April 10 2013
Today we were stopped by a mendicant—this city is full of beggars! But this man was very fierce and told us that he knew how to find what I had lost.
I am to meet him on Sunday at the Rue de Gas in a hidden (but public) garden. Jaspar is, of course, against it, but I will take Lilly with me, and a weapon as well.
I must find Esmé and Sapphora!
Today I visited with Ida Zucker. She insisted that I draw her portrait. I attempted a drawing. She was happy with the sketch and would like to commission a painting, but I am much too fretful about missing Esmé and Sapphora. Ida said she would ask some discrete questions tonight at the Count's dinner party.
I've seen him! Count Pettipah, here on the island. I've drawn his face as best I an remember and shown the sketch to Jaspar and Lilly.
They have been looking for any man with a tri-forked beard, but so far no luck.
Tomorrow, I lunch with Ida Zucker.
I had forgotten how much I hate this place. Hot, unpleasant, noisy. But all we can do now is wait for information on my Sapphora and dear Esmé.
Still waiting. I watch this street, every day, hoping for a sign regarding my 2 lost dear ones. Jaspar searches every day, asking about in the shops and alleys.