Chapter 3b: The Neighbourhood (Alice & Henry)

A friend of the investigators stands accused of the murder of her husband, due to insanity. It is up to the companions to find out what drove her to commit this terrible deed.

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Chapter 3b: The Neighbourhood (Alice & Henry)

Postby HoneyDog » Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:04 pm

Tuesday September 10th, 1929

West College Street, Arkham


8am

Henry and Alice arrive in the neighbourhood of the Bosworth House bright and early on a pleasant September morning. The houses here are well-kept, mostly in the Federal style. It is not too up-market, but there are no signs of poverty: the street is clean and everything is in a state of good repair. It feels like a successful and prosperous area.

If they dare to take a look at the house itself, they find that there is a large garden with many trees and bushes which obscure it from the street. Neighbouring houses are visible, and there are a few people around, hurrying about their daily business; children and adults on their way to school or work, an elderly man working in his garden, and a woman nursing a baby on her porch can also be seen.
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Re: Chapter 3b: The Neighbourhood (Alice & Henry)

Postby Mr. Handy » Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:51 am

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"Shall we start by asking at the neighbors' houses on either side?" asks Alice. "They'll probably have known them best."
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Re: Chapter 3b: The Neighbourhood (Alice & Henry)

Postby innsmouth » Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:09 am

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"Sure - then let's ask some kids about the "spooky house" - kids know the best stories."
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Re: Chapter 3b: The Neighbourhood (Alice & Henry)

Postby HoneyDog » Tue Oct 16, 2018 3:40 pm

Our pair select the nearest neighbouring house, which has an attractive selection of roses in the front garden. They ring the doorbell.

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Re: Chapter 3b: The Neighbourhood (Alice & Henry)

Postby Mr. Handy » Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:58 pm

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Alice knocks on the door. Luckily, someone is home.

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Re: Chapter 3b: The Neighbourhood (Alice & Henry)

Postby HoneyDog » Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:44 pm

After a moment a middle-aged, well-dressed woman comes to the door. She eyes the companions suspiciously.

”If you’re the press I’ve already talked to the Advertiser she says.

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Re: Chapter 3b: The Neighbourhood (Alice & Henry)

Postby Mr. Handy » Wed Oct 17, 2018 12:10 am

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"No, not at all," says Alice. "I'm Alice Stanton. I'm a secretary at the University. I worked with Margaret."

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Re: Chapter 3b: The Neighbourhood (Alice & Henry)

Postby HoneyDog » Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:59 am

"Oh" says the woman, but she clearly takes Alice at her word. "What can I help you with? I know Margaret of course, but I'm afraid we weren't very close. Such an awful tragedy".
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Re: Chapter 3b: The Neighbourhood (Alice & Henry)

Postby Mr. Handy » Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:07 am

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"I know," says Alice. "I can scarcely believe it myself. It's so unlike her. Do you have any idea why she would have done such a thing?"
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Re: Chapter 3b: The Neighbourhood (Alice & Henry)

Postby HoneyDog » Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:01 am

“No, of course not. All I know was that apparently she had been quite unwell. I haven’t even seen her for several months.”
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Re: Chapter 3b: The Neighbourhood (Alice & Henry)

Postby Mr. Handy » Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:03 am

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"I've heard talk that her house is haunted," says Alice. "Have you heard anything about that?"
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Re: Chapter 3b: The Neighbourhood (Alice & Henry)

Postby HoneyDog » Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:37 pm

“Oh, there are all kinds of rumours about the house. Devils, witches… I don’t pay any attention to them. It’s just children’s stuff. I mean, there's a house like that in every neighbourhood, and the children love to scare each other with it. Don’t worry, well… until Sunday at least, nothing had ever happened there”.
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Re: Chapter 3b: The Neighbourhood (Alice & Henry)

Postby Mr. Handy » Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:47 am

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"I see," says Alice. "Do you know how long the Hannigans have lived there, or who lived in the house before them?"
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Re: Chapter 3b: The Neighbourhood (Alice & Henry)

Postby HoneyDog » Thu Oct 18, 2018 3:01 pm

“We only moved in seven months ago I’m afraid” replies the woman.
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Re: Chapter 3b: The Neighbourhood (Alice & Henry)

Postby Mr. Handy » Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:51 am

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"That's okay," says Alice. "Do you know if anyone else on this street has lived here a long time?"
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Re: Chapter 3b: The Neighbourhood (Alice & Henry)

Postby HoneyDog » Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:25 am

She points to the man working in his garden. Mr. Porter’s been here a while. He might talk to you, but don’t count on it”.

She bids the companions good day and closes the door.
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Re: Chapter 3b: The Neighbourhood (Alice & Henry)

Postby Mr. Handy » Sat Oct 20, 2018 3:54 am

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"Thank you," says Alice, turning to Henry. "Shall we see if Mr. Porter will speak to us? I think I'm charming enough to get through to him."
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Re: Chapter 3b: The Neighbourhood (Alice & Henry)

Postby HoneyDog » Sat Oct 20, 2018 5:49 am

The old man, Mr. Porter, is still working in his flowerbeds, pulling up weeds, as the companions approach. Intent on his work, he is oblivious to their approach. He is whistling and muttering to himself as he toils.
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Re: Chapter 3b: The Neighbourhood (Alice & Henry)

Postby Mr. Handy » Sat Oct 20, 2018 5:19 pm

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"Good morning, sir," says Alice with a wave and a smile. "Would you mind if we talked to you for a little?"
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Re: Chapter 3b: The Neighbourhood (Alice & Henry)

Postby innsmouth » Sat Oct 20, 2018 6:58 pm

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