Today started well enough for me. I got off early from The Bleeding Rose last night so I wasn’t sore and tired as seems to be usual.
Apparently a young man, who got too deep in debt gambling and became the indentured servant of a Miss Lorraine, shrugged off his chains and made his escape. Miss Lorraine came in and offered a pretty handsome pile of gold for the man’s recapture. However he could not be harmed or killed. We would get more than our fair share of trouble should that be the case.
Old Barton asked Dalia and Gored to hit up Scurvytown to look for the boy. A few people said he used to gamble in that area and may have holed up with some old friends. While them two were diving and slumming, Cleo and Krolemite were to go to The Lady, owned by the beautiful Vymena “The Vice”, where it was rumored the man used to haunt and gamble, and to satiate other thirsts, if you get my meaning.
Shortly after the clock chimed noon, Dalia and Gored showed up with the man in tow, covered in muck, bruises, and smelling of things worse than garbage. I think Barton tried to stifle a chuckle and ended up inhaling too much of his pipe smoke.
“Run into a little trouble did ya?”
Gored seemed to mumble something about wanting to break the boy and shuffled off to find food in the backroom. Dalia passed the boy off to Barton, who threw him in the cellar to be guarded by Batatango. The man started screaming as soon as he hit cellar floor, honestly who wouldn’t scream when a large silverback gorilla bears down on them? I’ll tell you a secret though, Botatango is a softy and likes to be pet and hugged… that is until Barton tells Botatango to kill or hurt someone, then he just gets down right nasty.
Old Barton and Dalia exchanged some words about the man’s fate and something about it being fair to return him. In the end Barton warned Dalia to not bite off moren’ she could chew and not get him involved.
The door flew open and Cleo and Krolemite stumbled in laughing, obviously slightly tipsy, and looking like they had the time of their lives. I must say that the difference between those two and Dalia and Gored was quite funny.
Barton told us that we were done for the day and to show up bright and early when Miss Lorraine would collect the boy and we would get our gold.
I was glad he was letting us go early I had a long client list at The Bleeding Rose and I wanted to get my first client over with, a lecherous old man suffering from a bad case of gout.
The Next Morning
Everyone showed up more or less sober and conscious the next morning ready for their pay, which went pretty smoothly considering the hired goons that Miss Lorraine brought with her. I’ve seen smaller mountains than these guys.
We whittled away a few hours playing some cards, Cleo managing to come out a head as always. Gored accused her of cheating, and she merely smiled and stated that, “the Gods worked in mysterious ways..” I’m not sure about Gods, but I don’t think Gored noticed her putting some cards back up her sleeve. Considering I got a 10% cut of what she won, I’m not complaining either.
Slightly after 10 in the morning the bell chimed as the door opened and a portly woman wearing a plain canvas dress with mousy brown hair and coal on her face and hands walked in.
She sat down and explained that 4 days ago her husband Thomas, a Longshoreman who works on The Docks, went missing in Scurvytown after his friend and fellow Longshoreman, Old Crow, parted ways after drinking.
Sadly it became apparent that she couldn’t afford our fees and began begging to serve as housekeeper in exchange for services. Barton showed his inner heart of gold by agreeing to investigate for 2 days to see if anything turned up.
After she departed, Barton became business like, “Alright you lumps, listen up! That woman needs our help, but I have a whole different reason for taking the job. There have been several other disappearances reported in Drac’s End, Scurvytown, The Docks, and Bloodsalt. We might be able to find something out and use it to help customers who can afford to pay us.
“Also there was a ganger attack in Scurvytown, some boys were hurt. I want some of you to go there and check it out. Might be some people looking to take revenge on these gangers and pay those with the info some money..
“I want you to split up into two teams to check this stuff out. Who’s going to The Docks to talk to other Longshoremen and who’s going to Scurytown?”
It was quickly decided that Dalia and Krolemite would head to The Docks and Cleo, Gored, and Lady Doom would travel to Scurvy Town to the Bloody Bandage to talk with the doctor treating the boys.
With that the group head out to find adventure.
To Be Continued….