By Leslie Meier
While Lucy Stone takes a visit to England, the travel chief suffers an bronchial asthma assault mid-flight, and dies. In London, his substitute arrives, and Lucy starts to note a few unusual behaviour one of the travel crew.
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They didn’t seem to realize he was in distress. ” Neal’s and Luddy’s eyes met. “In fact,” recalled Lucy, “Autumn accidentally knocked his inhaler out of his hand. ” “Well, they were eating something. ” Neal nodded. “Thank you. ” Released from the hot seat, Lucy went back to join the group, feeling oddly guilty, as if she’d ratted on the girls. But they hadn’t done anything terrible. They were just young and full of energy, caught up in themselves. She was just sitting down when the inspector called Dr.
He was sitting rigidly, leaning forward with his hands on his thighs, his shoulders rising and falling with each labored breath. Lucy reached her hand across the aisle and tapped his arm. ” “Asthma,” he said, producing an inhaler. ” Lucy watched as he placed the inhaler between his lips and took a puff, sucking in the aerosol medication with a short, harsh gulp. When he exhaled, it took a long time and was accompanied by a wheezing sound that caught the attention of the two girls, who giggled. Temple ignored them and took another puff of medicine, and this time it seemed to go better, with less wheezing.
Sue nodded wisely. “High tea is beans on toast, a working-class supper. ” Lucy was skeptical. “I don’t think we’ll find any establishments like that around here. ” She paused, remembering the many British mysteries she’d borrowed from the library, all aged and well thumbed by readers. ” Sue was thoughtful. “Maybe closer to the hotel,” she said. But when they retraced their route back to the hotel and emerged, panting with exhaustion from the climb out of the Euston Square station, there seemed to be a surprising lack of tearooms.