20/20 Investigations, Inc…Chapter 9.

That guy, John, has hired others to come here and search for the gold, but I managed to scare them away with my ghost act.  Didn’t work with you and your cat though.  Just look at this evidence.  Hmm, and old family Bible.  Okay, it mentions everyone up to Mrs. Baker’s grandchildren, so that doesn’t help.  Both you and John claim to be great grandchildren.  Sure it helps, look here, one grandson is named John, but he died as a baby.  But, as I mentioned, John claims to be a great grandson.  But there’s only one other grandchild, Lydia explains, and that’s Joan, my mother, and I’m her only child.

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By the hotel Suisse are stairs going up to castle hill. Must have been a thousand steps, lots of people grumbled about that. I took the elevator. However, it broke down after I used it. People grumbled about that.

Both my parents died 2 years ago in a car accident.  I think John was behind that, but I have no proof.  Hmm, if he killed off the living relatives, then he could move in and claim the estate, and the gold.  That’s why I have been hiding here, looking for the gold and scaring others away, said Lydia.  John said that 2 relatives died while looking for the gold, so that would likely be your parents.  Yes, said Lydia, they had been looking for the gold too.  I tried to keep everything neat, but covered with dust so people wouldn’t know where I had been looking.  And I kept my great grandmother’s favorite things dust free to help establish my ghost image.

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Looking out over a nice marina from castle hill.

That reminds me, how did you make yourself glow like that?  I found a jar of phosphorescent powder in the basement and I just sprinkle that on myself, she explained.  Hmm, you better be telling the truth, remember, Muffin still has her eyes on your feet.  Meow, Meow!!  Muffin said “tell the truth or I go chomp!”  I am telling the truth, but how else can I prove it?  Okay, in the morning we go to town and check the birth records.  Meow.  Oh, right, someone burned my car.  Sorry, that was me, said Lydia.  Why do that if you wanted us to leave?  I didn’t think about that until afterward.

But we can use my car, I keep it hidden behind an old shed out back.  And when we find the gold I will buy you a new car, I promise.  Meow.  What did she say? She said “if” you find the gold.  Muffin doesn’t think you will.  I’m beginning to think so too, sighed Lydia. Lydia changed her clothes and I left Muffin in the room with her so she wouldn’t disappear again.  Muffin and I were not sure we should trust her just yet, she could be working with John hoping we would find the gold for them.  Then Lydia took us to her basement kitchen and made us breakfast.

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Another nice view from castle hill

On the way to town Lydia talked about her parents and her dream of opening her own art gallery, but she didn’t say anything that would help us.  Her story matched what we found out at the records office, but she could have been there before to check these details to help her story.  Lydia and Muffin went back to the car while I stayed behind for a few minutes.  What else did you check, asked Lydia?  Just an added detail, I’ll tell you later.  Meow? (was she there before?).  No Muffin.  Meow? (and the police?)  All taken care of.  How do you know what Muffin is saying?  Practice, was all I said.

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Another nice view from castle hill looking over the city of Nice, with the Alps in the background.

On the way back Lydia asked me if I had a gun.  Nope, don’t carry one, I said.  By the way, I called John to meet us at the house.  What??!!, screamed Lydia.  Meow!! (we are going to die now!!).  Look out!!  Noooo!!!  Meow!!!

To be continued.

Steve and Muffin.

© 2020 Steve McLeod. (all pictures from my vacation in June 2019 to Nice, France)

111 Comments on “20/20 Investigations, Inc…Chapter 9.

  1. Wow! I’m kind of crazy…. this kind of describes me! 😉
    I made you breakfast!!!!!!! How nice! That’s real.

    I wanna know how you got John into this story…. any reason for the name John?

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  2. Wow that’s a big castle and why so many boat’s inside a lake 🤔 hope it has a way to exit 🙄 Castle view is so beautiful, is that the place you live in ☺️. Coming to the story, so she is not a Ghost, uh uh …. And now she is cooking 😂😸 Nice story with lot of twist again 😉 at the end it’s always a surprise isn’t it☺️ waiting for next part 😍

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    • Those are pictures from my vacation in France.😀🌞😎 That marina is really just part of the Mediterranean Sea.😀⛴🛥 Castle hill is just a hill where a castle once stood but was destroyed in WWII.😕 There are still remnants of the castle but not much. But a great place to get some pics!😁📷
      No, Lydia is not a ghost….or is she?🤔👻 Stay tuned, more excitement to come!😁😸🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♂️Hope you had a great day Simon!

