(I think my timeline of events got a bit muddled, feel free to edit this if you want)
The motley split up to continue their investigation. (I think someone checked out a crime scene but didn’t find anything useful?) Mark and Sarah canvased the area around one of the crime scenes asking if anyone recognized the man in the picture Rumpelstiltskin had “dropped” and were informed by an elderly local woman that he had bought her coffee at the Air and Space the week before. Mark also talked to DayDay about getting a P.I. to find the mystery man.
Mark went home to sleep off a long night of work. Michael went to the museum to speak with the cafe employees regarding the man but though they recognized him, they were unable to provide any more useful info. In the meantime, Alice and Sarah investigated another crime scene and found a hedge gate nearby and a strange black rose a few minutes walk away. Max, Derek, and Michael joined them to investigate the hedge gate. Upon their return to the area, they noticed another changeling going through the gate. The party followed him through the gate and down the path deep into the hedge.
During their pursuit, the party came across what seemed like a young Swimmerskin in distress. Due to their suspicion of anything in the Hedge, the party offered to help her only if she agreed to a mutual non-aggression pledge. The young girl refused and ran off into the hedge. Sensing a possible trap the party continued after the suspicious changeling from the crime scene gate. Upon finding and confronting him, they learned his name was Danny and he had entered the Hedge as part of a challenge he recklessly made with the Summer court champion Damhnan and had just used his usual means of entering the Hedge, not considering how close the gate was to the scene of the murder. Upon hearing about the Swimmerskin, Danny insisted on trying to find her and the party agreed to help. As they were in the process of making a pledge to that end, Markus appeared.