A case for Scotland Yard

braetwalda

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Upon finding a moored barge at the edge of the river, Jack listens as Peadar goes about requisitioning the man's help despite his protests about being finished for the day "If you take us where we want to go then we'll make it worth your while" Jack promised the man as he stepped aboard the barge before turning to help Brynn across the gap and into the barge as well.
Positioning himself at the barges blunt prow he stares into the swirling snow all around him as they slowly made their way down the river "After this we should report in and call it a night even if our prince isn't there" Jack quietly suggested; the weather was getting worse and Flips would need to know what they had discovered not to mention the fact that Jack had already had a rather busy day before the investigation had started and could do with some rest.
Upon reaching the opposite dock Jack hands the ferryman a couple of shillings for his trouble before stepping out, searching both directions as he does so for any signs of life "Well if this is the place we'd better get moving" he spoke to the others holding his hand out to help Brynn out as he does so.
"So who exactly are we dealing with here? you said it was a safe house but whose is it?" he asked the Irishman as he too stepped off the barge, realising that the kind of people that ran a safe house weren't liable to friendly towards coppers.
 

Zemelci

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As James arrived at Scotland Yard he nodded to the posh DI. They entered the building together, when they arrived in Filps' office James waited for the DI to finish before he stepped forward and explained what he had discovered from his contacts. He finished by saying "As for the matter of Captain Frederick, I could either keep him under surveillance myself or get an old friend to do it for me. What do you think of that suggestion sir?"
 

English Bill

In The Yard

Filps listened as the two men relayed their information to him. He took in each word and tried to sort what was important from what could wait before giving his suggestions. He made it clear in his tone that they were only suggestions as Worthington-Smythe was the field commander and as much as Filps resented it, the final say was his.

'Okay gentlemen. I believe that having a contact outside the Yard tail the Captain would be the best option. The Captain may well have allies and we would benefit from deniability at this stage. As for the prisoner, he is our best lead so far so I think we should interview him imediatly. Have we heard anything from the others?'
 

Zemelci

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'Have we heard anything from the others?'
"No sir, if that is all I'll leave and find an old friend who would be willing to tail him. That said, it will probably cost a fair amount to get him tailed for the next month or so. Also, they'll want the money in advance, so I might need a bit more cash sir." This was Scotland Yard's case, if they wanted this Captain tailed then they would have to fork out the cash required to get it done.
 

Alawa

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Brynn listened to Jack's explanation as to why the drunkard's direction of travel might be important. She nodded as she frowned and muttered, "If I was thinkin' better, I might 'ave been more 'elp on that." She continued to walk quietly with them, and boarded the ferry. She moved to a railing and looked out into the water a bit sadly as they crossed. She smirked as she thought about Jack helping her more than he admitted he was going to, and was only reaffirmed when he helped her hop onto the next dock.

She listened to Jack and broke in. She said, "I didn't say nothin' back on the other side, because you were so intent on gettin' over 'ere. I do have sump'fin to add to the conversatin' at 'and though." When the two adults looked at her, she pulled her hand from her pocket and held up the drunk's silver watch by its chain. She quickly defended herself by saying, "I thought it might be a weapon I saw, and decided to relieve 'im of it to make sure. I never got the chance to return it 'afore you dragged me into the inn."
 
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johannmaximus

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The ride up the river was slow and cold. The snow whirled about, and all Jack wanted to do was stand at the helm like an old sea captain. Peadar shrugged, letting Jack ride up there, while the wind and snow buffeted him. Peadar sat toward the back of the barge, waiting for the trip to be over. He didn’t get seasick, that would be shameful for an Irishman, but he didn’t much care for how the weather was turning. He agreed with Jack that they should head back to Scotland Yard after they investigated the safe house. It was nearly dark, and the snowfall was starting to thicken.

When they arrived at the pier, they disembarked, Jack paying the barge pilot a couple bob. Peadar promised that there would be a few quid sent his way tomorrow. Jack asked about the owner of the safe house. “All I know is he’s greedy. His loyalty goes to the highest bidder. If the Met will pay more than the Prince, he’ll be found.” Peadar started to walk toward the warehouse, when Brynn brought up that she had something to say. She explained herself, and held up the Prince’s silver watch that the drunk had stolen. “Well why didn’t ya say something before, lassie?” Peadar asked, his happiness temporarily letting a more native Irish accent come through. Realizing this, he caught himself, and brought it back to a more Registered Pronunciation sounding accent. “Do you mind if I look at it, Brynn?”
 

Alawa

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Brynn looked toward Peadar, expecting to be yelled at, but was confused when the man seemed happy. She shrugged when he asked to look at it and held it out toward him. She said, "Shore enough guv'nuh. Not mine to be worryin' about oo 'olds it." After the man took it from her, she began to watch their surroundings as she stomped quietly in the snow. She slid her hands into her threadbare jacket and stilled; save for the shivering of her tiny body. Her eyes caught something in the shadows, and she raised her eyes toward the two men who were suddenly very interested in the trinket she'd nipped from the drunk bloke.

Brynn slipped away from the two and moved quickly over toward the darkness, disappearing into it.
 
