[[livejournal.com profile] theatrical_muse] 293 - Talk about a news item

Jul. 29th, 2009 12:57 pm
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293 - Talk about a news item.

There are problems with forming a detective agency that does not engage in any of the traditional sorts of cases: domestic disputes, divorces, the vetting of potential employees, et cetera. Chief among these problems is the irregularity of clients-- paying clients in particular. On the right side of the war or not, even we lowly foot soldiers must eat and keep roofs over our heads, and gratitude does not pay rent.

With the number of people involved with supernatural woes such a small fraction of the population of the greater Los Angeles area, we see a smaller number of those actually approaching us for assistance. The rest we must find for ourselves, however we can.

When first we began to scan through newspapers and later, online news sources, I must admit I felt very much like an old-time reporter, checking the police blotter for any leads that might bring me the next big scoop. After some trial and error, we began to find the patterns of words and circumstances that would lead us toward the kinds of trouble we were looking for.

Initially, we would skip over any reports related to gunshot wounds, believing that city demons would behave in the same manner as their "country cousins", eschewing modern weaponry for their own natural armaments. Eventually, we learned that the supernatural underground had a more progressive view of combat. Phrases such as "massive blood loss" or "unidentified wounds" or "wild animal attack" were cause for raising lags.

Reports such as these would usually indicate to us locations-- nests and covens, or favorite hunting grounds. More often than not, the more unsure and vague the incident descriptions, the more likely it became that unusual circumstances were being covered up.

Now if we could only justify the expense of an intern to do all this reading, I could save my eyesight for a few more years.

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