Locating the antique shop, Alice proceeded down to the food court to get a drink, and then wandered back stopping to examine the glittering apparel in the windows. Sitting down on a median bench across from the antique shop she watched the passersby’s with their bags of purchases. She noticed that to the right of Lost Keepsakes was a shoe store with all the latest styles in the front window display; and on the other side was a large book store that prominently showed the latest best sellers. All the shops were joined together with the exception of hallways leading to the restrooms or staff.
Fake plants and trees decorated these median islands of rest from the constant stream of shoppers. Alice had a good view of the door into Lost Keepsakes as she pulled out her epad to give the impression she was reading.
Twenty minutes had passed when Alice spotted two men each carrying a large awkward package into the book store. One of the men was short and stocky, “Just like the man¬ Yes, it’s the same man from the Dallas Airport who bumped me,” she mused.
Alice was about to rise and see where the men went when the door of Lost Keepsakes opened. The owner, Jonathan Carri came out, locked the door, and walked over to the book store. He then entered and walked toward the back of the business. Alice jumped up putting her epad back into her tote then walked over to the display window. There she saw Jonathon follow the two delivery men through a Staff door in the back. She hurried into the book store and sat down in a small reading corner near the Staff doorway.
Even though it was closed, the raised voices could be heard.
“What is that doing here? “I have to make arrangements,” Alice could just hear a man say. While she held her epad close to her face as if she was reading, the door opened. She turned her back just in time as Jonathon stormed passed her without seeing her.