IC: The Red Tavern II.   Posted by Eye of Harmony.Group: 0
Eye of Harmony
 GM, 264 posts
Wed 1 Jul 2015
at 18:50
IC: The Red Tavern II
Once more unto the tavern!

The night had progressed, and it was getting close to kicking out time. The staff were rushed, trying to encourage drinking up, while serving the last minute rush. The arrival of the carriage made noise in the street that was unusual. Most regulars couldn't afford a decent cab ride.

As Benny made to disembark, the cabby politely asked for his fee. Which was a problem... none of the time travellers actually had any money from this era...
Victoria Waterfield
 player, 176 posts
 Proper Victorian Girl
 Friend of the 2nd Doctor
Thu 2 Jul 2015
at 04:43
Re: IC: The Red Tavern II
<----From Paternoster Row

With the support from the others, Victoria felt better than she usually did when Jamie or the Doctor told her to stay put and out of danger.  And what little she saw of London fascinated her.

However, when the driver looked to them to pay, she blankly looked at Mr. Jost.  After all, a young lady from her time never paid for her transport.  She never had carried money for such things in her entire life.

"I had assumed that the Madam had taken care of such.  Do you mind, Mr. Jost?  It was truly a nice ride."
Bernice Summerfield
 player, 45 posts
Thu 2 Jul 2015
at 11:46
Re: IC: The Red Tavern II
Benny cursed the lack of negotiable currency. She was normally prepared for this sort of thing. Well, there was only one way around it.

"Ellie, the landlady, she'll pay you. She's a friend."

She climbed down, and watched the arrival of the carriage curiously, but breathed in relief when she saw Victoria inside.
Victoria Waterfield
 player, 177 posts
 Proper Victorian Girl
 Friend of the 2nd Doctor
Fri 3 Jul 2015
at 03:30
Re: IC: The Red Tavern II
Victoria waited for the driver to help her down.  "Yes, she will take care of this, I am sure.  Oh! So nice to see you again!  Mr. Jost and I are just to wait here.  I do hope they have something to eat?  A Shepard's pie or perhaps some fish?  I truly am famished."

She chatted as if it were not unusual that the Brigadier had not come with them.  And as if she were a Lady out on the town.

This message was last edited by the player at 22:03, Mon 06 July 2015.

Henry Gordon Jago
 NPC, 8 posts
Fri 3 Jul 2015
at 08:47
Re: IC: The Red Tavern II
Mr. Jago climbed down and waved his hands effusively. "No, no - Ellie shouldn't pay the way, allow me to oblige. I can't do much else when it comes to the business at hand, but I can certainly settle the account!" He did so, promptly, then led the way inside, and up to the comfortable siting room where they had previously met.

He offered the ladies seats, and warmed his hands at the fire. "Well, Professor, what did you discover? And where is the... person who came with you?"

Mr. Jago did not know what to make of Ace. It was the usual first impression that she made.
Bernice Summerfield
 player, 46 posts
Mon 6 Jul 2015
at 21:41
Re: IC: The Red Tavern II
"I have a list of the artifacts stolen from the museum. To the layperson they probably look random, but they are far from that. A ceremonial blade, a piece of a shroud, probably so fragile it would fall apart if you looked at it funny. Various amulets, anointing bowls, and other sundry bits and pieces. It all adds up to a very unpleasant picture. They are traditionally used in Kemetic magic as part of the ritual of Going Forth by Day. Or, in general terms, for reviving the soul and the body into the afterlife."

She took a swig from her flask, and continued, seriously. "All of which is purely academic. The watchmen at the museum caught us, and Ace wasn't able to get away. We have got to go back for her, right now! Either they turn her over to the police - and I am pretty sure the local bobbies aren't remotely prepared to handle Ace when she's got the bit between her teeth - or those behind the robbery there get her. I don't want to think what they might do."
Victoria Waterfield
 player, 178 posts
 Proper Victorian Girl
 Friend of the 2nd Doctor
Mon 6 Jul 2015
at 22:23
Re: IC: The Red Tavern II
Victoria's relief at the matter of the transportation being handled came to a crash as she heard the news.  "Miss Ace is arrested?  Why... We cannot let that stand!  It is not fair!  We must..."

