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The Unforgivable Secret: Entry 2
Nelso555
Dec 11, 2015
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Earlier, Elsie had been walking through the crew’s quarters with a mind to pay Tilly a visit when she overheard Jack and Professor Goodwin speaking in the hallway. Naturally, she hid in one of the rooms, and listened as carefully as they could. “He’s alive!” Goodwin said. “Are you certain?”copyright protection68PENANAhGr4IJ8zCs

Jack’s voice was steady as he spoke. “The paper that Backhaus stole from me had Vandenberg’s signature on it, and it was signed January this year. I’m telling you, Robert, he’s alive, and he’s been jumping from base to base ever since you called it quits on the Corporation.”copyright protection68PENANAeqVjSVIPwm

“I believe you Jack, but as a figure of speech, this news is hard to believe. But if this is the case then we ought to be careful. Vandenberg was my friend once, I knew him very well, and I know exactly how dangerous he can be.”copyright protection68PENANAZoe2pPvQ3u

As they spoke, they made their way up stairs. The Rosanne had surfaced, and no doubt they went outside so as to avoid people like Elsie eavesdropping on their conversation. Elsie watched them leave, and once they were gone she stared into the emptiness of the hallway, as if their shadows were still there. From the quiet of one of the rooms came a voice. “Elsie? What are doing there?” It was Tilly.copyright protection68PENANAklbLqUuyt7

Tilly Eveans was indeed a very different person once she was outside of the engine room. For starters, she was a little shorter, and on the occasion that she had just finished washing up, she was a great deal more lady-like. Her face was smooth and flush, spotted here and there with a few freckles, and her hair – which used to be knotty – now fell gracefully around her shoulders. As for her attire, she wore a simple, not too over-the-top blue dress that fitted strangely around her figure, until Elsie realised that the dress much have belonged to Doctor O’Donnell. “Oh, Tilly, hello.” Elsie smiled at her and tried not to act suspicious. “How are you?”copyright protection68PENANA1IyX1qSJgp

Tilly gave her a strange glance, and noticed Mr. Dunstan trot across the hallway and down to the flight-room. A slow grin fell upon her lips. She raised her eyebrows. “You were spying on Riley, weren’t you?”copyright protection68PENANA6gNkicaN3d

Elsie sighed and shook her head. “Never mind. I like your dress.”copyright protection68PENANAinzu9ZoEyS

Tilly glanced down at in uncomfortably. “Thanks, I can’t remember the last time I dressed up like this. It belongs to Fiona, I didn’t pack anything other than my work clothes so… Oh, you’re still good for games night tonight, right? It’s also my sister’s birthday so Fiona said we can have a little celebration in her room.”copyright protection68PENANALzAkxCKpm0

“Of course, but do you always celebrate people’s birthdays, even when they’re not around?”copyright protection68PENANAOsgCMzOWmS

Tilly rubbed the back of her neck. Her tone became solemn, and soft. “My sister passed away a few years back. It was her birthday when it happened, so now every year I try to do something fun. It helps me get by, and I think it’s what she would have wanted.”copyright protection68PENANAaFgJ9pJx3h

Elsie hardly knew what to say. “Oh, I… I’m sorry, I didn’t know.”copyright protection68PENANApPRZ9pBUOY

“It’s okay.” There was a small window of silence, and then she said, “Well, Fiona said she was going to show me how to put proper makeup on. She keeps telling me that engine grease is bad for my skin. Anyway, I should get going. I’ll see you tonight, okay.”copyright protection68PENANAUDqbfcK497

Elsie nodded. “Definitely.”copyright protection68PENANAXjMd3WCMtG

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