The Vanishing of Abigail Wright

The year is 1999. A group of agents with the FBI quickly discover a routine case is anything but. Thrust into a world that's as incomprehensible as it is deadly, can this team hope to hold back the darkness?

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Re: The Vanishing of Abigail Wright

Postby Silver Priest » Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:02 pm

The dog yawns and pees on the rug. Then it lays down a few feet away. It does not seem to be going anywhere in a hurry.

The usher takes their tickets, stamps them, and gives them back. "Your seats are listed on there. Enjoy the show!" He opens the door, and the agents step inside.

They find themselves in a theater. Several rows of plush red seats fill up the room, most of them already having a guest sitting in them. These guests are wearing outfits from various time periods-- some look like they just stepped out of the 30's, but others could easily be passed on the street today. There's a pleasant undercurrent of chatter that fills the room, and the crowd is eagerly anticipating the performance. The stage itself is large, and the curtain is currently down.

"Wow," Jose says, seeming unsettled. "There's no way this is in the same place, right? This is way too big to be a room in an apartment building, or a hotel, or wherever we are." Indeed, the agents can see that there is even a balcony, and several doors leading backstage. It seems like an actual theater.

Their seats are right next to one another, in the seventh row. Most of it has not been filled up yet. Did they want to take their seats and wait for the show to begin?

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Re: The Vanishing of Abigail Wright

Postby Mr. Handy » Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:14 pm

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"It's bigger on the inside," says Vanessa in wonder. "Well, we're here. We might as well watch the show. We could learn something important from it." She takes her seat.

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Re: The Vanishing of Abigail Wright

Postby HoneyDog » Thu Mar 26, 2020 3:47 pm

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Nik barely notices the unreal proportions of the room. He anxiously scans the faces for signs of Abigail.
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Re: The Vanishing of Abigail Wright

Postby Silver Priest » Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:07 pm

There's no sign of Abigail among the crowd, far as Nik can see.

As the agents sit down, a man sitting next to them leans in. "This is an exciting play. I have heard the reviews for it are quite good."

Jose does not recognize the man, but Nik and Vanessa do. It's Mangos Colorados, the sheriff of the San Carlos Native reservation, the sight of the case that first exposed them to the hidden horrors of the world and brought them into Delta Green.

Problem is, he was dead. The papers had said he had shot himself, but Majestic was a more likely culprit. Yet here he is, smiling and looking like he's ready to enjoy a play about the subject of their current investigation.

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Re: The Vanishing of Abigail Wright

Postby Mr. Handy » Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:48 pm

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Vanessa manages to keep it together somehow. "It's been a while, Sheriff," she says. "It's good to see you again. You're looking...healthy."

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Re: The Vanishing of Abigail Wright

Postby HoneyDog » Fri Mar 27, 2020 8:41 am

Nik’s face goes white when he sees Colorados.

“I thought you were dead” he says bluntly.

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Re: The Vanishing of Abigail Wright

Postby Silver Priest » Fri Mar 27, 2020 8:45 pm

Colorados smiles, but his eyes hold great sadness. "I am. I believe so, at any rate. The first thing I remember after dying is waking up here," he gestures, and the agents get the sense he does not mean just the theater. "So quite possibly I am dead, and this is the afterlife. I'm unsure if it is heaven or hell. I suppose it does not matter, though. You're all alive, I assume, yet you found yourself here. So perhaps life or death really makes no difference in the end. Maybe this is all that matters. All that will ever matter."

He's not the only familiar face. A few rows away the agents spy Thomas Dengler, the teenager who had been summoning the monster known as the Glenridge Chiropractor before it took him away into space. And there's Sarah Comix, the FBI mathematics expert who fell prey to an unnatural equation and murdered the family of her FBI supervisor before killing herself. There's even the Nazi sorcerer Nik remembered killing in their first operation back in New York. All of these people seem relaxed and waiting for the play to start.
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Re: The Vanishing of Abigail Wright

Postby Mr. Handy » Fri Mar 27, 2020 9:05 pm

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"All these people in the audience are connected to us," says Vanessa. "That can't be a coincidence. This whole thing is for our benefit - or detriment, possibly. Still, we need to watch it."
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Re: The Vanishing of Abigail Wright

Postby HoneyDog » Sat Mar 28, 2020 3:57 pm

“What the fuck is going on here?” Nik whispers to himself.

Colorados, do you know Abigail Wright?”
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Re: The Vanishing of Abigail Wright

Postby Silver Priest » Sun Mar 29, 2020 8:46 am

Colorados sighs. 'I don't know. But it hardly matters, It's the same story here every time. The particulars are a little different, but it always ends the same way." He seems ready to say more, but a sudden hush falling over the crowd lets the agents know the play is starting. The curtain begins to rise...

