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IC Ferromani Nights: Strange Tales and Dreadful Deeds ( Chapter 2)

Damian May

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"That I can do." Maria replies, having concluded that would be the likely response, but warns "But you must be careful. There are many things below the surface of this matter that I do not yet understand, so I must cast my net over those I can perceive for now."

Thus said, she gestures to the stairs down to the garden, and leads Lucrezia (And Lumio as well, after a glance behind her in his direction) to a more challenging artistic pursuit.

Maria's question to Giovanni and Alessandro is rather less courtly in tone, consisting of a terse "So, have we a workable plan to contain the crabs, Signors?" and a casual introduction of "Alessandro, this is Lucrezia. She will be observing and recording the investigation below."
Lucrezia hid herself partially behind Maria, but was watching Alessandro with a burning interest.

"So far it would be best to use strong nets that can be hung from the ceiling and weighted below, but long enough that they will move a little when pushed into so that it harder to cut through them. Solid obstacles like boxes would tend to be easier to break or displace." Alessandro replies.
"Indeed. Though I think we should keep some heavy chests and planks on hand as well, just in case."
Lumio looked at the two men, " Nets....chests...planks.....alright, I will get some men to set those up.....uh....inside the tunnel? On the steps or below them?"
 

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Diana hurried forward laying a hand on Zampas forearm, " I am Signorina Diana Colombo. Our residence ajoins yours along the perimeter there."

" Is the lady of the house present?"

The figure awkwardly shifted from facing Zampa to facing Diana, " Yes."

Another 30 seconds or so passed awkwardly......

" Right......", said Diana a little nonplussed. " Can you please announce that I am visiting.....no....could you ask them if I may make an appointment for this very moment?"

Another 30 seconds or so passed....

The figure sketched an awkward bow and retreated through an iron-bound oak door, " I will return shortly."

Diana beamed at Zampa, " Odd sort of fellow."
The figure did not return.....but a few minutes later the main gate of the complex opened with a loud whine of ungreased hinges and two guards dressed in emerald satin livery emerged accompanied by an older woman dressed in a severe style with a low wide twinned brim and a light veil over her face. Her skin was pale as if she saw little sun and her eyes a very pale blue above tight lips.

" Willkommen, Dear Neighbours. I am Ula von Humboldt. How can I be of assistance?"
 

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The figure did not return.....but a few minutes later the main gate of the complex opened with a loud whine of ungreased hinges and two guards dressed in emerald satin livery emerged accompanied by an older woman dressed in a severe style with a low wide twinned brim and a light veil over her face. Her skin was pale as if she saw little sun and her eyes a very pale blue above tight lips.

" Willkommen, Dear Neighbours. I am Ula von Humboldt. How can I be of assistance?"
Zampa curtisies and introduces Diana, adding

"Mistress is making a courtesy call Ma'am. Tradition of our fair city and all that."
 

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Lucrezia hid herself partially behind Maria, but was watching Alessandro with a burning interest.

Lumio looked at the two men, " Nets....chests...planks.....alright, I will get some men to set those up.....uh....inside the tunnel? On the steps or below them?"
Alessandro replies "below the steps would be best."
 

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Alessandro replies "below the steps would be best."
The boy drew himself up, " Well...in that case..as the Mistresses official representative....if you two gentlemen wouldn't mind heading down there and holding them off while the work is done?"
 

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Alessandro looks quizzical for a moment then says "We will need spears and large shields I think to keep them at a distance while they work."
 

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Lucrezia hid herself partially behind Maria, but was watching Alessandro with a burning interest.





Lumio looked at the two men, " Nets....chests...planks.....alright, I will get some men to set those up.....uh....inside the tunnel? On the steps or below them?"
Alessandro replies "below the steps would be best."
The boy drew himself up, " Well...in that case..as the Mistresses official representative....if you two gentlemen wouldn't mind heading down there and holding them off while the work is done?"
Alessandro looks quizzical for a moment then says "We will need spears and large shields I think to keep them at a distance while they work."
Lumio shrugged, " Uh...I don't know if we have those....where would I find them?"

"Indeed. The rest of you should hold well back until we give the word."
" No problem there.", the boy grinned.

He headed off to find someone to bring the wanted supplies.
 

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Zampa curtisies and introduces Diana, adding

"Mistress is making a courtesy call Ma'am. Tradition of our fair city and all that."
Diana smiled and dipped very slightly to the older woman.

Signora Von Humbolt smiled a tight smile, " Well.......we can't ignore tradition can we."

" Please, do come in....", she turned on the spot and began walking towards the entrance at a brisk pace.

Diana grinned at Zampa and followed her.
 
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