swimming?â Violet questioned.
Eagerly, Benny shook his head.
âSwimming and lunch by the pool would be nice,â Jessie said. âIt will be our last day to do this.â
âWeâve got tomorrow, Benny said hopefully.
âTomorrow is Saturday, and we sail into Nassau,â Henry explained. âWeâll be ashore most of the day.â
âOh,â Benny said, nodding. âThatâs right. I forgot.â
The Aldens hurried to the pool and spent the rest of the morning swimming, and eating hotdogs and drinking milkshakes for lunch.
Later, as they sat on deck reading their library books, Heather walked by. âHello,â she said, stopping briefly. âI see youâre having a little quiet time.â
âI donât feel quiet,â Benny said, holding up his book. âIâm reading The Missing Dog Mystery. â
âIs it exciting?â Heather asked.
âVery!â he exclaimed.
âSit down, Heather,â Jessie offered and she smiled, pointing to the empty chair next to her.
Heather shook her head, then glanced around and saw Melissa Rand. âIâm sorry. I canât,â she said abruptly, and hurried to catch up with Melissa. The two walked down the deck and disappeared around the corner.
âIsnât that weird?â Violet said in a puzzled voice. âHeather never has time for us, yet she seems to have time for the Rands. I wonder why.â
Jessie frowned. âI wonder, too. Sheâs always hurrying away from us.â
âItâs as if Heatherâs afraid of us,â Henry said. âMaybe,â he speculated, âsheâs trying to hide something.â
âRemember when she first came on board?â Violet asked.
âYes,â Jessie replied. âHeather received roses from âCâ!â
Henry nodded. âCould the âCâ stand for Carla?â
âOh, no!â Violet said, horrified. âYou mean Carla might be paying Heather to help her?â
âYes,â Jessie answered sadly. âThatâs why Heather doesnât want to talk to us!â
âI think Heatherâs just bashful,â Benny said, then added with a grin, âlike Violet.â
Violetâs cheeks grew slightly pink, but she smiled.
Henry closed his book. âThe Rands used to work for a French cruise ship,â he said thoughtfully.
âItâs possible,â Henry continued, rising, âthat the Rands could have been hired by their French ship.â
âAnd,â Violet said, âtheyâre trying to sabotage the West Wind because itâs a rival cruise ship.â
âThat way, their ship would get more passengers,â Jessie said. âBut we have no proof of any of this!â Changing the subject because she was so puzzled, she asked, âWho wants to play shuffleboard?â
âI do,â Henry replied.
âMe, too,â Violet said.
Benny leaped up. âMe, three!â he echoed. âIâm ready to go.â
So the four Aldens headed for the shuffleboard deck. Tom Bishop, standing by a Coke machine, received a telegram from the steward. Hastily, he read the words, then stuffed it in his jacket pocket when he saw the children. âHi, kids,â he called. âWhatâs happening?â
âNot much, Tom,â Benny said, taking a shuffleboard stick. âWant to play a game with us?â
âWhy, not?â he asked, taking off his jacket and rolling up his sleeves. As he removed his jacket, the telegram gently fluttered to the deck.
The game didnât last long. Tom won, and he laughed. âNext time,â he said, putting on his jacket, âweâll play Monopoly. Iâll bet you can beat me at that.â With a wave, he was gone.
Jessie put up her shuffleboard stick, and as she did so she noticed Tomâs telegram. She picked it up and read the words: JUST TWO MORE DAYS AND WEâLL BE RICH!