London to Paris.   Posted by GM.Group: 0
Professor Harold Worth
 player, 53 posts
Wed 18 Apr 2018
at 05:13
London to Paris
Professor Worth orders a brandy, and looks to see if there is any way to sit by the woman who seemed bothered by the other's noise while writing in her journal. Although she seems annoyed and wanting to be left alone, something about her draws his attention and interest to want to attempt to break the ice and get into a conversation... (OOC - Assuming that there is a place to sit nearby - I can definitely edit this if for some reason the GM decides it isn't going to work... At least this post states my intentions anyway...) He sat down, "Miss, I couldn't help but notice a fellow traveller. I hope you don't mind me, my name is Harold Worth, Professor of Archaeology from the University of London."
Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 19 posts
Wed 18 Apr 2018
at 12:05
London to Paris
In reply to George Banks (msg # 16):

Captain Barrington orders a drink and sips on it in silence. He tries to inconspiciously keep a watch on their shadow.
GM
 GM, 64 posts
Wed 25 Apr 2018
at 19:13
London to Paris
There are chairs aplenty in the near deserted salon car and so nobody struggles to find somewhere to sit. The lady looks up as Worth perches near her and an initial look of what you take to be annoyance flashes over her face for a second before being replaced with a polite smile. She speaks with a broad Scottish accent,
Nice to meet you Mr Worth. Aileen MacGregor of the Women's Herald. I didn't see you earlier, have you just joined us?

Your shadow and his companion continue to speak to each other in hushed tones and seem to take very little notice of you. Their guard occasionally casts an appraising glance your way but no more so than he does with everyone else in the carriage.
Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 20 posts
Wed 25 Apr 2018
at 19:59
London to Paris
Roderick tries to find a spot closer to the shadow so that he can try to listen in on their conversation.
Professor Harold Worth
 player, 54 posts
Wed 25 Apr 2018
at 21:28
London to Paris
In reply to GM (msg # 19):

Registering the momentary annoyance, still, it seemed that Aileen was open to converse, even if only for politeness sake, the Professor replied, Pleased to make your acquaintance, Miss McGregor. Yes, I just joined the Express in Paris, travelling to Constantinople. Meeting with some fellow archaeologists in the field. Where are you heading to, if you don't mind me asking?
Dr Jean-Louis Saroch
 player, 39 posts
 Physician & Surgeon
Thu 26 Apr 2018
at 13:07
London to Paris
Saroch sips his Benedictine, rolling his eyes at Worth's clumsy attempts to get to know the young woman. He catches the eye of the bodyguard and raises his glass with a nod.

Cela pourrait le déstabiliser un peu, he thinks, That might put him off-balance a bit.
George Banks
 player, 36 posts
 Slip me some
 Jib
Fri 27 Apr 2018
at 10:29
London to Paris
George slowly sips his rum and hopes for a fight to break out.  He’s trying to be patient, but it isn’t working.
Amelia Meadowcroft
 player, 18 posts
 Player; Soren
Sat 28 Apr 2018
at 02:18
London to Paris
Amelia finishes unpacking her luggage in her compartment and changes in to an elegant evening dress. She slips a small derringer in her purse (just to be on the safe side), and heads off to the salon car.

She manages to conceal her surprise as she spots their shadow at a nearby table, but feels fairly safe at the moment, giving her capable companions.

She orders a white wine and sits down with Doctor Saroch, smiling when he offers a toast to the bodyguard.

This message was last edited by the player at 02:19, Sat 28 Apr 2018.

Amelia Meadowcroft
 player, 19 posts
 Player; Soren
Sat 28 Apr 2018
at 12:19
London to Paris
Taking a sip of her wine and nodding appreciatively at the quality, Amelia glances at the short man and his mustachioed companion.

"I would say that our good 'conducteur' would be able to tell us some more about these gentlemen." she says with a low voice to Saroch.

