Archivist note: This post is from an older recovered archive.
The Disturbing Absence of Bookworm Hienrichs.
Posted by Wiggy Undertone on March 28, 2010 at 4:30pm
It is now 1:00 PM, and I fear that Bookworm Hienrichs may be in trouble.
She left a note at the Militia Headquarters last night informing me that she is going to follow up on her suspicions. I must admit that I was very skeptical when she first told me of her theories. Briefly, Miss Hienrichs thinks that the bees are mechanical contraptions that have been constructed by the Doctor for the sole purpose of robbing New Babbage of our oil supply. She was highly agitated, and I am afraid that she may have tried to sneak into the Observatory in a rash attempt to prove the Doctor’s guilt.
In light of new information, and Miss Hienrichs absense, I am beginning to think that Doctor Obolensky may indeed be behind this scheme. I must inform the mayor at once.
Then again, I could simply be caught up in her hysteria. It may be that she simply forgot about our appointment. For all I know she could be visiting with Baron Wulfenbach at this very moment. They did spend a great deal of time together at the ball last night, and she seemed quite taken with the Baron.
I decided to pay a visit to Bookworm’s apartment before raising an alarm. Much to my relief, I found her there safe and sound. She explained what happened, and a transcript follows:
Wiggy Undertone: Well, I am glad you are safe and sound. Please tell me a bit about your adventure?
Bookworm Hienrichs nods. "Have a seat, Captain."
Bookworm Hienrichs gestures to the couch.
Wiggy Undertone: Ah, very comfortable :-)
Wiggy Undertone: So what happend? Was Dr. Obolensky there at the observatory?
Bookworm Hienrichs nods.
Bookworm Hienrichs: I rowed over there and sneaked in.
Bookworm Hienrichs: I found a way into a hidden underground room, and there saw a large mechanical bee–a queen bee, really.
Bookworm Hienrichs: And smaller bees were flying around her, as well as around at least a dozen large hive-shaped containers.
Bookworm Hienrichs: Those containers were housing the stolen oil.
Wiggy Undertone: Oh my word!
Bookworm Hienrichs: And there was something else. He had posters made up, advertising "Obolensky Brand Oil."
Wiggy Undertone: So you were right!! I owe you an apology. *sighs* Again.
Bookworm Hienrichs: The villain was stealing from us, and was going to sell our own oil back to us. At highly-inflated prices, I’m sure.
Wiggy Undertone: So you were discovered and imprisoned?
Bookworm Hienrichs nods, beginning to flush. "I wasn’t paying enough attention to noises from above."
Bookworm Hienrichs: His bees attacked me, and he was able to overpower me with his electrified cane.
Bookworm Hienrichs: He put me in a chamber that started filling slowly with oil. If it wasn’t for Mr. Mannonen finding my note at Militia headquarters and rescuing me, I’d be dead by now.
Wiggy Undertone: It’s amazing you survived! It was very rash of you to go over there alone!!
Bookworm Hienrichs flushes painfully. "Yes. I see that now."
Wiggy Undertone: Mr. Mannonen has our thanks. And all of New Babbage owes you quite a debt.
Wiggy Undertone: What has become of Doctor Obolensky?
Bookworm Hienrichs: I don’t know. He said he had pressing matters to attend to.
Bookworm Hienrichs: Once he returns, though, and sees that I’m gone…
Wiggy Undertone: Oh, I see.
Wiggy Undertone: *frowns* Well, he’ll have more than that to worry about soon enough. I’ll speak with the mayor about this matter.
Bookworm Hienrichs nods.
Bookworm Hienrichs: Bullets don’t work on those bees. They’re too heavily armoured.
Bookworm Hienrichs: You’ll have to think of some other way to defeat them.
Wiggy Undertone: Oh I’d not thought about that. Hmm. Those mechanical insects must have some kind of weakness…
Bookworm Hienrichs: Well, they *are* metallic. I wonder what magnets might do…
Wiggy Undertone: Magnets? Hmmm. That might trap them.
Wiggy Undertone: Well, I should go. I need to inform Mayor Tenk immediately.
Bookworm Hienrichs stands up to escort the Captain to the door.
Wiggy Undertone: Thank you Bookworm. And I am very glad you are unharmed!
Bookworm Hienrichs: Thank you for coming by. I was going to try to find you once I’d rested, but I’m just as glad that I don’t have to stir.
Bookworm Hienrichs smiles.
Wiggy Undertone: Good day! and DO be more careful from now on!!
Bookworm Hienrichs: I will, sir.
*Comment by Serafina Puchkina on March 28, 2010 at 5:40pm
We are all taken with the Baron and his courtly ways.
*Comment by Bookworm Hienrichs on March 28, 2010 at 6:04pm
Ain’t that the truth, Sera? *grin*
*Comment by Sheryl Skytower on March 28, 2010 at 6:20pm
sneaks up steps and leaves small parcel of herbal teas at door
I’m so glad you’re safe!
*Comment by Queer Hermit on March 28, 2010 at 6:28pm
Outrageous! To have such a fair member of our city assaulted in such a manner! Action must be taken against this insult! The time for intolerance is far past us and words have no impact upon an evil this enormous!
*Comment by Ilianexsi Sojourner on March 28, 2010 at 7:15pm
Good heavens! What a terrible ordeal… thank goodness Miss Bookworm is safe!