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Easier for a camel
by John Talbot
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Table of Contents
FOR............................................................................................................................ 1 PREFACE ................................................................................................................. 3 INTRODUCTION .................................................................................................... 5 CHAPTER 1.............................................................................................................. 7 HILLARY’S MYSTERIOUS LOVER ............................................................................ 7 CHAPTER 2............................................................................................................ 12 ADVENTURE ON TOWN HILL ................................................................................. 12 CHAPTER 3............................................................................................................ 19 WORLD WIDE MOTORS ......................................................................................... 19 CHAPTER 4............................................................................................................ 25 AGNES HALFSHAFT ............................................................................................... 25 CHAPTER 5............................................................................................................ 30 LESLIE’S ENTERPRISE ........................................................................................... 30 CHAPTER 6............................................................................................................ 35 TALL STORY ......................................................................................................... 35 CHAPTER 7............................................................................................................ 39 DEADWOOD CASTLE ............................................................................................. 39 CHAPTER 8............................................................................................................ 45 PRINCE ANDREW ................................................................................................... 45 CHAPTER 9............................................................................................................ 51 ENCORE................................................................................................................. 51 CHAPTER 10.......................................................................................................... 54 LUCY MARGO ....................................................................................................... 54 CHAPTER 11.......................................................................................................... 61 A STAR PERFORMANCE ......................................................................................... 61 CHAPTER 12.......................................................................................................... 65 FURTHER STAR PERFORMANCES ........................................................................... 65 CHAPTER 13.......................................................................................................... 75 A FIVE STAR PERFORMANCE................................................................................. 75
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....... 126 CHAPTER 21 ......................CHAPTER 14 ....................................................................... 134 ENDLESS VACATION ........................................................................................ 129 CHAPTER 22 ....................................... 134 ii | Table of Contents ....................................................................................................... 126 BODIES AND GHOSTS ................................ 118 CHAPTER 20 ....................................................................................................................................................... 93 CHAPTER 17 ..................................................................................................... 82 TRAPPED ............................... 93 SOLITARY CONFINEMENT ....................................................................... 118 SALVATION AND MURDER ...... 129 TO THE RESCUE............................................ 86 CHAPTER 16 ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 109 CHAPTER 19 ......................... 109 WHERE THE RED DISA GROWS ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 86 RACK THERAPY............................................................................ 104 CHAPTER 18 ............................ 104 THINGS IMPOSSIBLE ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 82 CHAPTER 15 ..........................................................................................................
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It is a mystery novel and a thriller." However." and "the measure you give is the measure you will get back. The reader may distinguish between what is fiction and what is "revenge" by the fact that "revenge" is stranger than fiction." Inspiration for the writing of this novel came from the author’s wife who remarked. you should have been a writer of fiction. Preface | 3 . she commented. both temporal and eternal. it’s revenge. especially the confession that results in salvation. much of it based on the author’s own experiences. .Preface Easier for a camel is a story of the events that took place when a rich man decided to follow the Lord Jesus." After reading the original manuscript. most of this fourth version is fiction. "The trouble with it is it’s not fiction. It is hoped that at least some of the readers may emulate Stuart Tall in following the Lord Jesus and reaping the vast rewards. viz "Jesus is Lord. "You missed your vocation. Several biblical principles are illustrated.
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Each time it has got a little shorter. His family and friends may take comfort from the fact that he is with the LORD and they will see him again. Sadly. John Talbot Directed by The Lord Jesus Johannesburg 4th June 1998 Introduction | 5 . The restaurant is now called Athlone’s Beef Baron. Unfortunately. it is no longer so. The reader will surely want to see the venue of those epic events described in the book. whose chance remarks to my son were repeated at the dinner table. The fare is excellent and it is worth a visit. Leslie met with a fatal accident on the N1 between Johannesburg and Pretoria between the first and second writings. Since then it has been rewritten three times. The description of Loch Athlone and the Athlone Castle Restaurant was accurate at the time of the first writing. inspired the Leslie Granger of the book. Leslie Grainger. Few artifacts of the RMMV Athlone Castle remain.Introduction Easier for a camel was written for Hillary during her matric year. This is the first version to be published.
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There was a note with the cheque. "Please. he told her that her host had said she could order whatever she wished. She had no idea how she would recognize her host. She had read many exciting books on the subject and longed to share in the danger and excitement. She was terrified when she saw the waiter approach with a slip of paper on a plate. It read. Now it seemed she might have to accept an office job. Helen’s was a very exclusive restaurant. It was indeed a grand place. Helen’s at 1pm Tuesday 19th. It was Tuesday 19th and only one hour to go to 1pm. He seated her at a table near the band. come in . Presumably he would recognize her. all the time expecting her host to arrive. Your host will not be long. She was afraid to order anything. It was signed. Having done courses in kung-fu she was skilled in the martial arts. followed by strawberries and cream." She was surprised that he knew her name. The invitation had come just in time. The signature was illegible but. At school she had excelled at all sports and had been victrix ludorum. She had several admirers but none she knew of could afford that sort of fare. The postman brought an envelope addressed to her. She felt a little awed. He told her not to worry as her host was a regular client of the highest integrity. She had never been there before. Surely this was the bill? To her relief she saw that it was not a bill but a cheque. The prices were so high she wondered how anyone could afford them. The head waiter caught sight of her. "The one who loves you. since it was a bank draft. She waited at the entrance. It was made out to her and was for a very large sum.Chapter 1 Hillary’s Mysterious Lover Hillary’s one ambition was to become a detective or private investigator. She ate slowly. Her mother was a widow and would not be able to support her much longer. St. She expressed her fears to him. something she found repulsive. He didn’t. She ordered chateaubriand. Dressed in her sexiest outfit she caught the bus into town. What if her host did not arrive and she was left to pick up the tab? Could it be someone’s idea of a joke to embarrass her? The waiter asked if she was ready to order. Miss Keating." Hillary was mystified. Giving her the menu. She was sure this was the start of the kind of adventure she craved. She was feeling despondent when something happened to change all that. Nothing would keep her from going. there was no way of knowing who her benefactor was. "Please forgive my apparent Chapter 1 | 7 . She had just matriculated and had not been able to find a job as a detective. Inside was a card which read: Meet me at St. her favourite dish.
The other was a deacon. not quite what she would choose as a lover for herself. "Where did you get that thing?" she asked. "All right. He had orders not to disclose anything about him. A Turbo Cornish was a very rare and expensive car and very sporting." It was signed "Towly. Then she passed a motor show room. It was the first time Lorraine had met them. Thank you for coming. Odille.. The waiter told her it was too late. ran out to greet her. Bert Richards. Richards was very straight laced. One was the pastor of the church." he said. Another waiter said he had seen him depart. Bert brought along two visitors from a Pentecostal church in Roodepoort. He had already left. Kenneth Roberts. my mystery lover is called Towly. he’s generous. He was known to them as "Uncle John. "He shot up that hill like a rocket. then. She could hardly believe her eyes. it’s my dream car." "So. was due to entertain some guests. Both girls were very fond of him. The sight of it brought visions of James Bond’s Aston Martin. Hillary’s mother. That evening. That’s not much of a name. There was a lot of rivalry between the two sisters and Hillary had no intention of sharing her secret. Lorraine had been brought up in a main line church and clung to the accepted doctrines. They were very special guests and Lorraine had gone to a lot of trouble to make it a special evening." For some years he had been a father to the girls and had contributed to their support. In the window was a smart looking roadster. If she was quick she might catch him before he left." Hillary replied. She opened an account and deposited it and was given a cheque book. Arthur Deadwood. I wonder what he looks like? Anyway. "He left here in a blue Turbo Cornish. You may do whatever you wish with the gift. Lorraine. a convertible. As she entered the drive her younger sister. Bert was a very conventional Christian. Then there was the pastor of their local church. where did you get that dream car?" "Wouldn’t you like to know!" Hillary responded. She read the amount of the cheque again to make sure she wasn’t dreaming. It was called a Turbo Dream. Whenever she had a problem she consulted him. She had visions of an eastern potentate with a cloth tied around his head. "It’s not a thing. Clearly. I am here but you cannot see me. Even my brother’s Sporch can’t move like that." Hillary was thrilled. Surely he must still be present. It was just the thing for a private investigator of her calibre. On her way back to the bus stop Hillary visited the bank that had issued the cheque. Towly must be very rich and adventurous.absence. Ken had the 8 | Chapter 1 . She bought it and drove home in it. John Tall was also very strong in his knowledge of the Word but most people thought he had the bible all upside down. Towly must be an oil sheik or perhaps an owner of a gold mine." Hillary said to herself. Lorraine regarded him as the ultimate source of knowledge and wisdom. John Tall was there from Johannesburg.
I know nothing about it. Then you can share the car. This matter can be resolved amicably. "Hillary always gets the presents. you give half to Odille. When these two fight the crockery gets smashed. She looked at Bert. She couldn’t see why the church should have the whole benefit. "Yes. "No.peculiar habit of calling his pastor "Boss." "A likely story indeed." Hillary said in a rebellious tone. "Now. you must tell your mother how you got it. do as Mom says. Child. she asked." "I think not. "I hope you didn’t steal it. Pastor?" For once Lorraine was questioning the advice of her pastor. She could not understand how Hillary could become the owner of such an expensive car so suddenly. Give me half. hoping that he would be able to get at the truth. "Then where did you get it? Don’t tell me you bought it with your pocket money that Uncle John gave you." The subject of Hillary’s new car was raised over dinner. don’t fight. girls. Who was this mysterious person calling himself Towly and being so exceedingly generous.’ she said." Lorraine commanded. Lorraine expressed concern over it. "Yes." Turning to Bert. I assure you I didn’t steal it. When the waiter brought me the bill I saw that it had already been paid. "You know I’ve always taught you girls to share." Hillary threatened. I can’t afford to lose any more crockery. now. "Did you give it to her?" "No." Odille pleaded. It was hard to believe but difficult to deny in the presence of the note. Haven’t you always taught us to tithe." "That will be the day." Hillary insisted. The remaining money should be given to God. There was this cheque made out to me and a note saying I could spend it on whatever I liked. Chapter 1 | 9 . He invited me to lunch at St. It will be enough to build us a new church." Bert prompted. Mom. Go to your room and don’t come out until you can tell the truth. She produced the note from Towly. It was passed from person to person. Make her give me half. Helen’s and didn’t show up." "Take it easy. She’s spoilt. "Please calm them down. Lorraine pleaded." he replied. That way you will both be blessed. They were all mystified. girls." "Towly? Who is Towly?" "I don’t know." Turning to Uncle John. "Come on." "It is the truth." Hillary said. "I bought it with the money Towly gave me." "I won’t give you half. I’ll give you two — two black eyes. I think a tithe to the church’s building fund would be fine.
Handwritten in pencil. said she could use it any way she likes. At lunch time she returned home. Even a second hand Cadenza was exciting as a first car." This support came from Ken Roberts. That was the obvious place to start looking." 10 | Chapter 1 ."I think it is entirely up to Hillary to decide what she wants to do with her money. "I’ll give a tithe to the church." "Too bad! A pity you weren’t born beautiful like me then you might also have found yourself a rich admirer. When the evening came to an end Lorraine was relieved that she had not lost any more crockery. "That’s exciting! As soon as I get my car I will help you in your search. The waiter had seen Towly depart in that direction. The party decided that was the way to go. She waited for hours at the roadside but no Turbo Cornish passed that way. "This will only get me a second hand Cadenza while you get all the boys with that fancy sports car. Odille was not pleased. Boss. That’s good advice. Odille raised her dinner plate. I think we should leave it at that. He was a handsome man in his early thirties. Odille was in a good mood. Towly. She drove out to Hilton on the N3. Hillary wrote another cheque and gave it to Odille. Next morning Hillary took Odille into town in her Turbo Dream. The pastors assured her she had done nothing wrong in accepting it." The note inside read: STOP YOUR INVESTIGATIONS OR FACE A PAINFUL DEATH." Hillary stuck out her tongue. She brandished her new cheque book and wrote the cheque and gave it to Bert. "The Red Disa. who gave it to her. it bore only the name "Hillary. "That will pay for your new ablution block. She made inquiries at all the filling stations. They would leave it to Hillary to decide what she would do with her money. Lorraine and Bert grabbed her arms just as she was about to smash it over her sister’s head. "That’s the way. There was an envelope in the letter box." This piece of advice came from the Reverend Arthur Deadwood. It was signed. None of the petrol attendants had seen a blue Turbo Cornish pass that way. She was also relieved that Hillary had come into that large sum lawfully." Hillary conceded." Hillary was surprised at her sister’s enthusiasm. When she dropped her sister in the town Hillary told her that she was about to start her investigations into the identity of her secret admirer. He showed great respect for his superior." Deadwood said to Bert. "What about my car?" Odille complained.
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Soon the offending vehicle came into sight. Hillary noticed that one was extremely handsome. It was an open two seater. It slowed down and parked in front of Monty’s. She pretended not to have noticed and looked the other way. She kept a sharp lookout and made several inquiries but her search was fruitless. Odille had not yet returned. The occupants wore caps put on back to front and held in place by goggles. Except for the streak of grease on his face. he could easily have been the type she imagined Towly to be. "The scenery’s good. She also noticed that they had seen her and made approving gestures to one another. She decided to have dinner at Monty’s. She took a sheet of paper and wrote on it in large letters "Hillary Keating 007 — super sleuth. A Turbo Cornish was the type of car driven by princes and knights in shining armour. Finding some tools. rather old. Hillary was keen to see what kind of car she had bought. It made her a worthy P. She felt a thrill but pretended not to hear. they parked next to her Turbo Dream.Chapter 2 Adventure on Town Hill Hillary was pleased with the death threat. From her table by the window she would be able to watch the passing traffic in the hope of seeing her quarry. They had removed their caps. After lunch Hillary continued her search for the blue Cornish. The two men entered the restaurant. It was unlikely to be a fine Italian roadster like her Turbo Dream. The handsome one glanced at her. Towards evening she returned to Pietermaritzburg." She pinned it to the door of her bedroom. The driver removed his goggles and crawled under the car. Where were they all going? Were there others going in search of princes and knights in shining blue armour? Why was there so much activity? She was aroused from her reverie by a loud exhaust note. He shouted something to the passenger who then rummaged in the back of the car. This time she drove out on the Richmond road. She saw herself marrying Prince Towly and becoming a princess. The traffic fascinated her. The other concurred. She would get her men and soon she would be as famous as James Bond." he remarked to his companion. Someone hiding behind the name of "The Red Disa" was afraid of what her investigations would turn up. Blue was a colour she associated with manly virtues. With some hammering and swearing the repair was completed. he passed them to the man under the car. Now her imagination was running riot. She wondered about the travelers. She pictured Towly as such. 12 | Chapter 2 . She now had two mysteries to solve: the identities of Towly and the Red Disa.I. Monty’s was a restaurant at the intersection of two main routes. They seated themselves at the table next to hers.
That’s why it ‘s got skirts. "One of the penalties of good road-holding. The choice of route disturbed her. Hillary was stung. "The Austin-Healey’s a little heavy to race up Town Hill. "A Turbo Dream. "You’ll see. Racing down it would be sheer madness. She welcomed the opportunity to get better acquainted. on the winding road out of this town we’ll clean up everything. After a few seconds the Healey arrived. She wondered how they could be so enthusiastic about their ancient piece of iron work. The handsome youth turned round sharply at the unexpected remark. That will give us a good test of cornering ability. Chapter 2 | 13 ." "What! That rubbish! I should have known. The Healey looked distinctly tired. "I’ll tell you what. Even those fancy Italian jobs with their skirts won’t stay with us. Austin-Healeys are so low to start with. They followed the motorway up the escarpment. When she heard the Healey change down she could not restrain herself." Their conversation was all about Austin-Healeys and their virtues. It’s a nuisance but it’s worth it." the youth admitted."That’s the third time today we’ve had to put that baffle box back. What a contrast they made." She was incensed at the insult to her car. She was convinced her car could walk away from that antique on any road." Hillary agreed." she said." "Look how she corners. Only a lady would drive a car like that. I’ll admit it’s got a lot of power but it corners like a drunken cow. Let’s drive up to Hilton and dice down on the old road. Next to her shining new Turbo Dream it looked like a relic from the ox wagon era. The old town Hill road was notorious for accidents. She was confident she could beat it. It’s a girl’s car. Yet her pride got the better of her. It stopped alongside. At first Hillary was content to follow. "Want to bet on that?" she asked. look how she corners! We can take on anything and win. challenging him to a duel. "What do you drive?" he asked. Her Turbo Dream was Italian and had skirts. First one over the railway at the show grounds is the winner. At the Hilton exit she waited at the roadside. Look how she corners. "Choose your route. Besides the men fascinated her. Clearly it had enjoyed a long hard life. the other a relic of the past." "I wish you hadn’t lowered it so much. Her right foot hit the floorboard." the handsome one said. especially the handsome one." the not so handsome one remarked. the one car from the space age. Soon the Healey was out of sight.
She was relieved to hear that she had missed the other car and that her car was undamaged. two. She was in the lead. A pair of headlights appeared. locking up all four wheels. struggling to take the bend. How would you like a job where you could earn two thousand a day?" "Doing what?" "Stripping at private parties. Both cars rocketed forward. She was now on the wrong side of the road. "By the way. coming towards her at alarming speed. They were on a sweeping left-hander when she heard the squeal of tyres alongside her. But what a road! Her right foot was alternately hitting the brake and the accelerator while she swung the steering wheel from side to side. On the straight she put her foot down and drew level. Hillary was in a whirl. She told them she would never do anything like that again and she conceded that their car could out-corner all comers. She would have to fall back behind her competition. The cat’s eyes glared at her. "Do I look the type?" "Leslie runs a theatrical and entertainment agency. When she came round her opponents were pouring water on her face. The tail came out and the car spun clockwise through 180 degrees. They inquired whether she was injured. She felt confident. not knowing where she was. Would you like to meet us back at Monty’s? You look like you could do with a drink. lowering his hand on the shout of go. Both cars braked hard for the right-hander. She wasn’t sure whether she had hit the other car or not. She considered going into the ditch on the right but that was impossible as her car was right at the limit of its adhesion. over the solid white line. I’m Graham Grant.The passenger in the Healey stood up. The car’s name is Humphry. She braked hard into the left-hander and accelerated as she started the steep descent. She fainted. "He’s always on the lookout for new talent." Hillary laughed. Hillary was more concerned about her car and the other driver. Hillary easily out-accelerated her competition. She was on the inside. It was right on the limit. Leslie said. "One. There’s no doubt you’ve got what he’s looking for. go!" he shouted. smoke coming from their spinning tyres. "You’re a game chick. To her astonishment she saw the red form of the Healey in the beam of her headlights." Graham explained.’ said the handsome youth." 14 | Chapter 2 . "We’ll take it from here." Over coffee at Monty’s. three. The Healey was getting ahead. "This is Leslie Granger. She sensed their relief as she recovered consciousness. Her car slid backwards on the verge on the left side of the road eventually coming to rest facing the direction from which it had come. She missed the oncoming car by inches. the passenger leaning far out over the door. She braked hard. "I’ll count to three and then shout ‘Go!’" He lifted his right hand high above his head." he said. She had the better car. fighting the centrifugal force. Her heart was beating fast.
" She got the directions from Graham. I’m on a case at present. "You’ve got it all in the right places and sizes and shapes." "It was blue." Chapter 2 | 15 . You need never go hungry. That is about five hundred kilometres from Pietermaritzburg. "I’m reading architecture at the University of Port Elizabeth. "What do you do for a living?" she asked Graham." "You mean you spy on guys with mistresses and that sort of thing? Isn’t that very unsporting of you?" "I’m involved in more diplomatic matters. You’d be a good investment. She planned to make the trip the following day. I’ll get you lots of work. "It is made in small numbers. I’m almost sure it is the one they had for sale at World Wide Motors." "That’s the one I’m supposed to trace." "It’s good money and it’s more exciting than a nine to five job." "I don’t know any more. As a matter of fact I saw one only yesterday. It has to do with a prince’s car." "What’s this assignment you’re on?" Graham asked. Perhaps you could help me? Have either of you seen a blue Turbo Cornish in these parts?" "Is there such a thing? I was not aware that the Cornish was available with a turbocharger."Yes. Right now I’m on an assignment. "Yes." Leslie gave her his card: LESLIE GRANGER MANAGING DIRECTOR ENTERTAINMENTS UNLIMITED "When you’re in Johannesburg come and see me. driven by a youngish man. the convertible is available with twin turbochargers. very handsome. The salesman claimed it had been Prince Andrew’s but I have my doubts." Graham said. for royalty: princes and oil sheiks and the like." Leslie confirmed. Tell me more. like princes and their activities. In fact. "I’m a private detective. "Tell me more about it. World Wide Motors was in Randburg. Please tell me all you know. It was at the Mount West service station." Hillary was excited at this news. I might consider it if I can’t find something more suitable." Leslie said. I can only suggest you talk to the salesman at World Wide Motors. We stopped there to refuel. He should know what happened to it.
" Leslie said. I had no idea I was taking on a professional racing driver. "What did you do before?" "Can’t you guess?" "I haven’t a clue. He might have problems with his conscience. "No wonder you could drive like that." Leslie suggested." "Actually. I’m all for an exciting outdoor life. except being a bank teller. I suggest you give up motor racing and enjoy life a little longer. I might work for Leslie on the side. I’ve got my brown belt. I’m not so sure about Leslie’s. A pretty girl like you would do much better working for Leslie. I’ve only had my licence two weeks." "You could have lost it if the cops had seen the way you drove tonight." Leslie prompted. or become a secretary. You’re famous. I once saw you drive at Roy Hesketh." 16 | Chapter 2 ." "He’s given you quite a few clues already. That could be more dangerous than motor racing. It suits Humphry with its twists and turns." "I couldn’t think of anything worse than being a secretary. I’m not afraid of jealous wives." Leslie said." Hillary couldn’t think of anything. She wracked her brains. Now I remember. and so is Humphry. "For a private detective you’re not doing too well. It would be a terrible waste if you were to be written off in a motor accident."That sounds like an honest profession. one that will allow you to sleep with a clear conscience. Roy Hesketh is my favourite circuit. "Sherlock Holmes or Monsieur Poirot would have solved that one long ago. Come on." " Ask Graham what he did before. or something like that. don’t tell me you’re a dumb brunette? We took you to be a brainy kid." "Yah. strip dancing’s a lot safer and it pays better. I think she should stick with what she is doing. I think I will stay with detective work." Hillary’s mouth dropped wide open." "Well. "She might have to contend with jealous wives. "He was a racing driver — old stuff like C types and D types and AustinHealey’s. She couldn’t think of anything Graham had said that would give her a clue. I’m surprised you haven’t guessed.
at least as a side line. Taking off her clothes had no fears for her. a pretty village in the country north of Pietermaritzburg. Occasionally she would wave to him. He could do her no harm. There she had often swum naked in the river. Hillary looked forward to meeting them there. A farmer who lived on the other side used to watch her through his binoculars.The young men were both from Johannesburg. She had done ballet at one stage of her life and she thought dancing might suit her. Chapter 2 | 17 . Earlier they had lived at New Hanover.
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What a cheek! When we catch whoever it is we’ll make boerewors of him and have him for braaivleis. The money I gave her was only enough for a second hand Cadenza." She showed Odille the note. I really think we should see him again. Well. "Trust you to give the game away. She quite liked the old man. That Silver Smoke cost as much as twenty Cadenza’s. In the drive was a large white car." "Is that true?" Lorraine asked Odille." "By the way. If you still want to help me in my quest. She’s not worth a fight. Odille’s attitude changed. "I’ve made an appointment for us to see Pastor Richards." "Oh. "Those with the Silver Smoke." Lorraine moved quickly to lock the middle door. You think you’re beautiful. "I can’t afford to lose any more crockery. She supposed they must have visitors and very important ones. Many people considered it to be the best car in the world. you’re welcome. I’ve got news for you. She was surprised to see only her mom and Odille in the lounge. the one she bought with the money you gave her. Hillary had no objection to seeing Pastor Richards. "Where are the visitors?" she asked. Everyone says I’m much prettier than you." "She’s a coward. "What visitors?" Lorraine seemed puzzled. I received a death threat today. I suppose you think you’re the only one with a rich admirer. He was a fatherly type and she had lost her father when she was seven. that’s Odille’s car. That was the kind of car owned by kings and the super rich. "What are you doing that for?" Hillary asked." At breakfast the next morning Lorraine said. These strange presents and talk of sugar daddies are making me uneasy. It’s brand new. I’m going to bed. My sugar daddy is ten times as rich as your Towly. "So somebody’s threatening my sister with a painful death.Chapter 3 World Wide Motors When Hillary arrived home it was quite late." "Like Hell it is. That is if you’re not put off by death threats. Lorraine Chapter 3 | 19 ." "You don’t have to worry. On the boot lid were the words SILVER SMOKE II.
Why don’t you sell your car and give money for a new church. She feared for the future of her girls. Even this did not sway Odille. "It’s all right." "You’re not your own." Lorraine said." she said. in fact. I think Herodias’ daughter did something like that for Herod and it got him into a lot of trouble. Odille refused. "I hope you’re not involved in prostitution or anything like that?" Bert asked." 20 | Chapter 3 . It pays well." Eventually Hillary consented to being driven by Odille." the pastor suggested." Hillary suggested. You’ll get rich on my tithes. Hillary objected. "She has friends in the police force and I’m friendly with the messenger of the court. "It’s strip dancing. two thousand rands a day." Bert brightened some more. She said it was her business and hers alone. There was talk of sugar daddies and this worried her. Perhaps I should sell my car and take it. with His life. "Okay. I was offered a good job last night.?" "Perhaps you should both sell your cars and get honest jobs. I can do what I like with it. You’re behaving very foolishly. is that a new art form?" "It’s not all that new. "Let’s hear about it. Lorraine explained to Pastor Richards that expensive new cars kept turning up and there was no logical explanation for this. "Strip dancing. I was never sure exactly how she danced. Herod certainly liked it.wanted them to go in Odille’s car since Hillary’s was a two seater." Hillary said. There’s something about it in the bible." "Tell her to sell her car. Bert understood her concern. Bert pointed out that she was still a minor and that she owed it to her mother to tell her. Jesus bought you with a price." he said. He asked Odille to explain how she had come to own so expensive a car. "What if I am? It’s my own life. With the money she can buy one like mine and you could build your new church with the balance. This kind of behaviour can only get you into trouble. He often comes in for tea on his rounds. Bert Richards brightened. Tell me more about this art form." "Yes. "Odille doesn’t have a licence and she can’t get one as she is under age. "Nobody asked you. The Silver Smoke was very comfortable and luxurious.
