20/20 Investigations, Inc…The Hotel, Chapter 14-Conclusion.

A thin cloud floats over the bottom half of the moon.

(If you missed any of the previous chapters or stories, they can be found on my home page under 20/20 Investigations, Inc.)

Welcome everyone, grab a cup of coffee and read on for the conclusion of our story!

They were all well illuminated by the fire as they stood in the yard.  I told Muffin to move further over into the dark where she would be hard to see, and then we wouldn’t be too close to each other.  I knew this would likely be dangerous since Roger was a police officer and would know how to use that gun of his.  It’s a good thing I had an extra gun in my backpack, they had taken my other one.  Bill would have a gun too, perhaps Trish as well.  So we would need to be very careful.  Once Muffin was in place I stood up beside Jessica’s truck and called out to Bill.  Roger pulled his gun out even faster than I thought he would and shot once.  I knew he would be wearing a protective vest so I aimed for his head and fired.  He fell to the ground.  By then Bill had his shotgun aimed at me and fired.  The sudden shock of pain caused me to drop my gun.

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Baxter, my friendliest blue jay.

This time it was Muffin’s turn and she got Bill right on the side of the head.  He dropped to his knees but managed to aim once more in my direction.  But Muffin hit him a second time, a direct hit to the side of his head again and he fell over.  Trish called out, please don’t shoot, I don’t have a gun!  By this time Jessica had awakened and heard the gunfire so she had come around to where I was.  When she heard Trish say that she ran over and tackled her to the ground.  Just then there was a loud roar as the hotel collapsed into a burning heap.  The heat from the fire seemed to really increase at that point, I could feel it even where I was over by the truck, a good distance from the hotel.  Muffin came running over to me.  Meow, meow?=You hurt, bleeding bad, what I can do?  Call Jessica, Muffin.

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Big Blue, the biggest of the bunch.

Muffin called out with a loud, pitiful sounding yowl!  Jessica came running over, literally dragging Trish along the ground.  I just can’t believe what is happening, she added.  Oh, grow up, little sis!  Bill had this planned with Roger before you 2 even got married.  A foolproof plan he told us, right.  Jessica looked angrily at Trish.  It’s true, I said, all Bill wanted was the money he would get, I’m sure of that.  Meow, meow!=I heard them talk, I know whole story!  Meow, meow, meow!  Muffin says that Bill did have it planned with Roger.  He would fake his death so you would get that 5 million dollars.  Meow, meow.  He also knew you wouldn’t change your joint account with him, so he could take the money and give it to Roger.

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Baxter, showing off his beautiful blue feathers.

Meow, meow.  Then you would die in a fire in this hotel and Trish would collect the 5 million dollar insurance from you.  Meow, meow.  Bill had made Trish the beneficiary.  Meow, meow.  Trish and Roger would get 4 million and Bill would get 6 million dollars, and they would all live happily ever after.  So the plan was supposed to go anyway.  Yeah, said Trish, he kept telling us how this couldn’t fail, nothing would get in the way.  Then you had to hire this idiot, and his fur ball friend, to help you.  Grrrrrr, growled Muffin.  Yeah, and don’t forget, that fur ball killed your precious Bill.  Then she just sat there and laughed.  Muffin went over to Jessica with her head down and tail dragging.  Meow, meow?=You hate Muffin for killing ghost Bill?  Jessica picked her up and gave her a big hug.  No, I don’t hate you Muffin, I love you.  And hey, you saved my life!

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Betty, Baxter’s mate.

Meow, meow!=Jessica understood me!  We take Jessica home now?  No, Muffin.  Wow, such a big sigh, said Jessica.  What did she say?  Just personal talk.  And, although you lost everything here, if you look in those tins over by my backpack you will see they are filled with small gold bars.  That should help you get started over again.  You mean there really was a treasure?  Yes, hidden in one of the fireplaces.  Right then the police from Windon came, along with an ambulance.  I had called them right after getting Jessica safely out.  Well, only a day in the hospital and then back home again.  Feels good to be back home, doesn’t it Muffin?  Meow, meow.=Better if Jessica here, she good cook.  Hey, I can cook.  Meow, meow=I said Jessica GOOD cook.  Ha, ha, very funny.  Now we just need to wait for our next case, I wonder where it will take us?

And a new case will be coming, starting on Monday!  I hope you will once again join us for another adventure!

Steve and Muffin.

© 2020 Steve McLeod.

34 Comments on “20/20 Investigations, Inc…The Hotel, Chapter 14-Conclusion.

  1. THE TREASURE IS REAL??? Hahaha Muffin! WOW steve! I can’t wait for the next adventure!

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    • Yep, real gold! Glad you enjoyed this one Eshal!😁😽 The new adventure will be located in….oops, no clues! Have a great day!😃😺🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♀️🔎🔦

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      • WOAH!!!! I sure did!!! AW! I was waiting to hear it! You too steve!

