Marcel and the Shakespeare Letters (2)
The door is open. A man is coming in. He's fat and he has two bags. The mice run under his legs. Then Marcel hears a big noise! He looks behind him. The American woman is on the floor, and the man is talking to her.
'Sorry,' he says. 'Are you OK?'
The woman stands up. 'No!' she says. Then she looks for the mice, but she can't see them.
At nine o'clock Marcel and Henry are back at Professor Barton's flat in Old Wilton Street. They're very happy. Marcel is sitting on the table. The Shakespeare letters are in front of him. He's reading them. Henry is standing at the window. He's watching the fireworks. Suddenly he sees a man in a brown coat. It's Professor Barton. He's coming home.
The professor is smiling. Then he walks into his flat and suddenly he stops smiling. Marcel and Henry are standing behind a chair. They watch him.
He goes to the safe. It's open. He looks in it and says, 'Oh no!'
Then he sees the Shakespeare letters on the table. 'But...' He puts one hand on his head.
'I don't understand.' He looks at the safe. Then he looks at the letters - and then he looks at the safe again. 'Why are the letters here?' he says.
'When...? How...? I don't understand.'
In the morning, Henry and Marcel go to the British Museum. It's a cold day, and it's raining.
In the museum, there are a lot of journalists and TV people. They're waiting for Professor Barton.
He arrives at ten o'clock.
'Good morning,' he says to them.
He starts to talk about the Shakespeare letters. Then he gives the letters to a man from the museum.
'Thank you very much, Professor,' the man says.
Henry and Marcel are standing at the back of the room. Henry smiles at his French friend.
'And thank you, Marcel,' he says.
- THE END -