IC-Further Inquiries(Archie/Benjamin/Anna)

London, 1940: The world is engulfed in the flames of war, and now the war has come to Great Britain's capital. German bombers rain death and destruction upon the blacked-out city, but what other terrors lurk unseen in the darkness? The Time Lord, his companions, and a handful of London's inhabitants doing their bit may be the only ones who can avert disaster.

This is Classic Doctor Who meets Call of Cthulhu, the fifth of a series of connected adventures set in different eras and locations that includes The Terror Out of Time, The Ninth Planet, The Shadow Over Dunwich, and The Brotherhood of Death.

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IC-Further Inquiries(Archie/Benjamin/Anna)

Postby Mr. Handy » Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:44 am

The Steadmans' House - London, England
8:00 AM - Tuesday, September 10, 1940

Anna pulled up on the street near the Steadmans' house. The blackout curtains were still over the windows, so it was impossible to tell at glance if the lights were on or anyone was home.
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Re: IC-Further Inquiries(Archie/Benjamin/Anna)

Postby Snapper » Mon Jan 13, 2020 6:03 am

Archie ponders. "I could simply march up to the front door - to tell them that Mrs Exeter is being taken back to the hospital."

"Or, some of us could chat with the neighbours, in that they've seen anything new. I believe some of our friends have had some success with the neighbours?"

"Perhaps we should do both?"
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Re: IC-Further Inquiries(Archie/Benjamin/Anna)

Postby Mephistophilis » Mon Jan 13, 2020 7:41 pm

'I've met Mrs Steadman before and she knows I work for the sanatorium. Perhaps I could come with you to make an official visit?' says Anna. 'And if she is not in, well, the last time we were here I had reservations about breaking and entering, now I have no such compunction'.
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Re: IC-Further Inquiries(Archie/Benjamin/Anna)

Postby Mr. Handy » Tue Jan 14, 2020 4:09 am

Anna and Archie approached the front door and knocked. A minute later, Madeline Steadman opened the door, wearing a housecoat. "Good morning, Doctor," she said. "What brings you here?"
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Re: IC-Further Inquiries(Archie/Benjamin/Anna)

Postby Mephistophilis » Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:22 pm

Anna glances at Archie and takes a deep breath, 'Mrs Steadman, I am glad you are home. Is your husband here? He might wish to hear our news as well'.

She waits a few moments for her to call Major Steadman if she wishes.

'May I introduce the Reverend Pennyfeather he is...our occasional chaplain at the sanatorium and takes a keen interest in the welfare of our patients and their families. We rushed over as soon as we were able as I know you will have been quite sick with worry with your mother missing. I wanted to give you the good news that she has been found safe and well and returned to the sanatorium.

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I don't think I'd need to roll Fast Talk or similar since this is basically true


Anna pauses to gauge the Steadmans' reactions to the news.

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Re: IC-Further Inquiries(Archie/Benjamin/Anna)

Postby Mr. Handy » Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:25 am

Madeline's eyes widened with surprise. "That's wonderful news!" she said, embracing Anna in a hug. "My husband's at the airbase now, but he'll be happy to hear she's been found. Thank you, Doctor! You're sure she hasn't been hurt? Take me to her, I want to see her right away!"

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Madeline seemed genuinely happy that her mother had been found.

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Re: IC-Further Inquiries(Archie/Benjamin/Anna)

Postby Pastiche » Wed Jan 15, 2020 9:35 am

Benjamin, who had been quietly observing the surroundings, intently observes Madeline to try and get a handle on her...

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Re: IC-Further Inquiries(Archie/Benjamin/Anna)

Postby Snapper » Thu Jan 16, 2020 12:10 am

Archie, aware that he is once again in the presence of the enemy, has been studying Madeline closely...

