Billy Weaver on his way to his employer's hotel in Bath, England.
Welcome, I've been expecting you.
Guests Signing In: Christopher Mulhound Gregory Temple Billy Weaver
As the story opens, 17-year-old Billy Weaver is on his way to his employer’s hotel in Bath, England for business. He is traveling from London, and the trip isn’t a smooth one. Weaver must change trains in Swindon, traveling through the afternoon and well into the night, arriving at nine o’clock.
They're not famous, just two young, handsome men, like yourself
Time just flies.
But the entries are two and three years old.
I've seen the two names on newspaper before... Haven't I?
When he meets the landlady, she is most welcoming, telling him she’s been expecting him. Weaver finds this a little odd, but does not mind it as the night’s stay and breakfast the next morning will cost him only half what he anticipated.
No, Thank you
Upon arriving, he does not see the landlady, but seeing the guest book, goes to sign it. There are only two entries on the same page as his own—Christopher Mulholland and Gregory Temple. Weaver recognizes both names.
At last... Another piece to my collection. (Evil Laughing)
The landlady answers that they are not famous, just two young, handsome men, like Billy Weaver himself. Weaver points out that the entries are two and three years old. The landlady talks about how time flies, but Weaver is becoming suspicious of his recollection of the two names. The landlady responds by inviting him to sit with her and have some tea and biscuits.
She offers him more tea, which he declines, as he determines that it tastes like bitter almonds and he does not like it.
That bitter almond taste is likely cyanide, a poison that will kill Billy Weaver so the landlady can stuff his body and keep him, supposedly with the other two young men who visited her bed and breakfast in the last few years.