The stage is set up to look like an apartment, and it's similar to the units the agents had seen down below. A woman stands in the middle of the room. She bares a resemblance to Abigail Wright, but its impossible to tell for sure if it's really her or merely an actress playing the role. She approaches an easel and paints for a moment,h er back to the crowd. When she moves away,a pastel landscape can be seen; it's nicely done, pleasant if unremarkable. The woman gives a light smile and the lights dim for a moment.

When they resume, Abigail is hosting an art exhibition at a local shop. Patrons appraise her works, some buy them. An older African American woman comes up to her.

"It's only 9:30 and you already sold out. The show was due to run for another hour. Well done,[color=#0000FF] Abby[/color]!"

"Thank you Ms. Lachance. I'm really happy people like my work," Abigail's voice is soft-- it's clear she's shy and humbled by the good fortune.

"Don't be so modest, Abby-- this is a really promising beginning for an artist of your caliber. I look forward to seeing more of your work! You have a bright future ahead of you!"

The scene shifts again. Things go on like this for the next few scenes. Abigail speaks to her father-- a gruff NYPD detective. It emerges her mom had died last year. Her father is proud of her but also wants her to come back home and leave the city, especially after a recent mugging. She reassures him she's fine, and gives him a kiss on the head. It's quite clear they're close.

Then she's back in her apartment building, and she runs into Thomas Manuel. It quickly becomes clear that they used to date, and while things ended both seem to still carry an attraction for the other. After a moment of small talk Abigail leaves,and it emerges Thomas was going to ask her out for coffee.

(The audience laughs, seeming to enjoy this scene.)

The next scene is Abigail walking on the street. Almost by accident, she spies a bookstore and goes in. She aimlessly browses the shelves for a few minutes before looking in the used book bin. She pulls out a copy of a book. The King in Yellow.

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Nik recognizes the title, but the book itself seems different. He gets the feeling it's a prop and not the actual text.


She leafs through it and buys it, taking it home. Day turns to night as she is absorbed in reading it, and the actress sells Abigail shifting from mild interest into enraptured obsession with whatever is in the context of the book. She paces around, quoting lines that mention places or things like Carcosa, Lake Hali, and Cassilda.

The scene shifts again. She is knocking on Thomas Manuel's door. As opposed to earlier in the play her outfit and hair is disheveled and unkempt. Thomas answers and seems concerned, but she begs him to read the play. Tells him it will change his life. After a brief argument, he humors her and takes the book.

The next few scenes follow Thomas. Like Abigail, his story starts ordinary enough-- he calls his parents and has a brief and uninteresting discussion. But then he reads the play, and his behavior too begins to change. Days seem to pass. He ignores calls. He wanders the building and stumbles upon Abigail, and they quote lines to one another with unreppresed passion.

Then they both give the book to Roger Carun, then Louis Post, then finally Michelle Vanfitz. All three are changed by it-- they becomes far more excited and manic, but allow their professional and private lives to suffer. Soon they're all ignoring rent overdue notices, calls from their editors,and so forth. They find the forth floor and the smoking lounge, meet Mark Roark( who's arrival in the story is met with applause as though he were a fan favorite) and all celebrate. Their dialogue grows more and more incomprehensible, seeming to consist solely of quotes and references to the play they have all read. It becomes more difficult to tell what time events are happening in.

Post calls a cable repairman, telling him the TV is off. He and the other tenets share a laugh. When the man arrives, all the tenets seem to go back to normal. But it soon becomes apparent it is an act, because through a series of misdirection they lure him up to the roof just as the sun goes down, and he too stumbles into the Night Floors. His final fate is left vague, and he does not appear again.

Abigai
l is seen, her apartment now appearing very similar to the one the agents had seen and surveyed themselves. She is alone, putting more junk up on her walls, looking frantic, moving and repositioning things while speaking in a voice only she can hear. The agents can see that she goes back and forth rapidly between a state of exuberance and despair. She seems very close to a breakdown. She collapses on the floor sobbing, and then after a moment gets to her feet, rushing out the door. She gathers up the others, tells them that at long last she is "going upstairs!" They seem to understand what she means and are excited for her, though all but Thomas also seem jealous.

The next scene shows the smoking lounge. The agents have already read this scene, and it follows the same format-- Abigail goes up the stairs with the Encyclopedia Salesman. As her last action, she turns and looks at the crowd-- and Nik can swear that her eyes our on him for a second, with an unreadable stare that the man find sit impossible to decipher. Then she is gone. The others frantically speak to one another for a moment before they are cut off in midstream, and the lights dim once again.