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Re: IC-Further Inquiries(Archie/Benjamin/Anna)

Postby Mephistophilis » Thu Jan 16, 2020 12:29 am

Anna, touched by Madeline Steadmans obvious concern for her mother, lays a hand on her arm. 'While Mrs Exeter is physically unharmed I am afraid she was somewhat...well agitated when she was found. Making some quite strange assertions I am told and I suspect her mental health may have deteriorated. I believe she required sedation to bring her back to the sanatorium. I do not think you would be able to see her this morning but perhaps by tomorrow she would be able to receive visitors'.
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Re: IC-Further Inquiries(Archie/Benjamin/Anna)

Postby Mr. Handy » Thu Jan 16, 2020 3:15 am

"I see," said Madeline, looking crestfallen. "Well, I'll come by tomorrow, then. Thank you for bringing me the good news, Doctor. Is there anything else you need?"
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Re: IC-Further Inquiries(Archie/Benjamin/Anna)

Postby Snapper » Thu Jan 16, 2020 5:40 am

"Air base?" Says Archie, looking interested. "As you can see, I'm a sailor myself but one only has to watch the fighting over our heads daily to see the courage of the RAF. May I ask which airbase?" He smiles amicably.

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Re: IC-Further Inquiries(Archie/Benjamin/Anna)

Postby Mr. Handy » Thu Jan 16, 2020 6:04 am

"RAF Biggin Hill," said Madeline. This was the RAF base southeast of London.
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Re: IC-Further Inquiries(Archie/Benjamin/Anna)

Postby Snapper » Fri Jan 17, 2020 12:21 am

Archie, while chatting, takes the opportunity to study Madeline and the house. Is there anything unusual about either? No strange and unwholesome smells or sounds wafting from deeper inside the premises?
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Re: IC-Further Inquiries(Archie/Benjamin/Anna)

Postby Mephistophilis » Fri Jan 17, 2020 12:37 am

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I think Anna would have agreed with the others what their goal was if the Steadmans were home. I'd expect the Steadmans would head off after hearing the news, maybe to where Catherine Exeter was hiding, giving the opportunity to break in to their house and look around
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Re: IC-Further Inquiries(Archie/Benjamin/Anna)

Postby Mr. Handy » Fri Jan 17, 2020 5:46 am

The house and Madeline looked perfectly normal. Nothing at all seemed amiss.

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Re: IC-Further Inquiries(Archie/Benjamin/Anna)

Postby Snapper » Fri Jan 17, 2020 10:09 am

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Re: IC-Further Inquiries(Archie/Benjamin/Anna)

Postby Pastiche » Fri Jan 17, 2020 10:43 am

Benjamin furrowed his brow...

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Re: IC-Further Inquiries(Archie/Benjamin/Anna)

Postby Mephistophilis » Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:01 am

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Re: IC-Further Inquiries(Archie/Benjamin/Anna)

Postby Mr. Handy » Sat Jan 18, 2020 4:36 am

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It occurred to Archie and Benjamin that Madeline had been prepared to run off to the asylum to see her mother, which, with her husband also absent, would have left the house vacant.

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If Anna hadn't told Madeline that she had to wait until tomorrow, she would have left the house right now. Of course, if she were to change her mind, she could give Madeline a ride to the sanitarium, which would leave Archie and/or Benjamin free to remain behind and explore the house, provided they made some plausible-sounding excuse not to be going back with Anna.
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Re: IC-Further Inquiries(Archie/Benjamin/Anna)

Postby Snapper » Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:16 am

Archie turns to Anna, looking beneficent. "I say, Doc, it would be a very Christian act to give this lady a lift back to the sanitarium with you now. Duty calls for me now I'm afraid, come what may, I will be walking to the nearest underground station to make my way back to Barts by the shortest route. And those poor patients in need of my assistance."

"So you shall have plenty of room in your lovely automobile. And I'm sure all good daughters would seek to go to their mother's aid. Even to be by Mrs Exeter's bedside as she sleeps under sedation today would I have no doubt be beneficial to both mother and daughter."
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