Grandma Evans just stood there with her mouth wide-open, right hand clutched to her body. She had been caught in the act of trying to remove a priceless object from an alarmed display stand.


10. Big Trouble

Chapter 10. Big Trouble

   I had been following Grandma for only a short while when William found me.

   “What was all that about?” I asked him, referring to his fun and games at breakfast.

   “Well, you’d been watching me ever since we got up. So I thought I’d put on a show for you Sammy.”

   “Thanks a lot, I wish you hadn’t. Did you see the look on Mum’s face when I said ‘hypnotised’?”

   “Yes, let’s hope she doesn’t say anything to Dad.”

   “A fat chance,” I said, looking down the lobby to where I could hear raised voices.

   “Oh, where’s Grandma?” William asked.

   We had been so engrossed in our conversation that I had forgotten all about her.

   Realising something was up; I rushed down the lobby with William following closely behind me. There was Grandma being restrained by this woman holding her arm and shouting in Italian something about a thief.   The shouting soon attracted a crowd of people as it usually does in this country. They were all talking at once in Italian; one word I heard repeatedly was ‘police’. Oh dear poor old grandma was in trouble again. 

   Unfortunately, the lady restraining grandma just happened to be a guest in the hotel, and would not stop shouting. It was only when my friend Mario arrived and suggested she see the manager that she calmed down a bit.

   Looking straight at me, Mario said, “Please go fetch one of your parents and be quick about it.”

   With this, both William and I dashed off in different directions.

   It took me quite a while to locate Mum. She was getting a tan on the sun deck near the swimming pool. On the walk back I explained to her the problem, of course omitting to say I hadn’t been watching out for Grandma at the time.

   We found William waiting for us; apparently he had found Dad, who had gone with the lady and Grandma into the Manager Office.

   Dad was not well please when he came out. He explained to Mum that he’d had to agree to compensate the lady for Grandma’s little misunderstanding, by paying for her stay in the hotel.

   When the lady had gone, The Manager had politely but firmly, suggested that Dad should take his family, especially Grandma, and leave the hotel as soon as possible, if not immediately.

   All I could think of was heaven help us when we got home.


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