It has many features they would only put on for the prince. "It’s magnificent. Herod was no exception." she said. There were Aston Martins. Odille said she would go after the Red Disa while Hillary continued her quest for Towly. isn’t she?" he said. A salesman came over." Bert frowned. It was only half a kilometre from his home. Hillary drove the long distance to Johannesburg. She intended leaving early the following morning. It was upholstered in cream Connolly hides with olive green trim. The girls were determined to have their own ways. How much do you want for it?" "Miss. Bert’s frown deepened. You just dance some ballet steps and remove your clothes in the process. The cars on the show room floor made Hillary’s mouth water." Inside was a note: STOP YOUR INVESTIGATIONS OR FACE A PAINFUL DEATH. I could arrange an honest job for you with the Natal Provincial Administration. Hillary was excited. That afternoon the girls agreed to join forces." The meeting ended shortly after. Uncle John knew World Wide Motors well. It’s the only one of its kind in the world. " I think you want to consider seriously what I have advised." "I’m sure I can’t but I’m curious to know how much you expect for a car of this quality. Unfortunately it wasn’t blue. Odille laughed as she read it. " If you have to ask the price you can’t afford it. For once the sisters had common cause. She put a handwritten notice on the door of her bedroom: Odille Keating 008 — super sleuth." Chapter 3 | 21 . Bert was concerned. She wanted to have lunch at St. A striking convertible coupe caught her attention." he said. Meanwhile Hillary would make preparations for her trip to Johannesburg. When she came in after returning home she had an envelope in her hand. I think most men like it. Four hundred thousand — no offers. Think deeply about what I have said. It was similar to the one Hillary had received the day before. Helen’s where she would make discreet inquiries. Odille was out all afternoon. Come and look at this. On it was written in pencil the one word "Odille. "This only makes me more determined." "There’s only one price for this car. I have contacts there." "How does the pay compare?" Hillary asked. "I think you place too much importance on money. It was olivine with olive green trim."It’s simple. She spent the night with Uncle John and his wife Joan. On the boot lid were the words CORNISH TURBO II. "Beautiful. He told Lorraine she had her hands full and that he would pray for her and her girls. If you’re not careful it will corrupt you. Ferrari’s and Porsches. It used to belong to Prince Charles.
I’ll tell you what. Surely you’d like to keep that one in the family. "Going to buy that one?" she asked. And it’s got active suspension like the Turbo Z." As Hillary was leaving she passed the receptionist at a desk near the door." "It’s the blue one I’m interested in. All our deals are confidential. The green trim matches your eyes. "She does not live here any more." "I thought you said there was only one price for this car. Ma’am. We sold that two weeks ago." She winked at him." "Sorry." "That’s very kind but I have a special interest in the blue one. Just this once. A lady passing by asked who she wanted.The salesman opened the driver’s side door and drew her attention to the fascia. Roodepoort. Feel how soft it is." the lady said. It was indeed soft. Ma’am. The seats on that car are softer than that. "It’s a lovely car." she said. I want to keep this car in the family." "Aw. too." It was an ordinary business card but on the back was written the name Agnes Halfshaft and an address in Constantia Kloof. "Slip it into your pocket and read it after you leave here. If I were you I’d buy this one. softer than silk. I want the blue one they sold two weeks ago but the salesman refuses to give me the name of the new owner. She rang the bell several times but there was no answer. See these seats. that’s more than my job’s worth. "But actually I’m after the blue one. "You know what I mean. You won’t do better than that. She wondered why he did not ask her to feel the leather seats. The lady slipped her a card. He held out his tie. they’re a special leather. Who did you sell it to?" "I can’t tell you. I can see you’re royalty. Now you’re offering me another price?" "I would only do that for you. I’ll give you a special price: 370. "Feel my tie. It was in Berlandina Street. It had turrets and ramparts. It was a mansion perched on the edge of the escarpment. It did not take long to find the new address. the one that was Prince Andrew’s." "Oh." "Sorry. It 22 | Chapter 3 . "You know what I mean. Hillary found the address. the blue one. This is a nicer colour and it has done a smaller mileage. "Don’t read it here." He winked at her. Halfshaft’s new address. just like a castle. She gave Hillary Mrs. On the gate was the name DEADWOOD CASTLE. go on. "Digital displays for the bake circuit temperatures — both circuits! That’s something they would only do for the prince. She replied that she was looking for Agnes Halfshaft." he continued." Hillary felt his tie." she said. "No. The name seemed to be as incongruous as the castle. "It’s real silk. The blue one went for 380 and this is a nicer car.
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Hillary entered through the narrow gate. She had the feeling that she was being watched. She felt uneasy, as though walking into a trap. The woman who answered the door was past middle age but was still quite handsome. She had a certain poise and dignity and was tastefully dressed. Hillary introduced herself and explained that she was trying to trace a blue Turbo Cornish that had been sold to a lady by the name of Agnes Halfshaft. "Yes," Agnes said, "It was a magnificent car. Unfortunately I don’t have it any more. The pastors made me donate it to the church. It was given to me by the Lord Jesus. It had a card reading, ‘From the Lord Jesus.’ The pastors said that anything from the Lord Jesus was for the common good and must be given to the church. They showed me I Corinthians 12:7 and Acts 4:29. So I was happy to give it to them. They gave me a Cadenza in exchange. At least the Cadenza is more economical." Seeing that Hillary had more questions, Agnes invited her in for tea. Hillary found her mission a little difficult to explain. She explained about the note and the cheque from Towly and her curiosity about his identity. The only clue she had was the blue Cornish and she was following that up. "As far as I know, Pastor Deadwood still has the car. If it was as recent as you say, it would almost certainly be him. However it is not like him. He makes people give things to the church rather than the other way round." Hillary asked whether it was possible that there was another blue Cornish in the country. Agnes assured her the car was unique. It had been a special for Prince Andrew. She had seen him in the car on TV. That was before he brought it in great secrecy to South Africa. The house in Constantia Kloof had also been a gift from the Lord Jesus and had suffered the same fate as the car. She asked Hillary not to mention these things to anyone. They had warned her to tell no one. She was receiving a small widow’s pension from the church and they had threatened to cut it off if she talked. For twenty years Agnes had been happily married to Harry Halfshaft, a motor mechanic. Then tragedy struck. A customer collected his car while Harry was still underneath working on a halfshaft. That had left her with four fatherless children. They were happy in spite of their poverty. Then they started to receive gifts from the Lord Jesus. First was the castle in Constantia Kloof, then a monthly income and finally the car. "Do you know the identity of your benefactor? I mean, apart from the Lord Jesus. He must have used someone as His instrument."
Agnes did not know. She was sure it wasn’t one of the pastors from the church. They were indignant that the Lord had been so generous to her. That made it difficult to believe Deadwood could be Towly. It was so out of character. But who else could have left in the blue Cornish? Hillary was disappointed to think that her invisible lover might not be a prince but a seedy old pastor like Deadwood. But there were several things that did not fit. She couldn’t imagine Deadwood being secretly present at St. Helen’s and then making off up the hill at such speed that not even the waiter’s brother’s Sporch could move like that. Perhaps Prince Andrew had returned for his car. Yes she was sure that was it. Her secret lover was most likely Prince Andrew. Why had he brought his car into South Africa "in great secrecy?" She thanked Agnes for her help. As she passed out of the gate two men who had been hiding behind the hedge grabbed hold of her. One had a gun which he jabbed into her ribs. "Come with us," he said, "The boss wants to talk to you." They forced her into the back seat of a large car. The man with the gun sat beside her. He kept the muzzle of the revolver in close contact with her ribs. After a few kilometres they arrived at a large church complex. They led Hillary through a side entrance into the main building and stopped outside a door marked REV ARTHUR DEADWOOD: CHIEF PASTOR. The pastor’s secretary admitted them. She seemed most astonished that Hillary was being held at gun point. Apparently this was not an everyday occurrence. The secretary spoke to Deadwood on the phone telling him he had visitors whose business was very urgent. Within seconds his face appeared at the door. He hurried his visitors in and locked the door. "Are you mad?" he said to the men. "Didn’t I tell you not to show your faces here? And with a gun!" "This is an emergency," the man with the gun said. "She’s been to the castle and she’s been talking to Agnes Halfshaft. She’s dangerous." "I see what you mean," Deadwood said. "Let us give her a dose of cyanide. I know of an abandoned mine shaft where we could dispose of her body. They’ll never find it. No one will ever know." "Fools, did not God say, ‘Thou shalt not kill? Repent of your ways. Put that gun away and get out of here." The men left. Deadwood turned to Hillary. "It’s Hillary, isn’t it?" he said. "Why are you meddling in things that don’t concern you? I don’t know what Mrs. Halfshaft told you but the church acted correctly in this matter. The house and the car were given to her by a member of this church who was certified mad. There was no way we could let her keep the gifts. My advice to you, young lady, is to go back to Pietermaritzburg as fast as you can. Get yourself a steady job. Get married to a nice Christian boy, settle down and have children. That’ll keep you
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out of trouble. You’ve seen how unhealthy this city is for you. You’ve seen what might have been your fate if I had not intervened to save you. Go back to Pietermaritzburg and stay there. You owe it to your dear mother and sister." Hillary asked if someone could give her a lift back to her car. It was outside Agnes’ home and she was not familiar with Roodepoort. Deadwood took her to a room marked CHRIS MOODLEY: INDIAN PASTOR. She wondered if all the pastors were either chiefs or Indians. Chris drove her to her car. He was very polite and friendly and would not let her leave without the LORD’s blessing. She had no intention of going back to Pietermaritzburg. There were too many unanswered questions. Why was Deadwood so eager to get her out of Roodepoort? He was concerned for her safety but there was something he was hiding, something he didn’t want her to uncover. Why had those men taken her to him? They called him, "Boss." Did that mean they were working for him? Why would a pastor employ dangerous henchmen? Why were they so eager to have her out of the way? The idea of Deadwood being Towly did not make sense, even if he did still own the car. Towly had to be someone young, handsome and romantic. Prince Andrew might do. Why couldn’t it be Prince Andrew? As she drove past the Ranch Motel she noticed a large blue convertible parked in the hotel grounds. She made a U turn and went back and parked alongside it. On the boot lid were the words Turbo Cornish II. Hillary’s heart missed a beat. It had to be the car she was looking for. If it was Deadwood’s surely he could not have got there so soon. He had warned her. If he was there she would make sure he would not recognize her. She went to the ladies’ cloak room where she rearranged her hair and her face makeup. She changed her clothes. Then she went into the dining room. She was excited. Towly must be there somewhere. She knew she would recognize him when she saw him. Her eyes scanned the guests. She was hoping to see Prince Andrew. To her surprise she saw Leslie Granger at one of the tables. He was alone. He took a moment to recognize her as she joined him. That was good. Her disguise was working. "What on earth are you doing here?" he asked. "Tracing a blue Turbo Cornish. Incidentally, there’s one outside. I don’t suppose you would have seen who arrived in it?" "As a matter of fact, I did," he said. "Who?" she asked, blushing with excitement. She was afraid Leslie would think her childish. It seemed like ages before he answered, "The handsomest guy in this room." Hillary looked around again at the guests. "I don’t see anyone particularly handsome," she said. The guests were mostly middle aged business men. "Aren’t you overlooking someone?"
" Over lunch she told Leslie about her meetings with Agnes and Deadwood and the death threat she had received in Pietermaritzburg. I must remember that. It read." he said. ‘Elementary. "I can’t believe this. Cyanide is quick. Then she saw there was a little card under the bill. She thought Leslie must have found his wallet. When it came she noticed it had been paid. Leslie was Towly. Deadwood. TOWLY. I don’t think you’re the type. "Would you mind paying? I seem to have left my wallet behind. then said. Phone me. The car was gone. Hyde? But that name. "Even my secretary could have solved that one by now. What a fool she had been." The waiter was a long time bringing the bill. 28 | Chapter 4 . IT’S ON ME. She was almost sure that Deadwood was the Red Disa. he’s one of our customers — has a standing order for a stripper once a week." "And you’re supposed to be Sherlock Holmes? You should be saying. Either that.’" She pressed him for more clues." "Don’t be so sure. She had overlooked present company. I’m sure I’ve heard it before. After that you wouldn’t feel a thing. How do you know I’m not a Dr. I’ll square with you tomorrow. You hardly know me. "That’s not such a painful death. It was obvious now. or it has been lifted." While they were having coffee Leslie said he would have to hurry. "I can’t see any likely candidate. His henchmen had wanted to give her cyanide and then to drop her body down a disused mineshaft. Jekyll and Mr. That’s quite an idea you’ve given me. How do you know I’m not the Red Disa?" "I can’t exclude anyone at this stage but I’m determined to find out. Yes. He felt in all his pockets. Perhaps that was the ‘painful death’ the note referred to. There are a lot of disused mineshafts in these parts. my dear Leslie. Leslie was amused. Hillary raced out.She looked around again.
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which won the le Mans three times. Towly. Deadwood was probably the Red Disa but she had to be certain. will make it sought after. together with its royal origin. "Are you following me? Am I your latest suspect?" "I’ve solved one mystery. "It’s a very queer thing. In a few years I’ll get a big price for it. She wanted to let Leslie know that she had found him out. That’s a fraction of what it’s worth. When Leslie did arrive she stood up. Yet Investment Autos had eight on their floor. It was no good phoning his office. You are the one who arrived. She was a little disappointed that it wasn’t Prince Andrew but Leslie was a nice kind of guy. "the Turbo Cornish is a rare car. It’s a fantastic investment. hoping to find him there when she arrived. I was under the impression that there were only three or four in South Africa." Leslie said. very friendly and sporting." She wanted him to know that she had at least succeeded in solving that puzzle. Leslie’s secretary told her that he had not yet arrived back from lunch but she expected he would not be long. changed hands for over ten million pounds. She knew the identity of her mysterious lover. At least she had traced the car. my dear Leslie. "Hi. he would not be there yet. I was celebrating my purchase by having lunch at the Ranch Motel." "This gets better and better. and left. Derby Motors make only one hundred a year. I know you’re Towly. My car is unique. She was afraid that Leslie might think her stupid. Sherlock Holmes would have been proud of you. in the blue Cornish and you left this card for me." "How can you be sure it 30 | Chapter 5 . About the card: this is the first time I’ve seen it. Any R series will fetch over a million pounds. She decided to drive there. considering that I only bought the Cornish this morning. greeting him with the words." She was disappointed. Did you see the item in yesterday’s newspaper? The Cornish driven by Babe Bonhatto. I got mine for two hundred thousand. That was cause for congratulating herself.Chapter 5 Leslie’s Enterprise She had solved one mystery. Leslie confirmed that it was indeed the one that had been Prince Andrew’s. "What have you been drinking?" he asked. of that there was no doubt." "How did you work that out?" "Elementary. Graham was handsomer. That. He had bought it that morning from Investment Autos in the main street of Roodepoort. all virtually new and being offered at ridiculously low prices. She offered Hillary tea.
That would not only give her extra pocket money but would give her a window on Deadwood and his activities. She opened her handbag and took out a gold cigarette case. "Take a look at this. Deadwood has ordered a strip dancer for 12:30. It appeared they specialized in that make. Those men might see her." She was pleased. Advertisers and film producers will want to hire it. What will it be? A deerstalker. Society women will pay big prices to be seen in it. She asked Leslie about fixing her with a suitable disguise. If you’d like to take this one I’ll pay you R400. She realized the dangers she would face. From her dress and demeanour it was clear to him that here was a business woman of the first magnitude. I understand that’s what your kind wear. I’ll increase it. At Chapter 5 | 31 . "We’ll do that small thing for you.was Prince Andrews car? Doesn’t it strike you as odd that such a valuable car should appear at a used car dealer’s in Roodepoort?" Leslie reached over and picked up a photo album from his desk. He did not recognize her. It was in pristine condition. He said she was a natural. The cyanide and mine shaft threat was still fresh in her memory. She would have to be disguised. She asked if he could organize a disguise for her immediately. She would have to be very heavily disguised. It will provide an income as well as appreciate in value. Leslie said not even her mother would recognize her. Hillary was attracted by one that was olive green over dove green. It seemed the claim was genuine." he said. Leslie gave her an audition on the spot. Along with her handbag she carried a copy of that morning’s Business Day. She wanted to go to Investment Autos that afternoon. It contained photos and press cuttings of the car and Prince Andrew and occasionally other members of the royal family. I’ve got a job for you tomorrow. For her disguise she would wear a wig and her face would be made up to make her look older. Considering that she would be stripping that would not be easy." Hillary felt an urge to visit Investment Autos to find out more about the car’s history. matching tweed suit and pipe. To her astonishment she saw that he was none other than the Ken Roberts who had joined them for dinner a few nights previously." Investment Autos was an upmarket used car dealer similar to World Wide Motors. "I’ve numerous rich clients who will hire the car for special occasions. He helped her to choose garments and gave her a few tips. That’s what we start strippers on. "I’m in the right business to exploit it. Her interest in the car attracted the attention of a salesman. She examined the album. It was open on the stock exchange page." Leslie continued. That’s no doubt the real reason you’re here. The showroom floor was full of Turbo Cornishes. If they ask for you again.
You see Cornish make superb cars for very rich people." Hillary said in her best Oxford accent. Taking out a cigarette she asked. you must promise not to repeat it. are you? It’s a beauty. He bowed as he took her hand." "How is it you have so much influence with the prince?" "If I tell you. She held out her hand. I bought this tie at Herrop’s. "Dr. It has to do with this car. "Unfortunately I’ve got a previous engagement. It was headed. "How will you do that?" "I’ll get Prince Andrew to tell you himself. It cost me over R100. Therefore they put governors on 32 | Chapter 5 . I’ll prove it to you. Kenneth Roberts. "I was told that Prince Andrew’s car was blue.the same time she dropped her newspaper. I’ll arrange for him to take you to lunch tomorrow and he can tell you himself. He addressed him as "Your Royal Highness. "Do all Cornish salesman do that?" she asked fascinated. "Lady Emily de Rothschild — Portfolio Valuation. it’s real silk. It was real silk." It carried the name of one of Johannesburg’s largest stockbroking firms. I suppose they dish them out to you on a sales course?" "They did nothing of the sort. the seats are trimmed with a special leather." he said with deep respect. "Do you have a light?" Ken Roberts first stooped to pick up her newspaper and then reached for his lighter. Roberts said obligingly. As he lit her cigarette he noticed there was a computer printout in the fold of her newspaper. Are you sure this is the car that was Prince Andrew’s?" "I won’t argue with you Ma’am. For example. at your service. "Okay. She felt his tie. They can’t afford to have their customers having accidents at 300km /h. "Do what. Ma’am. Feel my tie." Dr. yet the leather on these seats is softer than silk. Can’t you make it for dinner tomorrow night?" "I’ll phone him now." he said to Hillary. "Interested in this car. Ma’am?" "Wear silk ties. It was Prince Andrew’s and it has many features they would put on only for the prince. You can’t imagine anything softer than that." He had no difficulty in making the arrangements. softer than silk." Ken Roberts got through to the prince. "He’ll meet you at the Ranch Motel at seven tomorrow evening. "I’m Emily. Where would you like him to meet you?" "At the Ranch Motel.
He was trapped on the M6 at 270km/h. Contact me after your date with the prince. removed the governor from his car. They stared at her." he said. That’s why he owes me one. It read. It contravened the conditions of sale. She recognized them immediately. The queen already had enough trouble of her own. You’ll never regret it. Roberts gave Hillary his card. That is why he is in South Africa in the greatest secrecy — a kind of part-time remittance man.their cars limiting them to 240km/h. Besides there’s money in it and I get to meet the rich and famous. So where better to send a tampered with Cornish than to South Africa? You Britishers know our people." Hillary said. "But I’ll wait until I’ve seen Prince Andrew. "Yes. She ordered him to get rid of the car as quickly as possible before Cornish found out. She was furious. like your ladyship here. In a few years when all this blows over you’ll get millions for it. They insist on the right to self determination so they can get their own way. "I’m intrigued by the market for cars of this quality." "It sounds wonderful. The police hushed it up but the queen found out. I offered him a quick sale for the car without disclosing any of the hoary details. By the way. As she turned to leave a shiver went down her spine. Now. Now I’m passing the benefit on to you. Andrew. "What is a doctor of divinity and economics doing selling used cars?" she asked." "Just call me Emily. DR KENNETH ROBERTS. At present he is in disgrace with the queen. shaking hands with him. ‘Every man his own general." she said. How much do you want for the car?" "Three hundred and fifty big ones. As an economist the market intrigues me. what with Princess Di and all that." "That’s very kind. So that’s where I came in. Hillary left as fast as her new status would allow. thanks for arranging the date. "Some chick.’ as the saying goes. hey?" the one said to Ken Roberts. little rascal that he is. They were Deadwood’s henchmen who had wanted to give her cyanide that morning. Two men had just entered. That is why he is so grateful to me. Tampering with a Cornish fits the image that overseas people have of us." Dr. Chapter 5 | 33 ." Ken replied. she’s the daughter of England’s richest banker. I mean the prince was supposed to be an example to British youth. DOCTOR OF DIVINITY AND ECONOMICS.
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He says the hospital will be run on Christian principles. Mary Shrink. He only baths once a week. "What on earth have you done to yourself?" Aunt Joan asked when she saw Hillary. ‘Can any good thing come out of Roodepoort?’ the answer is No! Never. has been appointed professor and head of the department of Christian psychiatry." "He’s been like a father to me. They call Roodepoort the Summit City. "If you want further examples of the scum that comes out of Roodepoort. Bathing? That’s not bathing! Wallowing in the mud. "It’s Aunt Joan’s way of welcoming my friends." Hillary said. "What good do you think can come of that? The Summit University is in Roodepoort. and then he tries to bring them into my house. "Why all the security?" she asked as she was taken through three locked gates and the back door. you only have to look at his father. I think he’s wonderful. Dr. "Can you beat that? The Summit University has opened a mental hospital in the town of Naboomspruit! Reverend Arthur Deadwood has been appointed an honorary professor of psychiatric medicine. She explained that Leslie had provided her with a disguise to help in her investigations. There was something familiar about the voice but it was some time before he realized that the woman rattling the gate was Hillary. If ever there was an apology for a man it’s him. Uncle John did not at first recognize her. he had to go looking for other people’s children to be a father to. that! If you ask yourself the question. He was about to be certified when Chapter 6 | 35 . "That’s just it.Chapter 6 Tall Story On her way home Hillary checked into the Ranch Motel under the name Emily de Rothschild. "He gives all his money to drunks." he said. You’ve hit the nail right on the head. formerly of the University of North Alaska. Some kind of summit. won’t works and prostitutes. I call it. not ever! If you want to see what trash comes out of Roodepoort just look at Uncle John. Aunt Joan was reading the newspaper. He wasn’t satisfied with the children I gave him." "What’s wrong with Uncle John?" Hillary asked. That was where Prince Andrew would be calling for her and he knew her only by that name. Her belongings were at the home of Uncle John and she had to let him know that she would no longer be staying there.
Soon they were besieged by the needy." All this had changed Joan’s attitude towards him. hence its nickname. "The Summit City.Pastor Deadwood took pity on him and arranged for him to be admitted to his new psychiatric hospital. Yet still they came. in trees. telling their tales of woe. John continued ministering to the needy. she had once admired him. He was not man enough to stand up to the beggars and chase them away. She rued the day she had prayed for his salvation. receiving handouts. "One thing still you lack. She chased them out of the house. As much as she detested her husband. The latter is a north facing escarpment rising 150 metres above the plain. sell up all you have and distribute the proceeds to the poor. All she had really wanted was a husband who would go with her to church and sit and listen quietly to the sermon. he had multiplied the value of his investments many times over. saying to him. She despised him. chains and padlocks on the gates. and you shall have treasure in heaven. public toilets and holes in the ground became guests in the Tall’s home. A shrewd long term investor. He was a physicist and had been the sole owner of a company manufacturing electro-optical devices." Hillary was astonished at Aunt Joan’s outburst. he had to entertain his guests on the pavement. He’ll lead them all astray. Roodepoort is the second largest city on the Witwatersrand." John Tall sold up everything and followed the Lord Jesus. John didn’t mind but when they started taking Joan’s personal things it was a different matter. When he started distributing the proceeds to the poor the news got around quickly. Forbidden by Joan to do so on the property. Day and night they came. and come. Don’t expect any good to come out of that place while he’s there. If you would be perfect. storm water drains. His guests sometimes helped themselves to anything they wanted. At the age of forty-nine he had inherited a fortune which he added to his already substantial investments on the stock exchange. Then she had bars installed on the doors and windows. He had lived in the same house for sixty years. He heard that his former colleagues were saying of him. Then one day the Lord Jesus appeared to him in a vision. It seemed the LORD had played a dirty trick on her. He’s good at that." It is here that some of the world’s richest gold bearing reefs outcrop." 36 | Chapter 6 . He was extremely rich although no one would have guessed it from his lifestyle. She regarded John’s continued ministry to the poor as weakness. John’s father lived in Roodepoort. She did everything she could to discourage visitors. "What a tragedy! All that wealth and all that talent. The name is Afrikaans and means "White Ridge of Waters. and now he sits on the pavement and eats with blacks. Often the household would be disturbed in the middle of the night by visitors rattling the chained gate. Twenty years later they were still coming. With a population of half a million. It attains its highest elevation of 1719 metres above sea level in Roodepoort. People who had been sleeping on park benches. follow Me.
She explained her reason for moving to the Ranch Motel. in which disguise she now appeared. She was known to him as Lady Emily de Rothschild.With John’s history Hillary could be excused for thinking that he was Towly. It was because she had a date the next evening with Prince Andrew. She knew she could trust his word. Chapter 6 | 37 . She warned Hillary of the error of her ways and what might come of it. Joan thought it dishonest to deceive the prince with a false identity. It would enable her to get used to her new identity as she was registered there under that name. He assured her he knew nothing about the matter.
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She examined the premises carefully. The one who had pressed the gun into her ribs was introduced as Mr. "Cyanide is quick. was Mr. She noticed that it was locked. "Gentlemen. working out a plan of escape should things get too uncomfortable. This one should be unusually exciting. He introduced her to each of the men in turn.Chapter 7 Deadwood Castle At eleven the next morning Hillary arrived at Leslie’s business premises. She had to admit she was more than a little scared. She said nothing as she feared her voice might give her away. Butcher. Deadwood arrived accompanied by several men. His face brightened when he saw Hillary. He gave her a whistle which he told her to blow if she was in trouble. To her astonishment Deadwood’s two henchmen were among the elders present. She was Debbie Delightful." She listened intently to their conversation. He thanked God for the meal they were about to have and especially for their "little dessert. who had driven the car. The girl did a good job. the delightful little dish whom God has so generously provided for our dessert. "Don’t worry if you’re caught. Leslie decided he would drive her there himself. Then he would come and rescue her." Hillary thought that very reassuring. She hoped to learn something that would help in her investigations. Leslie parked a little distance from the entrance so as not to be conspicuous. Blackhench. The man in uniform told her to make herself comfortable. Ken Roberts was there too. An iron security fence running the full length of the patio separated the latter from the pool. She heard the name Stuart mentioned several Chapter 7 | 39 . As she was introduced. Hillary was looking forward to her strip dancing act. On the north side glass doors led to a patio and beyond that a swimming pool. the hired entertainer. The other. meet Miss Debbie Delightful. The gate opened and a man in uniform met her. she took the hand of each man in turn and curtseyed. If she was recognized it might mean cyanide and a mine shaft for her. He said the elders would be along shortly. "You must be Debbie Delightful." he said. She had read that secret agents often carried a cyanide pill in case of need." he said reassuringly. And the mine shaft will save your folks the expense of a funeral. He wanted to give her as much encouragement as he could. She loved adventure. After she had rung the bell a voice on the intercom asked her to identify herself. Leslie was expecting her and got a makeup artist busy on her. He took her to a large hall where a long table was set for lunch. She was being spared even that inconvenience. Deadwood seated her at his right hand. There was a gate in the fence. You will hardly feel a thing.
