I told Tiny Man Giant to hide behind a shrub, put his ear to the ground and look out for trouble. As the coordinator of the reconnaissance mission, I sat in an unobtrusive little van with darkened windows a little further up on Elisabeth street. Clean Mary drove up in my direction in her busted down Ford and stopped in front of the mansion on the hill, pretending to have car trouble. She opened the bonnet, inspected the engine and despairingly looked around for help. After a moment she climbed the stairs to the front door of the mansion on the hill. I followed the proceedings on my tablet. Siegfried Schulz had been very pleased with our plan and insisted Clean Mary would wear a wire and carry a tiny camera so we could hear every word that was said and see everything that came in front of her. She was to film all the antiques and valuables that needed to be stolen. On my tablet I saw her approach the door and ring the bell. Professor Hubnoth opened the door and he too was well prepared for his role, wearing a housecoat and pink rubber gloves and holding a toilet brush up in the air. The tiny camera hidden inside a medallion that dangled between Clean Mary's breasts recorded his indignation at being disturbed while in the middle of his housekeeping duties. (It was part of the act, of course. The professor had in his life not cleaned a toilet even once).
'Yes, love, what is the matter?'
Clean Mary broke down and cried real tears. She snivelled that her car had broken down, she'd forgotten her mobile phone and could she please come in and call her boyfriend? It was the best acting I saw anybody do. Professor Hubnoth told her to please not make a scene on his front step.
'You'd better come in,' he said.
She was inside the building! Well done.
I was recording everything so I had something to show to Siegfried Schulz later that day.
In the meantime Clean Mary was filming everything: antique furniture, clocks, vases, paintings, while professor Hubnoth was looking for his phone so that Clean Mary could call a friend to help her with the broken down car. And then, all of a sudden, the screen on my tablet went black. A few minutes later my phone rang. Clean Mary asked me to come and rescue her.