It was the morning of the third day since Gingerstache began investigating the whereabouts of a gnome’s missing cane, and on this morning Sir Richard Albertson returned to see what progress had been made.
Edendalia informed him that they had a lead and that he should check back in a couple days time. The gnome seemed worried and fidgety over the cane still being missing. Both Edendalia and Sean Dresden seemed to pick up on his unease and he mentioned that he will have to inform his patient that the exorcism can not be performed until a later date. Sean took particular interest in the fact that it was an exorcism, as spirits are his speciality and offered to give him a second opinion on whether it was indeed a demon of the first circle of the Pale or just a malevolent spirit. On the way to the clinic, Sean continued to pry information from the gnome, finding that Sir Richard Albertson kept falling over details of his story until the gnome finally confessed that the cane was not needed for an exorcism. It was a Florentine Cane containing sensitive materials to his person. At that point, Edendalia and Sean decided to extort Sir Richard Albertson of more money if the cane is returned with an untarnished reputation. The deal was struck at 8£ a day minus 1£ each day down to 4£ from the original 8£ a day flat.
Edendalia found out that Gerald Temen decided not to attend this ball and instead sold his ticket to as he stated, a lower class individual to help drive the auction prices up a bit as they aspire to own something of status. He had no interest in the auction this go around. With this information, Edendalia decided to see if she could pose as a inspection agent to make sure that there were no contraband or stolen goods possibly going to auction.
Artemis Hellstrom made his way to the residence and cased both the Parsons’ estate and the closest neighbor. He found that the Parsons estate had a fairly open point of entry on the 3rd floor widow’s walk and her neighbor was a little more secure but the second floor looked as if a swift lock picking could resolve the defenses of the second floor. Artemis made way to the widow’s walk being mindful of the grounds keeping crew and made purchase on his second try with a grappling hook. Sneaking in he found small jewelry and trinkets in the third floor bedroom that he would send to the pawn shop along with 2 heart stones that could be useful for powering marvels with magic in the workshop. The workshop also contained schematics for modifying Spring-Heeled boots, which he pocketed. He made his way to the 2nd floor where he found an ogre (possibly Jacqueline’s coach driver) ordering the wait staff around as if he held a higher position. As he attempted searching other rooms he eventually blindsided into the ogre as he exited a room near the stairwell. The ogre recognized that Artemis was not normal staff and attempted to raise alarm. Artemis being cunning attempted to depants the ogre by removing his belt. The belt binded on the belt loops of the ogre and caught on the sleeve of Artemis. It was at this time that Artemis drew upon the dancing lessons he was recieving from The Contessa de Mirenburg as a way to blend in at the Charity Ball whilst hopefully retrieving the cane. Artemis flourished towards his brutish partner with an eyebrow raised and took him closer. As he swept up his partner, so befuddled by the approach, they began to spin as Artemis deftly untangled the belt, and backed away from the ogre while simultaneously shoving him. The ogre fell uncontrolably down the flight of stairs as Artemis vanished back up the stairs and from the premises.Edendalia, in the meantime had successfully bluffed her way to inspect the items that were to be included in the auction. She found no dubious items, including the Florentine Cane, but did feel a draft from the fireplace. Noticing that there were identical bronze statuettes permanently affixed to the mantle Edendalia ran her fingers about the statues feeling for inconsistency as she reviewed the auction items. Finding a small bump in one she pressed and the interior wall of the fireplace lowered in the floor. Raising an eyebrow at Jacqueline Parsons she used the “letter of the law” to intimidate her way to being shown what lied beyond the fireplace.