Boss. The men laughed at that. She began to dance." Ken Roberts said. He paid cash." Deadwood replied. The music started up. At first she confined her movements to normal ballet steps. Perhaps you could persuade Lady de Rothschild to come to church. "You can’t be serious?" one of them asked. Did not God say." Then he announced that it was time for Miss Debbie Delightful to start her performance." Blackhench said. The abandoned mine shafts around here are 2 to 3 kilometres deep. They tried for days but couldn’t get anywhere near. For her. She might even join the church. They’re much more comfortable there — no more worries.times. If you treat a loony in a hospital he keeps coming back. Ken. With cyanide it’s over in 30 seconds and it’s final. Boss. but I liked that one of Butcher’s too. it’s really a good idea. We wouldn’t like anyone to go to Hell. "But when you think of it. He helped her on to the table." "Enough of that. So it’s really a good deed. They’re no longer a nuisance to themselves or anyone else." Deadwood said. He wanted to give that meddlesome girl a dose of cyanide and then throw her body down a mine shaft. pirouetting and the like. how are the car sales going?" "Excellent. He’s a nuisance to himself and everyone else." "Good. The elders whistled with delight as her 40 | Chapter 7 . I sold the blue one to a young man yesterday. you should know better. you’d have to make sure first that he was saved. "We need the money. Apparently she was meant to dance in between the dishes and cutlery for they were still there. She had done ballet from an early age and was highly skilled. "Oh yes. I offered it to her for 380. The mine management winched men down on ropes in an effort to recover the body." said Deadwood. no less. "You mean Naboomspruit?" Butcher asked with a chuckle. "It sounds terrible. And I’ve got a lady interested in the green one. "I mean Naboomspruit. You’re elders of the church. Nobody will ever find the body. I remember when some boys from my school went looking for ferns in a shaft collar. He seemed to be giving them a lot of trouble. I’ll have the deal sewn up tomorrow. This did not deter her. ‘Thou shalt not kill?" Let us leave things like that to God. Deadwood said he had made provision for him in the usual way. We will do the best we can for them in our hospital. that’s pocket money. "You’re talking murder here. One lost his balance and fell down the shaft. She’s the daughter of England’s richest banker. Her tithes would be most welcome in our present circumstances. "That was a good idea of yours. Boy! Is she some lady! Lady Emily de Rothschild. If they’re saved they go straight to heaven." "But what if he’s not a Christian? Wouldn’t you be sending him to Hell?" was the shocked query of another elder.
That required some intricate dancing steps. Had they recognized her? Dark thoughts of cyanide and mine shafts went through her mind. They cheered heartily. Now she was dancing in her black patterned stockings. It was time to take something off. First came her scarf. The expressions on their faces told her she was doing well. To her dismay. They came towards her. Next to come off was the jacket she was wearing over her lace blouse. Under that was a white lacy bra. The glass doors leading to the patio were still open. She removed it with some elegant flourishes. she was surprised to find how much she was enjoying it. hitting him on the forehead with some force. covering his face. This was an area in which she was gifted. Butcher and Roberts remained. If necessary she could easily scale the security fence. Her outer slip was white satin trimmed with pink lace. They showed her legs off to perfection. The men cheered loudly. then flashed it around a bit before throwing it into Deadwood’s lap. This she threw at butcher. She felt she was getting a little warm. Next to come off was her skirt. Removing her stockings while dancing required some novel footwork. Blackhench. That was as far as she intended to go. These remained in place for a while. Dancing for some time after that. eventually draping it around the chandelier. The elders were leaving. She danced on one leg while removing the stocking from the other. She liked pleasing men in this way. Her black slip trimmed with red lace went to Ken Roberts. She felt instinctively that an ugly scene was about to develop. To the male eye the effect was very pretty. She decided to leave without saying goodbye. She threw that to Ken Roberts. The other shoe she directed at Blackhench with a similar result. The white lace slip. It made a pretty sight with the lights shining through. she saw that Butcher and Blackhench were whispering to Ken Roberts. He held up his trophy and waved it with delight. The blouse she draped over Deadwood’s head. the innermost one. Finally she somersaulted off the table and bowed to her audience. The elders were enjoying their "dessert. Her blouse was mauve lace. She was gifted in that area too. Some unconventional steps brought applause. was next off. That went to the elder who had expressed shock at Butcher’s suggestion.skirts flared out. She was good at improvising. Some of the elders congratulated her and told her she must come again. Chapter 7 | 41 . She danced for a long time before removing a shoe. Under that was a black slip trimmed with red lace and under that a white lace slip. She did that with some delicacy. Again there were howls of appreciation. Leslie’s artist had provided her with some very lacy half slips and suspenders and garters. Her bra was now visible under her blouse." She overcame her initial nervousness and soon found herself enjoying it as much as her audience.
Even she could not have done it that well. bet you can’t catch me. "Black Cat!" "Now I remember where I’ve seen you. There was something strangely romantic about being chased by men with guns. Hopping out of the pool she found herself up against another tall wrought iron fence. She explained that she had dived into a swimming pool in order to escape from the men. In a trice she was over it. By the time the gate was open she was at the far end of the pool. She heard Deadwood shout. it is not every day that one encounters a wet mermaid on a public road. "Don’t shoot her. 42 | Chapter 7 . In that TV ad for Black Cat peanut butter. she surfaced. these men are trying to rape me!" she shouted. He jumped out as fast as he could." "That’s me. bikini panties and a suspender belt. It was only a warning shot. Sir. She ran into the road and waved both arms frantically. She sped down the hill. She looked at him admiringly. no. she made a dash for the security fence. A bullet ricocheted off a nearby rock. He gave her a lift to her car. Her feet were sore from the stones. stuck out her tongue and shouted. He looked like a Springbok rugby player. Her elaborate makeup was running down her face and neck on to her chest. otherwise she could have outpaced them easily. He was a huge bulk of a man. Seeing her appear suddenly in front of him in this condition. She dived into the pool. Three men lay unconscious on the ground." he replied. "So waa. It was moving slowly on account of the steep slope.Clad in only a bra. After all. Butcher and Roberts turned around and started to run away. A car was coming up the hill. Immediately afterwards she heard the shot. reminding her that a bullet travels faster than sound. panties and suspender belt. the driver screeched to a halt. The men called to the servant to bring the keys for the gate. "No." Blackhench was first to arrive. Her wig had come off in the pool and her long auburn hair was dripping water as were her bra. "Is that so? Well. they’ll never try that again. save her for the cyanide. "Black belt?" she asked. Beyond that was a steep descent to the road up Allen’s Nek. The fence was no obstacle to her." "I must remember to get some. Butcher drew a revolver and fired a shot." He was startled by her appearance. One karate chop and he was prostrate on the ground. She swam under water. He overtook them with ease." The men were closing in on her. "Please." To her surprise she was enjoying the chase. The stones hurt her bare feet.
revolver drawn. "I didn’t have time to put them back on." he said. He had heard the shots and was anxious. I’ve got to rush." she said. There was a quizzical look on his face. I’ve a date with Prince Andrew tonight. "That’s my chauffeur and that’s my car." "And all this water?" "Shut up! And put the air conditioner on hottest. I’m cold. "Some other time. "Where are your clothes?" he asked." Chapter 7 | 43 .Leslie was standing in the road." Leslie was relieved to see her. He asked for a date. "You sure do it in style.
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What will people think? They’re fussy at this hotel. She thinks this job is too dangerous. "How did you get here?" Odille was equally surprised." Her magnifying glass was missing." "Mom wants both of us to give up this Sherlock Holmes stuff and come home. She was not aware of Hillary’s presence." "Tell me about your new death threat. "I’m sure I packed it in my spare handbag. "I’m sure I’ve seen that handwriting before.Chapter 8 Prince Andrew The Ranch Motel consisted of a number of separate chalets. she was right! Where have you been like that?" "Swimming. hey?" "Fortunately. Let me get my magnifying glass. I forgot to pack my swimsuit. You can’t go swimming like that. like this. She was surprised to find the door of the chalet open." "I haven’t but I’ll buy you one. There was an intruder. I hope you’ve brought it." Then. Silently she tiptoed up to the intruder and was about to deliver a fatal karate chop when she caught sight of the intruder’s face in the mirror. the curtains being drawn. What’s all this red stuff? It’s stained your bra. He parked in front of the chalet and waited while she attended to her needs. Chapter 8 | 45 . I’ve got a firm body. She’d rather we worked for the Provincial Administration or the Receiver of Revenue. "I’m just checking your clothes. I’ve had another death threat. Mom insisted I come and bring you some clothes and that basket of food. I wish I could remember where. Now it’s not there." "Like that?" "Yes. A woman was rummaging through her suitcase. The room was dimly lit. I don’t really need a bra." she said. "Odille!" she cried in amazement. Mom didn’t like that. catching sight of Hillary. She said it gets much colder in Johannesburg so you might need some warm clothing. "By Gad. She was afraid you would go cold and would forget to eat. It was identical to the earlier one. Hillary insisted that Leslie drive her back to her chalet so that she could dry herself and put on dry clothes. She had not heard her co-investigator come in and took fright when she heard her cry out so close to her. Was it like the first one?" Odille showed Hillary the note she had received. I’m surprised they allowed it.
He wants you again for a private performance. "It’s too different. not knowing that Odille had arrived. "So you’ve found your lover boy at last. He was sure it was Prince Andrew." he said. "That won’t do." she said. He apologizes for the behaviour of some of the elders. that it now belonged to Leslie." Leslie was pleased. He had a winner and he intended to make the most of her." Hillary said. A petrol attendant at the Mount West service station remembered the car. He presumed she was Lady de Rothschild ready for her date with Prince Andrew. "How did you know I was here?" Hillary asked. I’d better phone Mummy and tell her that her precious little daughter is safe and is dating a royal prince. She had other things on her mind at that time. She thought Odille was joking about her date with Prince Andrew. "If you play your cards right you might be the next queen of England. He said he has often seen the prince on TV and he knows what he looks like. the best he has ever seen." he said. It might depend on how successful she was with Prince Andrew. When Hillary persuaded her that it was really so. He said it was definitely Prince Andrew who was driving it." Odille drew back in . Prince Andrew knew her as Lady Emily de Rothschild." Odille said. They won’t be present when you go again. If Ken Roberts sees you like that he’ll know you’re not the real Emily." Lorraine tried to persuade Hillary to come home." Leslie took Hillary back to his office to be made up as Lady de Rothschild on her evening out with the prince and to collect her car. too." "How have your investigations been going? Have you found out anything about the Red Disa?" "No. and that she had a date with Prince Andrew that evening. Hillary had other ideas. Pressed. Hillary told Odille that the car was indeed the one they had been looking for. Odille was envious. I’m not giving up until I know who Towly is and who is the Red Disa. Leslie. "Mom phoned Uncle John last night. She didn’t want to jeopardize her chances of 46 | Chapter 8 . Deadwood said you were magnificent. She recognized the car but she was sure the young blonde man was not Prince Andrew. but I did find out something about the blue Turbo Cornish. took her to be Hillary in another disguise. Odille looked out of the door. Lorraine persuaded her to stay on. He told her. "Congratulations. And what was this about her not being the real Emily? She was bemused and asked her sister what was going on. "Now be careful not to mess it up."Well." "I feel that way. "You’re a big success. While she was being made up Leslie came into the makeup room. He’s willing to pay R10 000 and he guarantees your safety. she said she would think about it." "Look outside while I shower.
She wasn’t sure that was what she wanted. she would come to him. She was exhilarated by the wind in her hair and the stars shining down so brightly. She hoped to catch a glimpse of him.becoming a royal princess or perhaps even a queen. Green is more my colour. He took her to a night club on the top floor of a very tall building in Hillbrow. At seven o’clock Hillary sat nervously twitching her fingers. She asked about the blue Cornish that Leslie had bought. She did not tell him that her mother and her sister already knew that he was dating her. "Just call me Andy and I’ll call you Emily. He warned her against any practice that might give him away. Would Prince Andrew really come for her? "Is he really coming?" she kept asking herself. Tonight she would get to know the real Prince Andrew. He mentioned to the waiter that he had booked a table in the name of Rowe." he said. He explained to her that he was traveling incognito. Odille witnessed these proceedings from behind her newspaper on the far side of the foyer. "Like your eyes. She looked at her finger. Perhaps she would be a princess after all. Odille kept peeping through a crack in the curtain to see if he was coming. "It was my car but I gave it to Charles because he likes blue so much. Her mother had expressed such ambitions for her. And he was so polite and charming. I love green diamonds. Chapter 8 | 47 . The phone rang. Could he have been the driver of the blue Cornish on that fateful day? She asked him if he had been to Pietermaritzburg. They sparkle like green diamonds." She felt a special thrill as he looked into her eyes and made those remarks. She had often thought Prince Andrew a wimp. Much less did she tell him that her mother had expressed hopes that she would be a royal princess or even queen of England. "You’ve got beautiful green eyes." He looked into her eyes." he said." He said. Surely it must be him? It was. Hillary had attended an elite school and was able to affect an upper class English accent. She had visions of a large green diamond engagement ring. the one who loved her. She asked him to wait there. Hillary curtsied and called him. great flashes of green light. "Your Royal Highness. He was much handsomer than his TV appearances suggested. Prince Andrew was driving the green Turbo Cornish that Ken Roberts had tried to sell her the day before. But Odille was pure South African. "To you I’m just plain Andy. Already she could see it sparkling there. He had the top down." And so the two became acquainted. It was a lovely evening. "Yes. Odille followed at a little distance. He was so friendly and much handsomer than his photographs. He was in the main foyer." he said. She hoped to see him but it was too much to expect him to believe that she was the sister of Lady de Rothschild. She wondered if he could possibly be her Towly. He asked her not to use his title.
I never can remember the name."Not yet. more than Lady Emily. for example. She had to be careful not to lapse into her native accent. Some cities have both. That was all she knew about the subject. Pietermaritzburg is unique in that it was the only city in the British Empire that had a university and two Anglican cathedrals. That might improve her chances of becoming a princess. That kind of outdid the English at being English. She wondered if he loved the Hillary Keating. I hear it’s called ‘The Last Outpost of the British Empire. She said her father had sent her there to study the "kaffirs market." "I thought it had something to do with cricket. Andy asked her what she was doing in South Africa. He told her that "kaffirs" was the name used on the London Stock Exchange for South African gold shares. "It’s one of the places I really must visit. Perhaps he would marry her and settle there and make it the capital of the Commonwealth. That’s beating the English at their own game. If he was in fact her Towly he would already be in love with her." He had a large share holding in "kaffirs" and wanted to know more about their prospects. "Then there’s that battle that took place at Isandl something or other. She told him it was more of a holiday for her. She had to keep reminding herself that she was Lady de Rothschild. that she was plain Hillary Keating from Pietermaritzburg. 48 | Chapter 8 . That was Colenso’s doing. However she was pleased that he regarded her kind as so British." he said. When a distinguished Cambridge mathematician turns cleric and becomes bishop of a British colony. You know. Eventually she would have to tell him the truth." Hillary’s expectations grew. Any way it was reassuring to hear him talk that way about Pietermaritzburg. or pronounce it — the place of Chelmsford’s disgrace. I should feel at home there. Leslie had told her to say that. He toasted their friendship. With the champagne loosening her tongue that was becoming a bit tricky. do you think?" she asked. They spent a long time eating and drinking." She was disappointed that he had not been in Pietermaritzburg on the day that Towly had invited her to lunch. In English terms what makes a city a city is its cathedral or university. To change the subject she suggested they study the menu. We princes are expected to know the whole history of the British Empire.’ The citizens of Pietermaritzburg are reputed to be more British than the native British. "It was undoubtedly that fellow Colenso. What a strange set of circumstances to be in. The prince ordered champagne. That meant he couldn’t be Towly. that he had been so generous to. you must expect trouble. Jonty Rhodes diving onto the stumps. Fortunately he did not ask her to elaborate. It gave her a feeling of wellbeing. "What is it that makes Pietermaritzburg so British.
He asked her to dance. That reminded her of her adventure earlier in the day. She wondered how he would react if he knew about it. Perhaps he would like her to strip for him. She had on some very glamorous undies. She wondered what he would think if she suddenly jumped on to the table and started her act all over again. Would he be pleased and love her all the more? Or should she be looking for an escape route? Would she have to swim for it again? Then she remembered they were on top of a tall building. Should she be looking for a parachute? It was wonderful to be held like that in his arms. She wished he would kiss her. He must have been reading her mind for that is what he did. She felt she was in the seventh heaven. To be held in the arms of this handsome prince, to dance with him, to be kissed by him! This was the most wonderful night of her life. Perhaps he would propose before the night was over. He began to sing in her ear, a beautiful love song. How well he sang! She had been all wrong about her assessment of him from the media. He was anything but a wimp. Food was served all night long. It was delicious and, far more, so was the company. They left the night club in the early hours. On the ground floor of the building was a shopping centre. There they found an upmarket jewellery shop. In the window was a ring with a large green diamond. She admired it. Andy said he would get her one much better, perhaps something from his mother’s collection. She wondered if she should regard this as a proposal. Her dreams were shattered when he said it would be a friendship ring. He asked her if he could date her in England, after their return. She said he could. After that they drove to the Ranch Motel, again with the top down so that they could see the stars. They parked outside the chalet. He held her. They kissed again and again. What a night it was!
When Hillary awoke, Odille told her that Leslie had phoned and wanted her to call him back. It was mid-morning. She had been dreaming that she was dancing in Prince Andrew’s arms high up among the stars. He had married her and made her Queen of the Commonwealth. Their palace was on World’s View, at the top of Town Hill, and Pietermaritzburg was the new capital of the Commonwealth. Her mother, Lorraine, was so pleased to be the mother of the queen and she was so proud of her daughter and her son in law. After being awakened, she wondered if her night out with the prince had been nothing more than a dream. Odille assured her that she had, in fact, gone out with Prince Andrew and had been out the whole night. Leslie wanted her to come in as soon as she could. He had arranged with Deadwood for Hillary to give him a private performance at 12:30 that day. She was reluctant to go but Leslie insisted and offered to split the R10 000 down the middle with her. In the end she agreed. When she met Leslie at his office he told her that Deadwood was paying a lot for her performance and would probably expect a lot. She replied that if he expected too much he might get more than he had bargained for. A few kung fu movements made her meaning clear. Leslie asked her to be considerate. Deadwood was now their best client. He would be glad if she did not offend him. He drove her there in the blue Cornish. She thought of what Prince Andrew had told her about the car. Why had Prince Charles disposed of it? Had Andy removed the governor from this car also? She thought better of asking Leslie to see if it could exceed 240km/h. As it was he was driving fast enough. Deadwood met them at the gate. He invited them in and had a short chat with Leslie. He assured Leslie that she would be perfectly safe with him. Leslie said he would wait in the car. She gave Deadwood a performance similar to the first one. After somersaulting off the table she somersaulted back and started recovering her items of clothing and put them on as she danced. She gave him a double feature, like a film being shown forwards and then backwards. He showed his appreciation by cheering and clapping. She ended her performance fully dressed. Deadwood invited her to come upstairs with him to the master bedroom. There was a mirror there. That would help her tidy her clothing and her makeup. He said it would give him pleasure to watch her do that. While she was busy he locked the door. He said, "I am paying a lot of good money for this. Perhaps you wouldn’t mind giving me a little extra."
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Please invite me back. She left the key on the patio table. even his lips. "What would you like? Some monkey dancing. and dived into the pool. Every now and again she would give him a kiss on his forehead. Round and round she swung. "Not really. dancing around the room. The key is on the patio table. When Leslie returned he said that Deadwood was very impressed with her second performance. He tried to grab her but she was too quick. jumped on the bed and swung on the light fitting above it. She somersaulted over the bed. As she surfaced she saw him at the window. When he tried to kiss her she was no longer there. straightened herself. "Don’t tell me you had to swim for it again?" he said. stood on the window sill. Secretly she removed the key from the door and slipped it into her bra." she shouted. It was even better than the first. hope you got your money’s worth. He’s locked himself in the master bedroom. Then she stood by the window. Leslie saw her dripping water in the road. Like lightning she would dart away. She had collected her clothes from the previous performance. his cheek. She pursed her lips. Deadwood had put them ready for her. I just felt like cooling off after all the exercise. He hoped to see a lot more of her. "I hope you enjoyed the extra. He went after her but always she was too quick for him." she said." She dropped her shoes on to the patio. 52 | Chapter 9 . "Hope you enjoyed yourself as much as I did. She got into the back of the car. She said. perhaps?" He was sitting on the double bed. her legs rotating around his head. She dropped into his lap and gave him a lightning peck on his cheek. took off her wet clothes and put on the dry. You had better let Deadwood out. He tried to embrace her but before his arms closed she was off again."With the greatest of pleasure. blew him a kiss.
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My undies are just as pretty. "Gee. "No need to be bashful. all dripping water." She threw the wet things out of the car." she squealed with delight. A mutual friend had put her in touch with Leslie’s agency. "You took your last date swimming in her clothes and she’s left them in your car to remind you of the occasion. She gladly accepted Leslie’s invitation to dinner that evening. They were used by an actress in a scene where she had to swim for her life. had hopes of becoming an actress. "And soaking wet. 54 | Chapter 10 . You must take me swimming too. Lucy suggested they might be more comfortable on the back seat with the top up." He got out of the car. They were getting comfortable when Lucy remarked. He took her to an exclusive restaurant. "Come. Linksfield Ridge is a noted vantage point for viewing the lights and the stars. picked up the wet clothes and put them in the boot. She lifted her skirt to display some fine satin and lace. They went for a drive to see the lights. I could get you any number of parts right now. On returning to the car after their meal. "A bra!" she exclaimed. we’ve a pool at home. She had just finished her schooling and was grateful for the opportunity to discuss her future career with Leslie. Lucy Margo. what a fancy suspender belt!" Still more objects were brought to light." Leslie was pleased that Lucy had such a free and easy attitude.Chapter 10 Lucy Margo That same afternoon Leslie had another visitor. He told her she was a natural. "You mustn’t do that. Leslie. you are a romantic. He gave her a few tests and was favourably impressed. "Oh. They were expensive. She was excited about her chances of becoming a star and wanted to make sure they did not go awry. Then you can have my wet things instead of hers. "Those things belong to my firm. he put the top down." Lucy was pleased." Leslie said." She held the offending object up to the light. "I understand about these things." Leslie said." Then she pulled out another object. But you have it. "You either have it or you don’t. With any other girl they might have been an embarrassment." Lucy said. "If you don’t it’s a waste of time attending a drama school. And she wasn’t my date. We can swim there. He had forgotten about the wet clothes. daughter of a wealthy mining magnate. Here they came to rest. I suppose you took her home in her birthday suit. "There’s something wet here.
Leslie joined her. A man came out of the house and walked towards the pool. When Lucy surfaced she said. invited Leslie in for a drink. Leslie told him it was "Easier for a Camel. "Dad. He told her to get inside. Lucy thought quickly. That had been her ambition and her father was pleased that it would now be realized. Leslie told Sir George that Lucy had a great future as an actress." She removed her skirt and blouse and threw them on the paving." he said. It was Lucy’s father. "Had the night shift also had to swim for it?" she wondered. he would deal with her later." Sir George took Lucy’s explanation to be an excuse for her errant behaviour. She remembered what Leslie had told her about the wet clothes in the car. Lucy removed her shoes and dived in. He is a film producer and he has given me a part in a film where I have to swim for my life at night in my clothes. phoned Hillary at her motel. She was impressed by the quality of the clothing." It was based on a book of that name by John Tall.Lucy’s home was on several hectares in Morningside. Leslie told him that his daughter had told him the truth. this is Leslie. Chapter 10 | 55 . Then take up your cross and follow the Lord Jesus. still exhilarated by his moonlight swim. She said to her father. "That’s a very interesting title." It was obvious to Leslie that Sir George Margo was not a reader of the Bible. Leslie is teaching me the part. "What is easier for a camel?" "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. If you don’t believe me try it. Asked for the name of the film. He warned Leslie to remove himself. Leslie. He was eager to see her and his driver was already on his way to fetch her. "No wonder it’s easier for a camel!" The next morning. She was surprised that the wet clothes were not hers. The pool was close to the house but secluded. wearing only his underpants. He showed him his card to prove that he was a theatrical agent and film producer. She was ushered into the back seat of the Cornish. Sir George. "It’s terrible swimming in so much clothing. There was hardly a dry place for her to sit. Leslie said he would bear that in mind but he thought it would not be necessary. "Sell up all that you have and distribute the proceeds to the poor. He was surprised to see his daughter in the pool in that condition. He asked Leslie if he had enough capital and offered to lend him money if he needed it." Sir George commented." "I wouldn’t know how. now convinced that his daughter had told him the truth. Sir George Margo.
Who did you send there last night? She also had to swim for it by the look of things. Lucy Margo. We’ll split the proceeds 50-50. We’d be fools to turn down an offer like this. He won’t pay R15 000 for any other girl. I wonder if the members of his church know what he is doing with their sacrifices?" "That’s a thought." "You? In the ministry?" "I was ordained a pastor by the Spoken Word Church. He can keep his money." "Perhaps Deadwood will give you a job. Through my rash actions last night I’ve committed myself to making a film about a camel. Lily of Engedi are the kind of undies worn by princesses and film stars. I’ll be going back into the ministry. Just think. You certainly gave her quality undies — Lily of Engedi — that’s the most expensive brand you can get. You’ll get R7 500 and a free lunch and an hour’s fun. I could hardly find a place to sit. I wonder what else?" "I’ll keep it in mind." "He has already seen a lot of me and what he hasn’t seen I don’t mean to show him. "I wonder where he gets all the money? If he’s getting that kind of money in his collection plates. This is your big opportunity. She saw what you had left in the back of my car and presumed I take all my dates swimming in their clothes." "You’re wasting your time. Most girls would give their back teeth for a chance like that." "He wants you. The most he has paid for another is R1 000." "Now wait a minute! You may not need the money but I do. I might be glad of it if you won’t change your mind." "Get someone else. If he is offering that kind of money you can bet your bottom dollar he will want something for it. "Who is ‘she’?" she asked." 56 | Chapter 10 . "He says he wants to see a lot of you. We went swimming last night. She insisted I do the same for her." Leslie said. I spent two years at their Bible Training Centre.Leslie was glad to see Hillary. a castle at Allen’s Nek." "I don’t trust him." "What do you mean?" "Those frilly undies and things in the back of your car. Deadwood had raised his offer for her services to R15 000 and Leslie was insisting that she accept. all wet." "She must be terribly rich." "Oh heck. Think of all the perks: free strip shows. She didn’t think she had any feeling for Leslie but now she was feeling a little jealous. did she put them in my car?" Hillary was surprised at herself.
He telephoned Lucy and told her he had arranged an audition for her. He was sending his driver for her. How well did Deadwood get to know you?" "Hardly at all." "What did she go home in?" "Same as you. I could tell her I’m sending her to Deadwood for an audition." "She’s very keen on an acting job. Leslie took the girls to lunch at the Sunnydale Hotel. had added colour to her cheeks." "At this rate you will be able to stay in business by selling ladies’ undies." "You cheat. Is that what they taught you at bible school?" Leslie ignored her question. He said Deadwood was delighted. "Your audition has been arranged for 9:30 tomorrow." Chapter 10 | 57 . only more blonde. Leslie introduced Hillary as the actress she would be understudying. The more he thought about it the more he liked it. He suggested they go for a swim in their clothes while he called Deadwood to tell him it was on. Lucy was excited and looked very pretty. They laughed and pretended they were diving in. It appealed to her sense of adventure and it let her off the Deadwood hook." "Why don’t you give her the Deadwood job?" "That’s brilliant." "Are you in love with her?" "No. When Leslie returned to their table he was smiling. as supple and quick in her movements as Hillary. like my relationship with you. Miss Hillary Sherlock Holmes. It wasn’t long before he had her sharing his enthusiasm. He knows my figure but apart from those things he doesn’t know anything about me. It’s a business relationship. She was a born actress. She’s ambitious enough to fall for it. No one must know your real name. "Your stage name is Debbie Delightful. He knows I can dance and do acrobatics and move as fast as light. You’re on form today. It was for a leading role in a movie. That way I wouldn’t have to pay her. Her father is chairman of Anglo-Witwatersrand. and perhaps the midnight swim. I’m her agent."She is." "What’s she like?" "She’s a lot like you. The news. We’ll get her up to look like you and do your act. From now on you are Debbie Delightful. You won’t need Deadwood’s job." he told Lucy. Lucy spent the rest of the day learning her part. There was a swimming pool in the grounds. She would need a little preparation first.
