Cat tells him that, if things go on like this between them, he will have to talk to her father. Dai answers that he intends to, but that he'd rather hear her opinion first. He asks Cat to marry him and she agrees.
On their way to London in the morning, Dai asks about the family laywer of the Kincaids - he wants to make sure that Cat will continue to own Florence House and the rest of her possessions even when they are married. After all, he values Cat's independence almost as much as she does and he has no intentions of taking it away. They go their separate ways once they arrive in London each returning to their home. Dai finds a letter by Colonel Douglas Rankin, a friend of his from his army days who now is in charge of a regiment here in London. At least he was, the last time they met at the regiment's ball (here Dai introduced Rankin and his wife to Cat as well). Rankin asks for Dai's help, he's in trouble and he has been demoted to a administrative job. If Cat wants to come along, that would be find with Rankin...he knows at least a little bit about the detective work Cat and Dai do.
click for one last adventure
Cat and Dai started out as normal Cthulhu characters and neither of us expected to play them for long. But they not only stayed alive, but turned into such vivid characters that we played with such an intensity that we could not bear to let them die or go insane. So we said: let's have one more adventure and then we'll retire them.
When Hurley told them about Aboth's children and said that they will almost surely die, we, as players, hesitated for a long time. I think we took almost ten minutes to make our decision. We knew that the GM would not bat an eye at killing us if things went wrong. He always plays fair, but he doesn't do mercy. And yes, we could have just walked away. But that would have broken the characters and so we decided to see it all through to the end.
If Dai had missed when throwing the stone, they would have been dead. As it turned out, I rolled a 23 on a 25 chance and that saved them both. We won't be playing Cthulhu with them, but we will do some freeform roleplaying with them. They may not go in for supernatural adventures any longer, but neither of them is the type to lead a quiet life and they will travel. India will be their first goal and from there, we'll see.
This last session was one of the most intense I have ever played. After it was over, we had to take some time to talk it all over and when I got home, it was a while before I was able to sleep, even at 2am in the morning.
Doctor Francis Stern, by the way, is a recurring character in the adventures told by our GM. I think this is the third time I've met the good doctor and I have already killed him once. I would have gladly done so again. It's a great character - just from the way he talks you know right away that he wouldn't be able to see sanity with binoculars on a clear day.