Leopold Parr walked as fast as he possibly could in and around Victoria Station. The young officer had anticipated the arrival of his younger sister with great trepidation. He finally saw her waiting for him in a mauve overcoat and a large purple hat through the window of one of the station’s waiting rooms.
When Miss Violet Parr got up and walked out of the waiting room, Leopold’s walk turned into a sprint as he finally reached Violet and hugged her tightly in a collision of joy.
Violet pushed hard against his force not to fall on her back. She kissed him on the cheek and whispered. “Really Leopold, this show of affection can do with some self-restraint!”
“Two years in France…” Leopold replied, “…haven’t changed you a bit!”
“I know better than to let the French freely mold me to their pleasing!” Violet Parr huffed in a mock of indignation. Then she turned her gaze to a young girl standing next to her looking curiously and cautiously at Leopold. “…but I am afraid I can’t say the same about young Isabella.”
Leopold looked at his young niece in utter astonishment: Isabella was a pretty little thing with curiously mixed features. At such a young age, her skin looked like a yellowish tanned shade of ivory. She had long light brown hair, hazel eyes and a serious look of disapproval on her face.
As Violet turned to sit back down, she saw Makensie walking up.
"Mak!! What are you doing here? Nothing happened to Isa -", she started to say, as Makensie approached her.
Makensie waved her hand, saying, "Everything is fine. My dear friend, Ms Cevasco, is with Isabella and Cody, no worries there. I am not a person to sit back,not knowing what is going on. I had to come and find things out for myself"
Violet filled Makensie in on everything that happened.
"....the end result, Victoria is still missing, but, thankfully, her body wasn't found in the fire", Violet was saying.
Makensie put her arm around her friend in comfort, and said, "I'm sure Victoria is just fine, and she will be found. Her father is one of the best detectives out there, right?"
A weird expression came over Violet's face, but Makensie figured it was due to exhaustion, so didn't question her.
She eventually said, after a long pause, "I'm sure you are right, Mak"
Makensie squeezed her shoulders, giving a reassuring smile, and walked to Clift.
Placing a hand on his arm to get his attention, he turned, and smiled.
"I just wanted to come here to find out what was going on, and how everything was going. Violet filled me in", Makensie said.
Clift nods, but remained silent. He looked so tired, but, the person he was, he never stopped until the job was done.
A comfortable silence came between the two, and no words had to be spoken, as they looked at each other.
She smiled, squeezed his arm, walked to Violet, and said, "I want to help, Violet, so,please, if you need me please come for me. Ms Cevasco is there now, and she will be happy to watch the children for as long as needed"
Violet smiled politely, saying, "You already are helping, Mak. I'm sorry this all had to happen on your visit, but, at the same time, I'm glad you're here. Go on back to the apartment to be with Isabella and Cody. I will keep you posted on what is going on, I promise"
Makensie smiled softly, nodded her head, and said her goodbye.
She walked a bit slower on her way back to Violet's apartment, thinking about why Violet seemed so distracted at the mention of Clift, and their daughter, Victoria. Like something was on her mind.
"Ofcourse something is on her mind, you idiot. Her daughter is missing", Makensie said to herself.
She picked up her pace, and headed back to the apartment.