The glass doors leading to the patio were open.The afternoon was spent giving Lucy further training for her new role and identity. Her style was a little different. Receiving you loud and clear. Deadwood was clapping and cheering. All the way back she talked of being a great actress like Marilyn Monroe. Leslie told her to wait in the car while he had a talk with Deadwood. Lucy identified herself as Debbie Delightful and was admitted. Would he realize she was a counterfeit? Or would he think that Hillary was unusually versatile? "Driver to Big Eyes. You’ve got the part. Hillary suggested to Leslie that they do something to provide Lucy with protection in case things turned sour. The next morning Leslie drove Lucy to Deadwood Castle. and into the pool. She continued to report in detail as Lucy danced away. How do you read me?" He asked if she had anything to report. There was no sign that Deadwood had noticed the deception. Hillary followed in her car. She told him she had a good view and that so far all had gone smoothly. "He says you were magnificent. She continued dancing in the pool. They agreed that Hillary would hide in the bushes behind the wrought iron fence she had scaled. She asked how it had gone. She lost her tanga and then retrieved it. Deadwood helped Lucy onto the table and seated himself in his chair. "Big Eyes to Driver. Lucy stripped down to her tanga. over the patio. Driver to Big Eyes. He was enjoying it greatly. When Leslie returned he was smiling. From her position outside the wrought iron fence Hillary could see the table she had performed on. She took a slightly different route and parked near the top of Allen’s Nek Pass. Hillary was already there. While Lucy was on her way home. "That was wonderful. danced for a while longer on the table and then somersaulted off it. She pretended to Lucy that she had been there all along. They had all the ingredients of danger and excitement that she enjoyed so much. It did not take long." Lucy was thrilled. Congratulations. my dear. you get better and better." She reclaimed her clothing and put it on. Are you receiving me?" They had decided on the call signs "Driver" for Leslie and "Big Eyes" for Hillary. She kissed Deadwood on the cheek and rejoined Leslie in the car. They would be in radio communication. Lucy started dancing. 58 | Chapter 10 . Out through the glass doors. From there she would watch the proceedings with a pair of binoculars. She did a series of somersaults. She made herself comfortable as she waited for the action to begin. Leslie would stay with the car. She danced over to the far end. Deadwood helped her out of the pool. She was thrilled with the arrangements. The curtains were drawn back giving her a clear view. When they arrived at Leslie’s office.
"Congratulate her. Perhaps she had some regrets. Deadwood says she will be a great star." Then Leslie broke the big news. He should know. He’s our leading producer. Hillary could not help feeling a little jealous. Leslie was to do the filming. The film was going to be shot over four days in Bethlehem of the Orange Free State. She’s got the part. Chapter 10 | 59 . Lucy was to be paid R50 000 for her part.
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I’ve told Lucy that I will be doing the photography. After all. Deadwood has asked for four days of private performances. I’m not sure what he expects for it. They would return on the Friday. Deadwood asked for Debbie Delightful to be brought to his castle early on the Monday morning." Why were they so eager to have her out of the way? Why was Deadwood so free with his money? Where did he get all the money? Surely it could not all come from the church members’ tithes? Clearly they were involved in some criminal activity. Leslie spoke earnestly to Hillary. So I’ll have to go too and try and photograph the scenes with Lucy being aware of my presence and Deadwood not. He thinks Lucy is you and his henchmen have threatened to give you cyanide. I would like you to keep tabs on them and make sure she doesn’t come to any harm. He wanted her to perform in Bethlehem for four nights. Use a disguise. That’s a lot of money. Lucy thinks she is going to star in a film. It was Hillary’s first visit to Bethlehem. The reader must realize that these events took place before the advent of the "New" South Africa. You’ll get R1000 for your services. was she not her sister’s co-investigator 008? Hillary was glad of her sister’s help. Don’t let Deadwood know you’re spying on him. Deadwood was unaware that Hillary and Odille were following at a discreet distance. I’ll engage you as a private eye and body guard. Gangsters usually called their leader "Boss. Perhaps he regards this as a opportunity to get rid of you. When Odille heard about Hillary’s assignment she was keen to go along. She was curious to know more about Deadwood. Little did she know what was in store for her. Why did Ken Roberts and the two henchmen call him "Boss?" That suggested they were in his pay. What was he up to? Nothing made sense." Hillary was glad. A surprise came when they headed out of the town on the road to Fouriesburg. He was driving a white Silver Smoke II." he said. She was making headway in her profession. You must go secretly. That might be difficult. "I’m a little worried." It was said that the Lord Jesus had to be born in Bethlehem of Judea because the LORD GOD could not find even three wise Chapter 11 | 61 . Bethlehem was then still a conservative town reserved for occupation by "whites. She was not familiar with the town and its surroundings. The excitement and danger were to her liking. a very expensive and luxurious car. "Deadwood is paying us R100 000 for this. Lucy may be in danger.Chapter 11 A Star Performance After Lucy had left. The traffic was light and Hillary had no difficulty in keeping the white car in sight.
frilly white blouse and a mauve and white scarf. Shortly after their arrival. It seemed to Hillary that he was even more amazed than she was. It 62 | Chapter 11 . The restaurant was dimly lit with oil lamps and candles. For the most part the guests seemed to be business men. Hillary wore a hat. That was before the advent of the "New" South Africa. white trousers and a navy blue jacket with brass buttons. Access to the restaurant is by gangway from the shore. they applauded enthusiastically. Here the great culinary traditions of the Union Castle Line are continued to the present day. Deadwood ordered champagne and they drank a toast to Lucy’s success in her new career. He was wearing a white shirt. They talked and laughed as they ate. Deadwood and Lucy proceeded to the restaurant for lunch. The waiter was taking their order. Then it was different. was transferred to the dummy vessel. That was a colour she did not normally wear. A man came towards them. Deadwood’s mouth dropped open. Suddenly. Deadwood hired a bungalow. He wore spectacles and his longish hair was greying. an orange blouse with green skirt and blue shoes. Lucy jumped on to the table in the middle of the room and started to dance. The door flew open and a bell rang. a number of bungalows and rondavels and a very unusual restaurant. In front of them were two polished wooden doors with a sign which read THIS IS THE DINING ROOM. Three kilometres from Bethlehem. Hillary and Odille hired one nearby. They appeared to enjoy each other’s company. The dummy vessel is painted in the colours of that line and bears the name Athlone Castle. is a lake called Loch Athlone. on the road to Fouriesburg. Odille wore a mauve hat with a veil. Her long hair was done up in a bun on top of her head.men in Bethlehem of the Orange Free State. She threw an ostrich feather in the direction of an admirer. Clearly it was not part of his plan. complete with furniture and fittings. At the end of the gangway they found themselves in a vestibule. He ordered a second bottle. its dining room. had a veil which made it difficult to discern her features. Hillary turned the door handle. The hat. There is a caravan park. Hillary and Odille followed. Lucy was beautifully attired in a mauve skirt. In the centre of the room was a long narrow table on which various dishes were laid. This was so different from her normal attire that even her closest friends would not have recognized her. They could see Deadwood and Lucy at a table further along. He gave them an amiable welcome and led them to a table set for two. The last is built into the hull of a dummy ship in the lake. to Hillary’s amazement. It was here at Loch Athlone that their journey ended. It is on the Jordan River and is the centre of a substantial holiday resort. The restaurant was nearly full. When the RMS Athlone Castle was scrapped. a yellow costume and yellow shoes. His tie had red and navy blue diagonal stripes. also yellow. both heavily disguised. Lucy danced between the dishes without disturbing them. Today things have changed to the extent that the events described here would not even raise an eyebrow. dark glasses.
He was delighted and held up the wet trophy for all to see.floated gently down coming to rest short of its target. That too was confiscated." "Indeed it is. Her skirt was next. As if to compensate him. came up to their table. Odille was about to start eating her double decker Wiener schnitzel when a black and cerise suspender belt sent a splash of lemon juice into her eye. It was confiscated by his wife. Two left. Odille said. Lucy asked him what he thought of her act. They were Blackhench and Butcher. their faces showing no sign of a smile. It was caught by a middle aged man whose wife gave him a dirty look. Then off came her blouse. It was a splendid article. Deadwood was ashen. With a flourish Lucy parted with her scarf. their host." Hillary reluctantly left her meal and followed the men. Like her skirt it was mauve. She walked over to the rose garden and smelt the roses. Her bra was now visible. The men in the audience were applauding enthusiastically. "I really must ask Lucy where she buys her things. I’ll stay here and keep tabs on Deadwood. She blew kisses to several of the men. A few of the women were sitting up very straight. "That was a star performance. It had a pink bow in the middle and was edged with black lace. That landed over a man’s head. It landed in someone’s soup." Hillary said to Odille as she admired the item. There was a scramble to get at it. You’re our guests. She greeted them with. She was pleased they had not recognized her. She pointed them out to Odille. "You can be sure Deadwood is up to no good if he’s brought his henchmen with him. Hillary noticed that Deadwood made some signs to two men in dark suits. "We’d like you to come as often as you can. ever. Lucy somersaulted off the table and ran out of the restaurant. Hillary walked past the men. "It’s a nice day to be out in the fresh air. Lucy sent a stocking in his direction. full of frills and lace. The only person who did not seem to be enjoying Lucy’s act was Deadwood. Lucy was nowhere to be seen. It drew great applause. She saw Lucy come out of her bungalow fully dressed. leaving their meals unfinished. A shiver went down Hillary’s spine as she recognized them." he said. Hillary waited a few minutes and then returned to her table. They were standing outside looking all around. They walked out after her." Chapter 11 | 63 . Her disguise made her look much older. Ma’am. You had better go and make sure they don’t harm Lucy." they replied. The man in the striped tie. When she could see again she cleaned the anchovy off her veil and extracted the suspender from her schnitzel. He sat with his hands over his face. There’s no charge for you. She walked past her without recognizing her and reentered the restaurant. He said nothing.
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It was probably their working together as 007 and 008. As Dr." Chapter 12 | 65 . She said he was almost certainly a Dr. Meanwhile Hillary and Odille took stock of the situation. He supposed that Lucy would still have to perform on the table in the dining room but he was determined to get the private performances for which he was paying so much. He always said he would give you a car. Deadwood had dreaded the outcome of Lucy’s unforeseen act. Hyde he headed a gang of murderers. Prinsloo. I’ve never known him tell a lie. Now they would at least get their meals free. She didn’t tell him it was an unscheduled act. He had both a passionate love and a passionate hate for her. a Mr. do you think?" "It’s Uncle John. It would be good for business. Hillary was amazed. Leslie assured him that people who saw the film would come from far and near to see the venue. He was delighted that a film was to be made there." Usually Odille used adjectives of a very different kind to describe anything to do with her. Jekyll and Mr. It was to be an X rated film to be called "The Fairy Dancer.Chapter 12 Further Star Performances After lunch Leslie arrived with his cameras and two assistants. It would give him pleasure to think he had destroyed something so beautiful. Jekyll he pastored a church and as Mr. That was typical of a person with a split personality. Having a common cause was helping Odille to mature. He was relieved that it had turned out so well. He told Mr. We both know he is the most generous man on God’s earth. Hyde." "But he denies it. Prinsloo that such a novel venture as his deserved to be better known. It was clear he had a split personality. who is Towly. He wanted a film of her dancing so that he could indulge his passion for her after he had destroyed her. They were there to make a film of Lucy’s performances. Hillary spotted Leslie and told him he had missed Lucy’s star performance. He paid large sums of money for Hillary to strip dance for him and then he hired murderers to try and get rid of her. Odille was sure that Deadwood was the Red Disa who had sent death threats to both of them." They were planning to do the filming secretly. Look what he did for you while you were at school. It was unlike her sister to think of her or her dancing as "something so beautiful. She wondered what had happened to change Odille’s opinion . He even wrote a book called ‘Easier for a Camel’ for you. He would encourage her to practice in front of him. Leslie spoke to the owner of the restaurant. "If Deadwood is the Red Disa.
the Fairy Dancer. They filmed from various angles. She had more accessories than usual. the case is solved. He doesn’t want you to give him the credit. We know who the Red Disa is and we know who Towly is. When she reached the end she somersaulted off the table. When he saw Deadwood approaching he put a black cloth over his head so that he would not be recognized. The two men who had been smelling the roses turned around and hastened into a nearby wood. Lucy noticed him and took him to be one of Leslie’s cameramen. Deadwood noticed him and took it he was from one of the media. 66 | Chapter 12 . Her audience applauded heartily as she danced through her act. Deadwood and Lucy came out of their bungalow. At dinner time Hillary and Odille went to the restaurant. That was strange. Lucy obliged with numerous variations. Hillary was envious of her talent. The audience kept calling for more. She said that if those who had the items of her clothing would hold them out she would do a dance in which she would retrieve the items. She hoped she would get her chance." Odille suggested that Hillary survey their surroundings so that they would know the area."You know that he says when it comes to giving your left hand must not know what your right hand is doing. Is there anything else we need to know?" "We need to know why. Deadwood and Lucy were already there. Little did she realize the extent to which her hopes would be fulfilled. There were many places a person could hide. The grounds were well wooded and there were numerous small gardens. We’ve got to get him put away. Mr. Leslie was there filing the interior. She saw Blackhench and Butcher by the rose garden. They were eating. During all of this Leslie and his assistants were busy with their cameras. even putting on makeup as she danced. especially at night. We’ve got to find out what is driving Deadwood to do these things. Then he announced over the loudspeakers that they had a special guest who would entertain them. Lucy looked very lacy and fairy like. Again they were heavily disguised. This she did beautifully. Otherwise our lives will always be in danger. Soon the restaurant was full. That might be useful should a situation develop in which they would have to rescue Lucy. They were smelling the roses like she had done earlier. The music started and Lucy jumped on to the table and began to dance among the dishes. He wore a mask so as not to be recognized. He was filming the surroundings. Hillary thought how beautifully attired she was. Prinsloo spoke to Lucy. Were the henchmen out of favour with their boss? Or didn’t they want him to know they were there? Leslie had set up a camera near the restaurant. Hillary made a mental note of hiding places among the rose bushes and the trees. Her audience called for an encore. Miss Debbie Delightful. Hillary went out in her disguise." "Well then.
Odille prompted Hillary to follow her to ensure her safe return to her bungalow. She was about to scream. It was locked but the key was in the lock. She obtained a sheet of newspaper from a nearby dustbin and pushed it through under the door. She was concerned about Lucy. a syringe and several glass tubes. At first she did not recognize Hillary." she said as she passed them. The man raised his hand above his head. Mr. She was sure these were ampoules of cyanide. She deposited her finds in yet another dustbin. She had once read that potassium cyanide smells like bitter almonds. in Lucy’s nightdress. Prinsloo joined Deadwood at his table and had a long chat with him. They ordered champagne and one man gave her a bunch of red roses. Had they recognized her? Or were they simply out to murder anyone? She would have to use another disguise. As Hillary was passing the rose garden she saw the two men were there smelling the roses. She wondered why they had attacked her. He fell motionless to the ground. As a cover for their activities that was wearing a bit thin. She asked Lucy to change places and clothes with her. Using a toothpick she manipulated the key until it fell onto the newspaper. Deadwood was under the impression that Lucy was her.When Lucy had tired of dancing she was invited to join a group of men at their table. She landed a kick in his groin and a chop on his neck. Hillary identified herself just in time. There was a briefcase on the table. She put the pistol in her handbag. Thank God she was all right." one of the men replied. to Odille’s bungalow. The last were sealed and contained a white substance. In that case they may also have attacked Lucy. She wondered what they were up to. The other man drew a pistol. There was another smell that mingled with the perfume of the roses. In the moonlight she saw that the object in his hand was a syringe. She opened it. But the mystery remained. Lucy was undressing. It was the smell of bitter almonds. Hillary. in her disguise. she left as quietly as she had entered. The light went on in Lucy’s bungalow. "Especially at night. She thought it looked like a gun. She ran over and peeped in the window. Lucy was surprised to see her. He was holding something in his hand. It went the same way as the syringe. especially in those strange clothes and makeup. Taking the glass tubes and the syringe. "A lovely perfume those roses have. Why had the men not attacked Lucy? Were they aware of the subterfuge? Hillary tried the front door of the bungalow. Hillary told Lucy that her life might be in danger. While they were still busy Lucy left her group and walked out. She opened the door without making a sound. He was about to bring it down on her. The syringe she deposited in a dustbin covering it with rubbish. Chapter 12 | 67 . She knew that Deadwood and his two men had planned the cyanide attack for her. Then she returned to Lucy’s bungalow. Quick as lightning she kicked it out of his hand. He fell to the ground dazed. Inside was a towel. escorted Lucy. Lucy was in bed.
I think I really need a good night’s sleep.Odille had not yet returned from dinner. "How clumsy of me. At lunch time the restaurant was full. Lucy had been asleep when Odille came in the previous evening. I’m hooked on it. Then she bruised his eye with her elbow. In the morning Hillary got dressed in Lucy’s clothes and went to her own bungalow. Some time later Deadwood came in." "What! In the middle of the night?" "I’d get up at any hour to watch you dance. She needed a new disguise. He went to the front room. She was pleased to be wearing Lucy’s Lily of Engedi underwear. Hillary spied on them through a chink in the curtains. He said." She asked him to excuse her while she got dressed. Lucy got into Hillary’s bed wearing the latter’s nightdress. disguised as Lucy pretended to be asleep. In town she bought various items of clothing that would have suited a much older lady. Deadwood noticed that she was awake. He doubled up in pain. Could this mean that Lucy was going to give him a private midnight performance? She wasn’t left wondering for long. Odille was amazed when she opened the door and saw Hillary. Hillary went back to Lucy’s bed. She was unaware that the two girls had exchanged roles. This time he did not protest. "Are you asleep already?" She did not answer. In the early hours she woke up. Prinsloo held two sessions. He pleaded with her. Deadwood said. As she got into bed with him she kicked him in the groin. Oh. After she somersaulted off the table he asked her to come to bed with him. As was her habit she was enjoying a few drinks. well. Lucy performed for an appreciative audience. Stripping down to her tanga she left 68 | Chapter 12 . When evening came there were so many guests that Mr. "Just my luck! The darned girl has gone to sleep just when I need her company most. Lucy had a long evening. Your dancing does something to me. These included Hillary and Odille." she said. She asked to be excused. Normally only the super rich could afford it. She apologized again. "Oh." She got up and went to her own bed. Some would-be guests were turned away. Hillary. Then she returned to Loch Athlone. Deadwood was past it. When it was over. pretending it was an accident. Lucy jumped on the table and began to dance. "Thank God you’re awake! I need to have you dance for me. I’m sorry. Deadwood and Lucy went back to their bungalow. saying that Mrs. It must be because I’m tired from all that dancing." He got into the other bed in the same room. She went through her routine with him. Hillary fell asleep. Hillary said she wanted to go into town to buy some clothes. she did have a busy day. He was clearing the table.
Hillary decided it was time for her to intervene. "Psst. The lights came on and Hillary started her act. After that she was to wait until she was called in. "What’s the matter?" she asked. He climbed on the table and appealed to Lucy to come down but she refused." she said. Lucy left through the hole and lowered herself to the ground. Looking out of the window. She removed a tile." On Arriving back at the bungalow. Deadwood. Lucy heard her and came over to the hole. "He’s working on the fuse box outside.items of clothing scattered about the room. Then we’ll go to bed together. The cherry brandy was an illicit brew known locally by the Afrikaans name "mampoer. She thought quickly. In it was a main switch which would enable her to put out the lights. "It seems to be only our bungalow. He swore. "As soon as the lights come on I’ll do my act for you again. Meanwhile I’ll get us some champagne. When he had drunk half she topped it up with neat brandy. "Listen. She explained to Lucy that there was a meter box built into the wall of the bungalow. All went dark inside the bungalow. His senses had become numbed and he did not notice the difference. did not notice that they were now on a different Chapter 12 | 69 . She was wearing Lucy’s clothes. She had on only Lucy’s tanga but she soon collected her exquisite clothing and dressed herself in it. She trod on his fingers when he took hold of the jamb and tried to lift himself up. I’m sorry I gave you uphill earlier. she opened a trapdoor in the ceiling and hoisted herself through it. she said. It was the first time she had driven such a large car but she managed it well." He agreed to let her go but threatened serious consequences if she did not return. "Must be a power failure." she whispered to Lucy. Deadwood’s glass she laced with cherry brandy." She pulled out some more tiles until there was a hole big enough for her to get through." she said. She dropped down from the ceiling. He gave her the keys of the Silver Smoke. "He wants to rape me. With the place in darkness Deadwood would think she was Lucy." he replied. "Where is the electrician?" Deadwood asked as Hillary entered. Hillary instructed the prostitute to wait outside for a few minutes and then to switch on the lights. now quite drunk. "Change clothes with me. The prostitute was eager to make the kind of money Hillary offered. Hillary understood Lucy’s predicament. Using the window sill and a down pipe she got on to the roof." she replied." She opened a bottle of champagne. You wait here while I go for an electrician. Deadwood threatened her with breach of contract if she did not come down and complete her act. To Hillary’s amazement. She found the meter box and cut the power. That’ll get us in the mood. In the town she found what she was looking for: a prostitute and a bottle of cherry brandy.
You now how conservative the Free State is. Seeing the newspapers. read another. He flopped onto the bed. STRIP DANCER STUNS FREE STATE. read one headline. After breakfast Deadwood said he was feeling exhausted. Prinsloo expressed his thanks he changed his tune. He suggested she take the Silver Smoke and see a bit of the country. "I asked him where I was to perform. He wanted to spend the morning in bed." Lucy explained.’ I thought he intended me to go on there and then but he intended it for a private party later on. Lucy was a little dismayed by the publicity her act had attracted. She wondered what had made the journalist taste Lucy’s clothes. The newspaper vendors were out. The previous night’s entertainment had been a bit much for him. Colour photographs showed men holding up various items of Lucy’s expensive underwear. He said. "According to the report. She hoped the almond flavour wasn’t bitter. She pretended to agree. She hoped she had not overdone the brandy. There were eyewitness accounts of Lucy’s performance." When Deadwood awoke. She could hardly believe her eyes. SEX BOMB HITS BETHLEHEM. "See if you can get me some cherries. She went to the door and beckoned to the prostitute to come in. "I’ve got a craving for cherries. while Deadwood was still asleep. she had to help him to the bedroom. The items of clothing were described as being scented with erotic perfumes and flavoured with wild cherry and almond. "But you were wonderful — the very best!" he told Hillary.girl. She told her to get into bed with him and make passionate love to him all night. Back at the bungalow Deadwood was still in dreamland. "So were you!" "We should do this more often. ‘Here. Hillary gave him breakfast in bed." he said. To her relief he was still breathing. I wonder what Deadwood hopes to achieve by such unorthodox methods?" "It was all a misunderstanding. An Afrikaans newspaper described it as out of character for the conservative Free State town and warned that it could hasten the return of the Lord Jesus. the owner of the restaurant was as surprised as the guests. No previous arrangement had been mad with him. She made up a bed for herself in the front room. She made a brief call at her own bungalow to see how Lucy was. Her act completed. She bought copies of all the newspapers." Hillary said. At first he was livid but when Mr." he suggested. there was only one subject on the front pages of all the newspapers." "Fortunately. Every few minutes she would jump off the table and top up his glass. It was clear he would not be able to get up unaided. "I could be run out of town for this. One had a colour photo of Lucy in her tanga. He wasn’t feeling too well. she took the substitute back to town. Early in the morning." 70 | Chapter 12 . they don’t know your real name.
then he said. Starting time will be 7pm. She had expected to be given cyanide and have her body thrown down a mine shaft. She went along meekly. The men ignored Lucy. He looked agitated. Miss." She was dismayed. "Thank God you’ve come. She knew that voice only too well. my dear. Mr. "The guests are demanding to see your performance. "Hire any hall you can. "Just my medicine. He seemed not to notice. As she got out of the car she heard a voice say. They led Hillary in the direction of the restaurant. "Something terrible has happened." he said. Find another place. Use some of the money to pay the bill. "I’ve received a telegram from my wife. Is something missing?" she asked. You won’t be able to stay. We’ll make it a communion service. "Before you go get your things out of here. Hillary parked some distance away. There will also be free drinks." he said. There were cars with registrations from all four provinces. "Did you take anything from my briefcase?" "No." he said. provided her clothes were returned to her. He rummaged in it." From a pocket in the lid he removed a thick wad of bank notes. She read something in the newspaper. Some have flown up from Cape Town. She agreed to the terms. "You’ll have to help me. She was still wearing the clothes that Lucy had used for her act the previous evening. Prinsloo looked relieved to see her. Buy a couple of cases of wine and a few loaves of bread. That was surely the reason they had brought her there rather than Lucy. Butcher showed her the gun he had concealed under his coat. We’ll pay you a thousand rand per performance. Then go around town and find as many layabouts as you can. She believes I came here to hold a series of revival meetings. The place was jam-packed with people and cars. "Take these. "Thank God you’ve come!" he said." He led her to the bungalow where he opened his briefcase. "Come this way.Hillary collected Lucy and took her for a drive in the country." Chapter 12 | 71 . If you’re quiet and do as we say you won’t get hurt. She was to go on immediately as the guests had paid a cover charge of R25 each and were becoming impatient. When they returned to Loch Athlone they found there were cars parked all over the grounds. Tell them that everyone who comes to the meeting will be paid R5 after the service. She could not afford to replace Lucy’s expensive clothing. They are coming to hear me preach tonight. Report back to me as soon as you return. Blackhench and Butcher were appointed to guard her clothes. They bought some cherries at a farm stall. A queue stretched down the gangway and for a long distance along the road. The men led her up the gangway into the crowded restaurant. As Lucy was walking towards the bungalow she was met by Deadwood. As a result she will be arriving this afternoon with a friend. They were unable to get the Silver Smoke anywhere near the bungalow." She was relieved to find that she was only required to do strip dancing." Lucy was surprised that he recognized her as she was wearing Hillary’s clothes.
When she returned. I have come just in time. "Absolutely disgusting!" Deadwood commented. That make was standard transport in the Margo household.She was only too glad to move out. Deadwood produced a copy of that morning’s paper. It was believed he was living off the proceeds of her prostitution. a helper from a local church. Deadwood said. much overweight." 72 | Chapter 12 . There were many out-of -works who were pleased to accept her invitation to join her for a drink in the town hall that evening. Deadwood read the report aloud to her audience. She knew then that Mrs. It contained a paragraph to the effect that the strip dancer had been seen in the company of a man who was apparently responsible for bringing her there." she said to her husband. We’ve saved some of these Free State sinners already. Then she bought two cases of red wine and six loaves of bread. Lucy informed him that she had hired the town hall and that he had an assured congregation of at least eighty. Mrs. Her friend Susan Sweet was more interesting. He’s not afraid to preach out against things of the devil. "You’ve come to Bethlehem just in time. "My husband’s a man of very sound morals. It was he who started the anti-pornography campaign." Turning to Lucy. "Splendid. Deadwood." "You must preach a strong sermon about the dangers of lust. Deadwood was an uninspiring woman. Finding a congregation was easy. Deadwood and her friend had arrived. Mrs. They were in the car. Mrs. Deadwood introduced her as Debbie. "And in the Free State of all places! You’re right." insisted Mrs." She passed round the front page with colour photographs of men holding up their trophies. Once outside. As she approached the bungalow on foot she heard voices inside. She moved her things to Hillary’s bungalow and then drove the Silver Smoke into town. She was slim with a lively smile and a pleasant voice. Deadwood hadn’t seen it before. Everybody will tell you he takes a very strong stand in these matters. "See what degradation has set in here. I do so admire a man who takes a strong stand against these things. She called at the municipal offices and hired the town hall. We have got the town hall. Deadwood asked for him and Debbie to be excused while he gave her the musical instruments he had brought for her to play at the meeting. you’ve saved my bacon!" When they returned to the bungalow. The queue for the restaurant was a long as ever. We’ll save more tonight. But things are going well as you will see tonight. "That I will certainly do. the Loch Athlone grounds were still packed with visitors’ cars. Mrs.
