9:00 P.M.

"Natural One" by Folk Implosion plays from the ballroom.

You stand still, too stunned to move, as does Brother Sputum.

You smell meat cooking; something about it makes you queasy.

Red Sonja emerges from door #3 and freezes as she sees Chip pointing a gun at everyone in the hall. The female paramedic backs away from him warily. The Fairie Queen and the Sexy Vampire huddle next to Mike, who seems to have recovered from his freak-out.

"Chip," he says, very calmly. "Put down the gun before somebody gets hurt."

"No! You want me dead! This is self-defense!" Chip yells desperately, focusing on you and Brother Sputum. "Right, guys? You'll back me up, right?"

You notice that a gaunt Sicilian, dressed like the Grim Reaper, has ascended the stairs behind Chip and is slowly creeping up behind him. Mike doesn't seem to notice as he advances on his son with his hand out.

"CHIP!" Mike screams. "GIVE ME THE GUN!"

The Sicilian brings his scythe down on Chip's arm as the gun goes off. A bullet strikes the Fairie Queen in the hip and she falls with a scream.

Mike and the Grim Reaper grab for Chip, but he scrambles free and runs towards the laundry chute.

Just then, the bartender (dressed as a convict) emerges at the top of the stairs, holding a gun and badge. "FREEZE! POLICE!"

Chip ignores him and dives down the laundry chute.

If you follow Chip down the laundry chute, click here.

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