Police sirens fill the air by the park where Janet stands guard
over the robbers that tried to take the Ruby of the Spanish Princess.
"Just try to make a move and my foot will crush your throat! This
is not a threat, it's a promise!", Janet says calmly as her foot
steps on the robbers throat.
"Okay, okay. Think your tough, do ya?"
"Of course!", says Janet. "But I am not as stupid as you are! You
and your bumbling friends left clues all over the place. This case
was easy to solve. Maybe not for Poirot but for Janet!!"
Poirot turns around and stares at Janet.
"Now, now, Janet. It is not the time for arrogance. You made some
lucky guesses. It is not always so clear cut. You must keep a sharp
mind and not let your pride get the better of you. Remember its
a crime case that is primary, not your ego! We must think
of the museum, first.
"Yes, I remember."
Several police officers rush over to where Janet is standing guard
over the robber and put the cuffs on him, and reading him his
rights. He is then escorted to the waiting police car , sirens
blaring and crowds gathering.
Poirot points to the diner.
"Lets go to the diner and see what any of the patrons have to
say about the robbers. Or if they noticed anything at all!"
A few minutes later, Poirot, Janet and the museum curator
arrive inside the diner. The waitress gives them a curious look.
"What's with the police cars? What's happening?"
"A jewel robbery. The robbers were just in here.Didn't you notice
anything suspicious ? "
The waitress thinks for a moment. "Do you mean those
two weirdos that were in earlier, trying to pick me up. Well, good
luck! They looked like they didn't have two nickels to rub together.
Poor suckers! Can you imagine that. I thought they were regular
Joes and they are rotten jewel robbers! I must keep up with
my people skills! What a dope I am!!!"
"Ah, Miss, you are no dope. How could you know? You are just
doing your job! What did they say to you? ", Poirot asks the waitress.
The waitress smiles at Poirot.
"Hey, you talk funny. where are you from?"
"I am Belgian, but I live in London!"
"What are you doing in the middle of America? And at my diner? You
look like a classy guy.. Would you like to go out on a date with me?"
"I am Hercule Poirot. I am on a case!! How about sitting down and
having a tea with me? "
"At work? Here? I meant somewhere else.! Ha!! You're funny ! A date
where I work. Oh that's a laugh. I meant a fancy restaurant. You look
like you can afford it. I can eat here any day!"
"Poirot does not have the time for your silly games. Do you want
a tea or not?"
"Okay, sweetie. Don't sweat it. I am just playing. You're not used
to people teasing you, are you?"
"No one teases Poirot! I am too clever for the tease!"
"Not clever enough for me. This might be interesting!"
"Take a booth anywhere. There is no formal attire necessary
for the food here is inedible! It's a diner. Try the coffee and
the honey buns. I made them this morning!"
"Excuse me. Just tea and a few minutes of your time, Miss."
"Okay, cutie pie."
The waitress walks off and returns with two cups of tea.
Janet and the museum curator take another table and are waited
on by a different waitress.
Sitting down at the booth, the waitress sets down the tea cups
and looks into Poirot's eyes.
"Oh, sweetie, you take things much too seriously. Now, with a job
like mine, I have to flirt with the customers! I would go batty
if I did not! And besides the tips are better when I show a little
leg and give a little more cakes. "
Poirot just looked at her and shook his head.
"Je ne comprends pas."
"Oh, you don't understand me?"
"We need to talk about the case!! Stop flirting with me!", Poirot
Half of the customers turned around and stared.
"Okay, okay. About 6 pm I notice these two strange fellows
walking into my diner. I walked over and asked them if they
wanted a coffee and some cake. I started to make small talk
but I did notice they kept looking out the window at the park. It seems
they were both preoccupied with the window. The did not even
leave a tip!!"
"So, I am guessing you did try to flirt with them too?"
"You bet I did! They paid a little attention but whatever was going
on at the park seemed to take their interest. Now I know why.
A jewel robbery!"
"Yes, the Ruby of the Spanish Princess. It was on exhibit at
the museum and was stolen by those theives. Now it is recovered
and will return to the Museum in Spain once again.
The museum will stay open here and now the Ruby of the
Spanish Princess is safe and sound...
Poirot holds it up to the light.
The waitress stares at the jewel sparkle in the light. "This
ruby is absolutely gorgeous. Can I hold it?
"Just for one minute. We must get it back to the police!"
Poirot hands it over to the waitress. She holds it up to the light.
Looks Poirot in the eye and says.
"What a dope you are! You think the
museum is saved?
She threw the Ruby up in the
Air and tried to walk away
but Janet tripped her and
the Ruby flew up
in the air only to land
in a bowl of chicken noodle
Poirot rushed over
to scoop it out, handed
it over to the museum
The museum is saved!!
"Oh, all this for a sparkly Ruby.!!"
Beware my friend of all things sparkly! They
lure the greed in the heart and fire the brain
to where they know nothing but the sparkle
of the jewel. Let's let the museum curator
in Spain know that the Ruby of the Spanish
Princess is on its way back home to Spain
now before someone else decides to steal
Goodnight, you sly waitress. You thought
you could outfox Poirot! I think not!!!
Oh right. You are much to uptight for me!
Have sweet bun, you look like you could
use a little ...just teasing.
Oh you American girls...I don't get it...
"No, I am sure you don't..."