She decided to leave them behind when the time came for her to join the Deadwoods for the trip to the town hall. I wish all men were like him. no! Not a word about that. the instruments he had got out of his car for her. I guess you’ll want to go home and practice. He saw her out. I can see he’s a man of strong moral character." Lucy agreed. You are so lucky to have such a fine husband. "He’s such a wonderful example to the young men of the church. She had never played either and did not know how. "Good heavens. At the door she asked if he would like any table top performances that evening. do you hear!" Lucy left with a clarinet and a tambourine. "Well."Yes. She turned away to conceal her smile. Chapter 12 | 73 . Deadwood continued. now that you’ve got your instruments." Mrs." Deadwood suggested to Lucy.
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"Shouldn’t we rather get him to come to our meetings and get saved?" she asked. There is only one thing to do with a man like that and that is to hang him." Mrs. I’ve had a craving for cherries. your breath smells terrible." Mrs. People will think you have been drinking." Susan said. It’s strange. ‘Hang the man who brought the stripper here. I love gold. "You smell like a cherry. Deadwood. They held placards. "Thank God we can rely on our Free State women to keep the province clean." she said. Will you sign?" "He certainly will. some in English and some in Afrikaans. Otherwise they will seduce decent men like my husband and Susan’s. won’t you?" The leader of the procession came up to him." Deadwood replied. "But you will be one day when the right man comes along. Deadwood replied from the passenger’s seat. She pleaded for mercy for the man. "May I remind you that I’m not married. girls! You’ll get rid of this filth." "It must be something lacking in your diet. perhaps Mr. "I’ll go along with that. Deadwood made her husband bath. Butcher does?" "He works for the Durban Roodepoort Mine where he extracts gold from the ore using cyanide. Chapter 13 | 75 . HANG THE MAN WHO BROUGHT THE STRIPPER HERE and AWAY WITH THE STRIPPER were typical of the messages they bore. "Bravo. "Men like that are beyond salvation. isn’t that a fine thing to do? He takes that dusty old rock and turns it into beautiful gold. You’ll marry one of the fine men from the church. Deadwood said. only more so." Mrs. "We’re petitioning the State President to hang the man who brought the stripper here. They were mainly women. "There you are.Chapter 13 A Five Star Performance Before leaving for the town hall Mrs. and so will I. In fact." commented Mrs. "And brush your teeth. hanging is too good for him." As they were leaving in the Silver Smoke they saw a procession coming towards them. They all signed except Lucy. I must remember to get you more cherries in future." Deadwood had to stop the car to allow the procession to pass. it speaks to me of God.’ I really like that one. What is it you said Mr. Butcher even. He opened the window and shouted." "I’ve been eating cherries all day.
If your right eye causes you to sin." Deadwood agreed." But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. The good people of this town have got up a petition to the State President to have this man hanged. a strip dancer appeared at a well-known restaurant. Deadwood went into an anteroom to pray. That is like living off the proceeds of prostitution. "That must be a wonderful God-given substance. she then started to strip off her clothes. I’ve said hanging is too good for this man but our law doesn’t provide for anything more appropriate. that cyanide. Mrs. Susan Sweet tuned her guitar and invited Lucy to accompany her with her clarinet and tambourine. He prayed a long prayer in which he mentioned the terrible evil that had come to Bethlehem. it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into Hell. Think how useful it is turning that dusty old rock into beautiful gold. The singing continued for half an hour. with yea’s and Amen’s between the lines. He continued. Even worse is the man who brought her here. If this woman causes you to sin. "You shall not commit adultery. He is said to be living off her earnings. Then Deadwood appeared at the rostrum. When they arrived at the town hall the congregation was already singing choruses. Chapter 5. I am sure you will all agree that hanging is too good for this man. Deadwood welcomed the congregation in the Name of the Lord Jesus. At starting time the hall was nearly full. He also brought your town into disrepute. in this very town. pluck her out and throw her away." "It is indeed useful. He asked the LORD for help in stamping it out. Deadwood organized some helpers to bring in some chorus books from the car. He read: You have heard that it was said. He brought this evil woman here to tempt the men with lust and keep them away from my meetings. Lucy said she had left them at home as her practicing had not gone well and she believed she was out of form. They were in a happy mood. 76 | Chapter 13 . Last night. "This is the work of the devil. Mrs. The singing livened up when a man started singing loudly. "Now. As if that wasn’t evil enough. "I am sure I do not need to tell you of the terrible evil that came into your town last night. pluck it out and throw it away. He knew I would be having a campaign here. She led the chorus singing while Susan played the guitar. When he had finished praying he asked the congregation to open their bibles at Matthew. You have seen all the newspapers. do as the bible says.Deadwood stroked her 24 carat gold necklace and pendant affectionately. verse 27. She had the effrontery to dance on a table so all the men could see her legs. I urge you all to sign it.
Then he gave thanks for the harvest. two thousand years ago." He then read from Mark. "Take." Then he ordered the bread and the wine to be brought and put on the table. The singing continued for a long time as many were reluctant to leave. and gave it to them. The blood will wash you inside. The minds of your men will be corrupted." he said. Dominee. It is an internal cleansing. it could precipitate the second coming of our Lord. Therefore I beseech you. "Now I am glad to tell you that that there is One Who came to save you from all this evil. Now. Chapter 14. "We are now going to serve you with the body and the blood of the Lamb. She thanked the LORD for saving the town of Bethlehem from the terrible evil and asked the LORD’s help in apprehending the culprit and hanging him. Deadwood asked his wife to close in prayer. even their rugby — especially their rugby. Stewards at the doors gave R5 notes to those who claimed them. They both received donations and paid those who wanted to be paid. The Springboks will be beaten by the Lions and the All Blacks. how can this be? When the woman caught in adultery was brought to Jesus. let him cast the first stone. and said. If He sees the way we’re going. this is my body. which is poured out for many. Worse than that. He said. He will put a stop to it Himself. His Name is the Lord Jesus. verses 22 to 24: And as they were eating. He gave His life for you. Then he ordered the wine to be served. "The blood of the Lamb will cleanse you from all unrighteousness. a man came to Deadwood. The wages of sin are death. It will affect all of their lives. Speaking with an Afrikaans accent he asked." And He took a cup. Is there one tonight?" Virtually all of the congregation put up their hands."If you don’t do as I say this evil will continue to grow. He went in your place to pay the price. and blessed it and broke it. if we don’t put a stop to this evil. I don’t have to remind you how important rugby is to the Free State and to South Africa. After that they began to sing again in tune with Susan’s inspired guitar playing.’ Why are you urging these people to throw stones? Shouldn’t they rather forgive?" Chapter 13 | 77 . ‘He who is without sin. and when He had given thanks He gave it to them. He took your death upon Himself that you might go free and have eternal life. After that he announced that they would go to the Lord’s table. and they all drank of it. root out this evil from your town before it is too late. telling the Lord they were sorry for their sins and asking for His forgiveness. He took the loaves and broke them and gave them to the helpers to give to the congregation. As they were leaving. if there is anyone who would like to be delivered from this evil. If this continues the Free State will never see the Currie Cup. "But. Deadwood also put up his hands while praying for them. please put up your hand and I will pray for you. "This is my blood of the covenant. And He said to them. He took bread.
I’ll ask my wife what she thinks?" He spoke to his wife.) The article described how an unidentified preacher had held an illegal meeting there the previous night. Fearing the police. Deadwood intervened. It was alleged that he had paid people of all races to attend and that he had given them free liquor until they were drunk." The next morning Deadwood took his wife and Susan into Bethlehem to have breakfast. "How could it be? It would encourage people to commit adultery." The men looked at Deadwood. Mrs." she insisted. "What nonsense! That’s the devil again. According to the article." Deadwood said. The front page article was about their meeting. the town hall had been declared an amenity for the exclusive use of whites." The man seemed unconvinced. Complaints had been made to the police who were trying to establish the identity and whereabouts of the preacher. He is such an example to the young men of the church. "He’s the evil one who is living off the proceeds of prostitution. "There’s the man who was with her. On the way back to Loch Athlone Susan commented on what a wonderful sermon Deadwood had preached. "He’s the man who brought the stripper here." she said." commented Mrs. "That passage is definitely not in the bible. it can’t be. "You’ve come to drive the devil out of Bethlehem and you’re not going home until you’ve done that. There had been drunken singing throughout the night. She was leading a small band of young men. He left without asking any more questions. Deadwood agreed. Deadwood suggested they beat a hasty retreat. (This was in the days of apartheid shortly before the Separate Amenities Act was repealed." said their spokesman. trying to put you off." the woman persisted. "I’m sure he’s the one. As they were getting out of the car a woman approached them. Mrs. He’s the one you want to hang. She came over to the man who asked the question." she said. "What’s this?" she asked. He’s the one we should hang. Other papers had similar headlines in Afrikaans. Mrs. "I do so admire him for the stand he has taken. 78 | Chapter 13 . I wish all men would follow his example. That proves how big a blow you dealt him last night. If you look in your bible. He’s the dominee who told us to pluck her out and throw her away. "No. Deadwood. She pointed at Deadwood." Mrs. After breakfast they returned to Loch Athlone. "He’s the one who brought her here. Deadwood’s sharp eye caught the headline: MIXED GATHERING: BETHLEHEM IN UPROAR. you will see it says that this passage is not found in some ancient manuscripts." the woman insisted. "Some people believe that passage about the woman caught in adultery should not be in the bible. Deadwood would hear nothing of it."You have a point there. She bought a paper.
He’s the dominee who told us to pluck her out and throw her away and to hang the man who brought her here."Don’t be mad. She was feeling nostalgic towards Prince Andrew. You’ve also come to pluck her out and to help us hang the man who brought her here. She had spared him that. He felt uncomfortable but he had no option but to go with them to help them in their mission. Half way through their meal the dancer entered and was introduced to the diners as Miss Debbie Delightful. Deadwood was envious of her youth and beauty and her splendid attire as well as her dancing skills. The restaurant was closed but was due to open earlier than usual in view of its newly found popularity. Mrs. I see you practice what you preach. Mrs. the one God has sent to save Bethlehem. Mrs. He’s God’s man of the hour. The two women were enjoying themselves. She regretted not having provided him with a means of contacting her. She said she was glad she had not allowed him to attend. The grounds were swarming with would-be guests. "Yes. She was not slow to express her disgust of the girl’s lack of modesty. "We’ll work together. He had promised her a friendship ring and they were supposed to be dating. Deadwood and Susan stood in the queue for a long time. Then she mounted the table and began to dance among the dishes. Chapter 13 | 79 . She suggested that she and Susan should have an early lunch at the Athlone Castle Restaurant in order to identify the girl for further attention. You go with them and find the man to hang." "Yes." The spokesman for the men said. she’s right." "That’s what I like to see. Mrs. Hillary was wearing Lucy’s pink skirt trimmed with pale blue lace and a frilly white blouse. They were determined to get the best seats in the restaurant to have a good view of the dancer so that they could be sure to identify her later for plucking out and throwing away. we can work together." Mrs. Hillary was enjoying herself but she was feeling tired after so many performances. The men had been at the meeting the previous evening and were practicing what he had taught them. Dominee. This was a turn that Deadwood had not expected. Deadwood continued to express her disgust to Susan. The atmosphere in the restaurant was jovial and the food good. Even a man of such strong moral fibre might be tempted by such immodesty. Deadwood urged. She wished he could be there to enjoy her dancing." Deadwood said. She said the men should not eat there in case they should be tempted. Deadwood urged her husband to go with the men and help them in their search for the man. That’s good.
his petition granted even before it reached the State President. There was a man on the gallows. "You fools." "But they are not her own clothes. Mrs. dead as a piece of dead wood. They had the girl between them." The dancer stripped down to her two-piece swimsuit. Deadwood cried out. As they came down the gangway they noticed a commotion nearby. her hands tied behind her back. One of the men pushed the box from under him. She went pale as a ghost. Deadwood lay there." "If clothes are a factor. She cut the rope. They saw that a gallows had been erected. Then she jumped off the table and ran out. they were just lent to her for the performance. "Jislaaik! Kom kyk hier. "They’ve found the man and they are about to give him what he deserves. Then he called to his friends in Afrikaans. The rest may be translated." Mrs. "Oh. The mob were about to lynch him. "You’ve got the wrong man. They‘ve hanged the parson!" The other two youths came over. "Come and look here. making use of a large tree. Hulle het die dominee opgehang!" ‘Jislaaik’ is an Afrikaans expression of astonishment that has no adequate English equivalent." 80 | Chapter 13 ." One of the young men who had been at the revival meeting came up to Mrs. Suddenly Mrs. It was one of Lucy’s and of the highest quality. It was no good. Obviously. Deadwood’s prayer request had been granted.Susan remarked. His and Mrs." she shouted. "That girl last night was from a good family. the only man who could have saved Bethlehem and the Orange Free State." Mrs. She shouted. Deadwood said to Susan." She became hysterical. The two women left. "We’ve got the girl. Mrs. "You fools. The man was blindfold and they had his head in a noose. The crowd was silent." She shouted encouragement to the mob. I would say this one is also from a good family. The man’s body hung limp." He looked at the body hanging from the tree. Deadwood was pleased. She cut the noose and administered mouth to mouth. She rushed into the restaurant and came out brandishing a carving knife. There was a scream. Deadwood’s expression changed. Deadwood said. You could see by her clothes. happy in the knowledge that they would be able to identify the evil girl. The body fell to the ground. "She’s a lot like the girl who came with us last night. I wonder if they aren’t sisters?" "I doubt it. You’ve killed God’s man. Deadwood and said. He was bound hand and foot and was standing on a box. "Good! Now we’ve shown the devil a thing or two. They stared incredulously at the body hanging from the tree. good. Now they are doomed for ever.
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except my neck’s a bit stiff." She knelt beside Deadwood’s body." The youths untied her hands and let Lucy go. Deadwood opened his eyes and sat up. "You’ve got the wrong girl. "Arthur. "Yes. I saw her get saved.Chapter 14 Trapped "All is not lost. my dear." "Are you all right?" she asked. You will now see that this is so. When Lucy was caught by the youths she was on her way to relieve Hillary who had danced eight sessions in a row." To the amazement of the onlookers. She got saved. incredulously." Deadwood replied. "Come on. 82 | Chapter 14 . you’re sick. is it really you?" she asked. Stretching it out on its back. Some women recognized her as the stripper and tried to arouse the crowd against her. You can read that in Matthew 10." Turning to the onlookers. His wife couldn’t believe her eyes. Deadwood stood up. it’s really me. rise up. verses 7 and 8. Lucy explained to Hillary what had happened. "In the Name of the Lord Jesus. back from the dead. she said." Mrs. "Let him who is without sin cast the first stone. uncertain what to do. The youths looked at one another. The two youths who were holding the girl approached Deadwood. "Dominee. we’ve got the girl. We must go home before anything worse happens to you. she laid her hands on its chest and said. Arthur Deadwood. "He told us to preach that the kingdom of heaven is at hand and to raise the dead. They decided to quit before things got nasty. "I’m fine. rubbing his neck." "Jislaaik! In my life I’ve never seen anything like this!" the youth said in Afrikaans. Deadwood said to her husband. Did not Jesus command us to raise the dead?" this was the reassuring voice of Susan. Have faith in God. "You fools. That’s the one who came with us to the meeting last night." Mrs. How must we pluck her out and throw her away?" one asked. Hillary appeared on the scene shortly after Lucy was released. She was identified by a woman who had seen one of her performances. The onlookers were so dazed by what they had seen that they were not keen to make trouble. Deadwood said. "The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
hoping to meet up with Prince Andrew somewhere. He parked the Cornish in front of her car. The magistrate asked her how she pleaded. Deadwood was driving her own car with her husband beside her. "That’s nearly 100km/h over the limit. "Guilty." As they were taking her out. Mrs. She heard the whine of its twin turbochargers as it shot past. As Hillary was Chapter 14 | 83 .As the girls arrived at their bungalow they saw the Deadwood party leaving. Since Hillary’s Turbo Dream was a two seater. Parked at the side of the road was a caravan. She was sure of it." he said. Susan drove Deadwood’s car. After they had gone some distance. "One month’s correctional psychiatric medicine. The driver raised his thumb in salute and smiled broadly. She had a rush of blood to the head. he had shot past her. It was a convertible in two shades of green and was going in the same direction as she had been. got out. It had passed too quickly for her to recognize the driver. It was the one Prince Andrew had used the night he had taken her out. There was a satisfying whine as the turbocharger came to life. "No. handing him a fat envelope. It nearly blew her car off the road." As he was putting the handcuffs on her. "Good work. she saw in her rear view mirror a car approaching from behind. She continued at full speed. Odille and Lucy had to share the passenger seat. which on that road is 100km/h. Hillary drove fast. Her gave her a computer printout showing her measured speed as 197km/h. Knowing that she would give chase. It was obvious he had set up the whole thing. and walked up to the traffic officer. the Dream came to rest far beyond the man. The traffic officer ahead was waving his arms. It was traveling very fast. The handshakes and fat envelopes confirmed that. It had the distinctive radiator shutters and headlights of a Cornish. the R26. Hardly had she seen it than it had overtaken and passed them. He had set a trap for her." the magistrate said. Its pitch rose with the speed of the car. Too late! She was over the gatsometer lines before she could lift her foot off the accelerator." she said. She hit the throttle. They headed out on the main road to Johannesburg. It belonged to the Department of Justice. Once out of sight he had turned into a side road and waited for her to go past. "Have you anything to say in mitigation?" he asked. A second traffic officer on a motor cycle drew level with her and stopped. about 20km/h over the speed limit. signaling her to stop." he said. It was indeed the same car that Prince Andrew had taken her out in. Hillary’s attention was attracted by a large car driving slowly past. Perhaps he would stop or slow down. It was Ken Roberts. she saw out of the corner of her eye that Ken Roberts shook hands with the magistrate and gave him a fat envelope similar to the one he had given the traffic officer. "I’ll give you a light sentence. "I’m afraid I’ve no option but to arrest you. In spite of hard braking." she replied. The Cornish was soon out of sight. Surely it must be him.
84 | Chapter 14 . She asked Odille to open it for her. Inside was a card YOUR DAYS ARE OVER. She wondered what fate awaited her there. it read. Odille handed her an envelope. Hillary was not able to open the envelope. "I nearly forgot to give you this. It came for you at Loch Athlone. It was signed "The Red Disa. Being handcuffed." she said.getting into the police van." It seemed like forever that she had been in the police van when they entered through a stately entrance where a sign read: SUMMIT UNIVERSITY — CENTRE FOR CHRISTIAN PSYCHIATRY.
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He greeted her amicably as he opened her file. That’s near fatal. "Good morning. Shrink has prescribed some rather drastic treatment for you. Hillary was taken to a large office." he said. A tray of food was passed to her. "I’ll soon have you back to health and strength again. They will be coming for you now. Now that has been banned and so they have introduced alternative methods of torture. Two orderlies were waiting for her with an operating table. Shortly after breakfast the hatch opened again. DE VILLIERS. In one of these she was fastened to a rack. Dr. She must think you have a very large head. Your therapy will start in a few minutes. I’ll see to it that you get only a token stretching." the woman said." Hillary was escorted along a corridor to a room marked RACK THERAPY. I’ll program the computer to give false tension readings. For a prison it was not bad. Inside were a number of cubicles. Play along. "In the old days psychiatrists used electro-convulsive treatment. A woman’s face appeared. That won’t hurt you. In the morning breakfast was served in the same way. She has a saying that stretching the back shrinks the head. Don’t worry.Chapter 15 Rack Therapy The handcuffs were removed after Hillary got out of the police van. Two thousand might be fatal. She was a particularly strong and healthy girl. The food was good and the bed comfortable. I don’t want to be an accomplice to a murder. They locked her in. your therapist. I’ll tell you what I’ll do. The only sane people here are the patients." She was surprised to hear that they thought she needed nursing back to health and strength. She was all alone. Shrink is very keen on the rack. Then 86 | Chapter 15 ." said Hillary. She wrote the measurement in the file. A pleasant woman with a badge that said MATRON took down her particulars." "Gee. Dr. When it reads 2000 newtons you’ll only be getting 200. Sorry. She took a tape measure and measured Hillary’s length from head to foot. They strapped her to it then wheeled her into the foyer. de Villiers was very tall and thin. After a few hours a hatch opened in one of the walls. thanks. She has prescribed 2000 newtons for you. "Dr. When you feel appreciable tension scream as though in great pain. As soon as you leave this room you will forget I said it. It had stocks to which her shoulders and ankles were fastened. I shouldn’t have said that. Professor Shrink appeared with an open file in her hands. He had a pleasant face with a smile from ear to ear. As soon as you feel anything give a few groans. On the door was the name DR E. I am Professor Mary Shrink. Her cell was at the end of a long corridor. "Two thousand is sheer madness.
"Do you still think you’re Ayrton Senna?" "Yes." replied the computer operator." "Are you sure you’ve got the right file?" the computer operator asked. Hillary thought she had better not push her luck too far. Something must be wrong." Then to Hillary. She pretended to scream with pain. "I’m Hillary Keating. Take the tension up to 500. I’ve got the wrong patient. "Why on earth would I want to be Napoleon?" "What is your name?" Dr. "Who do you think you are now?" "Adolph Hitler. "This is not working. "That’s a slight improvement. "And what speed does Hillary Keating drive at in a 100km/h zone?" "One hundred and ninety seven." she said." Dr. She pretended to be in great pain.she gave some instructions to an operator who sat at a computer console. that’s what it is. keep it there. Shrink laughed gleefully." she played along. Dr. I’m Ayrton Senna." she replied. Then it stopped. How much tension have we got?" "Six hundred. "Okay. Shrink ordered the tension to be increased. "I’m sure this one is correct." She was starting to enjoy her therapy. Hillary felt a slight movement of the stocks." Dr." she screamed. "It’s starting to work. Shrink left and returned shortly after with another file." Hillary felt a further movement of the stocks. "Hillary Keating. "Oh." Dr. A little tauter. "Ouch! That hurts. Shrink asked. "At what speed should Hillary Keating drive at in a 100km/h zone?" Chapter 15 | 87 . what of it?" "Make it seven hundred. "Prince Andrew. She was still comfortable. Take it up to 600. Hillary screamed." "That’s much worse. "Who do you think you are now?" Hillary thought she’d have some fun. Shrink said to the operator. Hillary laughed. Dr. Shrink looked bewildered. "Do you still think you’re Napoleon?" Dr." Hillary felt her body being pulled a little tauter. Shrink asked.
Perhaps Prince Andrew was Towly. the Red Disa. we’ll get you right. She pondered over the events of the past few days. Shrink ordered the tension to be removed. A large car was waiting."One hundred and thirty. She introduced the driver as Stuart. "We get results with it every time. She wasn’t so sure." Hillary was taken back to her cell and given a meal. Perhaps if he had known her real identity he would have proposed. In that case he probably lied about not being in Pietermaritzburg on the day she was invited to lunch at St. Uncle John never told lies. "How can the Americans say this doesn’t work?" she asked the operator." Dr. Helen’s. She was careful to lock the door behind her. Odille was convinced that Towly was Uncle John. really I will. Shortly after the dinner things had been collected. When midnight came. She hoped that Lucy and Odille were safe. We haven’t yet had a failure with this invention of mine. Her argument was unconvincing. Girl. Shrink locked up in the Tower of London. The door had been locked but Glenda had a key. She told Hillary to be dressed and ready to leave at midnight. like everyone else. she wondered? It was too dark to 88 | Chapter 15 . Shrink ordered the tension to be increased further." Then to Hillary she said. Glenda opened the door of Hillary’s cell and led her out through a side door into the courtyard. he would have the power to confine Dr. Hillary screamed. Surely he would come if he knew? He would probably have Dr. in fact. why had he not instructed them to attack Lucy? It didn’t make sense. not even to cover up his activities. How had Butcher and Blackhench known who she was the night they had attacked her with syringe and revolver? Deadwood was clearly under the impression that Lucy was her. Glenda hustled Hillary into the rear seat and then got in beside the driver. Shrink in the tower. Glenda Turnbull." Dr. "Mercy! Mercy! I’ll keep below 100. the hatch opened again to reveal the smiling face of the matron. its engine running. Was this the same man. What a pity Naboomspruit was not a part of the British Empire like Pietermaritzburg. Hillary remembered what had been said about a man called Stuart and of how he had been "taken care of" at Naboomspruit. If Deadwood was. Shrink was. She wished he would come and rescue her from her present weird situation. She wondered about the identity of the Red Disa and why he thought her days were over. Surely it was Prince Andrew? He had been intoxicated by Lady de Rothschild. "Cheer up. They said what a wizard Dr. If it was. The staff were all pleased that she was making such good progress. Then there was Towly. Hillary was left undisturbed in her cell for several hours. especially as she was so very British. Odille was convinced that Deadwood was the Red Disa.
Cumberland Road. They were rugby players who had been at the meeting in the town hall. When it came to a respectable hour Hillary was allowed to visit Lucy. She wondered where they were going and what they were about. If Pietermaritzburg is the last outpost of the British Empire then surely Sandton is a piece of upper class England that got lost in Africa. He suggested she get out of Johannesburg as soon as possible. She had arrived home the previous night. St. His magnificent home was on several hectares in Morningside. It was two o’clock in the morning when Stuart and his passengers arrived. Hillary told Stuart and Glenda about the trap that Ken Roberts had set for her and how the magistrate had sentenced her. Sandhurst. They took it in turns to entertain the audiences. Sir George Margo was one such. James’s Crescent. They believed what Deadwood had said about the effects on their Chapter 15 | 89 . one of the "Big Six" mining houses. On the seat beside her was a carton full of large brown envelopes. Hyde Park. She also told them of the hanging of Deadwood at Loch Athlone. Lucy was pleased to see her. Stuart asked Hillary if they could drop her off at Sir George Margo’s home in Sandton. While at Loch Athlone they had met up with the youths who had captured Lucy. He said the people who were after her were dangerous. The nostalgia for their native land is reflected in the suburb and street names. Stuart and Glenda expressed their concern and hope that he was still alive. Its citizens are described by their neighbours as being more English than the native English. She would probably find Lucy there and be able to recover her car. He had sleek black hair and seemed to be in the prime of life. There they had resumed the table top dancing acts. Sandown. Dover Road and Shrewsbury Road are all to be found here. She wondered if he was still alive.make out his features. Odille had gone back to the Ranch Motel with the Turbo Dream. Bryanston. They might even follow her to Pietermaritzburg. Hurlingham. One had Agnes Halfshaft’s name on it. When they stopped to pay toll there was enough light for her to see that each envelope bore an address. West Hertford Road. He advised her to go to Durban and not let anyone know where she was. The car sped towards Johannesburg on the N1. She said that after Hillary had been taken away by the police she and Odille returned to Loch Athlone. She gathered they were friends of Deadwood’s. The sentry confirmed that Lucy was at home but he was loathe to phone her at that hour. He was chairman of Anglo-Witwatersrand. To live in Sandton is to show the world that you’re superEnglish and that you have made it. The entrance was guarded by security gates and a sentry. He said Hillary was welcome to sleep in one of the guest rooms in the gatehouse. hardly a good time to make a social call on the Margo’s.
