Chapter 5: Night Two

During a sweltering August in 1881, one of the members of the Seekers of Enlightenment receives a letter from an old friend, requesting help in solving a family mystery. It will soon become a matter of life or death…

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Re: Chapter 5: Night Two

Postby Mephistophilis » Sat May 16, 2020 6:00 pm

Harry turns back to Meddler and puts his finger to his lips, he points towards Meddler and Alexander and gestures for them to stay put, he then starts back towards the mausoleum.
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Re: Chapter 5: Night Two

Postby HoneyDog » Tue May 19, 2020 3:56 pm

Meddler looks unconvinced by Alexander’s explanation, but he stays silent. The scowl on his face is visible in the gloom. He watches Harry as he moves towards the mausoleum.
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Re: Chapter 5: Night Two

Postby Mr. Handy » Wed May 20, 2020 2:26 am

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Alexander remains where he is, keeping watch.
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Re: Chapter 5: Night Two

Postby Mephistophilis » Wed May 20, 2020 7:36 am

Harry heads over to the mausoleum, scanning the undergrowth for any intruder. When he gets to the mausoleum he checks the door to see if it is still locked.
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Re: Chapter 5: Night Two

Postby HoneyDog » Wed May 20, 2020 3:59 pm

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Did you lock it after your visit? As far as I know, Harry and Alexander are the last to visit the mausoleum.
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Re: Chapter 5: Night Two

Postby Mephistophilis » Wed May 20, 2020 5:39 pm

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I'd think they would have locked it again when they left, or at least, that's Harry's recollection
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Re: Chapter 5: Night Two

Postby Mr. Handy » Thu May 21, 2020 2:31 am

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I agree. We wouldn't have left it unlocked.
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Re: Chapter 5: Night Two

Postby HoneyDog » Fri May 22, 2020 9:23 am

The door to the mausoleum is firmly locked. Meddler makes an exasperated noise.

"Don't you think we would have heard that door close?" he says angrily. "I'll bet the blighter's long gone by now!"
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Re: Chapter 5: Night Two

Postby Mephistophilis » Fri May 22, 2020 10:08 am

'Well if it's the man in the mask we're looking for there's one place he is likely to be going' says Harry impatiently. 'Get some lanterns, we'll head down to the quarry and catch him stowing his costume'.
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Re: Chapter 5: Night Two

Postby HoneyDog » Fri May 22, 2020 4:49 pm

"What? Don't be foolish man!" snaps Meddler. "The quarry is far too dangerous at night. You'll end up breaking a leg, if not your neck. And you don't know for sure that he's heading that way. You can count me out."
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Re: Chapter 5: Night Two

Postby Mephistophilis » Fri May 22, 2020 4:59 pm

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What time is it? We started at 8.30pm in August - I'd guess sunset is around 9pm - is it still light?
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Re: Chapter 5: Night Two

Postby Mephistophilis » Fri May 22, 2020 5:04 pm

Harry looks to Alexander, 'The quarry edge is treacherous. Should we wait until morning? If he is not able to return in the dark perhaps we could catch him early'.

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I presume Alex knows I found the mask and so on in the building by the quarry so the intruder is likely to return there to stow them - if there was any such intruder - Harry might be able to tell if anything has been moved since he was last there
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Re: Chapter 5: Night Two

Postby Mr. Handy » Sat May 23, 2020 3:18 am

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"Aye, best to wait until dawn," agrees Alexander.
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Re: Chapter 5: Night Two

Postby HoneyDog » Sat May 23, 2020 4:12 pm

The last traces of the sun have disappeared, and the grounds are wreathed in shadow.

Meddler takes one last look around.

"I'm returning to the house" he announces. "Maybe he'll be back later."
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Re: Chapter 5: Night Two

Postby Mephistophilis » Sat May 23, 2020 4:18 pm

As Meddler walks back towards the house Harry hangs back and whispers to Alexander. 'I did not see anyone, how about you? I don't trust Meddler, there was something overly theatrical about events this evening. I would like to get back to the quarry and see if there is any evidence that someone has used that outfit. Unfortunately I think Meddler is right, it would probably be too dangerous to go in the dark. Either way we mustn't let him sneak out overnight. '
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Re: Chapter 5: Night Two

Postby Mr. Handy » Sat May 23, 2020 5:10 pm

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"I didna see anyone either," whispers Alexander, "but what could be his motive for deception?"
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Re: Chapter 5: Night Two

Postby aine » Sun May 24, 2020 7:17 pm

As it has been so quiet, Isolde leaves the kitchen and risks a look into the back yard where the stables are.
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Re: Chapter 5: Night Two

Postby Mephistophilis » Sun May 24, 2020 7:29 pm

'Well that is the question. But what motive would anyone have for dressing up like a monster and scaring Forby witless? What might happen and who benefits?
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Re: Chapter 5: Night Two

Postby Mr. Handy » Sun May 24, 2020 9:20 pm

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"That's something we'll have to investigate tomorrow," says Alexander.
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Re: Chapter 5: Night Two

Postby HoneyDog » Mon May 25, 2020 3:41 am

The companions return to the house.

Isolde pokes around the courtyard and stables, but all is quiet.

Meddler spends the next couple of hours prowling around, looking out of windows, but the intruder does not return. Eventually he announces he is retiring for the night.

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