Beyond the Mountains of Madness : A villain revealed
by, 2nd February 2013 at 08:02 PM (207 Views)
The Saboteur Revealed.
The discovery of the makeshift bomb naturally concerns the team greatly, and they continue their checks. A number of other items come to light, including the ruining of Harrys photographic chemicals with bleach.
"Thorough buggers, aren't they ? " comments Fitzwilliam.
Their next step is to request to see the dynamite in storage , which raises a few eyebrows with First Officer Turlough (who is currently unaware of the nature of their search). They are relieved to find *the dynamite,safe in its bed of sand in its locked shed*.
As night falls, they are still working their way through checking the supplies. Once satisfied they've been through everything, they speculate on the identity of the sabouteur over a dinner of pemmican.
Fitzwilliam decides to secretly camp out in one of the holds, hoping to catch him.
In the meantime, the party continue their investigations against a background of pemmican for breakfast, pemmican for lunch , and pemmican for dinner. Grumbles amoungst the crew begin, and mutterings of "jinx" and jonah" begin to circulate.
Towards the end of the week, messages are sent from the radio shack to Starkweather. His mood is foul for the rest of the day - for the Lexington Expedition has arrived in Tasmania.
The shipboard regular business continues on, without further excitement for a day or two. Fitzwilliam continues to camp out in the hold, surfacing for meals (of pemmican) , and occassionally for new reading material. Occassionally he is joined by other members of the team.
On October 11th, he and Clive Romford are sharing the vigil when they are interrupted by the sound of the hold being opened. A shadowy figure enters, carrying a package. Clives attempt to sneak behind the intruder fails as Romford stumbles over something in the dark. The intruder tries to flee, but after a physical struggle, they at last wrestle him to the floor.
Fitzwilliam shines a torch on their captive. It is Adam Henning, the ships steward.
A search of Henning reveals a timing device ready to be attached to the explosives, damning evidence indeed. They decide to use the (now disused) refridgerator room as a makeshift brig, and Moore, Starkweather and First Officer Turlough join them there.
Questioning Henning proves tricky, as he is not inclined to talk, even under threat of excessive violence and torture (much to Moores discomfort).
Fitzwilliam goes to the kitchen and returns with pemmican that he claims is part of the batch tainted with arsenic (actually, just dusted with flour). After a quick, quiet word with Moore and Starkweather and to the startlement of the group, the usually mild-mannered cartographer promptly force-feeds it to Henning !
Henning panics, and in order to recieve an emetic from the Doctor to clean put his system, he admits that his brother was killed on a previous Starkweather expedition, so that when *"the red-haired man" approached him to sabotage the mission, he was glad to do so.
"The red haired man? " muses Dr Dibden. "I hadn't thought of him for a while..."
Dr Dibden provides an emetic , but at this point the horrified Captain intervenes and takes a vomiting Henning into custody.
Bert Pacquare turns to Fitzwilliam.
"You bastard." he says. "oh, not for catching Henning." He indicates the vomit. *"i'm the poor sod who'll have to clean that up..."