Should Henri be nearby, she will call him over and treat him to a dazzling smile, asking him who they have the pleasure of sharing the salon car with.

This message was last edited by the player at 21:23, Tue 01 May 2018.

GM
 GM, 65 posts
Tue 1 May 2018
at 20:50
London to Paris
Miss McGregor, despite her apparent initial annoyance at being disturbed, is happy enough to engage in conversation. She too is travelling all the way to Constantinople; researching an article on the Armenian Question and specifically the plight of women caught up in the tensions. She's been to Constantinople previously and claims to know the city well.

Saroch's attempts to unsettle the bodyguard seem to be unsuccessful. He notes the raised glass with a slight narrowing of the eyes but then swiftly goes back to his ceaseless scanning of the carriage. Barrington's attempts to eavesdrop meet with more of a reaction. As he takes a seat closer to the trio the bodyguard touches the theatrically garbed man on the shoulder who glances up and then makes a dismissive motion with his hand. At that your constant companion from London throws back the last of his drink, loudly bids his companion good night in a distinct cockney accent and then walks casually from the salon.

Henri is not in the salon car but only a short distance away at a seat in your sleeping carriage. Amelia steps out to speak to him and returns to the salon just in time to pass your shadow leaving - he stops to one side to allow her to pass and gives a polite nod of his head as she does.
Amelia Meadowcroft
 player, 21 posts
 Player; Soren
Tue 1 May 2018
at 21:20
London to Paris
'Thank you, Monsieur Conducteur," replies Amelia. "I will indeed be careful. I would appreciate it if you would be so kind as to keep an eye discreetly on them. This Mr. Burnham has been following me and my friends around London. We suspect he might be up to some unsavoury business."

Amelia returns to the salon car and calls the others over to her table. She relays the information she gained from Henri.

So, we have finally found our elusive Mr. Menkaph. Quite the ghastly villain indeed!"

This message was last edited by the player at 21:25, Tue 01 May 2018.

Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 22 posts
Wed 2 May 2018
at 17:46
London to Paris
In reply to Amelia Meadowcroft (msg # 27):

"So the fellow that followed us is named Burnham? Could the condectour tell you more about him?"
Amelia Meadowcroft
 player, 24 posts
 Player; Soren
Wed 2 May 2018
at 19:43
London to Paris
In reply to Captain Roderick Barrington (msg # 28):

"Just that he claims to be a journalist from London. I asked Henri if he could keep an eye on them. Is the fez secure, by the way? If Menkaph wants it so bad, he is likely to suspect that we have it with us."

As Amelia mentions Menkaph's name, she glances with ill-concealed disgust at the man and his 'valet' at the far-end booth.

This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 20:50, Wed 02 May 2018.

George Banks
 player, 38 posts
 Slip me some
 Jib
Fri 4 May 2018
at 01:59
London to Paris
“Burnham?  Isn’t that the name of that chap who runs that circus over in the states?  It would be a pity if it turned out to be the same fellow... I’ll probably have to blacken both of his eyes before this trip is through.”  He glances at Amelia, gauging her reaction to his manly words.

This message was last edited by the player at 00:58, Sun 06 May 2018.

Amelia Meadowcroft
 player, 28 posts
 Player; Soren
Fri 4 May 2018
at 16:16
London to Paris
In reply to George Banks (msg # 30):

Amelia smiles slightly at this display of bravado.

"I think you're referring to Mr. P.T. Barnum. I had the pleasure of attending one of his circuses when I visited New York a while ago. Sadly, he has passed away now."

She toys absently with her wine glass. "Let's hope we won't have to engage in fisticuffs, but if we do, I'm sure you'll be able to deck him, George. It does concern me that he's onboard. Him and his companions."

She looks over towards Memkaph and Kapok, to see what they're up to.
George Banks
 player, 39 posts
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Sun 6 May 2018
at 01:01
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George smiles.  “You visited America and saw the circus?  I have to admit I’m a bit jealous.  I always wanted to see the circus... especially the elephants.”

