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I came out of retirement for the second time after leaving Rock Harbor but I’ve grown comfortable here at the Richenbach estate. There are many permanent guests here, including Agnes and Tom Johnson, whom in their late years adopted Davia. If you’ve followed us lately, you know Davia is very smart, a good spy and potential detective…
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Putting some stories in perspective, Rock Harbor is the first story in our latest book and excerpts coming up during the Fall. Back to Bellingham’s follows, taking us back to the Richenbach estate. Most of the guests are very wealthy, some faking it, and others like the Johnson’s there because of their friendship to the Richenbachs.
Thurston Richnebach gave his nod of approval to allow Davia to live in the estate, adopted by the Johnson’s, after an interview. Everyone enjoys her brilliance and youth. Both Pete and I have watched over her in our own ways. One of the reasons was because both Johnson’s asked us to - being up there in age and concerned about her future. The Richenbach’s set up a generous trust for both children staying at the estate – so it’s not the money. Davia is an adopted orphan, extremely smart, a bit uncontrolled (like most smart kids)… you get the picture I’m sure. Also very inquisitive, she showed an uncanny knack for spying and investigating.
I was still trying to find my way around this huge place when Davia ran by –
I spotted a little spy following me, so I picked out one of those hardly used big hallway chairs and sat as quiet as a ghost.
A few seconds later, Davia ran right by me. Once she was out of sight, I was tempted to bring out my map, but stubbornly determined to familiarize myself with this place or else. After all, I was considering this as a potential retirement home. Finding familiar stairs, I was about to go up, but saw the giant fish tank further down the hall and wanted to take a quick look.
Davia was eyeing the fish and I snuck up behind her, saying, “I swear those look like real pearls in that tank, Davia.”
She gave me a funny look and said, “They can afford it.” She kept her eyes on some of the colorful fish.
Pete had just joined up with me and I sent him off to spy around where he spotted Davia for the first time –
“I’m not sure. Are there any kids in this place? I thought I saw some kid hiding down the end of the hall.”
“There’s young Sebastian and Davia, who’s not on the guest list for some reason.”
Pete thought for a moment, and then said, “It must have been Davia I saw. There was a little girl on the computer terminal in the kitchenette down the other hallway. As I made my way back, she was gone and I stepped in there. That’s a Unix terminal, so just for the heck of it, I did a history command. She knows her stuff. By the way, what’s with the cute little dog wearing an admiral’s cap? He caught me hiding and started to growl until I handed him a peanut butter cookie; then I couldn’t get rid of him.”
After a golf tournament in the Winn Parlor, I circled back to view something and spotted Davia with her new spy friend, Kingston -
Everyone left rather abruptly and I practiced a few more shots before I hung up the putter. Leaving, I dimmed the lights and stepped out of the parlor. I saw Davia walking in the dark in the next room, wearing an unusual pair of glasses. I peeked in to see Kingston playing hide and seek with her. I guess when you’re a kid in a castle like this, you have fun. Perhaps I could turn Davia into a great little spy, I thought.
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The Next Act
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