Now, my dear, I really don’t have much time today, but I decided that I must bring you up-to-date with my news. As you will no doubt remember it is the second part of the Talent Contest this evening and I have been trying to ensure that Gordon has everything under control.
Well, the answer to that one is – no, my dear, nothing has been organised. However, it is starting to come together now. I’ve made several phone calls, spoken to various folk and called in a few favours to ensure that tonight’s performance goes ahead as planned.
I do still need to arrange to withdraw £175 from my bank account in order to honour the extra prize money we offered to the adult contestants when we had to split the contest into two halves. I persuaded Gordon to announce that three prizes – £100, £50 and £25 would be given to the three acts the audience liked the best in addition to the prizes being given by the judges.
Giselle is busily making some wonderful bite-sized morsels – both savoury and sweet to be served at the interval. There are a couple of my neighbours who will be (wo)manning the large teapots. Incidentally, do you remember when we used to have a samovar for boiling the water for tea at every large gathering? They were so useful – I can remember there being one when we had cricket-club teas and also at the village bazaars just before Christmas. No, look what you’ve done! I’ve gone down that rabbit hole again.
Going back to where I was, Giselle will be helping me this evening. She has a couple of friends who have said they will act as waitresses and offer the visitors cold drinks and make sure that the trays with nibbles are refilled.
I understand that the raffle prizes have been collected from the local shops and businesses which have been kind enough to donate them. We have ensured that we have plenty of books of tickets! I have arranged for the chairs, which are being loaned to us by the high school, to be delivered this afternoon, once the small stage is complete and the baby grand piano, which we’ve had to hire, is in place.
I’ve had confirmation from all seventeen competitors that they will be performing tonight, and I know what each contestant will be doing – there are some playing musical instruments – piano, violin, flute, and a magician, and singers. There is also a novelty act with a dog and I understand from Mrs. M who knows the family, that both dog and owner/handler are rather good!
All the contestants know when they will be on stage – they all have a list showing the running order. I was hoping to have left all this to Gordon, who would be comparing again this evening. However, it isn’t going to happen.
Under the circumstances, my dear I’m going to have to compare this evening’s event. I hope I haven’t forgotten to do anything, but if I have it will unfortunately be left undone.
I need to wash my hair this afternoon – I don’t have time for a shampoo and set today, but I wasn’t really planning on having my hair done anyway. I do need to decide what I am wearing – I think it will be a long skirt and a little top. I hope it will be smart enough, but I’m certainly not buying anything new. That would be a waste of money, as my dear, you know I don’t have limitless funds. As it is I will be out of pocket to the tune of £175, plus the cost of Giselle’s food, which she has already said she will provide at cost price. Isn’t she a lovely girl? That is so kind of her and I know it will all be delicious.
Oh my dear, I’m so sorry. I’ve been so anxious to tell you about the arrangements for this evening that I haven’t actually explained the problem to you. I better get on with it, or you’ll be thinking I’m just trying to spin this out as long as possible.
Gordon is missing! As you know I thought he had done one of his disappearing acts when I wasn’t able to speak with him on Thursday. I left so many messages for him, and then eventually I rang Teddy to see if she knew anything. Although she’s extremely busy at the moment she rang me back a few minutes later to say that a friend of Gordon, a serving police officer had commented that Gordon had left a strange message on his phone on Wednesday evening. The friend didn’t think much about it, but tried to contact Gordon on Thursday, which is when I had been trying to find him. A short while later I had a visit from Teddy (and Harry) and the police officer.
I explained that I needed to speak with Gordon about the Talent Contest because he was supposed to be arranging everything. The police officer said that Gordon’s message was a little cryptic and rushed but said that he (Gordon) could do with some help as soon as possible! We decided that under the circumstances I would organise the contest and the police officer would report Gordon as a missing person. Teddy popped round to his neighbours and spoke in a friendly and chatty way just enquiring if Gordon was around. Now it’s quite possible to go from one week to the next without seeing your neighbours in here, but Gordon is supposed to be in his office part of the time and also wandering around the corridors so he can be seen by anyone who has a problem.
So, my dear, that is my news – I am a little disturbed about there being another incident here. I don’t care for Gordon, but I don’t want him to be in any danger. Now I must go and sort myself out ready for this evening. What do you think may have happened to Gordon? Am I wrong to be concerned? Perhaps – who knows! I would welcome your thoughts. As Always –
With Love – Jan xx