Excerpt from the personal diary of Anatole Krovny, April 16, 1599.
"It is a dark and stormy night, and I have just returned from a most harrowing experience. Following a highly successful performance at Naughty Nellie's Pub near the Serpentine, the lads were all arrested on the absurd charges of slandering the monarchy and inciting the audience to riot! Granted, there was a bit of excitement this afternoon during rehearsal...
Demand for the Lost Boys has reached a fever pitch throughout England, and as the lads prepared for the concluding show of their first series of London performances in several months, a large throng gathered outside, all chanting, "We want the Lost Boys! We want the Lost Boys!"
The confusion drew the attention of nearby constabulary who made their way into the pub's main room as the boys were reviewing the recent Johnny Ozbourne composition, 'Henry and Anne.' The Captain of the Guard, one Sebastian Vervaine, took umbrage to some of the historical references in the text, and vowed to return with the proper edicts to forcibly remove the Lost Boys from the premises later that evening.
I had hoped that the performance might pass without incident, and as the lads took the their final bows, all seemed well. However, just as they were leaving the platform, at that very instant Vervaine burst into the hall with two dozen of her majesty's guardsmen, driving a wedge towards the stage and attempting to arrest everyone in sight. Sheer pandemonium erupted throughout the chamber, and a simple, boisterous entertainment was plunged at once into chaos.
Clarence fought bravely in the ensuing melee, shattering one of his precious instruments over the guardsmans' heads. At his back, Nellie, herself, dealt many a cruel blow, all the while shouting, 'Not in MY pub, you heathens!' Michael craftily eluded his captors with a thrust from a drum stick here and a parry with a tambourine there, but in the end he was carted off amidst loud protestations of appointments to keep, liaisons to be met that very evening with several of his female acquaintances, etc.
Johnny was actually able to honor a liaison to be met that very evening with several of his female acquaintances, and nearly missed the entire affair, as he was off out the back door before the trouble had truly begun (Johnny is nothing if not prompt for his appointments; ah, the focus of youth...). Unfortunately, his encounter was to take place nearby in one of the private rooms of Nellie's adjoining inn, and he was apprehended somewhat later in a surprisingly relaxed mood...
String said nothing during the entire debacle, muttering only, 'You'll pay. You'll all pay...,' and while he and Clarence did lead Nellie, Michael, and the other prisoners in a rousing chorus of "God Save the Queen" during their wagon journey to the tower, String fell silent once more upon arrival. His only word as they turned the lock in the door of his cell sent a shiver through me: 'Anger me not, or I'll make you famous,' the terrible songwriters' curse, a charm he claims to have learned from some ancient wise man with a long, gray beard and pointy hat....
Fortunately, an elaborate late celebration for the Lord Essex's birthday meant that the queen had not yet retired, so I hastened to the palace to beg a royal intervention into these matters before more evil could befall the innocent. Having recently performed some minor diplomatic services for Her Majesty abroad, I was admitted to the royal presence just as she was to withdraw for the evening. The Queen heard my frantic tale with an increasing level of annoyance, clear to all, though whether this was due to my rude appearance or that these events had taken place without her knowledge, I cannot tell. Queen Elizabeth fixed me with her steely gaze and said only, 'Tomorrow, Krovny. We shall hear this again,' and to her attendants, 'Bring them before me. I want the Lost Boys.'
Our audience is for 10 AM..."
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