Sunday, October 4, 2015
The Orient Express - Gang Aft Agley - P. A. Nolte
1/ An outdoor cafe in a well-populated European city. The streets are idly busy with mid-afternoon pedestrians and traffic. A slender man man with spectacles sits alone, drinking coffee and reading the newspaper.
2/ Having picked up and shuffled the paper to the desired page, the man is about to take a sip from his cup when a voice draws his attention. He glances up with nary a hint of interest.
Pike (OP): I see that you have received my telegram.
3/ Taking a seat across from him is another man, slightly more rotund than his companion and brandishing a prominent mustache.
Pike: I must admit, I was wary of the endeavor at first, but it seems to have all worked out in the end, eh? Little Jacques fulfilled his end of the bargain. Now all that I ask is that you fulfill yours.
4/ Far overhead, a large train passes by on a suspended bridge. From our view on the surface of the water below, we can just make out a glinting bag falling in a graceful arc. Someone has just thrown a bag out the window of the train.
Victim (OP): STOP! THIEF!
5/ The bespectacled man finally gets a sip of his coffee.
Geoffries: Very well.
6/ Beneath the water, maybe even a continued shot of the scene set in 4/, a third man with indiscernible features is clutching a bag with at least one strand of pearls about to fall from it. He is wearing rudimentary scuba diving equipment. What we would now definitively identify as antique.
Geoffries: For conspiracy, extortion, and attempted murder--
7/ Pike. A look of abject terror on his face. Behind him stand two appropriately-uniformed officers.
Geoffries (OP): Llewellyn Pike, you are under arrest.