The Arkham Irregulars:
- Aldus Huxtable, Professor Flannigan’s house-sitting grad-student.
- Earl Franklin Morgan, upper-classman & Ethan’s new roommate.
- Ethan Froam, dilettante student artist on hard times.
- Rufus Ellison, guilt-ridden Paleontology student.
- Beryl Ankins, Elderly blind Psychology Professor.
- Octavia Franklin, dour Archaeology student fated to be a crazy cat-lady.
- ’Just’ Justin Churchill, Biology major and bird-enthusiast outdoorsman.
- Gerald M. Mayer, troubled F.O.C. Geologist.
Ethan leaves Wilmarth’s office in a daze, unable to recall what was said, much less what his own name is, or who his companions are. But he smiles shyly and follows their lead. He follows them to a restaurant, a place with a sign reading “Garden Café” where they are joined by three others, equally unfamiliar. He smiles and nods, struggling to acquire their names without letting them know he has no idea who they are. To do otherwise might be construed as rude. Slowly their names are required: Earl, Aldus, Rufus, Just, Octavia, Mr. Meyer and Ripley Cliff. Ripley Cliff? It turns out most of his companions don’t know him either, but that he is Prof. Baryl’s grad-student. Apparently after hearing Wilmarth’s story earlier she decided to recuse herself from their “therapy,” and had passed their observation on to poor Ripley. They then discuss various facts they’ve discovered, such as the particulars of Wilmarth’s story and how it eerily clarifies some of the odder passages in Anvelina’s notes, and the Vermont newspaper article Meyer discovered Rod reading which covers a tragic murder of a family that had been camping back in 1921. Much debate is had over whether or not to acquire some dogs, and how they might persuade the campus to let them keep them. Earl brings up the enzymes mentioned in Anvelina’s notes, and suggests looking about the Science buildings for missing equipment. They also reconsider Pasquallium in the context of Wilmarth’s story, considering that perhaps that is the substance his “aliens” come to Earth to mine, though Meyer is suspicious of the English Professor and his knowledge of the ore. They continue to debate over their sketchy evidence, until Ethan and Aldus overhear some girls in passing mention Blaine has just committed suicide, and the gang decides to break into groups for a little more investigation. Rufus and Ripley join Meyer to go track down the suspicious Prof. Harrold (who they had seen arguing with chief librarian Armitage previously), while Aldus, Just and Octavia return to the library to spy on the other expedition members they always seem to encounter there. Ethan (who has remembered who he is by now) joins Earl in a search of the Science buildings for missing equipment. Rufus, Ripley and Meyer find Harrold isn’t home, but given Blaine’s apartment isn’t far they decide to go there, and after persuading the landlord to let them in on the pretext they had to recover some papers he’d been working on for the school, they gain entrance. Within they ransack the place quickly and quietly, recovering a few letters, some books on the Occult, and most surprising of all, Daphne Devine’s diary, before discreetly taking their leave. Meanwhile Ethan and Earl have little luck discovering anything useful at the Science Annex, except somehow, and much to his surprise, Earl finds he has made a date with a girl he met in the Botany lab, Cecily Frank, for the following evening. Back at the library Just, Octavia and Aldus note the targets of their attention have moved upstairs in their researches, but as they espy them so they are observed by Laslow, who smiles just as a bookshelf collapses on Aldus, requiring his swift relocation to the hospital. As curfew approaches the underclassmen retreat to their dorms (though Earl makes plans to sneak out later to meet with Rufus and Meyer at the library at 10:30), while Rufus and Meyer make another stab at seeing if Prof. Harrold is home, and Ripley stays at the hospital to watch over poor Aldus Huxtable.
Quote (Mark): “Can his (Huxtable’s) tweed save him now?”