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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Re: Chapter 3: Night One

Postby Philulhu » Thu Mar 19, 2020 9:49 pm

Vic rolled her eyes in exasperation but it wasn’t the time for a likely-to-get-heated discussion as to why she would be just as good, if not better, then the men at following whoever it was had been lurking outside. Sighing, she followed Isolde into the kitchen and looked around.

”Any signs that anyone got in?” she asked, moving across to the window to take a closer look.

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Re: Chapter 3: Night One

Postby HoneyDog » Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:35 am

Vic cannot see anything at the window. At that moment, Bates enters and inquires as to what is happening.

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Just to be clear, the companions were outside when they met the dogs and Isolde saw the figure.
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Re: Chapter 3: Night One

Postby Philulhu » Fri Mar 20, 2020 2:36 pm

Resisting the urge to reply with a flippant comment, Vic said quietly, “We heard a noise. There was someone outside. We’re checking that they didn’t manage to get inside while the men take a look outside,”

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Re: Chapter 3: Night One

Postby Mr. Handy » Fri Mar 20, 2020 5:50 pm

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"Perhaps you'd best take the dogs and lead the way," whispers Alexander to Harry. "I'm about as stealthy as a bull in a china shop."
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Re: Chapter 3: Night One

Postby Mephistophilis » Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:40 pm

Harry nods to Alexander trying to move as silently as he can and stick to the shadows.

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Re: Chapter 3: Night One

Postby aine » Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:31 pm

Isolde says, "we should quickly check the other ground floor windows for ingress. Mr Bates, are any of them open because of the heat?"
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Re: Chapter 3: Night One

Postby HoneyDog » Sat Mar 21, 2020 3:50 pm

The dogs are sniffing around and wagging their tails, showing no particular interest in following Harry or Alexander.

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Harry manages to sneak silently to the wall. Glancing around the corner of the house, his heart thumping, he sees only the gardens, silent apart from the noise of nocturnal insects.


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Mr. Forby orders everything to be locked up, and locked it is” says Bates, looking worried. “I’d better go out”.

He leaves the kitchen and exits trough the back door.
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Re: Chapter 3: Night One

Postby Mephistophilis » Sat Mar 21, 2020 4:55 pm

Disappointed Harry looks at the empty garden and signals to Alexander to join him. He strides out into the garden to look further around.
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Re: Chapter 3: Night One

Postby Mr. Handy » Sat Mar 21, 2020 8:09 pm

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Alexander follows Harry and helps him look for tracks or other clues.
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Re: Chapter 3: Night One

Postby Philulhu » Sun Mar 22, 2020 12:58 am

”You keep an eye on things here,” said Vic to Isolde. “I’ll just nip out with Mr. Bates and see how the men are getting on!”

She didn’t wait for an answer, just running quickly after the butler towards the front door.
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Re: Chapter 3: Night One

Postby HoneyDog » Sun Mar 22, 2020 3:40 pm

Vic reaches the entrance hall, but is interrupted by Gertrude, clutching a lantern and looking worried.

“What’s all of this disturbance?” she asks. “Has something happened?”

Meanwhile, Harry and Alexander peer around the garden, but cannot see anything in the shadows. Presently they are joined by Bates and soon after by Old Fred, with the dogs at his heels. Both men are excited and concerned, wanting information.
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Re: Chapter 3: Night One

Postby Mephistophilis » Sun Mar 22, 2020 3:48 pm

Harry quickly fills in Bates and Fred. 'We heard a noise and when we arrived downstairs the back door was unlocked, Miss Beauchant noticed someone outside the kitchen window heading around the corner of the house. Curiously the dogs did not seem alarmed. There is no sign of the intruder now but we should search the grounds to be sure. A bit more light on the situation would be helpful'.
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Re: Chapter 3: Night One

Postby HoneyDog » Sun Mar 22, 2020 3:51 pm

“I’ll get some lanterns” says Bates, and goes back inside the house.
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Re: Chapter 3: Night One

Postby aine » Sun Mar 22, 2020 7:25 pm

Isolde runs noiselessly up the stairs to look out the games room window to see if anything was moving on the lawns below.
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Re: Chapter 3: Night One

Postby Mr. Handy » Sun Mar 22, 2020 10:38 pm

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"Aye, perhaps with the light and the dogs' help, we can find the intruder's tracks," says Alexander.
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Re: Chapter 3: Night One

Postby HoneyDog » Mon Mar 23, 2020 1:30 am

Fred snorts dismissively.

”Ground's dry as a bone. We tried that before. Better to wait for daylight, we’d ‘ave more chance then.”

Nonetheless, Bates returns with some lanterns and the companions begin their search. The dogs do not seem to be picking up anything, they simply run around playfully.
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Re: Chapter 3: Night One

Postby Mr. Handy » Mon Mar 23, 2020 2:02 am

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"Well, at least it was good exercise," says Alexander. "Shall we turn in?"
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Re: Chapter 3: Night One

Postby Philulhu » Tue Mar 24, 2020 1:00 am

Vic looks around the kitchen window, carefully examining the ground in the way that Conan Doyle’s literary detective, Sherlock Holmes, would do.

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Re: Chapter 3: Night One

Postby HoneyDog » Tue Mar 24, 2020 2:30 am

Despite her best efforts, Vic is unable to spot anything.

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Re: Chapter 3: Night One

Postby Mephistophilis » Tue Mar 24, 2020 1:47 pm

'Time to turn in I think, we can search some more in the morning' says Harry. 'Bates, is there any chance you didn't lock the back door? Can it be unlocked from the outside? I think we had better check whether the Forby's are all well if there is a chance someone could have entered the house'.
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