Refictionalization: Hercule Poirot

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Refictionalization: Hercule Poirot

Postby Qara-Xuan Zenith on Tue Nov 27, 2012 4:32 pm

So Mr. A has given the go-ahead to refic Poirot.

His trope is Unwilling Suspension; the deadline is Thursday the 13th 6:00 pm EST.
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Re: Refictionalization: Hercule Poirot

Postby WackyMeetsPractical on Tue Nov 27, 2012 4:34 pm

I was thinking The Unreveal.
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Re: Refictionalization: Hercule Poirot

Postby Adell on Tue Nov 27, 2012 4:41 pm

WackyMeetsPractical wrote:I was thinking The Unreveal.


I think that fits pretty well with the first echo. Crazy prepared works too, but the unreveal really seems like the joke of that particular echo.
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Re: Refictionalization: Hercule Poirot

Postby narrativedilettante on Tue Nov 27, 2012 4:45 pm

I thought the first Echo was connected to Holmes, not Poirot, from Mr. A's comment about the character whose post led us to the Echo being the one the Echo is relevant to.
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Re: Refictionalization: Hercule Poirot

Postby WackyMeetsPractical on Tue Nov 27, 2012 4:54 pm

narrativedilettante wrote:I thought the first Echo was connected to Holmes, not Poirot, from Mr. A's comment about the character whose post led us to the Echo being the one the Echo is relevant to.


...? But it was Poirot's case that lead us to the party. And Poirot that sent Holmes the invite.
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Re: Refictionalization: Hercule Poirot

Postby Qara-Xuan Zenith on Tue Nov 27, 2012 4:56 pm

Confirmation from A that he only has the one echo.

YouHaveFailedUs wrote:UNWILLING SUSPENSION IS INDEED STRONG ENOUGH TO WORK.

So... this implies that Unwilling Suspension is A viable trope, but not necessarily our only option. :?
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Re: Refictionalization: Hercule Poirot

Postby S_o_S on Wed Nov 28, 2012 4:36 pm

Maybe Bound and Gagged is also strong enough, or Locked Up And Left Behind?
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Re: Refictionalization: Hercule Poirot

Postby Dryunya on Fri Nov 30, 2012 5:47 am

Adell wrote:
WackyMeetsPractical wrote:I was thinking The Unreveal.


I think that fits pretty well with the first echo. Crazy prepared works too, but the unreveal really seems like the joke of that particular echo.

I think that's a subversion of Dramatic Unmasking. Just saying.
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Re: Refictionalization: Hercule Poirot

Postby Victin on Sat Dec 08, 2012 1:54 pm

"Well an idiot pokes the thing with his fingers. A scientist gets someone else's fingers."
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Re: Refictionalization: Hercule Poirot

Postby Pixelmage on Sat Dec 08, 2012 6:34 pm

Just to have the refics. He'll not send them back right away.
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Re: Refictionalization: Hercule Poirot

Postby Mr. Administrator on Sun Dec 16, 2012 1:19 pm

THANKS TO ALL THOSE WHO HAVE SUBMITTED WORKS FOR POIROT.

THIS REFIC, WRITTEN BY WACKYMEETSPRACTICAL, IS ELEVATED TO CANON FOR POIROT:

"You wanted to see me?" A rather proper man asked as he walked into the room.

It was a rather large room with no furniture and a slightly low ceiling. The only light came in from through the windows on the east side of the room, with the curtains removed to bring in maximum light. The room only had one door going in and out. As the man entered, he approached another man who had placed himself on the far end of the room. This other man was the private detective, Hercule Poirot.

"What am I stepping in?" The first man asked, lifting his foot to examine. The bottom of his boot, normally black, was now covered in a white liquid. "Is that paint?"

"Indeed it is, Hastings." The detective answered. "Just layed down a fresh coat myself."

"Could you have warned me?" Hastings asked Poirot.

"There would've been no point in that." Poirot answered. "Now try to get to me without further disturbing the floor."

