20/20 Investigations, Inc…The Hotel, Chapter 8.

(All previous chapters and stories can be found on my home page under 20/20 Investigations, Inc.  Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!)

There’s a lot of smoke coming from the back of the hotel.  Jessica always keeps 2 fire extinguishers in the truck, plus there is one in every room of the hotel.  After all, the nearest fire department is nearly an hour away in another town.  We each grab a fire extinguisher and run around back.  The flames are shooting high into the air engulfing the entire back porch and it’s already very hot.  I yell at Jessica to go inside and get Muffin out, then attack the fire from inside.  She drops her fire extinguisher for me to use and runs around to the front.  Shortly after Muffin shows up but stays a safe distance away.  It actually doesn’t take long to get the fire out, it looked worse than it was.

A female redpoll chewing on a sunflower seed.

But if we had gone all the way to town…there would have been nothing left of this old hotel or Muffin.  The back porch burned completely though and it did scorch the wall of the hotel quite badly.  I decide it might be a good idea to remove that old wood siding and make sure there is nothing smoldering inside the wall.  Jessica comes out and helps me with that without saying a word.  Well, at least the fire didn’t burn right through the siding, I say to Jessica.  She just answered, that’s good, and went back inside.  Muffin and I follow her as she goes and sits in the main room and she just kind of stares.  You’re very quiet, I said.  Guess I’m a little scared now, she admitted, that could not have been an accident.  Meow, meow!=No accident, I see ghosts start fire!  What did she say?, asked Jessica.

Male redpoll.

She said the ghosts started the fire.  Sigh, now I’m starting to say ghosts.  How many people Muffin?  Meow, meow.=It was ghost Bill and that woman again.  You’re sure it was the same woman?  Meow!=Yep, I’m sure!  What are you 2 talking about anyway?  Muffin has seen a woman with Bill twice now, and the description fits Trish, from the other hotel.  Jessica looked completely shocked and stayed silent for a while.  I just can’t believe that Bill is still alive, she said, even though I saw him in the window yesterday.  It just makes no sense.  And why would he be with Trish?  Why would he want me to leave here?  He certainly couldn’t live here if he did fake his death, someone would recognize him unless he never left here and Bill would never be able to do that.

Pine siskin chewing on a sunflower seed.

That part is a real puzzle for sure, I said, unless there is someone around here that resembles Bill a lot.  But why is Trish mixed up in this and what is so important about this old hotel?  I mean, honestly, this hotel is so far from nowhere, it would be hard to turn it into a viable business, especially with the other hotel in town.  Jessica just kept silent after I said that.  Sometimes I think she’s holding back and not telling me everything.  There must be something important about this place.  Did they find a rich vein of gold in that old mine?  But somehow I just don’t think that’s it.  There is definitely something else going on and I need to know what it is.  Finally Jessica asks, how did you know we should turn around and come back?  It’s like you knew something was going to happen. 

Well, I didn’t know for sure, but based on the last time, I figured something would likely happen today also and where we turned would have given them a chance to do it.  I was really hoping we could catch them in the act though.  Muffin, did you see a vehicle drive into the yard?  Meow.=No vehicle.  Meow, meow!=Ghosts come from cellar and start fire!  That’s it, they’re coming in through that tunnel!  So we all get ready and head down into the cellar to follow that tunnel.  Jessica said she was scared, but would be more scared to stay alone.  So, we have everything we need, I open the door and in we go.  It’s quite a narrow tunnel, just wide enough for walking.  We get in about 20 feet and there is a loud roar and a thick cloud of dust covers us.

To be continued.

Steve and Muffin.

© 2020 Steve McLeod.

