20/20 Investigations, Inc…Stone House, Chapter 16.

The tunnel was filled with dust and I was almost completely buried in rock and dirt.  Let’s get out of here, the place is falling down, we could hear them yelling!  Soon all was quiet.  But we had a big problem, we were trapped.  The tunnel had collapsed ahead of us too, so there was nowhere to go.  Jenny began trying to dig me out and finally was able to get at my backpack.  There’s a small shovel inside, I said.  She got it out quickly and began digging in more earnest now.  I was hopelessly pinned by the rocks and lying on my stomach, so I really could do nothing to help.  Finally Jenny stopped.  I’m having trouble breathing, she said.  It was true.  Our small space was quickly running out of oxygen.  Muffin, I said, see if you can dig a small hole into the cellar.  I no sooner had said it and she was digging feverishly.

Common Loon.

Soon she had a hole big enough for her to crawl through and she disappeared into the cellar.  It wasn’t long and some air was coming in through that hole.  Jenny starting digging again to make that hole larger.  After a bit the hole was big enough for us to crawl through.  We’ll have to move these rocks or you’ll never get out she said.  She actually seemed a bit angry when she said that.  That could be a problem, it could cause the rest of this tunnel to collapse, I said.  Guess we don’t have a choice, we’ll have to take that chance, she replied.  Then we heard one of the windows breaking upstairs.  Did they come back?  Then we felt a rush of nice fresh air and Muffin came running back.  Meow, meow!=I take stone, use slingshot to break window!  Lots of air now!  Good girl Muffin, that was good thinking, I told her.

Rickie the ring-billed gull.

I just can’t dig like this anymore, cried Jenny, if I could stand up it wouldn’t be so hard!  We’re getting close, I said, we just need to move this rock a little.  Not too much though, it’s holding all the other rocks in place.  Jenny starting to push the rock and more dirt fell. She screamed and went out of there so fast, all the way upstairs.  Meow, meow.=Don’t worry, I stay with you and help push rock.  Okay Muffin, lie down next to my leg and push against the rock with your hind legs while I push too.  Meow!=Okay, let’s do it!  I don’t think her pushing did much, but who knows, maybe it did help a bit.  Muffin was happy helping out anyway.  The rock moved enough that I could roll over onto my side, but my one foot was still stuck.

Sir George, the herring gull.

At least now I had better leverage so I could push against those rocks as well as lift one of them.  I finally was able to get my foot free and pull myself completely out of there.  Okay, let’s get out of here Muffin!  She went out first and I quickly followed.  My left leg was very sore after that ordeal, it’s going to make it hard to walk now.  Once in the cellar we both stop and listen.  Everything was quiet, too quiet.  Meow, meow.=Something not right, I can tell.  I knew those men would be coming back, but I didn’t think they would be back until morning when it’s daylight.  I still had my gun and Muffin was ready with her slingshot.  I went up first and Muffin followed quietly behind me, then she hid off to the side while I looked around the room with the flashlight.  Nothing.  We went through the house but no sign of Jenny.  Could she have gone outside?

I was about to go out when Muffin meowed.  She had found a note on a small table.  Jenny had been kidnapped!  They want me to hand over the black case to them when they come back in the morning.  Meow, meow.=I not trust Jenny anymore, she one of bad guys.  I agree with you Muffin, those men were just waiting out here to pick her up.  Jenny left when she knew I would be able to get out.  It was all planned.  Muffin, we need to do some planning too.  Meow!=Right!

To be continued.

Steve and Muffin.

©2020 Steve McLeod.

50 Comments on “20/20 Investigations, Inc…Stone House, Chapter 16.

  1. My, oh my ! Another problem ! Good thing you have Muffin with you ! She is an excellent investigator ! Now the next chapter ! ☕️☕️🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♂️🙀😼

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    • Yes, and what is next for the 2 not so world famous private investigators? What should we do? Next chapter coming up, um, well, soon! Thanks for reading!😁😸🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♀️🏡


    • Yep, it was a good cold evening, now it’s another sunny morning and still cold. I think you may have missed a few chapters.
      Just got back from shopping, still not quite used to this way of doing things! Oh well, minor details. Hope you are having a good day Nina!😃😺🖐🌞🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♀️🏡☕☕

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      • Yep—cold rainy and sunny here—lots of rainbows which is nice—I’m looking at one outside my window right now.
        We just got back from shopping—I hear ya. Minor details. Everything has changed. Ah well. Glad Muffin knows how use her slingshot! That image just kills me! Keep going, Steve! 🖐😻🌈🦋😁

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      • Cloudy and maybe some rain for us the next couple days. But a little warmer too. Yep, so many changes. Muffin is good with that slingshot, held with her hind legs and anchored to her backpack frame, pulled with front paws and wham! Important chapter coming up next and….almost gave it away again. Have to read it!
        Thanks Nina!😳🙀🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♀️👱‍♀️🏡😿

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      • Just some light rain here, just enough to keep me inside. I don’t think my latest chapter was too popular. Good thing I decided to make it one chapter instead of two! These dull cloudy days always seem to make me tired. Hope you have a great evening!😁😸🌙🌧🌧

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      • Hmmm….I just read the comments and seems to me people like it. I like it. It’s fun! Keep writing…do get some rest too. 🖐😺

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      • Yeah, guess what I meant was people not quite getting the mood of the chapter. I was thinking later it should have been 2 chapters instead of one, could have set the mood better which was supposed to be a sad chapter. But some did pick up on that. It was my first attempt at that so really I guess overall it wasn’t so bad. But most did find it exciting so that was fantastic! I actually get more comments than what appears since some contact me privately through my contact page offering advice, which I don’t mind, but sometimes it goes beyond advice so I have to be careful. A couple people thought it was funny, a couple others said too unbelievable, poor attempt at sadness. But considering most people like these stories I’ll just keep writing the way I like, easier that way.
        BTW, love your comment!😁 But will Rossana make it in time?🤔😳 Will Steve be able to stall long enough?😬 Will this be the end?😳🙀
        Have a wonderful day Nina!😃😺🌞🌧


      • Seems to me like your readers have become quite involved in the story—especially if they offer advice—like they want to write it! Haha! Great! Yes, easier and much better to write the way you like.

        I get a real sense of tenderness—that part of the movie where the heroes have to separate—but it’s difficult…and the music is playing…”oh will we meet again? But be of good cheer and get help NOW!!!” And off Muffin goes (I really like this part) while the music is playing… too unbelievable?? She’s a cat with slingshot for goodness sake! Let her have some fun! 😻
        Go Muffin go!! And you also enjoy your day, Steve! 🌈🖐😺

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      • Hehe. A cat with a slingshot, she talks to me, can understand anyone talking in English, can read, pick pockets, giggle, but unbelievable that she can cry?😳😾 Oh well.
        Will Muffin bring help in time?😻 Or has time gone already?😿☠ We will find out in the next chapter.
        Thanks so much Nina! It’s been a great day! Hope you are having an enjoyable evening!😃😺🌞🌙


      • PS. I’ve wanted to write a piece about sadness—keeping with my mood swing theme—this inspires me! Been reading on line about sadness…so interesting.

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    • Yes, that’s true, but what could it be? If she was on the wrong side then why hire me? So confusing sometimes! So what happens next?😳🙀😃😺🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♀️🏡

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  2. I told you I told you I told you!! She’s seems like a sly one! But who knows maybe she is prstending to be a part of there group to trick them?😬😳🧐🤯 Better keep an Eye on her from now on though! This is getting good now!

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