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“Joe”….what secrets are you hiding, why are you pretending to be a teen, and what happened to the real Joaquin Castillo?

Later that day, Adelaide suggests that Elizabeth takes their guest out to enjoy some American food.  Elizabeth reluctantly agrees, she’s pretty sure that she and Joe have nothing in common.  She has no idea what they’ll talk about since he’s a nerdy genius and she isn’t.

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Matthew shows Joe the room and then heads outside to play.  As soon as he’s gone, Joe is on his phone.

Joe (dropping the accent):  “I’m in, they actually think I’m that kid and don’t suspect a thing.”

He listens for a little bit:  “It’s not going to be easy but I’ll think of something.  I’ll call you soon as I find anything out.”

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Adelaide worried their guest will get the wrong impression quickly jumps in.

Adelaide:  “Oh, don’t mind them they’re being silly.  They’re just shy around a prince.”

Joaquin:  “Oh, I’m not a prince.  I’m 12th in line to the throne.”

Adelaide:  “12th?  Oh my, that’s closer than I thought.”

They chat for a little longer while Joaquin keeps staring at the Crain children who smile politely back at him.  It’s creeping him out a little how silent they’re being!  The mother is having a hard time pronouncing his name so he suggests they call him Joe instead.

Nicholas:  “Matthew, why don’t you show Joe to his room?”

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Joaquin stares at the Crain children who just smile and stare back.  They were born with silver spoons in their mouth and are very well versed in how upper class children should behave.

They remain silent until spoken to and smile politely while the adults converse. 

Joaquin waves at them, wondering if they ever speak.

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Joaquin:  “Um, hello?”

Matthew:  “Shh…..you shouldn’t talk unless mother says it’s alright.”

Joaquin:  “Seriously?”

Elizabeth just nods and doesn’t say a word.

Matthew:  “Yes, it’s the way you show you have manners and were raised properly.”

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A few days later……

The exchange student arrives, his name is Joaquin Castillo.  Adelaide is so excited about having somebody with a connection to Spanish royalty in her home that she can’t stop smiling.  She’s imaging the women in her social circle gnashing their teeth and throwing their hands up in envy.

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Adelaide getting straight to business:  “So, I understand you’re in line to the Spanish throne?”

Nicholas:  “Sweetheart, how about we make sure he’s comfortable before grilling him about his family?”

Elizabeth and Matthew just sit and smile, they know not to get in their mother’s way when she’s “socializing”.

Nicholas:  “Is this your first time in this country?”

Joaquin:  “No, sir.  I attended a private boarding school here when I was younger.”

Nicholas:  “That explains your excellent use of our language then.”

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Scared and confused….

All she wanted to do was find her grandmother and instead she’d found something much worst!

If the person had killed a cop, what would they do to her?  A teenage girl?

She’s too scared to tell anybody what she heard.  She’ll just pretend like she wasn’t there. It was dark, she’s sure the person didn’t get a good look at her.  She knows she didn’t get a good look at them.

But….

She’ll never forget that voice and will recognize it anywhere.

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A breaking story alert sounds on the television and they both stop talking to listen, Elizabeth feels her eyes going huge as she sees the body from last night!

Reporter:  “Breaking news from the Garden District of New Crest, Detective Marcus Fox was found dead in an alley behind the New Crest Health Club.  Police Chief Johnson informed us that the death is under investigation but it appears to have been a homicide….”

Matthew turns to look at his sister:  “Hey, weren’t you there last night?”

Elizabeth feels sick to her stomach and stares at the screen in horror till she hears her brother talking.

Elizabeth:  “What?  No, I decided to look somewhere else. Um…. I just remembered I need to do some homework.”

Matthew watches his sister walk away with a confused look on his face.  She never did homework!  The only reason she wasn’t failing was because their father donated so much money to the school.

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