Paris to Vienna.   Posted by GM.Group: 0
GM
 GM, 69 posts
Mon 14 May 2018
at 19:18
Paris to Vienna
You are roused from sleep initially with the train pulling into a station. A quick glance at your watches and the timetable confirms you in Stuttgart for the 6.41am stop. Depending on your proclivities you either return to sleep, read or chat to your cabin-mate for the next few hours as your carriage is not seated for breakfast until 9.00am.

A few minutes before the designated hour a light knock and Henri's voice comes through the door inviting you to attend for breakfast. A short walk takes you through to the dining car where the dramatic scenery of Southern Germany races past through the large windows.

Several of your fellow travellers have beaten you to breakfast and are already seated. Each table seats four passengers, two by two facing each other over an immaculately clean and smartly folded white tablecloth and silverware so polished it almost hurts to look at.

At one table sits the two noblemen from the previous night, the younger looking noticeably the worse for wear and drinking from a steaming cup of coffee. Sat with them is a glamourous woman in her mid-twenties who oozes class and looks immaculate, even at this early hour.

Across the aisle from them, at a table all of his own, sits a middle-aged man dressed in simple, smart clothes. From the way he pays attention to those across the way from him you would figure him to be their servant.

At another table Ms McGregor sits and, again she is all by herself. The journal from last night is in front of her but now sits closed as she tucks into a plate of eggs which have been set in front of her. She gives Professor Worth a slight wave as he comes in.

Of the more sinister travelling companions from last night there is no sign...

OOC: You have free range to sit where you want. You either group together or mingle a bit with other passengers if you wish to do so.
Dr Jean-Louis Saroch
 player, 45 posts
 Physician & Surgeon
Mon 14 May 2018
at 20:11
Paris to Vienna
Rousing at Alan's eight a.m. knock, Saroch submits himself to be shaved by the valet, then completes his ablutions and dresses in a traveling suit. He skims over a copy of Le Figaro until summoned for breakfast.

"Do you mind some company at breakfast, Mademoiselle?" he asks Miss McGregor, his hand on the back of the seat across from her.
Amelia Meadowcroft
 player, 33 posts
 Player; Soren
Tue 15 May 2018
at 00:04
Paris to Vienna
Amelia slept fitfully, haunted by dreams of the hideous thing they met at the house.

Struggling awake and splashing cold water on her face, she dresses and heads to the dining car, where she greets her fellow travelers and calls for a large coffee.

Calmed by the sight of the beautiful scenery outside, as well as the strong coffee, she chats with her friends, discreetly inquiring about the fez, and if there were any incidents during the night.

She glances over at the table with Count Razumosky, his wife (presumably) and his cousin, trying to recall any information she might have come across about them in the news or from gossip.
Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 25 posts
Tue 15 May 2018
at 04:28
Paris to Vienna
In reply to Amelia Meadowcroft (msg # 3):

Roderick yawns. He has memories of night terrors that seemed to be real, but then again they were probably just nightmares. He freshens up, dresses and goes for breakfast. As for Amelia's question he sheepishly admits:

"I had dreams of someone watching me outside the door, but it was only dreams, that I'm sure of. Let's order something to eat!"
George Banks
 player, 41 posts
 Slip me some
 Jib
Tue 15 May 2018
at 05:53
Paris to Vienna
George attempts to sit next to Amelia, without being too obvious about it.  His reasons for doing so are manifold.  For one thing, sitting next to Amelia is rarely a bad idea, it seems to him.  For another, he is eager to discuss the disconcerting experience he had the other night.

And he doesn’t particularly feel like mingling with strangers at this time.
GM
 GM, 70 posts
Tue 22 May 2018
at 18:18
Paris to Vienna
Miss McGregor accedes to Saroch's request to sit with her and she is immediately more animated than the previous night seeking to engage him in small talk about the train and the passing scenery. The rest of you take a table together and put in your orders for breakfast which the crisply dressed staff smartly move off to get ready for you.

Cups of steaming coffee or tea are swiftly obtained for all and racks of toast and bowls of confiture are placed on your table while you wait for your hot food. As you begin to tuck in the door opens and an odd hush falls across the carriage.

A young woman, no more than twenty, enters the carriage. She is nicely, though not finely, dressed but she looks drawn and her eyes have the red rings of someone who has been crying recently. As she enters she buries a sniffle within a delicate handkerchief. Immediately behind her, and with a hand resting gently on her shoulder, strides the man you now know to be Menkaph. He remains dressed in his theatrical garb which was only odd last night in the salon car and now appears downright foolish in the cold light of morning. In his free hand he twirls his cane and upon his head is something you instantly recognise - the Fez!

