Coral Gables Biltmore - John Legend's Room (Rm 115)   Posted by John Legend.Group: 0
John Legend
 player, 140 posts
Thu 19 Feb 2009
at 20:56
Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel - John Legend's Room (Room 115)
Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel - 1200 Anastasia Avenue - Room 115

This is the room for - John Legend.



This Hotel was newly built and John was lucky enough to get a room near the exit, by his parking spot on one of the wings of the hotel. The room has easy access to the lobby, the bar, and the hallway.

The Biltmore is:
1 mile to downtown Coral Gables
3 miles to Coconut Grove
5 miles to downtown Miami
5 miles to the airfield
11 miles to Miami Beach

This message was last edited by the GM at 20:56, Thu 19 Feb 2009.

John Legend
 player, 22 posts
Mon 26 Feb 2007
at 03:24
Re: Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel - John Legend's Room (Room 115)
John drove with Chimalli to the Biltmore to get him a room adjoining John's own. Wherever his previous room was, if there were any hits out on the man, the shooter would be gravely disappointed. John had every intention of keeping his charge safe.

Getting the room key from the front desk, John took Chimalli to his own room and swapped with him. "You'll sleep in here tonight, Mister Tonouac," John said. "And you're not to answer the door yourself. If anyone knocks, I'll hear it. We're sharing a bathroom so keep both doors open."

The news of the poison had angered John and he intended to spend the good portion of the night on the phone getting in extra security which would take the place of the Viscaya's own. The cost was inconsequential to John and he would make sure that Chimalli would stay safe not only long enough to perform the ceremony, but well after that. An old man who'd given his entire life to protect these things didn't deserve to get shot down like a dog in the street or poisoned like an unwanted rat.
Chimalli Tonauac
 NPC, 26 posts
 Museum curator
 Guardian of statuettes
Sun 8 Apr 2007
at 20:18
Re: Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel - John Legend's Room (Room 115)
Monday June 1, 1925
6:30am

Chimalli rose from the bed and got ready. He lay awake for some time already, his internal clock was out of kilter after the long journey from Madrid and he slept on and off all night long. His mind was on the task ahead of him and the toll it would take on him. And he was concerned about what had already happened since he arrived.

The young man who delivered the message from Kenneth that the curator had arranged to have O'Hara poison him and usurp his position as guardian of the statuettes. They acted quickly to get him to safety and not give away any clues to Amos Hester that anything was wrong. They want to catch him at his trechery.

So, he got ready quietly and would be ready before the young agent from the Ministry was ready. He decided that he liked and trusted John Legend. He had the qualifications of one Chimalli was looking for. There were few men who did and there was little time left.

When he was ready, he knocked on John's door.
John Legend
 player, 24 posts
Tue 10 Apr 2007
at 13:45
Re: Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel - John Legend's Room (Room 115)
John had been getting the last of his things in place when he heard Chimalli.

"C'mon in. It'll only take me a minute," John said, holstering his pistol beneath his jacket. "We'll have a couple of stops to make before we get to the museum but nothing that should take too long. We need to pick up Jacky-boy and I want to stop at the closest pharmacy to buy a case of bottled water and some pre-packaged foods for the museum. I'm sure you're going to need sustenence and I'd rather not chance anything I can't inspect for tampering first."

As he buttoned his jacket, he gave Chimalli a grin. "Let's get going, Mister Tonouac. We have a museum curator to disappoint."
Chimalli Tonauac
 NPC, 27 posts
 Museum curator
 Guardian of statuettes
Mon 16 Apr 2007
at 22:12
Re: Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel - John Legend's Room (Room 115)
Chimalli nodded, comforted that John seemed to think of every contingency. And they were going to thwart the plans of Amos Hester, which made him feel good. His safety wasn't as important as the security of the statuettes. But for the present, it amounted to the same thing.

"Thanks, Mr. Legend. I appreciate it." And he followed his lead.
John Legend
 player, 25 posts
Thu 19 Apr 2007
at 19:18
Re: Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel - John Legend's Room (Room 115)
John escorted Chimalli out of the hotel and into his car, keeping his eyes alert, even though he knew that nothing would happen until after the ceremony.

He drove first, stopping by a pharmacy where he picked up a case of mineral water heavily touted for its health benefits, but better than that, factory sealed. Then he picked up packages of some healthful foods, nuts and dried fruits. He looked around at the herbs available and chose some innocuous herbs like spearimint that would not interact poorly with Chimalli's system so that Mister O'Hara could be seen giving them to his friend by Amos Hester. Once finished there, he drove to where Jack had docked the plane.

