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Murder at the Olympic Village
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Pinball Amateur

Aug-22-2016 23:47

I was spending a quiet week at the Majestic Hotel, which was being used to house both athletes and spectators alike during the Olympics. It was quite the change from my usual schedule of chasing down deadbeats and trying to figure out why the crackpots of the world were killing each other. I breathed the smell of fresh air and sunshine in deeply to my lungs as I straightened my hat in the mirror. What a change from the stink of the smog and despair of the city. I could used to this, a lot. There, that was perfect. I was ready to start my day.

Suddenly, there was a knock at my door. I opened it to find the Hotel Manager frantically looking around and fidgeting nervously. ''Ah, there you are! Please, come with me,'' he demanded, not bothering to check if I followed him.

I shrugged, picked up my pocketbook, and followed him down the door, closing my room door after me. We descended the Main Stairs rapidly, and I listened idly while the Manager whispered hysterically, ''How could this happen? And now, of all times!! We'll be shut down for sure. Why did it have to happen right on the main landing, of all places? I'm doomed!''

''Something wrong, Sir?'' I asked kindly, trying valiantly to keep up with him.

We rounded a corner of the staircase, and I promptly ran into the Manager's back.

''She's been pommeled!! By a horse, no less! Please, Detective, FIX THIS! NOW!!!'' he yelled at me, then fled for his office.

I blinked in surprise at his outburst, then turned to look at what had caused it.

I stared open-mouthed at the top of the main staircase. There, a young woman, a member of the British yachting team, was lying underneath a large pommel horse, quite dead. How it had gotten from the gymnastics arena to the Majestic, I had no idea. The young lady had indeed been pommeled - by a horse. It was going to take all my skill to find the killer.


Super Steeper

Aug-24-2016 21:52

Paris, 1924, Newspaper Headline: Drama at the Olympics
My head snapped up when I heard yells in the lobby of the Majestic.
Two men were fighting in front of a lady who was calmly, too calmly, drinking tea. It was none other than the Golden Dragon of the Tea Steepers herself. I strolled up to her table as the men continued to punch each other.
“This your doing?” I asked, jutting my chin out at the men fighting.
“But of course, detective,” she answered. Her golden robe was still present beneath her kimono, but only the most trained eye would see. She asked me if I was involved in the horse murder. “No,” I said. I was on vacation and ill-prepared to solve a mystery.
She motioned for me to sit. Quickly her hand was in the air and tea appeared in front of me faster than my detective abilities could fathom. I looked down and noticed the tea was how I liked it: cream and sugar. I took one sip and waited for her amusement with the fighting men to end.
I never got the chance.
Some time later I woke in the storage shed for the yachting team. My head was pounding; I had obviously been drugged. But as I reached for my wallet, a key fell out of my shirt pocket. It was a strange key with a floatation device attached to it. Turning it over I saw the number 4.
My drugged mind cleared quickly. This was the key to the locker of the yacht team member who had died in the lobby of the Majestic. With a click the key turned in the lock and I held my breath as I opened it. Dozens of newspaper clippings from the City News fell to my feet. On them were scribbles detailing the crimes and how the Eastern Tea Steepers were behind it. Last, but not least, was the clipping from the horse murder.
I had been drawn into their confidence and it was more important than ever that I carefully tread the waters that the Golden Dragon had invited me to. I stepped out from the shed onto the lake as the gun went off for the 1924 Olympic games, holding my breath that I wouldn’t be one of their future news clippings.


Aug-24-2016 23:48

“How in the world did this happen,” Devi wondered out loud.

Much to her surprise, somehow, the Chariots were right behind her. Having heard the commotion, they followed suit. They were all looking at a rather surreal scene.

“Well that looks like someone horsed around,” Murray said.

“Really? Jokes in times like this?” Devi rolled her eyes. They had a job to do, darn it!

“Oh, get off your high horse, Devi,” Mort snickered. “I bet the last thing she thought before she died, was how crushed she would be to not participate in the Olympics anymore. Funnily enough, she did end up being crushed, albeit in a different way.”

“Can we quit with the jokes and figure out how that poor girl ended up under that pommel? How did that even get in the hotel? Why didn’t they throw it off the Eiffel Tower just around the corner if this was a mere joke?”

