8:55 P.M.

From the ballroom, you hear Liz Phair singing "The Tra La La Song."

Red Sonja steps towards you, coming  from the master bathroom into Veronica's office.

You glance at her, then rush into the upstairs hall, following Governor Asher. You see Brother Sputum standing and gaping.

Brother Doofus turns to Chip and says, "Where did that gun come from?"

Chip looks at him helplessly, then recovers from his shock enough to say, "I bought it...for protection..."

Alicia gets in his face and snarls, "Protection? Protection from what you stupid little pin-dick?"

Gaining confidence, Chip points at Mike and says, "From him! He's crazy! You all saw! I don't feel safe in this house anymore!"

You miss the rest as you follow Governor Asher down the stairs to the front hall; he is kneeling over the secret service man, who is bleeding from a gunshot wound in his crotch.

Beside him, another paramedic has just finished treating Smythe the butler, who rises unsteadily to his feet as someone dressed like the Grim Reaper appears in the doorway.

"'Scuse me, Jeeves," the Grim Reaper says in a thick Sicilian accent. "Any o' you jamokes seen a broad name'a Alicia Ford?"

Smythe points upstairs with a shaky finger and says, "I...I believe the mistress is upstairs...now, if you'll excuse me..."

With that, Smythe dodders off down the hall, towards the elevator and the Grim Reaper heads up the stairs.

As paramedics load the secret service man onto a stretcher, the governor says, "You're gonna be okay...I'll take care of this...that rich sonovabitch is gonna pay..."

Then Asher bends down and asks the secret service man something in a voice too low to hear. The secret service man gasps a reply, then reaches into his jacket and hands the governor a 9mm pistol.

The governor tucks the gun in his jacket pocket and pats the secret service man's arm reassuringly as he is loaded into the ambulance.

You tap the governor on the shoulder, hoping to lead him to where Amanda is waiting. He turns to you and says, "Yes? Can I help you?"

If you tell the governor you're going to take him someplace safe and then start dragging him towards the pool house, click here.

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