"Well. She had no intention of leaving Johannesburg before all the mysteries had been solved. my dear. She must be sent back to Naboomspruit immediately. He was in a good mood and was singing the well-known chorus "Love lifted me. She thinks she’s Ayrton Senna. who have we here? Mr. How did you enjoy your rack therapy?’ 90 | Chapter 15 . As Debbie Delightful she was the star of Leslie’s movie "The Fairy Dancer. de Villiers himself said so. "Yes." That." Poor Hillary was handcuffed and taken back to Naboomspruit. They were obviously all mad. "Hillary Keating. Promoters from all over the country had made Leslie offers for her services. were obviously in cahoots with him. Lucy took Hillary to the Sandton Police Station. de Villiers’ office. He made her sign a written statement which he showed to his superior. Free State rugby officials had spoken to Leslie about this and he had got them a fixture at The Moonscape. naughty of you to have run away. Glenda was surprised to see her brought in by the police. Under no circumstances must she be allowed to drive a motor vehicle. "You silly girl. Hillary told Lucy about the treatment she had received at Naboomspruit and of how she had been released and brought there by Glenda and the mysterious Stuart. Hillary was tempted but in the end she decided that her life as a private eye held more excitement and danger. "Those were gifts of money. Stuart and Glenda. "She’s the one all right. She invited Hillary to go with her to Cape Town to share the dancing." Hillary was taken to her cell and locked in. She asked why she had not gone to Durban as Stuart had advised. She urged Hillary to report the matter to the police as soon as possible. That way the Free State would be able to take the Currie Cup from Western Province. The constable insisted on taking her name and address before he would listen to her. Lucy was sure these were letter bombs. well." He stopped singing when he saw her. Don’t you like us? I’ve done my best to accommodate you. Stuart loves to help widows and their fatherless children. Make sure they put handcuffs on her. She insisted that the matter was urgent and that people’s lives might be at stake. isn’t she the one who escaped from the loony bin?" He took some papers out of the basket on his desk and compared the details. Soon after. had made it easy for Leslie to place her. Houdini himself? Naughty. She has an identity crisis. She mentioned the brown envelopes. He could have placed her anywhere. She’s described as dangerous." he said. a wellknown night club in Cape Town. and all the publicity as the notorious strip dancer of Loch Athlone. The latter read it and said. being so concerned for Deadwood’s well-being. Why were so many people eager to get her out of that city? She intended to find out." she said. Lucy was thrilled. Otherwise poor Agnes Halfshaft and others like her might be killed or maimed. Hillary told her what had taken place. two orderlies took her to Dr. They wanted Lucy and Odille to stop their performances at Loch Athlone and to go to Cape Town.rugby. Had not Dr.
Inside was a note which read. de Villiers was so sure she would enjoy it. It’s all right." It was unsigned. Shrink seemed to get a sadistic pleasure out of torturing people." Hillary couldn’t help liking Dr. You will be locked in and the key put in safe custody at the bank. not even water. "Make sure you are awake and dressed at midnight. Thank you for taking care of me like that." Hillary’s face fell. She wondered why Dr. During that time no one will be allowed to open the door or hatch to your cell. "No. Shrink says you are the toughest patient yet. While she was eating she noticed a tiny envelope sticking out from under the saucer on her tray. She says it’s no wonder you are such a good athlete. that was fun. you’ll enjoy it. She’s never seen anything like it. That was one person she felt she couldn’t trust. You’ll see. Chapter 15 | 91 . "The board has sentenced you to three days solitary confinement without rations. You only grew one centimetre in length after having 1000 newtons for five minutes. She was taken to her cell and given dinner. de Villiers." "Dr."Yes. He had such a pleasant disposition and was so helpful. cheer up. Dr. but she’s still worried about the size of your head." She felt a little reassured. She supposed he had done something to ease her burden as he had with the rack therapy. You will be given a meal this evening and that will be the last for three days. She probably owed her life to him.
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"Don’t get any ideas. The girls boarded and the bus proceeded to a hotel in the town where fifteen additional women boarded. These comprised a number of luxury tents. After changing. She took them to a bedroom where they spent the night. Odille nodded. She looked round to see a middle aged woman. They were on a river bank where the wild animals came to drink. She changed into the nurse’s uniform. Hillary was still wearing her nurse’s uniform. She felt a bit spare as the other women were all so well dressed. Kid. He insisted she have the best and paid all the bills. and had tea in Tzaneen. de Villiers?" Hillary queried. Glenda was there to receive them. They locked the cell door and left through the same side door that she had used the night before. Hillary was very surprised to see her. She was dressed in a leopard skin safari outfit. He bought her an elephant leather handbag and a suitcase and let her have all the clothes she wanted. each on top of a bathroom. "Quick. she was as well dressed as any of her companions. She told them to waste no time as the bus would soon be there. Odille drove her to a house not far away. She held another pale green nurse’s uniform over her arm. Odille’s car stood outside. "Friends in high places. They arrived at a privately owned game reserve in time for lunch. There they were treated to many mouthwatering dishes. such as trying to escape. The woman in pale green who had brought her the uniform was none other than Odille." she said to Hillary. A woman in a pale green nurse’s uniform entered." "Dr." she said." Hillary was wearing a bright red track suit which was the uniform of inmates guilty of misbehaviour.Chapter 16 Solitary confinement At midnight the door of Hillary’s cell opened." Chapter 16 | 93 . They bypassed Pietersburg. After lunch they were shown to their quarters. Hurriedly she closed the door. In Tzaneen Stuart took Hillary shopping. Next morning Glenda brought them breakfast in bed. If I see you near him I’ll plant you one between the eyes. As they were leaving the dining room Hillary felt someone poke her in the ribs. Stuart. "Just because he bought you all that stuff doesn’t mean he’s in love with you. When the bus arrived it had only one passenger. "Change into this. stopped at Haenertsburg to admire the view. He’s mine! He’s in love with me. "How on earth did you manage this?" she asked. It then headed out on the N1 towards Pietersburg.
Hillary had no ambitions concerning Stuart but she thought it might be fun to pretend that she had. Her solitary confinement promised to be more interesting than she had expected. The older woman and her daughter succeeded in getting the tent next to his. her preparations would not take long. She was wearing a skin-tight leopard skin with large areas of her own skin exposed. We must be sure to get the tent next to his. After that they would be taken directly to the dining room for dinner. I have it on good authority that he is richer than Oppenheimer. The mother was tastefully dressed in a manner becoming an older woman." Then came the mother and daughter team. Shortly after tea. When Helia returned Hillary had difficulty restraining her laughter. She wore a wide-brimmed felt hat trimmed with leopard skin. The binoculars gave them an outstanding view. "Don’t let him out of your sight. With the tent flap rolled up. a blue cotton frock and high heeled shoes. In the course of the afternoon each couple was issued with a pair of binoculars. As she was planning a simple turnout. She said.Hillary felt an inclination to lay the woman out with a kung fu chop but she restrained herself. Later they had tea in the dining room. Hillary continued to observe the animals. when they were told they would be taken game viewing later that afternoon. Stuart’s tent was the last in the row. Hillary had to share the next tent with the woman in the leopard skin outfit. She wore a straw hat liberally decorated with flowers." Stuart was still very much an enigma to Hillary. apparently her daughter. An older woman was saying to a younger one. Where did he get all that money that he gave away so freely? That he was a hit with the women was probably as much due to his generosity as to his good looks and gracious manner. As Stuart helped Helia into the Land Rover she implanted a dense coating of lipstick on his cheek. decided to go to the bathroom to prepare herself for the tour and dinner. Helia Hotspur. He was clearly very rich and generous. She had acquired an instant suntan and was heavily made up with various cosmetics. They were to share the Land Rover with Stuart and Hillary and Helia. some of the women were jockeying for position to get Stuart’s attention. She continued to make it clear to Hillary that Stuart was hers and she should not have any ideas about getting him for herself. He seemed to enjoy the attentions of all the women and was mildly amused by the rivalry among them. the guests could observe the animals at the riverside while lying on their beds. how sweet of you. "My darling. The daughter wore a dress with a very low 94 | Chapter 16 . Hillary’s tent mate. She had no fears about the outcome should that happen. It might be safer to play the leopard skin off against the other contenders. As they left the dining room. As she was already in "solitary confinement" she thought better of letting it go that far. There was a risk of getting into a fight.
The animals approached cautiously. As it became dark they were driven back to the dining room which was tastefully decorated with Africana." They arrived at a water hole just as the sun was setting. Warburton and Heather shared the bench seat on one side. impala. my hat! This is a genuine Herrop’s leopard skin direct from Herrop’s of Harare. Helia glared at her. How alike they looked. She wished her mother had not insisted she wear her most revealing skirt. It was an atmosphere that only Africa could provide. That was her own fault." "You’ll look great. Felicity Warburton and her daughter Heather. The food also was in keeping with the bushveld tradition. As Stuart got in Mrs. Warburton made room for him between herself and Heather. There were giraffe. Have you ever thought of wearing a lion skin?" she asked Helia. You’ll be irresistible to Stuart. Hillary felt relaxed and happy. Helia and the lioness. That she had a superb pair of legs no one could deny. Delectable salads tempted the appetites of the guests and Chapter 16 | 95 . kudu. It’s obvious he’s very fond of lionesses. Mrs. He had spotted a lioness with her cubs and was positioning it for the best view." "It suits you. sosaties and steaks." she remarked to Heather but loud enough to be heard by the other members of the party. chops. on guard against predators. sniffing the air. Helia’s hair was that colour. It retained that wild bush atmosphere that Hillary liked so much. He was in a good position to observe the scenic delights of Motswari. Warburton looked at Helia with distaste. "No.neckline and a short skirt with slits. Africa was casting its spell over the party. "Synthetic. He was about to sit down when Helia. He loved this wild country and the wild creatures it produced. Through her binoculars Hillary saw that the lioness was a brilliant gold in the light of the setting sun. handsome game ranger. They were introduced as Mrs. The driver was a young. From their vantage point they watched as the animals came to drink. Hillary and Helia the bench seat on the other. taking him by the arm. There was grilled boerewors. made him sit down next to her. "These synthetic leopard skins really are vulgar. Mrs. Stuart looked amused but said nothing. it looks so regal. not even Helia who was visibly jealous of the attention they were getting. For Stuart the scenery was compelling. "That lioness’s coat looks magnificent." Hillary commented. That one’s getting even more attention than Heather’s legs. but I shall in future. You’ve the right colouring for it. waterbuck and many other species. He stopped the Land Rover and then backed it up a little. Heather looked slightly uncomfortable but there was not much she could do about it. Hillary thought that a lion skin would be more appropriate for her.
96 | Chapter 16 . "Excuse me.every kind of fruit and wine was on offer. There was a shop in the foyer that sold African curio’s. "Be a dear. As she passed the Warburtons.. they were rather absorbing. He’s got a tent all to himself." She realized that Stuart must be a committed Christian. On her way in she had noticed in the shop window a magnificent lion skin complete with mane. "I’m sorry. Helia turned away and came to Hillary. Some of them have not had a holiday for decades. That’s why I have brought them here. It was something she thought would please Helia and provide the others with a few laughs. too. She borrowed some from Odille and bought the lion skin. I got absorbed in the sights." To Stuart she said. Hillary had to collect her things. They were all lavishing their attention on him. Helia joined them. He’s agreed to let you have his tent and he will move in with me." he said. Her belongings were in Naboomspruit in safe custody and so she had no money with her. What could be more romantic. Stuart was very fond of lions. I asked if he would mind swopping with you." she pleaded. and in keeping with the atmosphere of Motswari. "I told him you don’t like sharing. "Don’t get any ideas. He enjoyed a joke and it was clear to him that Hillary had a sense of humour." "Yes. "They’re all widows except Mrs. They had both seen his interest in the lioness that evening. That there was a special blessing in ministering to widows she could believe. "I neglected you on the game viewing tour. "I’m on your side. The LORD has a special concern for orphans and widows and there is a special blessing in ministering to their needs. "You’d better go and talk to Stuart." Heather went over to Stuart to practice her charm on him. "These women are members of the Naboomspruit Widows’ Club. While they were enjoying their predinner drinks in the lounge." she whispered in Hillary’s ear." she said. He was obviously very different from the mad letter bomber she had at first taken him to be." Hillary whispered back." Then she turned on her heel." Stuart laughed good-humouredly. She readily agreed. They seemed to be absorbed in you. Be a dear and don’t ruin my chances. I’ll help you catch him." Stuart continued. leaving Helia alone with Stuart. After dinner Helia and Hillary went to their tent. An idea came to her. She told Helia that she had a plan that would make her sure of Stuart’s affections for ever. He asked if she was enjoying her solitary confinement. Stuart came and spoke to Hillary. "No need to worry. That snake in leopard’s clothing is busy trying to seduce him again. Hillary would not have expected this of Stuart but she was glad of the opportunity to get away from Helia. she heard Felicity say. than a woman in a lion skin? She could wait for him at the entrance of the tent and spring on him as he entered. Warburton’s daughter and your sister.
two black figures came out of the shadows and pounced on her. It was the size of a playing card. A great reception awaited him. It was a coffin. For one moment she thought it was a joke but the violence with which she was pulled off the steps made her realize it was no joke. there!. The two figures disappeared into the shadows as suddenly as they had arrived. Her screaming brought the security guard over. He came running. How had her attackers known she was there? The card indicated they were working for the Red Disa. She did not want to go back to the real thing. She was supposed to be in the "loony bin" in solitary confinement. It was a picture of a red disa. She was to keep her co-investigator informed of her movements. She did not tell them about the syringe and the smell of bitter almonds. Stuart collected his things and went to Helia’s tent. She warned her sister not to walk around alone at night. Considerations of etiquette require that a veil be drawn over it and subsequent events. They believed it was a rape attempt. It remained there for what seemed a lifetime as she struggled with her opponent.smother him with kisses and then be led by her instincts. She made light of the attack. She was puzzled by the evening’s event. that rare orchid that grows only on Table Mountain. The manager appointed a special guard to stand outside Hillary’s tent all night. As the security man shone his flashlight over it she saw there was a card in it. "Make sure you get the main artery. Could he be the Red Disa? Had he planned her outing so that she could be murdered secretly in a remote part of the bushveld? It seemed unlikely. He was glad to report there was no injury. The security guard helped her to the main complex." There was a smell of bitter almonds as the figure lunged towards her with a syringe in his hand. They looked like black panthers. Quick as lightning she grabbed the hand with the syringe. As Hillary was climbing the steps up to Stuart’s tent. the other panther yelled. Helia thought it a good idea and was pleased with the gift. That’s right. She was shaking all over. brandishing his baton. He called the manager. Hillary could not sleep. Dr. Only one or two people knew of her whereabouts. With superhuman strength she was able to arrest it just as the point touched her skin. or his. One panther jumped on top of her and tore open her blouse. She saw that it was wide in the middle tapering towards the ends. There was a picture on it. de Villiers probably knew. She did not want them to call the police. The Chapter 16 | 97 . Odille came to comfort her. The security man helped her out of the box. the adrenalin still pumping. Hillary left and Helia prepared to welcome Stuart. Stuart and some of the widows remained on in the lounge. She landed on her back in some kind of box. being afraid they would discover that she had escaped from the "loony bin. The manager called a doctor who gave her a thorough examination. For one moment she thought it was all over." She was enjoying her solitary confinement. As host Stuart was obliged to remain there until last.
That was their style. you didn’t?" said Helia amused. "I slept in his tent. Mrs. Heather was surprised to see Hillary. She was happy. But who are they working for? Who is the Red Disa? While she was still trying to solve this puzzle her guard lifted the tent flap to tell her she had a visitor. She gave permission. they were advised that it was the best time to see the game. On seeing Hillary she beat a hasty retreat. Heather decided she would rather go back to her own tent and left without further ado. Warburton explained." "Well. Perhaps they had trailed Odille knowing that she would lead them to her. Hillary was alone again but only for a little while. in the moonlight. she asked. Shrink commanded. Hillary tried to reply that she wasn’t but the words would not come." Mrs. She smelt like a perfume shop. Warburton had arrived on the scene and heard what was said." Hillary replied. what are you waiting for? Come in and make your move now. She said if I did not make my move now we might have to live in Naboomspruit for the rest of our lives. That seemed the most likely explanation. 98 | Chapter 16 . There. "Oh. He asked if he could admit her." she replied. Her guard admitted another visitor." the lion-skinned Dr. she saw a woman in a scanty nightdress. "Where’s Stuart?" she asked. "I didn’t really want to come." Mrs." Heather explained in a plaintive voice. Next morning the guests were awakened before sunrise by servants bringing coffee." she commented. But why was she wearing a lion skin? "Are you still getting ideas?" she asked. "What’s he like to sleep with?" "Better than anything you could imagine. "She seduced Stuart last night. Seeing Hillary. A newcomer on the scene wanted to know what all the fuss was about. "But Mama insisted. Hillary. Warburton warned. "I’m hiding him here under the blanket. At last Hillary fell asleep. Hillary lay on her comfortable bed sipping coffee in between watching game with the binoculars. Hillary laughed. "Take the tension up to ten thousand. At breakfast Hillary recognized the woman who had come in the scanty nightdress." "You’d better be out of there before tonight if you want to be alive tomorrow. Helia wanted to know why her friend was being called such a rude name. She dreamt she was being racked by Mary Shrink. her hair and face beautifully made up. It was so peaceful. "Filthy harlot."black panthers" were almost certainly Butcher and Blackhench. Her name was Heather Warburton." Hillary invited her.
The dense vegetation provided shade. Go and walk with Stuart. Heather walked alongside him. It was a pleasant day. and seventeen attractive women. "I warned her. It arouses primitive instincts long dormant in the city dweller. two porters. Now Heather was spoiling it by going after this penniless game ranger. After breakfast the group departed on a hiking trail. Africa was casting its spell. The men were accustomed to this life." Heather ignored her mother and continued to exercise her charms on the game ranger." "Bully for her. Stuart decided they would picnic in a nearby shady nook. Warburton caught up with her daughter. My child. It was the women who were becoming intoxicated by it. Stuart’s party consisted of himself. Then anything can happen." commented the newcomer." Mrs. crocodiles and bush pigs were the main animals to be seen. and especially her mother. Warburton explained. Their route lay along the river bank for most of the way. romantic advances on unsuspecting game rangers. It casts its spell over those who dare to enter into its secret parts." she said. Hippopotami. Mrs.. "Leave him alone. After some distance Felicity complained that she was feeling tired. Felicity was upset by her daughter’s rebellion. Africa is romantic. It was clear to everyone. of having left civilization and civilized norms far behind. While lunch was being prepared. Normally staid married women have been known to make sudden passionate. In her charming and beautiful daughter she believed she had the perfect bait. champagne was being served. we don’t want any unprincipled behaviour on this tour. a handsome game ranger. Mother. if a little warm. that she enjoyed his company. The surrounding country was completely wild and its atmosphere totally African. Experienced travelers in the wilds of Africa know how dangerous this is. you must learn to be more discerning. This game ranger will never be able to support us on his miserable wages. Unwisely. The more manly and handsome he is the more likely he is to become a target. Her mother tried again to persuade her. It was not every day that a man of Stuart’s enormous wealth came along. "Don’t make a fool of me. Rhodesian women even more so. Chapter 16 | 99 . of being in the jungle where the law of the jungle prevails. There is a feeling of remoteness. It enhances the spell. Game rangers are a particular target but any man could be attacked in this way. Stuart’s your man. The handsome game ranger who had driven the Land Rover the day before led the way. Women approaching middle age are particularly vulnerable. even violent. This atmosphere has been known to do strange things to people."She slept with him last night. This is part of the very special charm that ex-Rhodesian girls are noted for.
primitive. She had to be his. yes?" "Yes. that leopard has been following you round all day. she had pounced and made her kill. In Rhodesia they had been much better off. He went a little way and then stopped to examine something on the ground. Deprived of her daughter’s attack." "Oh. like a lioness. His embrace proved it. Even more. While lunch was being prepared. His arms were around her caressing her. Soft leather hiking boots and a felt hat with a leopard skin band completed her outfit. we Rhodesian girls have got it — like no others. She wanted him to have her now. Felicity saw Stuart disappear into the bushes. What a fool she had been to try and push Heather on to him. Felicity was also coming under the spell of Africa. Her love for Stuart had become overpowering. Was she not a handsome and desirable woman? She was still young enough to be attractive to Stuart. She compressed him against her bosom. Does not old wine taste the best? The thought of spending the rest of her life in a poky little flat in Naboomspruit was unbearable. Surely he would never let her go." She drew Stuart closer to her. She wanted him. right here in the bush.Helia was wearing a leopard skin leotard which left her substantial thighs exposed. She drew him into a dense clump of undergrowth. 100 | Chapter 16 . Besides. savage. She was afraid he might reject her. "How about something more refined? Like the special charm that only Rhodesian girls have. She looked regal." she said. "Leopard spoor. His embrace was tightening. How strong those arms were. Her unsuspecting victim had been unable to offer any resistance. This was probably her last chance of a better life. she wanted him to have her. You’ll have the time of your life — unforgettable! You’ll never regret it. That was when her husband had been alive and the Smith government in power. She had to give herself to him. She decided to follow him. She was his. under the influence of the spell and the champagne. She pulled him towards her with all her strength. The night before. She herself was meant to be his. She had gained an advantage over her rivals and she was determined to maintain it. she was weighing up her own chances. The fragrance was pleasant. under the African sun. Stuart was becoming irresistibly attractive to her sexually. "That’s not surprising. She was determined to protect her prize. She could feel his thighs against hers. Her instincts were overwhelming. What ecstasy! The undergrowth hid them. This was her last chance of a romantic attachment to a man she could fall in love with. She felt a compulsion to do this. And I’m the best to come out of Rhodesia. She had to make a move. It mingled well with Felicity’s perfume. She pressed her wet lips against his." he said as Felicity caught up with him. but he didn’t.
the girl who had gone visiting in a scanty nightdress asked Stuart to lag behind the group as she wanted to give him "a little something.Lunch was served in their absence. Heather. He drew their attention to the fact that they were all widows except Heather and Hillary and Odille who were fatherless girls. There is only one restriction. From I Corinthians. but if her husband be dead. Chapter 1. In visiting them he was practicing the pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father. verse 39. They celebrated with tea and cake. the man to whom she is to be married must be in the Lord. only in the Lord. As they were leaving the leopard site. Those widows who had not already done so now proposed to Stuart. proposed to Heather. He would arrive later and from a different direction. drinking tea. Thus the word was confirmed in accordance with Mark. He sat on a couch. she is at liberty to be married to whom she will. It is entirely up to the widow. Stuart mentioned that he was in the Lord. Chapter 16. Felicity’s arrival went unnoticed except by Helia who looked at her suspiciously but said nothing. He made a point of being generous to widows and Chapter 16 | 101 . She is at liberty to be married to whom she will. He said he had found a leopard spoor and had followed it to a leopard in a tree. verse 27: Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this. to Stephen. To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction. verse 20. Stephen. after dinner. thought it most likely that he was Towly. Stuart arrived fifteen minutes later from the opposite direction. Hillary." It proved to be very passionate and not so little. Felicity’s absence was not noticed. Helia was ranging round the group like a leopard on the prowl. Stuart led the way to the leopard followed by the game ranger who was armed with a rifle. and to keep himself unspotted from the world. They all wondered where Stuart was. He then made a startling revelation. For once. Stuart accepted them all. Stuart suggested to Felicity that she return to the group by the way she had come. Having realized their ambition. the handsome game ranger. Chapter 7. They found the leopard and watched it from various vantage points. not even by Heather who was now totally absorbed in the yarns of the game ranger. those who had been rivals for his attention no longer sought him out. Stuart and Felicity announced the engagement of their daughter. after hearing what he said that evening. Stuart read to them from James. Any widow who so willed was at liberty to be married to him. He said that when he had first read that he had nearly torn the treads off his tyres in his zeal to practice it. He wanted to take the group to see it but Helia insisted he have lunch first. Stuart was alone. That night. they had a bible study. he read: The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth.
It was logical to think that he was her benefactor. He had probably become aware of her and her sister through Uncle John. Indeed he had done a lot for her and Odille. 102 | Chapter 16 .fatherless children. She decided to find out more about him. who also was concerned for widows and orphans.
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"Most Christians believe they can only have one wife but here you are with many. He said to the Pharisees that they make the word of God of no avail in order to honour their tradition. I ask them for chapter and verse. We still have Pharisees in our midst." "Three. over and over again. Where do you find the marriage vows in the bible?" "I don’t know. And so it goes on. Often Africans come to me asking for money for the funeral of a relative. This scripture is confirmed in Matthew 19:29 where the Lord Jesus says that everyone who has forsaken a wife for His name’s sake shall receive a hundred fold. It follows that where a wife is forsaken for both the Lord’s name’s sake and the sake of the kingdom of God that he will receive manifold more hundreds of wives. How do you account for that?" "There is a lot that our churches teach that is not from the bible but. I left a wife for the sake of the kingdom. In fact." she replied. they’re not in the bible. is man made tradition. you must know the joke about Bethlehem of the Orange Free State. They are trying to get me to give their relatives the best funeral I can afford. They tell me that the bible says we must give our relatives the best funeral we can afford. the Lord Jesus says in Luke 18:29-30 that there is no man who has left a wife for the sake of the kingdom of God who shall not receive manifold more in this present age. One thing they do believe in is the resurrection from the dead. nowhere in the bible is the number given. Some come regularly once a month for funds to bury the same relative. Things haven’t changed that much. "That’s what most people believe." Hillary went on to question him about himself. That is a tradition of the black man that many take for scripture. "Now about my polygamy." she began. "As an example.Chapter 17 Things Impossible "You’re a very puzzling person. No one has yet been able to give them to me. how many wise men came from the East to worship the newborn Saviour and to bring Him their gifts? Come on. The Lord Jesus warned us about this. Now I am receiving manifold more wives. Where did he get all this money that he gave away so freely? 104 | Chapter 17 . There are a lot of things that people think are in the bible but in fact are not. Where do you find them?" "Nowhere. instead.
