Archived Blue Moon Masquerade

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Chase

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((This was originally written for the blue moon in 2009, should be noted that another blue moon occurred during similar dates in 2017))
 

Chief

Chief of ACME
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Dr. Everard Weller
Rating: PG-13
What: A Masquerade in celebration of a Blue Moon New Years Eve (December has 2 full moons).
Where: Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, Venice, Italy

At home for the holidays, Chief was forwarded the following message:

To the honourable Dr. Everard Weller of the ACME Detective Agency;

This is Jeffrey Bruno, Public Relations officer of the office of the Consulate of Italy. As discussed with Mr. Chase Devineaux in the summer of this year, we would like to extend our gratitude to the services provided by your organisation.

The Mayor of the city of Venice cordially invites selected members of the ACME Detective agency to a celebration on the pavilion of the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute.

Date: December 31
The dress code is Black Tie, Masquerade. You are welcome to be in full costume.


Please RSVP by December 26.

With cordial regards,
J. Bruno


This looked important, and Chief immediately posted a virtual bulletin to all members of ACME. To Chase, he wrote an additional message: "It seems you will need to go to this one, enjoy Venice."

[OOC: Enjoy the party, everybody!]
 

Patty

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Patty was at VILE Headquarters, going through new catalogs for fashion accessories when a henchman ran up to her.

"More noise, you want to sift through them now or later?" He handed her a disk full of stuff they got from ACME communications. Most of the secure stuff is never deciphered, but Patty ends up with the day to day emails and messages agents get.

"I'll take them," Patty sighed, she didn't want to get stuck with this later. The guy left and Pats sifted through info. She passed by the word 'Masquerade' twice before she realized this was a mass email ACME's Chief forwarded out. Saving it, she immediately sent a copy to Carmen.
 

Emma Bezzle

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Loralye was chewing her hair. It was a habit that Lora started when she concentrated very hard on something. That "something" was an idea. Lora was trying to work out all the kinks for her new invention idea; she wanted it perfect when the idea is presented to Carmen.

Looking up, Lora saw a henchman going to give more noise for Patty to decipher. Lora groaned internally. She was thinking too hard and a distraction would do her brain good.

Following the henchman's path, Loralye found where Patty was. "Anything interesting?" she asked.
 

Carmen

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Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill

Carmen, under the alias of Morgan Kent, was spending a few nights in London after a planned trip near Minsk, Belarus ended with satisfaction. An Italian tour group, presumably of dignitaries, resided at the same hotel. From them, Carmen had been hearing about the Blue Moon New Year's Eve party straddling the Grand Canal from St. Mark's square to the Salute.

Near the end of the day, she received a forwarded invitation from Patty. A momentary hesitation arose as she contemplated her next moves. This would be an open party full of law enforcement and ACME agents. What were the possibilities of a 'selected' amount of V.I.L.E. agents surviving such odds... once in a blue moon, perhaps?

"Patty," Carmen replied via voice, "take the Carrier out, send a message to all free agents, pick them up, and meet me near Venice for an early Carnival. Be prepared."

On her way to the hotel's The Churchill Bar, she purposely ran into one of the Italians who had been boasting about that masquerade. He apologised, she apologised, and after a brief English Afternoon Tea, Morgan Kent had a copy of the printed invitation.



(V.I.L.E. Agents, you are to assume that you have been contacted by Patty, the 'Carrier' mentioned above is a large plane in which you will be picked up. You would have been in Venice for approximately one week before the party begins, please feel free to describe your costume in full detail and post your arrival after Chase's first post. My thanks.)
 

Chase

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Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute

5:50 PM (1750hrs), Local Time (10 minutes before the party starts)
Venice, Italy, 54 °F (12°C). Clear skies.


A calming shade of warm gray under the setting sun, the pavilion in front of the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute laid in preparation for an evening of light cocktails and flutters of conversations.

The Italians arrived on time along with their families, which usually included the oldest and youngest members. This sort of event was an expensive curiosity, and Venice never lacked them. Little girls quickly head into small groups, comparing their costumes; while boys tend to stand close to the pier, playing near the dark waters until their mother, aunt, or grandmother--half speaking to friends and half watching the children--would change their voice from normal speech to a loud parental threat for the boys to move back into the party.

As the moon rose, temperatures dropped. Waiters lit fires in containers arranged by party organizers. Tall tables made for standing and talking formed a grid a few meters apart from one another. The masquerade also extended into the nearby building. A former Customs House was now a Contemporary Arts museum where guests may sit and talk in the warmth should the pavilion become too cold.

Chase Devineaux stood modestly in a tuxedo and black eye-mask at the steps of the basilica next to the Public Relations officer, Jeffrey Bruno; being introduced to a few of the city's notables. He had been in Venice since December 28 and planned to stay until January 2. The train of people to meet seemed endless, and he slowly grew burdened by the lack of familiar faces. He was never fully comfortable attending large, open-air parties--and Masquerades, with people parading around wearing costumes, seemed even more absurd--but he understood society, and getting along with such people was currently his job.



