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THE PAWNS PROMOTION

Kathleen McNamara


ALNWICK MANOR


CC is called home from college due to family health emergency. Not only does he have to cope with the potential loss of another family member, he faces a decision as to his academic future. He uses his time home at the
B & B to make up his mind.

DINNER AND CHESS


Much to the dismay of the CC and his grandmother, the grandfather decides to ignore doctor’s orders and have dinner with everyone in the main dining room. After dinner, CC and grandfather start to play a game of chess, but the conversation takes a puzzling turn.

MEMORIAL EVENT

While back at school for his finals, the grandfather succumbs to complications of a second heart attack. Under strict orders from the grandfather, CC is not informed until after his finals are done. A memorial event takes place on the family grounds. Tyler manages to find a quiet moment and witnesses a disturbing exchange.

ESTATE SETTLEMENT

The will is gone over and much to CC’s surprise, there is a second will to be read to him. Family retainer offers as much detail as he can about accident that claimed his parents. CC gets one more surprise when he receives a large lock box from his grandfather.

GAME PLAN

Not that he suspects anything amiss, but CC and family attorney meet with managers of the farm and winery. CC has ideas for the direction of the businesses and wants their input. Meetings are as much to feel them out and it is for them to know what he is planning.


LAY OF THE LAND

CC decides to review all of the employee resumes to learn of their backgrounds and strengths. He spends a few days meeting with them in their work environs to see them in action. CC is starting to feel a bit better about his decision when owner of neighboring winery approaches him to make an offer to by the winery portion of the business.

OVERTHINKING

While walking the ground of the inn, CC comes across one of the new employees trying to get into an off limits building. Accepting what seems to be a lame excuse, he lets the employee off with a warning. Later that afternoon he see the same employee in a deep discussion with the man who offered to buy with winery business. CC is beginning to wonder if he really is a good judge of people and if he is up to the task of running the businesses.

SAGE ADVICE

Over dinner with grandmother and two close family friends, CC discusses the events with them. All three do their best to reassure him of their backing and agree that everyone will keep their eyes open for any further
questionable happenings.

TAKING A BREATHER

Following a suggestion from his grandmother, CC invites a few of his friends from college and they decide to take one of the tours history tours offered by a new local start up. After their weekend visit, he decides to spend some time with daughter of the farm manager and get to know more about her business. CC has an idea about how to give her business a boost, but his grandmother seems to think it is just an excuse to spend some time with her.

ONE THING AT A TIME

CC is has oodles of ideas, but knows that he needs to set priorities. He works out a list of what he hopes to promote in the future and concentrates on the upcoming summer promotions for now.

IT CAME WITH THE PROPERTY

A rainy day and no guests allow CC and farmer’s daughter to go explore up in the attic. Up there they discover a bunch of old trunks full of letters and tiny clothes and an old cast iron lawn jockey.

OPENING PANDORA’S BOX

Evenings afford CC the time to start going through the old journals of the grandfather. Along with the journals, he finds maps and really old family diaries and a broken clock.

CONFIDING IN A FRIEND

CC takes farmer’s daughter out to dinner. Grandmother teases him about this being a first date. Over dinner, CC starts to fill him in on the situation about the lost family heirloom and all the confusing information he got at the settlement.

CIPHERS AND CHAMBOURCIN

The both of them decide to split up the box of information. FD takes the journals and CC takes the clock, maps and diagrams to see if he can make sense of them. While going through one of the journals, FD discovers a family tree going back to 1715.

LINSEED PAINT

A formula for making linseed oil paint is found on the back of one of the diagrams. CC already knew that his grandfather relied on that type of paint for some old furniture he restored. He kept the formula out in the shed with the other paint supplies. What was this formula doing on the back of the diagram?

TIME WILL TELL

The journals are proving frustrating so CC puts them aside to start working on the broken clock. It is definitely an antique. It is an old Royal Mail coach clock and the hands are frozen in the position of 10:10. He decides to open it and try to tinker around with it. Getting the back of it off, he discovers an old picture of the library. The clock was on the mantle and on the wall above the clock was an old painting of the farm. What captured CC’s attention were the hands of the clock.

