Pieter: I was afraid you might be here. Sandra: Oh, Pieter, you startled me! I was just looking at my emails. Pieter: And reading the international news? Stand up quietly and come with me. Mari: Pieter, what are you going to do? Pieter: I’m going to see how well Sandra can swim.
Mari: No, you can’t! Pieter: Be smart, Mari. We can’t have her telling anyone she recognized us. Do you want to go to prison again? Sandra: I won’t stand up; so you’ll have to carry me! (Angrily she pushes at the Computer, which topples to the floor. At the loud crash, three crew members run into the library.) Crew: What’s going on here? Did someone have an accident? Sandra: I’d like to see the captain immediately. This man was going to throw me overboard! Pieter: But she’s lying; why would I do that? (Nervously backs away.) Mari: Pieter, it’s all over. We don’t have a chance. Just give up. Pieter: Be quiet! It’s her word against ours. Crew: Sir, if you will come with me. Sandra: Not exactly... I’d like to show the captain this article on the computer. Crew: (Looking at the article.) This is very serious. (Gestures to other crew members.) One of you go get the captain. All of you sit down.
Mari begins weeping. Pieter sits with his head in his hands. In a few minutes, the captain appears.
Captain: What is happening here? Sandra: Captain, I think you should read this article. (Pointing to the computer.) Captain: “Jewel thieves continue to plague Europe. In a recent London interview Inspector Boyd was quoted as saying, “The thieves’ method seems very similar to thefts that took place in Canada when I lived there three years ago. A tourist taking pictures across from the jewelry store was able to get a clear picture of the couple. Although thousands of pictures were distributed, the couple was never found.”
The captain looked at the couple in amazement.
Captain: I believe this couple looks enough like the picture to detain them. Crew Member: Captain, they also threatened to throw this woman overboard. Captain: Lock them in the brig. I’ll contact the authorities to come onboard tomorrow. (The couple is taken out as he talks to Sandra.) How did you happen to discover this information? Sandra: There were several things that concerned me. One, Pieter seemed to be wearing a toupee that didn’t match his natural hair. Two, they had both been actors in Canada where the robberies began. Actors can use makeup and wigs to change their appearances very quickly. And just after they moved to Scotland, there was a rash of jewel thefts in Europe. Captain: It’s a good thing you were suspicious enough to check the computer. In just a few hours, we would be in the United States and they would be free to rob again. Sandra: Thank you, now I’m going to my room to sleep. I can’t wait to get home for some peace and quiet in my little town. Nothing exciting ever happens there. And then there’s the cooking contest next week...
What Sandra doesn’t know yet, is that the postman has delivered a letter to her home that will led to a trail of intrigue with the disappearance of a cooking contestant and a judge.