BadAss, ever the dour, threw the boys a severe look, settled his hat better on his head and took off towards the crime scene. He took out his “1924” notebook and started jotting down everything he saw, one of his many habits. It was a gory scene, full of blood and other stuff no one really wants to think about. The woman was crushed under a pommel that seemed to have fallen from the landing above the stairs. Truth be told, the situation stood quite differently, the detectives were sure. The pommel had been thrown.

Devi took off to that location, leaving the men behind at the gruesome scene. She wanted to figure out just how someone could throw a pommel horse onto that poor lady. Sure enough, there were marks all over the railing, as well as a couple of chalk covered shoe prints in different sizes. They didn’t match. Devi called Mortimer for a second to take a closer look at the shoe prints. Her intuition was right; the prints didn’t match. That meant they had two killers on their hands.


Aug-24-2016 23:49

Devi joined the rest of the Chariots just as the coroner arrived to take the body. BadAss tucked the notebook in his coat pocket, while Murray and Mort chatted with the doctor. They coaxed him to inform them immediately if anything suspicious was found during the autopsy, but it was pretty clear what the cause of death had been. The only question remaining was whether it was the Swiss gymnastics team or the French yachting folks. Or maybe it was the American rowers.

“We have loads of people to interview,” Devi said grimly. The place was teeming with athletes, tourists and locals. Just enough people to see something and too many to actually have any good leads to go on. That was always the case with big crowds. Everyone saw something, but no one saw the details.

“That we do. But first, we dine. I’m so hungry I could eat a horse,” BadAss said, cracking a rare smile as he walked away, leaving behind three open mouths.

Reposted due to reasons named on the Week 3 board.

luc pfeiffer
luc pfeiffer

Aug-25-2016 00:57

Murder at the Majestic

I met up with a red-faced lieutenant in full uniform (including whip) named Charles Francois Menet, as I crossed the stairs. He told me tersely that he was officially in charge. I reminded him that the hotel had retained the services of my agency to find out what had happened.

"Fine," he ground out, "just don't get in the way."

In short order, the lieu had the horse picked up, carried down the stairs, and placed in the main lobby. I muttered a short plea to Sophie to please inspect the horse for god only knew what, then to Alex to please inquire as to the victim's enemies and why they might have wanted her dead, and to Sindy, asking her to go to the manager, find out what gymnastic teams were lodging in the hotel, and then to track them down and find out why they had dragged the horse there.

The removal of the pommel horse had left a scene that I had seen before. A girl in her early 20's lay bloody and broken on the floor. While the lieu and a bespectacled man in a suit who had come with him closely examined the body, I found something else formerly beneath the horse to be of interest. "Um, lieu, you might want to take notice of this."

I'll give him this, he did at least walk around the body to where I was. "So it's a banana peel. You'll find hundreds of them in this city. We have laws," he finished and turned back to what was obviously a more interesting sight.

My team met for lunch a couple hours later. Alex had come through and found out about her enemies, two of which held promise. The coach of the British gymnastics team had shared that the victim's and his teams both used the same storage space. The victim, as captain of her team, had taken it upon herself to tell the coach that his gymnasts had not kept their equipment organized and tucked away. Therefore her team's stuff wouldn't fit in the locker.

luc pfeiffer
luc pfeiffer

Aug-25-2016 00:58

The other suspect had been the victim's fiance until two months before. She had lived with the fiance and his family on an estate until she had called off the wedding. He had said that the fiance had kept some of her belongings, including a cherished teddy bear. He claimed that she had kept his own prized sheepdog. They had arranged to meet in the hotel's bar to work things out. "Did he actually arrive at the bar?"

"He did," Sophie nodded, "and he stayed there for more than three hours, until the ruckus of her death caused him to flee the premises."

"You don't think it was the fiance?" Sindy asked.

"Not if the bartender puts him there all three hours," I looked to Sophie to confirm and Sophie nodded in consent. "So if my fiance turned up dead, I'd run like a coyote with my tail between my legs too. No, I'm much more interested in the owners of the horse."

"That would be the Swiss," Sindy chimed in.

"The Swiss? Really?," I asked dubiously.

"Yes, they wanted more practice time and thus moved the horse of their rivals, the British, into their own suite."

