Suddenly Mrs. Banks' cell phone went off and she excused herself. Some kids standing nearer to her cringed as her booming voice reverberated round the floor.
"CHILDREN!" she cupped her hands round her mouth after the call ended. "I'll be going downstairs to sort some stuff out, stay where you are! Stella will look after you guys."
Will frowned deeply as she scurried off to the staircase. Already Stella was about to finish handing out the brushes, while most of the kids were huddling together talking amongst themselves.
He swallowed hard. Heart beating fast not unlike a young man about to ask a girl out on a date, he crept slowly towards her.
"Oh, hi Will!" she turned around and smiled at him. "You almost frightened me. So what's up?"
He giggled a little, talking with one of the nice ladies always made him do that. Then his face turned serious.
"I...I have something to ask you."
"Welllllll..." he pursed his lips. Do it! Do it! his mind screamed.
"Can you tell me more about the Secret Room?"
There. He said it.