April 13, 1894 1:15 pm
Dr. Everest went to setup equipment to develop his film – he would get things ready, and then do the actual work when the timing was right. Angus went with him to protect him. Annie, Douglas, and Elmer decided to check out the other unexplored rooms, starting with the cobbler’s shop.
Everest and Angus had to walk past the shop, and as they did, Angus heard sounds of labor from inside. But when Everest paused to check his instruments, the noise ceased, and his instruments showed nothing; so, he determined that it must have been Angus’ imagination.
Annie started prodding at stuff in the cobbler’s shop, and found that while the place was mostly dusty, the work table was very clean and there were shoes on it that looked like they had been recently worked on. She moved a shoe that was on a workbench – it was clearly recently polished.
Everest began setting up a darkroom in the storage closet in the front office while Angus guarded the door and watched the hallway.
Annie, Douglas, and Elmer moved on to the ladies wear shop. They saw lots of lady’s wear. The shop looks like its ready for business, but had been abandoned. Annie found a pair of footprints in the shop dust that lead behind the counter and stopped. The path of the footprints, Douglas noticed, was almost exactly the same as he and Angus had taken before finding the amulet. Sure enough, Annie checked the ground near where the footprints stopped, and she found a smudge, as if someone had grasped at something on the floor. This was very strange, since Angus and Douglas had actually found the amulet in the General store and were never in this store.
Having set up the darkroom, Everest and Angus opened the door at the L-bend of the hallway, which didn’t have a window and didn’t seem to have a shop space associated with it. He revealed a narrow hall.
Annie tried calling “Hello? Is anyone in here? We thought the museum was open and got locked in!” There was no response.
Everest followed the short hallway to another closed door on the right, and opened it. Within was a garbagey musty smelling room with tools, ladders, buckets, and rotting stacks of paper. In the far corner was a pedestal of angular fashion, with a plaque upon it. “A people… who are possessed of the spirit of commerce who see and who will pursue their advantages will achieve almost anything” G. Washington to B. Harris 1784.
Annie wanted nothing to do with the pedestal, dismissing it as some common furniture. She was much more keen on a pile of moldy rubbish that used to be blank paper.
She then went back to the cobbler’s shop and discovered that the shoe she had moved was back in place, and a hammer had moved. She took the hammer.
They all went to the archway leading to the museum. Annie found a Visitor’s Guide pamphlet describing what was meant to be in store. Everest found a book describing Barnum’s life.
Everest and Douglas left to develop pictures and peruse the Barnum book, respectively. On their way out of the room, the locket in Everest’s possession began to tremble. When he looked at it, the photo of Barnum became clear, and spoke to the pair of them. “You have to bring me back! They don’t understand!” Barnum’s face flew through Douglas’s, who gained a vision of an ancient ugly haggard black woman shrieking in his face, as well.
In the meantime, Angus and Elmer moved the bust of Washington from the hallway arch to the pedestal in the storage room. It seemed to fit and match perfectly.
“Eureka!” Everest exclaimed after he developed his photographs of the cafe. There were two shadowy figures; one figure hunched over near the center of the cafe (near where the fire started), another, clearly a tall man, stood near the bar wearing a black mariner’s coat.
Further study of the photograph lead Everest to believe that the mariner was the same person as the burn victim that had told him to GET OUT of the cafe, and that the hunched over person may be the same ugly shrieking black woman that Douglas had seen.
April 13, 1894 3:45 pm
Douglas had compiled a list of significant events in Barnum’s life P T Barnum the Great American Showman. The group pored over the list, trying to make connections between the odd events they had witnessed and the tragedies of Barnum’s life.
While Annie was focused on the list and Elmer and Angus were focused on other things, Douglas and Everest began discussing the disturbing message from the Barnum vision they had witnessed. At some point a black beetle with strange red dots that looked like eyes scurried onto the counter. Douglas did not see it, and became agitated when Everest started talking about bugs. The critter scurried off quickly as Annie tried to calm Douglas.
Everest had another lost-in-time-and-space moment. He went behind the bar in the cafe and flashed back to before the fire, where he worked as a server. He observed that it was apparently the May 21, 1893 (the day before the fire), and at the time the topmost bust of the bust-arch was of Barnum.
He was gone a long time, and no one saw where he went. When Angus looked for him in the cupboards, Angus found the Red-Eyed Beetle again.
Looking near the place where the fire started, Angus found a dark spot. Annie confirmed this was very likely the origin of the fire.
When Everest returned, nearly an hour later. He recounted his tale, and when pressed for more details, tried to go back but was unable to.