Chapter 2: Day One

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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"Apollo, in Greek mythology, is the god of poets and scholars," says Alexander, recalling his classical education. "The symbol of Apollo is the bay laurel tree. That must be where he hid the emerald. Is there one on the grounds?"
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”That seems relatively straightforward,” said Vic, somewhat surprised that the answer could be so mundane.
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“Really?” cries Meddler, looking shocked. “It surely can’t be that simple. What about all this Iron Dog business? It sounds like nonsense to me”.
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"Well," says Alexander, "that I'm not sure of yet. It's a riddle, but maybe we'll find out what it means when we find the laurel. Could be that's what's hidden there, not the emerald itself, and it will lead to the emerald somehow. It might be hidden inside the tree."
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“Well, there are some laurel trees around” says Meddler slowly, thinking. “But they could be anywhere in the grounds. Look, I was going to show you around anyway. I have to go into London later so if you don’t mind, could we begin the tour?”
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"Aye, thank you, Mr. Meddler," says Alexander. "I'm ready."
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“It's Lieutenant, actually" Meddler corrects Alexander sternly.

"Right then” he says briskly. Before anyone can say anything else, he strides out the door.

Back in the hallway, Meddler points out various adjacent rooms.

“Bath, storage room, game room with a billiards table if you fancy it, my room, linens, closet, your rooms. Here’s a nursery room, which was last used for young George.”

He walks down the corridor, and points to the portraits on the walls. “Various Forbys” he says without enthusiasm. “There’s Aleister, Harry’s father.”

This portrait is at the end, and bears a striking resemblance to Harry.

They are now on the left side of the house, which is well lit by many windows, although it is also very stuffy, making the companions sweat freely.

“This is Harry’s bedroom. Next is Gertrude’s and then young George’s”.

Two other rooms are down the corridor. On the opposite wall, on a large space between two windows is another portrait of a handsome man with yellow hair. The inscription reads “Christopher Lehmann”.
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”This is the artist of the portrait in the other room, is it not?” said Vic, as she studied the painting. “Was he a friend of the family?”
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“He was a friend of Nicholas Forby, I believe. Apart from that, I know nothing about him.”

Meddler seems disinterested as he looks at Vic more closely, seeming to take in her style of dress.

“You dress a little, ah, unusually, I would say, Miss Millerhe says.
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“Do you think so?” replied Vic with a sideways glance and an insouciant grin. “It’s more practical than pinafores and petticoats.”

“I subscribe to what Lord Armstrong called his GOYA school - sitting around in a large frock just isn’t compatible with that line of thinking!”

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Isolde purses her lips but deigns to comment on Viv's scandalous attire.
"I rather think 'Apollo's Bower' might refer to a nook somewhere in the garden or somewhere just restful; where a poet might ponder. Is there a gazebo or similar edifice in the grounds, Mr Meddler? The 'Iron Dog' could refer to a dog basket in a fire place or maybe a forge- which doesn't tally with the poet's retreat." She frowns and thinks.
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"Perhaps the Iron Dog is a train," muses Alexander as he examines the portrait. "I'd think of it more as an iron horse, but that could fit too. Although what are the eyes of fire, then? Shooting sparks must be related to the fire. It also makes me think of electricity, but it can't be that. It wasn't in common usage in Nicholas Forby's day."
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Meddler raises an eyebrow but says nothing more to Vic on the subject.

“Shall we move on?” he asks.
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Vic opened her mouth to speak but, for once, discretion got the better of her. She smiled sweetly at Meddler. ”Yes, let’s move on,” she replied.
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“Hello? Is someone out there?” calls a young voice.

“That’s George explains Meddler. “He’s laid up in bed with a cold.”

He raises his voice.

“Yes, George. Our guests have arrived. I’m showing them around.”

“Do they want to see my room too?” comes the reply.

Meddler sighs. “I don’t think so, George.”
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"I'm ready to move on," says Alexander. "Is Christopher Lehmann by chance a distant relative of the Forby family? I noticed some similarity between his portrait and the others, though perhaps it is merely a similarity of artistic style."
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"I expect we can meet George at dinner, or is he too young for that? Mr Meddler, maybe we see the house first and then move outside once it has cooled down later." Says Isolde, her mind still on the riddle.
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