The Handsome Gendarme - Chapter 3
'That's exactly why I am here. I have something to show you.''What? Another magic trick?''Yes, a piece of magic. But we must be quick. It is in your line of duty; a short drive, recover some stolen goods and make some arrests.'
'Truly? Some arrests? I'll call for backup ...''No, don't do that. You can do this single handed. It will be good for your CV ,,, only joking, ' she smiled. 'So, are you up for it?'
'In the line of duty for a gendarme? Of course!' He involuntarily raised himself to his full height, head up and chest out. 'Ok let's go!' said Martine. They strode quickly around the corner to a waiting car. A uniformed driver opened the rear doors.
"'8th Arrondissement: Avenue Montaigne as quickly as possible,' said Martine. The driver saluted, repeated the order and off they sped. Martine opened the coffee machine on the back of the driver's seat. 'An espresso?' she asked.
'Certainly', said Mathieu. 'By the way, what jewels are we talking about and who am I going to arrest?' 'The jewels are mainly diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds but also some opals and pearls and other stones. As for the arrests they include Clement the Cambrioleur and his accomplices.'
'It's not possible. Stop the car!' shouted Mathieu. 'This is a scam, a joke. I am new to this case as from today but the police have been investigating for months. You could not have cleared this up on your own. It isn't possible.'
'Look,' said Martine. 'Don't think like a cop. Think about it for minute like an ordinary, intelligent person. Given all that we know about these thefts, the times, the locations, the buildings, the display and so on, who is your suspect number 1?
Mathieu was drinking his coffee slowly. It is amazing what good coffee can do for the brain. Then, suddenly, 'The window cleaner' of course!
'Got it', said Martine. 'Now relax. We'll soon be there.' 'But without backup?' responded Mathieu?' 'Yes. Trust me. Remember, I am a magician.' to be continued...