rredmond wrote:"I'm sorry doctor, I didn't ask after the Mondabe artifacts, are they okay after yesterday? Did Michael have anything interesting information to add?" He'll ask while getting changed, partly to make small talk, and partly to find out more about the totem and knife...
"They're right here," said Dr. Burton, sounding bemused. "As for Mister Lloyd, we really haven't had time to speak, you know."
rredmond wrote:After dressing he'll hit the WC and look for Artie, being hyper aware of everything and everyone around him.
Several people were standing around the passageway, making it quite crowded; they all seemed to be talking at once, and there was a faint note of hysteria in some of the voices. The Italian newlyweds seemed particularly overcome. The second steward, Mr. Greaves, was standing guard at the lounge door, politely but firmly denying access to any who attempted to pass him.
In the aft passageway, Will found several more people standing around, having much the same discussion. He passed them by, getting himself prepared for what might be a very stressful day.
"Mister Briggs, Mister Mansel, attend," said Captain Pelton. "I've just been called by Mister Bishop, who tells me that the passengers all appear to be awake now and are beginning to get a bit panicky. It's just past six thirty now. I'm going to go up and lead the passengers into the lounge, and hopefully this sight," he said, waving toward the view out the window, "will quiet them all long enough so that I can explain our situation. Such as it is, at any rate. Now, Mister Mansel, I understand you handle yourself well in a fight, and you have a certain presence about you. I'd like you to go now and clean up and change into your whites, and accompany me upstairs. I've told Mister Bishop to expect us at seven sharp, and have the kitchen ready to serve the passengers then. Mister Briggs, I'm turning the ship over to you. Begin taking us down. I was just looking through the telescope, and I believe I saw some people down there, savages I think, but we're still too high and too far away to see them plainly. If they are just savages, we are at least safe in the air, but we can't cruise around up here forever."
"I understand, sir," said Briggs. "I'll see to it."
"Very good," said the Captain. "Come along, Mister Mansel, perhaps if you get around quickly you can get a bite to eat before we go up."