A New Entry in The Recruiting Matter – Mission to Save Eleanor. Jason is at the back of the house and ready to engage Alfred. Alfred is wary now with Jason’s recovery and renewed confidence. Jason tries to reason with Alfred but finds Alfred is just as bad as Winifred. Charles Wayland informs Jason just how badly Findley Brown has been treating Eleanor and pays a price. Jason and Alfred start fighting and this time it goes in Jason’s favor easily. Just as Jason is about to exact revenge, Charles and Millicent call him off as Smith walks out the door. Jason, in frustration or in overconfidence, ignore Charles and Millicent and challenges John Smith. That was a mistake.
Look for more tomorrow.
Jason – at the back stairs of Smith’s house
Jason batted his stick lightly in his hand. He smiled at Alfred and then moved quickly up the stairs. Alfred blocked his blow, but now it was Alfred that grunted and stepped back. Alfred swung high and Jason stepped back and away avoiding the blow easily. Jason said, “I’ve no business with you. Smith took Eleanor and killed her brother. I want Smith and her. “
Alfred laughed heartily, “You might be fast lad, but Smith would slice you to ribbons before you got your stick up. As for the negress, I’ve always like a bit of fight in me girls. She has been quite entertaining the past few days. One doesn’t let such a fine spirited animal go easily.”
Jason clinched his fists and calmed himself. He said through clinched teeth, “I was wrong, Alfred. I do have business with you.” He looked at Findley at the top of the stairs and said in an angry tone, “I suppose you had your bit of fun as well?” Findley paled. Wayland laughed, “Bastard must strained something down there.” He gritted his teeth as Findley applied the device. Wayland whispered, “You know Findley -loves to have someone suffer. Barely let her eat or sleep.” Findley applied the device again and Wayland collapsed completely.
Jason pointed his stick at Findley, “You, I kill.”
Alfred moved between Jason and Findley and Wayland, “I said get inside, you idiot. Are you fucking deaf?” Findley drug the unconscious Wayland into the hallway.
Jason looked at Alfred, then swung his stick high and low in a series of fast blows. Alfred blocked each blow, but they were getting closer each time. Jason solid contact with Alfred’s wrist and his bat fell. Jason whispered, “I am going to take my time with you. I will start with your knees.” Jason swung his stick hard at the side of Alfred’s leg and Alfred fell clutching his knee. He pulled a knife out of his boot ready to slice what he could reach.
Jason lifted the stick high with both hands when Charles spoke into his ear. “Jason, stand down.” Jason took a step towards Alfred and used his stick to bat away the knife. Millicent came into his ear, “Jason stop. Let them go.” At that point, Smith arrived at the door holding Winifred Stanhope with a little assistance from an injured Neville Carter-Fraser. Findley was hiding behind Smith and holding Charles Wayland up.
Smith said, “McNeill. Stop or I finish everyone off right now and then I come back for you.”
Millicent spoke into his ear, “Jason, we have Eleanor. Rachael and Felicity are hurt. Let him go.”
Jason shouted at Smith, “Tell me about my parents.”
Smith laughed loudly, “We are wasting time your Rachael doesn’t have, McNeill. Nothing is free, especially not information.”
Jason brandished his stick over Alfred, “Tell me or I start breaking Alfred’s bones.”
Smith rolled his eyes dramatically, “Neville, hold Winifred up if you can. Mr. McNeill needs a touch of enlightenment.” He handed off the full weight of Winifred to Neville, who bowed a little. Smith said to Jason, “Last chance McNeill. I promised Morgaine I wouldn’t hurt you, but you are making things difficult. Out of my way or you’ll be eating dinner through a straw for a month. At this point, I doubt she complain loudly about what is going to happen because I am going to let you live. Out of my way.”
Jason said back with more confidence than he felt, “No! Information. Now! We’ll just start with the arm.” He lifted has arm to swing.
Smith came forward with impossible speed and slammed into Jason who tumbled to the street. Smith came walking down the stairs calmly. He straightened his jacket as Jason scrambled to his feet. Smith said, “Your father is quite valuable. Morgaine may not know how valuable.” Smith grabbed Jason’s coat and slammed his fist into Jason’s face. “That is for hurting Alfred.” Jason’s nose burst with blood. Smith hit him again, “That is for not paying attention to Morgaine when you should have.” Jason felt his jaw break. Smith hit him a third time saying, “And that was for wanting free information.” He let Jason fall to the ground in a heap and Jason passed out.
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