Drawing completed - 18 APR 2009
The tre' Basement
"As its other meaning is 'husband', I think we can use the process of elimination," Slide pointed out.
"An' she only calls me 'old man' in the third person," Pete continued. "Unless she wants some dosh."
"So you told her about the passage and you gave her money?" asked Gina, astonished.
"If we might . . . " Ignatius tried to get the meeting back on track.
"Just a pound or two," Pete defended. "An' if this was such a great family secret, Gina, why'd ya tell me?"
"Regardless," Slide re-directed the discussion, "it appears that your Grace has led our Simon astray, once again. I thought we'd agreed to keep them apart . . . "
"Slide," interrupted Sandra.
"She's simply a bad influence on him," Slide continued, unabated. "She always gets him into trouble. I can't count the number of times he's tried to take the fall to protect that . . . "
"Slide!" Sandra shouted.
"Yes, love?" Slide answered quietly.
"I . . . told Simon about the portal also. He was asking about Old Man Simon and his, erm . . . girlfriend."
"You did what?" Slide asked, incredulous.
"I made him swear to me not to tell anyone else," Sandra qualified.
"So maybe it was your Simon what told our Grace?" suggested Pete, with a slightly smug look on his face although there may have been a small element of relief as well.
"Don't think for one minute that you're off the hook," Gina warned Pete.
Slide turned to his wife. "So, Sandra - what's it going to be? Shears? Razor? Depilatory?"
Sandra removed her hand from her face just long enough to cuff her husband.