1st ( Laughs. ) If you don’t stay the night you pay us another twenty francs.
2nd : Only a Rusky would fall for that. Rusky logic.
1st: A night with the great Mata Hari used to be worth at least one hundred but unfortunately she’s a little past her prime. Still I have no complaints. Making love with such a one as she is like sampling fine wine. It improves with age.
2nd: It is certainly the best wine I have ever tasted. ( They exit. )
Zelle and Vadime are still in bed. Zelle rises ; puts on her robe and moves to the window looking for the officers who have set the wager. Vadime follows.
Zelle: No-one is waiting to collect. I guess the word has gone out that Mata Hari is indisposed. How long can you stay?
Vadime: Tonight I must return to my regiment.
Zelle: Then we must make the most of this day. Let me show you Paris. First I’ll take you to ….
Vadime: ( Takes her in his arms. ) Shhh …. ( Kisses her. )
For me this room is all of Paris and you are it’s heart. ( Leads her back to the bed. )
Zelle: Breakfast? ( Pulls on a cord next to the bed and disrobes.)
© Renee Dallow 10/12/12