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  1. #21
    Jack Olson

    Jack knew a little more about Charles Vanderbilt then the ladies he was gathered with. After all, his father had worked for him for many years. While Jack was interning to get his medical license, he had went on the house calls with his father. So, thus, Jack knew a little about the little treasure hunting adventures he sent people on. How he got all these things that decorated the mansion and were the envy of museums around the world.

    "He probably wants us to help add to his collection."

    Jack said, and he had feeling it would be dangerous when Paula mentioned where she was from. It wasn't like you could just go down to the local antique store to find the things this man collected.

    Meanwhile, Albert was starting to get impatient for Jim to get here. The final guest was running late and the butler knew how much his employer hated when people were late.

  2. #22
    Paula Ribeiro Hernández

    Paula was dying to know what everyone around her did. In her mind, knowing their professions and where they had come from would help her piece things together and maybe make some sense of this puzzle. Of course, the final piece of the puzzle was probably safely stored in Mr. Vanderbilt’s mind. Still, having it nearly completed would help a little.

    Jordan was a journalist, so it made sense that she would be going with them to write an article. “I’m sure he will want you to. I usually write about any expedition I’m a part of as well, so maybe we can compare notes?”, she offered, in a friendly intonation.

    Turning to the new lady, Paula paid attention to her words. So, she worked at a museum. Storing this new information in her mind, Paula decided that they were probably being sent to retrieve or find some sort of item or relic. Why else would someone who worked for a museum be sent with them, after all?

    When Jack mentioned that they were probably supposed to add to Mr. Vanderbilt’s collection, Paula nodded. “That’s what I have gathered from all of us being here as well”, she replied. After her words, the young woman looked away.

    “There’s someone missing, isn’t there?”, she asked, directing the question to nobody in special. “I mean, someone would have to provide a way there, or mainly a way to get around there. Probably a small plane, seeing that the area is not conductive to walking easily, at least not everywhere”, she pondered, half to the others and half to herself.

  3. #23
    Jordan Wilder & Dara Thomas

    "I'd like that."

    Jordan replied to Paula with a smile. Being a part of an expedition sounded exciting but a little scary at the same time. She was a person who had rarely traveled outside of her own home state, let alone out of the entire country. She wondered where they were going and what they were supposed to find. She was sure Jack was right, it had to be something for their host's collection.

    Dara tapped her chin at what Paula asked.

    "I think you're right. Having a writer, a translator, a doctor-"

    She pointed out Jack's profession, even though he had not said it. She remembered the butler calling him a doctor, though. Jordan's eyes got a little wide hearing Jack was a doctor. Having a doctor on an adventure made sense. After all, hospitals were probably not common where their host wanted to send them but...It also meant there was definitely an element of danger involved in this too. For a small town girl, she wasn't sure how she felt of that. Before Jordan could contemplate it more, Dara continued on.

    "All gathered with someone like me-"

    Dara loved her job but didn't think her job was as fascinating as the others gathered. Or as important. After all, she worked for the museum, she had never taken part in an actual expedition before. She just helped study the artifacts real archaeologist brought back. She thought of herself as a book nerd. Someone who read about adventures but never dreamed of going on one.

    "Whatever Mister Vanderbilt wants must be rare and hard to find. In a place where conventional transport cannot take one to."

    Dara wondered what it could be. Just from what she had seen of his home, she could even begin to guess. Jordan nodded her head.

    "I'm sure you're right. The person we're waiting on must fill that role."

    She said and noticed the butler getting impatient and checking the clock on the wall.

  4. #24
    Jack Olson

    Jack was certain that Mister Vanderbilt did want some rare item that was in a very dangerous and remote location. He was a little surprised that Dara knew he was a doctor. For a brief moment he wondered how she knew, until he remembered Albert had addressed him as 'doctor'. She was smart woman, he thought. More then she probably gave herself credit for.

    "Ladies, I would never dare speak for Mister Vanderbilt, but I do know he collects rare objects that are far off the beaten path."

    What type of object that Vanderbilt wanted them to find, Jack had no idea. But he was sure it was located somewhere dangerous. He had heard plenty of stories of people not surviving expeditions from his own father.

    Albert was impatient and realized it was time for dinner to begin. Mister Vanderbilt did not like to wait and he knew that there would be help to pay when Mister Harrison finally got here.

    "It is time for dinner. If you will all please follow me."

    Albert told them, leading the way to the dining hall. As they walked down the hall they could see even more of Vanderbilt's treasures. Items that belonged in museum more then in a rich man's home. The table was set with Vanderbilt to be at the head of the table, of course. Each setting for the guests had a sealed envelope with their names on it. Ben was already sitting in his spot and nodded his head to the guests as an acknowledgement but he didn't look to happy to see them. He was already drinking.

    "Mister Vanderbilt will be here momentarily. Please do not open the envelopes until he tells you to."

    Albert said and left to get their host.

  5. #25
    Paula Ribeiro Hernández

    Jack's comment about Mister Vanderbilt collecting rare objects far off the beaten path got a sigh out of Paula's lips. "I'm not sure I like that", she admitted, shaking her head. Every time foreign people came to the areas where she was used to live there was trouble. Every single time. And then someone would have to clean up the mess they had left behind, physically and socially. Still, she tried to be optimistic. Maybe with her around they would be respectful of the locals and the general culture. She could only hope.

    The young woman was about to say something when the butler asked them all to follow him. Sighing again, she nodded and followed everyone into the dining hall, choosing to be the last one to come in. The items they could see were magnificent, but they also made Paula feel very uneasy. She really, really hoped she wasn't being hired to work in an expedition that would leave a huge mess on its wake. A part of her wanted to get up, thank everyone for their time and resign on whatever position she was being asked to perform. Another felt that she might be able to make sure people would tread carefully.

