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Burning Man. Instead of the Winnebago there is now a big fire. The loud sound that accompanied this wondrous metamorphosis is sure to bring people nosing around, and Magenta is in no state to entertain1). Oh, and the skies are getting brighter - Mr. Sun will soon be up and about.
With no time to waste, Smith tries to body-tackle his frenzied surrogate Sire and contain her, only to learn his own lesson in “vampire-fast”. He is flipped in the air and smashed, facing up, into the ground, where a well placed rock bashes the back of his skull in. Being a vampire he cures this with a simple expenditure of Vitae, but by the time he does this and picks himself up, Magenta is already feeding from the torn throat of a now beheaded burning-maner whom she elegantly “uncorked”.
The burning-manner, found out by a disappointed Magenta to not be a writer, is scornfully discarded. Smith, hearing Sirens in the distance, decides to put a stop to things and sheds his own blood in a successful attempt to lure Magenta into feeding straight from his pectoral. Smith's “magical” Vitae helps her snap out of Frenzy pretty goddamn fast, but the sirens are getting louder.
The two Kindred hurriedly toss the body along with their bloody clothes (minding their valuables) onto the now burning Winnebago, and rush to the nearest RV (this one is not a Winnebago for keyboard related reasons).
The current occupants of the RV are Ursula, an aspiring sit-com writer, and Dave, who is bitched by his wife to the point of having to promise to relocate to Hollywood just so she'll let him attend Burning Man.
Smith quickly “convinces” the couple to drive Magenta and himself to LAX, where they can fly to Illinois, where the Fairy coordinates are pointing. The couple are only too eager to comply. They are, after all, old friends. So Jones and Smith go to sleep in the linen drawer under the bed, after plugging all the little holes and just missing a breathtaking sunrise, while Dave “drives and stops for nothing” and Ursula “guards the linen drawer with her life”. Such is the extent one would go through when helping old friends.
Waking up, Smith relieves Dave and Ursula who - being such devoted friends - have been driving and guarding, respectively, for 12 hours straight, without as much as a toilet break. He parks the RV at a camping site and goes to take a shower.
Magenta, still sporting her grave hair (something she usually avoids), goes outside to connect the RV to the local water pipe and have an important phone conversation with O'Hara, who informs Magenta that Sisko has been murdered, and that the Malkavians claim they have proof that Smith is responsible. He demands that the two get to NYC immediately, strongly advising Magenta to preemptively stake Smith.
In the shower, Smith bonds with the Cat. They discuss the conversation with the Fairy, the details of which Smith claims to have totally forgotten and the Cat refuses to uselessly repeat - since Smith will only make himself forget.
Smith exits the shower and puts on Dave's clothes, much to his own dismay, while the deeply disturbed Magenta takes her own shower, leaving her new cell-phone on the dashboard so Smith can inspect the calls log.
The Cat, attempting some novel form of communication, brings Smith a dead mouse, which Smith bemusedly drinks. Seeing how his gestures fall on deaf ears, the cat drags the depleted rodent and presents it to the showering and bewildered Magenta.
Finally our heroes arrive at LAX and part with the sleepy Dave & Ursula. They feed on the ample bounties of LA's airport “food”, purchase real clothes (along with a scary 80's purse for Magenta, camouflaging the magical knife) and argue whether to go back to NYC or continue to Illinois. Eventually they take three seats on board the first plane to Chicago (one seat for the Cat, obviously).
After boarding, the plane is delayed, and a huge air-marshal comes aboard, sitting himself on the seemingly empty seat next to Smith and Jones. After trying to use the proper channels to move the Marshal away (the marshal brushes this off), and having a seemingly psychic-battle with him, Smith uses his DOMINATE-THIS on the Marshal, sending him to spiraling self-pity and moving to a far seat, to feel sorry for himself.
Unbeknowest to the duo, the Cat took blood sample from the Marshal, now known as Theodore the Black Spiral Dancer. Also it manifests to assorted cat-phobic stewardesses and passengers.
Smith takes pity on the pitiful Ted, and makes him his pal. The Cat is much alarmed by this. Magenta also, and she tells Smith that Ted is like a rabid tiger leashed on a piece of string, and that they should get rid of him. Smith, however, is complacent, and argues that they could use the muscle.
Theodore manages to turn on his phone and send a message to his buddies to summon a welcoming committee.
Stepping out of the terminal with Theodore, Smith and Jones are greeted by a long black limo and eight of Teddy's best pals. One of them comes up to Smith and asks in an uncouth tone of voice: “What are you, Dinner?”