[[The party starts after this post, go ahead and write your entries.]]
 

Narrator

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((Original post written by DetectiveAwesome as Daniel Ainsworth))

For the past few hours Daniel Ainsworth felt overdressed in a French inspired mousquetaire costume, complete mask, rapier, and poufy hat. At least he wasn’t alone, the other two musketeers of ACME were by his side, Nevon Blair and Pete Moss. Tonight they were Athos, Porthos, and Aramis… though the three hadn’t decided who was who.

As soon they arrived at the party, however, Dan actually felt a bit under dressed. It seemed some folks went all out, with costumes the size of small parade floats. There must have been hundreds of people, and the night was just kicking off.

Danny could see Chase Devineaux among some important looking people and photographers, and he thought he might have recognized some other ACME agents in the crowd. Just then some fancy people in long beaked crow masks and sparkling black robes offered them a plate of canapés and champagne flutes.

“Talk about being posh… glad we decided to skip the TV countdown and come here this year.” Danny said as he took a glass.
 

Nevon

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Nevon adjusted the feather in his hat. He moved it in different directions but only made it worse. When he put on the hat, the feather fell to cover his face.

"Hey Dan," Nevon nudged his friend, "this doesn't look right. I have Porthos's boots, if you remember the movie, but you have Athos's vest... no one's going believe we're actually the three musketeers!"

Nevon's rant was canceled when he spotted Chase with a train of important people near the church. Press and photographers were everywhere. "This is the best party ever!" He hit Dan's shoulders, "we're going to be on TV!"
 

Narrator

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((Original post written by Crimson))

(OOC: I have received permission to meet up with LadyLoralye.)

Crimson had just returned from spending a vacation in Greece with her boyfriend's children and grandchild. It was a very relaxing trip and a great way to bond with his kids, that are older than her. "That is really awkward" she thought to herself, "and if we get married I would be a grandmother..." The former model shuddered not just because of the cold, but because of the thought of being a grandmother.

Crim had decided to come to Venice after the kids went back home. She had always wanted to see Venice. After this little excursion, she would head to Milan. Of course, a lot of shopping would be done there. Crimson was in Venice for one specific reason, though, thanks to a certain forwarded message.

The gondola ride was quite relaxing. She looked over her texts again. Crimson was supposed to meet up with Lory now that the gondola was docked.

The fun thing will be finding her in this crowd of people.
 

Emma Bezzle

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Loralye wandered nervously through the crowds. When she asked Patty if there was anything interesting, Lora had no idea what she was getting herself into. Crimson had insisted on taking her shopping and picking out a gown. Finally, after hours of looking, they had settled on a strapless, black flowing gown with silver crystal beading. As for the mask to conceal her identity, Lora chose a white mask with beading on the bottom.

She checked her phone to see if Crimson had sent her a message...Nope. Lora didn't like this one bit. Sure she loved the ball, but a ball where everyone's in a mask and could potentially be an ACME agent? Loralye was all for taking risks, but this seemed to be pushing the envelope.

She grabbed a drink off a waiter's tray and sipped. Thank God the drinking age in Italy was sixteen, this was going to be a long night.
 

Eugene

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Euge slipped his mask over his face moments before entering sight of the pavilion. The three faced mask he wore had been a special acquisition for the sole purpose of this party; the left side of his head was a black mask of tragedy, and the right a white mask of comedy. They were bridged by a piece over his eyes and nose where the two colors swirled together. After tonight, it would join several other masks on his office wall.

Euge briefly broke step to adjust his mask and make sure his aviators were still in his jacket pocket. Satisfied everything was in place, he scanned the crowd. He wasn't looking for familiar faces, of course there wouldn't be any, but for eye catching masks and costumes. He spotted a trio dressed as musketeers and briefly wondered if they were Nevon, Dan, and Pete, for he had heard a rumor they had picked out those exact costumes. "Time to find out." Euge thought to himself, and grabbed a drink before making his way towards them.
 

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((Originally written by Crimson))

The former model removed her cloak and gave it to some worker.

Crimson looked like a princess and felt like one, too. She was wearing a white elegant gown with some intricate, hand - sewn silver detail with her matching silver shoes. Dangling from her ears were a pair of pearl drop earrings. She also was wearing a matching white mask with silver detail. Crimson's shoulder - length, chestnut colored hair was curled loosely. She figured she could pull off the all white look now that she had the perfect tan from her 'bonding time.'

She continued to look around and spotted Lora drinking some alcoholic drink. Crimson ran over to her friend and gave her a hug. "The party has barely started and you are already drinking? You look fab by the way!" she said to Lory.
 

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