BREAKING AND ENTERING

CC’s puzzle solving is interrupted by a fire at the tasting facility. While checking out the situation at the tasting room, the security company informs them that the manor had been broken into and the special bookcase had been smashed open. Speculation is forming that the two incidents were related. CC thinks he knows why.

JUST WHO ARE WE ANYWAY

Duncan relates a bit of family history that somehow got associated with Templar legend. Despite the family attempts to dispel the rumors, there are some questions about just who the ancestors from Scotland were associated with. It all revolves around the time period of the early 1700’s.

THE ONES THAT GOT AWAY

Never forgetting the help along the way, the family, when they finally settled in the VA area, decided to repay a lot of old debts, helping out those who needed it most. Their supposed wealth was a mystery to everyone who knew them. When the grandfather decided to start some work on the old well house, some one spilled the beans about the work being done there. It dredged up some of the very old rumors about family treasure.

BACK TO BUSINESS

With the arrival of the generators, the tasting room is up and running. The contractors start the repair work but it is apparent that the work will not be done in time for the first summer event.

CIVIL WAR TOUR GUESTS

Independence Day holidays are always busy for the Gettysburg area. The B & B is booked. CC is surprised by the mix of ages of his guests. There is also a small group of college students that want to mix history and wine and brewery tours. CC actually learns a bit of the history of how Prohibition had almost decimated the wine and spirits industry in VA. It was something he had never heard from his grandfather.

WINE AND CHOCOLATES


The family decides to hold the event despite that tasting room not ready to be reopened. They bring in huge tents for the event and the kitchen at the B & B is pressed into service. CC and the family are moved when surrounding wineries arrive to help out with the event.

TEXT BOOKS AND TACOS

CC and FD celebrate the success of the first event with Tacos and Rioja. They decide to do a bit of investigating into the Prohibition tidbits they gleaned from the guests. FD made the observation that Wikipedia raises more questions than it answers. Just to amuse themselves they decide to give the online website a workout. The small preserved clothes and the lawn jockey were puzzle pieces that did not seem to fit. Or did they?

DIARIES AND DIAGRAMS

CC and FD put aside all of the really old family history and concentrate of the time period that grandfather lived in the house. One of the entries reveals that the family knew of its Civil War past and of the tunnels on the property. Most of the tunnels had been converted into areas to store wine barrels away from the prying eyes of the revenuers. A key entry tells of him considering using those old tunnels to build a much safer place for the family heirloom.

NEWSPAPER CLIPPING


Going through some of the journals, CC finds old newspaper clippings about the accident that claimed the life of his parents and baby sister. CC pays a visit to the police chief and talks to him about that night.

WHERE IS THE TREASURE

CC goes back up into the attic to find the old painting that used to hang above the mantel in the library. Putting it up and placing the clock under it on the shelf as was shown in the old photo reveals some startling information. CC now knew where to look for the old tunnels. While CC and FD check out his hunch, AB who had been keeping tabs on CC traps them in well house when vault room is found empty.

BARGAINING CHIPS


After AB leaves CC and FD in the well house, he calls grandmother and FD’s father demanding ransom. What AB doesn’t know is that CC has figured out the tunnel system and is able to escape. Once freed, CC, FD and the other family member work to catch AB in the act of trying to extort the ransom.

DETAILS DETAILS

AB is recorded bragging about what he did. And he is implicated in arson attempt by person he hired to torch the tasting room. CC spins a tale for the family and the small town reporter who was promised the scoop.

IN PLAIN SIGHT

Back at the B & B, CC gives a tour of the underground system and then, with a bit of flair for the dramatic, takes the solvent and reveals just what the heirloom is. The results surprise everyone.

WE’RE ON THE MAP

As promised to BC, the story in the paper proves a sensation for the surrounding area. Bookings at the B & B get a boost from the story. As for whether or not the tunnels ever saw activity during the time of the Underground Railroad, local archives will have to be searched. For the time being, the little lawn jockey was restored to its rightful place along the tree line by the well house. Grandmother and father of FD decide its time to team up and play match makers.







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