Pieter: That sounds like a good idea.
Donita: What about you? Do you have to fly back
to Holland today?
Mari: No, weíre going to fly to Canada to visit
some friends for a week. We lived there some
years ago and traveled around in an old trailer
Pieter: Thatís what I call our ďBohemianĒ period
of life. We were actors in Canada, struggling to
make a living.
Donita: We need to get back for the cooking
contest in Portland
Mari: That sounds like fun! How did you decide
Sandra: We filled out the application and sent it
in 6 months ago. Then just before leaving on
this trip, we received letters saying we were
Mari: What are you going to cook?
Donita: Iím going to make a beef dish.
Sandra: Iím going to make a dessert.
Pieter: I hope you will let us know how you did
in the contest. What is the prize?
Donita: First place is $50,000 and a new car.
Second place is $25,000 and third place is
Pieter: Iíd like to win any of those! Do you
think there will be some resentment or jealousy
if one of you wins?
Donita: We decided six months ago that any prize
money is going to go into a travel account for
both of us. That way we can both enjoy another
Mari: What a wonderful idea! Do you have any
idea where you want to go next?
Sandra: Yes. I have a cousin in Scotland who is
having some difficulty. Itís very strange, but
his sheep have been disappearing, one by one.
Heís asked If I could come help him.
Donita: Sheís very good at solving mysteries!
Mari: Youíve solved mysteries before?
Donita: Sheís too modest to tell you, but the
police department calls her when they have a
Pieter: Iíd like to hear about some of those;
perhaps you should write a book!
Sandra: Perhaps. I donít want to appear rude, but
I think I am ready to get some sleep. (Gets up
from table.) Goodnight. Have a good flight!
Mari: Thank you; itís been very nice meeting
both of you.
As the women walk away, Sandra hears Pieter say, ďShe solves
Mari: Shhh! She might hear you. Donít panic.
Pieter: But what if she finds out... Sheís
Mari: Just smile and wave.
The women go back to their staterooms. Sandra sits on her
bed in deep thought.
Donita: Youíre a quiet one.
Sandra: Did you hear Pieter as we were leaving?
He seemed very concerned after you said I help
the police department. And thereís something
about his hair... I think he wears a toupee and
I think he wears make-up.
Donita: Really? I didnít notice anything
unusual... ( She packs a few more things.)
Sandra: I think Iíll take a walk to the shipís
library and use the computer. I havenít read a
newspaper in ten days.
Donita: Do you want me to come with you?
Sandra: No, thanks, I just want to do some
research. Iíll take a key with me. (She walks
into to the empty library and opens a computer,
searching for international news reports.) I
wonder... could it be? (She leans close to the
screen for a betterl.) I think it is him! (She
jumps at the sound of someone behind her.)
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