As I have promised some I will recount the recent happenings with Miss Myrtil Igaly. ((I have read Miss Myrtil’s blog and it is well done, almost did not write this but I keep my promises)). I will start my account with when path first crossed with Arthur Keenan’s, in an indirect way, and proceed to the more current events, filling in holes with stories that I have heard from others. I will not speak of the family troubles, for one that I am not inclined to divulge intimate secrets of another’s family, and two that I do not know the details fully.
Our path’s first crossed one afternoon a few weeks ago while I was visiting Miss Beq Janus in her underwater dwelling. We were speaking and heard someone rushing up the stairs. I looked over to see Miss Orchid McMillan on the stairs covered in blood. She informed us, after taking a seat, that she had just saved a man’s life, a man she believed to be Myrtil’s cousin, Arthur Keenan. Apparently he had been shot twice in an altercation and was bleeding badly, not to mention he had had his head smashed into the pavement. According to her she was walking to the bakery and came across two urchins ((I say their names, but remember the OOC knowledge only of this blog)), Patch and Monte, Patch with a gun and Monte in his lycan state. Soon after she had spotted them Patch opened fire upon Keenan for the apparent second time, striking his knee, before Monte bashed Arthur’s head to the pavement. Orchid had no clue what had happened but she was spotted and trust against the wall by Monte and pinned, threatened that she was to tell no one. The next part of this tale led to an important discovery later. Arthur was badly hurt and Orchid took him inside the bakery. He then led her through two secret passages, arriving in a secret room when she performed surgery to the wounds. One thing she noted was an immense anger that he possessed, one that caused him to yell at Orchid, and at the same time peek my interest in him. It seemed that just after Orchid had finished her story Patch came rushing in. We were all on edge, as him and his associate had just threatened dear Orchid, but he pleaded with Beq to say his side. He sat and started his tale, a bit after Orchid had given her a piece of her mind, ((note, don’t make her mad, trust me)). In his version, Monte and he were sitting on the wall outside the bakery when Arthur arrived and he told them they could not sit there. Patch and Monte told him he did not own the wall, though he did, and they began arguing. Arthur then went inside and brought out a gun and shot at then, hitting Patch in the hand. At this time Monte turned beastly out of anger, and Patch grew his gun, firing, and hitting Arthur in the elbow. At this Monte leaped on Arthur and took away the gun, only to be thrown off moments later. The rest was seen by Orchid. The next few minutes do not pertain to the story so they are stricken from this account, except for that an item that was taken from Patch, the gun they took from Arthur. After discussion it was agreed that we would hide Patch and Monte in an undisclosed location. We got patch to go there, and on our way up from the tunnels we spotted Monte who tried to apologize to Orchid for his actions. At this time she was not in the mood to talk and he was sent to the same place as Patch. One other think was known, Arthur wanted Orchid to go to the police with him, and after this meeting she knew in her own mind that she could not.
That night I snuck out of bed, not disturbing Orchid since she had a hard day, and decided that I needed to do some snooping. I went to the bakery and the front door was looked, luckily the back door, however, was not. I walked in and immediately searched for the two hidden passageways. The first was easy to find, the second not so much, but I was able to in the end. The room appeared that of scientific means and nothing seem suspicious except for one thing, something I found on the table, a letter. Arthur had written his mother and the content of it was disturbing. This letter read :
We have never been that close to reach our aim. She doesn’t suspect anything. Nobody suspects anything. I can’t wait any longer. Each time I look at her I see HIM and I feel this red anger filling me in slowly. His blood runs in her veins and it’s as if father’s blood was staining her hands… I am almost ready, Mother. Just wait a few weeks more and your revenge will be complete.
Upon reading this letter I rushed back home with a dilemma of what to do. If I brought about this to the public then it would fuel his anger and possibly strike sooner, or to wait and plan, and possibly be too late. Both of which are incredibly risky, it was a move I had to rest on.
The next morning I told Orchid of what I have seen, we decided we needed to discuss the letter with another person, and she told me that she could not go to the police with him. She had to tell him that, but she feared his anger, so I told her I would accompany her when ever she did plan on meeting him to tell him. We went with Beq later that day to release the two, but we had to first come with an arrangement. We can to the conclusion that if they wanted to walk the streets again they had to give up their firearm and pledge to stay away from the bakery until all could be resolved. We talked with them and eventually they agreed to the terms.