Hastings looked around him, searching for a dry path, but as far as he can see, the entire floor was covered in wet white paint, and Poirot was cornered in on the other side of the room.

"I cannot." Hastings answered. "It isn't possible."

"It would appear so." Poirot answered. "But it was done. Our victim was a painter. He was painting the floor in this very room. He was in a situation that I find myself in now. And he was stabbed in the back and killed. Yet the floor was not disturbed. And according to the timeline we've created based on our interviews with all of the residents and guests here, there simply wasn't enough time for the paint to dry since our victim finished painting the floor, and the moment his body was discovered. Our murderer, who ever it may be, some how managed to get in and out of this room, murder our painter, and managed not to leave a single trace. But how can he move across this floor without leaving a footprint or any mark at all?"

"Maybe," Hastings began to postulate, "He walked across this floor, and murdered the painter. But before he left, he put down a fresh coat as he walked out, so that it looked like it hadn't been disturbed."

"I thought of that." Poirot answered. "But would our murderer take the time to paint the entire floor of the room after committing a murder?"

"He doesn't have to paint the whole floor." Hastings replied. "Just the part he walked over. Just a very narrow path."

"You saw the floor just as I did shortly after the murder was committed." Poirot told him. "The floor had a nice even coat. Very professionally done. Had our murderer repainted his path, that path would've dried differently than the rest of the floor. It would've been obvious what had happened."

"I see your point." Hastings told him. "But I see no concievable way a murderer could've gone in and out of this room. Perhaps the painter killed himself?"

"You're suggesting that our painter, after laying down a fresh coat of paint onto this floor, just got so depressed that he pulled out a dagger and stabbed himself in the back?" Poirot asked him.

"No, I guess not." Hastings answered. "But this is impossible. There's just no way."

"But there must be." Poirot insisted. "It happened."

"Well, I can't think about it right now." Hastings told him. "I need to get out of this paint and change my shoes."

As Hastings left, Poirot pulled out an old photo from his coat pocket.

"Old friend, you were always good at cases like these." The detective spoke to the picture. "Can something like this be truly impossible? Is there someway a murderer can get in and out of this room without touching the floor?"

And then he stood in silence, staring at the photo, as if waiting for a response. And he must've gotten it, for a few moments later, he replied.

"That's it! I think I've got it. Thank you Monsier." He replaced the photo back into his pocket and headed out to prepare his trap.
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Several hours later, Poirot was found outside of the manor in which the murder had been commtted. He was standing over by the woods that neighbored the house. The ground beside him was covered in brambles and leaves.

Several of the residents were now filing out of the house to join him.

"What is the meaning of this?" The elderly woman who owned the house asked the detective. "Why did you call us all out here?"

"Indeed, wouldn't it be better to do this inside?" A rather snobbish looking man asked.

"Perhaps, but there is something I'd like you all to see." Poirot answered, then he gestured. "I'd like you all to stand over here."

The residents all did as they were instructed, each one being guided into a very specific spot by the detective.

"What is the point of all this?" Another man with a fancy monocle had asked.

"You'll see in a moment." The detective answered.

"Did you find out who the murderer was?" A young woman with a feather boa asked.

"Not quite, but I'm about to." Poirot answered. "Now you're all standing where you're all supposed to?"

"Indeed we are." The elderly woman shouted. "Can we just begin this? Show us what you want to show us!"

"Alright!" Poirot answered. As he did, he reached for a nearby ax and chopped a piece of rope that was hidden nearby. As soon as he had done though, it had triggered four snare traps, each one lifting up one of the four suspects by one foot, lifting them all a foot above the ground and hanging upside down.

"Whooooooaaaa!" They shouted.

The elderly woman shrieked frantically, struggling to keep her skirt from falling down. The man with the monocle fainted as his monocale hit the dirt beneath him. The young woman with the feather boa was crying. The snobby man simply looked at the detective with a frown.

"Why did you just do this?" He asked angrily.