He starts doing an impression of a bull elephant raising its trunk, then abruptly stops himself, turning red with embarassment.
Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 23 posts
Sun 6 May 2018
at 12:00
London to Paris
In reply to George Banks (msg # 32):

Captain Barrington tries to refrain from laughing at Mr. Banks antics, but it's nice to see that someone tries to lighten up the party's spirits.
Amelia Meadowcroft
 player, 29 posts
 Player; Soren
Sun 6 May 2018
at 16:03
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Amelia grins at George's impression.

"I'm sure there are splendid circuses in Constantinople. If we manage to deliver..."


Here, she glances over at Menkaph and lowers her voice a bit. "...the fez to Professor Demir safely, we can arrange a little visit to one. Not sure if they have elephants, but most certainly camels galore."
GM
 GM, 67 posts
Mon 7 May 2018
at 08:20
London to Paris
The seated man at the far end, now identified as the mysterious Menkaph, casually finishes his drink and rises. Reaching down to one side he picks up a long cane from the seat next to him and twirls it somewhat theatrically.

His bodyguard, apparently known as Kapok, precedes him to the front of the carriage whilst maintaining his near constant vigil on the rest of the passengers. At the end he holds open the door for his companion. Menkaph himself barely throws a glance at you, or anyone else, as he glides from the salon. Once the pair have left a slight heaviness in the air of the salon seems to have lifted and you would swear the lights get slightly brighter.

If anyone else in the carriage has noticed it you can't tell. The two men continue their carousing and Aileen maintains her conversation with Worth whilst distractedly writing in her journal.

OOC: Up to you if there's anything else you want to do in the salon (or, indeed, anywhere else on the train) or any other IC chat you may want to engage in. If not just let me know your are retiring for the evening and we can move forward to the next morning - unless something happens at night...
Professor Harold Worth
 player, 58 posts
Mon 7 May 2018
at 08:30
London to Paris
Professor Worth takes leave of Aileen...
Dr Jean-Louis Saroch
 player, 42 posts
 Physician & Surgeon
Mon 7 May 2018
at 19:26
London to Paris
Rising, Saroch places two coins by his empty glass and nods to his companions. He makes his way along the rocking carriages to his compartment.
Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 24 posts
Mon 7 May 2018
at 21:05
London to Paris
In reply to Dr Jean-Louis Saroch (msg # 37):

Captain Barrington pays up and wishes everyone a good night's sleep. He then retires to his compartment where he decides to put his service revolver beneath his pillow.

The captain tries to sleep.
Amelia Meadowcroft
 player, 31 posts
 Player; Soren
Tue 8 May 2018
at 02:37
London to Paris
"Gentlemen, if you will excuse me, I will retire for the evening."

Amelia gets up from the table, unconsciously noting if her companions stand or remain seated.

She nods at Dr. Saroch. "I hope your valet will not have any trouble."*

Leaving the dining car, she makes her way back to her cabin, giving a friendly greeting to Henri if he is around and wishing him a cheerful 'Bonne Nuit".

She makes sure that her pearl handled revolver is loaded and places it under her pillow. She then locks the cabin door and changes into far less clothes than a lady of her status would normally wear.

*(Referring to the fez left in Alain's valise)
George Banks
 player, 40 posts
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Tue 8 May 2018
at 09:33
London to Paris
George nods graciously to the others and then retires to his cabin.  He is tired, but excited.  This trip was turning out to be far more interesting than he’d expected.  He had the same butterflies in his stomach that he used to get before a fight.

This message was last edited by the player at 09:34, Tue 08 May 2018.

GM
 GM, 68 posts
Mon 14 May 2018
at 18:54
London to Paris
With little further ado you all finish your drinks and make your way to the sleeping cabins where you retire for the evening.



OOC: I'll put up a new thread shortly for the next day so no need to respond in this thread, though there is little to respond to in any event.