She looked at both of them.  "Mr. Jago, Professor... we must away at once!"
Bernice Summerfield
 player, 47 posts
Mon 6 Jul 2015
at 23:18
Re: IC: The Red Tavern II
"Damn right it isn't fair! And we can't let Ace fall into the hands of whoever has been reanimating the dead. Such people are never given to showing respect for the living, either. Besides, I refuse to let anything happen to her. She's far too important! To the universe in general, and to me in particular!"

Benny took another swig, and tucked the flask away. "They probably won't be expecting me to go back, given how fast I ran away. We'll probably have to sneak in and search, which could take a while if we want to avoid being noticed. We should let the others know what we are about..." She then frowned. "Speaking of which, isn't the Brigadier with you?"
Henry Gordon Jago
 NPC, 9 posts
Tue 7 Jul 2015
at 21:33
Re: IC: The Red Tavern II
"The military gent and the ladies have decided to go to the aid of the Professor and the rather odd lady. This seems to leave only those of us here present to come to the aid of your friend at the museum. However, I think I might be best applied going to seek out the bright buttons of the boys in blue. I know that holding your friend against her will is something that needs to be addressed, but perhaps the London constabulary can be relied upon to seek her release if she is held in an illegal manner."

Mr. Jago might look like a buffoon, and act the clown, but he had a point. If Ace was being held illegally, then her captors might think twice in the face of the law. And they had no grounds to stop the police searching the museum. But such an operation would take time to start - time Ace might not have.
Victoria Waterfield
 player, 179 posts
 Proper Victorian Girl
 Friend of the 2nd Doctor
Wed 8 Jul 2015
at 03:26
Re: IC: The Red Tavern II
Victoria put her hands on her hips.  "What are we to explain, Mr. Jago?  That Miss Ace is a time-traveler, and so she should be treated differently.  Oh, and how is it that I can suggest such?  It is because I am a traveler of time myself, having been snatched from my home in mid-century England by a 400-year-old man from outer space with a funny blue box?"

Her voice rose as she spoke, her eyes flashing with anger, her tone one of sarcastic scorn.  However, she became aware that she was in public, and bit her lip before sitting down carefully, laying her hands in her lap.

"The Brigadier and Madam Vastra wished us to come here and to be ready to assist," she continued in a softer and calmer voice.  "I think helping Ace is what they would have called support, do you not think?"
Henry Gordon Jago
 NPC, 10 posts
Thu 9 Jul 2015
at 20:14
Re: IC: The Red Tavern II
Mr. Jago was taken aback at the rather forceful tirade from the charming young lady. However, he was able to put her mind at rest. "Fear not, my dear! In our many escapades with the fearsome forces of nature, the Professor and I have relied upon the police on many occasions. There are those amongst them who are more than familiar with alien agitators and infernal infiltrators! If I make the situation known to Sergeant Quick, he can have a plethora of plods turning the museum upside down in no time! If nothing else, it will shake the confidence of whoever has taken the girl, and perhaps force them to flee. If you and the Professor here attempt a covert entry to the museum to free her, I can perhaps arrange a diversion with the Peelers, making your task all the easier."

He rubbed his hands, eyes bright. He might have seemed like a fool and a coward, but his mind was devious. "We'll prove such a nuisance that you'll likely have her out and halfway to Belgravia before they even know she is gone!"
Bernice Summerfield
 player, 49 posts
Sat 11 Jul 2015
at 19:10
Re: IC: The Red Tavern II
Benny considered the option. "It's not a wholly bad idea," she admitted, grudgingly. "I know the inside of the museum fairly well, so getting around won't be a major problem. And two can sneak better than three." She gave Mr. Jago the once over. "No offence, but you're hardly catburglar material, are you? That waistcoat is so loud they can hear it in Southwark. If you think you can provide a diversion, it might be a better use of your abilities. I know Ace. I can guarantee, whatever the circumstances, she will definitely make them worse by not keeping her mouth shut. We're dealing with killers here. She doesn't even have her backpack. We need to get her out before she talks herself into something even worse."

She opened it up on that thought, to establish that the contents were as usefully exothermic as usual.
Victoria Waterfield
 player, 183 posts
 Proper Victorian Girl
 Friend of the 2nd Doctor
Sun 12 Jul 2015
at 03:10
Re: IC: The Red Tavern II
"She does seem like a very rash girl," agreed Victoria, thinking of Ace.  "And yes, I think that is a quite grand plan, Mr. Jago, a good plan indeed!  I... I have snuck into many places to help others escape, sometimes without Jamie!  I am quite good at being serendipitous as well.  I was ever so clever at playing Hide and Seek, and quite adept at Princess and Monster as well!"

