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Author Topic: 1899 - The Hidden Hands of the Aether  (Read 24311 times)

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Re: 1899 - The Hidden Hands of the Aether
« Reply #45 on: May 03, 2013, 17:31 »

   "Excuse me, Mrs. Fines, I've got another fight next Saturday," he says to her. "I need the day off."
   Maybe because of the incident with the con man, he keeps turning into the room between sentences, paying special attention to the newcomer. Nothing seems out of ordinary though. Trouble doesn't usually come so soon after it ends.
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Re: 1899 - The Hidden Hands of the Aether
« Reply #46 on: May 04, 2013, 00:22 »

"Oh, Hugo, ye big oaf!", Mellie says to you, much in the same way a mother would address a troublesome young child and leading you back to the kitchen so as not to give the guests too much of a show. "Don't you see how busy we are tonight? And with the Tinkerers' festivities coming up, it's only going to be more so next week. You think I want to be showing our respected guests your bruised features - on a Sunday, no less?"
She rushes off, distressed, saying "I won't be having it, love, not now." This is more or less her usual response - she hates your little hobby - though she often comes around later on. Somehow you feel your chances are slim this time.

Ron, who caught Josie's expression and had a good laugh about it, completely misunderstanding the implication, now is all ears for the discussion between Hugo and Mellie. He's no fan of pugilism, but he has no quarrels with Hugo participating; much in the same way that he doesn't care for chess or embroidering. He does love a good bit of gossip, however, and situations like these never fail to draw his attention. After Mellie leaves, he looks at Hugo and says
"Where do they even find people to take you on - do they simply go 'Oh he's about twelve feet tall, but he's a big baby, really...'?"

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Re: 1899 - The Hidden Hands of the Aether
« Reply #47 on: May 04, 2013, 09:43 »

   Hugo wants to argue, but Mellie storms off before he can get another word in. Frowning, he looks at Ron, but mistaking his question for genuine interest in his other profession, he quickly forgets all about Mellie's denial.
  "You know me," he says with exaggerated gestures. "Everybody wants to defeat Hugo the Magnificent! And there's always someone foolish enough to try. Let them!  Next Saturday I won't even break a sweat, I tell you."
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Re: 1899 - The Hidden Hands of the Aether
« Reply #48 on: May 04, 2013, 11:32 »

"Hey, it's not me that needs convincing...", Ron replies, waving a ladle in what should probably look like an apologetic gesture, but only serves to make him look like he's conducting a symphony of soup. "Besides, with a face like that, who'll see the difference anyway?", he continues and proceeds to laugh slightly too merrily at his own joke, as if deep down he's scared you'll take offense and reposition his nose.

At that point, Barbara storms in out of the pantry, clearly distressed.
"A rat!", she shrieks, upon which Ron grabs her by the upper arm with his free hand and brings the other with the ladle still in it to his face, laying a finger over his closed mouth and hissing emphatically as several big dollops of his carrot chowder soar through the kitchen in a gentle arc. "Shut yer trap, ye wee dunce!", he snaps at her, and then, softening a little, "Thanks for telling us, but Big Terry - the tattooist a couple of doors down Allenby Road - has no business knowing that. Scoot, we'll take care of it." He looks at both Hugo and Josie, indicating that 'we' in fact means 'either of you two'.

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Re: 1899 - The Hidden Hands of the Aether
« Reply #49 on: May 05, 2013, 05:25 »

   Hugo looks at Ron with disbelief, though to his relief, the last jab went right over Hugo's head.
   "I fight men. You'd have Hugo the Magnificent fight a rat?"
   Seeing that Ron doesn't show any inclination to get rid of it himself, he heads to the pantry, shaking his head.
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Re: 1899 - The Hidden Hands of the Aether
« Reply #50 on: May 05, 2013, 09:16 »

"Oi, you're the one who's here to rid us of unwanted visitors.", Ron retaliates, waving the ladle at your backside. "When Babs finds a chicken in there, feel free to call me instead."

The pantry consists of a dry store area at the front and a cold store at the back; the dry store is lit by two arc lights fixed to the ceiling, giving a good view of the well-stocked shelves lining the walls left and right. With a floor made of concrete and walls made of stone, you wonder how a rat could have gotten in in the first place. None is to be seen anyhow.
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Re: 1899 - The Hidden Hands of the Aether
« Reply #51 on: May 05, 2013, 10:12 »

   "We already have a chicken here," Hugo calls back and begins to search the pantry thoroughly.
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Re: 1899 - The Hidden Hands of the Aether
« Reply #52 on: May 05, 2013, 12:29 »

For a moment you think you're having your leg pulled, but then the sound of something scampering away from you comes from behind a barrel of ale on the left side.
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Re: 1899 - The Hidden Hands of the Aether
« Reply #53 on: May 05, 2013, 12:32 »

   "Come out, little rat," Hugo mutters, as he turns to search for the source of the sound.
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Re: 1899 - The Hidden Hands of the Aether
« Reply #54 on: May 05, 2013, 12:37 »

It clearly has no intention of doing so. As you approach the barrel, you hear the patter of tiny feet again, moving away from you behind a crate of vegetables - and towards the door to the kitchen.
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Re: 1899 - The Hidden Hands of the Aether
« Reply #55 on: May 05, 2013, 12:40 »

   "Come out, you little bastard," Hugo curses as he swiftly follows it back to the door.
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Re: 1899 - The Hidden Hands of the Aether
« Reply #56 on: May 05, 2013, 12:47 »

Unfortunately, in Hugo's case 'swiftly' has nothing to do with 'lightly', and the sound of stomping feet rapidly closing in drives the critter out of hiding - and into the kitchen. Now you see why Barbara nearly threw a fit: another black rat, possibly even bigger than the one you saw outside.

In the kitchen, Ron manages to nearly stifle a very girly squeal, but swiftly recovers:
"Oh no ye don't!", he informs the intruder, and without taking his eyes off the rat, he grabs the first weapon he can lay his hands on off of the table standing in the kitchen's center. That this is in fact a whisk totally fails to register.
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« Reply #57 on: May 05, 2013, 12:53 »

   "Catch it! Hugo yells at Ron and nevertheless rushes to do it himself. "Don't let it get out!"
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Re: 1899 - The Hidden Hands of the Aether
« Reply #58 on: May 05, 2013, 13:01 »

At that point Mellie, having been informed by Barbara, swiftly steps in from the common room. "Oh my!", she mutters upon seeing the little bugger, and then, in the authorative tone you are used to: "Right, easy boys. Josie, close the pantry door. Hugo, go see if there's anyone watching out back, and open the door if the coast is clear. Ron, don't let that bastard pass. And put down the whisk, you look like a prat."
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Re: 1899 - The Hidden Hands of the Aether
« Reply #59 on: May 05, 2013, 14:33 »

Josie quickly closes the door. The moment Babs mentioned the rat, Josie went to get a couple of brooms. She now has hoisted up her skirts a bit and hands Mrs. Feather one. She is ready to strike as soon as the pest comes her way.
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