Only some of the aforementioned people attended the private meeting.
“Understandably,” John Small tried to explain “some of the people that we met at the Tap and Spile last week were not too interested in discussing this further. Who is the saner of the two parties does not concern me. What concerns me,” he paused and took a sip of brandy long enough to give the impression he was thinking of his words “is that… creature and how come only we saw it!” In truth, John has prepared this speech carefully. “I would like to investigate further, avoiding all forms of recognized authority – which will simply call us ‘crazy’ and do nothing but hinder us. There are risks, but hey…” Here is stopped for another sip and did not continue. Instead he waited, as long as necessary, until some1 else spoke.
Only half of the initially 6 people were in attendance. John himself completed the quartet that were united in silence. Eventually, the youngest person there spoke up:
HJ: “What did you have in mind?” As if waiting for the question John replied instantly:
JS: “A break in! Not to steal or vandalise.” He continued prompted by the raising of the eye brows, “Rather to investigate the curtains and the rafters and the whole symphony hall, see what we might find?”
JM: “ ‘A break in’ !? “
JS: “Yes. I have contacts; I have money; I have curiosity; what I lack is youth!”
TH: “Not into breaking into places, personally”
JS: “Neither am I – ordinarily! This is not ordinary…. I know the staff rotations there, cleaners, security procedures and systems.”
TH: “You break in…”
JS: “I intend to. Hopefully all together!”
And so John Small, Hannah Jones, Jake Mallone and Terri Hannik sipped their drinks and chatted for a few hours. And so El’zah listened. Not terribly well, at first, but as the conversation grew more animated and lively she found that she could concentrate and block out the soft music and eavesdrop past the thick wall that separated them. She heard enough to get the gist.