20/20 Investigations, Inc…The Palace, Chapter 7.

Fortunately there was a window at the end of this part of the hallway, looking out over the lake.  We were at the back of this palace and still amazingly high up from the lake below.  The window opened easily, it was straight down to the water.  Hmm, it’s a long dro…um, Muffin, must you sit on my head?  Meow.  Yes, I know you want to see, however…meow. (okay, okay).  Then she slides back onto my shoulder and down to the ledge of the window.  I look to the right and, hey, another window and not too far either. I wonder…remember how we practiced this at home Muffin?  Meow! (Yep!)  Okay, I’ll go across first and get the window open.  Meow? Why can’t you go first?  Because you couldn’t hold me if I started to fall.

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This is not my picture but is a picture of the real lake in Italy where my story takes place.

Good thing we have our backpacks with us, I said as I take out a metal bar and some rope.  I tie the rope onto a loop hook on the metal bar and fix it in place across the window.  Then out I go slowly and once down far enough I begin to swing until I have enough momentum to make it up to the next window ledge.  But, I lost my balance and down I went!  Fortunately Muffin was watching closely and she made sure the metal bar stayed put on the window frame.  Good thing it was all stone, nice and strong.  I started swinging again and back onto that other ledge.  This time I stayed there and quickly pushed the window open so I could jump inside.  Guess they didn’t feel any need to lock these windows.

These peanuts are sure good.

Okay Muffin, I call out.  Muffin pushes the metal bar so it goes out the window and Muffin falls with it!  But she’s holding on tight and I quickly pull her up to the window ledge and she jumps inside right away.  There, wasn’t that fun Muffin?  Meow, meow! (You and I have different ideas of fun!).  I pack away the rope and bar then look around the room.  Another storage room with a bunch of old furniture, broken and rotted.  Some of it could be fixed up and be beautiful furniture again.  Anyway, there are 2 doors in this room. Well Muffin, which one should we pick?  Meow! (I’m scared, maybe one is a trap!).

After a long day gathering peanuts, I need a break.

That’s a good point, but we need to find a way out of here.  I open one door which just led to stairs going down.  We don’t want to go down, that’s for sure.  Meow. (I agree).  The next door led to stairs going up and it looked like daylight at the top.  Muffin and I ran up the stairs as fast as we could and down the hallway to another window.  There was also 2 doors, one on each side of the hall, but Muffin and I decided on the window.  It was at the front of the palace and ground level.  But I couldn’t get the window open, the hinges were just too rusty.  Why don’t they take better care of this place?  Meow.  What’s that, you brought some oil?  Good girl.  I get it out of her backpack, it was just a small bottle but good enough for this job.

The food is good at this place so I don’t mind hanging around.

We had to wait a few minutes then I was able to open the window with a bit of effort.  We both got out that window fast and onto the nicely kept lawn.  There is beautiful hedges and trees, all nicely shaped by the gardener no doubt.  Feels good to be outside, right Muffin?  Meow, meow!  What do you mean “yes, now let’s stay out here and go back home?”  We have to finish this case.  And stop sighing like that.  We go back in the front door and directly to the kitchen to see if Rossana has been here.  I open the kitchen door and…No!  Meow!!

To be continued.

Steve and Muffin.

© 2020 Steve McLeod.

79 Comments on “20/20 Investigations, Inc…The Palace, Chapter 7.

  1. Crazy Muffin sitting on your head ! That got me going and I laughed…and laughed…and laughed…smart cat ! Anticipating the next chapter !😂😺🔍🔎

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    • If I did that we would be on our way home without solving this mystery!😳😸 We have to find those missing jewels! And find out who’s trying to kill us.🤔🤪😁😸🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♀️

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      • To begin with someone is after you because of those jewels! Abandon that mission and stay safe at home. 😁 Looking forward to read the next part 🙂

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      • Abandon the mission? When I have so many helpers? Or are they helping? What if…
        Something to think about.
        I’m sure you’ll like the next chapter, it has a…uh, surprise!😁😸🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♀️

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  2. hahahahah!!! Muffin and you steve, SURE HAVE DIFFERENT MINDS OF THOUGHTS THAT’S FOR SURE!!!!!!!!!

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    • Hard to tell with the 2 of us! Was this a trap? Does someone have a gun pointed at us? Did Muffin get hurt? Did Rossana show up? Stay tuned! Thanks for reading Eugenia!😁😸🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♀️


  3. 😼Here he is with his suspense again, it was at a good flow and you stopped again, you shoulve follow up with Muffin. Glad I am a slow reader, you would’ve posted the next part. Time to search for that one. 😬 Keep up Steve 😀😀

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    • Face it, I’m terrible, I love the suspense part!😂😹Chapter 8 comes out today!🥳🤸‍♂️🤸‍♂️Loved your story Simon, I had some trouble leaving a comment so hope it showed up finally. What is going to happen next? Are the 2 ladies friends or foes? Are they waiting to kill me when I find the jewels? Are there any jewels to find? Do we have enough cat food? All this and more coming up!😁😸🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♀️

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      • Here you are with suspense questions again 😂😂 Glad you loved my story. Does it scare you🤔😜 watch the cold day wrapped up and warm . Have a good day Steve ✨

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      • No, it didn’t scare me, it was just right.😀😀Yes indeed, stay inside, except I have to go out and get the mail, and maybe try for some pics.😁📷🙄

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      • Are you sure 😳 you’ll be freezed Steve 🥶 Don’t do it🙂 You did didn’t you 🙄🤔 Take care.. Hope all is well now.

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      • Oh you never listen to Steve isn’t it 😳🥶 Glad you did not froze, don’t try these stunts, these are extremely dangerous you know right 😉 Get some rest Steve 🤗

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      • Yep, it is dangerous outside now, skin can freeze in a minute. Yep, sleep time for the 2 of us. Good night Simon!😀😸🌙😴🤔They need a sleeping cat emoji.

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      • Hi Steve, It’s Dangerous and you are still testing your skin ability 😉 yeah they need a cat sleeping emoji 😸 Have a beautiful day ✨

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      • I always try to push the limits, that’s why I get in trouble all the time. Sigh. Will I ever learn? Will summer ever come? Will I run out of coffee?😳🙀☕☕ Is Guiseppe going to kill us? Does Muffin have enough cat food? Is Guiseppe really a good guy? Is one or both ladies trying to kill us? Answers coming. Stay tuned for chapter 9!😀😸🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♀️

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      • You always does that 😁 we know, that is Steve🙂 and here you go with so much questions to think about this next chapter 🤗 you promote your stories good ✨😉 Good night Steve 🤗


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