The sun was setting over the tree tops surrounding Lake Como. Boats passed as people returned to their docks and have dinner. Michelle sat on the large patio in front of the guest house. Evaline had just served her some coffee while Heloise finished dinner inside. It was strange having another housekeeper around, but the young woman was nice enough. She was younger than her charge and the head maid and it showed in her face when Michelle spoke to her. She had had much more formal training in a household and Michelle could tell that her relaxed banter with Evaline was extremely out of the ordinary.
A slight breeze came through, rustling the leaves and the ends of Michelle's hair. A pile of papers rested in her lap as she went through finishing touches for the annual summer party at her father's villa. Hadrian was due back soon. She was growing impatient; hopefully he had more news this time.