The Prince's Ball (The Kitchen)

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The Prince's Ball (In the Kitchen)

It is X minutes to midnight.

Initial visit:

The Prince's kitchen is spacious and well-equipped, but there isn't as much hubbub as you might expect. Since this isn't a dinner party, the chefs and servants don't have to deal with, say, fifty different pies and three entire roast deer. Which is not to say that the servants are standing around doing nothing -- a party as large as this one goes through a huge number of crudités and champagne glasses, and at a fairly brisk pace -- but if this were a sit-down occasion, this kitchen would be pure havoc to the untrained observer.

The staff largely ignore you when you enter, being both focused on their tasks, and used to guests popping in occasionally to see what the Prince's kitchen looks like.

Subsequent visits:

You slip into the kitchen and involuntarily breathe a little sigh of relief. Though your ambitions would never allow you to admit it to anyone, you're much more comfortable behind the scenes. You may be fighting tooth and claw to achieve noble status, but you can only take so much of nodding politely while some chinless idiot brays about his latest fox hunt.

On minutes 25 and 15:

The chef checks the pastry for the cannoli, decides that they've cooled adequately from baking, and starts filling them from the bowl on the counter.

On minutes 24 and 14:

The chef continues to fill the cannoli things, or whatever the outside pastry bit of a cannoli is called. Shells. Tubes.

On minutes 23 and 13:

The chef continues to fill the cannoli pipes or hoses or whatever the pastry bit is called.

On minutes 22 and 12:

The chef fills the last cannoli, and arranges them on a large silver tray.

In all cases:

A large bowl of cannoli filling is sitting on the kitchen counter.

On minutes 22, 21, 12, and 11:

A tray of cannoli sits on the kitchen counter, waiting to be served.

On minutes 20 and 10:

The chef gives the finished tray of cannoli to one of the servants, who takes it out to the canapés table.

If you set a regular or soapy mousetrap, at least five minutes after doing so:

You hear a squeaky, scrabbling noise coming from the cigar box in the pantry. It sounds like your trap was successful.

If you set a laudanum-laced mousetrap, at least five minutes after doing so:

You look in the pantry, and see that your homemade mousetrap has gone off. There aren't any noises coming from the box, but considering that you put laudanum in the bait, that isn't very surprising.

Before taking the coin:

Your eye catches a glint of silver under the edge of a cabinet -- it turns out to be an errant coin that someone must have dropped. You sniff haughtily; if the scullery maid was doing her job properly, it would be long gone.


Before taking the coin:

Take the coin.

You casually pick up the coin and put in your purse. The busy servants don't take any notice. Or rather, they almost certainly do notice, but they all know better than to say anything about it.

Silvercoin.gifYou acquire an item: odd silver coin

Having not inspected the pantry:

Inspect the kitchen pantry.

You step into the pantry and browse around for a bit. It's quite large, as expected, and its contents aren't any particular surprise either. You briefly consider stealing some of the more expensive spices, or a tin of caviar, but the fewer unnecessary risks you take on this mission, the better. You do, however, slip a can of ground cinnamon into your purse -- Cinderella loves the stuff, like a cat loves catnip, so you can probably find a use for it. And if not, free cinnamon.

You also notice a mousehole in one of the baseboards. Hmm.


If you have obtained the cheese and the cigar box, and you have seen the mouse hole when inspecting the pantry:

Set a trap for the mouse.

Using the empty cigar box and the toothpick you got from the cheese platter, you set up a rudimentary mousetrap, with the cheese itself as the bait. Now to leave it alone for a bit, and see if you catch anything.


If you can make a mousetrap and have the bottle of laudanum:

Set a trap for the mouse, with laudanum in the bait.

Using the empty cigar box and the toothpick you got from the cheese platter, you set up a rudimentary mousetrap, with the cheese itself (dosed with a tiny drop of laudanum) as the bait. Now to leave it alone for a bit, and see if you catch anything. [laudanum not consumed]


If you can make a mousetrap and have a bar of soap:

Set a trap for the mouse, with soap in the bait.

Using the empty cigar box and the toothpick you got from the cheese platter, you set up a rudimentary mousetrap, with the cheese itself (dosed with a few scrapings from that piece of soap you picked up earlier) as the bait. Now to leave it alone for a bit, and see if you catch anything. [soap not consumed]


At least six minutes after having set a mousetrap:

Take the mouse out of the trap.

If normal cheese was used:

You carefully open the lid to the cigar box and grab the mouse when it tries to jump out, then drop the wriggling creature in your purse.

If cheese was laced with laudanum:

You open the cigar box, and find a mouse inside. It's either dead or sleeping, and you aren't sure which, but it hardly matters either way. You pick it up by the tail and drop it into your purse.

If cheese was laced with soap:

You carefully open the cigar box and grab the mouse when it tries to jump out, wild-eyed and foaming at the mouth from the soap it's eaten. You drop it into your purse, thankful that this isn't your best purse.


With ipecac:

Dose the bowl of cannoli filling with ipecac.

While dosing the entire party with syrup of ipecac would be pretty hilarious, it would also bring this party to a screeching halt. And besides, someone might figure out that it was you. Best to keep this thing on a personal level. [time wasted]


With laudanum:

Dose the bowl of cannoli filling with laudanum.

Sneaking laudanum into an entire platter of cannoli might be amusing, but it would also bring the party to a screeching halt, and there's a possibility that the crime might be traced back to you. That certainly wouldn't get you anywhere. [time wasted]


With cinnamon:

Pour cinnamon into the cannoli filling

If the chef is not filling:

You wait until the chef goes into the pantry, and quickly dump half the can of cinnamon into the bowl of cannoli filling and give it a quick stir. None of the kitchen staff appear to take any notice. [at minutes 29-26, both trays of cannoli and the canapés starting at minute 20 are cinnamon; at minutes 22-16, the second tray of cannoli and the canapés starting at minute 10 are cinnamon; at minutes 12-1, nothing happens]

If the chef is filling the cannoli (minutes 25-23 and 15-13):

The chef is busy filling the cannoli with that bowl of cannoli filling, and would probably notice if you tried to put anything in it. You spend a minute waiting for an opportunity, but none arise. Damn. [time wasted]


Available at minutes 22-21 and 12-11, with laudanum:

Dose the tray of cannoli with laudanum.

Without already having cannoli:

You glance around to make sure the chef isn't looking, then drip a tiny bit of laudanum into two cannoli, which you then wrap up in a napkin and slip into your purse.

If you still have cannoli in your purse:

You already have some cannoli in your purse. There's no need to overdo things. [time wasted]


Available at minutes 22-21 and 12-11, with ipecac:

Dose the tray of cannoli with ipecac.

Without already having cannoli:

You glance around to make sure the chef isn't looking, then drip a little syrup of ipecac into two cannoli, which you wrap up in a napkin and stash in your purse.

If you still have cannoli in your purse:

You already have some cannoli in your purse. There's no need to overdo things. [time wasted]


Hang around for a bit.

You take a short break from the brainless chatter of the aristocracy to catch your mental breath.


Time passes.

It is X minutes to midnight.


Occurs at The Prince's Ball.


Notes

  • The cinnamon and bottles of ipecac and laudanum are not consumed on dosing the cannoli tray. The pantry can only be raided for cinnamon once, and the filling can only be spiced with it once.