Sunday, Oct. 9th, 1921 – Edith wakes up alone, her car in a ditch, clothes covered in someone-else’s blood, a bloody crowbar in the back seat. She dimly recalls intending to take Anthony Flinders out drinking and dancing at the Roadhouse, but doesn’t actually remember much of what happened after leaving the Billington Estate. Her car is facing Billington Woods, just outside of town. Worse, all the books that she had collected are gone. She drives down to the Miskatonic to wash off the blood and clean off the crowbar before returning to town. Meanwhile, her fellow Investigators have had a quiet Sunday morning. Father Ward performs Mass and aids in church duties, though his sermon slides into a rant about the End of Days. Hayward rests up in the hospital, making friends with a simple-minded orderly, while Anne spends her morning cleaning up the Mortuary and getting caught up on paperwork. Jonson moves all his books into his basement and barricades the door with furniture. Edith returns home to clean up before scouring the campus for Flinders, but her search proves fruitless. Eventually she returns to the Roadhouse in hopes someone saw them there. Though the back-room speakeasy is not yet open, they mention Lucy Stone was working, and she charms out of them directions to her nearby apartment. She finds Lucy reluctant but persuades her to talk, and Lucy admits she saw the two dancing, but that they left when Edith had had too much to drink. Lucy also has no recollection of attacking Hayward, but remembers being attacked by zombie-Leiter at his house while searching for his hidden cash, and had blanked out for a day or so afterwardsand she is worried she may be going mad, like Leiter’s partner-in-crime, Cecil Hunter. Edith gives her $250 in cash and leaves her at the Train-station in hopes that she can save at least one person from whatever is going on. She then joins the other Investigators to meet at the Dean’s office (in answer to his urgent summons), where they discover Prof. Roach was murdered the previous evening (having been beaten to death with a blunt instrument – rumor has it the police are looking for a female suspect). He lets them loose after scolding them over their lack of results, and they return to bring Hayward up to date back at the hospital. Hayward tells them of his experience with the missing manuscript, as well as his meeting with Roach the previous evening, and recommends they go to the Sanitarium to meet with Cecil Hunter. Using Father Ward’s credentials as a priest and playing off the Asylum’s desperate need to find anyone who might take responsibility for the madman, the Investigators finally meet the deranged libertine artist, who begs they release him so he can finish the “great work,” dropping hints that he and Leiter had nearly set something loose when they had unbound the book. All throughout the meeting they hear someone screaming the next room over, but are startled to discover the neighboring cell is empty as they are leaving (the orderly cleaning it mentioning that its’ former inhabitant committed suicide the previous evening). That night, each attempts to relax in their own way: Jonson dopes himself up on morphine, while Ward spends the night in prayer while sneaking some sacramental wine. Edith and Anne spend the evening drinking absinth while dancing to music on her phonograph, before driving off to find the old Chinaman Pin Liou whom Anne had heard about from her grandfather, in hopes he could supply them with opium. The girls wake up later at the Mortuary the following morning, with Anne’s body covered from the neck down in obscure (and possibly obscene) tattoos.
Quotes: (Jonson) “The screams came from within the WALLS! Not the next ROOM!”