Chapter 4: Turner's Blues

Boston, August 1928. The jazz age is in full swing, but there’s one trumpet player whose music does a lot more than merely inspire people to dance. An encounter in a nightclub will lead to the investigators being plunged into a sanity-shattering chain of events while they try to prevent greater catastrophe.

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Re: Chapter 4: Turner's Blues

Postby innsmouth » Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:48 am

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"What do we do with the trumpet? Tie a rock to it and throw it in the Charles River?"
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Re: Chapter 4: Turner's Blues

Postby Zeppo » Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:53 am

"Maybe we can play it in a certain way and the dead will go back to rest," Ron suggests.
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Re: Chapter 4: Turner's Blues

Postby evil_scientist » Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:47 pm

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Isadora presses the trumpet against her chest.

"Maybe... yes, you might just be right," Isadora says to Ron. She is so shocked by the ordeal, that she doesn't realize that this is the first time she agreed with the man. Usually Balzac's mate just annoys her...

"I think we should hold on to it. We need to study it."
"I feel as if my soul would be torn out of my body," she gasped. "I am being drawn into a whirlpool. What is happening? What does it mean?" - The Secrets of Dr. Taverner
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Re: Chapter 4: Turner's Blues

Postby HoneyDog » Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:55 pm

“The dead go back to rest”? repeats Benny. “What the hell are you talking about? Listen, you better tell me where to drop you. I need to get a drink after the day I’ve had.”
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Re: Chapter 4: Turner's Blues

Postby innsmouth » Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:08 pm

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"Well don't go playing it near graveyards, hospitals or Indian mounds." advises Henry.
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Re: Chapter 4: Turner's Blues

Postby andyw666 » Wed Nov 15, 2017 4:22 am

Balzac lights a Gauloises. "Surely we cannot throw it away. What if, played a certain way and seconds after death, it could revive a person safely?"

"At the least, we should study it in case more of those poor creatures appear in Boston. It may be a reversible effect."

"On the topic, should we alert the authorities to trouble in the cemetery? None of the other unfortunate re-animated souls lasted very long, these ones could reasonably be presumed to go the same way. Should we think about going back in case the trumpet man is still alive?"
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Re: Chapter 4: Turner's Blues

Postby Mr. Handy » Wed Nov 15, 2017 4:28 am

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Alice leans against Henry, sobbing. "Melt it down," she says. "Nobody can play it if it's melted down."
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Re: Chapter 4: Turner's Blues

Postby HoneyDog » Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:38 am

"Are you listening to me?" shouts Benny. "Graveyards, animated souls? You people are freaks!"

The cab screeches to a halt, and Benny turns around in his seat to address the investigators squeezed into the back.

"I'm not going any further! Pay me now and hit the road, or I'll call the cops!"
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Re: Chapter 4: Turner's Blues

Postby andyw666 » Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:50 am

Balzac sighs. "Monsieur, I will pay you another $20 to drop us downtown. Otherwise, we get out here."
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Re: Chapter 4: Turner's Blues

Postby HoneyDog » Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:55 am

"No way"! replies Benny. The cab screeches to a halt.

"Just pay me what we agreed, but I want nothin' more to do with your crazy shenanigans"!

OOC:   I suggest someone pay Benny and you sort the money out later among yourselves. $40 I believe.  
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Re: Chapter 4: Turner's Blues

Postby innsmouth » Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:36 am

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"I'll keep the trumpet safe ... until we decide what to do."

Henry attempts to take the trumpet from Isadora.
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Re: Chapter 4: Turner's Blues

Postby evil_scientist » Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:40 am

Isadora Carmichael

Isadora holds on to the trumpet.

"Don't... don't fret, Henry, I can keep it at my house in my safe."

OOC:   Where are we now? How far are we from the cemetery?  
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Re: Chapter 4: Turner's Blues

Postby HoneyDog » Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:47 am

OOC:   You're about halfway to downtown, well away from the burial ground.  


Benny is red with rage. He jumps out of the cab and comes round to the back. Wrenching the door open, he shouts "Out! And give me my goddamn money!"
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Re: Chapter 4: Turner's Blues

Postby innsmouth » Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:51 am

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Henry pays Benny what he was promised and then attempts to flag down another cab.
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Re: Chapter 4: Turner's Blues

Postby HoneyDog » Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:19 pm

OOC:   You might want to finish the discussion more discreetly! You're liable to attract unwanted attention otherwise.  


There are no cabs in the street, but the investigators are in the vicinity of Highland Park. The evening is drawing in, and the park looks quiet and serene.
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Re: Chapter 4: Turner's Blues

Postby evil_scientist » Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:06 pm

Isadora Carmichael

Isadora takes off her scarf and wraps the trumpet in it. Her movements are mechanical, her eyes gaze into emptiness. She handled the events better than Alice, for example, but she is still in the state of shock.

"Turner... is he dead? And what about the other people at the graveyard?" she whispers. She thinks about the re-animated dead roaming the streets of Boston.

She looks around - is there a telephone nearby?

"We should call the police," she says to the others. "Just to tell them to go to the cemetery, and take care of some, uh... drunks? Drug fiends?"
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Re: Chapter 4: Turner's Blues

Postby Mr. Handy » Thu Nov 16, 2017 3:36 am

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"Okay," says Alice, too shaken to think.
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Re: Chapter 4: Turner's Blues

Postby HoneyDog » Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:26 am

The companions find a public phone and call the police. It seems that a complaint has already been made by the cemetery attendant, and officers were dispatched.
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Re: Chapter 4: Turner's Blues

Postby innsmouth » Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:10 am

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"I think I should get Alice back to Arkham" says Henry.
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Re: Chapter 4: Turner's Blues

Postby evil_scientist » Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:21 am

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"We can go to my house, it's closer. Alice can take one of the guest bedrooms," Isadora proposes. Then it dawns on her, that sooner or later she will have to tell her loving husband something, to explain the psychological state of their motley crew.
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