"I'm sure he'll not want to miss this," John said to Chimalli as he parked the car.

He called into the hangar. "Jackie Boy, are you awake?"

After some cajoling, John was followed back to the car by a disgruntled and drowsy Jack who had spent a good portion of the night tinkering with his new toy. John then made his way to the Viscaya Museum and Gardens with his now well protected charge.

[Move to the Viscaya Museum thread]

This message was last edited by the player at 14:12, Fri 20 Apr 2007.

GM
 GM, 279 posts
 Welcome to Adventure!
Mon 23 Apr 2007
at 12:33
Re: Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel - John Legend's Room (Room 115)
Less than an hour after John left, a man from the telegraph company arrived at the front desk. He showed an envelope to the clerk. The envelope was marked "PRIORITY-HAND DELIVER".

The clerk said that Mr. Legend had already stepped out and he could leave it in his mail slot and he would make sure to get it to him.

The messenger was instructed to deliver it personally to Mr. Legend, not to leave it in his mail slot and he wondered where Mr. Legend was.

The clerk wasn't certain where he was now, but he overheard him mentioning taking his associate, to the Viscaya Museum this morning. Perhaps he was still there. If not, he could always come back later. So, he would try there.
Walter Grant
 player, 47 posts
 Newspaper reporter
 Emily's father
Mon 22 Oct 2007
at 16:02
Re: Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel - John Legend's Room (Room 115)
Walter knocked on the door of Room 115 and waited.
John Legend
 player, 119 posts
Mon 22 Oct 2007
at 16:06
Re: Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel - John Legend's Room (Room 115)
John was jolted out of his very recent collapse into exhaustion by a knock on his door. After several choice expletives, John pulled his robe on and went to the door.

"This better be an insanely beautiful woman," John said to himself, somewhere in his stupor wondering if Emily had decided to look him up.

John opened the door and looked at the man standing there. "Uh... is there a problem?" he asked, rubbing his scruffy chin.
Walter Grant
 player, 47 posts
 Newspaper reporter
 Emily's father
Mon 22 Oct 2007
at 16:18
Re: Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel - John Legend's Room (Room 115)
Walter stopped short, not realizing that he disturbed the man.

"Please forgive this intrusion, Mister Legend. I don't know if you remember me, but I met you briefly at the Museum this morning. I'm Walter Grant, Emily's father. My editor at the Herald, Art Davenport, told me that they were digging into the activities of Amos Hester and he has eluded them for awhile. When they checked further, they found that Captain Lehigh had died a few years back. I don't know who Mister Belouine was supposed to meet with, but it wasn't Captain Lehigh."

"I was wanting to speak with Mister Belouine when he made it to Miami to see what was going on. It was also reported that Captain Lehigh made off with a couple Asian women from the Shanghai Bar, where they met. He had a number of men with him to help and the details are quite sketchy. But Mister Belouine was there when it happened. I thought he could shed some light on it. I've been on the west coast and heard many stories. It's a common occurrance in the Bay area, with Tong slavers. Young women are a primary target of the Tongs. I'd hate to think they were involved in kidnappings."

"Do you know where I can find him, Sir? I'm a bit concerned, with everyone leaving for the expedition tomorrow, they will meet up with someone who doesn't exist." He certainly looked concerned.

This message was last edited by the GM at 16:18, Mon 22 Oct 2007.

John Legend
 player, 120 posts
Mon 22 Oct 2007
at 16:31
Re: Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel - John Legend's Room (Room 115)
John ran a hand through his hair and shook the cobwebs from his head. Tong slavers? Belouine involved? That could put one of their guardians in great danger.

"Let me get dressed and I'll take you to where Belouine is staying for the night," John said, heading over to the closet where his pants were hanging. John contemplated waking Chimalli and Joel but decided against it. Best to let at least the other two get some sleep.

"Any chance that Lehigh had a son or something that could have taken over his business?" John asked straightening up his shirt and pulling up his suspenders. "I'm just guessing that the tongs use the women for prostitution and that sort of thing."
Walter Grant
 player, 48 posts
 Newspaper reporter
 Emily's father
Mon 22 Oct 2007
at 16:40
Re: Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel - John Legend's Room (Room 115)
Walter frowned. "I'm sorry to be a bother, Sir. I appreciate your help."

"Art didn't mention any relatives. They were still digging into his background to find out more about him, in Frisco. I'm hoping they will call Art when they find anything helpful."

