Vincent tried to talk Mary into letting them go, not wanting to mess things up with his White Court connections. Knowing that she wouldn’t want to let Valencia leave knowing what she did, Vincent tried to pass Valencia off as one of his hired agents. Big mistake. Valencia works for no one, and she doesn’t appreciate implications that she does. In response, she threw Mary off the building.
A fight broke out, but when Mary’s back up arrived with guns, Vincent decided to leg it. Outnumbered and outflanked, Valencia still nearly killed the White Court Vampire, giving her a concussion and a broken arm for her troubles, but in the end Valencia fled.
Meanwhile Victoria was investigating the Slave Market. Before she could learn anything though, she was tackled by Nolan Hart, who noticed her slipping inside despite her veil. He tried to arrest and interrogate her, but she used her magic to drop him in a hole and escape unharmed, but slightly rattled.
Back at the hospital, Jay was confronted by his boss, Karen Davis, because of his recklessly endangering a patient when he left earlier to follow his master. Jay did little to prevent her from thinking he was a lunatic, and was tasked with checking on all of the autopsies for the recently murdered Stockyard victims. Before he could get started, a looming Mushroom Man from the Summer Court attempted to follow his portal back from the Nevernever. Going on the offensive, Jay opened the portal and fired on the Mushroom creature, which is never a good idea. Several megaton punches later, Jay had himself a concussion and had accidentally created several Mushroom Glamours to run loose throughout the hospital, causing mass panic. Injured, he stumbled back into the Nevernever and collapsed.
Valencia decided to return to her father’s home in search of a clue to her past, only to find it had been taken over by the Second Sight gang. She found a sneaky way inside and met with an old alchemist who introduced himself as both Heshem and Haniel. A Knight of the Blackened Denarius, Heshem was a serious danger, but Valencia refused to back down from him and confronted him about an old tome of her father’s, Praxicus Wong. Heshem was perfectly polite up until the point he ordered his men to kill her, and she was forced to flee. However she soon found herself cornered by a group of gangsters. Back to the wall, she turned to fight, and her vicious and unrestrained rage made short work of most of them. Chris Fields and April Sunders arrived to help, but Victoria trusts no one, so she left without giving them a chance to speak.
Finally, Vincent returned to the White Tower Club to confront Virgil Raith, hoping to salvage his ties to the White Court. Instead, he found Mary waiting for him, halfway seductive and half murderous. She settled on murder, and Vincent wound up with a broken nose and an impaled hand before the elevator pinged open and Mary was cut down in a string of gunfire from the other local White Court Succubus Lucy. Virgil marched in, restrained Mary with his superior will, and explained to her that he understood that she only made a small mistake, but that his head was on the line and he could not allow mistakes like that to go unpunished. “It’s nothing personal,” he said, as he put a gun to her head and extinguished her life.
Severely injured, Vincent collapsed and was left at the mercy of Virgil.