"Hi, Rickie," Ralphie said, and returned the smile. Nobody knew Mrs Wadsworth had actually given birth to triplets, not twins. Rickie had been born with a cleft palette and a club foot. Mr and Mrs Wadsworth had been so concerned about Rickie's appearance and how it would look to high society, that they had hidden the baby boy away. They hadn't bothered with him since his birth, and had no idea of the remarkable genius their unwanted son possessed. Ralphie had stumbled upon the underground passageways when he was five, and had discovered the existence of his brother. He had kept the knowledge to himself, and visited Rickie whenever he could. Now that their parents were dead, Ralphie wanted Rickie to take his proper place in the family. Suzie, as always, would pose a problem.