A Pawnshop in Limehouse (Reg/Gary)

The son of a sitter in the House of Lords has gone missing! Obviously, Lord Godfrey Sommers would like to avoid a scandal...

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Re: A Pawnshop in Limehouse (Reg/Gary)

Postby Mr. Handy » Sat Dec 10, 2011 7:39 pm

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"A fair bit of it, I'd imagine," says Reg, studying Jakeswill without much insight. "What is the exact address of Dr. Salt's lodging-house on Virginia Road?"
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Re: A Pawnshop in Limehouse (Reg/Gary)

Postby Dr. Bloodworth » Mon Dec 12, 2011 6:32 pm

"No, no, no!" Jakeswill holds up his hands. "No need for that, laddie. These green folk you're talking about... I wonder now whether they might be Salt's thugs. The ones following me wear green. They always follow me from a distance or watch me from the other side of the street. Bloody bastard's got children working for him now...

"I believe his address might be 22 or 23. Not sure. You can't miss it, though. Big building."
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Re: A Pawnshop in Limehouse (Reg/Gary)

Postby BenTheRat » Mon Dec 12, 2011 8:03 pm

Gary looks over at Reg. "What do you think? Shall we go pay Dr. Salt a visit?"
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Re: A Pawnshop in Limehouse (Reg/Gary)

Postby Mr. Handy » Tue Dec 13, 2011 5:34 am

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"Yes, let's," says Reg. "If we can't find him there, we can always come back." He turns back to Jakeswill. "What does Dr. Salt look like, so we'll know him when we see him?"
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Re: A Pawnshop in Limehouse (Reg/Gary)

Postby Dr. Bloodworth » Tue Dec 13, 2011 8:24 pm

"Salt? A big brutish fellow." He laughs to himself. "Looks as much like a gorilla as anything. Don't tell him I said that. Dark hair, squarish head."
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Re: A Pawnshop in Limehouse (Reg/Gary)

Postby Mr. Handy » Wed Dec 14, 2011 4:33 am

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Reg chuckles. "I'm sure there will be no mistaking him, then," he says. "Just one more question. When was the last time you saw Arthur?"
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Re: A Pawnshop in Limehouse (Reg/Gary)

Postby Dr. Bloodworth » Wed Dec 14, 2011 8:02 pm

"Not since the time he and Dr. Salt met here -- so, about three weeks or so. Quite a while, anyhow."
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Re: A Pawnshop in Limehouse (Reg/Gary)

Postby BenTheRat » Wed Dec 14, 2011 8:53 pm

"Very well, thanks for your time. I don't see any need to involve any cops, do you Reg? I think Jakeswill been upright with us."
And Gary prepared to leave. "I think its time to go give Dr. Salt a visit."
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Re: A Pawnshop in Limehouse (Reg/Gary)

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"Yes, thank you, Jakeswill," says Reg. "You've been quite helpful." He leaves the shop with Gary. "Yes, let's pay a call on the doctor."
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Re: A Pawnshop in Limehouse (Reg/Gary)

Postby Dr. Bloodworth » Mon Dec 19, 2011 9:09 pm

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"The Jago's none too navigable by carriages," the second carriage driver says, as he drops Gary and Reg off at Redchurch Street. "Make sure you're out of here by nightfall. Wouldn't be too well for you to be caught in here." He points down the street a bit. "Just go straight up that road down there and you'll run right into Virginia Road. Just watch your purses. Good luck." He clatters off.

The two advance along the unnamed street, lined by some of the worst ghetto in London, the sort of place where Jack the Ripper wouldn't feel out-of-place. People glower menacingly at them as they walk along, or look at them surreptitiously through shifty eyes. Practically everyone they pass has the look of a criminal. They emerge into the road, which seems to be a slightly better neighborhood -- though not much -- and quickly find the boarding-house in question. Gary and Reg hurry up the steps, as a few men seem to be following them.
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Re: A Pawnshop in Limehouse (Reg/Gary)

Postby Mr. Handy » Tue Dec 20, 2011 5:56 am

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Reg pays careful attention to his surroundings and just generally tries to look tough. While he is sure he could handle one or two of this neighborhood's toughs if it comes to a fight, he'd stand no chance against a pack of them and would rather avoid hostilities. "We don't use our names in front of this chap," he whispers to Gary. He climbs the steps and knocks on the door.
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Re: A Pawnshop in Limehouse (Reg/Gary)

Postby Dr. Bloodworth » Thu Dec 22, 2011 5:00 pm

After a moment, the door's answered by a stooped old woman. "Yes? Who might you be and what be your business?"
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Re: A Pawnshop in Limehouse (Reg/Gary)

Postby BenTheRat » Thu Dec 22, 2011 9:04 pm

"We request a meeting with Dr. Salt." responds Gary.
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Re: A Pawnshop in Limehouse (Reg/Gary)

Postby Mr. Handy » Fri Dec 23, 2011 5:50 am

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"My name's Smith," says Reg. It's close enough to his real name to feel comfortable (some Smythes might even pronounce their names that way), but common enough to be anonymous. "We're here regarding Arthur Godfrey."
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Re: A Pawnshop in Limehouse (Reg/Gary)

Postby Dr. Bloodworth » Sun Dec 25, 2011 5:31 am

"Salt, Salt... oh, the doctor," says the old woman, seemingly a bit dotty in her old age, who seemingly hadn't heard Gary call him "doctor". "Oh, he's a nasty bloke, a real scary fellow. Neal!" A young lad, probably about ten or twelve years of age, appears. "Can you go see if Dr Salt is in? Tell him he has visitors. Come in, come in."

After a moment or two, the young lad comes back down the stairs, accompanied by a tall and massive man with a flattish face. A large scar runs down the right side of his face. "Come, Neal, let's allow these fellows to get to their business," the old woman says, as she and the lad disappear into the back.

"Yes? I am Dr Salt," says the large man, with a barely perceptible German accent.
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Re: A Pawnshop in Limehouse (Reg/Gary)

Postby Mr. Handy » Sun Dec 25, 2011 8:14 pm

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"Dr. Salt," says Reg, "we're here regarding Arthur Sommers."
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Re: A Pawnshop in Limehouse (Reg/Gary)

Postby Dr. Bloodworth » Thu Dec 29, 2011 2:54 pm

A fearful look is plainly visible upon Dr. Salt's face when Reg says Arthur's name. He closes his eyes briefly and breathes deeply.

"Arthur, Arthur, Arthur. You weren't followed, were you?"
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Re: A Pawnshop in Limehouse (Reg/Gary)

Postby Mr. Handy » Fri Dec 30, 2011 3:30 am

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"Not to my knowledge," says Reg. "There were some chaps out front watching us go inside, but I presume you know about them already."
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Re: A Pawnshop in Limehouse (Reg/Gary)

Postby Dr. Bloodworth » Fri Dec 30, 2011 8:02 pm

"The typical sort found in this... slum," Dr. Salt says. "Not who I meant. You'd know if you were followed by these fellows..." He touches his arm. "Arthur was devoted to her. Wrongly. Look what he's gotten in return for his devotion. Be careful -- you're now held in her eye."
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Re: A Pawnshop in Limehouse (Reg/Gary)

Postby Mr. Handy » Sat Dec 31, 2011 6:26 am

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"Are you referring to Countess Bogdansky?" asks Reg. "I've never even met her. How can I be held in her eye?"
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