20/20 Investigations, Inc…The Palace, Chapter 12.

What’s this?  Wow, now this is interesting Muffin, good girl.  Okay, now, can you put this back without getting caught?  Meow.=No problem.  And off she goes once more.  Hmm, she’s taking a long time, that’s not good.  But she finally gets back.  Was there any problems?  Meow, meow.=I almost got caught, so had to wait for another opportunity, but I did it.  Good, now it’s time for us to go in there.  Meow.=Okay.  I make sure that Muffin is ready, just in case.  Hi girls, I say as we enter the kitchen.  Hmm, they both seem surprised to see us.  Where have you been?, asks Rossana.  Just out walking around the island, there is a nice path that follows the whole island.  There was a lot of interesting sights to see out there.IMG_0512 Did you find the jewels out there?, asks Olivia very excitedly.  I said, interesting, not fabulous.  She seemed quite deflated at the news.  I go over and look out the window which was close to Olivia.  She picks up her bag and moves away.  What’s wrong?, asks Rossana.  Just being careful after last night, there are others out here watching us.  We met Giuseppe last night too.  We already knew he was out here, says Olivia.  Yes, but when we met him, he was dead.  Olivia moves a little further away and reaches into her bag.  Looking for this, as I hold up a small handgun.  Oh, and don’t try to move, Muffin is aimed at you and she won’t miss.IMG_0226

What’s going on?, asks Rossana.  I start to explain, Olivia is a private investigator, just like her dad, but…this is not Olivia!  I thought Rossana was going to faint.  A switch was made at the airport, that’s why it took so long for this Olivia to appear.  The resemblance is quite remarkable, except for one thing.  What’s that?  Your voice, I said.  It is so very close to Olivia’s voice, but, Muffin had you picked out right away when we got in the car.  Animals can pick up very small differences in people’s voices.  Meow!=That’s right, can’t fool a cat!  Why didn’t you say something sooner?, asks Rossana.  We were playing along to find out what she was up to.  Her real name is Sophia Bianchi, according to her passport.

She looks in her bag.  Don’t worry, you’re passport is still there.  But, I kept back an even more interesting document.  Hey, how did you get that?  We have ways, right Muffin?  Meow!=Right!  I show the document to Rossana.  Apparently she is the only living relative of this princess who supposedly committed suicide.  But, she was actually murdered.  Sophia and Rossana both looked shocked.  Muffin and I found her remains in a pit that we fell into last night.  Along with the remains of 3 others.  There was good proof it was the princess.  Let me see it, demands Sophia.  In time, but not now.  Anyway, she says, you’re right.  When I heard the present owners had hired you to find the jewels, I needed to so something so decided to follow along.  Olivia is fine, enjoying a holiday in Spain right now.IMG_0486

I had Olivia’s phone number so called to confirm the story.  Everything was fine with her so that was good.  Maybe we should continue to look for the jewels together, Sophia said, much more nicely now.  Rossana thinks we should leave, it’s too dangerous here.  And trying to find those jewels in just a few days is almost impossible, she added.  Meow, meow.=I agree, we tried, so let’s go home now.  Muffin, we’re not cowards or quitters, are we?  Meow, meow.=Not a bad time to start.  We’ll leave when we’re done, and stop sighing so much, it’s depressing.  Meow.  What do you mean, good, I like company?IMG_0461

I tell them which of the bedrooms belonged to the princess, so we decide to start searching there and see if we can find some clue.  I figured there might be a secret passageway in there.  Muffin is on top of the fireplace mantel searching around.  Meow!=Over here!  What did you find Muffin?  She points to a fancy knob on top of the mantel.  I try turning it and sure enough, a small door opens beside the fireplace.  Way to go Muffin!  Everyone ready for some exploring?  Yes.  Yes.  Meow.=No.  Okay Muffin, on my shoulder.  After a big sigh she jumps on.  It doesn’t look like this narrow passageway has been used in a very long time.  Once we are all in the door closes behind us.  It’s locked, says Rossana.  Now what?

To be continued.

Steve and Muffin.

© 2020 Steve McLeod.


36 Comments on “20/20 Investigations, Inc…The Palace, Chapter 12.

  1. You sure lead a lot of people down dead ends and locked doors!!! Are there any candles or light switches? It’s so dark in those places I can’t see a thing!! I wonder what could be at the end of the tunnel??😲😲🤭🤭🤠🤠😂😂

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    • That’s why Muffin and I always carry flashlights. The girls have flashlights too, that will show up next time. hehe. No electricity in the lower levels or the secret passageways, but…next time.😂😹🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♀️🙄


  2. You and Muffin sure make a good team…You are holding my attention to this story !…Enjoy the warmer weather that is on the way !🙀🕵️‍♂️🔎🔎🥓🥞☕️

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    • Thanks! On the way? We had 37 today and likely the same tomorrow, then it starts to cool off a bit.😁😸🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♀️🌞😎


  3. Ha ha ha again to a dead end, this time with your clients 😂😂. I suspected Olivia, well i did suspected right, well written Steve✨ eagerly waiting for next part, Wish you a beautiful Weekend 💐

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    • Yep, these dead ends are all over the place. Now what do we do? Are we trapped?😲 Is there another way out? Will we end up in the torture chamber?😳😳 Will we fall into the lake?😬 Is Muffin hungry again?😾 All this and more coming up in Chapter 13!😁😸🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♀️

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      • Ha ha ha, Love your questions again, I’m sure you’ll find a way out and I’m also sure you’ll maintain the suspense ☺️ my story post has been rescheduled 😳🙄 As I need to travel back to spicy city again 😳 The summer is terrific over there it will be from 33C to 43C 🤔 I don’t want to get tanned my already tanned colour 🧐 ✨

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      • Oh no, back to that spicy place again!😳😳 Oh, and those beautiful temps though, I’m sure you’ll look forward to that!🌞🤪😜 When do you leave?🤔🤪

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      • Steve, I like summer, not 43C to fry myself 🤔 I’ll be fried like a steak isn’t it, except I don’t have any muscles 😂😂😂 Bones get fried easily isn’t it 😁😁😁 next Wednesday evening and I return on Sunday morning ☺️ This time it’s not for long 😋

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      • That’s good, just a short visit. If we got that temp here, WOW! Our snow would be gone in one day! What fun! Don’t stay in the sun too long, wear a hat, an umbrella or something.😀😀🌞🌞👒☂

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      • I’ll definitely have to be under some shades. My skin is a bit sensitive, it don’t accept too cold or too warm 🙄 Worst human kind 😂😂 Genetic Issues 👻 thanks for the tips Steve ✨🤸

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      • Hahaha 😂😂😂 Things happen all around the world, Glad to know we are not exceptions 😄😄😄 sweet dreams Steve🤸


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