It was fully a half-hour before Liddy’s groans subsided. At intervals I went to the door into the hall and looked out, but I saw and heard nothing suspicious. Finally, when Liddy had dropped into a doze, I even ventured as far as the head of the circular staircase, but there floated up to me only the even breathing of Winters, the night detective, sleeping just inside the entry. And then, far off, I heard the rapping noise that had lured Louise down the staircase that other night, two weeks before. Grumpy Unicorn Annoyed Unicorn Touchy Unicorn Shirt, Hoodie. It was over my head, and very faint—three or four short muffled taps, a pause, and then again, stealthily repeated.
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