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The Adventure of the Venetian Pearls (part 34)

Mr Stevenson straightened his jacket. Suddenly he realised that Chris and Nicky were
standing by. Their surprised look must have told him they'd witnessed the scene.

"Ah, good evening, my dear children," he greeted them as if nothing had happened. "Your grandmother told me you went to Annet today. Did you enjoy watching the Puffins?"

Nicky and Chris nodded. He asked some other stilted questions about their trip while walking home with them. Nicky and Chris had the feeling that he was trying to put them off talking about his encounter with the Nuzzolos.
And later, over Granny's superb dinner and telling her about the trip with Mike, the importance of the incident faded.

They did the dishes together and then went to Granny's private living room to watch TV. Just before nine, somebody knocked at the door. Granny went to see who it was.

"I'm exceedingly sorry to disturb you, Mrs Richards," Nicky and Chris heard the Major's voice. "I want to go out again and don't know exactly when I'll be back. Could you possibly lend me a key?"

"Why, of course, Mr Stevenson."

Nicky and Chris saw Granny hand the Major a key. They watched him take it, and never thought anything of it.
(To be continued after Hallowe'en)