As Alex walked in, Susan was standing behind the counter, “The cash box is missing.”
“Maybe Andrea put it away somewhere for the night?”
“It was right here, I saw it when I locked up last night, and I was the first one in. Someone took it.”
“Don’t jump to conclusions. Maybe someone else got in before you.”
“And left the door locked, didn’t turn on any lights and took the cash box out from under the counter?”
“Maybe they had their hands full so didn’t turn on the lights or turn the key enough to pop it into ‘unlock,’ then didn’t realize it was still locked. Then, maybe they picked up the cash box, because they could set their things on the counter and set the cash box on top and pick everything back up together.”
“You really live in Lala Land don’t you Alex.”
“Just trying to be optimistic, was there much in it?”
“I don’t think so. The cover was broken so we were putting all the change in the drawer so it wouldn’t be heavy. Maybe twenty bucks... but still. Oh! If there was a burglar, they could have taken other things! We better go check our offices!” Susan added, suddenly more alarmed.
“There’s nothing in my office worth stealing...”
Just then Andrea came out from the back with the cash box. “I fixed the cash box! I got the part last night and came in early to fix it.”
“You didn’t turn on the lights?” Susan said.
“Oh, I guess I didn’t, I was excited about fixing the box and I had my hands full, so I just slipped the box on top as I went by. Sorry.”
Alex looked at Susan and smiled, “Welcome to Lala Land!”
Susan did not smile back