20/20 Investigations, Inc. Missing! Chapter 1.

It’s a beautiful, calm day, just relaxing and waiting for a case to come along. Karin and I are on the deck enjoying the sunshine while the cats are, well, being cats. Meow!=Oh look this one! Old castle ruins nearby. Meow, meow!=Already say, NO castle! Rip, rip, tear, tear. Meow.=My brochure. Meow, meow!=Look this one, huge sand beach right by ocean! Meow!=Sand? NO sand! Already say no to sand, get too much in fur, not fun! Rip, rip, tear, tear. Meow, meow.=My brochure. This has been going on for days now. I haven’t told them about the new batch of brochures that just arrived. At least they’re having fun. I think. But what we need is a case, it’s been a whole month already since our vacation, and we didn’t get paid anything for that one.

Sand? NO sand, remember?

Right then a man and woman come along. Are you the PI’s?, they ask. Yes indeed, I said, how can we help you? So they sat down and explained the situation. My parents decided to retire in this small village that they had been to once and thought it was just a perfect quiet spot. Her idea of a small village was a town of 8,000 people. They would send letters back to her regularly, they preferred the old way of doing things. The letters were written by her mom, except the last one, which was written by her dad. And he made no mention of her mom. That letter was dated nearly 6 months ago. So they went down to look for them but couldn’t find them or even find any information about them. Even the post office where the letter was mailed knew nothing of them, which is kind of strange. They even went to the police but were told that no one by that name had lived there and they didn’t recognize the people from photos. This is getting more intriguing. They just wanted to know what happened to them and would we go and look for them.

When I say no castle, I mean NO castle.

I said we get paid half up front, plus expenses. They said okay and paid in cash. I need to start charging more, which is what Karin told me afterwards as well. This should be a relatively easy case anyway, though obviously the people of that town won’t be of any help. And I really don’t think the parents were living there anyway and probably had someone else mail the letters for them, which is why no one recognized the photos of these people. But they couldn’t be too far away from the town. Meow, meow?=We got real case? No castle? No ghosts? Cool! Meow!=Good, we need case, give something new to do. Too bad no castle. Meow, meow.=We go pack. Meow.=Yep, not take long. Five minutes later they come out of the bedroom. Meow, meow.=All packed, let’s go. Hey, wait you two, we have to pack as well, said Karin. Then she rushed to her apartment to get started.

Living by the lake.

Meow, meow.=Your suitcase and backpack all packed and ready to go. How did you do that so fast? Meow.=We start packing when people show up. That figures. We left the next day bright and early, it took a couple days to drive to this town. We picked up a map of the area but there was only one other town close by. We stayed here overnight and left early for that other town, it took a couple of hours to get there. I asked at the service station about the couple we were looking for and showed the man the photo I had. But he had never seen them which is not a good sign. But he told us to ask a fellow named Earl. He’ll be at the coffee shop just down the street, he said, and he described the guy to us. If anyone knows that couple he will. Sounds hopeful.

Off to the coffee shop, a typical small town meeting place. I went in by myself and found Earl easily enough sitting by himself looking out the window. I went over and introduced myself, though I didn’t mention being a PI. I showed him a photo of the couple. Oh sure, I know Harvey and Alice, they’ve been here a couple years now. They live way back in the mountains and only come to town once a month. I take letters for folks down to the city and mail them every month and they keep me going in coffee money. It’s been a long time since they’ve come to town though, hope nothing’s happened to them. That’s why I’m here looking for them, their daughter asked to me check on them while we were our this way. They were an odd couple, said Earl, Alice hardly talked to anyone and Harvey only talked to me. The last time he came to town by himself and was sort of nervous like, Earl said rubbing his beard.

To Be Continued.

ยฉ2020 Steve McLeod.

82 Comments on “20/20 Investigations, Inc. Missing! Chapter 1.

  1. I don’t know if I should’ve read this.๐Ÿ˜ข I won’t be able to find out what happens next for so long!๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ
    It was a great start though.
    I might be first.

