You got a nice white dress and a party on your confirmation
You got a brand new soul
Mmm, and a cross of gold
But Virginia they didn’t give you quite enough information
You didn’t count on me
When you were counting on your rosary
They say there’s a heaven for those who will wait
Some say it’s better but I say it ain’t
I’d rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints
The sinners are much more fun
You know that only the good die young
I tell ya
Only the good die young
Only the good die young
— Billy Joel, “Only the Good Die Young”
A truck was discovered in the parking lot next to the burnt-out restaurant on Main Street. Victoria and James found it, James in wolf form to use the enhanced senses. After a few moments of rooting around and finding a possible ID, two mysterious strangers arrive, one of whom behaves in a manner similar to James. They open the trash bag that was in the bed, which contained mutilated remains. Everything but the skin and bones was sucked out, which was confirmed by James’s contact in the pathology lab. By now, they had a lead to a “Ladybird Room” that the victim was related to in some way.
The strangers introduce themselves as Jack Wei and Silver Fang, and they claim they knew the victim. They decide to follow their own leads for now. In the meantime, Victoria checks out a phone number they found in the victim’s purse, and James goes to the victim’s apartment, where he discovers her diary and a solid connection to Gregor Rosetti. Victoria discovers that Rosetti has left in a hurry.
James heads to the library, where he has a contact with a pack of elderly werewolves who all act as lorekeepers. He and Victoria simultaneously get the perpetrator identified as an Azlu, a sort of spider spirit that manifests physically. Around this time, Jack calls them to let them know he found the Ladybird Room, and is heading that way.
After going just down the road, they see that there are a bunch of sketchy men checking out the parking lot where the truck was found. As Victoria and Silver Fang get out to investigate, the men turn on them. Victoria turns into her Urshul form, and tears into one of them. Silver Fang also gets his licks in, when suddenly Jack rams his car into two of the attackers. As they splatter, a swarm of spiders come out of their heads. Only one of the antagonists survives, and they get him to let them into the club.
The Ladybird Room is a Place-that-Isn’t, a special place that is only partly anchored in reality. It’s a gambling den and speakeasy, guarded by Azlu. The party makes some conversation, and come into contact with the owner, Mr. G. After a conversation that leads nowhere, Victoria gets angry and threatens Mr. G: he sheds his human skin and reveals himself as a monstrous Azlu, and immediately tries to grapple Victoria.
The other party members hear the commotion, and enter just as Kusthuthun strikes what would be a fatal blow; Jack and Silver Fang work to disable the monster and help the werewolves with their supernatural powers, and after what feels like an eternity, Victoria takes on her Gauru form and deals tears The-Thing-That-Was-Mr.-G asunder.
Now they have a choice. The Ladybird Room is very valuable; it is also illegal. It can be a useful hiding place while it is available, which is only during the half moon. Will they choose to keep it, or destroy it?