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Murder Mystery Thread: The Dining Room

Post 21

MrBody

*knows a bugle call when he hears it* Erm, *reaches for wine glass and drinks as an excuse to avoid further speech*


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Post 22

Maria Morgan

So, Abel, is there a special occasion we are celebrating this evening?


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Post 23

Simon Davies

Simon glares at this empty bourbon glass, takes a gulp of wine, and turns to Maria and Mr Body.

"So, rumor has it you've a large security contract up for grabs. As you're well aware, I specialize in such contracts. Surely you'd want to grant me such a contract, given that we're brothers in arms and all, no, Abel?"


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Post 24

June Somers

It's very nice Marisol, but the appearances one has to make can be very very tiring.


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Post 25

Maria Morgan

*Looks Simon straight in the eye.*

Contracts generally go to the highest bidder. But Abel has the final say, of course.


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Post 26

MrBody

*signalling for more wine* Negotiating skills, old man -- with our sort of clients, one doesn't leap straight to the point.


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Post 27

Marisol Fonseca

*Marisol struggles not to frown. She takes a large sip of wine*

Yes, Jan, I can see that it is taking its toll on you. You are looking quite quite frazzled.

*She drinks some more wine*

It is really most odd that when you asked to read *my* manuscript, you did not mention that you were writing a novel yourself. I would have been glad to exchange notes.


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Post 28

Jeeves

*enters and proceeds to serve the main course*

Ladies and gentlemen, the main course. Duck with crispy fried vegetables, once again caught fresh by Mr McLeery.

*serves the main course*

I shall just go get the wine decanter sir, a nice Chianti I set to breath earlier.

*leaves to go to the pantry for the wine*


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Post 29

Simon Davies

Simon glares daggers at Mr Body, muttering under his breath about blood supposedly being thicker than water, and downs his glass of wine.


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Post 30

June Somers

*June takes a large gulp of of wine*

*then another*

*signals for her glass to be refilled*

I'm fine really, Marisol, just a wee bit jet lagged. You know how it is, don't you?


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Post 31

Jeeves

*serves Chianti all round*


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Post 32

Maria Morgan

Yes, Abel, but at some point you do have to make a decision. Seize the bull by the horns, as it were. You don't want opportunity to pass us by!


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Post 33

Simon Davies

Simon twinkles at Maria again.

"Abel, your business partner knows which way the wind is blowing, old boy!"


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Post 34

MrBody

*the barrage of cliches gives Abel a jabbing pain behind his left eye, which he combats with another gulp of wine*

Well, there is definitely something to be said for having an existing arrangement. Bankers, subcontractors, all that. Simon, a highly-placed gent in Dubai told me your shipment to Somalia was not as ordered. Rubber bullets, Simon, what?

*belatedly digs into his duck*


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Post 35

Marisol Fonseca

*Is totally unable to stop herself from frowning at the choice of wine. Looks down the table.*

Abel, why are we drinking red wine with duck? You know I taught Jeeves better than that.

*Drinks it anyway.*


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Post 36

Jeeves

*enters bearing Mr Body's phone*

I'm sorry to disturb you sir, but it would appear that this call cannot wait.


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Post 37

Simon Davies

Simon swallows a bite of duck.

"Oh, Abel, please. It's Somalia. Why would we want to waste military-grade weapons on some ass-backwards "society"? You're speaking as if I did something illegal. Everything was completely above board."


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Post 38

MrBody

*gratefully seizes the opportunity to evade further sparring with Simon* Right, thank you Jeeves. I'll take this in the drawing room. Please excuse me, everyone, and go on with your meal*

*refreshes his wine glass and leaves the room*


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Post 39

June Somers

*June drinks more wine and pushes the duck around her plate with her fork*


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Post 40

Marisol Fonseca

*Eats the duck. Drinks the wine. Frowns. Eats more duck and drinks more wine in an exploratory kind of way. Finishes the duck and the wine almost... contentedly.*


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