Pride turned to anxiety and panic as I walked towards the front gate.
What made me sally forth and onward I will never know, but I had the presence of mind enough to put the bouquet behind my back with my left hand, reaching forward with my right to ring the bell.
Only there wasn’t one.
I guess they did not have too many visitors and didn’t want to give the idea that there should be any.
After all it was a Hermitage.
I looked up and saw there was a camera overhead, staring down at me with what I swear was a glowing red eye ball, like that scene from the movie where the computer took over the space ship and had to be unplugged.
“I forgot the name of that movie. It had to have been close to a century ago.”