And then the play is over. The entire cast comes out and bows, offering a curtain call to thunderous applause, Colorados included. He has a broad smile on his face and seems to be enraptured by what he has just seen. "Marvelous! Bravo!"

The only person missing from the cast is Abigail Wright herself.

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Sorry this was so long guys, got a bit carried away, but hope it was not too much to read through. Everyone can give me a san roll for helplessness 0/1d4. Vanessa is adapted and doesn't have to roll, though chances are she still feels pretty deppresed after seeing Abby's story play out. Also let me know if you want to get up and applaud as well. Th entire play felt like it took a very long time to get through, though there's no clocks in here, and none of the agents feel biological urges.
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Re: The Vanishing of Abigail Wright

Postby Mr. Handy » Sun Mar 29, 2020 6:29 pm

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Vanessa rises to her feet and applauds, tears in her eyes.
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Re: The Vanishing of Abigail Wright

Postby HoneyDog » Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:05 am

At the scene where Abigail picks up the book, Nik is wracked by guilt, which grows steadily worse as he sees the affect it has on her and the other residents.

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At the play's conclusion, he stands up. Not seeing Abigail, he dashes towards the stage.
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Re: The Vanishing of Abigail Wright

Postby Silver Priest » Tue Mar 31, 2020 6:00 am

Jose looks rather shaken as well, but he gets up and starts clapping as well.

Nik runs to the stage. He makes it there, but when he gets up on the stage, the cast instantly transform in the blink of an eye. What had once been seemingly living and breathing people are now marionettes. They look extremely lifelike, and each are recognizable as being based off one of the actors.

Vanessa and Jose
also turn to see that everyone else in the audience has become a marionette. Wires stretch down from somewhere up above, holding each of them up. But now those who they knew before mimic their deaths-- Colorados' marionette has a good chunk of its head missing. Thomas Dengler's face has gone white, as though he suffocated. Sarah Comix skin is charred and black, like she was badly burnt.

All of the marionette's are smiling, and all sway rather awkwardly, manipulated by their strings as they perform a poor intimation of the clapping the audience had just been doing. Despite this, the applause continues from places unseen.

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Re: The Vanishing of Abigail Wright

Postby Mr. Handy » Tue Mar 31, 2020 7:11 pm

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Vanessa manages to keep it together somehow. She looks up to see from where the strings are coming and if there's any way to get up there.

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Re: The Vanishing of Abigail Wright

Postby HoneyDog » Wed Apr 01, 2020 3:11 am

“What the fuck?” Nik looks around him frantically. “What the fuck is going on here?”

He begins to shout.

Abigail! Abigail Wright! Are you here?”

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Re: The Vanishing of Abigail Wright

Postby Silver Priest » Wed Apr 01, 2020 10:35 pm

"Woah," Jose says, looking around in confusion. "This is too much, man." He seems a little unsettled but remains calm.

Vanessa
cannot see where the wires come from. They seem to stretch into the darkness of the ceiling without end. But someone-- or something-- did seem to be operating them, and the marionettes continue their clumsy applause. There's no ready path up there, it seems like.

Nik's cry goes unanswered, but the agent spies the gleam of something on stage. It's a key, encased in a small baggie. Written in marker on it is 647.
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Re: The Vanishing of Abigail Wright

Postby Mr. Handy » Wed Apr 01, 2020 11:36 pm

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Vanessa follows Nik onto the stage and looks around for any way backstage.
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Re: The Vanishing of Abigail Wright

Postby HoneyDog » Thu Apr 02, 2020 4:05 pm

Nik bends down and grabs up the key.

“Now we might get somewhere” he says. He shows the key to the others.

“Put unit 647 in your heads guys. Nothing else. We need to get there.”
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Re: The Vanishing of Abigail Wright

Postby Mr. Handy » Thu Apr 02, 2020 5:47 pm

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Vanessa nods, focusing on finding room 647. "Let's go," she says. "Maybe the dog can sniff the key and track down the apartment too."
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Re: The Vanishing of Abigail Wright

Postby Silver Priest » Fri Apr 03, 2020 3:44 am

The agents leaves the theater, the applause following them out.

The usher is gone, but the dog is still there, head on the floor. When it sees Vanessa it rises again, seeming willing to follow her anywhere. If she offers the key, he sniffs it but seems uninterested in doing much else. Lassie he was not.

The numbers do still continue to go in order, so if the agents want they can follow them to the end of the hallway, and then to the right. It should take them directly to the room.

"I know that you feel responsible for her Nik, but are we sure this is a good idea?"Jose asks. "I hope we're not being led into a trap."

As he says it, the agents find themselves in front of room 647. Answers, perhaps, would be found here.
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