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braetwalda

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"Cunning little sneak thief aren't we?" Jack spoke quietly as the silver pocket watch was produce from one of Brynn's pocket, quietly scoffing at her story about thinking it was a weapon.
Moving over to stand beside Peadar as he praises the girl, a strange for thing for a copper to do in his humble opinion, Jack examines the watch unaware that the girl in question had suddenly slipped away.
"Well he may sell to the highest bidder but I'd still suggest we don't mention the Met, coppers aren't liable to be popular with his clientele" Jack didn't fancy the idea of being dumped in the Thames with a bullet in his head just because some local gangster got antsy about having cops on his turf "Another thing... on the off chance that we're not able to outbid a prince what’s our next approach?"
 

tigermite

Albert listened to the commoner, Esay, tell Flips that he could tail the Captain, but for a price.
When Esay finished talking, Albert spoke; "I believe it would be better if we tailed the Captain with our own men, it would cost a lot less." He said briskly. He continued; "And no, I have not heard from the others either. I suggest we should dispatch a constable to locate their whereabouts, whilst the prisoner is interrogated."
 

johannmaximus

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Peadar nodded. "Agreed. For once, we keep the fact that we're police officers to ourselves. Maybe Irish mafia. I'm Irish, and yeah, we have mafia. It's not all stereotyping. I'm part of the mafia, and we've been sent to find the prince. We don't think it's safe for a Catholic prince in Protestant England anymore, so we've decided to help him back to Italy. We're willing to pay handsomely to be allowed to escort him from the safehouse. If we can't get him to agree with our words, we may get him to agree with our bullets. What do you two think?"
 

Zemelci

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"I believe it would be better if we tailed the Captain with our own men, it would cost a lot less." Esay snorted. "You honestly think your own men would stand a chance, they'd stumble and alert the Captain or loose him or he just realise he was being tailed. With my friend tailing him, there is a much better chance of it actually succeeding." He spoke to Albert with full anger in his voice, he would not back down on this one and loose their lead as a result.
 

tigermite

Upon hearing Esay's reply, Albert turned to face him. "That may be so, yet how can you be sure that your man will not simply betray himself to the Captain and work as a double agent?" This commoner was becoming most obtrusive to Albert's duties.

(OOC: Not much for me to say right now...)
 

English Bill

In Scotland Yard

Filps sighed. He had to defer to the other DI in relation to actions in the field but that didn't mean he had to agree.

'I would say that considering the political implications, it may be best for Scotland Yard to maintain plausible deniability in this matter regardless of price. After all, if we are caught and we are wrong or cannot prove we are right, it could cost us more than coin. Easy, can you personally vouch for your man?'
 
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Zemelci

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'Easy, can you personally vouch for your man?'
"Yes sir, he won't let us down and he won't betray us either. I saved his life a couple of times. Now he's one of my most trusted allies. Still have to pay him though, a man's got to make a living somehow." Esay replied confidently to Filps. He knew that he had won, something Albert probably wouldn't be too pleased about.
 

English Bill

In Scotland Yard

As Esay spoke Filps looked to Albert. 'Esay has my trust and if he says his man is suitable then I can't say better than that. What do you say?'

Filps couldn't go over the other DI's command but if it came down to it and he wouldn't see reason, Filps was more than happy to pay Esay's man himself and off the books. After all, if this went wrong, it was Filps' head in the noose.
 

tigermite

"Esay has my trust and if he says his man is suitable then I can't say better than that. What do you say?"
Albert steeled his jaw, he was unhappy with the decision. How could they trust a commoner? But he couldn't fully override it, and if it went bad, then Flips' head would be in the noose, not his.
"Fine. But if this goes wrong then remember that I did not approve of it." Albert said coldly.
 

English Bill

In Scotland Yard

'I think we have that settled then.' Filps said. He only just managed to supress the smile that was creeping to his lips. 'Mr Esay, I will trust that this will be adequate for what you need.' He placed a small bundle of white five pound notes onto the table. It was enough to pay a DI for three months and Filps delighted in the fact that Albert would recognise the value immediatly.

That said there was still the matter of the prisoner and that was not Filp's call what so ever. 'What is your plan with the man you captured?' he asked Albert.

The Docks

The warehouse where Tommy had directed them was not hard to find but it did appear guarded. Observing from a nearby ally, it was clear to see two heavy set oriental men guarding the main door and a third watching the side passage. Of course, there was also likely to be others where they couldn't be seen from the street and god knows how many inside.

The strange thing was however, how eerily silent the place was. The guards did not talk or move and the rest of the street was completely empty. Even the strays barking seemed distant and alien.
 
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tigermite

"What is your plan with the man you captured?"
"I intend to interrogate him as to who hired him and his deceased colleague to spy on me. If he does not talk. Then I shall make him talk." Albert said briskly.
If he could make the prisoner talk, and reveal his employer, then there would be promotion prospects to be sure. He could get away from this measly post, away from the commoners.
"Is that all Flips? I have business to attend to."
 

Zemelci

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Esay barely managed to suppress himself from smiling but did so and took the money, waiting until he was outside of the house before breaking into a big grin. He hailed a cab and told the driver to take him to the address he wanted as fast as possible. He was hoping to catch his friend before his friend left to do the night's pickpocketing rounds. As the cab pulled away from Filps' house Esay rubbed his hands together and blew into them before smiling. Albert would not be pleased about this, which just made Esay happy.
 

braetwalda

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"Two revolvers don't make an army but we can give it a go" Jack replied pulling his weapon from out of his coat to check that the cylinders were all loaded before returning it once more.
Slowly walking around the side of the building he catches sight of the two heavies stood outside of the door and finding nothing surprising about their presence after all it was a safe house. What was surprising was the way they just stood there like statues, no small talk, no cigarettes they weren't even making any real effort to stay out of the snow in short they were like no sentries he'd ever seen before something he found deeply disturbing "Watch the windows there may be a man with a rifle overlooking the doorway" Jack muttered to the Irishman before approaching the two guards adopting the superior arrogance of an army officer as he did so "Open up! My boss wishes to speak with your boss about a client of yours" he spoke looking from between one guard to the other as he did so.
By the way they stood there Jack was certain that bribery wasn't an option and just as well because despite Scotland Yards boast of having a small fortune available to them Jack sincerely doubted they could outbid a papal prince.