The Estate Mistress, Saffron, had come running down the winding staircase to the main hall, after gathering each of the Residents with the help of a few of her maids. After clearing her throat, she took a breath and spoke over the chatter. "If I might have your attention!" After waiting for the chatter to quiet, she spoke again, a more calm manner now, as the room fell silent. "As I'm sure that all of you are aware... there was a death in our home last night. The Estate Keeper Brian was taken by the Angels in his sleep, and though we do not know how it happened yet, we have learned just now the cause of death. He bled to death, there is not a drop left in him... though we have seen no blood anywhere in his suite." She shook her head, looking to the ground for a moment, remembering the friendly man, Brian, that had been taken from them. He had been a good friend to nearly everyone in her midst.
"I cannot imagine who might have the means or motivation to do such a thing... but I can tell you, that the one who has committed the crime is within your midst, friends. One, or more, of you... are to blame." She shook her head. "I am sorry to each of you who are innocent, that such a monster as a murderer has been allowed to live within your midst. And I assure you, each and every one of you... they will be found
. But it is up to you, my friends... I will leave the choices up to you, of who will stay, and who will... be dealt with." She sighed, shaking her head.
"Let us allow our minds to settle today. Tomorrow we will decide on the first one among us that must pay. Right now, we have more important matters to attend to. We are in need of a new Estate Keeper
. I would like you all to vote for your choice of a new Keeper now, we will try to keep ourselves together for that long, at least. Early to rest tonight, my friends, so that we will have clear minds tomorrow. I promise you that there are others among you who are doing their best to keep you safe from the evil that lurks among us." With that, she made her way down the remaining stairs and sat at the head of the room, a piece of parchment in front of her, ready to tally the votes as they would come in.