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Re: Gray & Craig - Preternatural Consulting Detectives
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2010, 01:43:12 AM »
It wasn't uncommon for Michael Craig to quietly grumble about his lot in life here in London.  It was cold, grungy and generally uncomfortable to a man raised in the more tropical climate of Nova Caledonia, but practitioners were needed here, and to be blunt there was a glut on his sort of talent down there, and so here he was, occupying rooms on the top floor of a Bond Street townhouse.  He didn't mind Bond Street terribly, it was fashionable, upscale and cleaner than most of this sprawling city.  Still, it was cold, and a man could only wear so much wool, he did peek to insure that the fire was burning warmly.

Michael Turnbull Craig, known to some as Mad Mike, was a tall man as were all his family, but at only three inches over six feet not nearly the tallest, he was a sturdy man, more compact in size than his contemporaries of the era, but his 13 stone or two hundred and forty pounds of weight, depending on how you measured it, was gratifyingly solid.  He spent a fair amount of time at his club to insure that didn't change.  Besides, physical prowess was as important as mental acuity in his profession.

He and his partner were a few of the openly practicing Preternatural Consulting Detectives in the world, meaning that they investigated and attended to matters of the supernatural.  Officially they did this on their own, but in truth there was more behind them than met the eye.  They were a bit daring for their time, unmarried men and women did not share rooms, but their profession insured that they would never be wholly acceptable to society anyway, but they were very en vogue in these times of spiritualists and seances.  Some of the mediums were real enough, both he and his partner were quite capable in those areas, and many others.

He sighed and returned his attention to the Stand Magazine and scoffed for the fiftieth time.  "We should never allowed that Doyle chap in here," he said for the thousandth time.  "First he stole his description of that rediculous detective of his from ours and then made a shambles of it, then he applies a veneer of intellect and a whole lot of sleight of hand to make that Holmes fellow seem fantastically clever.  Damn you Doyle," he growled.  "If you attract attention to us I'll brain you.  It wasn't all that long ago we'd be considered witches and burned at the stake!  Arthur Conan Doyle, what sort of name is that, Arthur is well enough, but Conan, what sort of name is that?  Anyone named Conan is doomed to be beaten daily in school."

There was atap at the door and it opened to admit the land lady.  "Ah, Mrs Moriarty, so good of you to bring supper promptly, I'm perishing from hunger."  He rose and stepped to the table.  "And you anticipated my appetite wonderfully, roast beef, no less, and fine-looking potatoes to attend it.  You are a marvel, my dear lady."  He took her hand and kissed it roguishly, eliciting a giggle from her before she took her leave, declaring her lodger a cheeky fellow.

"Ezri," he called to his partner, "supper is on the table and I'm opening the wine."

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Re: Gray & Craig - Preternatural Consulting Detectives
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2010, 12:12:26 AM »
Meanwhile...

Deep in the hear of London a Bobby staggered out from an alley, his eyes wide in a face the color of fresh milk.  His mouth moved by no sounds were forthcoming.  A civic-minded matron stopped and delivered a blistering tirade about his appearance and his obvious drunkenness when he turned his face to her, and the contents of his stomach spewed forth and covered the patroness of the streets before his eyes rolled back in his head and he fell back unconscious.  Shrill denunciations turned to screams of horror and outrage, and then shrill bloodcurdling horror whe she saw the blood dripping from his boots.



Days on a damn kraut airship from Australia to England, with stops at every unsavory aerial port along the way left him in a foul mood.  There were whole weeks that it didn't pay to be a special diplomatic courier.  At least they had a steam coach waiting for him, and the chests he carried, each carefully safeguarded with diplomatic seals.  His job was done, when he reached the embassy he enjoyed several tastes of the only thing this dismal foggy rock in the North Sea had to offer, single malt scotch.  It was the job of another to collect the portions of the goods that needed to be distributed, including a large box for bond street.  Michael was just sitting down to eat when that box was out the back door to be delivered.

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Re: Gray & Craig - Preternatural Consulting Detectives (Shades of Gray)
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2011, 11:50:16 PM »
She could hear him bickering in the opposite room; a  constant for her that blended into the background like music. Ezri was so used  to it by now that the woman knew when to grunt and
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"Are you sure you know what you're doing?"
"Not one bit. But it's okay, I'm like every landlord in the nation. I've Googled directions."
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Re: Gray & Craig - Preternatural Consulting Detectives (Shades of Gray)
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2011, 02:53:38 AM »
"That's what I like about you," he regarded her with a cocked eyebrow.  "Your sunny disposition and eternal optimism."  He indicated the Strand Magazine.  "Read the description of the flat Holmes and Watson share and then have a gander at our own digs.  He lifted our accommodations and dropped them directly into his writing.  I'll give him credit for his scientific methods, he certainly paid attention there, and he didn't come out and say that his holmes fellow had gifts, he covered that with that deduction business, but if anyone gets the notion in their heads that he learned much of this by borrowing reports from Scotland Yard about out exploits we'll be miserable."

