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Charles Whitehurst

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    Lord Langdon

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  1. Charles Whitehurst

    The Haunted Trail April 6 Morning

    "Thomas Hilton," Charles repeated aloud. That sounded right. "What did he do that was so heroic that it justified the award of the dagger I wonder?" He hoped Susan might have an answer. "Alasia is an odd name. Who was her father to have gained such an exalted position?" Perhaps they were not as important as he had thought originally. The revelations about the names were soon to be overtaken by some new secret. The young earl's eyes sparkled at the thought of something intriguing or scandalous. "Oh? Do tell. Do not keep me waiting," he asked excitedly.
  2. Charles Whitehurst

    Ghostling Goading

    Charles could not help but gape and then dissolve into laughter at Sam's jest. "I would be a horrible woman. I would be quite the sight!" He continued to chuckle. "How could I run after the villain in skirts?" More importantly, he dared not be seen by his men dressed as a lady. As the idea for gathering intelligence evolved, Charles commented on Sam's suggestion. "I'm thinking we have some men dressed in street clothes watch the house, front and back. When a servant leaves and walks down the street, the men will escort the servant here to Somerset Palace. I will interrogate the servant and then send him or her back to the house." He had grown to be concerned that the dagger would be burglarized from his house. If someone was willing to kill for it, why would they not send a tthief in to steal it? As such, it was better to keep the dagger with him at all times. It was the safest place. He was only too happy to hand it to Sam for inspection. "It would be extreme to try and kill someone for the dagger if one only wanted to sell it. There are better ways to earn coin. There must be something special about it."
  3. Charles Whitehurst

    The Haunted Trail April 6 Morning

    "Hours?" The Earl took her seriously. "You are quite the early riser. I had thought to give you some time to … ready yourself." Were not women always needing more time to get ready? "I apologize, I should have proposed a set time." Taking the key from her, Charles was only too happy to open the door to the archive. It seemed a bit odd that she did not enter already, but maybe she worried that he would not look for her in there. Putting the key in the lock, he attempted to open the door and hold it open for Susan to enter.
  4. Charles Whitehurst

    Ghostling Goading

    Charles pondered the various alternatives, finding none to his liking. "I'd not risk our troops seeing you dressed as a woman," he whispered. Protecting her secret was of great importance to him. For her to be discovered would be to take away the very thing she wished to maintain. "Better to have one of the men dress as a woman," he offered with a smile. "We must preserve your secret." He sat back as he pondered the scene conjured. "They might admit the couple for a few minutes, but would not be likely to let us wander. Likely we would pull our weapons on the servants while the master fled." "I am thinking we need more information before crashing down the door." This was unlike the Earl. He favored bold action. "We need to question some of the servants of the house. They can be bribed or arrested, but they can tell us about the gentleman and family that lives there. Once we know more, we can better capture the villain." As for the revelation about the age of the crime, Charles found himself shaking his head. "It is very strange, I admit. Why should a descendant care so much? Why the dagger? If they recover the dagger, it is nothing. It is not proof of guilt. They have nothing to fear. If it is merely an heirloom, then why fight so hard to recover it?" It did not make sense. He had thought on the motive long and hard before. He took the dagger from its hiding spot in his jacket and laid it on his desk. "There must be something more to this." he examined the dagger anew and showed it to Sam. "Maybe there is a secret compartment full of rubies," he offered hopefully as he looked for sign of a latch. At least that would make some sense to him.
  5. It was a damn fine love letter and the first he had ever received, so he folded it carefully and returned it to his coat pocket. He managed to take a look into the gallery to find where Darlene might be seated. He thought he saw her behind Davina. It was then that he realized that he needed to vote, so he mimicked the voting of the Duke of Cumberland. It was what any good officer would do. He dutifully returned his attention to the floor, deciding that he would thank Darlene later for the letter, in private.
  6. He was not sure of the politics of the situation, nor did he torture his mind to unveil it. Rather, he add his voice to Lord Gerard and Fosbury. "Here here." It was time to vote. Charles felt an itch inside his jacket. When he went to scratch, he found a piece of paper that had been placed there. He moved to take a closer look.
  7. He had nightmares the night before of dead men chasing him. His sword had hacked them to pieces but they reassembled themselves.. Today he had come to the library to meet with Susan Herbert. With him was his golden dagger and a pile of correspondence between the Swan and the Lion.. She had told him the day before that she had learned the name of the Swan and he was eager to put more pieces of the puzzle together. They had not picked a specific time to meet, but he hoped she might be waiting for him there. He scanned the room to see if she was present.
  8. Charles Whitehurst

    Ghostling Goading

    Sam counseled caution, which seemed counter to his strategy of direct confrontation. Charles had a notion that a direct approach would give him the element of surprise and disarm his enemy. Yet, he paused to consider her words. The enemy knew him and his uniform, so if he was banging on the front door, it was possible that the villains would slip out the back, or not answer the door. "Stealthy," Charles repeated as he thought how to accomplish that. He was not a person accustomed to stealth. Maybe we hide in a wagon, ride up to the door, jump out and batter the front door." After he thought on his words, he was guessing that such a plan was not as stealthy as she had in mind. "Maybe … we find a lady to approach the door and gain admittance and then she holds the door open for us." Darlene would relish the role, but dare he place her in danger? "We hide in the coach with pistols," he added to make clear his plan. "There is the rub," he admitted when Sam thought the murder was fresh. "The murder happened 100 years ago. That is why I am confounded why this blackguard still cares. We have letters that should identify him. From there we will need to look to their heirs. I do not know why the dagger is so important."
  9. Charles Whitehurst

