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I’ll ask back: what do you need? ” “We’d prefer to meet with the director,” acknowledged Molly. “Would you, now,” acknowledged Grempkin. “We’ve come the entire approach from London,” acknowledged George, following the plan he and Molly had labored out. “There’s been a tragedy in omit McBride’s family—her mom and dad, you see—and a few info has come to mild that means, unusual because it turns out, relative of hers will be right here. At St. Norbert’s. ” Grempkin’s eyebrow arched excessive into his hairline. “Arelative, is it? ” “Possibly,” stated Molly. Grempkin took a more in-depth examine Molly and George, either wearing the way of people that come from households with funds. He attempted to grin, yet when you consider that he was once no longer used to smiling, what he produced used to be extra of a grimace. whilst he spoke back his tone used to be significantly extra welcoming. “Well, now,” he acknowledged. “Why don’t you return in from the rain, and I’ll take you to the headmaster. ” The lobby smelled musty, as if no door or window have been opened in years, as though the sunlight had by no means shone into this position. From someplace up the large wood staircase came the cry of a boy, after which a protracted groan. From elsewhere got here the sound of vicious barking. Grempkin led Molly and George down a protracted hall lit through hissing gasoline lamps. He stopped at an place of work door with pale lettering that introduced that its occupant was once MR. CHALMERS GREYSTOKE, HEADMASTER. Grempkin knocked and used to be summoned inside of. Greystoke, a thin-lipped guy with a pinched, faded face, sat in the back of an historic table lined with an impressive layer of airborne dirt and dust. He didn't look busy, yet he additionally didn't seem to be happy through the interruption. “Master Greystoke,” stated Grempkin, “this younger girl has cause to think she has a relative right here at St. Norbert’s. and because those adolescents appear to be from advantageous families”—here Grempkin arched his eyebrows to ensure Greystoke acquired the point—“I concept you’d are looking to check with them. ” “Of course,” acknowledged Greystoke, his nostrils flaring on the aroma of cash. Molly and George brought themselves—again utilizing the fake names, even if George bought his in a distinct order—and Grempkin, after excusing himself, left the room. “So you think your relative is at St. Norbert’s,” stated Greystoke, Molly. “Possibly,” acknowledged Molly. “His father and mother—my mother’s cousin—went lacking twelve years in the past, and we think their little one son was once introduced the following. ” “And the identify? ” stated Greystoke. “I don’t recognize the infant’s name,” stated Molly. “It wasn’t within the newspaper articles. however the father’s surname used to be Pan. ” on the point out of the identify, Greystoke’s eyes widened just a little. He hesitated, his eyes darting from Molly to George. “Unfortunately,” he acknowledged, “I cannot…that is, our coverage isn't to expose particular info of that nature approximately our fees except sure, ah, methods are undefined. ” George nodded, stood, reached into his pocket and pulled out a wad of foreign money. “I was once charged through leave out McBride’s solicitor to defray any criminal bills necessitated via this inquiry,” he acknowledged. “Would this be enough?