He paused long enough to devour a plate of roast beef and broiled potatoes before continuing.  "There's talk about putting airship masts in Central London," he pointed to the paper with his knife before he refilled his plate again.  "I'm not sure that I approve.  Just watch, some idiot will lean too far from a window and fall, and in central London that means ten others get flattened with the poor sod.  Germany is building most of those bloody things now, mark my words, let that bull-necked kraut they have as a Kaiser have too many toys like that and he'll do something daft.  The admiralty had better pull their fingers out and realize that ships are nice but airships are the future."

He was about to launch into a fresh subject when there was a tap at the door below.  "Who would come at suppertime?" he grumbled and had his question answered soon after as a thin man struggled in with a locked case.  "What have we here?" he asked.  "And at suppertime?"

"I am Pearle, from the Caladonian Embassy," he presented his card.  "This case accompanied the routine diplomatic pouch and was addressed to you."  He bowed slightly to Ezri and slipped back out as quickly as he came in.  Mrs Moriarty stared at the man in confusion and closed the door as they left together.

Michael studied the lock for a moment and grinned, taking out his watch fob and twisting it into a key, he carefully unlocked the case and opened it.  "Very nice!" he turned it to show Ezri.  There was a cut down shotgun of the new semi-automatic type, as well as two automatic revolvers, one in .50 caliber and the other in .44.  There was also a nice selection of ammunition, lead and silver.  "I believe they even got all of the Chemicals you wanted from Palto Riaga as well.  The place will reek of potions soon I'm afraid."

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Re: Gray & Craig - Preternatural Consulting Detectives (Shades of Gray)
« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2011, 11:37:23 AM »
Her smirk was cleverly hidden behind her wine glass, masked  by the dark liquid that greeted her lips and danced across her pallet. A bit  dry, but not too much, tasting of elderberries and the remnants of chocolate, a  fine concoction that made Ezri quite pleased. She set the glass down once she  retained control of her face and served herself, taking in Michael
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Re: Gray & Craig - Preternatural Consulting Detectives (Shades of Gray)
« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2011, 03:51:42 PM »
Michael heard the sound of clattering hooves and wheels of a cab that suddenly slid to a stop in the street.  "I suggest you load silver," Michael sighed as someone pounded frantically at the door.  "I believe duty calls."

"Ah, Inspector Haldane, sit you and have a glass of wine," Michael greeted him as the wild-eyed man entered their rooms, then reconsidered.  "No, only a whiskey will do," he rose and poured a double and set it before the frazzled man who took the whole glass down and held it out for another.

"Ah would nae believe it if Ah had nae seen it wi' muh own eyes," the broad Scot's of the inspector's upbringing crept back into the foreground when he was under considerable stress.  "A woomun skinned an' all taken fro' th' body."

"And you think the ripper has returned?"

"Some do," he conceded, belting down the last of the second drink and composing himself.  "I dinnae, th' cuts 'r all wrong, an' the body was left, not cut in place."

"Interesting.  What would you say to a trip with the inspector to have a look at this singular occurrence?"  Michael asked as he opened his bag, similar to a doctor's bag to check that he had all he needed, then loaded the pistol with silver and slid it into a holster at his back, well hidden under his coat.

"Thot's a beg fookin' gun," Haldane marvelled, then a sheet of crimson shot up his face and he mumbled an apology to Ezri.

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Re: Gray & Craig - Preternatural Consulting Detectives (Shades of Gray)
« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2011, 12:12:12 PM »
If the news of a woman having been found skinned was  startling, Ezri didn
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Re: Gray & Craig - Preternatural Consulting Detectives (Shades of Gray)
« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2011, 03:58:35 PM »
Michael took her arm and they descended the stairs and swept straight into a waiting cab.  A word from inspector Haldane soon had the hooves clattering faster than normal on the cobbles and in the space of a quarter of an hour they descended to find a ring of constables blocking the body.  "We learned after the ripper," Haldane murmured.  "Keep the scene clean."

He led them into the ring and a few of the men hid the bodies from view with blankets as they knelt to observe.  It was as he said.  Skinned, but there were only a few traces of tool work in this.  "Whatever they used, it left dashed few traces," Michael observed.  "Ezri, what do you make of it?"

 

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