The foyer of Zelle’s hotel in Madrid. She hands a letter to the clerk at the front desk. Colonel Denvignes watches her and waits for the right moment to introduce himself. He buys a long stemmed rose from the hotel florist.
Clerk: Certainly madame.
Zelle: Oh please don’t look at me that way. I am here on a very important mission. I’m afraid it must be kept secret. Trust me I know what I’m doing.
(Moves towards stairs leading up to her room. Denvignes intercepts her and hands her the rose.)
Denvignes: I couldn’t help noticing you madame. Please accept these as a small token of my appreciation for your beauty.
Zelle: How charming. But the again I would expect nothing less from a Frenchman. Are you staying here?
Zelle: And what brings you to Madrid Monsieur er…
Denvignes: Oh excuse me. What bad manners. I was so overcome by your presence that I forgot to introduce myself. Colonel Denvignes is my name and I am in Madrid to ensure that no harm comes to you.
Zelle: I see.So you are from the bureau then?
Denvignes: Precisely. When they offered me the chance to protect the great Mata Hari I saw it as an opportunity too good to refuse.
Zelle: And what opportunity did you think protection of my person would afford you?
Denvignes: Why the chance to be … close … to you.
Zelle: Just how close would you like that to be?
Denvignes: I think you understand my meaning. ( Moves his hand to her waist and pulls her to him. ) Now how can I give you adequate protection from away down the hall. I have heard that you have a meeting with one Hans Von Kalle. May I ask when this meeting will take place?
Zelle: ( Pulling away from him.) I will not! Monsieur I am perfectly capable of conducting myself in a professional manner and I expect you to do the same. Now if you don’t mind I have urgent business to attend to. I am here to do what I can for France whereas it appears you are here only to help yourself. As for protection you can tell Captain Ladoux that I can look after myself.
( Exits up the stairs. Denvignes watches her and rubs his hands together in anticipation of his promotion with the bureau. )
Denvignes: Very well I shall be the perfect guide and soon I shall have a spy in my snare. Who would ever have thought that one such as I would be the one to capture such an exotic butterfly. ( Exits. )