It was a few days before contact with Arthur could be established but there was some made and they had agreed to meet at the bakery. In the mean time Patch and Monte stayed with Beq, constantly causing her grief. We had to play stupid to Arthur in order to make him think that we were on his side, and most important that we didn’t know he planned to harm Myrtil. We were there and Arthur told us his story. He told us that they had stolen pies while he was upstairs and he went outside to make them pay for them but they wouldn’t, and then they shot him, him completely denying shooting them, or even to owning a gun until after the encounter. Orchid told him that she would not accompany him to Bow Street and this did anger him, but he contained it and asked that we at least escort him there, since he did not feel safe on the streets. We went outside to see Miss Beq Janus walking up, and Patch and Monte standing there. Apparently they had been spying and heard everything said, yet failed to realize that we were playing stupid, and that even though he was going to report them we would fight tooth and nail to not let them get convicted. They began yelling that we were, well use your imagination, and that we were going to turn in and that. The argument escalated between Beq, Orchid, and the two, Arthur and myself remaining mostly silent. It ended in Beq almost storming off, Patch and Monte storming off, and Orchid in tears. Arthur, still weak from his injures, needed to go back and sit down for a while. Beq escorted him back inside while I calmed Orchid down outside. She needed to rest for a bit so she went back to the apartment while I went back to the bakery with Beq. Arthur told his story again where Beq caught him in a lie, well two actually. First being that they had stolen pies. Apparently Beq had arranged a payment with Myrtil to recoup the funds that were lost by the boys taking pies. So they did not steal them at all. Second was the gun. For what ever lucky reason she had brought the gun the boys had taken from him, and she produced it when he said he had not owned a gun, threatening to get it printed. We later walked with him to Bow Street where we found it empty. The conversation became more harm here. With Beq and I defending the boys, as well as she saying she would defend them in a court of law, and Arthur playing the victim. The discussion ended with Beq threatening to get the gun printed, Arthur apparently figuring out a new plan, and me almost losing my temper. He walked back to the bakery and I took Beq aside, figuring it was time to get her take on the letter and what we could do. She agreed we needed to wait on the letter, as it might be used to incriminate him if it went to trial.
Time past and Beq got a letter from Arthur saying that he wished to met with her, that he had a deal to make. A time and day was arranged and the two met, Orchid accompanying her later in the meeting as she was passing the bakery. My account on this part is not as informed as I wish it to be but it will have to do. They discussed the bargain that I will explain in a bit. Apparently the bakery became busy just after they got there, a man paying with a gold coin, and it being busy in general. Arthur wanted to check the content of the coin and had the two follow him into the secret room on the third floor, hiding their eyes so they could not see where they were headed. From what I understand Beq spotted something on a table and Orchid distracted him to discuss the coin as Beq went to examine it. Turned out to be a letter from his mother and Beq swipped it. They came back down , the bakery still full and came outside as I was passing by. Beq said she needed to talk to us and we headed to the cog. She informed us that the deal was that if Patch and Monte stayed away from him and Myrtil that he would not report them. Also he told her that he did not feel save in New Babbage anymore and was going to sell the bakery and leave as soon as it was sold, taking Myrtil with him. We knew he meant kill her so we sat there and tried to formulate a plan. Everyone we devised ended horribly except one that I came up with, to at least by us time. Miss Beq is a journeyer, so why not take Myrtil on a “journey” to get her out of town for a while, while we were able to bring attention of the public to his real intentions. We agreed to this plan and the next time we saw Myrtil we would tell her to please see Beq. As well Beq showed us the letter. It was in French, so luckily Beq had knowledge of the language. This letter read:
My dear son,
I beg you to be careful. I have already lost a husband, I don't want anymore drama in this family. You're telling me that there are complicating matters, that certain persons too curious stepped in. You can't risk your freedom or your life. Act now for our good and the memory of your father. Disappear both, make her sign it, get rid of her and come back. I'm waiting for you.
Time went by and we did not see Myrtil, we thought perhaps she was just busy and not about. Beq sent her a letter telling her that she was going to leave and needed supplies as soon as possible and to respond with the time they would meet. Beq had negotiated to have a vessel meet her when Myrtil came, and she would effectively “kidnap” her to keep her out of harms way. Beq went to Mr. Holmes the night before the whole fiasco that the public knows about. She told him of our plan and he said it sounded like it might help and that he would help me with what I needed. She was to be gone with Myritl and Orchid had to leave on a trip for a few day, which she had left a day prior. While she was there a Professor arrived, telling that he had known Myrtil and her family before the accident. I do not know much of this, only that he knew of the anger in that family. That night on my way home form Ruby’s I spoted a note upon the door of Bow Street. This letter read:
To Mayor Sprocket and Whom It May Concern,
Young Mistress Myrtil Igaly lies drugged and near death in a trunk on the third floor (second story) of her bakery. You will also notice the presence of some quantity of blood on the floors. The discovery of her body was made this very evening. Please remove her to hospital at once. I have asked Young Master James Branagh to stand guard until the police arrive, so if he is found at the scene, please do not harass him in any way, as he is surely blameless in this atrocity. An investigation into these affairs must be instigated at once. Please do note that her body has been hidden behind a sliding bookcase, by which one may gain entrance to the room.
