Act IV: 'Something Awful'

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Act IV: 'Something Awful'

Postby Priest » Thu Jan 30, 2014 10:52 am

Act IV: 'Something Awful'



Once more the curtains open on a new scene, in fact a new day – Wednesday May 25th. At the small but excellently furnished lodgings in Baker Street, the opposite end and opposite side of the road from his more famous colleague Holmes.

Wellington’s morning procedure is interrupted by a knock at his door. Outside stands his housekeeper, Mrs McCandlle,
And a rather soggy looking Klebbs. From his appearance you deduce that it is raining again.

Mrs McCandlle fusses in that ‘housekeeperish’ manner. Beneath one brawny arm she carries copies of several of this morning’s newspapers, including one whose lurid headlines scream at you.

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Re: Act IV: 'Something Awful'

Postby Tabs » Thu Jan 30, 2014 11:55 am

OOC:   Ahem! Klevendon, not Klebbs. :)  


"Have you seen the front page, sir!" says an excitable Klevendon, thrusting the newspaper under Wellington's nose, "that ridiculous Mattison has put two and two together, made five, and has written about the 'Cosmist League'--nothing to do with our visit at all!"--Klevendon adds tamely--"Well, I think so . . . .

"Note: 'the brightest and most scientific minds of the century is investigating,'" adds Klevendon, smiling mischievously, "I presume that doesn't refer to me."
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Re: Act IV: 'Something Awful'

Postby DrPeterson » Thu Jan 30, 2014 11:14 pm

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Wellington smiles as he scans the article.

"It would appear that despite his lacking skills as an editor, the man is an excellent judge of character."

He produces a pipe from his dressing gown pocket and proceeds to stuff it.

"Klevendon, you look positively watered down. Would you care for some breakfast or would you prefer a pipe by the fireplace? Mrs. McCandlle's cooking can restore to the most exhausted of men to their stout selves."
"He said we were all cooked but we were all right as long as we did not know it. We were all cooked. The thing was not to recognize it."
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Re: Act IV: 'Something Awful'

Postby Priest » Fri Jan 31, 2014 4:48 pm

Halting in her cushion plumping duties at the mention of breakfast, Mrs McCandlles regards the rain dampened figure of Mr Klevendon with a dour look of disaproval, "Would ye be wanting a bowl of porridge? My husband the late Mr McCandlles used to swear to the spirit restorative powers of a fine bowl of oatmeal. Made with water and flavoured with salt you ken?"

OOC:   Apolgies my dear Mr Klevendon for mixing you with that reporter chappie  
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Re: Act IV: 'Something Awful'

Postby carnage_lee » Thu Feb 06, 2014 11:27 am

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Nellie wakes rather later than she intended and has to hurry to get ready. Making sure she has her notebook and all the notes she made the previous evening she leaves her home and hails a hansom heading for The Ritz.
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Re: Act IV: 'Something Awful'

Postby Tabs » Thu Feb 06, 2014 11:40 am

"Uh, no, thank you, Mrs. Mcandlles," says Klevendon; "just tea . . . piping hot, if you please."

As an aside to Wellington: "I wonder what the no doubt worthy husband died of?" he continues loudly, "A pipe!" and stands beside the fire, lifting his coattails and roasting his backside. "Have you any news--the urchin--Miss Bly?"
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Re: Act IV: 'Something Awful'

Postby carnage_lee » Thu Feb 06, 2014 2:07 pm

OOC:   Ohh have I got the wrong end of the stick? I thought it'd been suggested to meet at the Ritz for breakfast...  
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Re: Act IV: 'Something Awful'

Postby Priest » Thu Feb 06, 2014 3:12 pm

OOC:   Panic ye not. I think they intend to be at the Ritz for eight, so I'm assuming that Klevendon has called on Wellington on their way.  
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Re: Act IV: 'Something Awful'

Postby DrPeterson » Thu Feb 06, 2014 11:27 pm

"I have not been so fortunate as to receive tidings from Miss Bly, but my street contacts proved very valuable indeed. You will of course forgive me if I save up what I learned until we meet our companions? I find repeating myself to be so tedious."


Wellington moves through his apartment, gathering his things for the day.
"He said we were all cooked but we were all right as long as we did not know it. We were all cooked. The thing was not to recognize it."
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Re: Act IV: 'Something Awful'

Postby Tabs » Fri Feb 07, 2014 10:20 am

"Of course, sir!" says Klevendon. "To the Ritz?"
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Re: Act IV: 'Something Awful'

Postby Priest » Fri Feb 07, 2014 12:06 pm

Your timing is, of course, impecable, as the clock in the foyer of the Ritz is striking the sixth chime of eight you have arrived. As one would expect you are all impecably attired with outer clothing suiltable for the weather.

