Chapter 3: Night 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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Chapter 3: Night One

Postby HoneyDog » Fri Mar 13, 2020 6:38 am

Monday 8th August, 1881

12 am

Forby House

Inside the locked and shuttered house the heat is oppressive, and the investigators turn fitfully in their sleep, their dreams filled with their own personal horrors or fantasies.

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Vic and Harry both come awake suddenly, sweating in the heat. Yes, there it is again - it sounds like something scraped the kitchen window below their rooms. Something is moving around outside the house!
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Re: Chapter 3: Night One

Postby Philulhu » Fri Mar 13, 2020 8:40 am

Vic sat up suddenly, momentarily distracted by her unfamiliar location. She blinked rapidly and sat quietly, listening out for the noise that had disturbed her.

The noise came again and Vic carefully climbed out of bed and padded across to the window, where she carefully looked down to see if she could see the cause.
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Re: Chapter 3: Night One

Postby HoneyDog » Fri Mar 13, 2020 8:53 am

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Vic can’t see anything in the darkness. Perhaps whatever it is is too close to the house.
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Re: Chapter 3: Night One

Postby Mephistophilis » Fri Mar 13, 2020 8:53 am

Harry wakes suddenly. He slides out of bed, his shirt, wet with sweat, sticks uncomfortably to his back. He cocks his head and hears a strange scraping noise that seems to be coming from downstairs. He pulls on his coat and shoes and quietly unlatches the door. He starts to walk slowly down to the stairs moving as silently as he can but managing to blunder into a side table on his way. 'Damnation' he curses.

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Re: Chapter 3: Night One

Postby HoneyDog » Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:01 am

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Sorry, the post may be confusing, but the noise is outside the house. I will make it clearer. You can adjust your actions accordingly.
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Re: Chapter 3: Night One

Postby Mephistophilis » Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:08 am

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Harry is heading downstairs to have a look out the window, he was just trying to be quiet
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Re: Chapter 3: Night One

Postby Mephistophilis » Fri Mar 13, 2020 10:05 am

Gingerly Harry knocks on Vic's door, 'Miss Miller, are you awake? he hisses. 'I am going downstairs to investigate, I suggest you stay here'.

Harry then heads down to the kitchen, his hand gripping the cosh in his coat pocket.
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Re: Chapter 3: Night One

Postby HoneyDog » Fri Mar 13, 2020 3:37 pm

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I got you!


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Just a reminder – the rooms are shared, so owing to the noise of the side table blundering and door knocking I think all the characters can wake up now. Don't miss out on the excitement!
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Re: Chapter 3: Night One

Postby Philulhu » Fri Mar 13, 2020 4:09 pm

Mephistophilis wrote:Gingerly Harry knocks on Vic's door, 'Miss Miller, are you awake? he hisses. 'I am going downstairs to investigate, I suggest you stay here'.

Harry then heads down to the kitchen, his hand gripping the cosh in his coat pocket.


”Not likely!” whispered Vic as she pulled open the door. She had heard Harry’s door and him blundering into the table and she was already crossing the room before he knocked. Lifting her dressing gown from the hook on the back of the door, she stepped lightly after Harry.

“Did you hear a noise too?” she asked quietly, as they made their way downstairs.
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Re: Chapter 3: Night One

Postby aine » Fri Mar 13, 2020 7:47 pm

Isolde has set her alarum clock for 1 o'clock. She tosses and turns, sleeping fitfully.
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Re: Chapter 3: Night One

Postby Mephistophilis » Fri Mar 13, 2020 7:58 pm

'Yes, like a scraping, it seems to be coming from outside whispers Harry. 'While it might be Master George's ghost it seems rather more likely to be an intruder so please stay behind me'.
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Re: Chapter 3: Night One

Postby Philulhu » Sat Mar 14, 2020 12:45 am

Vic rolled her eyes as she followed Harry towards the kitchen. ”I’m not completely helpless,” she whispered, tartly. “We don’t all scream when we see a mouse or faint at the sight of blood!”
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Re: Chapter 3: Night One

Postby Mephistophilis » Sat Mar 14, 2020 1:17 am

'I am hoping there isn't going to be any blood!' spits Harry.
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Re: Chapter 3: Night One

Postby Mr. Handy » Sat Mar 14, 2020 2:46 am

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Re: Chapter 3: Night One

Postby Philulhu » Sat Mar 14, 2020 9:59 am

”We heard something. We’re not sure what caused it,” whispered Vic in reply.
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Re: Chapter 3: Night One

Postby aine » Sat Mar 14, 2020 7:41 pm

Isolde is woken by the frantic whispering on the landing. She quickly pulls a damask dressing gown on, grabs her paranormal activity kit and tiptoes out of the room. She sees the others at the top of the stairs.
"What's happening?" She asks, looking in her bag and pulling out some crystals that glint in the moonlight.
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Re: Chapter 3: Night One

Postby Mephistophilis » Sat Mar 14, 2020 10:15 pm

Harry rolls his eyes at the rabble assembling behind him. He pulls his coat around his nightshirt and starts down the stairs. 'No point in trying to be stealthy now' he says. 'We've heard someone outside, let's be quick and take a look before they get away'.
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Re: Chapter 3: Night One

Postby HoneyDog » Sun Mar 15, 2020 6:46 am

As the companions move to the back door, they can hear movement in the servants’ quarters – someone must have woken up there.

The door is bolted only, and so is easy to unlock.

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Re: Chapter 3: Night One

Postby Mephistophilis » Sun Mar 15, 2020 2:55 pm

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Re: Chapter 3: Night One

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