The Harbinger and the Fountain

A Secret Illuminated

Where a Secret of Lucien Brielle's is brought to light.

Thursday, Septemer 21st, 1815
After much planning outside Le Cameleon’s home the party knocks on the front door. Father Souisse manages to distract the woman and abscond with her in a carriage. He berates her and, suddenly, she flicks her fingers across his face, blinding him. She then leaps out of the carriage, evading the well-worn bullwhip of Lucien, and ducks down the alleyway. Lucien leaps after her but comes back limping and says the woman disappeared. The rest of the group enters the house and finds many interesting articles upon searching the house. They find an invitation inviting someone named Leon Davieu (a cover identity for Le Cameleon?) to the Winter Ball at the estate of Lord Henry Tavlin. They find a Letter of Diplomatic Immunity signed by the French Ambassador and the King of France. The letter is addressed for a man, Marcel Caron. There was a copious pile of love letters from many French women. The interior of the apartment is stiflingly hot and steams the windows. A knock on the door disturbs the group searching the house. It is a letter courier who, after tipped copiously in illusionary coin from Mearcair’s purse, delivers a small letter. The letter reads simply, “check the hall closet.” It is unsigned. Stony Joe heads upstairs and, being made of stone, opens the door in case of explosion. There is a black box with a purple bow. Inside the box is a small, porcelain doll that Dr. Cavindish recognizes as his daughter’s.
Leaving abruptly, Dr. Cavindish instructs Lucien Brielle to make for his home with all possible speed. Arriving home his wife, Mary, tells Cavindish that he returned home today and took their daughter, Victoria, with him to work. Almost assuredly, Le Cameleon kidnapped Cavindish’s daughter. Mary, not aware their daughter has been kidnapped, tells Dr. Cavindish of a letter that arrived for him today. The letter was scribbled hastily and appears to be in his own hand. It reads, simply, “Who killed Duchess Peony Newton? Discover Lucien’s secret. It is IMPORTANT. Do it soon.” It was signed with Dr. Cavindish’s initials. Father Souisse heads out to the carriage and confronts Lucien about the secrets that he is keeping. Lucien, wishing greatly to tell Father Souisse everything, refuses to speak of his secret directly but mentions that he knows of a way to inform Souisse of what this secret is. Souisse smacks Lucien for his insolence. Being late in the evening everyone retires.

Friday, September 22nd, 1815
Except for Cavindish. Who pushes on with yet no sleep again. He exchanges his weary humors for a fresh tank of blood that he keeps in his lab. He then uses some extra material in his lab (i.e. a young boy) to fashion a detector for his daughter, Victoria. He replaces the boy’s heart with four pigeon hearts all sensitized with the scent of his daughter. Strangely, the small boy followed a path that led through several churches in this order: Christ Church, St. Anne’s Church, St. Paul, St. James Church, St. Mary Rotherhithe.
Lucien begs Father Souisse to help him clear his name and, reluctantly, Souisse agrees. Lucien tells Father Souisse several rumors that surrounded the murder case of Lady Peony Newton. Her husband, Duke Elijah Newton, was at a party in London on the evening of April 5th, 1813, approximately 100 miles away from his home estate where Duchess Peony was at (she was not feeling well that evening and did not travel with the Duke). One of the house staff swears that she saw the Duke return home just before Lady Peony was killed. He talks of a man who knew the Duke but became estranged from him just after the death of the Duchess. He is a man named Sir Charles Milton. Souisse confronts Sir Milton at his home and demands him to tell what is going on as the good Father is losing patience. Threatening the man with eternal damnation, Sir Milton tells Father Souisse that he will show him some papers that will clear the matter up. Heading to his office he retrieves a paper and hands it to Souisse and promptly drops over dead. Souisse opens the letter just in time to find Sir Milton’s handwriting disappear from the signature line at the bottom of the page. He heads back to the carriage where Lucien is waiting. He tells Father Souisse that he can help him more in his work if he signs the paper. Father Souisse refuses and heads back to the club. He stashes the letter in a book on the shelf in Dr. Cavindish’s waiting room but cannot seem to find his way out again. Thankfully there are cigars and brandy.

Mearcair found that he had to step out to attend to something mentioned in the secretive letters he received at the docks every Tuesday from the mysterious D.H. The boat approaches the dock and people begin disembarking. One of them locks eyes with Mearcair and approaches him and introduces himself as Art, Art Cavindish. Art mentions that he has to make a trip to Holehaven. While travelling, Mearcair talks with him over his life and travels. Art headed East when he left London and wound up circling around to the Americas where he saw the immense evils that slavery can inflict upon a society and the world at large. He mentions that he was brought here by a letter but refuses to disclose the writer of the letter. They stop at Holehaven and he gets out, makes a slow circle around the crater, and then comes back to the carriage relieved that nothing happened and the two head back to London. Art asks Mearcair for a list of all of Arthur Cavindish Sr.’s ships which Mearcair rapidly provides. Mearcair heads back to the Club, unable to mention the identity of his charge to anyone else.

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