Prof. Nareth E. Nishi and Miss Elenore Darwin
Abney Park Laboratory
Apparently we were too late with our plan and the next morning it was time to move into action. Before I went home however, I needed time to think, so I sat near the town hall and watched the sunset, when I was approached by Professor Nareth Nishi. I asked her if it was true, and she affirmed me it was. Many times we think we when we should act she told me. Those words were more true that day then ever.
The next morning I took up my sword and rushed to Mr. Holmes and Dr. Watson’s home. We decided we needed to act at the present, for waiting anymore could be costly. We rushed across the street only to find a group gathering, apparently news had traveled fast. The three of us rushed inside and preceded through the secret doors I had found before. We saw blood smears about the bakery and began to get even more worried. We finally got to the secret room on the third floor and looked about but did not find anything until we spotted a trunk against the wall. When opened we discovered it contained Myrtil, alive, but unconscious, drugged. Her leg was bleeding so Mr. Holmes rushed back to get bandaged for her as the four people outside came up, Mr. Tenk, Ms. Breezy, Miss Jed, and Master Poopdeck. It was established that we could move her safely, so we promptly moved her to the Whitfield clinic, since Watson’s was too close. When we arrived Myrtil was placed on the table and the wound was dressed properly. Mr. Tenk stood guard on the roof, and I stood at the door. Two people did come however, Ms. Beq and Master Jimmy. They went to the table and began talking to the unconscious child in hopes that familiar voice would wake her. Eventually she did begin to stir and became coherent. We established that it was indeed Arthur who did it. He tried to force her to sign something about her inheritance and would kill her if she didn’t. She knew he would anyway and fought back, injuring her knee in the process. The then was drugged with a soaked cloth and put into the chest. Myrtil needed rest so we needed to take her somewhere else. It was agree my apartment was the best, loud steps outside to hear someone coming, only one major entry way, and it was not at ground level. We took her there and laid her on the bed, where she soon fell asleep. Beq and I went to go get clothes for Myrtil to change in, leaving Jed and Jimmy on first guard duty. We got her clothes from the bakery and we heading home before we stopped at the absinthe bar quickly. While there we were promptly joined by Professor Nishi and Miss Elenore, the one who had found her. Loki would arrive soon as well, all of which wished to see Myrtil. We went back to the apartment and told them of what had happened. Loki got very upset to the point that it woke up Myrtil. She came out of the bedroom and greeted everyone and multiple topics were discussed. The last of them being a bomb, one that was thought to have been seen at Loki’s bar. The professor left to go look at it, everyone else soon following, Myrtil trying to go with them. Jimmy and I stopped her and convinced her she couldn’t and I took her upstairs. She went back to sleep as I guarded her.
A few minutes later I heard steps on the stairs, but when I looked out the window, no one was there. Then I heard foot steps upstairs, but I knew the neighbors were not home. The door sounded like it was trying to be moved and there were more steps on the stairs. As soon as there was silence it was again broken by a rock sailing in though the window, shattering it, and masked man entering. I drew my blade as he asked where she was and I responded with the question of who are you. His eyes wondered about and he asked again, as did I, standing between him and the bedroom. He put his hand on his gun as I asked a third time, drawing it and firing at me, hitting my right shoulder, causing me to drop my weapon. As I dropped to one knee holding my wound he jumped out the window. After a few minutes Myrtil came out of the room, she had be woken by the glass and hid under the bed, too scared to come out. She applied pressure to my wound until help hopefully came. Eventually a knock on the door came and Myrtil opened it to find Master Finely Twine, sent by Jimmy to come and get me. Apparently Arthur had been shot and killed. Myrtil stayed as I went to the scene, hand holding my bleeding shoulder. I got there to find many people surrounding the body of the man who had just shot me. I do not remember the faces there, so please forgive me if you were, I will only name the few who are pertinent to the story. Jimmy told me that Arthur had ran into Finley and threatened to shoot him if he didn’t tell him where Myrtil was. Jimmy came upon this scene to have the gun turn from Finely to himself. An argument ensued and Mr. TriloByte Zanzibar happened to pass by and hear the commotion. The gun was then pointed at him and Jimmy took this as an opening, shooting Arthur, dropping him, saving those around as well as the many people who could have been hurt if they had just arrived a few moment prior. Mrs. Whitfield as well as many others were concerned with my wound and after hearing the story I agreed to have it looked it. We returned to the Whitfield clinic, where I had been once already. I was accompanied by Jimmy, Finely, Mrs. Whitfield, and Ms. Kembri Tomsen. There Mrs. Whitfield took the bullet out, cleaned the wound and stitched it up. We all went to Ruby’s after, Jimmy, Finley, and I in a severe need of a drink. I bid my farewells to all and went home to find Myrtil asleep again, and now safe. I went back to the living room, blood still on the floor from earlier and laid upon the couch and fell asleep myself, pain in my shoulder, but glad that Myrtil was now safe.
I hope this proves helpful for those curious on the subject. If any bits of it are lacking forgive me, fore I was not present for all the occurrences.