willow echoed. “It can be a demon, I suppose, but not an Old One. Let me access the database now... Aha!”
“A good ‘aha’ or a bad ‘aha’?” Kennedy enquired as Jo leaned to take a good look at Willow’s database – databases were something familiar to her, after all.
“Just an ‘aha’,” Willow explained helpfully. “Our friend is a humanoid for a different dimension than ours... his kind appears here only rarely and never stays here for too long... neither too hostile nor too friendly to us...”
“This one is. Too hostile, that is,” Jo said crossly.
“That’s because it’s a mutant,” ‘Andria’ stated stubbornly. “You saw his eyes? They’re very different from the ones on the sketch. That’s because the alien had gotten its tentacles on him-“
“Nobody assaults Inscrutable Master Shen twice and gets away with it!” the humanoid yelled, recovering its consciousness for the second time. “Where is Beverly Barlowe?!”
“You tell us!” Jo snapped in irritation. “Does it look like she’s here?”
“...No,” Master Shen said after a brief pause. “She’s not. Where is she?”
“Why should we know? It’s your job!” ‘Andria’ spoke up. “Go forth and find her yourself!”
“I’ll be back,” Master Shen promised and left – through the front door, as if he was a regular person and not an extradimensional one.
“Well!” Kennedy and others exchanged looks. “That was... weird. Was he even normal?”
“Judging from his aura... I would say ‘not’,” Willow shook her head. “Ah, Andria, would you say that that Consortium you’ve been talking about is something of a cult?”
“It’s dominated by a super-smart alien with its own agenda that includes domination of the US government,” the latter replied thoughtfully. “If it was a cult, then a decisively Masonic one.”
“Masons! Of course, the last missing piece of it all!” Jo exclaimed intolerably. “And yes, that was sarcasm, by the way. I’m going to get a drink. Do you three want to join me at Vince’s?”
The other women just exchanged looks and nodded.TBC