Slowly Raphael returned all the vines to his chair and in doing so he seemed to Ben, to be quite exhausted. It took all his strength to hand out the presents and not cause any harm to anyone and he dropped each present so gently in front of each guest. They were all shocked at the size weight and different kinds of stones that was given to each person. Diamonds, Emeralds and Rubies were all that were handed out and again Ben checked his watch.
’Dear Friends and family when I return from the airport with Aubrey and Zara, I would ask you as just as the sun goes down you stay inside the hotel until I clear it with all parties concerned outside that it is okay for you to come and meet my friends.
That is all I ask and now I am going to row over to my car and drive off to collect my wife and daughter. Agnes and Fiona are in charge while I am gone so please avail yourself to Amazing and Graceful and I shall return shortly.’
After Ben finished talking a cheer was started by Lord Bannock and his wife and the entire room rushed to hug and shake Ben’s hand to thank him and congratulate him on his kindness and friendship. Ben was rattling the car keys in his pocket and had itchy feet to get on the road. The group that had assembled in the dining room were all comparing the jewels that had been given to them in trust and could only speculate at the surprise that awaits them on Ben’s return from the airport.