Checking in on the 26th, Colette is attended to by several different bellboys helping with her luggage. She is under an assumed name and has Mr. Hanson alerted that her background will need to check out if it is questioned. She has relatively little luggage, but it is sports equipment and fairly heavy.
Colette- “I intend on taking part in the ‘HOPE’ games taking place in the Park next week,” she says and smiles as the straining bellhop.
Bellhop- “Ughh…We have OOOF a lot of visitors for that track and field contest”
Both she and the bellhop get into the elevator
Colette- “And it is all for a good cause!” she says.
They arrive at the Penthouse level. It is Floor 26 of the Essex, and is located just below the large dining hall that takes up all of the top floor. The 4 penthouses are of presidential quality, and if checked out, someone would find that there are 2 of the 4 currently rented for the next few weeks. One is to the Diplomatic mission from Kazakistan, a group of 8 or 10 diplomats who are here for the United Nations African relief meeting, and the other is rented to a an up and coming amateur track and field star who will be participating in the ‘HOPE’ games.
The bellhop give Colette the key for the room, and a pamphlet for numbers to contact if she needs anything. Colette searches for cash and finds none in her blouse. Embarrased, instead of cash she reaches downward and gives him a kiss on the cheek while holding his shoulder.
The bellhop turns red and he is much embarrassed, but he is satisfied with the tip she has given him.
Colette (aka Alicia Royce) makes sure the room door is shut, and pushes the button that closes all of the windows.
She opens her first piece of luggage and goes to work!