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

(Previous chapters for this story and previous stories can be found on my home page under 20/20 Investigations, Inc.  So, grab a cup of coffee and thank you for reading!)

It’s already late so we call it a day and head off to bed.  I carry Muffin into our bedroom and put her on the bed up close to the pillow, she likes that spot, and she quickly falls asleep.  Not me however, I can’t stop thinking about all this mixed up case.  I’m still trying to figure out what is going on around here.  If Bill is alive, then why is he staying here?  In that small town he would be recognized right away.  Or is all this just part of a plan between him and Jessica?  Part of the plan could be that Jessica finally gets scared enough that she decides to leave after getting the insurance money.  Then her and Bill could meet somewhere and go off to live in a different area, maybe even a different country.  Really, that seems like the most logical idea at the moment.  But, Jessica seems so genuine, is she really such a great actor?

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Black-capped chickadee.

Then there is Trish, the woman who owns the other hotel, where does she fit into all of this mess?  That part of it is out of place, just doesn’t make sense.  If this is an insurance scam then it just isn’t wise to involve other people, you would just be inviting problems. Someone could have seen Trish come out here the other day and…wait a minute, Muffin didn’t see any vehicles come to the hotel and we never passed anyone coming out here as we left.  That is very odd.  How come I never thought of that before?  Is there actually another way out here?  And how did Trish and Bill know we would be in town?  Questions, and more questions.  Hmm…after a while I drift off to sleep, still thinking.

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Gent, the gray jay.

I wake up to Muffin swatting my nose lightly with her paw.  Meow, meow!=Wake up, no time to sleep!  Well Muffin, you seem to be full of energy this morning.  Meow, meow!=Right, time to look for ghosts, let’s go!  You actually want to look for the ghosts now?  Meow, meow.=If ghost can carry stick, I can hit ghost with my muffins.  Hey, that’s good thinking Muffin.  But wait a minute, we have to eat breakfast first.  Meow!=Great idea!  I talk some things over with Muffin, then off we go to the kitchen.  Jessica does like making a big breakfast.  This is country living, she said, a big breakfast is a must out here.  What was that loud thump I heard?  Oh, that, I was just checking to see if Muffin can still use her slingshot even though she is a bit sore.  Can she?  Oh yes, perfectly.  Meow!=That right!

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Red-breasted nuthatch

After breakfast Muffin and I look around the hotel together.  Then we head back down to the cellar.  I push open the boxes again and that door is still on the far wall.  I was wondering if I had really seen it or not.  But it’s there.  I try the door, but it’s locked.  Poor lock on it though and I have it open quickly.  I shine my flashlight down a very long narrow tunnel.  How odd.  Why build a tunnel to the mine?  Unless perhaps it goes somewhere else.  Meow?=We check?  No, not now Muffin.  There’s something else I want to do first.  We go back upstairs after I lock the door again and tell Jessica we need to make a trip to town.  Why?  I need to pick up some things at the store.  Okay, she said, anything you need, I’ll pay for it.  I try to argue that point since this stuff is more for me, not her, but she insisted.

Do you think it’s safe to leave Muffin behind?, asks Jessica.  I think so, she is well equipped with her slingshot and I gave her specific orders to follow.  If anyone comes around she is supposed to hide.  That’s good, said Jessica, I don’t want her getting hurt again.  She seemed to really be concerned for Muffin.  But is it genuine, or does she know something is going to happen?  Turn around and go back, I said.  What?  Now?  Yes, now! So she did, somewhat reluctantly, and as we drove into the yard…the hotel, screamed Jessica, it’s on fire!

To be continued.

Steve and Muffin.

© 2020 Steve McLeod.

90 Comments on “20/20 Investigations, Inc…The Hotel, Chapter 7.

  1. Oops😳 that’s a lovely twist ✨👌 the hotel is not important, so something else is, I suspect it should be the insurance, Jessica wants that hotel someone doesn’t want, what is there inside the hotel? Where is this tunnel goes? Is there something Jessica hides about the hotel. That was going so super interesting Steve ✨✍️ Great writing ✨ Eagerly waiting for next part😍

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    • Hey Simon!😀 Very good questions there and you’re on the right track with one of those questions, but which one?🤔🙄 Sorry, can’t tell you, you’ll have to wait for the next chapter!😂😹 I’m terrible.😬 And we haven’t even gone in the…..oops, almost gave that away, next time maybe!😄😸 Have a great evening Simon!😃😺🌙🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♀️🔦🔎🕯

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      • Ohhh this what we called releasing a teaser 🥰😍😍😍 great clue, I totally figured out nothing 😜😋 Looking forward to your next post 😉

