Harriet’s Story Part Two

Me: Everyone’s been staring at Walter for quite some time.

Nell: We have reason to believe that Walter is heavily involved in the theft of Harriet’s voice.

Me: Gosh.

Nell: Don’t forget he was spying on you writing at your desk only a few days ago.

Me: Oh yes. He was looking through the window.

Nell: Exactly.

Me: Could you finish telling me what happened to Harriet?

Nell: Of course. Where was I?

Me: Sandy Shore had just offered Harriet a cocktail.

Nell: Yes. It was blue which Harriet found a little disconcerting, but it had an umbrella and she was thirsty so she thought she would drink it while she waited for Sally to arrive.

Me: Did it have a name?

Nell: Yes. The Bantham Breeze. But that’s not the point.

Me: Good name. I must admit I might have tried it too.

Nell: May I continue?

Me: Please do.

Nell: Harriet waited and waited but there was no sign of Sally and she found herself drifting off to sleep.

Me: It’s the sea air. It can do that to you.

Nell: No. It was the cocktail. When she awoke she found herself alone on the beach.

Me: Where was the Saucy Seagull?

Nell: Sandy Shore had gone. See what I did there?

Me: Nice one.

Nell: And so had the bar.

Me: What? The whole place?

Nell: Yes. Pop ups come and go as they please.

Me: What did Harriet do?

Nell: She made her way home. It was only in the morning that she realised her voice had gone.

Me: But why didn’t she tell the police she’d been framed?

Nell: She was ashamed. She shouldn’t have gone there alone.

Me: Poor darling girl. We have to get her voice back.

Nell: We will.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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