“Magnum’s” second blog
There wasn’t much to see while doing the rounds. I’ve little skill in investigating crime scenes or even museums, but thankfully I had Tennessee and Kilo along and they were not able to see anything obviously amiss either.
Other than not talking to the Curator during the day (time obviously got away from me), we covered all the bases. Set up all the motion sensor equipment, heat sensors etc. All this was linked back to the video feeds and worked perfectly. We then set up two groups of three to work in shifts throughout the night so that each group would get some rest.
Both the Head of Security and the Curator asked us to keep an eye out for a tablet in the Egyptian wing that was actually supposed to be in the Greek wing. With a photo of it and a translation provided, we promised to keep an eye out.
I drew Tennessee and Jasper, so we had a good covering of people. I ended up on video watch, but as I had little to offer on the ground, this proved the right decision. Prior to watches being taken, I nipped out to the car and grabbed my duffell bag with my ghost hunting equipment in it as well, just in case, and after giving the others a crash course, they took it with them on their rounds.
Nothing happened on my watch, but I was woken by Max as he lost his two partners from the video feeds about three hours into his shift.
Luckily with the clever set up of the additional equipment we organised, Max knew exactly where Jessica and Kilo were when they disappeared. It looked suspiciously like the tablet we were asked to look for was the focal point of the vanishings.
I grabbed my ghost hunting gear and went with Tennessee and Jasper to check the area out while Max maintained video and communications links from the security office. None of the equipment was showing any indications of things amiss, so cautiously, I attached the EMF to a selfie stick and moved it closer to the tablet so I didn’t go past the velvet cord…
…which proved a mistake.
Immediately, I blacked out. Apparently, so did Tennessee and Jasper. We woke up in the hot sands of a gladiatorial arena, in what looked like Egypt. And there was somebody speaking loudly, saying they were glad there might finally be somebody worthy. No idea how we understood them, but there was a Pharaoh yelling at us.
The sands started to shake and, people, crawled out and moved towards us. They were clearly dead and shambling towards us at a slow, but determined shuffle. Reflex took over and bullets started to fly.
Kilo bravely stood his ground, surrounded by numerous zombies (what else could they be?), allowing the rest of us to get away and focus on shooting them down. It took a few moments, but I finally realised that he didn’t need to do this, but by this time, he was surrounded and struggling to hold his own as he was overwhelmed by sheer weight of numbers.
The others followed my lead and moved and shoot, never staying still long enough for the zombies to catch us. I destroyed the legs of one attacking me, and it continued to pulled itself towards me using only its arms, so I focused on another one, knowing the first one would be unlikely to get close to me.
I had handed Jasper my larger SMG and he was using it fairly effectively, mowing through multiple zombies at once. I might just have to make sure he has one of them on him at all times. Seems prudent to make sure I’m surrounded my well equipped hunters if we are going to be doing this long term.
The last of the zombies went down and Kilo was laying down, covering by two zombies. Thankfully, they weren’t moving either, so I rushed over and rolled them off, frantically administering first aid. He kept breathing and even woke up, so I must have done something right.
While I was doing that, the Pharaoh walked down the steps and into the arena. It looked like he wanted to fight us as well. God only knows why. We had no idea what we were doing there and in really bad shape from the zombies.
It was at this point that Jasper spoke. His voice was different and his eyes glowed white. Definitely something strange going on there. However, he called us over and somehow, a wave of energy (it’s the only way I can describe it) passed over us and we were all fully healed. It was a strange sensation, but one I could get very used to.
The lights went off and Jasper looked more than a little confused, and the Pharaoh approached more rapidly than should really be possible. Our guns were raised in self defense, but they were never needed.
The Pharaoh simply told us we were unworthy, and to a man (woman in Jessica’s case), we simply agreed and started bowing to him. He seemed…disappointed. He ordered us to grab him food and turned to go back to his throne.
Jasper glowed again.
What followed was a horrific argument, of which, being (hopefully) mind controlled by the Pharaoh, I considered extremely rude by Jasper. Well, James. Apparently, when his eyes glow, his schizophrenia responds to James.
At the end of it, James demanded the Pharaoh sleep for a time and I blinked. And in the next breath, I was back in the museum, along with the rest. James had the tablet in his hands and simply crushed a solid marble tablet into dust between his hands.
He told us that would lock the Pharaoh (James called him Khufu, who apparently had the Pyramid of Giza built) where he was and nobody else would be troubled by him again. I was happy to take him at his word. Didn’t see any other way of resolving the situation. Also seemed to have a ancient solid gold coin in my hand. In fact, we ALL did.
I had the Curator look into mine and he told me it was from about 500 BC and extremely valuable. since we had just crushed an ancient tablet, probably also extremely valuable, I gifted the coin to the Museum in recompense.
The trip back involved a team debrief to ensure we all told the Corporation the same thing and the trip was uneventful other than that. Well, I DID offer to privately fund the group rather than have us continue to work for the Corporation, if that was preferable (my broker left a message informing that a large deal had been successful and I was a very wealthy man again…although not at the same level as when I was working of course).
Back in Charming, the Corporation had a man turn up to debrief us. Apparently, he was the normal handler, and seemed fairly new to the supernatural element as our carefully crafted story was accepted with a suitable level of surprise and shock, but no disbelief.
Turns out in the time we took to deal with this case, there has been a complete overhaul of the Corporation. Being a government department, this caused me a sizable level of consternation, but at this point, I’ll believe it when I see it, and my personal offer will stand. Still, since it was Rufus organising it, I’ll trust him still and see where this leads.