“Well we are on to a winner here I would say. Old Mr Root had his faults but he knew his art. He must be worth a fortune. Let’s go and see what we can find”.
“But Joe my feet are so tired and my bellie is empty. Can’t we rest a while, perhaps you could rustle up an apple or two. And a glass of spring water”.
“Ok ma, sit awhile. Old Root’s house will wait. I will go and tap up the cafe, they may have something for free”.
“Move on Missus, we don’t allow any vagrants in this town”.
“Have a heart officer, me son’s gone to fetch me a glass of water”.
“I heard that one before old Sally. So move yourself or my boot will do it for you”.
Joe returned to find his mum gone, he search the town to no avail. That night he entered Mr Roots Empty house…
The following morning the town’s only police Constable was called to two dead bodies. The first was a slight boy who had fallen though a rotten floor at the Manor House. The second was that of an old frozen female tramp.