20/20 Investigations, Inc…The Palace, Chapter 1.

Well, here we are, Muffin and I, on the plane headed to our next case.  Where is that you ask?  We’re going to a palace on a lake in Italy.  Apparently there was a princess that killed herself there very many years ago by jumping off a high wall.  Or did she?  Anyway, before she apparently did this, she took and hid the family jewels somewhere on the property.  The family has been looking for them ever since, but have never found any trace of those missing jewels.  That’s where Muffin and I come in, try to find those jewels and find out what really happened to the princess.

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Mama deer reaching for the delicious twigs of the apple tree

Muffin is on the seat beside me, looking calmly out the window.  Some poor airline official at the airport said Muffin couldn’t have her own seat.  He never should have said, “no dumb animal can have their own seat on our plane!”  Muffin kind of lost it at that point.  But I’m sure that poor guy will be out of the hospital soon.  The airline decided to make an exception for Muffin.  As long as no one complained she could sit there without being in her carrier.  That made Muffin and I feel a lot better.

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Junior’s first winter

Just think Muffin, we’ll get to live in that old palace and look around for lost treasure.  And that place is like a castle, it’s huge, and was used as a fortress at one time.  Muffin was all excited when I said that, her eyes got big and her tail fluffed out.  That place has been around for hundreds of years, just think what we might find in there.  It’s going to be great fun!  Meow, meow?  Danger?  Of course there is always the chance of some danger in each case we take.  But we’re ready for that, right?  Meow.  What do you mean, “speak for yourself”?  Just think about exploring all those hidden passageways that must be in that place.  Meow.  What do you mean, “more ways to die”?

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Major coming to say ‘good morning’

It’s only going to be the two of us there searching around.  Meow?  Ghosts?  You worry too much Muffin, just remember, there are no ghosts.  Meow?  Lydia?  She wasn’t a ghost, she was just pretending.  However, getting down to business, see that guy on the other side of the plane?  The one with the beard.  Muffin climbs onto my shoulder for a better look.  He’s been following us since we got to the airport.  Meow, meow.  No, we’re not going to get killed on the plane.  Stop worrying so much.  But we do need to keep an eye on him though.  I’m sure he’s probably connected to this case somehow.

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Just look at that beautiful smile

I asked the airline attendant about him.  Meow?  Yes, the one that looks like the ghost.  Stop that, you know Lydia isn’t a ghost.  Meow.  Oh, you’re just used to calling her that.  Now keep your mind on the case.  Anyway, she said that guy has been asking a lot of questions about us. But she told him it’s against airline rules to give out personal info about other passengers.  He even offered her money for info, but she refused.  Meow?  Yes, she told me his name is Allen and that he’s working for some big oil company.  She didn’t like all the questions he was asking about us.  Meow.  She would make a good PI?  I think you might be right about that.  Anyway, she has helped us out already.  I wonder what he’s saying to that guy sitting beside him?

To be continued.

Steve and Muffin.

© 2020 Steve McLeod.

41 Comments on “20/20 Investigations, Inc…The Palace, Chapter 1.

  1. Beautiful photos and a great story..looking forward to the next installment and the adventure hunting the Jewels 🙂

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  2. Hey Steve, thank you so much! You have chosen a magical setting, an enchanted place that has always inspired me with fantastic adventures. I can’t wait to read the whole story!
    Enjoy your day ☺️

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    • Thanks Ross! It’s too bad I couldn’t find pictures of the inside, so guess I will have to design my own interior! Thanks for helping me find out about this place! This is going to be fun.
      Thanks, have a wonderful Tuesday!😁😸🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♂️

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      • I think that the family that owns the island today does not want photos of the interior to circulate. In 2007, I had been on the island for a friend’s wedding. They made us visit the whole park and we ate outside (it was summer). We only had access to two rooms. In the 80s / 90s the whole family lived permanently there and the children went to school by boat (for us it is a rather unique thing). Nobody could access the island unless invited. The villa was decadent, there were rooms that were never opened where magnificent frescoes, tapestries, wooden floors, antique and very precious furniture rotted with mold and infiltrations (I know this because my father was called for a job). The mother was widowed and had no money to take care of the house. Then, having grown up, two of the daughters decided to open the island to the public to finance the restructuring which, as far as I know, is still underway. Many things, however, have been irretrievably lost.
        I hope I have been of help. Have a good day☺️

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      • Wow, thanks for all that information Ross! That is really great and will help me a lot with the story! It’s too bad that much was lost like that, it’s losing a part of history. I hope you have a wonderful day and thanks so much once again!😁😸🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♀️

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      • Yes, I did, thank you so very much! I did reply to your email, don’t know if you got it though. I have been having trouble with my email not working lately. I will be looking at it this afternoon.😁😸🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♀️

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  3. Oh These Deer photos are so beautiful that i could hardly concentrate on your story when i first read. Look at its cute smile 🥰😍 So beautiful… junior looks stunning so does Major too.. Muffin is so kind, she left the attender alive, your next adventure with a palace, sounds perfect. This time we can expect it to be more scary isn’t it.😋💐 I’m sure you’ll never fails to surprise us. Have a beautiful day ✨💐

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    • Glad you enjoyed the pics and story Simon!😃😺 I’m way behind answering comments today, just such a busy morning which started last night and carried on through the night and…has finally stopped.😂😂😹😹🙄Hope your day went well and you’re finally able to sleep again!😁😸🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♀️

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      • Yes Steve, now early woke up 😉 problem with new place 😋 i wake up early 😜 now you try to sleep early Steve ✨☺️ Have a peaceful night ✨

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      • Yes, new places always mess up the sleep schedule. Sometimes old places too, like for me!😂😹🤪🙄I will try to get an early night, but…too late already I see. How about earlier?🤔🙄Have a great day Simon!😃😺🥵

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      • New places yes🙄 But tried for a good half sleep, asusual partial insomnia 🙄 I’m never going to have a deep sleeping in my life 😒 Chose some good hotels again. Yesterday breakfast was a mess. On mistake again. Not anymore 😁 perfect food from the perfect hotel🤗 Have a peaceful night Steve. Hope nothing bothers you now to have sleep.

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      • Sometimes I sleep too deep,😴 other times no and I’m tired in the morning.😕 Usually I sleep good though.🙂😴 Biggest problem these days I’m just not getting enough exercise so I don’t get tired enough.🙄 I need that fresh air walking to do it.😃🚶‍♂️🚶‍♂️🚶‍♂️ Soon it will happen.😀🤸‍♂️🤸‍♂️

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      • Hi Steve, do enough workouts so that you get enough tired and go for sleep peacefully. Don’t stay awake. today you again had long night 🙄. take care Steve.

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    • This story will likely be longer than my first one. Muffin really comes out with new stuff this time! I might do chapter 4 tomorrow, though it’s not supposed to be out until Monday. Thanks so much Jessica, glad you like it!😁😸🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♀️

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