"Did you find out who volunteered to move it?"

"Yes, Otto Pfister and Georges Miez."

"Only 2?"

"Yes, apparently they are quite strong."

"Hmm, and it took 4 of the lieu's men to even lift it. But that explains the banana peel."

"The banana peel?" Alex asked, confused.

"Yes," I turned back to Sindy, "Did they say anything about bumping into someone?," I asked her.

"As a matter of fact, one of them did mention bumping into a waiter coming down the stairs as they were coming up."

"That's how it happened," I cut in. "They were bringing it up the stairs; one bumps into a waiter bringing a tray downstairs, he suddenly can't find his footing, trips over a lady also coming down the stairs, drops the horse, and the unfortunate lady is underneath. He tries to regain his footing and his grip and drops it a second time, breaking the unfortunate lady's neck. All from one banana peel," I finished.

luc pfeiffer
luc pfeiffer

Aug-25-2016 00:59

Three days later, the martinet lieu hadn't found bupkus. I related the story to him in his office as he knocked back whiskey after whiskey, none of which he shared with me. “A banana?!” he said aghast. “the Swiss team?!!” he was incredulous. But this is 1924. We have LAWS!!” he thundered.

“It was an accident,” I cut him off. “Something you normally see on stage or from Charlie Chaplin.''

"Oooh, we love him," the lieu swung his arms expansively.

"Great, but it means my client is off the hook."

"Yes, yes, but I want you and your team out Paris by the end of the week."

"Great, because we're heading to Yugoslavia. Something about a mime convention."

Pinball Amateur

Aug-25-2016 01:38

(By the way, Judges, please excuse Luc's tardiness and any typographical errors you may find. I'm serving as his secretary, and my stenography is not always the best. Thank you. ;-)

(And P.S. -- Devi asked to resubmit her entry on behalf of Chariots. I said sure. Thank you. ;-)


Aug-25-2016 03:01

Hello all,

Having read all your stories, I must say, I really enjoyed reading them.

However, I do gotta hand out my commendations to Chariots of Fire, for putting everything (and I mean almost everything) in a third person perspective.

As for a favorite, you guys are making it hard on me - I'm inclined to say that each story has it's ups and downs though, but I'm gutted between Chariots's and Rick's stories...

For me, they take the top - but hey, we gotta await the judges's judgement :)


Aug-25-2016 06:28

At that very moment a group of burly weightlifters came prancing by in ballerina shoes and feathered pillbox hats. They gingerly stepped around the body and gracefully glided down the stairs quickly followed by Sultry waving a butterfly net.

“Sultry's still trying to catch herself one of those hats, huh?” chuckled Sal. “Etain, you’ve got to come see this.” I followed Sal out of the hotel and we headed out to the Hertha-BSC football field. It was between games and the field was being used by clowns! I rubbed my eyes disbelievingly.
Apparently Adolf Hitler wanted an Olympic Clown Competition and Germany, Spain and Finland had sent their best. Choking on laughter we made our way back to the hotel in search of Autumn.

Sal and I went upstairs to the temporary headquarters grudgingly put at our disposal. Battered desks and wobbly chairs had been hastily shoved into an empty room. Autumn, dressed in a ladies golf ensemble, had commandeered one of them and was busy leafing through a stack of papers.
“Guys wait till you see what I’ve dug up! It seems the manager likes to dress up in a sparkly vest and black dress shoes and wander the hotel halls at night. I’ll bet he knows something." Just then, the door flew open. As I turned to look I felt a sharp pain in my arm. “You!” I cried out, “I should have known.” I cringed as the killer grabbed my arms and started shaking me. I fell into darkness.

“Come on, wake up sleepy head! We’ll miss the opening ceremony if we don’t leave now.”
There was that sharp pain again and I woke up to find Autumn pinching my arm for all she was worth. “What?” I mumbled groggily, “where am I?” Then realization hit me. We were in Germany to enjoy the 1936 Summer Olympic Games. “Oh my,” I scolded myself, “I should never have had that last Glennfiddich!”

We watched as the gray doves were released into the stadium, and the torch bearer ran by to light the flame.
I did a double take, were those clown shoes on his feet?

Della Devine
Della Devine

Aug-26-2016 18:26

Great stories! This will be a difficult choice :D

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