Pieter: I was afraid you might be here.
Sandra: Oh, Pieter, you startled me! I was just
looking at my emails.
Pieter: And reading the international news?
Stand up quietly and come with me.
Mari: Pieter, what are you going to do?
Pieter: Iím going to see how well Sandra can
Mari: No, you canít!
Pieter: Be smart, Mari. We canít have her
telling anyone she recognized us. Do you want
to go to prison again?
Sandra: I wonít stand up; so youíll have to
carry me! (Angrily she pushes at the Computer,
which topples to the floor. At the loud crash,
three crew members run into the library.)
Crew: Whatís going on here? Did someone have
Sandra: Iíd like to see the captain immediately.
This man was going to throw me overboard!
Pieter: But sheís lying; why would I do that?
(Nervously backs away.)
Mari: Pieter, itís all over. We donít have a
chance. Just give up.
Pieter: Be quiet! Itís her word against ours.
Crew: Sir, if you will come with me.
Sandra: Not exactly... Iíd like to show the
captain this article on the computer.
Crew: (Looking at the article.) This is very
serious. (Gestures to other crew members.) One
of you go get the captain. All of you sit down.
Mari begins weeping. Pieter sits with his head in his hands.
In a few minutes, the captain appears.
Captain: What is happening here?
Sandra: Captain, I think you should read this
article. (Pointing to the computer.)
Captain: ďJewel thieves continue to plague
Europe. In a recent London interview Inspector
Boyd was quoted as saying, ďThe thievesí method
seems very similar to thefts that took place in
Canada when I lived there three years ago. A
tourist taking pictures across from the jewelry
store was able to get a clear picture of the
couple. Although thousands of pictures were
distributed, the couple was never found.Ē
The captain looked at the couple in amazement.
Captain: I believe this couple looks enough like
the picture to detain them.
Crew Member: Captain, they also threatened to throw
this woman overboard.
Captain: Lock them in the brig. Iíll contact the
authorities to come onboard tomorrow. (The
couple is taken out as he talks to Sandra.)
How did you happen to discover this
Sandra: There were several things that concerned
me. One, Pieter seemed to be wearing a toupee
that didnít match his natural hair. Two, they
had both been actors in Canada where the
robberies began. Actors can use makeup and wigs
to change their appearances very quickly. And
just after they moved to Scotland, there was a
rash of jewel thefts in Europe.
Captain: Itís a good thing you were suspicious
enough to check the computer. In just a few
hours, we would be in the United States and
they would be free to rob again.
Sandra: Thank you, now Iím going to my room to
sleep. I canít wait to get home for some peace
and quiet in my little town. Nothing exciting
ever happens there. And then thereís the
cooking contest next week...
What Sandra doesnít know yet, is that the postman has
delivered a letter to her home that will led to a trail of
intrigue with the disappearance of a cooking contestant and
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