"Yes, they use the women for prostitution and any number of things. Their Opium dens are well known and anyone with a lick of sense, avoid them at all costs. You don't suppose that..." Someone's in danger? He completed his own thought but didn't want to say it out loud. The thought of his own daughter being in danger like that made his blood run cold.

He waited for John to get dressed and head out. A new urgency to find Bouline rose in Walter.
John Legend
 player, 121 posts
Mon 22 Oct 2007
at 16:49
Re: Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel - John Legend's Room (Room 115)
John grabbed his jacket and his car keys and closed the door as he led Walter to his car parked in the hotel lot. Belouine would be extraordinarily lucky if John didn't put a boot in his ass the second they found him.

"Belouine's staying with one of the guardians at the Alamac," John said. "She was good enough to let him use a spare room of hers for the night. It won't take long to get there."
Walter Grant
 player, 49 posts
 Newspaper reporter
 Emily's father
Mon 22 Oct 2007
at 16:58
Re: Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel - John Legend's Room (Room 115)
"He's at the Alamac? That's where Em and I live. Who? Certainly not..."

"No, it won't take long at all." His fears were still not abating. He saw that others were becoming members of the Order earlier today and he knew that Emily was not one of them, but he hadn't seen her for most of the day. Anything could have happened since and Em may have returned home in his absense. He knew she was going out to dinner with some young woman named Lee, a relative of that strange young man in the apartments.

He tried not to show panic, but when Emily might be involved, he couldn't help it.
John Legend
 player, 122 posts
Mon 22 Oct 2007
at 17:15
Re: Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel - John Legend's Room (Room 115)
John pulled out of the lot and headed toward the Alamac. It was a quiet drive. John was very concerned about Lil. She was a smart little cookie, but she was also very young and in the face of meeting a father she'd never met, could be enticed to trust more than was reasonable.

He felt his foot pressing the gas a little harder than he might normally do and before long they were at the Alamac; John screeching the car to a halt outside the door and parking it semi-haphazardly so that it wouldn't get towed.

John approached the front desk, "I'm John Legend, curator of the Viscaya Museum and Gardens. I need to speak with Miss Lillian Lebeau. One of my associates, an archeologist Henri Belouine, is her guest."

To: The Alamac
John Legend
 player, 125 posts
Fri 26 Oct 2007
at 14:15
Re: Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel - John Legend's Room (Room 115)
John drove through the empty streets of Miami back to the Biltmore. As soon as he was in, John pulled off his shoes and fell into bed still in his clothes. He didn't imagine there was any sense in taking them off again since he was going to be up in a couple of hours. He was asleep before he could even consider cursing the fact that he'd been woken up in the first place for nothing of any concern.
John Legend
 player, 126 posts
Wed 31 Oct 2007
at 16:29
Re: Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel - John Legend's Room (Room 115)
John woke much much later than he'd planned to. He'd been exhausted to start but getting disturbed in the middle of the night was really not what he'd needed. John called for room service as he ran his hands through his hair before stumbling into the bathroom to take a shower. The water was at least hot as he washed and shaved.

He was certain that the museum wouldn't fall apart in the few short hours that he'd missed but being away from the ladies made him nervous, almost a sick feeling. He wondered if that was what had drove Chimalli all those years. He'd have to ask later.

Breakfast arrived just as he finished dressing. John knocked on the adjoining door to Chimalli's room. "You awake, Chimalli?" John called in. "Sorry I overslept. Long night."
Chimalli Tonauac
 NPC, 89 posts
 Museum curator
 Guardian of statuettes
Wed 31 Oct 2007
at 19:14
Re: Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel - John Legend's Room (Room 115)
Chimalli opened the door and grinned. He was already cleaned and dressed and looked like he was well rested. He had the morning paper in his hand.

"Good morning, my boy. I haven't slept so well in untold ages, I feel great." He paused upon seeing John more clearly, like he was looking into a mirror of himself. "My God, John. Forgive me for saying this, but you look like hell. Didn't you get any sleep last night?"

He stepped into the room and took his arm. "You need something to eat and some coffee, John. Just how long did you stay up last night?" He sounded like a mother hen and led John back into the room and spied the breakfast cart. "Just what the doctor ordered. Now sit down and eat something." He picked up the coffee pot and poured cups for them both.

