“So,” said the elegant older woman with asperity, “who’s providing who with a cover story here?”
“Ma’am?” The younger speaker was a nondescript girl/woman in her late teens.
“I was persuaded to let you and your friends tag along because chaperoning a school representative team was a better story than our original one.”
“You make an excellent headmistress, ma’am.” The words and tone were completely respectful.
“Thank you. Last night a man was investigating our luggage, but you dealt with him before your uncle and I could intervene.”
“We saw you and that emo boy.”
“Ah, yes. Edan.”
“Exactly. So, what’s your sport again? If anyone asks.”