What is that idiot trying to do?
I have been carefully grooming Stargirl’s thoughts and opinions with influences in her dreams, as subtle as I can make them. It’s a good thing that I convinced Lo Artful many months ago to go to Macbain and ask for the charm she had to protect Lo from her mother. It served a double purpose for me, of course, as now Macbain is wide open to me once again.
But if she suspected I was tampering, she would flay me (and then fillet me) while Dagger and Tripsa held me down.
Anyway, I have been carefully directing her to take a long vacation, preferably at sea, in the hopes that this will keep her away from L… from His influence. It seems she was faltering a bit, as she was in The Gut near The Bucket of Blood, when a shot rang out, barely missing her and striking and wounding Mr. Underby.
The shot was from Dr. Berithos’ second floor. Only two people go up there, and one wouldn’t sully her hands with a firearm.
Later tonight, I will drop a small porcelain horse figurine next to his front door. Then later still, a visit. A very special visit. He likes guns, does he?
Tonight he’ll have a nightmare so disturbing that his… well, I’ll save that for next time.
I hope you’re all right, my sweety kitty Valentine.
– Prof HXL