As someone who loves deleted scenes on DVDs, I’m pleased to offer you a collection of deleted scenes from my novels. Here you will find unedited, unpublished scenes that were deleted for a reason. (Largely because I needed to do better.)
Note: deleted scenes can and will contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.
Had Monaco been a larger, more naturally wealthy nation then the royal family might have remained more secluded behind their walls.
But, as it was, it was really as simple as having Hale smile and approach the counter, sliding a credit card toward the man in the red checkered
coat, and saying “Two please.”
The smile, Kat thought, might have even been overkill.
She was not the first thief to ever stroll inside the Prince’s Palace, Kat knew. She had heard the stories her whole life while sitting around Uncle Eddie’s kitchen table.
They stood side-by-side in a crowd of tourists from five star hotels and bargain luxury cruiseships, docked in the bay for the day. Almost all, Kat noticed, had taken a brief moment, to notice Hale.
Hale’s attention, on the other hand, was utterly elsewhere engaged.
“Did Uncle Eddie really steal Princess Grace’s tiara?” Hale looked and sounded exactly like a tourist, Kat realized, as he scanned the art-lined walls and beautiful silk curtains.
“Just the little one,” Kat whispered.
“And your great-grandmother…”
“Any crown prince who leaves an eighteenth century tiara just lying around for a chambermaid to steal is just asking to lose it.”
He laughed as if she had a good point. She smiled as if maybe being a tourist was a good way to spend a day after all.
“See him?” Kat stopped and pointed to an oil painting of a duke from the 1860s. “Oh, that’s Uncle Pierre.” Hale turned at her.
“Way. Posed as a long-lost cousin.” She stopped for a second and admired the long-lost relative. “You’ve got to hand it to him. He really knew how to commit!”
So no, Kat wasn’t the first thief inside the Prince’s Palance. But then again, Kat suspected, she might have been the first to walk right through the front doors.