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    • Thank you very much Tori! I’m glad you enjoyed this one. I’m already working on the next story! Have a wonderful day!😃😺🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♀️

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  2. Steve, you wrote a great story. Enjoyed the ending and how you and Muffin tied up all the loose ends. Although it does seem that your detective work is very dangerous. You are always getting shot.

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  3. Great conclusion Steve ! Muffin you were so masterful taking care of your human…now you can rest for awhile ! 🙀😼😺☕️☕️🕵️‍♂️☕️☕️

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    • Thank you Sharon! Glad you enjoyed this story, working on the next one! Enjoy your evening!😃😺🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♀️🌙🌞

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  4. That was a perfect picture ✨👌 😉 Great shot Steve!!! So this time it’s you the one got attacked, that’s sad,🙄 That’s a neat explanation on the mystery part. Never thought the story in this angle all the beneficiary part. But it is truly convincing ✨👌 Well done! Hope we can see Jessica and Steve together in next chapter 😉 planning to take her back with you 😉🤓 Looking forward to your next post ✨🤗 Have a peaceful night ✨💐

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    • Yep, I had people thinking about the wrong angle instead of what was actually going on to bring in the surprise at the end!😲😁 Jessica and Steve again?🤔 Hmm, you never know.🙄 Something different is coming!😃😺 But you have to wait until Monday!🌞 I’m terrible.🤪😳
      Have a great evening!😃😺🌙🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♀️

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      • Yes, you are a smart thinker, the way you end up the story shows how brillliantly you worked for it. About next chapter, Oh! That’s going to be exciting 😉 something different 🤔Im sure surprises are there for us.😀👌Have a beautiful day 💐

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      • In each story I knew the main theme and how I wanted it to end, I just had to get to that point from the starting point. Lots of fun. Now, what’s going to happen next?🤔 Will it be dangerous?😳😳 Who are the characters?😬😜🤪🙄 Watch for it, coming to a blog near you!😃😺🌞☕☕🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♀️

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    • Hmm, people liked Jessica,🤔 others have said that too.😀 You never know. The new story is already coming alive.😁😸✍
      Wow, it is snowing so heavily I can’t see across the street right now. Bigger snowflakes too. Sigh.😬😳
      Glad you enjoyed this story Nina!😃😺🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♀️☕☕

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      • Very much. Quite a sinister ending. I love the dialogue with Muffin and Jessica—it’s clear Muffin is quite fond of her. Super cute. Makes for nice—-how shall I say—romantic tension? 😻😻😻. Looking forward to the next story.
        Uhhg. It’s almost 80 degrees here today. It’s supposed to be raining! I’d do a jig on a table if it would bring rain/big snowflakes. C’mon, Steve send some of that snow our way!

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      • Yep, the story was built around the ending, just had to get myself there.😁 Yes indeed, Muffin loves Jessica and obviously the feeling is mutual.😻 Steve on the other hand is trying to keep his distance.😳 Smart man.😂😹
        I really wish I could send this snow, you can have the cold too if you want!😄 We got all the way up to 28F today on the 9th of April, hard to believe.😬😳

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      • Haha! Of course Steve is trying to keep his distance! That’s why there is tension! That’s what makes for a good romantic comedy. Me thinks maybe Muffin is going to get involved? She is going to miss Jesse…😻

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      • Steve is trying to keep a clear head,😁 not get tied down. Matchmaker Muffin,😻 hmm, she hasn’t been talking has she?🤔 I’m sure Jessica will stay on her mind for a bit,😻 but what can she do?🙄 And we are starting a new case, far from Jessica. Oh well, she’ll forget once the new case is underway.😾😾

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      • Hahahaha! Sure. Why not? Now she’s got the gold and no husband/sister to worry about—she may just want to hmmmm…apprentices with you and Muffin? Become a PI. Haha I don’t know but it’s fun to think about it. It made me chuckle whenever Muffin would ask to bring Jessica home—I could imagine both your faces. It’s sweet.😻

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      • Are you sure Muffin hasn’t been talking to you? I thought of that while writing the last story which is why Muffin started, um, talking the way she did, kind of an introduction. We’ll see how things might work out.😃😺😻🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♀️

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      • 😂It’s amazing how your thoughts were in line with what I had been thinking. I’m having a little trouble getting the next story started. I know what I want, but it just doesn’t come out right when I write it down. Have to hurry, Monday is coming fast!😳😳😸🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♀️🕵️‍♀️

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      • Oh good, on my way!🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️

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  5. What a great case and awesome detectives 🕵️‍♂️ that you two are! An amazing team! Very well done both of you!
    Now, can we take Jessica home? She is a GOOD cook 😉😻😹

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    • Thank you so much Ribana!😀😺 Another case closed and another opens. Poor Muffin got kind of carried away with Jessica and her cooking,😻😻 but us detectives have to keep our minds clear at all times!🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♀️ Even if she is a good cook!😂😹Thanks for reading, hope you enjoy the next one too!😃😺☕☕

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