The feather boa was present and Gladys was being very attentive to Oriel's needs.Caroline noted the thick coating of dust upon the sideboard and wondered some more. "I have a surprise for you, Auntie" she said. "I'm not really sure if it is a nice surprise or a very nasty one" "Don't talk in riddles, girl" said Oriel testily, reaching for the bottle of Jack Daniels. "Well, it's just that I have seen my brother Cedric here, in the village, today!" Gladys didn't look best pleased. One relative was quite enough for her, however was she going to cope - just when she and Oriel were getting along so well together. "I'm sure that Cedric is quite old enough to look after himself," she said crisply,"but I suppose that we had better ask him round for tea one day".