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      • Oh that was France ☺️ i thought you live near this place. Isn’t it nice to stay warm 🥰. WWII 🤔 Thank god i never read history books 😂😂. Still a great place to visit 😉 . Lydia is not ghost, but is she? Now you are triggering my curiosity 😁 i am excited again Steve, don’t delay and post Asap😸. It was a good day, tmrw I’m going for an interview 😉 i dont want to travel to spicy world again, so planning to try get a good workplace here. No workplace is a good place here, but it’s part of life now☺️. Hope all is well and you had good sleep.

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      • I hope your interview goes well Simon! It would be nice to have a job where you can stay where you are.😀😀
        France was nice to visit, nice and warm!🌞😎🌴
        Things are happening in this story. Who is Lydia really? What just happened? Is there any gold? Is Lydia working with John? Where’s Muffin?🤔🤔😲😲 All this and more coming up in the next chapter!😁😸🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♂️
        Have a good night Simon!😄🌙😴

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      • That’s a lot of questions, almost everything I got while reading your story 😍. France indeed nice 😉 but i get job offers in Canada, Hong Kong and London. Not sure why other countries not giving me job 🙄😳 Thanks Steve, i hope it goes well. I pray for the same ☺️. Yes Steve, off to bed. But stuck reading a book, I’ll read it for a while and let the sleep take over 😌 Good night Steve ✨🥰

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      • Canada is too cold,🥶 Hong Kong not safe,😲 London would be nice but a bit wet in winter.☔🌂☂
        Hey, you should be sleeping, don’t want to be yawning during your interview. Will pray you get a better job Simon.😀😺
        Good night.😴🌙📚

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      • None of the place is good 😳🙄 Yet to get the job description from agent. Good they didn’t turn back. Thank you so much Steve 🥰, it’s ur bed time. Have a peaceful night Steve✨

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      • Don’t forget, be on your best behavior at the interview! Can’t go to bed yet, too much pain,😳 have to wait a while. Sigh.🤪😜🙄

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      • Again 😳🙄 You should call a doctor to take care of this. Don’t strain yourself and get back to sleep when you can. ✨☺️

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      • My doctor knows, nothing can be done for it though, except rest, lie down more. I will get to bed soon. It’s a problem I have had most of my life, I had polio when I was a kid, that’s what did it.😳😳 Cold weather bothers my back a lot.😬 Hot weather always makes it feel good.😁😸

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      • You could try a hot back pack, like the one you can fill with water and use as pillow 🙄😜🤔 How do i explain 😒 Hope it doesn’t bother you much and let you have a peaceful sleep. Take care Steve ✨🤗

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      • Thanks Simon! We call them hot water bottles. It should settle down a bit soon, then I can lie down at least, eventually I will fall asleep. Have a nice day Simon! Let me know how the interview goes.😁😸🤔

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      • Oh i didn’t tell you this part. I got promoted 😁. Dont know whether to celebrate or not as i am yet to get the pay hike and i wanted to travel spicy state every month 😜🙄🤪 . This companies are so complicated ☺️

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      • Promoted! Your boss doesn’t want you to leave. I hope your pay gets promoted too. Does this mean you won’t be looking for another job now?🤔🤔😁

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      • Yes, my boss does that a lot, but, No, this is the time I’ll surely look out for job, so that i get double hike in a Year 🤪😁 my pay is the least one in my company i should increase that equally to my designation 😁 So I’ll work on it for sure.☺️

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      • What??😲 The least??😳 And he sends you to the spicy land!! 🥵🥵What’s with that? I sure hope you can get something better. That’s terrible. Sigh.😕😬

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      • Yes Steve, and these corporate play with people pay scale a lot. No standard pay across country 🙄. Now you get it 😉 why people are going abroad.😜 .

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      • 😂😂 Precisely that’s what i feel. But as i said yesterday we frequently get calls for only these countries, now China also calls us🙄😜 Strange☺️☺️ Still not to bed. Oops am i disturbing. No I’m not.

