Chapter 4: Bargrove Hall

December 1880. The characters are tasked to assist in the case of a suspected haunting by a recently murdered landowner on Dartmoor. Investigations will drag them into a confrontation with an ancient horror, and a terrible curse.

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Re: Chapter 4: Bargrove Hall

Postby HoneyDog » Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:35 am

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It is too dark for Alexander to see anything clearly, but there is definitely nothing obstructing his view.


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“Why yes, I am” says Amanda firmly. “I’m sure that there is another world beyond ours. William must be trying to reach me from it.”
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Re: Chapter 4: Bargrove Hall

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Alexander lights a candle and holds it near the keyhole so he can see beyond it.
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Re: Chapter 4: Bargrove Hall

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Alexander still cannot make anything out in the gloom. But he hears a noise; it sounds like a breath being drawn inward, very close to the door.
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Re: Chapter 4: Bargrove Hall

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Alexander quietly cracks open the door and peeks through it.
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Re: Chapter 4: Bargrove Hall

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Alexander can see nothing in the corridor from his narrow field of vision.
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Re: Chapter 4: Bargrove Hall

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Alexander opens the door the rest of the way and looks out into the corridor.
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Re: Chapter 4: Bargrove Hall

Postby aine » Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:23 pm

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"I'm convinced these disturbances are Lord Allingham's ghost trying to communicate. We just have to translate the signs. That's why it's so important nothing is disturbed. Lady Allingham, do you mind me asking; has Ursula been much affected- beyond normal expected grief for the loss of a father?

I only ask because the young are more in tune with the supernatural, they have less prejudices and often see things as they really are. Ursula seems a thoughtful, careful child and I wonder if she is receiving her own messages in some way from the other side."
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Re: Chapter 4: Bargrove Hall

Postby HoneyDog » Fri Dec 07, 2018 5:55 am

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The corridor is empty.


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Amanda is silent as she contemplates what Isolde has told her.

After a while, she asks; “Do you think that Ursula’s sleepwalking could be the result of William trying to communicate through her?” Her eyes are wide as she considers this possibility.
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Re: Chapter 4: Bargrove Hall

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Must be a draft, thinks Alexander with a shrug. He quietly closes the door and resumes his watch.
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Re: Chapter 4: Bargrove Hall

Postby aine » Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:28 pm

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"It may be; or it could be that Ursula knows something without realising it and her subconscious is trying to communicate. Have you followed her when she sleepwalks? Does she always go to the same place?
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Re: Chapter 4: Bargrove Hall

Postby HoneyDog » Sat Dec 08, 2018 4:37 am

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“Why, yes. She always goes to the schoolroom window…”

They are suddenly interrupted by a noise. It sounds like a child screaming.

Ursula!shouts Amanda. She runs from the room.


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Fitzwilliam is interrupted from his thoughts by the sound of screaming. It is coming from upstairs, and it sounds like a child.


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Percy is interrupted from his thoughts by the sound of screaming. It is coming from upstairs, and it sounds like a child.


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Alexander is interrupted from his thoughts by the sound of screaming. It is coming from nearby, and it sounds like a child.
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Re: Chapter 4: Bargrove Hall

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Still holding the lit candle, Alexander races toward the scream.
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Re: Chapter 4: Bargrove Hall

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Percy dashes upstairs in the direction of the screams.
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Re: Chapter 4: Bargrove Hall

Postby Philulhu » Sat Dec 08, 2018 1:45 pm

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Captain FitzWilliam started at the scream then spun around and ran for the stairs, climbing as quick as he could. At the top of the stairs he stopped and tried to work out where the screaming was coming from.
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Re: Chapter 4: Bargrove Hall

Postby HoneyDog » Sun Dec 09, 2018 2:44 pm

There is a small knot of worried-looking servants crowded around the entrance to Ursula’s room. The screaming has ceased but Ursula can be heard crying inside.

Lady Amanda comes racing up the stairs and pushes her way into the room. As the companions approach the servants respectfully step aside.

Ursula, who was previously being comforted by a worried-looking Josephine, is now being held by her mother. She sobs uncontrollably, but her mother’s presence and soothing words eventually calms her down.

Ursula, dearest!” exclaims Amanda. “It was just a bad dream! What was it dear? Can you tell me what you dreamed about?”

Ursula’s words cannot be heard clearly by the companions, but they can see Lady Amanda’s face crease with concern. She looks up at Isolde, who has also entered.

“She says she saw ‘the burnt man’”!
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Re: Chapter 4: Bargrove Hall

Postby Rooter » Sun Dec 09, 2018 4:43 pm

Percy hurries over to the window overlooking the graveyard to see if anyone or anything can be seen outside.
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Re: Chapter 4: Bargrove Hall

Postby aine » Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:53 pm

"Comfort her but excuse me for just two minutes!" Isolde immediately turns and traces Ursula's sleepwalking route to the school room window and looks out, hoping to see what it is that usually attracts the young girl at this time of night.
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Re: Chapter 4: Bargrove Hall

Postby Mr. Handy » Sun Dec 09, 2018 8:08 pm

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"It's all right now, Ursula," says Alexander in a reassuring tone. "Dreams cannot hurt us. They're just our mind's way of sorting through things while we sleep. Who is the burnt man?"
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Re: Chapter 4: Bargrove Hall

Postby Philulhu » Sun Dec 09, 2018 11:48 pm

Quietly but firmly, Captain Alexander said to the servants, ”I think it would be a good idea if everyone went back to their rooms. Miss Ursula has had a fright and she’ll be better for not knowing that she’s woken everybody up.”
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Re: Chapter 4: Bargrove Hall

Postby HoneyDog » Mon Dec 10, 2018 6:15 am

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The view from the schoolroom window merely shows the frozen gardens and their facilities, and the moors stretching beyond. There are no signs of life.


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The servants, assured by Ursula’s safety and used to the tones of authority, obey FitzWilliam’s request and with a few backward glances return to their rooms.


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Ursula shakes her head and cries harder. “It might be better to wait until the morning” says Lady Amanda. “I will stay with her tonight.”
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