Selene was running out of time; a once thought dead villager, DL, has returned to HearthFire Village; Anne from that retched monastery, Empath Abbey, had sanctioned the building of the Thorn Temple; and it was becoming increasing difficult to motivate Dru, that embarrassing Hobo, to continue the BlackRock experiments. She rehearsed her lines, mumbling softly: I have to play this right. Use the method and catch her quickly, before her monkish duties take her away from you. Selene ceased her rehearsal & handed the small piece of BlackRock to Dru, who in turn lowered the beautifully smooth, mystic stone into the steaming cup of Green Tea. Selene's hair began to rise and she could hear a high pitched ringing in her ears. She signaled to Katrina who had been waiting for the gibberish-ambush. Stay strong, Roman Matriarch, the good of the family is primary, psychically and physically. Claudia dismounted from her Charger of the Fallen with difficulty, some the pecks of the those Giant Turkeys were not fully healed. As usual Cole-Kat was waiting for her. "Mama! Mama!" Katrina Cole excitedly screamed. " I've been helpin grandma & uncle Dru all day! Cook! Cook! Cook! Can I, PLEEEEASE, ask Councillor Ta'lin to take me to Shame Dungeon?! I really wanna see it!" Claudia sighed before responding. "What did I tell you about your punishment?" She could smell the acrid metallic odor of the BlackRock and her head began to wobble. She shook her head to clear away the dizziness. Katrina was now pouting but Claudia continued. "You can not lie about your age. It is dangerous. Furthermore, your body is nothing that you earned; it is a gift of nature. Just because the fae-blood gives you the appearance of a twelve-year-old, you are eight!" "Alright, mama." Katrina relented and scurried off, grateful that she played a small role in this scheme. After this fight I'm goin to Lord Dar's Castle. She willed the tears away. Don't cry in front of grandma! Yer actin like a little baby! Selene was ready standing behind Claudia. She stated the codename and then proceeded with the phrase and the strike. "Whats wrong, pretty girl?" Claudia turned quickly to face her mother, only to receive a sharp slap across her face. The force of the blow sent Claudia to the ground. Alright, Selene thought, Let us see if Caligula's Conditioning Code still works. Lady Cleopatra Selene carried Claudia's body into the kitchen and propped her up in a chair with Dru and Vanessa flaking the unconscious form. All that we have built relies on this one scene. Play it well, Selene.