All the widows in the church were given new houses and new cars. He contemplated suicide. His eldest son had become a Christian and had sold up all and given the proceeds to the poor and had followed the Lord Jesus. Eventually their worth was nearly a billion rands.He was an accountant by profession. She rued the days she had prayed for his salvation. If you would be perfect. He would not allow the bible to be read in his presence. "One thing still you lack . I took you to be thirty-five." Eventually he could stand it no longer. He refused to read the bible. His wife was horrified. He had believed that people who read the bible a lot went mad. His surplus earnings he invested in industrial blue chips. The voice inside him became more persistent. verse 5. generally regarded as the best cars in the world. had no peace." "Good heavens. He was overcome with zeal. In Stuart’s eyes he had gone mad. He imported many Silver Smokes and Cornishes. It seemed the LORD had done her a shot in the eye." Chapter 17 | 105 ." Hillary interrupted. sell up all that you have …" He had no peace. the account of the rich young ruler. All she had really wanted was a husband who would go quietly to church with her and listen to the sermon. He gave them the best. verse 27 about the pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father. A shrewd long term investor. "Your wife prayed for you for sixty years? But you only look about half that! How can that be?" "My youth has been renewed in accordance with Psalm 103. He rushed to sell up all he had and to distribute the proceeds to the poor.. had tried to make a Christian of him. Stuart. including his wife. He grabbed his wife’s bible. He saw that the rewards promised were very great. Many people. Something inside him kept saying. he multiplied the value of his investments many times over. "One thing still you lack. When he was forty-nine his father died leaving him a fortune which he added to his investments on the stock exchange. who had sold everything he had and given the proceeds to the poor. He had no difficulty sleeping and. He read Luke 18. He read that passage in James. The irony of it was that his son. and now had nothing. "So that’s where Agnes Halfshaft got her house and car. he never lacked anything. Chapter 1. was as happy as the day is long. The gifts were stated to be from the Lord Jesus. although he had nothing. He couldn’t sleep. He had to take sleeping pills. To him Christians had seemed mad." "How old are you?" "I’m eighty-nine. She had prayed for his salvation for sixty years. by contrast.. The thought of selling up all his shares that had taken him so long to accumulate seemed like madness. He concealed his part in this so that the Lord Jesus could have all the glory. He had resisted that.
She had secretly given him a key to his cell." Glenda Turnbull. sixty years before. They would not believe he was who he said he was. "You must hate me. Even his wife could not believe he was her husband. Instead. A person doing that is raised up. He went to the Transkei as a missionary. The elders declared Stuart to be ill. if he has committed sins. Deadwood had him transferred to Naboomspruit. "Stuart Tall? Is that your name? I know a John Tall. He looked like the day she married him." 106 | Chapter 17 . And me. Some came through the windows. as on the night they had taken her to Lucy’s home. sometimes in the company of Glenda. He was certified mad. When they opened them there was this younger man before them. The elders couldn’t believe their eyes. They had prayed with their eyes closed. Like Hillary. and. She kept asking him if he still thought he was Stuart Tall. He gave freely to everyone. They were visibly disturbed and were quick to take their leave. He often made secret excursions late at night. His wife complained to the elders of her church. She asked him to leave. what did you buy me?" "We’ll stop in Tzaneen and I’ll buy you all you want." Stuart offered. When he answered that he did. They tried to make him tell them who he really was. As the elders prayed the prayer of faith over him he was restored to the prime of life. forgiven. Every needy person in the surrounding districts came to his house for handouts. "No. When they finished he looked like a man in the prime of life with sleek black hair just as he had in his youth. he was now in solitary confinement. I don’t want it. the matron. At this point Odille joined them." she said to Stuart. They were besieged twenty four hours a day. Now I know you hate me. restored.Stuart continued to explain. The news of his generosity got round very quickly. like Father Christmas. he called for the elders to pray the prayer of faith over him in accordance with James. It’s not the same. "What makes you say that?" "Look at all the stuff you bought my sister. They tried to get him to seek medical advice. she would increase the tension." "Incredible! He looks more like your father. some down the chimney." "He’s my son. it’s too late now. Chapter 5. The elders tried to convince her that he was an impostor bent on doing her out of her wealth. verses 14 and 15. They thought he was a young man who thought he was eighty nine. He was being racked by Mary Shrink. When they had started praying he was a wrinkled old man with grey hair. believed his story and had become one of his manifold more wives. He was getting taller as a result. The actions of his wife and the elders resulted in his being sent to a mental institution for observation. You should have given it to me without my asking.
The other women were dropped at the hotel but Hillary and Odille were taken to Glenda’s home. Odille unlocked Hillary’s cell. Her cheeks were a deeper pink. donning their pale green nurse’s uniforms. Hillary had been without food or water for three days. Dr.5 at the start of her confinement. Would she be in urgent need of resuscitation? Would she still be alive? They all stood wondering what they would find when they opened her cell. She looked the picture of health. The next morning Dr." She entered 51kg. Then. Shrink was disappointed that she did not have to use the life support systems. Her suntan had darkened." she said to herself. A messenger arrived from the bank with the key. "I’ll have to get Dr. de Villiers to check the scale. A minute later she locked it again. There they stayed until midnight. Hillary emerged looking like she had just returned from a holiday at the coast. This was the moment everyone had been waiting for. Chapter 17 | 107 . "That’s impossible. She was smiling. leaving with her sister’s uniform over her arm. She put Hillary on the scale. Shrink ordered the paramedics to be ready with the life support systems. they went to the hospital. The onlookers were amazed.Next day they had a leisurely trip back to Naboomspruit. she noticed that she had been only 52. As she was about to enter 54kg in Hillary’s file.
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Then he jumped down and started walking towards them. "Give me his file. She resolved to help him as soon as she could. The tension was taken up to two thousand four hundred newtons but they could not break the patient. "Did you see that?" Hillary decided she would have some fun. As he passed them he greeted them cheerily. Dr. Clearly Stuart and Towly were one and the same. "Did you see a man walk across the pool on the water and then walk through that wall?" Chapter 18 | 109 . That was why he left her the cheque. When she recovered her ability to speak. She was quick to declare that she would drive within the speed limit in future. At the time he left the card and the cheque for her he could have been in "solitary. So it went on. "That is not your name. He was obviously in a hurry. Then. She agreed. He was singing." came the reply. Dawn was about to break. "He is an extreme case. "He will need very severe treatment. I’m walking with Jesus. They sat on a bench overlooking the pool. She was fastened in the stocks by one of the orderlies. "I’m walking on the water. There was a wall beyond the pool. he walked over it. Suddenly a man’s hands appeared on the top of the wall. That shortened her treatment. For a moment he sat on the wall.Chapter 18 Where the Red Disa grows After tea Hillary was taken to the rack room for further rack therapy. For some time Mary sat openmouthed with astonishment. Start at 1000 newtons. It was Mary Shrink. she said. He’s walking with me. She was unable to sleep and asked if Hillary would sit with her in the garden for a while. What is your real name?" "That is my real name. so that she could track down the Red Disa and set him free." The man was Stuart." That would explain how he came to be in Pietermaritzburg. Hillary felt compassion for him." she heard Dr. I’m walking on the sea. Shrink say. "What is your name?" "Stuart Tall. "See what?" she asked. Shrink was busy with another patient in the cubicle alongside. Early the next morning she was awakened by someone coming into her cell." Hillary realized that the patient was Stuart. He walked on the water. At other times claims he is the Lord Jesus. Instead of walking around the pool." "Take the tension up to twelve hundred." A little later she heard Dr. Her therapy was much as before. Shrink call out. "Suffers from delusions of grandeur. He really was in a hurry for instead of going through the door he took a short cut through the wall of his cell. Then the whole man appeared. Thinks he is a ninety year old multimillionaire." she heard her say.
"Like you said. Shrink screamed." "End of treatment. Mary winced. Now for the Red Disa. She tried to hold back the tears in her eyes. "Towly. "What is your name?" Hillary asked. When it came to the time for Hillary’s treatment. graduate of the University of North Alaska. Promise you won’t tell anyone. Dr. She had at last succeeded in getting him released." Mary said. She said her back was very sore." Hillary promised. I did not see any man walk on water. Dr." "Then I must be going mad. When they served her lunch. She excused herself and had two glasses of cheap sherry before going back to bed. Shrink was crying. She sat at the computer console." she rubbed her eyes. Hillary took it up to four hundred. The door of her cell was left unlocked. It read: LOOK FOR THE RED DISA WHERE THE RED DISA GROWS." "Perhaps a little rack therapy would help?" Hillary suggested. 110 | Chapter 18 . Hillary fastened Mary’s feet and shoulders in the stocks." she said. Then she added that all the patients had recovered sufficiently not to need further rack treatment. Then she started crying and said her back was sore. "Look what it has done for me. It was signed. She took it up to eight hundred."No. Shrink told her that her treatment had been successful and that she had recommended to the board that she be released immediately." Hillary said. those Americans who say it doesn’t work. it works every time. "Did you see a man walk on water?" "No. "I saw no man." She took the tension back to zero and released the stocks. "I must stop drinking that cheap sherry." Hillary said. Dr." "Did you have an hallucination about a man walking on the water?" "Yes. Doctor of psychiatric medicine. "I’m Mary Shrink. Glenda told her that the board had agreed to her immediate release and that she was free to go as soon as she had eaten." "You’re right. but please don’t tell anyone. "Start at two hundred. "Two hundred it is." "I’m taking the tension up to four hundred. She had recommended that they all be released. There was a card under her saucer. That was obviously why he had set her on the trail of the Red Disa." Hillary said. That was one mystery solved." Now she was sure that Stuart was Towly. Hillary massaged it for her with liniment. They went to the rack therapy room. How silly.
A very attractive girl in the seat next to his was receiving his full attention. There was something familiar about him." she said. She was disappointed but she was looking forward to her visit to Cape Town. She told Leslie of the card she had received from Towly. Hillary phoned the Ranch Motel to find out if Prince Andrew had left any messages for her. Hillary showed her the note from Towly. Now that they were being released. Deadwood hired a car. He confirmed that the Red Disa grew only on Table Mountain. Odille agreed that her suspicions were well founded. Hillary noticed a man a few places ahead of them. Obviously Towly must have had foreknowledge that he would be going to Cape Town and that was why he had alerted her. She had not been there before. Odille arived just as she finished her lunch. They decided to follow him. "Good. The Cape was exciting. As he turned to leave the check-in counter she saw his face. It was the first time she had seen fold mountains. Leslie was surprised to see Hillary with her.’" Odille had to see Leslie to get a copy of her contract. When they joined the queue to check in for the flight.She was sure he was Deadwood but she had to prove it and have him apprehended. He hadn’t. "I’ve come to take you to Lucy’s. She asked after Deadwood. Your car is there. They booked in at the Cape Moon Hotel. Their mission was to track down the Red Disa. "It grows only on Table Mountain. they would have to be on guard against the cyanide men who would now be more determined than ever. Deadwood was their prime suspect. He asked if she did not also want a contract. Deadwood was robbing the widows of the things Stuart had given them. Leslie had not seen or heard of him since the day he was hanged at Loch Athlone. It was Deadwood. He was wearing a neck brace which made it more difficult to recognize him. The scenery exhilarated her. Leslie has fixed me up at the ‘Moonscape’ where I’ll be taking turns with Lucy as ‘The Fairy Dancer. Hillary had a window seat. That confirmed that he was the Red Disa. She declined. The two girls did the same. Hillary wondered if he was on another revival campaign similar to the one he had conducted at Loch Athlone. It was all clear to her now. together with his two henchmen. That suited Odille as the Moonscape was part of that Chapter 18 | 111 . They did not want this made known so they had to get rid of Stuart and her. He did not see her. so you will have to come to Cape Town with me. She would have the company of Odille and Lucy and might get an opportunity to dance at the Moonscape and earn some money. He hoped he was still alive as he did not want to lose his best customer." she said. As they approached Cape Town she had a splendid view of the du Toit’s Kloof Mountains. In walking to their seats on the Airbus they passed Deadwood. She sensed adventure. He left the airport with the attractive girl beside him. They were completely different from the block mountains of Natal.
She darted up the alley only to find that it was a blind alley. She slipped into an alleyway and looked to see if she was being followed. He collided with the wall. Hillary saw that the hotel was built in the form of a rectangle with a large courtyard in the middle. When he appeared she recognized him immediately. A smartly dressed young lady appeared and asked if she was interested in the car.hotel. Their knives went flying. The salesman there had assured her that it had been Prince Andrew’s. She dodged their knives again and landed on each in turn a tremendous kung fu chop. He ended up against the wall. It had an atmosphere all its own. She thanked him and left as quickly as she could. "Yes. Then they turned round and started running back. Cape Town was different. She was about to attack them 112 | Chapter 18 . It was in one of these streets that she came across a small but elite motor showroom. pretending not to recognize her. It was apparently unique. He offered her a ride but she declined. They waited until Deadwood and his companion had been shown to their room before they entered the foyer. The lady said she would have to call the manager. In a trice she was behind him. It had been a busy day. The other lunged again. She would have to fight her way past the men. They passed her hiding place without seeing her. She was sure that was the car Prince Andrew had used to take her out. She had breakfast and then decided to explore Cape Town on foot. Odille would be performing until late at night and might disturb her if they shared a room. They lunged at her. Two men emerged from the showroom and started running in her direction. Hillary said she had seen one like it in a showroom in Roodepoort and she wondered if this was the same car. Hillary was up early the next morning. She entered to have a closer look. He recognized her too. He obviously had no idea of the speed with which Hillary could move. They must have realized she had turned into the alleyway. They each had a knife. She did not trust him. The Moonscape had provided special quarters for Odille. She ordered a meal in her room and then went to bed. A terrific kick in the pants added to the momentum of his lunge. This time they did not get up. Looking out of her window. His expression changed to one of dismay and unbelief but he quickly recovered his composure. She was fascinated by the quaint narrow streets with their romantic sounding Dutch names. Hillary was pleased to book her own room. They did not want Deadwood to know that he was being followed. It contained a few Silver Smokes and a Cornish in two shades of green. They came at her again." he said. This time they were on the blind side of the alley. At the intersection they stopped and looked all around. knives flashing. She had a premonition that something unpleasant was about to take place. grabbed the other by the wrist that held the knife and helped him on his way. it is the one that was Prince Andrew’s and it is unique. She dodged the one.
The picture on the box showed a beam being reflected from a window and the reflected beam being received by a detector. It was expensive but she still had most of her earnings from Loch Athlone. She also bought a small tape recorder so that she could record messages received by the device. She waited until they had gone. She located the room in which the device would have to be placed. She wanted to use it to hear what Deadwood and his friends had to say to one another in private. There were many elegant shops. She could hear the sound channel of the TV set in the room. While she was waiting she saw Deadwood come in. On his arm was the same attractive girl. A handsome tip to the chamber maid enabled her to try it out. She could not hear what they were saying. They lay on the ground.again. She went to a restaurant in the Golden Acre. Deadwood chose a table on the other side of the restaurant. Then she went window shopping in the Golden Acre. Her features were unusual but very handsome. She left them and ran out of the alley. Hillary held the menu up in front of her face so that he would not recognize her. She had light gold hair down to her shoulders. Another tip and the maid opened Deadwood’s room and switched on the TV. pleading for mercy. When the waiter came she asked him to add a newspaper to her order. He was still wearing the neck brace. She heard nothing from Deadwood’s room. They both looked unhappy. He and the girl seemed to be having an argument. It was all right. She wondered who would buy those. She bought some items of clothing. After that she felt she needed some refreshment. Amongst its strange wares were some life size inflatable dolls. The room where she needed to Chapter 18 | 113 . Behind the newspaper she was safe. She wore an elegant beige dress with matching shoes and ostrich leather handbag. aiming it at the window directly opposite. She looked to see if there was anything she could use in her profession. a magnifying glass and a minute spy camera. Another shop sold binoculars and cameras and many interesting devices. This meant the operator had to be directly opposite the window. Her complexion was olive and her eyes dark brown. There was an adult shop. His room was one floor below hers and a bit to one side. She tried out the device when she got back to her room. She bought a tiny pair of binoculars. she could hear the sound clearly. It was an infrared listening device. It worked. she could always provide Lucy and Odille with some time off. Before she could do that she had to find out which room he was in. In order for the beam to be reflected back in the direction of the receiver it had to be aimed perpendicularly onto the window pane. The device had one small snag. A phone call to the reception desk did it. If necessary. The operator was listening with a pair of earphones connected to the detector. She bought one. Then she saw something that really interested her. She ordered coffee and a Black Cat peanut butter sandwich. Presumably he was out.
She knew his room number and so she would know him when he asked for his key. He agreed to let her keep the transmitter switched on in his room. She was the first woman private investigator he had met. Still in her best clothes. It 114 | Chapter 18 . He was an optical physicist and knew all about the device she had bought.install the device was occupied by a company representative. Hillary changed into her sexiest clothes and sprayed herself with her best perfume. She followed him into the elevator. She estimated it would strike a window on the first floor. Then she changed the transmitter and receiver around. There were just the two of them. The change in his expression showed that he had recognized her. Eventually a smartly dressed man asked for the key number that she was listening for. He looked like a helpful type. Using the instructions Uncle John had given her she worked out where the beam would be reflected to. The man stopped. "No thanks." she called after him. I don’t go for prostitutes. He explained to her that she could use it with the beam at an angle to the window if she placed the transmitter and receiver at different positions. He was none other than Ken Roberts. She followed him. Besides. She had to admit to herself that she enjoyed being well-dressed. When he heard her story he became cooperative and helped her set it up. Until then he had believed they existed only in the movies. He replied. She turned the other way but too late. He was not pleased to see her. She invited him to join her for a drink. That afternoon she phoned Uncle John. Then she could listen in any time she wanted to in her own room. He showed real interest in her career. There was something so womanly about it. Shortly before lunch time she went to the foyer to await his arrival. Hillary was pleased that he had been so helpful. When they had finished setting it up he said he would accept her invitation to join her for a drink after all. That way she could listen in her own room. She hoped to make an impression of the representative in the hope that he would be cooperative. She explained that she needed to install a device in his room. He was given his key and he turned to go. Again she waited in the vicinity of the reception desk." He left the elevator and hurried down the corridor. From her room she aimed the beam at Deadwood’s window. Hillary was about to speak to him when she recognized him. It was locked. He explained how to do it. he was handsome. According to the maid he always came in for lunch. "Please I need a favour from you. With the transmitter on her window sill. she located the beam reflected from Deadwood’s window by using the receiver in her new friend’s room. She would have to make another plan. After some time a man asked for the key of that room. she determined the number of the room she needed to use. She waited near the reception desk.
" he said." "I’m scared. I doubt they would do anything to you. How can I abandon you? I love you. I have to go." She put on the headphones and switched on. She took her new binoculars and looked into his room." she said. She thinks I’m a paragon of virtue. "I’m afraid of the sea in that little boat and I’m afraid of the police. He switched off the TV." "What about your wife? Don’t you love her?" "Once she finds out she won’t hesitate to divorce me. Find yourself a nice girl in Spain. Just give me one big one to remember you by. "You go on your own. He went to the wardrobe and took out a briefcase. I got carried away. Then he put it on the coffee table and opened it. I’ve got to go. Then came this blackmailer. "Now doesn’t that make your heart glad. He was sitting in an armchair watching TV. I had a castle and beautiful girls to dance and strip for me. "I’ve got something to show you that will make our eyes pop out. He threatened to tell the church about me. My reputation and my job are at stake. I fell in love with you. With all these diamonds that should be easy. every one." Chapter 18 | 115 . a Japanese man asked her how much she charged." said the woman. While waiting for the elevator to return to her own room. Remembering what a motor car salesman had once told her. My time has expired. Through her binoculars she could see that his visitor was the attractive girl who had been with him in the restaurant that morning. "If you have to ask the price you can’t afford it. If it’s a boy I’ll name him after you. She got a book to read and waited with the headphones on in case something should happen. Greetings were exchanged. I fell in love with them. Now you’re carrying my baby.was strange that he had at first taken her to be a prostitute." "How did you get into this mess?" "It was all that money of Stuart’s. He gave me a time limit. It corrupted me. she’s so boring. she replied. It expires today. After the wonderful girls I’ve had. I became addicted to beautiful girls. Half will be yours if you will change your mind and come with me. worth ten million all together. I became greedy. Good. Besides she’s a prude. They will be after me soon. What will happen if they catch us?" "I’ll probably get ten years." she heard him say." "Unfortunately. "Wow! They’re beautiful. I’ll lose everything. Are they diamonds?" "Genuine. My mother will help me look after our baby. At worst you’d get a suspended sentence. I’ve failed." "I’m scared. it was working. She could hear the TV. After a while she heard a knock at his door.
" "Look at these diamonds. Then where would I be? No. Come with me to Spain. She had probably danced for him. thanks. We’d be well off. There’s no apartheid there. 116 | Chapter 18 . Grow a beard. Deadwood’s access to Stuart’s money she already knew about. Once the Immorality Act is repealed we could get married. There was no more conversation." the woman said." Deadwood said persuasively. An attractive young coloured woman was carrying his baby. I’m staying here. What she had heard amazed her. You could live in a palace and drive a Silver Smoke."Why don’t you become one of us? The police would never think to look for you in the coloured community. He was being blackmailed. His means of getting it could be the reason he expected to be in trouble with the police. I’ve made up my mind." "I would always be running from the police. What did he mean saying that his time had run out? Who was the blackmailer? Who would be after him soon? He was planning to leave the country in a small boat with ten million rands worth of diamonds in a briefcase. Hillary heard the door bang. "They could be yours." "You would. In the meantime you could change your name and appearance. Presumably Leslie had acted as her agent. You need never work again. You’d have all those Spanish ladies dancing on your table. I’m staying here." "I’ve made up my mind. That was probably another reason he would be in trouble with the police.
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Hillary continued to listen while reading her book. The door opened again. She recognized the visitor’s voice immediately. It was Ken Roberts. She switched on the tape recorder. "I’ve got good news for you," Ken Roberts said, "Dr. Shrink’s passport has been returned. The police are no longer interested in the case. One or two of the patients may institute civil proceedings. If they do we can settle with them out of court. We still have twenty million rands of Stuart’s money as well as sixteen houses and twelve motor cars. Dr. Shrink has resigned. The rack therapy has been closed down. It’s safe for you to return to Roodepoort." "But what about the diamonds? Some of them are hot. I bought them from a fence in Johannesburg. They were stolen from Lady Margo. The others are the ones Stuart gave to the widows. I was planning to have them re-cut in Spain. I want to get out while the going is good." "I’ll get the diamonds re-cut for you. Then you can let your wife divorce you and you’ll be able to marry Kate. I have it on good authority that the Mixed marriages Act is about to be repealed. The British and American governments are putting pressure on our government to repeal it. No more prosecutions will be made." "But what about Stuart? He will be free now. Won’t he make trouble? And there is the blackmailer. He gave me until today to deliver Debbie Delightful’s body. He said if I failed in that it would cost me my life." "Stuart’s as soft as butter. He won’t make any trouble. If he does, I can handle him," Roberts assured him. "How can you be sure?" "I’ve been twisting him around my little finger. I know the scriptures he preaches, about forgiving and turning the other cheek. I’ll quote them back to him. He’s the least of our problems." "And the girl, Debbie Delightful?" "Yes, she’s our biggest problem. I’ve had her investigated. Her real name is Hillary Keating. You will remember her. We met her in Pietermaritzburg that night, when we were with Bert Richards. She has been deceiving you in her disguise as Debbie Delightful. She is very dangerous. She attended an elite girls’ school in Standerton. To be accepted candidates need a certificate from a magistrate. The girls have a very elite status. They are called the State President’s
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daughters. They are trained in martial arts and the use of firearms. They put a lot of emphasis on sport and physical fitness. She did well in everything. In her final year she was Head Girl and Victrix Ludorum. She was a crack shot with rifle and revolver. She has a double black belt in kung fu and she eats Black Cat peanut butter sandwiches for breakfast and lunch. "Her kung fu chop is so powerful she can smash armour with it. She was tops in everything: running, swimming — you saw her swim — hockey, tennis, self defence. "Mary Shrink tried to break her on the rack. Usually one thousand newtons is fatal. She took two thousand and only increased one centimetre in height. She went without food and water for three days and it did not affect her in the least. She didn’t even plead for water when she was released. "Yesterday, she followed you to Cape Town. This morning she poked her nose in at the shop, asking dangerous questions about the cars. I sent the knife men after her. Now they’ve quit. They say she plays too rough. And they were Cape Town’s best. "There’s one thing that puzzles me about her. I can’t make out who she is working for. The State President tried to recruit her for the NIS, the National Intelligence Service. She declined. I’m not sure that wasn’t just a cover up. She may actually be working for them, or even the CID." "She was sentenced to death by you know who," Deadwood said. "She is still at large and being very troublesome. I’m blamed. I was made responsible for eliminating her. I was threatened with exposure if I do not deliver her body by midnight tonight. That’s another reason I should leave the country tonight." "I’ve taken care of that too. I’ve had the deadline extended by two days. Leave it to me. I’ll come with a plan at lunch time tomorrow." "What do you propose to do?" Deadwood asked. "I’ll think of something." Ken Roberts left. He promised to return at lunch time the next day. Hillary laughed. "Double black belt, smashes armour. What nonsense! I wonder where Ken Roberts got his information?" Hillary decided she would have dinner at the Moonscape. Then she would have the pleasure of watching either Lucy or Odille dance. It was Odille who was on that evening. Halfway through her act she doubled up in pain. The manager apologized for her not being able to complete her performance. Hillary came to the rescue. She offered to do the act in place of her sister. The manager and the audience were pleased. After completing her act she went backstage to see how Odille was doing. They had called the doctor who had given her something for her stomach cramp. She was feeling better. Hillary did not tell her about her eavesdropping.
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The next day Hillary waited impatiently for lunch time. She was eager to hear about Ken Roberts’ plan to put her in her grave. Ken arrived early. It was obvious he was keen to tell Deadwood the details of his plan. "I’ve hired a good hit man," he began. "He will do the job tonight. He will pose as a doctor and use a cyanide syringe. It’s quick. She will only have pain for a few seconds and then it will be over for her." "I don’t like murder," said Deadwood with a shudder in his voice. "Couldn’t I persuade her to come with me to Spain? You could fake her death." "That won’t work. She is unlikely to agree and you would have to tell her about your plan. Then we would be worse off than ever. No, there’s only one way, distasteful as it is." "I don’t like it. I’d rather hand myself over to the police." "Then we would both have to serve long terms in jail. No, there’s only one way. Nobody likes murder but sometimes it’s expedient. Give me your bible, I’ll show you." There was a short delay. Then Roberts continued, "All things are lawful unto me, but not all things are expedient. "That’s I Corinthians, Chapter 6, verse 12. You see all things are lawful for us Christians. It’s only a question of expediency. I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s expedient in this case. "I still don’t like it. Is there no other way?" "No our orders are to have her eliminated. Her body must be put in a large suitcase and taken to Johannesburg as accompanied baggage. You are to go alone from the airport to you know where. There you will open the suitcase in the presence of the Red Disa who will check that it is the correct body. Then the suitcase with the body will be taken to the abandoned mine shaft and thrown down. That way no one will ever find it. No body, no murder charge." "I don’t like it. I’d rather go through with my plan." "Your plan is too dangerous. The coastal patrols will intercept you and search your vessel. Even if they don’t you will have to contend with the rough seas for which the Cape is notorious. It is not called the Cape of Storms for nothing. You have never even taken a boat out on a lake. How do you possibly think you will manage on the Atlantic Ocean.? "No, forget about your plan. It won’t work. You might as well give yourself up to the police. At least they might be able to protect you from the Red Disa. If you fail, and the Red Disa gets you it’s your body that will go down the mine shaft. As far as the Red Disa is concerned, it is either her or you. If you don’t get her, he’ll get you."
where would your soul spend eternity? Don’t you want to accept the Lord Jesus as your personal Saviour? Is there one tonight?’ We’ll get you up to look like the real thing. Don’t you remember that night in Pietermaritzburg? She said her car was given to her by Towly." she heard Ken Roberts say. She will be more comfortable there. You can knock on her door. "God can save anyone. Leslie’s artist would have done it better. reassuringly. She is looking for Towly. It was not long before Hillary heard a knock at her door." "Don’t be silly." Deadwood said." "We can make sure she goes to be with the Lord. "How can we do that?" "I’m surprised you have to ask." Roberts said. "If you were to die tonight. You know as well as I do that Jesus is the One who loves her. You’ve been doing it every Sunday for the last thirty years. Ken Roberts had done quite a good job. She heard Ken Roberts ask Deadwood what the Lord had said in answer to his prayer. How often have I got you out of jams in the past? Think of it this way. We will be sending her to be with the Lord. Chapter 19 | 121 . She had been expecting that too. I like it a lot better." "Is that possible? She’s a stripper and a prostitute. a beard and a stick. But what if she’s not a Christian? She might end up in Hell. You know you can trust me." "Put that way. We will help her in her quest." she replied. "You look like a real man of God. white hair and beard. where would your soul spend eternity?" he asked. Now listen to me. "You do that while I make you up for your part. They must get her saved and send her to Him before she had time to be tempted into sin again. Think of it as a good deed. We know that Towly stands for The One Who Loves You. She will never recognize you. Go now and get her saved. Don’t you believe what you preach?" "I’d like to pray about it. "Of course. Deadwood replied that the Lord had said it was a good idea. You won’t enjoy it in jail. "I haven’t thought about that. Do you think it is still possible to save her?" Deadwood asked in a skeptical tone. preach the word and get her saved. She had been expecting him. He had a stoop and carried a bible in his right hand. You will be helping her in her quest. The conversation was most interesting. I could never forgive myself. She opened it to see an old man with white hair."You’ve convinced me that I should hand myself over to the police and confess everything. ‘If you were to die tonight." Hillary continued listening. That is the only way to get a stripper saved." Ken Roberts said.
