One Night on the Caribbean Queen

Meeting an Old Friend

Where Professor Summerfield is summoned to the Caribbean Queen on that fateful night to meet an old friend.

August 21st, 1921 was a normal day for Dr. Summerfield. Heading into work in the early afternoon a letter from David Thornton, a fellow survivor from the Lassiter expedition, was in his mailbox. In the letter, Thornton told Summerfield that he had found a way to recover the lost memories from Honduras. Heading to the Caribbean Queen, he overhears a conversation with a man in a white pinstripe suit and an older man named Walby:

Wylie O’Bannon, a man dressed in a white pinstripe suit is speaking with an older gentleman (Jefferson Walby):
O’Bannon: How is business?
Walby: Booming. How about you?
O’Bannon: Can’t complain after tonight, less I’s to dot and T’s to cross. Speaking of booms, how are you doing putting out a certain fire?
Walby: (looks suddenly alarmd) Should we be talking about that here? Might someone hear?
O’Bannon: Who cares? It’s done, the Adherents are happy as pigs in shit about now. Feeling a bit on top of the world I would imagine. They don’t even know about us, and even if they did it’s too late. So what about the fire?
Walby: (sighs) After the explosion I am having a hard time getting anyone to back me.
O’Bannon: They didn’t bite at the hint of gold, eh?
Walby: Not as hard as we had hoped.
O’Bannon: Dufrane is getting a bit restless.
Walby: (fear in his voice) Did he say something? I’m working as hard as I can! I can’t move the earth by myself! We’re talking millions of gallons of water! I cant…
O’Bannon: Don’t soil your shorts, Walby, he’s not showing tonight. He would rather wait until…

At this point a drunken man spills a drink on the white suited man and he punches the drunken man. He leaves an impression in the man’s head from his ring in the shape of a triangle with a wavy line drawn down through the middle of it.

Mr. Wiggins, a tuxedo-wearing usher, announces a light show for the pleasure of all the patrons. Thornton walks in, visibly twitchy and nervous. He asks immediately if Summerfield brought the codex that he awoke with from Honduras. Thornton says that he has to wait for one other person, he begins talking so rapidly he becomes unintelligible. He finishes with the statement, “I feel like I’m slipping away.” He then apologizes for an unknown reason. A flash of light comes and suddenly Summerfield is being hung by his neck in an office somewhere. Just before he blacks out he takes out a letter from his pocket but it falls from his hand and slips underneath the desk.

Summerfield awakens suddenly in a sun-drenched meadow looking up at the sky. A small boy of 14 by the name of Walker is watching. He appears to be quite advanced for his age. He says he is waiting for Summerfield. He tells him about a cave that he and his friends found. Walker tells Summerfield that he is in Florida, the year is 1851. Walker’s friend, Lionel, is a flighty black haired boy. They walk to a meadow, chatting. Walker tells Summerfield that he was planning to go to Florida. Walker tells him that the “stone” told him many things over the last few weeks. He said that whoever goes to the library must pay homage to the “three eyes”. The first eye is a pool of water in a cave to the right. Walker leans down and anoints himself with the water. As Summerfield kneels to do the same, he experiences the same sickening feeling.

He awakes in a cell in an asylum. Summerfield talks with the orderly, a gentleman named Frances Keith. He tells Summerfield that he has been there for 17 days and that he awakes every day with memory loss. His journal and his pen are missing, which is quite discomfiting. There is a Dr. Gaston who has apparently been collecting the pages that Summerfield has been writing in his 17 days there at the hospital. He speaks with Margarie Applegate, an elderly woman who has a propensity for going wandering. She spouts many random things, including that she built the asylum, that she created the painting man but lost his voice somewhere. The painting man’s name is Albert Walters and he cannot speak. He paints pictures almost as a machine would, drawing a single row across the picture as opposed to sketching freely. She mentions that Summerfield has only just arrived and won’t be staying long. She says that he came in with another man who is on the 4th floor where they keep the violent people. Margerie calls Summerfield back over and shows him the picture that Albert is painting. It is a picture of a study, and as Summerfield looks at it he is transported there to the study where two other people await…(Summerfield drops in on [[Recap #5 | Recap #5]])

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