    Deciding to stay, she nodded at the man's instructions, taking a look at the young man who had already started drinking. Just what they needed, a man who would probably not keep his wits about him. "Does any of you know how to use a firearm?", she asked all of a sudden, wanting to assess what group she was being teamed up with.

  6. #26
    Jordan Wilder & Dara Thomas

    "It sounds exciting to me."

    Dara said, she and Mister Vanderbilt no doubt shared a interest in rare objects. She'd love to see his collection. From the sound of things, they would be going on an adventure. How exciting! Jordan was similar to Paula though in the line of thinking and didn't share Dara's excitement.

    "And dangerous."

    She said, it wasn't like the things their host collected could be bought in a local shop. Mister Vanderbilt had it all planned out. He had placings for everyone. Women on one side of the table and men on the other. Dara was seated next to him, with Jordan in the middle, and Paula at the end. On the other side was Ben, then Jack, and then their missing guest. Jordan wasn't sure that it was good that Ben was already drinking. Maybe he was drinking because he knew exactly how this dinner was going to go and he needed alchol to steel his nerves. She took her seat and said to Paula.

    "Just a pellet gun."

    She used to help keep the little vermin at bay back home. She had never shot anything bigger then squirrel in her life. Dara shook her head.

    "I've never used one."

    She had lived a relatively safe life, her parents never taught her anything in the way of self defense.

  7. #27
    Jack Olson & Ben Vanderbilt

    Jack frowned, only Dara seemed to be excited about the idea. He wondered if she was a little naive. Not seeing the bigger picture, that where Mister Vanderbilt got his treasures from were dangerous places. Places not everyone would come back from. At least, Paula and Jordan were more cautious about the whole idea. He followed the women in and saw Ben drinking.

    "Hello, Ben. Drinking a little early aren't you?"

    He told him, taking his seat next to him. He knew Ben, his father had been the Vanderbilt family doctor all of Jack's life. Jack had accompanied his father to visits to the Vanderbilt mansion when he was training. Ben shrugged and replied.

    "Doc Junior, I'm sure you all will be joining me once Grandfather tells you what's going on."

    'Doc Junior' is what Ben called him to annoy him. Ben like to give people annoying nicknames. Jack's father was 'Doc', so thus, Jack was 'Doc Junior' to him. Ben then gave the three women smiles.

    "Hello, ladies."

    He tipped his glass to them and took another drink. Well, at least this trip wouldn't be a total bust, he thought. His grandfather had recruited some lovely looking ladies to join them. Jack turned to Paula and told her.

    "I can use a shotgun."

    Although he wasn't that great of a shot. He only started to use one in Kansas. Where he lived, everyone had a shotgun to protect their land and livestock. Ben laughed.

    "Good for you. I guess you gotta keep the pests away in the backwoods. Huh, Doc Junior?"

    Ben knew that Jack had left New York for Kansas. Doc had bitched non stop about it to Grandfather.

    "Something like that."

    Jack replied in annoyance to Ben. It was going to be a long trip with that spoiled brat along.
    Last edited by Optimus Prime; 05-11-2019 at 09:38 AM.

  8. #28
    Paula Ribeiro Hernández

    This situation was becoming more and more unsettling for Paula. So far, they had a missing guest, one who had started drinking before dinner, and some who couldn't even defend themselves. This was really annoying, and concerning for her. She could see this becoming a very big mess very quickly. "Meu Deus(my God)", she murmured in her native language before shifting back to English.

    "I would advise you all to learn at least the very basics of shooting a hand gun," she stated seriously, nodding when Jack said he knew how to use a shotgun. "You're gonna need it." This group was making the woman feel more and more nervous about how things would happen, and Paula felt an urge to have a very serious conversation with their host. She wasn't sure he was aware of everything that could go wrong on this trip - diplomatic concerns, language barrier, natural dangers, illness... Some of these people would get eaten alive in the Amazonian forest - maybe literally.

    She took a deep breath and let the air out, her shoulders slumping a little in a defeated posture. This would be more of a mess than what was worth.

    "Does anyone speak any language other than English?" She dared again, hoping they would at least be able to communicate a little in some other language.

  9. #29
    James "Jim" Harrison

    Jim was furious with this city, the traffic, the cab driver, and himself, for drinking himself silly. Well, nothing could be done about this now. All he had to do was to get to the house, figure out what the old man wanted, and prepare to do the job. He could them spend a few more months away from civilization until he needed money again.

    Grumbling to himself the whole way, Jim finally got to the doorstep he had been looking for. He let out a whistle before ringing the doorbell, calculating that, had this door been wider, he would be able to land his plane inside this house - and being slightly amused by the idea. Well... it was something to tide him over during what sounded like it was about to be a very dull and boring meeting - one during which he couldn't even drink as much as he would like.

  10. #30
    Jack Olson & Ben Vanderbilt

    Jack frowned when Paula said he was going need to the shotgun. He knew the missions that Mister Vanderbilt sent people on was rather dangerous. That's why he paid people so well, not everyone came back alive.

    "I can speak the language of love."

    Ben replied with a smirk and Jack rolled his eyes at him.

    "I doubt that's what she meant."

    Ben shrugged his shoulders and took another drink. Yeah, this was going to be such a fun adventure.


    Albert was pacing near the foyer for Mister Harrison to arrive. Mister Vanderbilt hated when people were late. He was the type of man who didn't like to wait. He would very angry that his guest didn't have the same trait of punctuality. When the doorbell rang, he answered it and told the man.

    "About time you got here. Dinner is starting. Follow me."

    He said, motioning for the younger man to follow him.

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