Power of the Pen: The Amateur Mendicant Society
For VHunter07--For being such a fantastic writer, reader, and reviewer. The SH section of FF would not be the same without you, m'dear.
None of these characters are mine.
A/N: This isn't really a sequel to POTP, it's just done in the same style. And this is certainly not the start of a trend! I do not plan on doing any more POTP type things after this. Anyway, the idea came from reading a list of unpublished stories in Watson's dispatch box. I really wanted to do "The Bogus Laundry Affair," but this one sparked a plot first.
A definition in the dictionary sitting on a shelf in 221B Baker Street:
Men-di-cant: (men-di-kuhnt) adj. 1. begging; practicing begging; living on alms 2. pertaining to or charactaristic of a beggar n. 1. a person who lives by begging, beggar 2. a member of any of several orders of friars that originally forbade ownership of property, subsisting mostly on alms.
Fragments from the desk of Inspector G. Lestrade:
There has been a rash of crime in the Soho area. I'm afraid it did not stop with that one break-in. It appears to have been done by the same hands as before, though we still haven't any idea who could be responsible. All the usual suspects have been checked out already.
Another break-in on Park Lane--looks to be the same criminals. Apparently they have set their sights higher.
I should be very interested to know what you are going to do about the loss of my property. As you know, several items of some value have been taken. It has been a day already, with no news. If you are not going to focus all your efforts on this case, then I shall be most displeased.
-Apparently not perpetrated by practiced criminals
-One of them walked with a very slight limp
-Nothing seriously damaged
-Seem to be stealing items of increasing value each time
-Lord Rust is a prick
-None of the usual suspects seem to be responsible
An excerpt from the diary of Doctor John Watson:
I believe an interesting case has finally come our way, after weeks of boredom. Holmes was becoming somewhat restless, and I feared he would resort once more to that form of artificial stimulation which I have been trying to wean him from. Thus I was quite relieved when Lestrade brought this matter to our attention.
Lestrade has asked us to look at the scene of a robbery, which is one of several apparently perpetrated by some sort of gang. We're to go round there later today, to talk to the owner of the house and have a look at the scene, though Holmes is out of sorts at being unable to view an undisturbed crime scene first. He has been moaning for some time about the imbicillic policemen destroying what evidence there was to find, and lamenting his fate at being forced to work with such incompetent men. He seems to be feeling better.
An excerpt from the diary of Inspector G. Lestrade:
I had Mr. Holmes have a look at the crime scene, and have a talk with Lord Rust. That did not go over so well. Lord Rust is now insisting that Mr. Holmes will do nothing for the case. I confess it did me good to see him so agitated--I do not know what Mr. Holmes said to him, but I have no doubt that he had as little liking for Lord Rust's pompous attitude than I do, and much less patience with it.
Unfortunately, he could tell us little else about the criminals than we already knew, save that one of them smoked a good deal of hand rolled cigarettes, one of them was somewhat older than the others, and one of them was a young man with an excellent grasp of the art of breaking into houses, picking locks and so forth, and walks with a slight limp. We are still unsure how many there were, though Mr. Holmes has told us five, and I have decided to take his word for it.
An excerpt from the diary of Mr. Sherlock Holmes:
I cannot speculate without data. It seems to me to be a clear case of robbery--the culprits will make a mistake and be caught eventually, though I must say they have had enormous luck so far. But something tells me there is more to this case. My instincts are very rarely wrong. Perhaps this will prove more interesting than it initially seemed.
The young lock-picker's marks seemed vaguely familiar. No doubt he has some criminal history. Other than him, though, this has the look of a group of men unaccustomed to thievery. Probably a group of individuals down on their luck who agreed to band together to supplement their limited funds. Still, I cannot help but think that this is more than a simple case of robbery. There is something larger at work here. Perhaps this will prove to be more interesting than it would at first seem.