20/20 Investigations, Inc…The Palace, Chapter 15.

One stone that looked a little different in color than the rest of them.  I pushed it and that stone door slid open again.  Cool!  We are able to get out of here after all, I tell them.  Out where?, asks Sophia.  Back into that terrible narrow stairway, adds Rossana, I don’t think I can do that again.  Well, Muffin and I are leaving anyway, you two can stay here if you want.  Wait, yells Sophia, I’m coming!  Me too, says Rossana, I’m certainly not staying here alone.  So off we go back down these narrow winding stairs right to the bottom.  Now what?, asks Sophia, we’re stuck again.  Maybe not, I said, look at this, the walls are curving to match the winding stairs, all but this one section at the bottom.  So what does that mean, asks Rossana, who is already getting nervous.

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Male pine grosbeak

I think it’s a door to the real hidden room, that one upstairs is just another decoy room to stop enemies.  Good theory if it’s true, says Sophia.  We shall see, I said as I start to look for a colored stone.  There it is, I said, right at the bottom of that step, just barely noticeable as a different color.  With torches and candles a person would never see the difference, I said.  I push the stone and sure enough a door swings open.  And this time we can just walk in.  It’s amazing how they managed to make this place, I said.  I’m thrilled, said Sophia quite sarcastically.  Meow, meow.=I’m really starting to like this place.  Thanks Muffin.  Well, let’s go.  Once we are all inside the door slams shut behind us.

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Black-capped chickadee getting an energy boost.

We turn to the right and, hmm, we can’t stand up anymore along here.  Guess we will have to crawl through this section, I said.  I could see Rossana was really starting to get nervous so I told Muffin to go and stay with her.  Muffin jumps onto her shoulder and starts to purr.  That makes me feel a lot better already, says Rossana.  We had to crawl on our hands and knees for a while and Muffin stayed right beside Rossana purring the whole time.  It really wasn’t too long and we could stand up again.  We’re never going to get out of this place, cried Sophia.  Great, now she’s getting worse.  We come to another dead end and suddenly…SLAM!  A large iron barred gate slams into place behind us.  That was too much for Rossana and she fainted.  Sophia screamed, we’re going to die now for sure!

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Rock dove, also called feral pigeon.

Great, both of them, now I really regret bringing them both along.  But oddly enough, after just a couple minutes a door opened beside me with stairs going up again.  Muffin had managed to wake up Rossana, so we continued our journey up these stairs.  Naturally it came to a dead end once again, so I started to look for one of those colored stones.  I’m getting used to this now.  There it is, so I give it a push and…another one of those barred iron gates slammed shut at the bottom of the stairs.  Hmm, wasn’t expecting that to happen.  Now what?  So I try pushing the stone again and this time a large stone slid down allowing us to crawl inside.  First I shine my flashlight around the room, everything seems fine.  First Muffin runs in, then I start to crawl inside.  I feel some pain, then everything goes black…

To be continued.

Steve and Muffin.

© 2020 Steve McLeod.

56 Comments on “20/20 Investigations, Inc…The Palace, Chapter 15.

  1. I must have missed what was on the other-side of the cabinet but I got too hooked to go back and look. I almost choked on my coffee when Rossana fainted and Sophia screamed.

    You and you pesky dead ends.

    The battery went flat in your torch….

    GET ON WITH IT!

    😉

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    • A colored stone was on the other side of the cabinet which I pushed to open the rock door. Yep, this place is a terrible maze, but how do we get out? Do we go back? Is there a new way out? Do we find the jewels in here? Are there any jewels to find? What just happened to me? Is there an enemy in the midst? Does Muffin have enough food? What did Muffin find that was so interesting? Chapter 16 coming soon! Glad you are enjoying this Chrissy. Careful with the coffee!😂😹🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♀️☕

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      • ah… no sneaky reminders.

        I’ve engaged the “send me an email” when you post so I don’t lose any chapters. It’s the only way I can find them again if the day gets too busy.

        I like a good read and I need time to enjoy it. I just don’t hit “like”. I’m sure some followers do just that. I could post quite a long post and before I get to the “Reader” page, it’s been liked 5 times….a bit suspicious.

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      • Great way to do it, email notification. If you do miss any chapters they are all on my home page under “20/20 Investigations, Inc.” Have a great day!😃😺🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♀️

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  2. You had me on the edge of my seat ! Yikes ! I think I need Muffin here with me to keep me calm!🕵️‍♂️☕️🙀😺🙂☕️☕️

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    • And there’s more to come yet! Sorry, Muffin is a bit busy right now. She’s trying to…
      Thanks for reading!😃😺🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♀️

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  3. Oh, my! What’s going to happen next? I hope you’re okay and I hope all will be safe!! 🤕🙀😬☕️☕️☕️☕️🔦 🕯🍟 🍕🍟 🍕

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  4. For real🙄 You and your dead ends 😂😂 That was awesome, so what was that pain, why it gone dark, is it because your torch light battery gone, or is it because you got hit by someone 🤔 Hmm, Lot of questions, Let’s see on the next part. 😉 Amazing writing Steve!

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    • It’s not my fault, I didn’t build this place.😂😹🙄Always questions, but where are the answers? How do we get out?🤔😬 Is all this worthwhile?🙄 Are we going to die in there?🤪💀☠ Is there an enemy in our midst?🤔😲 Who can I really trust, besides Muffin?😺All this and more coming up!😁😸🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♀️

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      • Hahaha 😂😂😂 Loved it ☺️ That was lot to imagine, I’m impatiently reading a book as I was close to finishing the book, each page takes like 10 mins 🤔 Time is very fast when I read this chapter 😄 and it final.. Sure Steve, with all your questions and my questions I’m waiting for your post too😋

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      • Chapter 16 is out and chapter 17 is coming today! And maybe chapter 18 tomorrow, not sure yet. I did want to post one chapter each day Monday to Friday but couldn’t on Monday, so, maybe tomorrow. Or not. Why does Muffin suddenly get so scared?🙀 What happened to me?😱🤒 Why does Muffin get scared a second time?🙀🤔 How can we get out of here????😳😲 Where is all the jewels?🤔 Am I going crazy?🤪🙄 I need sleep! (in the story).😴🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♀️

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      • Hi Steve, That was a bunch of questions again 🤔 are you teasing me 🙄 😜 With all your questions 😻. And, why you wanted to post it everyday all of a sudden 🤔 Even though it’s good for us, we don’t have to wait 🤗😋 But take your time.. you are already on a perfect plan..😉 Ofcourse it’s your blogging space, do as you wish 🥰😍 Have a peaceful night Steve ✨☺️

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      • Posting every day for the story is only for this week, to try and move things along a bit faster. But next week you’ll have to wait!😂😂😹😹I love asking all those questions each time, helps me think too.🤔Enjoy your day!😁😸🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♀️

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      • And you are saying this on a Friday 😂😂 Week is over ☺️😜 Great try 😜 I’ll wait ☺️ Enjoy the beautiful Saturday Steve ✨💐

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      • Wow Steve, that means a warm day 😉 That was great to know, a perfect day to write your next chapter.😁✍️ Happy Writing 😋

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