The Beginning of the End

A night at Lynn General Hospital

Sunday 28th March, 1920

Our three friends stumbes out of the old Corbitt house into the night. Even though some well-timed First Aid has saved John’s life, it’s apparant to everyone that he’s in urgent need of professional medical aid. The guys quickly decide that they need to bring him to a hospital but they are also aware of the fact that major hospitals report any gunshot wounds to the local authorities. They remember that the nearby town of Lynn has a small hospital where the staff is probably not so likely to report these kinds of injuries and so they get into their car and heads off.

The small town of Lynn is located approximately 10 miles northeast of Boston and on their way, when driving around a tight bend, they suddenly see a man standing in the middle of the road waving at them. They stop and the man introduces himself as Elwood Barber. He’s been waiting for help for about 15 minutes and is very happy that the Investigators decided to pull over. He’s been in a car accident and his friend, Father Gideon, is still sitting in his car in the ditch. The guys agree to help and bring the two old men to the hospital in Lynn. T.J. quickly checks out the car and it seems that the old man was telling the truth: The car’s front axle is clearly broken from the impact of the ditch. On the way to Lynn old man Elwood talks about what happened but none of the Investigators seems that interested – but maybe that has something to do with Alistair’s driving skills… Or lack thereof.

Arriving at the hospital they guys heads over to the E.R. but find that it’s closed with a note referring any visitors to the main entrance and the reception. They enter and is greeted by Nurse Todd who quickly examines Father Gideon and with some help from T.J. manages to bring him to one of the Patient’s rooms. Doctor Cleave soon arrives to check on Father Gideon and quickly concludes that he’s in fact in a coma. Suddenly Elwood Barber falls unconcious to the ground and is moved to one of the Patient’s rooms. No need to worry though, he’s just an old man exhausted by the events of the night.

Now John is attended by Nurse Todd and admitted to one of the other Patient’s rooms. While he’s trying to get some rest, Alistair and T.J. debates on wether to stay the night or maybe head back to Boston without John. They decide that it’s best to stay and T.J. immediately heads for the cafeteria to get some sandwiches and a cup of coffee.

Once in a while the guys think that they hear some noises and at one point T.J. is sure that he’s seen someone walk into one of the Patient’s rooms but takes no special notice of it. It is after all, a hospital.

Suddenly the janitor, Enrique, comes running out of one of the Patient’s rooms screaming at the top of his longues that Mrs. Dahl has died! Nurse Todd and Doctor Cleave quickly rushes to Mrs. Dahl’s bed with the Investigators in succession. From the doorway they see the Doctor and Nurse trying to resuscitate Mrs. Dahl but in vain. She’s clearly dead. The Doctor lifts his hands from her body and discovers something truly horrific: His hands are covered in Mrs. Dahl’s blood! He quickly checks her body and says, aimed at Nurse Todd, “She’s been stabbed!”. The Investigators, still lurking in the doorway, did not expect that and are truly baffled by these news.

Nurse Todd tells the Investigators not to enter the room and heads off down the hall to call the local Sheriff.

John, who was trying to get some well-deserved rest, is awoken by the commotion from the other room and Alistair fills him in on what has happened. On his way out of John’s room, Alistair thinks that he sees someone leaving the room where old man Elwood Barber was resting. This makes Alistair a bit worried and heads over to Barber’s bed and sure enough: The lined is soaking wet with blood. Elwood Barber has been stabbed to death. Alistair call for help and Doctor Cleave and Nurse Todd quickly arrives. They look at the wound and then at each other with fear in their eyes. Doctor Cleave rushes out the room and down the hall mumbling something about “he’s not gonna get me, no!”.

A few moments later, a gun shot is heard from down the hall. T.J., who’s been filling himself with tartare sandwiches, is first to arrive at the scene and discovers Doctor Cleave in his office with his brains blown out. Nurse Todd then arrives and even though she has seen her share of violence as a nurse, she is truly horrified by the scene.

At the same moment Sheriff Carter enters the hospital. Nurse Todd leaves the office containing Doctor Cleave’s body and starts talking to the Sheriff. In what appears to be a confession, she tells the Sheriff that Doctor Cleave was responsible for the death of Elvis Green a year ago as he didn’t stitch him up properly after surgery – deliberately. She knew everything about it but held it a secret because “Elvis Green had it coming”. She said that with tonight’s deaths, the Doctor apparantly couldn’t live with the guilt anymore and killed himself. Sheriff Carter then immediately placed her under arrest and asked the Investigators to leave town unless they had any knowledge relevant to the case.

Soon after, the day shift consisting of Doctor Applegate and Nurse Schirmer arrives in order to keep the hospital open for the remainder of the night. They examine John and removes the shotgun slugs from his back. They also inform him that they want to keep him at the hospital overnight as a precaution but that he’s free to leave the next day. Although a bit apprehensive he agrees to this and T.J. and Alistair also agree to spend the night at the hospital keeping their friend company.

Monday 29th March, 1920

The next morning the Investigators leave the hospital and head back to Boston where they find a letter under the door addressed to John. It’s from an Arkham-based Attorney called Edwin Cassidy which claims that John has been named the sole beneficiary in William A. Duffey’s will. John doesn’t seem to recognise this name but is curious to find out more at the proposed meeting the following week.

Later that night the Investigators meet up with landlord Phillip Knott and after telling him about what happened at the old Corbitt house – and some serious bargaining – he pays them most of the agreed fee, telling them that they will receive the rest of the payment when he has spent the night in the old house. Especially T.J. is very sceptical about getting paid so the Investigators decide to keep a firm eye on the landlord for the rest of the night.

Tuesday 30th March, 1920

After spending the night outside the old Corbitt house the Investigators see landlord Knott leave the house next morning and feel convinced that they will get the rest of the payment which they indeed do the following evening.

Still puzzled about the events at Lynn General Hospital, the Investigators decide to head back out to Lynn to see if they can gather some more information about the deaths and Sheriff Carter whom they feel is hiding something.

At the local pub, The Speckeled Hen, the Investigators talk to the barman who tells them about the events that took place a year ago when a drifter called Elvis Green supposedly mutilated and killed a young girl called Sarah Agnees. Elvis Green was later shot by Sheriff Carter and died a few days later at the hospital.

Wednesday 31st March, 1920

Alistair visits the local newspaper where he’s met by a rather obnoxious desk clerk. After a long conversation about nothing he’s presented with newspapers from a year ago but the articles don’t bring the Investigators any closer to discovering the truth about the deaths.

Meanwhile, John visits the hospital and gets his wounds checked by Nurse Schirmer. He also tries to get some information about the deaths a year ago but strikes out. She doesn’t know anymore that what the Investigators already know.

They also visit the police station but Sheriff Carter is in a bad mood and tells the Investigators to get out and leave his town. However, one of his deputies follows them and tells them a bit about Sheriff Carter – he’s actually a very proud man who loves his job but at the moment he’s a bit stessed out due to the current events.

The Investigators then tries to stalk Sheriff Carter when he leaves the police station later that day but fails horribly (nice try, John) and is told by Carter to skip town the next morning – and then there will be no more warnings.

They decide to leave town the next morning and head home for night.

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