wavy dagger logoOrient Express

(Spring 1997)

... the dancing motes of light scattered from diamonds and gold ...
... the clink of silver on fine white china, the fizz of champagne ...
... the whisper of elegant silk evening dresses and the rustle of starched linen...
... the bitter haze of cigar smoke, the sweet musk of perfumes, the rich texture of roast duck ...

The passenger smiles. The Simplon-Orient Express has a comfortable tradition of luxury and opulence to pamper the wealthy traveller. All is well.

... the guttural whispers of bulky men in furry hats, dropping to self-conscious silence...
... the brilliant sparkle of gemstones slipped quietly into a soft leather pouch ...
... the sickly sweet smoke that smells nothing like tobacco ...
... the heavy outline of a revolver, tucked into a coat pocket..,

The passenger chuckles. The route has a long past of intrigue and mystery, and has played host to spies and smugglers, diplomats and deceivers. All is well.

... the smudged blur of a chalk symbol, hastily erased from the carpet ...
...the metallic, salty taste of blood ...
... the muffled thump as the long, dark bulk of a coffin is loaded aboard ...
... the soft cadences of voices, rising and falling in an ancient chant ...

The passenger grins. From his pocket he takes the long razor, its edge slicing the light into rainbow and shadow. All is well.


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Orient Express is a one night game set on, well, the Orient Express, around the turn of the century. It's being written by Andy Shultz and Laura Baldwin (with kibitzing from Tom Giordano) and will run afternoon through late night on March 8.