" he replied. presumably the Red Disa." She thanked him for saving her from Hell. She had learned some amazing facts." Hillary was glad she had bought the eavesdropping device. I would hate that. Being asleep. Towly would know the identity of the Red Disa and what to do with him. Now she knew who Towly was. Deadwood was clearly not the Red Disa. She looked shocked. He was her Saviour. you will land up in Hell. He was the One who loved her. This is what we’ll do: When she goes out. I’ll make an impression of the key. Now that she is saved we can safely dispatch her. Enjoy yourself there. You will go to heaven like a good girl. You will return the key while I take the soap to a locksmith friend of mine. you’ll go to the counter and ask for your key. I now repent and follow You. "What if I fall into temptation and resume strip dancing?" she asked "That won’t happen. She was at peace now that she was saved. He finished his tea and left. You will give your room number as 312. You will be with the Lord. "The hit man will need a key to her room." He read her Romans. verses 9 and 10 and told her that "Jesus is Lord" is the confession that results in salvation. "Dear Lord Jesus. She ordered tea for two from room service. She was looking forward to going to be with Him. "Oh. I’m sorry for my sins. It’s impossible now. Chapter 10." "There are a few things we have to do first. It seemed the 122 | Chapter 19 . she won’t feel a thing. Then he asked her to say after him. "How did it go?" "Just perfect. It was expensive but it was money well spent. Tonight while she’s asleep the hit man will use our key to enter her room. She was very cooperative." she said. He opened his bible and read her a few warnings. When she saw him enter his room again she listened to what he would say to Ken Roberts. I’ll wait in the elevator with a cake of soap."Where would it?" "Unless you give your heart and soul to the Lord Jesus today. that’s her room number. He was being blackmailed by someone. It was kind of Roberts and Deadwood to be so considerate. I believe in my heart that God raised Jesus from the dead and I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord. It will only take a minute. She asked if he would like tea. I ask you to forgive me. He had given His life for her. "Won’t you come in and tell me how I can give my heart and soul to the Lord Jesus?" He came in." Ken Roberts said.
At midnight Ken Roberts parked his car outside the hotel. The hall porter took his suitcase from him and asked his room number. It contained enough to kill a dozen elephants. Perfect love casts out fear. That would have been too conspicuous. Chapter 19 | 123 . She didn’t stir. He kept the engine running. Still she did not stir. He listened carefully. He carried a doctor’s bag and a large suitcase. He knew he would be no match for her if she woke up. She wanted to look her best for Towly. It was essential for him to make sure she was asleep before entering. He put the syringe back in his bag.identity of the Red Disa was not known to Ken Roberts or Deadwood. There was a faint sigh and then silence. he pulled back the bedclothes from her neck. He told her that Odille was indisposed and had returned to Johannesburg. She couldn’t possibly survive. She wasn’t afraid of anything anymore. There was no sound. The shops there were so nice. With his unsteady hand the smartly dressed man unlocked the door. He emptied the syringe. Lucy was on that night but he wanted her to take Odille’s place in future. He tiptoed over to the bedside. He was their enemy as well as hers. "Good. She seemed to be in a deep sleep. He stabbed it hard into her neck where he judged her jugular to be. He entered. Anxious to get it over as quickly as possible. The porter carried his case to that room. She even felt kindly toward Deadwood and Roberts and the Red Disa. After doing her shopping she went to the beach and collected some large pebbles. Hillary apologized. "Room 312. He explained that his wife would probably be asleep and he did not want to put the light on or make a noise that might wake her. Still she did not stir. At the door the smartly dressed man thanked the porter and took the case from him. It was the black Cadenza that Deadwood had hired at the airport." he answered. It had been explained to him that his victimto-be would be extremely dangerous if awake. She had a previous engagement which involved a long journey to another place. The porter left. "Dead already. She had some urgent shopping to do. He opened it a little wider. A smartly dressed man got out of the car and entered the hotel. The Golden Acre was her destination." He breathed a sigh of relief." he said. Then he uncovered her arm and felt her pulse. The light was out. He was shaking violently. He was shaking. quite dead. The top hit men can do their job sober but they charge a lot more than the R10 000 that Ken Roberts had offered this one. He opened his doctor’s bag and took out the syringe. who had ordered her execution. Before going to bed she read Psalm 91. He opened the door a crack and peered in. He wasn’t using the green Turbo Cornish. On returning to her room she received a phone call from the manager of the Moonscape. Her love had been perfected.
"Prime objective accomplished. He could see no one. He was feeling shaky and it showed. Ken Roberts drove the hit man to his home and gave him the balance of the R10 000. Her body was in the suitcase in the boot of the car. When they reached the counter Deadwood was unable to lift his suitcase off the trolley. He was having feelings of remorse. They opened a bottle of champagne and decided to send a fax to the Red Disa." it read. At the airport they had two cups of coffee each before joining the check-in queue. He locked the suitcase and carried it out of the room. They paid the excess baggage charge. Such incidents were common at that hotel. "Suitcase will be delivered today as per your instructions. Ken Roberts noticed a girl at the back of the queue. As they turned to go. 124 | Chapter 19 . He looked to see who was responding to her wave." Ken Roberts put his name on his own suitcase and that of Deadwood. Ken gave him a hand. Deadwood was not feeling well. Deadwood’s name he put on the suitcase in the boot of the Cadenza. His slow erratic course eventually got him to the elevator. He presumed he was on his way to board the late night flight to Johannesburg. When Ken Roberts returned to the hotel he went straight to Deadwood’s room to inform him of the success of their mission. He helped him all the way to the waiting car and put his heavy suitcase in the boot. he would have taken her to be Hillary. In his drunken state he struggled.Wishing her eternal happiness and asking her forgiveness. He hurried Deadwood off to the lounge. The attendant remarked that their baggage was very much overweight. Later in the day he would be able to deliver it to the Red Disa and recover the videos that the latter was threatening to use to expose him. he rolled her body out of the bed into the large suitcase. He ate only a little of his breakfast. He took the suitcase from him. When the elevator car arrived there was a waiter in it. The worst of it was that she appeared to be waving at someone at the head of the queue. He had to fold her body double to get it in. He had insisted on a deposit before he would do the job. It was obvious to him that here was a guest who had imbibed too much. It was heavy. He locked the door. The attendant had to get someone to help her transfer the suitcase to the conveyer belt. The hit man gave the waiter a tip and then got into the back seat of the car. If her body had not been in Deadwood’s case.
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She did not wait for him to return her greeting. Deadwood was already in a bad way. He suggested they have a meal before they collected their baggage." Deadwood recovered enough to walk. all the other passengers had left." Ken said. "Shall I call an ambulance?" she asked. "He is saying something about seeing a ghost. Deadwood expressed surprise at how much weight his bag had lost. He remembered what had happened to him at Loch Athlone. someone tapped him on the shoulder. He wanted to spare him any further worries. To their surprise the key did not fit. "It’s all right. he has just repeated that he has seen a ghost. Rev. When they had finished their meal they went to the carousel to collect their baggage. or she had been raised from the dead. The air hostess was kneeling beside him. He’ll be all right in a minute. The flight to Johannesburg was uneventful. and open the case. He said something very softly." the air hostess said. put them on a trolley and started walking towards the car park. As Ken had hoped. "That proves he has been baptized in the Holy Spirit. "He is speaking in tongues. He was so insistent that Ken agreed that they would go to the gents’ cloakroom. He collapsed in the aisle. "Hi." she said. He had been able to lift it off the conveyor belt unassisted. There were only three bags circulating on the conveyor belt. He told Ken that he was afraid the authorities had discovered the contents of his bag and removed them. They recovered their bags. Only God can understand him." she said. After the plane had landed Deadwood rose from his seat. He has just been baptized in the Holy Spirit. That’s the seventh gift of the Holy Spirit: the discerning of ghosts. As he stood in the aisle. Ken Roberts massaged his heart. She heard what he said." Ken Roberts assured her. 126 | Chapter 20 . A concerned air hostess gave him mouth-tomouth. "No thanks. Deadwood looked round to see a girl who looked just like Hillary. By the time they finished their meal the other passengers would have collected their baggage and left the airport. lock themselves in. Ken Roberts helped him into the arrivals lounge." "No.Chapter 20 Bodies and Ghosts Ken Roberts said nothing to Deadwood about the girl who looked like Hillary. He did not want to risk having Deadwood see Hillary’s ghost again. either that.
What have you got in it?" Ken Roberts thought quickly. When he arrived he got one of the servants to help him carry the suitcase.Then Ken noticed that the label had another name on it. This is what we have all been waiting for. At last that meddlesome girl is out of the way. a henchman on either side. Then the videos that were being used to blackmail him would be given to him and he would no longer be blackmailed. When the man arrived he said to them." Deadwood was still worried. An arm popped out. The Red Disa was at the table. Someone had mistaken Deadwood’s case for his own." Chapter 20 | 127 ." he said." the Red Disa said. Deadwood set out alone to meet the Red Disa at the appointed place. the suitcase would be closed. "Good." he said to Ken. "Your case is terribly heavy. "I’ll be glad when this is all over. "My companion here is a pastor. in the chairman’s seat. His life would be at stake if he arrived with the wrong suitcase or if the body had been stolen. He was relieved when the key fitted. After the body had been positively identified as that of the victim. Deadwood unlocked the case. Ken Roberts helped him get the suitcase into the car. Someone had just phoned to tell of his mistake and was on his way to exchange cases. "It’s full of books. They went to the help desk. He wore a black track suit with a black hood over his head. He’s got a lot of bibles and concordances and things. Deadwood’s instructions were to come alone at a certain time. Again they went to the gents’ cloakroom and locked themselves in a cubicle. He was to open the suitcase in front of the Red Disa. He wanted to make sure her body was still in the case. It was cold and clammy. taken to an abandoned mine shaft and dropped down it. Deadwood and his helper placed the suitcase on the table in front of the Red Disa. "You will get your promised reward. The two men breathed a sigh of relief. He shuddered as he pushed it back and closed the lid. He raised the lid a little.
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"If you weren’t so rough you could have had the part. have you? Sherlock Holmes would be proud of you.’ but as it is you’ve injured your fellow actors. It broke in two and the pieces went flying. We’re auditioning for someone to play the part of Purdy in ‘The Avengers. the girl who looked like Hillary took her car and raced into town. Realizing it was a toy. Who else have you told? Leslie picked up the phone. how you got her to dance for Deadwood and get pregnant by him and how you’ve been using videos to blackmail him. The man uttered a cry of pain and nursed his hand. "Point them at her. She pointed it at Leslie." Hillary took the rifle from the unconscious man. He raised his hands high above his head." "So you’ve exposed my little game." he said. "Send in a policeman. They were about to give them to Leslie. " she commanded. There was a visitor in a chair at the side of his desk. "It’s no use. I am your agent aren’t I?" "You’re more than that. And you’ve been trying to have me murdered. He lay on the floor unconscious. "Don’t give them to me. "I know who you are and what you’ve been doing. She ran up the stairs and barged into the office. "Now call the police. They looked most unprofessional.Chapter 21 To the Rescue After arriving at the airport. I know all about Kate." she said." he ordered. Send in two men with guns. I’m sure you know." The men pointed the rifles at Hillary. "Who I am. She ignored the visitor. She tried to cock the rifle. " I’m a double black belt at kung fu. "Pretty good." he said. The second man received a kung fu chop. You’re the Red Disa and you’ve been blackmailing the Reverend Deadwood. like they had never handled firearms before." Hillary said. I know how to handle gunmen. Leslie picked up the phone. Leslie was startled by her sudden appearance." Two men entered with rifles. and what I’ve been doing? Indeed. "Your game’s up. Chapter 21 | 129 . Like greased lightning she kicked the rifle out of one man’s hand." said Leslie. she threw it away." Leslie looked even more surprised. In came a man dressed as a policeman. "This is the Red Disa.
against whom she had diced on Town Hill. Then the penny dropped." Graham said. My God. It sounds fascinating. There was something about Graham that reminded her of someone. Aren’t you going to say ‘Hello’ to me?" In her anger she had ignored Leslie’s visitor. I’ve just come from Port Elizabeth. Your kung fu is better that your driving." "Here’s your policeman." "He hired a hit man to murder me in Cape Town. She examined the handwriting on the notes she had received from the Red Disa. He took advantage of me. Arms and legs stuck out in all directions. "Why? If you could be Lady de Rothschild. "Leslie." "Come now. "I suppose you’re in this with Leslie. "No." "Impossible! I’ve known Leslie for a long time. "What a fool I’ve been. you’re not going to stop loving me just because I’m not the real Prince Andrew?" "I hate you!" she said with feeling. I should have known all along. She opened the door. Leslie. Was this all part of "The Avengers" production?" "No."Impressive! I’m impressed. arrest that man." she said. blackmail and murder? Tell me all about it. She was over in a trice. He must have been doing this for one of his productions. "Policeman. it was for real. Who was it?" She looked at Graham trying to remember who it was he reminded her of. "How naughty of you." He put the toy handcuffs on Graham. "I don’t know what has been happening. Leslie the Red Disa. She looked at Leslie. He had a quizzical smile on his face. The gate was locked. you beast!" she said. She prayed she would be in time. She drove at full speed to Deadwood Castle. Hillary took out the magnifying glass she had bought in Cape Town. It was Graham Grant." she said. "What do you want him to do?" She was beginning to realize that she was making a fool of herself." Leslie said. why couldn’t Graham be Prince Andrew?" "Because he took me in. On the table in front of Deadwood’s chair was the open suitcase. Out of the corner of 130 | Chapter 21 . As he spoke she turned to look at him. She took out a greeting card from her handbag and examined it with the glass. I hope I’m not too late!" She left as suddenly as she had arrived. that’s why. He was smiling.
The glass doors to the patio were open. They carried her through the gap and put her down right at the edge of the shaft collar. Shortly afterwards she heard them coming back. Then her fingers slipped off the concrete. She was running at full speed. Then she let go. She grabbed his hand and pulled him in. He broke open a glass phial. She felt the needle touch her neck. He hit her with a chair. he was still breathing. She presumed they were carrying Deadwood. He struggled. This was the end. The boot lid opened and the men took her out and carried her. She watched as Butcher slowly filled the syringe with the contents of the phial. She could see a considerable way into the shaft. Neither could swim very well. It looked dark and miserable. She was too late. Desperately she clutched at the concrete collar. He was in the pool tied to a chair. As she reached the side Blackhench pushed her away. He struggled for breath and then struggled to get out. A few minutes later it stopped and the engine was switched off. Momentarily she hung there. On the patio sat Deadwood tied to a chair. Would she get the bails off before Blackhench made his ground? It seemed like ages but in fact it was only milliseconds. She heard them walk back into the house. Then the car started up and began to move. It seemed impossible. She pushed the chair along as she swam. It became dark around her. It had a tall barbed wire fence around it with warning signs in four languages. She was falling. She wasn’t sure whether the syringe had entered Deadwood’s chest. The two men carried her to the garage and put her in the boot of a car. he was indicating to Blackhench the position of the main artery from the heart. She felt it was all over. Deadwood was bound in the same way. While he was struggling she got Deadwood out. It seemed they put him on the back seat. Blackhench stood with his right arm raised. So great was her momentum that all four landed in the pool.her eye she saw a figure in black slip out of the door. They closed the lid and locked it. She held his head under until she thought he was drowning. She pulled away and fell into the shaft. knocking her out cold. When it was full he bent over to inject the contents into her jugular. Thoughts of Jonty Rhodes went through her mind. Could she possibly make it? Blackhench’s arm was already on its way down. She dived. Blackhench and Butcher were struggling to get out of the pool. Her hands were tied. She pushed his head under and held it there. It was rushing past her with ever increasing speed. The air had a foul smell. There was a smell of bitter almonds. Butcher had torn open Deadwood’s shirt. Chapter 21 | 131 . Her hands closed around the syringe. Butcher took a syringe from his pocket. The men had cut a hole in the fence. head down. Mercifully. She saw they were at a disused mine shaft. As she was doing so she failed to see Butcher coming. When she came to she was bound hand and foot. She righted the chair.
Her hands were still tied so she had to use both hands. Then she remembered what Deadwood had taught her the time he had visited her in a disguise at the Cape Moon Hotel: that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord. How she wished she had controlled her temper and not been so violent. She rushed as best as she could with her feet tied and grabbed him with both hands. Butcher expressed his thanks and apologized. Butcher told him that Hillary had fallen into the shaft. She saw her mother’s regret at the loss of crockery. There was a loud noise. She saw herself fighting with her sister. It smelt foul. They cut his bonds and apologized. It was Blackhench. With all her strength she pulled Blackhench on to firmer ground. He suggested they all attend and give thanks for their deliverance. She often dived off the high board. It was due to start in a few minutes. To her amazement. She was rising. Suddenly she hit water. it felt like she was rising. Blackhench cut her bonds. and her unbound at that." she shouted at the top of her voice. She saw the scar on her sister’s forehead that had been made by one of the plates. It was now flowing in the opposite direction. The water was flowing slowly back into the shaft. She hadn’t been prepared for a swim and hadn’t held her breath. She was choking. He was desperately holding on to Butcher who had been washed into the shaft. the day of their midweek prayer meeting. They had stopped pumping water in that part of the mine and it was flooded. the ground becoming firmer. The water was receding. The water was warm. The subsidence caused water to be pushed up the shaft. It was getting lighter. She could hardly believe her eyes. They drove straight there. she could breathe again. He was surprised to see them return with Hillary. She was on the surface some distance from the shaft. There was water all around her. At the same time there was an earth tremor caused by a major subsidence in the mine. He was sliding slowly toward the edge. you shall be saved. breaking plates over her head. Strangely. Blackhench also apologized. She was rolling over the ground. She hooked her legs around a small shrub. Deadwood mentioned that it was Thursday.Her life passed before her. "Jesus is Lord. "Confess that Jesus is Lord. They both shouted that confession. Grabbing at the grass she came to rest. Deadwood was still in the car with his hands and feet tied. He asked what happened. That sensation of falling had stopped. Thank God. That was a familiar experience. She surfaced. Someone was screaming for help. she saw the walls of the shaft moving swiftly downwards. They pulled Butcher to safety. She hoped that would get her into heaven. The earth seemed to be shaking. 132 | Chapter 21 . That had washed Hillary out again." she shouted to the two men. The earth was trembling. Then the full light of day.
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She wore a brown costume. While testimonies were being given. 134 | Chapter 22 . "I have some Christian videos here that are particularly relevant to this church. scripture readings and testimonies. if you don’t mind my saying so. "My dear. straight and black. all dripping wet from his ordeal in the swimming pool. normally. When she had entered Deadwood Castle in such a hurry she had seen out of the corner of her eye a dark figure slip out of the door and disappear. She had some unfinished business. "I’ll be back shortly. As the meeting was about to begin." Hillary replied. She switched on the large screen video machine." she began. The lady in brown shouted. And. Hillary took a seat in the middle row. "Isn’t that very dangerous?" "Yes. She walked slowly. Deadwood entered and sat one seat away from her. She had no difficulty in evading him. She took a seat on the aisle near the back. "Give me the car keys. Then she said. you smell dreadful.Chapter 22 Endless Vacation Pastor Deadwood went on to the platform with his wet suit clinging to him. In her right hand was a walking stick and in her left hand a brown briefcase. Dr." Hillary was surprised to see Stuart there. And your hair is such a mess. She looked at Hillary with distaste. you’re all wet. As she did so Hillary snatched it from her and put it back in the briefcase. the lady in brown who had been sitting near the back came to the front. no — not if you know the confession that results in salvation. It was his best suit. de Villiers was there too. The lady in brown opened her briefcase and took out a video tape. but. It was followed by prayers. who had driven the car. What on earth have you been doing?" "Swimming in an abandoned mine shaft. You will get a blessing from them. She started to address the congregation." Blackhench. her face wrinkled. This was the moment Hillary was waiting for. a brown hat with a veil and brown shoes. His three companions who had entered with him were all drenched to the skin. Her hair was short. With him were Glenda. gave her the keys. This continued for a long time. a lady entered." she said to Blackhench. As usual the meeting began with spirited chorus singing. Felicity and Heather. Then she grabbed the briefcase and started to run up the aisle. "Stop her! Stop thief!" A deacon at the entrance tried to stop her with a rugby tackle. like an elderly lady. Shortly afterwards Mrs.
You always had the best and I had to make do with the left. "That’s good. I hope you will forgive me." Stuart said. I hate everything!" she shouted. yea. I’m going to return all the houses and cars to the widows. Chapter 14. I’ll be lucky if I’m not sent to jail. I love you. the old lady was suddenly transformed into a beautiful young girl with long blonde hair and smooth pink cheeks. "What was that all about?" Deadwood asked. Hillary tore off the hat. verse 26: If any man come to me. You were always the pretty one and I was the ugly sister. When you go to the Transkei." she said. and children." Deadwood said. You were always the clever one and I was the dunce." She pointed to the scar on her forehead.She drove to the mine shaft. The lady in brown tried to run away. You stole my toys and you broke Mommy’s plates on my head. wig and makeup of the lady in brown. "I’ve always hated you." "There’s nothing to forgive. Then I’m going to the Transkei to minister to the poor." Hillary said. "I’m going to become the Lord’s disciple. Hillary gave the empty briefcase back to the lady in brown. She called Stuart. You even stole my boyfriends. There she entered through the gap her captors had made in the fence. When the door was closed. He quoted Luke. you go with the Lord’s blessing and mine. weeping. Hillary grabbed her arm and twisted it behind her back. and hate not his father. I hate myself. You were always Mommy’s little pet. I’ve wronged you. Only a few stragglers remained. "I hate you. I’m sorry. I hate everybody. Then she went back to the church. I’m going to return the diamonds to their rightful owners. and his own life also." Hillary said. he cannot be my disciple. Stuart. "Come to the vestry and I’ll show you. "Meet the Red Disa.overs. Butcher and Blackhench to join them. To everyone’s amazement (except Hillary’s). She emptied the contents of the briefcase into the shaft. "Gentlemen. I hate Mommy. I hate the things I’ve done. Pastor. Go well! Don’t worry about the Chapter 22 | 135 . She forced her into the vestry. and wife. and brethren. I hate my wife. The meeting was over. "You had the best schooling and I had the worst. "You sound like you’re ready to become the Lord Jesus’ disciple. A few people were trying to comfort her." Odille broke down and wept. "That’s what I’m going to do. I hate myself. and mother. The lady in brown was back in her seat. "I hate you. Odille turned to Hillary. and sisters." "Odille!" Deadwood gasped in amazement.
I’ll go with you. When Deadwood Castle came into the hands of the church the elders had a celebration there. "Odille gave the pastor a time limit. "There are two things I don’t understand. "Me too. "She hated me so much she wanted him to organize my murder so that it could not be detected. We’ll have an endless vacation like the RCI motto says. Our first stop will be the Victoria Falls. Count me in. I also want to be the Lord’s disciple. we had an afternoon swim in an abandoned mine shaft. She hired Mr." Stuart said. "Cheer up. "The first is why Hillary wouldn’t let you show your videos. He did all he could to try and spare me while seeming to comply with my sister’s orders. That would have been the perfect murder. They hired Odille to dance for them.’ He knew I’d solve his problem sooner or later. she was using them to blackmail the pastor. The second is. Butcher and Mr." he said. "You may come with me. They’re yours. ‘Towly. " Is how you managed to deceive the hit man with a life size inflatable doll. Mr." Hillary said. She was under age. Preaching the gospel is like a vacation.houses and cars. Blackhench. She threatened him with exposure if he did not do what she wanted. Mr." Stuart said. Odille." Stuart put his arms around Odille and embraced her. Blackhench to make sure he toed her line. If he failed to do that in the time stipulated she would expose him." 136 | Chapter 22 ." Deadwood said. She stopped crying and kissed him. Afterwards the pastor took her to bed with him. She was going to expose him at tonight’s meeting. She demanded large sums of money from him so that he was forced to sell the houses and cars. Why is everybody so wet?" "To answer your second question first. Unknown to him she had hired our friends here. I’ve replaced those given up by the widows. Pastor. That is why he sent me those notes signed. He failed. We will go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation. She offered to give him the tapes after my dead body had been disposed of in the required manner. to install secret video cameras to record the events. Moreover she found out about his cheating the widows out of their houses and cars. Therefore the pastor could be charged with rape. From now on you will have the best. Butcher and Mr. Butcher worked in the gold extraction plant of a gold mine. "About Odille’s videos. He came up with the idea of giving me cyanide and then dropping my body down an abandoned mine shaft." "What puzzles me. He used Ken Roberts as his salesman. I will be a father to you. "I also hate myself and what I’ve been doing. "The pastor did not like the idea of murdering me." Butcher said." Blackhench said.
They put me in room 517 where I spent a comfortable night. After that I packed my bag and left the hotel by a side entrance." "Well. she wondered if she would ever see her sister again. Leslie had filmed our performances at Loch Athlone with a black cloth over his head so that he could not be recognized. What a splendid name for the conveyance of the Red Disa from the "City of Flowers. She could not help feeling a little envious. I slit it down the back. Stuart was there with Felicity and Heather." Tears rolled down her cheeks as she watched the Flame Lily lift its nose above the northern horizon and slowly disappear into the blue sky. She saw the name on the side of the aircraft." Deadwood said. Then I went shopping at the Golden Acre where I bought the inflatable doll. He was taking them with him. Hillary watched as they boarded the Air Zimbabwe Boeing. Hillary thought how beautiful Odille looked. It could easily have been otherwise. I bought the de luxe version with self-sealing rubber. What an adventure she had given them! How fortunate it had ended so well. Flame Lily. THE END Chapter 22 | 137 . She was at the airport to say farewell to her sister who was thrilled by the idea of going into all the world. In the morning I checked out first as Debbie Delightful and then as Hillary Keating. "I was under the impression at that stage that Leslie Granger was the Red Disa. From my eavesdropping I heard that someone was blackmailing the pastor with videos. Forsaken. I’m amazed. Then I reentered by the main entrance and checked in under the name Debbie Delightful. Naturally I came to the conclusion that he had made a habit of that and that he was the blackmailer. stuffed it with blankets and pebbles. and then sealed the slit with packaging tape. Then I placed it under the bedclothes. Odille had been the Red Disa."I eavesdropped at your window and heard of your plan to hire a hit man. Hillary felt left out. Not yet sixteen.
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