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      • Yes indeed, the fun will continue!🙃 But can we save the hotel?😲 Will we have to stay in town at the other hotel?😳 What about poor Muffin?😬🙀 Why would someone burn the hotel?🤔 All this and more in chapter 8!😁😸🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♀️🌧

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      • You missed the coffee part 😜 Did you had enough coffee to think about next part 😉? How is your test results, hope all is well. take care Steve, here Its complete lock down in india, but all necessary items are available, no one is allowed outside 😕 Staying indoors 🙄And virus spreading 😳 But we are happy, in our state so far it’s only 15. But we are serious about precautions. We should ensure its not spreading. Hope Canada is recovering from Corona. Stay warm and safe Steve ✨🤗💐

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      • The virus is getting worse here in Canada now😬 and is slowly getting closer to us,😳 but nothing in my town yet.🙂 Although people could have it and think they just have a cold or flu.😳 I am staying home.😀 All non essential businesses have been ordered to close now.😕 Our prime minister has told people to go home and stay home. Some provinces have implemented tough regulations, even arresting people who do not follow orders of the government.😲 Too many people still think this is not serious🤔 and still getting together in large groups.😳 That’s not good.😕😬
        There is over 500 cases in our province now.😳 Best to stay inside.🙂
        I won’t know my test results until next week,🤔 usually it would be faster but right now things are slower due to the virus. That’s okay.😁 Have a good evening Simon!😃😺🌙🥗🌮

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      • That is really serious, very serious. Almost same situation here, but everything is available here and the count is low so far. Thankfully 😉 Stay inside Steve and let the test results come to your email. Don’t go. How about the checkup over the skype ☺️let’s make use of technology 😁

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      • My doctor will phone me once the results are in. Yes, they have been talking about doing doctor appointments over Skype which would be safer. While your working at home, make it more interesting, change you “office” around regularly so it doesn’t get boring. Actually “create” an office space.😃 Close to a window for natural light, if you have plants make sure one is close by,🌱🌺 it does make a difference.😀 Maybe even have a different spot for morning and afternoon. Have a specific gym area to use also.🏋️‍♂️🚴‍♂️💪 Enjoy your time indoors. Have a reading spot,😁📚📘 and a writing spot,😀✍ make things different and it won’t get boring. Have a great evening Simon!😀😺🌞🌙

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      • Now it’s like no work situation, I’m literally jobless the whole day. Sitting idle is making me think so dark. So I’m writing down such Things. Might help for my Story 😜. Got some dumbbells and so the workout is happening everyday. Gym not required 😋 Need to find a book Steve, I didn’t like the books I got for free 😕 why don’t you refer me a book😁

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      • Oh, that’s too bad Simon. You need something to do. Stop thinking dark all the time, that can get you depressed and you don’t want that right now. Start thinking some beautiful thoughts, that will keep you feeling good. Give your place a super good cleaning. Rearrange all the furniture.😀🛏🪑🛋 Start a new hobby.🎺🔨 Books?🤔 Where do you normally buy your books? Most of mine I get from the US. Let me know where you buy.😁😸

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      • I prefer online books, and audio books Steve. I don’t have much time to sit and read. Anybook you refer me I’ll download in text or audio ☺️. Dark s good, it helps me to write horror story. One is waiting, tomorrow will publish 😁. Yes I’m a bit depressed, away from my wife almost a month now. Can’t travel back to her place as I am isolated now in my city. It’s pretty hard, but smiling 😸😁 I don’t want anyone to know what’s happening inside my head.🤗 have a beautiful day Steve, don’t forget the book name Pls ☺️

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      • Hmm, online books, that makes it tougher, most of mine are only available the good old fashioned book way. But give me a day or 2 and I will look through my books and see if I can find something good for you.😀📚
        Be careful, and watch out for that depression,😕 you don’t want that, keep looking ahead,😄 the clouds of this virus time will go away and the sun will shine again!🌞😁 Why not try writing a book?🤔
        Shouldn’t you be in bed now?😴 Have a good night Simon!😃😺🌙

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      • No Steve, Just reading a small book, Tuesdays with Morrie☺️ I kind of liked that book, would complete in an hour. But I need to sleep 🙄. Sigh. With half heart I’m going to discontinue now. Time for bed. I have only 3 books in hand. After that I decided to save space and went to digital books. Take your time Steve, refer me a book. I would love to read it when it referred from you 🥰. Please be careful ✨ Stay Safe Steve ✨💐 Good Night ☺️

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      • Yep, you need to get sleep so you don’t wear yourself out. Sleep late too, no problems there. Yep, we all need to stay safe. Good night Simon!😁😸🌙😴

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    • Thanks Eugenia! The race is on, will the hotel burn to the ground? Can we save it? Where is Muffin? And here we go!😃😺🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♀️☕☕

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