    Ghostling Goading

    "I trust you completely," he responded. "That is why I am telling you this now." She thought him a bit rash, to which he smiled. "You know me … I like arresting everyone, just to be sure." He was only partially jesting with her. "The man had a gang of thugs attack an innocent lady that he thought had the dagger and then sent some villains into our very own secret passages to kill me but they could not find me because I was hidden in the room. At least that is what the spirit told me. If true, this man could be a threat to the King and Queen … given his ability to access passageways. The urchins led us to the right house, so I think we need to be vigilant. We could be walking into a trap."
  10. Daniel did not realize how close he came to an acceptance. The Earl of Langdon longed secretly to physically thrash an opponent. Had he not been a gentlemen, Charles would have found a punch to the face as an appropriate first gesture. Fortunately, he had schooled those tendencies over the last several years. So, he ignored Daniel's comment. If the man continued to misbehave, he might summon the master-at-arms. In Langdon's mind, Exeter's words bordered on treason. Prince Rupert's reprimand struck Langdon with awe as he stared with glowing approval.
  11. Charles Whitehurst

    Ghostling Goading

    Charles might have been better advised to say nothing to Sam about the adventure, but he was feeling in high spirits with the discovery of the letters. "I can show you the secret room and the skeleton, but you will need to keep it a secret. There is more to the plot." He paused for dramatic effect and nodded knowingly. "There was a dagger. A special one. It killed the lord and I have it. Now someone is trying to kill me to get it. Remember that house the two urchins led us too? The person living there wants the dagger for some reason and I plan to barge in there, arrest everyone and then sort t out later," he declared with pride. "And you are going to help me."
  12. Basildon's speech was inspiring and Charles offered a "here here." Then Audley did a masterful job, receiving a further "here here." The idea of taxing his estate held little appeal, however, as Langdon had always been a poor man and only recently had come into some money with his odd marriage. Even Chilchester received an approving nod. The latter lord was a bit of a strange bird to the young officer. At times they were at odds and at others the older Earl seemed downright friendly. It was hard to know where things stood with that one. Next to him sat Finch's oldest son. He acted as though he was at some coach stop with a paper and an apple. He gave the man a stern look. "You know there is no food to be eaten in the chamber," he whispered. The gall of the man! Daniel must think himself impervious to reprimand given that his father ran the Chamber. Taking a closer look at the man, he was reminded of something he had discovered two years ago … that Daniel was somehow a witness or involved with the murder of his wards' husband and father. His eyes narrowed. Maybe it was not too late to question the man The fact that he was a lord saved him from the worst impulses of Langdon in wanting to question people..
  13. Charles Whitehurst

    Ghostling Goading

    Charles replied absently to Sam as he read the first letter or two. "I found a secret room in the dungeons below the palace in the secret passageways. There was a skeleton there which was an obvious victim of a murder," he revealed as he scanned the contents of the letter The son's name was Seth and the Swan was viewed as an aunt. Might the Lion and the Swan be brother and sister-in-law? That would be interesting. The letter must have been sent after the Lion was murdered; butthen, why would it be in the correspondence chest? There were things that did not add up for the young officer. "I went back to the room at midnight on New Years Eve. I thought if there was ever a time a spirit might be able to communicate, it would be then. It spoke with a flicker of a lantern light Sam. It was quite the sight," he exclaimed as he perused the next letter.
  14. Charles Whitehurst

    Ghostling Goading

    Unaware of her thoughts, Charles was thinking of business. He looked at the administrative order and it seemed appropriate. "This is fine," he pronounced. This freed him to discuss the chest of letters. "You questioned whether I was looney, didn't you?" he jested as he took a sip. "The ghost told me they would be there, and they were." He felt triumphant on that point. Opening the chest, he pulled forth a letter to read it. If it was saucy enough he might read it aloud for amusement. "This will give me the name of the ghost ultimately."
  15. Charles Whitehurst

    Ghostling Goading

    Charles had enough women problems already. He was in the active mindset of reducing lovers as opposed to enlarging that circle. Fortunately he had seen little to nothing of Fiona McBain. She had threatened to come to his office dressed a s a man to sneak in. Sam was not just another soldier to Charles. She had saved his life and she had his complete trust. She had tricked him into having intimate relations at Newmarket more than a year ago by pretending to be another woman. She had later pledged herself to him in an ambiguous way not free of some emotional and then had disappeared when he had assumed that they were two friends and allies pledging their loyalty. She had grown distant for a time but then renewed regular contact. They seemed to be getting along well as two officers that are good friend might. She would give her life for him and he would do likewise if she were in peril, but he had thought little about intimate relations with her. It seemed especially dangerous because such a relationship could jeopardize a rare friendship. "Come in have a seat. I'm having a sip of wine to celebrate my discovery." he pointed to the chest. "The pieces of the puzzle are falling into place. Now what of this administrative matter?" He was ready to pour her some wine.
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