At first you think you must be mistaken and this could be any such item of headwear - it's a far from uncommon sight, especially for those headed to the Near East. However, the vile colour - that of dried blood - and slightly oily appearance are unmistakable from your brush with the item just a few nights previously. Now you can see it in daylight you can see that it looks like there is writing stitched into the fabric but at this distance you can't make out what it may say. The devil knows how he may have it given the last you knew the foul item was stashed in Saroch's man's valise!

Behind Menkaph walks his wiry companion. They seat themselves on a table a short distance from you. The lady up against the window hemmed in by Menkaph and the other man, Kapok, sat opposite looking as unapproachable, though somewhat less on his guard, as the night before.
Amelia Meadowcroft
 player, 34 posts
 Player; Soren
Tue 22 May 2018
at 19:24
Paris to Vienna
Amelia is happy enough to have George seated next to her. She chats amicably with him, and listen to his recount of the other night's events, trying to identify any similarities between his experience and her own.

As she spots the fez on Menkaph's head, she lets out a small gasp. She tries to catch Dr. Saroch's attention and gestures for him to come over.

(Assuming he does); "Doctor," she says to him in a low voice. "He has the fez! We should check on your valet."

This message was last edited by the player at 01:46, Wed 23 May 2018.

George Banks
 player, 42 posts
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 Jib
Thu 24 May 2018
at 09:53
Paris to Vienna
George tenses and feels in his pocket for his knife.  He keeps the Fez fiend in his peripheral vision.  He fights his muscles, ordering to relax, knowing that he can react much more quickly that way.

If the man threatens or offends Amelia in any way, George promises himself that the creep will never leave this train alive.
Dr Jean-Louis Saroch
 player, 46 posts
 Physician & Surgeon
Thu 24 May 2018
at 17:39
Paris to Vienna
Saroch excuses himself to his charming companion and seeks out the conducteur. In French, he asks the man to have his valet attend him immediately.

The doctor returns to his breakfast.
Captain Roderick Barrington
 player, 26 posts
Thu 24 May 2018
at 18:39
Paris to Vienna
In reply to Dr Jean-Louis Saroch (msg # 9):

"Who is the woman? And why is that fiend Menkaph with her?" Roderick whispers having a hard time disguising his contempt for the vile snake! "She's obviously in distress! And I'm certain Menkaph is to blame!" Ever the knight in shining armour ready to defend a woman's honour. "Give me a chance and I'll give him a thrashing he'l l never forget!"
GM
 GM, 71 posts
Sun 27 May 2018
at 18:23
Paris to Vienna
Henri is, as ever, only a short distance away and is happy to accede to Saroch's request - immediately leaving to fetch the valet. As you wait for Alan to arrive you look around and the presence of Menkaph and his party in the carriage seems to have had a sobering effect on everyone. Miss McGregor becomes notably more sombre and even the generally gregarious Russians speak in more hushed tones and the lady in the party shoots a dirty glance at the newcomers.

Within a few short minutes Alan strides into the carriage, apparently alive and uninjured. He glides up to Saroch and leans in to ask, in hushed tones, whatever is the matter?

A few tables away Menkaph looks at you briefly for a second before tucking into a steaming forkful of his breakfast. His female companion simply sobs quietly into her tea...
Dr Jean-Louis Saroch
 player, 47 posts
 Physician & Surgeon
Sun 27 May 2018
at 23:14
Paris to Vienna
Saroch excuses himself again to his table companion and speaks quietly and quickly in French to his man:
"Voici le couvre-chef de ce méchant répréhensible. N'est-ce pas l'objet que je t'ai confié? Va tout de suite voir si ce que je t'ai donné est sûr. Sois rapide!"
["Behold the headgear of that reprehensible villain. Is that not the item I entrusted to your care? Go at once to see whether what I gave you is still secure. Be quick!"]
Amelia Meadowcroft
 player, 35 posts
 Player; Soren
Mon 28 May 2018
at 01:51
Paris to Vienna
It breaks Amelia's heart to see the woman crying. She will walk up to Menkaph's table and ask the woman if she is feeling alright, glaring at Menkaph as she approaches.
George Banks
 player, 43 posts
 Slip me some
 Jib
Tue 29 May 2018
at 19:21
Paris to Vienna
George watches closely for any hint of hostility directed toward Amelia.  He’s fighting to stay calm, but his blood is already boiling.