With all the pomp, formality and service that one would expect from such a prestige establishment, you are quickly shown to a table for four and directed, most diligently, towards the menu.

Three of you are present Roxborough, it appears, is somewhat tardy. No doubt delayed by a rather winsome pie or such.
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Re: Act IV: 'Something Awful'

Postby Tabs » Fri Feb 07, 2014 12:29 pm

"I trust you had an interesting evening, Miss Bly?" asks Klevendon.
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Re: Act IV: 'Something Awful'

Postby DrPeterson » Fri Feb 07, 2014 1:57 pm

Before they left his apartment, Klevendon clearly saw Wellington slipping his pistol into his coat pocket.


Once they've arrived at the Ritz, Wellington orders a strong Oolong and brandy and reclines in his chair, his chin resting upon his chest as he seems to drift between sleeping and waking, clearly lost in thought.
"He said we were all cooked but we were all right as long as we did not know it. We were all cooked. The thing was not to recognize it."
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Re: Act IV: 'Something Awful'

Postby carnage_lee » Mon Feb 10, 2014 2:35 pm

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Nellie smiles as she walks into the dining room, the smells of bacon, eggs and the other necessities of a proper breakfast. Nellie approaches the table where Wellington and Klevendon are already being seated, noting the absence of Roxborough and thinking to herself that they had better tuck in before their fellow investigator laid waste to the buffet. Taking off her gloves and sitting, with a nod of thanks to the attentive waiter Nellie asks for another pot of breakfast tea to be brought along.

"I spent the evening making use of the clipping service to which I subscribe. I spent two hours gathering facts on our number one suspect but more of that later..." Nellie looks around the dining room again "No sign of Richard?" she asks frowning at the glass of spirits in Wellington's hand. "I wouldn't expect him to be late, well not when there was food to be had."

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Re: Act IV: 'Something Awful'

Postby Papa Gateau » Mon Feb 10, 2014 6:06 pm

"Good morning Nellie, gentlemen" Roxborough takes a seat at the table, eyeing everyones plates "I'm not too late I see, apologies for my slight tardiness"
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Re: Act IV: 'Something Awful'

Postby DrPeterson » Mon Feb 10, 2014 11:35 pm

Wellington nurses his brandy, barely noticing Roxborough's arrival. You're not sure if the man is dead, catatonic or a combination of the two.
"He said we were all cooked but we were all right as long as we did not know it. We were all cooked. The thing was not to recognize it."
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Re: Act IV: 'Something Awful'

Postby Papa Gateau » Tue Feb 11, 2014 10:30 am

Wellington dear boy! Feeling a little under the weather are we? A medicinal libation at this time of the day eh?

Care to share with us what's furrowing your brow?
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Re: Act IV: 'Something Awful'

Postby Tabs » Tue Feb 11, 2014 10:37 am

"The 'Great Man' is lost in thought," says Klevendon of Wellington. He tries a mouthful of black pudding, but grimaces and spits the blood into a napkin. "What an unsavoury sausage!

"Good morning, Mr. Roxborough.

"Tell us more, Miss Bly."
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Re: Act IV: 'Something Awful'

Postby Papa Gateau » Tue Feb 11, 2014 10:56 am

Roxborough looks aghast as Klevendon spits out his sausage.

Roxbourough thinking:   MY GOOD LORD! UNSAVOURY! UNSAVOURY! The man's a bloody heathen, an uncultured native! Dismissing one of the finest delicacies known to man as UNSAVOURY! GOOD LORD! I may just have to join Wellington in a brandy!  


Roxborough glowers at Klevendon, muttering something unintelligible as he chews a mouthful of black-pudding.
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Re: Act IV: 'Something Awful'

Postby carnage_lee » Tue Feb 11, 2014 3:28 pm

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Nellie does her best to ignore Klevendon's evident dislike of black pudding. After finisher her own mouthful of delicious bacon starts to impart what she had learned the previous evening.

"Considering our suspicions and the concerns that you expressed I re-considered my plans so instead I spent the evening at a clipping-service to which I subscribe. I found nothing that seems at all suspicious or indicative of any untoward intent; no scandalous gossip, business or otherwise. The Highbury Sewerage Company seems to be above board, quite a sound investment according to their accounts." Nellie sips her tea and takes a few more mouthfuls of her breakfast, noting how delicious the devilled kidneys are. "I also found out that Carrington-Fforbes has been the chairman of the Cerebral Activities Club since August of '83 following the death of Professor Artenius Reobotham. Nothing I learned seems to suggest that he could be involved."

Nellie sets to devouring her plate while her companions digest her words.
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