Ch.8 Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down

The voice on the phone said, "I understand that you are a friend of my son, James. He has gone missing. I require your assistance in bringing him home again...”

A university student has gone missing. Can his friends find out what has happened to James Frazer in 1920s Massachusetts?

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Re: Ch.8 Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down

Postby Philulhu » Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:33 pm

The Sheriff just ‘harrumphed’ in reply. He walked up to the front door and peered inside. ”You’d better show me where the bodies are,” he said.
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Re: Ch.8 Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down

Postby Mr. Handy » Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:34 pm

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"I know where Robert died," says William, "and I can show you that. I'm not sure where the other body is."
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Re: Ch.8 Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down

Postby Philulhu » Wed Oct 09, 2019 6:44 pm

The Sheriff stood to one side to let William lead the way. As they entered the house, there was a childish giggle from up the stairs...
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Re: Ch.8 Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down

Postby Mr. Handy » Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:25 pm

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William leads the way, glancing back. "There are children here?" he asks.
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Re: Ch.8 Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down

Postby HoneyDog » Thu Oct 10, 2019 1:03 am

"Don't you remember?" asks Howard irritably. He doesn't relish meeting the children again.

"There's something strange about them, Sheriff. I've met them already, maybe I should talk to them first. They don't want us here."
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Re: Ch.8 Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down

Postby Mr. Handy » Thu Oct 10, 2019 2:06 am

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"I never saw or heard any children the last time I was here," says William, "and you never told me about them. I stayed with Robert."
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Re: Ch.8 Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down

Postby HoneyDog » Thu Oct 10, 2019 2:34 am

"You must have forgotten" says Howard.

Spoiler:
Have a look at the previous posts.
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Re: Ch.8 Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down

Postby Mr. Handy » Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:07 am

Spoiler:
I've seen the previous posts, and I just reviewed them again. At no time did anyone mention the children to my character. I don't know what happened in the thread after I left for the hospital, and I don't know what's in the spoiler buttons for the other characters before that. Some of the other characters' posts were not in spoiler buttons, and those did mention children, but my character has no knowledge of that.
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Re: Ch.8 Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down

Postby HoneyDog » Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:24 am

Spoiler:
Have a look at page 13. It's not a big deal, it's easy to miss. William doesn't talk about it but he would have heard it.
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Re: Ch.8 Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down

Postby Mr. Handy » Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:06 am

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"You did say something about staying away from 'those kids upstairs,' I remember that now," says William, "but you never explained what you meant, and I had other things on my mind at the time."
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Re: Ch.8 Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down

Postby Philulhu » Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:58 pm

”If there are children here, put your guns away,” said Sheriff Digne. ”In fact, you’re making me nervous with all your chatter so I want you to lock them away. Put them in the boot of your car.” He looked at Georgie and Lawrence. ”These boys can stay here and look after them for you.”
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Re: Ch.8 Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down

Postby HoneyDog » Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:18 pm

"Sure" says Howard. "The children don't like guns anyway."

He hands his weapon over.

"Why don't we go and view the bodies?" he suggests. "Maybe you know them, Sheriff."
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Re: Ch.8 Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down

Postby Philulhu » Fri Oct 11, 2019 6:06 pm

The Sheriff lead the way up the stairs and onto the first landing. He was sweating and face was flushed as he looked upon the dead body of Robert Brophy impassively. He stepped carefully around the congealed pools of blood and knelt down. He checked for a pulse then wiped his bloody fingers on Robert’s shirt.

The Sheriff studied the symbol carved into Robert’s chest and shook his head. ”Where’s the other body?” he asked.
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Re: Ch.8 Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down

Postby HoneyDog » Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:30 pm

"Next set of stairs" says Howard, indicating with a nod of his head.
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Re: Ch.8 Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down

Postby Philulhu » Sat Oct 12, 2019 12:02 am

The Sheriff huffed as he climbed to his feet and wiped his brow as he walked to the next staircase and examined the body of the Native American who lay spread-eagled and upside down on the stairs. His eyes stared vacantly and his mouth hung open as if in a silent scream.

The Sheriff leaned close to examine the spine buried in the man’s chest, before he started to pull at the man’s clothes, first at the neck and then at the wrists. Roughly pulling the man’s shirt sleeve up his arm, the Sheriff exposed a tattoo in the shape of a snake, in iridescent green and black...
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Re: Ch.8 Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down

Postby HoneyDog » Sat Oct 12, 2019 12:07 am

"That's the same design as the one on the man downstairs!" exclaims Howard in a low voice. "What is it, Sheriff?"
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Re: Ch.8 Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down

Postby Mr. Handy » Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:13 am

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"You were expecting to find a tattoo there," says William. "How'd you know he'd have one? What's its significance?"
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Re: Ch.8 Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down

Postby Philulhu » Sat Oct 12, 2019 11:05 am

The Sheriff sighed and stood up. ”He’s a native - a lot of them have tattoos showing which tribe they belong to. Sometimes it’s on the wrist, sometimes on the chest. If you’ve been around them long enough, you know what to look for.” he replied.
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Re: Ch.8 Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down

Postby HoneyDog » Sat Oct 12, 2019 2:11 pm

"Sure" says Howard. "But why carve it into a man's chest?"
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Re: Ch.8 Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down

Postby Philulhu » Sat Oct 12, 2019 2:29 pm

”Sometimes it’s a sign of possessing something, other times it could be a warning,” replied the Sheriff.

”The dead man in there, I think that’s a warning...” he continued, gesturing in the direction of the room where Robert’s bloodied corpse lay.
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