It has taken me a while to update this time. It wasn’t an easy chapter to write, and it is a bit longer than usual. I hope you will like it, and if you do, please write me a few words. Yes, I need encouragement just like everyone else. Thank you very much!
The following is the teaser:
The old man thought to himself, it can’t be Paul… no it’s impossible! Didn’t he happily accept my bribe that night?
Just then, a loud knock on the door to Miss McGee’s bedroom brought Mr. McGee back to present. “Master William!” said an excited voice coming from behind that door. “The master key is found!”
Albert’s head jerked up. He cast a surprised glance at his granduncle before he strode through the room to open the door. He was even more astonished when he saw his aunt’s personal maid standing next to the butler, so Albert was inwardly glad that he had got his shirt buttoned up already.
When the maid made a bow to her master, the butler explained, “Master William, Madam Elroy has something important to discuss. She’s waiting for you in her study, and Amy found the master key on her way to this floor.”
His statement startled both the young master and the old guest. First, it was past midnight, and what was so urgent that Madam Elroy had to talk to her nephew at this hour? Yet, this was not the only thing that puzzled Albert, so he raised a valid question, “Does it mean you have probably dropped the key by accident, Mitchell?”
The butler grasped what his master had alluded to. There was a hidden shortcut that connected Madam Elroy’s study to this part of the mansion, so the young master was essentially asking whether the key had not been stolen after all. Yet, the poor butler hung his head low in shame, saying, “I’m not entirely sure about that, Master William, and yes I did take the shortcut just now.”