"I'm finding the murderer." Poirot answered. "You see, I knew the murderer had to have been able to get in and out of a room all without touching the floor. I didn't know how anyone can do that, but then I remembered something I had found in a trash bin earlier today." Poirot pulled out an old newspaper article that had been clipped from a newspaper. "GRAVITY DEFYING STUNTMAN CLIMBS SIDE OF SKYSCRAPER." Poirot read. "This unnamed man was supposed to be in town this weekend to perform this amazing stunt. It involves using suction cups to scale a building. It's a very difficult trick, one that requires many hours of practice, patience, and the ability to withstand heights. I suspected that the only person who could have committed this murder was this very man who could defy gravity and walk across a ceiling without breaking a sweat. And I believed that that man was one of you. But I didn't know who, though I knew it must be the one who could be suspended upside down without freaking out. And I believe I just found that man."

Mr. Poirot undid another rope and released the suspects. As he did though, he rushed over to the snobby man as he attempted to one. He tackled him down and tied his hands together with another piece of rope.

"You are under arrest for the murder of an innocent painter." Poirot declared.

Later, as the police were taking the man away, Poirot looked at his old photograph again. "We did it, old friend. Just like old times."
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Re: Refictionalization: Hercule Poirot

Postby Pixelmage on Sun Dec 16, 2012 1:26 pm

Wacky... That refic was really really nice. Limes too you! :gurt:
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Re: Refictionalization: Hercule Poirot

Postby Blurred_9L on Sun Dec 16, 2012 2:31 pm

Nice! Congratulations Wacky, it was very good :)
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Re: Refictionalization: Hercule Poirot

Postby Scarab on Sun Dec 16, 2012 3:07 pm

Nice work, Wacky, generally awesome :)
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Re: Refictionalization: Hercule Poirot

Postby narrativedilettante on Sun Dec 16, 2012 3:13 pm

Hooray for Wacky!
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Re: Refictionalization: Hercule Poirot

Postby Sicon112 on Sun Dec 16, 2012 3:13 pm

I read it before when you linked it, but it's still epic win. Grats Wacky!
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Re: Refictionalization: Hercule Poirot

Postby WackyMeetsPractical on Sun Dec 16, 2012 4:44 pm

Oh yay! Thanks for choosing my story Mr. A. I am filled with an odd sense of pride and giddiness.
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Re: Refictionalization: Hercule Poirot

Postby Blurred_9L on Mon Dec 17, 2012 6:53 pm

So... just so you guys know that I posted this here before actually going about on my own. I'm about to ask Poirot if he would like to be refic'd. Seeing recent events I believe we should ask him.

EDIT: Done, though the comment says its awaiting moderation. It seems Pyro's message appeared before mine, so I guess he beat me to it :P
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Re: Refictionalization: Hercule Poirot

Postby narrativedilettante on Thu Dec 20, 2012 2:29 pm

Poirot's been reficced now. Sicon was the reader. See the Witch discussion thread for more details. I'm still reeling from the shock.
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Re: Refictionalization: Hercule Poirot

Postby WackyMeetsPractical on Fri Dec 21, 2012 2:34 am

I just got finished listening to the recording of the witch's and Poirot's refictionalization. First of all, amazing work Sicon. That took a great deal of courage to stand up to the witch like that. Second of all, it was awesome hearing you read my story out loud. Though hearing it out loud, it made me realize how dumb that story was. But it's hard to expect much from anything written in such a short amount of time given, and it did get the job done, and for that I am glad.
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Re: Refictionalization: Hercule Poirot

Postby Sicon112 on Thu Dec 27, 2012 1:25 am

Hey, guys, something new just came up. My mother apparently found a recorder the other day. I think it was from the whole mess with the Witch. It must have dropped during the mayhem and gotten kicked into a corner. My mother found it this afternoon and handed it to me. I did a little fiddling with it, but although there were a bunch of files on it, my computer refuses to touch them, claiming that they are corrupted and can't be opened.

