Monday Revelations

Nell: So, how are you? Bit down after yesterday’s defeat?

Me: Never mind the football. Where are you?

Nell: I’m on a beach near the island. I had no signal. Why?

Me: We’re all so worried.

Nell: There’s no need. I’m with Lionel. He invited me out on his boat.

Me: His boat?

Nell: Yes, it’s a fishing boat. Not what I expected at all. We’ve stopped to pick up a few more crates but we should be back soon.

Me: Listen to me, Nell. You need to come home right now.

Nell: Don’t be silly. We haven’t caught the Masked Thief yet. He never turned up to meet Jacques D’Or yesterday. I blame Lionel.

Me: Why?

Nell: He arrived to interview the guests about Beauregard. He even talked to Jacques D’Or. I never realised he could speak French. Apparently, he has a villa in the South of France.

Me: Really?

Nell: Yes, he wants to take me there. Anyway, I think Jacques became suspicious because he left. Lionel still has an air of authority even when he’s in casual clothes, although the medallion was a bit much.

Me: Medallion?

Nell: Yes. I must say it wasn’t what I was expecting either. More tiger than lion.

Me: Exactly.

Nell: Are you saying the medallion is Beauregard’s?

Me: Oh Nell. Sally’s been trying to reach you all morning. It turns out that Oliver speaks French too.

Nell: What’s that got to do with anything?

Me: He overheard Lionel King talking to Jacques D’Or. They startled him so he played dead.

Nell: And?

Me: They were arranging the jewellery delivery.

Nell: Do you mean what I think you do?

Me: Yes. Lionel is the Masked Thief.

Nell: And you think he’s planning on taking me with him to France?

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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