-- UNEXPECTED TENTACLE SESSION 24 -- -- FLOWERS FROM THE PAST -- -- (10.02.97) -- Allerton was currently in custody, refused bail by the court. Several people had already resigned from the police or had gone missing, presumably run when the realised Allerton might try to take them down with him. The ship only had a few slaves on, Faraday's theory being that somehow they'd found about the raid and thrown all the dead(?) slaves over-board. Farady thought that now, along with the circumstancial evidence collected over the last two years, he had enough to put Allerton away for a long time. Other theories explaining why only about thirty slaves were found include: Could the ship have stopped off on an island in the mid-Atlantic ridge, leaving the slave for some nefarious purpose. Maybe similar economics to smuggling rare birds was in operation - you don't need many to make a profit, a lot tend to die to the trip due to conditions, therefore pile in plenty so some survive the voyage. Arriving back at Arkham, Guppy decided to go home while the rest of us retired to the professors set. A telegram, sent from England awaited us at the porters lodge - apparently from the Reverend. "Coming home. Meet at triumph of the spade. 28th July" Unfortunatly 12 days ago, we missed the meeting but resolved to go directly to Brent the following day. Carefully approaching and unlocking the door, we were disappointed not to be completely covered in ichor and other assorted unpleasent substances (tuna?) Standing in the middle of the room, something suddenly clicked in Jeremiah's mind and collapsed, dribbling on the carpet and gibbering phrases in latin. Eventually calming down, he revealed that he'd finally found the key to the cipher, although further study would be needed. For once, we had a peaceful night, rising early and collecting the hire car we'd arranged the previous evening. Driving swiftly to Brent, we arrived at Stanley Wingate's grave. No sign of the Reverend, but some old flowers lay next to the headstone. Somebody had obviously disturbed the dust inside the church recently, but we could see no sign of any message. Purchasing some flowers (snap dragons), we left them on the grav with a little card - "Misking you more and more. JJ 11/9/28." Climbing up the tower, the portal was still there bigger than we last remembered it and pulsating slightly. After careful experimentation, we found that this portal was part of a cluster of five, as predicted, aranged in a five pointed star. We could reach four of the portals - Brent, Eynsham, Eanston and some study of unknown location - probably not at Allerton's house judging by the map we drew of the physical locations of these portals. (Boston didn't fit the pattern we were looking for.) Realising we'd left Guppy behind at Arkham, we quickly left a message saying that we couldn't find out what the furthest portal was connected to, and left. Guppy hadn't apparently arrived back at his house, we immediately informed Faraday, our plans to visit Allerton's house (now up for sale) dashed by the current circumstances.
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