Grandma

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.


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1. Caught in the act

Chapter 1. Caught in the act

   There was the high-pitched sound of alarm bells going off accompanied by flashing lights and the slamming of security shutters. The museum was in total lock down.

   My twin brother William started laughing; he soon stopped it when Dad’s hand clipped him around the ear with the words, “It’s no laughing matter.”

   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.

   It was the summer of’ 63 and we were on a family holiday in Italy. The police were in no mood to listen to reason. So our whole family were thrown into jail.

   Later, after several hours of endless cross-questioning and the eventual arrival of the man from the British consulate, did the police let us go. Only because they had found several other stolen objects in grandma’s handbag. Thankfully she had left it with the cloakroom attendant at the entrance of the museum. So confirming Dad’s claim of grandma’s illness.   

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