20/20 Investigations, Inc…The Hotel, Chapter 10.

(If you have missed any chapters, they can be found on my home page under “20/20 Investigations, Inc., previous stories are there as well.  So grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!)

Okay, said Jessica, I’ll fill you in completely, I’m scared now and I don’t want you to leave.  Good, it will be nice to have the truth, but no lies or we are gone.  I honestly will tell you everything, she said.  Bill and I bought this place, because it was cheap.  The family of the original owners wanted to get rid of it quickly it seems.  There was an interesting local legend about the hotel and mine.  Apparently the original owners, when they sold the gold, turned some of their profits into gold coins and hid them either in the hotel or on the property somewhere.  A lot of people have looked for it over the years but never found anything, not even a hint.  But you and Bill thought the legend was real, I said.

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Male “hairy woodpecker”

Well, we did do a lot of research and in one document we found it mentioned a tunnel and a door.  No one over the years ever mentioned a door or a tunnel, but we figured it must be in the cellar.  So, we thought it was worthwhile to buy the place and look for the gold.  I know it sounds crazy, but we both liked adventure and this just seemed like the perfect adventure for us.  Anyway, it took us a week to find the door in the cellar, it had been hidden behind an old stone wall which we partially removed.  Sure enough we did find the door, but there was nothing behind it except some hard packed clay.  Bill tried digging but didn’t find any tunnel.  Okay, let me ask a question, you keep saying “we”, but did you actually see the door and the hard packed clay?  You said before that you didn’t like going in the cellar.

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Male “redpoll”

Well, yes, that’s true and no, I didn’t actually see the door, Bill just told me about it.  Why do you ask?  Because that tunnel is old, right from the door to the spot where we turned toward the old shack.  That’s when the tunnel was new.  I don’t understand, said Jessica, that would mean that Bill lied to me.  I just can’t believe that.  Sorry Jessica, time to wake up and realize that Bill had this planned out for a long time and he is still alive and now Trish is working with him.  My guess is that they found something and they want you out of here so they can claim it for themselves.  Poor Jessica, that was hard for her to take, but then she spoke up again.  I know, she said, I just didn’t want to accept that fact.  But it has to be Bill and that means he killed someone!  Yes, and he tried to kill us as well, I said.

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Early spring chipmunk.

Muffin went over and sat on her lap purring away.  I went and sat beside her and put my arm around her.  Okay now, you need to keep telling me what’s going on, we are all in danger now.  Yes, I know that now, she said.  Okay, next we concentrated on the mine for a few days and after a week we found a trap door in the mine shaft floor.  Bill almost fell right through it actually.  We went down a ladder and followed that narrow tunnel until we came to an area that had collapsed.  Bill thought maybe it had been deliberately done to hide something.  Perhaps the real door that we are looking for.  And that part of the tunnel was through rock, so we thought it must have been important.  Then we got a note one night, someone had tacked it to our door.  We heard the noise and Bill went to check but didn’t see anyone, just the note on the door.

The note just said, “Give up the search and leave, or something terrible will happen”.  I was a bit scared by that and wanted to tell the police, but Bill was a big, strong and proud man.  He said he had never been scared by anyone in his life and he certainly wasn’t going to be scared now.  Then 3 days later he was dead, or at least I thought he was. 

To be continued.

Steve and Muffin.

© 2020 Steve McLeod.

22 Comments on “20/20 Investigations, Inc…The Hotel, Chapter 10.

  1. I seriously didn’t suspect BILL! I should’ve probably known! COOL steve! This series is going GREAT!

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  2. I still do not trust Jessica…what does Muffin think ?…🙀☕️☕️🕵️‍♂️☕️☕️😲🙄

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    • Muffin and I haven’t had a chance to talk things over yet. That’s coming. I’m not convinced yet either. But that’s just me.😂😹🙄🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♀️

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  3. Now I have a doubt? Is Bill a suspect? Or someone is using his mask to cover their crimes. That means, someone else actually found something in this house, what that would be? Gold?🤔 A pair of diamond? 😜 Or something more strange 🙄. Great way to go Steve! loving it 😍 Eagerly waiting for next chapter ☺️

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    • Hey, good thinking Simon!😀 You might be on the right track. Maybe.🙄 Is it really Bill?🤔 Can I trust Jessica?😳 Is she just using me?😬 I have a hard time believing this story about hidden gold though.😒😾 But what else could it be?🤔 Should I stay?🙄 Should I go?🏃‍♂️ Should I have more coffee?😁😸☕☕🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♀️🔦🔎

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      • How about thinking to surprise the audience by twins, is there a twin brother for Bill? or how about replacing it with a granite passage, or a diamond cave buried beneath the ground 😁 Hope I didnt confuse you 😀 Hope your coffee turns to herbal tea 😉

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      • I have it all planned out now, right to the end, just have to write it down!😁😸✍✍ You might be surprised by the ending!😵 Or not.🤔🙄 Coffee, coffee, coffee!!😋☕☕☕ I like herbal tea too,😀 but coffee is also herbal and natural. Plus it tastes so good!😄😸😂😹

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    • Thanks Eugenia! I’m still not sure if I should trust Jessica or not. Will find out after Muffin and I have a private talk. Hope you have a wonderful day!😃😺🌞☕☕🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♀️

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    • I just hope Muffin isn’t getting too emotional so it’s clouds her judgement.🤔😺 2 other people said it was getting creepy too.😬 Interesting.😳🙀 Glad you’re enjoying it Nina! New chapter today!😁😸🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♀️

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      • No! Don’t let her get too emotional—this I understand well…when my own judgment gets cloudy…
        I am enjoying! Will check out new chapter.😁

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      • Thanks Nina! Yes, I think Muffin is starting to get emotionally attached, have to be careful about that. I still don’t know if I should fully trust Jessica. But then….🤔🙄🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♀️

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