2 Weeks Earlier.
"Ang matugunan ay nakatakda para sa siyam na," said the solid, authoritative dwarf in Tagalog to the rest of his team of six; "The meet is set for nine." He gave the new girl -- definitely a girl, not a woman -- a glance that carried a wealth of contempt and derision, not bothering to translate into Japanese or Spanish for her. If she wanted to know what was being said, then she'd have to learn the language; it was obvious just from the lack of stains that her SecureTech jacket was a recent purchase, no matter how broken-in her katana hilt was. What was even worse was the fact that the young twenty-something Japanese girl was half-cloaked with a blanket, an infant tucked under and (from the sound of it) actually nursing. He was offended on half a dozen levels.
'The new girl' glanced at two of the others -- the robust young ork Aswang, 'Ghost', sitting there with his arms crossed and bra