Still, one of the earliest files seems to actually run OK, so I uploaded that to my comp and posted it for you guys. Guess the recorder was Poirot's. He spends the first few minutes saying who knows what in French about that cat case from WAY back when we first found him. I can tell the general subject because I know Latin and can pick out one of a hundred words, but I can't figure anything else out of that part. Somewhere near 2:30 he starts moving around and investigating something, and I think that's when he discovered the mouse hole. Then one of the house servants interrupts him and he switches to English (thank god) for a bit, saying he has found the mouse hole and then starts to deconstruct the wall, at which point the servant freaks and runs off to call Widdecome. That's all the seems to be there, though.

I figured I would post it here. Kinda fitting that it comes up now. Something from the beginning reaches us all here at the very end. Anyway, here is one final little tidbit from Poirot... You know, I think I'm gonna go borrow his books from the library. He is one of the few people I never read about before, and I really think I should, considering the help he gave me. To quote a meme (thanks Mimsy) he's a pretty cool guy.

I'll go over there tomorrow. Anyway, I'm exhausted, so good night everyone.
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Re: Refictionalization: Hercule Poirot

Postby Qara-Xuan Zenith on Thu Dec 27, 2012 2:41 am

Yeah, yeah, I get it, you want me to translate his French.

Well, I'm not sure why Hercule Poirot's been having some trouble with his mothertongue, but it's not just my lack-of-fluency in French; he's a little difficult to make out in places. At least twice, he very clearly enunciated what is definitely not a word in French, or said something with such poor enunciation that it was impossible to make out WHAT he was saying. Plus, it would have been easier if he were French Canadian instead of Belgian. ;)

Still, I did my best. (if someone else who speaks French wants to go over this and correct my mistakes/ fill in the blanks, be my guest.)

Test, test.

I believe that it's working. Okay.

Here are the recitals of Hercule Poirot and my investigation of the matter of, uh, Lionel, the cat of Claire Widdicombe.

I must clarify that I am really Hercule Poirot. This is not a joke, I am not a bit crazy. I was brought here on the number 12 [?]... I don't know how. I am going by the fake name Reynald Saint-Jerome, and I am installed in the house of Mme. claire widdicombe for the time being, on the chance that [too fast to understand but probably irrelevant]. But that is not important.

The cat Lionel died in the middle of the night, and I am trying to learn the cause. Why I am doing this, I cannot say. In truth, I found this cat very [asportable?], and I am sure that it found me to be the same. Maybe I'm doing it for Mme. Widdicombe out of gratitude, but, really, there are problems with Mme. She hides in her filth [??] and [?] with the bourgeois, but she is [??], plus one time she tried make a proposition, that Hercule Poirot refused to oblige, right away.

No, I believe that I am investigating the cat's death because I am intrigued by the mystery and the thrill of the chase. I also see and [??...] because [?? does not sound like French]. I have a feeling that there is something bad hidden in this house. And Hercule Poirot refuses to [? leave it be?].

The cat had been generally living in good health, perhaps too good, and died all of a sudden in the night, resting in the salon. He visited his room after me, generally not during the night. He slept [?], in the depths of the house. We must demand to understand the death of Lionel: why was he removed in the middle of the night, while only resting on the sofa in the salon? Right now, the sofa-- My God! The sofa was moved!


From here on in, the recording is in English.
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Re: Refictionalization: Hercule Poirot

Postby Dryunya on Thu Dec 27, 2012 4:52 am

Recording (in english) wrote:Poirot (P): Aha!
Servant (S): Monsieur Jerome, what are you doing?
P: Investigating. This couch was moved six inches to hide a <???>.
S: Huh.
P: Se magnifique--
S: That is interesting, I've met--
P: Now, you know why Lionel was up in the middle of the night, away from his bed? He was playing a game, as you English say, "cat and mouse".
S: What of it? Seems a trifle--
P: Mademoiselle <???>, only a fool would make facts of a mystery into a trifle. No. Something more here. We have just to be *bump noise* smart enough to see it. And bold enough to look.
*sounds of the furniture being moved*
S: You'll break the wall boards! Madame Widdecombe! *going away* Madame Widdecombe!
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