109 Comments on “20/20 Investigations, Inc…The Hotel, Chapter 8.

  1. You two are fire fighters also!! Holy Smokes!! You guys are amazing! I think it’s a Doppelganger! But I guess I’ll need to wait to find that out! Come on Friday hurry up! 🐱‍👤🕵️‍♀️🐱‍🏍

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  2. More troubling things are happening to you and Muffin ! Hmmm…glad Muffin is okay ! 🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♂️😲😲🙀🙀☕️☕️

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    • Yes, Muffin is not too happy getting all that dust in her fur.😾😾 But onward we go…hopefully.😳😲🙀🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♀️🔦🔎🕯


  3. Great, A tunnel, a secret passage, I’m sure Bill and Trish has something else in mind plus they are definitely not dead. You should make it happen, they wish they died, let the wish come true, for everything, muffin and burning the house 🤔 I wonder Steve is tat angry with Bill or Jessica is. But Also, what If Jessica drags you into a trap? How could you believe her 😳? Should’ve had a double thought before entering the tunnel ☺️ Nice story and it’s going awesome 😍 Waiting for next story Steve 🥰

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    • Glad to see you are really getting into the story Simon! That’s true, can I trust Jessica?😳🤔 Maybe she is leading me into a trap.😲🙀 I don’t think Jessica is telling me everything, but what do I know?🤪 Where does this tunnel go?🙄 Does it go anywhere?🤔 Maybe it’s just a dead end to trap us.😬 What about my coffee?😳☕☕Have a good evening Simon!😃😺🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♀️

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      • 😉 Great Steve, Looking forward to your next post with lot of questions in da head🤓 I’m going to post Julia Part 8 ☺️ Have a beautiful morning Steve ✨💐

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      • Okay Simon, here’s a question for you. Do you have your whole story worked out ahead of time😀 or do you make up just one chapter at a time?🤔
        A chilly, cloudy morning but spring is in the air!😃😺☕☕

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      • I am so glad to answer this. I decide the story skeleton at the day one. Then I move the coins the way I wanted, the twist, the surprise, Some things I learned from you. I raise questions to myself and I convince myself first then I sit and write each chapter and rewrite it again and again. This part took a week of time. I did changed a lot of scenes from the vomit version. 😀 and today I published. All the one page story I write, is done in a single sitting, Because I don’t want to lose the imagination :D. 🤔 Did I answered your question? Thank for asking the question Steve. Hope the spring is working fine. And you are fine too.

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      • Wow, you do better than me. I’m writing this story as I go along, not really knowing where I’m going, just like the last one. My first story I knew what the whole story would be, just fill in the details. But this one, I’m still not sure of the ending. How will things work out?🤔 Just have to wait and see I guess!😂😹🙄

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      • That makes the writing more interesting Steve, I did write like that some time ago and it came out so good. Problem is we will spend more time figuring out what can be next and how it can be, sometime nothing will satisfy us. It happens Steve 😂😹 Thanks for sharing Steve, Just spend some time on how you wanted to end this, then you can fill in the details.😀😊 You are a great writer Steve 😀 Keep writing 😊

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      • I’m working on the next chapter now and I think I finally have an idea how I want this to end, just need to get myself there! This story won’t be as long as my last one, probably more like the first story, maybe a bit longer.🤔🙄 Just need to get myself writing more!!🙃✍✍
        Thanks Simon, but I think you have me mixed up with another Steve.🤔🙄🤪

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      • Oh the Other Steve is doing great Just like you. Helping me dropping stuff and raise questions on everything I do. He is a bit annoying with all his questions 😉☺️ But he is doing good. No I didn’t mixed up 🤔😳 wait did I do that 🙄🤔 Totally fine. It’s Steve ✨ and that is all it matters 🤓. Keep writing Steve and great you figured it out the end. Now fill the details and I’m super excited to read the next part 😍

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      • That’s what I like to do, come up with questions, best way to make me think for writing. I think. It works anyway. Yep, writing as fast as I can,😛✍✍ just like running. Huff, huff, puff, puff.🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️
        Next chapter coming soon.😃😺 I’ll be over soon to read your next chapter too.😁👍

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      • Yes Steve, It works perfectly. All the questions 😉 Great Steve, keep writing but take your time ☺️ I’m sure we can expect another suspense in the next chapter too 😉👌✍️ Happy Writing 😌

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      • Yup, That’s a best thing I learnt from you Steve. I guess I’m putting using it effectively ☺️🤔. Read it and find out. Take your time. No hurry 🐱🤗

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      • Wow, I actually taught you something? I might faint. Glad to help out though! I will come and read after my walk.😃🌞🚶‍♂️🚶‍♂️

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      • Happy walking! Don’t forget your workouts too ☺️😉 and don’t walk on crowded places. Stay safe ✨💐

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