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      • China? You can speak Chinese too?🤔🙄No, you’re not disturbing me, I’m up now. Good morning to your evening! Hope your day was good! Are you relaxing yet?🤔🤪😜🌴No? I didn’t think so. Sigh. Enjoy your evening Simon!😁😸🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♂️

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      • Ha ha ha, no i dont speak Chinese, but my wife watches Chinese series 🙄 God knows what she understood 😜😂😂 chow kow yum yin.. 😂😂 Day was so good, not relaxing working from home on the day closing reports 😉 well u guessed it right 😁. Enjoy your morning. Hope you done with your breakfast ✨🤗

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      • Burp. Yep, breakfast is finished!🤪🙄Muffin too is finished her breakfast. Now she’s looking for something. Perhaps mischief?🙀 I think she is trying to get my attention, “hey, I want to play”!😾I’m getting behind in my reading again, must read more!😬😂😹🙄

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      • Hi Muffin, I’m sorry i often miss you in our chat. Hope she had a yummy breakfast. Comeon Steve, Read more, yes that’s really important. I’m on my reading time too. Reading Sophie’s diary 😍 .. Happy Reading Steve.. nothing wrong in getting behind ☺️😉 Enjoy Reading..,😺

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      • I don’t read fast enough, that’s my problem. Sigh.😕 But I get there eventually.😂🙄Meow! (My breakfast was great). Sometimes I think she eats a better breakfast than I do.😂😹🤔Chapter 10 coming soon!😲😳🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♂️

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      • You read super fast according to me, i read super slow, no I’m not giving up that position to you 🤪😜🕵️ Back to detective mode, with better breakfast muffin is going to have a great sleep purring… Waiting for chap.10 😍😍😍

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      • Yep, Muffin is sleeping and was snoring a bit too, but she has stopped that. Guess I will have to wake her up so she can help me finish chap 10 which is coming out today.😁😸🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♂️ But my today is your yesterday and your today is my tomorrow so that means that chapter 10 is coming out yesterday so you can read it tomorrow.😂😂😹😹🙄🤔

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      • Snoring 😺 she snore too😉🤪 great company. Do you snore🤔😜 i do 😂😂 loudly 😜. I’ll have to continue your post reading Steve stil lot more to go. 🙄 Busy with my Book ☺️ I’ll have to pause a bit 😉

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      • Yes, Muffin snores a lot sometimes, and quite loud too.🙀😳 So do I, even wake myself up sometimes.😄🤪 Amazing Muffin will sleep with me.😂😹

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      • ☺️☺️😂😂 Are you are she isn’t using East buds, i do sometimes to not to wake myself up 😂😂 oops, I’m disturbing you again 🙄😳😒 no I’m not 🤪😁 Good Night ✨🤗🤗🤗

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      • Yep, I’m gone now, hey, that’s not a bad idea, maybe I should try that and I wouldn’t wake myself up! Good night!😁😸🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♂️

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      • Good idea, time for breakfast says Muffin.😺 I will wake up my human to get it for me. 😹😹I’ll tell him it was your idea.😸😻

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      • She did 🙄😳 i didn’t say that,🤪 except my fingers typed something when i was asleep. Must be sleep typing 😂😜.

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      • Yep, she woke me up at 3:34am and wanted breakfast.😹☹😒 Naturally she got her breakfast since I wanted to go back to sleep.😄😴🙄I think I’m sleep typing right now.😄😸⛄

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      • Oops that’s bad. She does tat often🤔 3:34 am. Looks like my usual time to look at my phone and bury my head under the pillow saying damn, it’s not morning yet.😂😂😜 U must be sleep typing how about a short sleep again 😁

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      • Muffin often wakes me up early, hmm, maybe I know why now.🤨😛🤪It’s a beautiful mild morning again, -6C, almost spring!🌞 Right. Long ways to spring yet.⛄⛄ No sleeping until tonight now, or I won’t sleep tonight.😂😹😄🙄

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      • Now you are looking at the right direction 😂😜 oops no I’m not 😜 -6 🥶 no clue how you call that a spring, but glad it’s now -6 instead of -25 or -35 it’s better 🤗🤗 No sleeping in between 🤔 hmm strange…☺️🤔💐

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      • Yes indeed, after those cold temps, -6 feels like spring.😄🌼 Waiting for those days when it finally gets up to 5 or 10!🌞😎 Long wait though. I just can’t sleep during the day, I lie down and eyes pop open.😳😂🙄

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      • Yes Steve, Looking for you to come out and explore us more Canada nature 😍😍 You never sleep at day, hmm🤔 you know what i sleep while sitting after every lunch 😳😒😜

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    • France is beautiful, and hot, in summer at least.🌞😎🌴
      Yes, twists and turns. Is Lydia who she says she is? Is she really a ghost? Is she working with John? Is she trying to kill Muffin and I? What just happened at the end of Chapter 9?😳🤔🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♂️Stay tuned! Glad you’re enjoying the story Renee.😁😸

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  3. Well done Steve!!! Sorry been a bit busy with other stuff and work.. I am caught up now though!! Can’t wait until Friday!!🙀👻👻👻🐱‍👤🐱‍👤🐱‍👤

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