Cissie is not at home. Thelma knows where she is, but has been sworn to secrecy. Jason and Shannon think she is looking after a friend who has been ill, and enjoy having Cissie’s flat to themselves.
In reality, Cissie has embarked on a diplomatic mission to Australia, to try to find Jason’s Mum, so she can come to the wedding. If you remember, she almost got eaten by a crocodile many years back, and since then keeps changing her name and moving home so that the crocodile can’t find her…. Jason hasn’t heard from her for years. Cissie knows she was last heard of somewhere near Canberra, and that’s where she heads for. The journey is long and stressful, and Cissie is relieved when she can at last move freely again.
She spends a few days at a hotel, is able to see some of the sights, and make contact with a private detective who has promised to help her with the search. She visits Government House, Parliament House, and a wild-life sanctuary, where she can admire parrots, crocodiles, kangaroos and koalas. She does not have much time as she needs to find her sister, Queenie. She is at least happy that Canberra has plenty of shops and restaurants, even if she does not find a fish-and-chip shop.
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The detective does not look like Cissie expects him to. He turns up in khaki shorts and shirt, calls Cissie ‘Mate’, and is very cool! He says he has some addresses for them to check out, and that they will need to be out and about for three or four days. Cissie packs her case, tells the hotel she will be back by the end of the week, and off they go.
Back in London, Thelma is getting worried. Apart from the postcard that Cissie sent on the third day in Canberra,she has not been in contact for ten days. This is something quite unheard of, as Cissie needs to communicate with friends and family several times a day.
The hotel hasn’t seen Cissie since she left with Dougie, the Private Eye.
Where can she be??
For Paint Party Friday I want to share some of my heads (?!?). This isn't finished yet, I have just been playing around this week with colours, just having fun!
So, that was all for today. If you want to know what has happened to Cissie, be sure to read next Friday's episode! Have a good weekend, take care, and thanks for dropping in!