She looked over at the Professor as she spoke, wondering what was in that backpack...
Bernice Summerfield
 player, 51 posts
Sun 12 Jul 2015
at 22:22
Re: IC: The Red Tavern II
Benny held up the rope ladder, some lockpicks, a hammer, and one of several sealed thermos containers. "My dear Miss Waterfield, I think we are equipped enough to break into the Tower of London. The British Museum should be no problem whatsoever." She started to repack the bag. "Mr. Jago, I suggest you get started at once. And if you could leave us the fare for cabs, it would be appreciated. I am sure you will get the money back." She paused. "Princess and Monster? I am not sure I know that one. It sounds like a normal day in the TARDIS, though."
Victoria Waterfield
 PC, 187 posts
 Proper Victorian Girl
 Friend of the 2nd Doctor
Mon 13 Jul 2015
at 00:20
Re: IC: The Red Tavern II
Victoria laughed.  "Oh, it is so much like that!  It is normally a game done on a graph, with a certain amount of time allowed for the Princess to continue to escape the monster in a completely dark space.  We tried it at our school at my... at my 2nd home, and did it with real people as a lark.  Oh how fun, to stumble about in the dark, try to make no noise and still keep from running into the monster!"

She paused.  "A bit too much like being with the Doctor, I suppose."
Henry Gordon Jago
 NPC, 11 posts
Tue 14 Jul 2015
at 15:40
Re: IC: The Red Tavern II
Mr. Jago drummed his fingers along his waistcoat pockets. "Sounds a bit like blind man's buff! I was always jolly good at that as a nipper! Mind you, I'm a lot bigger now, much easier to grab hold of me!" He took up his hat and cane again, and, with reluctance, handed Victoria several coins. As a local, temporally speaking, she had the better grasp of currency and how to spend it. Of course, she had thirty years or so of inflation to compensate for, but generally, she would be on top of things.

"There you go, my dear. Do try not to spend it all, times are awful hard in the theatrical trade. Harumph! Well. I'll be off, ladies. I'll meet you at the museum, with a bunch of belligerent bobbies!"

Mr. Jago left, promptly. Victoria and Benny were left to their own devices. And a few of Ace's devices, too, which were likely far more dangerous.
Victoria Waterfield
 PC, 188 posts
 Proper Victorian Girl
 Friend of the 2nd Doctor
Wed 15 Jul 2015
at 15:36
Re: IC: The Red Tavern II
"Be careful, good sir!" she told Mr. Jago, clutching the coins and watching him leave, worry in her eyes.  She swallowed, then put the coins in the fairly plain chatelaine bag at her waist, then turned to Bernice.

"I suppose we should find our way as well?  I do wish I had one of the simple outfits that I wore when I was with the Doctor.  I had quite forgotten how many layers were in clothing of my time!"  She giggled.  "Although I wore far more layers as a girl."
Bernice Summerfield
 PC, 53 posts
Wed 15 Jul 2015
at 23:16
Re: IC: The Red Tavern II
"An evening gown is hardly suitable for what we have in mind. I'd rather have you with me for this than the others, though. You seem to know how to get around without having to yell and wave flags and be all belligerent." Benny gave Victoria a big grin. She then took a swig from her flask. With her mind now set on the task in hand, she hefted the rucksack, and led the way to the street, and hopefully, to the museum.
Victoria Waterfield
 PC, 189 posts
 Proper Victorian Girl
 Friend of the 2nd Doctor
Thu 16 Jul 2015
at 03:49
Re: IC: The Red Tavern II
Victoria giggled.  "Yell, no.  I fear I do scream a lot.  At everything.  It is why I left the Doctor.  I screamed at everything.  I got so weary of screaming."

She smiled, then followed the other woman, hopefully to the museum.  "I shall strive to not scream too much..." she added softly.
Bernice Summerfield
 PC, 54 posts
Thu 16 Jul 2015
at 15:14
Re: IC: The Red Tavern II
Benny gave a smile at this. "Do not scream in the museum. The acoustics are wonderful but we are trying to be subtle. Let's go!"

And so, they went. It was a little harder to find transport, probably, since it was later and the pubs were going to be kicking out. But there was always a cab in London.

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