After handing John a cup, he sat down the morning edition of the Herald. The front page, that usually covered the latest news of the land boom, instead had a picture of the Vizcaya on the headlines, alongside a large photo of Johnny Rocco. The caption read "Mob Boss Gunned Down During Viscaya Opening".
John Legend
 player, 127 posts
Wed 31 Oct 2007
at 19:26
Re: Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel - John Legend's Room (Room 115)
"I had a late night visitor," John said. "Apparently, Lehigh is a cover identity for a ship captain that moonlights as a slave fighter in San Francisco. The real Captain Lehigh died a few years ago. Ended up driving to Miss Lebeau's place to make sure she wasn't in any danger. Got back in about four."

Looking at the news headline, John nearly choked on his coffee. "Oh terrific! I hope to God everyone at the museum is giving 'no comments'. How long did it take for you to get used to taking care of the statues?"
Chimalli Tonauac
 NPC, 90 posts
 Museum curator
 Guardian of statuettes
Wed 31 Oct 2007
at 19:47
Re: Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel - John Legend's Room (Room 115)
Chimalli scratched his chin. "So, our Captain is a freedom fighter of sorts. Good. It speaks a lot to his character. And he fights on our side, that is good to know."

"Serves me right for not getting more details from Henri, while we were in the Cabana. Sorry, John, I should have thought of asking him more questions. My mind must be slipping."

"I suppose they will keep the details from the press. They will have to live with the fact that the Herald has an exclusive, the inside track anyway. You seemed to hit it off well with that young reporter."

"Ah, now I understand. Getting used to being a Guardian? Hmmm. That's difficult to answer. I don't think I ever did. I just tried to take care of my health as well as possible and tried not to worry all the time. There are benefits, of course. But a lot of worry. I think it helped me, now, having two people to share the burden."

"I was always looking for someone who was worthy, it gave me something to do and to look forward to." He chuckled. "The ladies are like 'hot potatoes', if you catch the analogy. The key is to hold onto it, until you can pass it off, without burning your hands. I had them a little longer than I expected."
John Legend
 player, 128 posts
Wed 31 Oct 2007
at 19:59
Re: Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel - John Legend's Room (Room 115)
"I guess I'll have to start looking for a successor then. Some shmuck as gullible as I was," John chuckled. "We are lucky that the captain isn't the slave stealer as he was initially thought to be. That could have put most of our people in grave danger. Knowing more of it now, however, he seems to be a good person to have on the payroll. Henri did a good job in getting him."

John finished his coffee and looked at his watch. "Good lord, we better get a move on. I didn't realize it was even this late. I imagine most of the guardians are already preparing themselves for the trip, and Jack'll need an itinerary. He's a good man to have flying for you. Makes even the roughest landings not so bad to deal with."
Chimalli Tonauac
 NPC, 91 posts
 Museum curator
 Guardian of statuettes
Thu 1 Nov 2007
at 14:53
Re: Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel - John Legend's Room (Room 115)
Chimalli chuckled. "You are doing fine, John. Just take time to take care of yourself."

"I'm packed and ready to go when you are. It'll be nice to get back to the museum and make preparations." He grinned. "Even though I won't be around for awhile, keep Joel as busy as possible. Let him help you with things, you'll find out that it will make a huge difference."

"Let's go, John." He gathered his things and was ready to leave.
John Legend
 player, 129 posts
Thu 1 Nov 2007
at 17:55
Re: Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel - John Legend's Room (Room 115)
John nodded to Chimalli's advice. Fortunately John had never fully unpacked and had only to throw his remaining things into his suitcase and shut it in order to be ready to go.

He called down to have the valet service bring his car to the front so they could leave for the museum.

"Hopefully it won't take too much to get the apartments at the Viscaya sorted out. Given that Hester lived there, I don't imagine it's in poor condition," John said, lifting his case from the bed. "And you'll have a home to come back to when your expedition for the Gold Monkey has concluded."
Chimalli Tonauac
 NPC, 92 posts
 Museum curator
 Guardian of statuettes
Thu 1 Nov 2007
at 18:13
Re: Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel - John Legend's Room (Room 115)
Chimalli grinned. If the museum is any indication of what the Village looks like, I think we will be quite comfortable there. And yes, I look forward to the end of the journey and return to a quiet life here in the museum." But if yesterday was anything like what he had to look forward to, quiet was not at all what would happen.

"I didn't get a chance to speak with the Museum's secretary yesterday. Her name is Eleanor, I believe. I suppose we've broken her quiet routine with our presence." He grinned as they were departing. "And I think that's putting it mildly."