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  2. I love the way you put the pics of the cats into your story ! Be alert all of you ! โ˜•๏ธโ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿคญ๐Ÿ˜ผ๐Ÿ˜บโ€ผ๏ธ

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    • So far it looks like a very simple case, which would be nice. But then, things can change suddenly!๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘ฑโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ธ๐Ÿ˜ธ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ

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  3. Hmmm…a good start, lots of info from the beginning but why I have a feeling that is not what it seems like? ๐Ÿค” ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™‚๏ธ ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿ˜ป

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    • Yes, I might have to agree with you on that, there is something strange about all of this, but what is it?๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ‘ฑโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ผ๐Ÿ˜ผ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ

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    • Thanks so much Nina! A nice easy case await for a change! Or not.๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ‘ฑโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ผ๐Ÿ˜ผ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ

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  4. Oops ๐Ÿ˜ณ you did it again๐Ÿ™„ Fine, we will figure out what Earl was about to say tmrw, as tmrw is your tmrw day too, but I will reach faster than you, wait, ๐Ÿค” okay, no comments๐Ÿ™„. So Earl is the post man, and let’s hope he says the truth, the couple are strange๐Ÿค” hmm, what does that mean?๐Ÿง I recall so many couple in this city live by that way, no body knows them, and they live at the same place like for 15 to 25 years๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿง can you believe ๐Ÿ™„ people like them exist. Sadly๐Ÿ˜”. People should have some friends around, in case of emergency these are the people would come for help, oops๐Ÿค” am I talking rubbish here ๐Ÿ˜ณ coming to the story, a great start again, looking forward๐Ÿ˜ I am sure this series will be a big hit too ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž

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    • Yep, Earl was quick with information, maybe too quick. Why did he use different names for them? Why were these people strange? Why was Harold/Harvey nervous on his last visit? Why has no one checked on them? We will find out more in the next chapter! Or maybe not. Will we find where they live? Will they be alive or dead? Will they have coffee? This is a strange little town too. But that coffee shop had good coffee! Well, better get going and find those people. See you in the next chapter!๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ‘ฑโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ผ๐Ÿ˜ผ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ

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      • Look where did you Brain tricked us ๐Ÿ˜ณ not sure how many of our readers noticed ๐Ÿ™„ I didn’t realise the mismatch in names ๐ŸงI should be more careful with your writing ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜ so why did he changed it ๐Ÿค” or is it really a case of disappearence or a trap ๐Ÿ˜ต๐Ÿ˜ณ lot of questions , I should get back to bed ๐Ÿ˜ผ

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      • Yep, that’s the first major clue, why the change in names?๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜ณ Did Earl change the names or did Harold and Shirley change their names so people wouldn’t know who they are?๐Ÿค” Is Earl helping us, or leading us into a trap?๐Ÿ˜ฒ Did we remember to bring coffee with us?๐Ÿ˜ฌโ˜•โ˜•

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      • Yes, a clue to put ourself in a question whether to believe Earl or not.๐Ÿค”hmm, we have to wait tmrw which is your tmrw and my today and when you post it, it will be today for U and maybe tmrw for me if I skip ๐Ÿ˜‹ I’ll wait Steve ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜Ž

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      • Yep, there’s something about Earl that makes me believe him though.๐Ÿค” He’s just a typical country type guy that spends his day in the coffee shop talking to whoever will listen to him.๐Ÿง” But, that could be a problem too because he will probably tell others about us and what we are doing.๐Ÿ˜ณ

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      • Yep, why did he lied that ๐Ÿง or is he the one lying ๐Ÿค”who he is working with, or is he the real culprit ๐Ÿค” let’s wait and see ๐Ÿ˜Ž are you still awake ๐Ÿค”

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      • I’m awake now. We will soon find out who is lying, Earl or the people who hired me!๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ™„ Providing we can find this Harold/Harvey person and his wife.๐Ÿค”

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      • I am in tomorrow and you still on yesterday ๐Ÿ™„ have U posted already ๐Ÿค” and still awake ๐Ÿง Sleep well ๐Ÿ˜Œ๐Ÿค—

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      • Yep, I’m sort of awake but off to bed right away!๐Ÿ˜ด๐ŸŒ™ New chapter is out and the mystery continues…๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ

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      • is it because of that ๐Ÿค” Stay warm and lie on bed and that’s it, you can count muffins hair and you’ll fall asleep in no time ๐Ÿ˜ผ๐Ÿ˜ธHave a peaceful night Steve โœจ๐Ÿค—

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      • ๐Ÿ˜you are good at that, sleeping the moment you hit the bed. I’ll roll over, upside down, had to perform some moves before I feel asleep ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ™„ I wonder why I can’t able to sleep like that ๐Ÿง it’s a war between me and my bed ๐Ÿ˜

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      • Sometimes it can take as long as 5 minutes to fall asleep, but most of the time I close my eyes and I’m in dreamland!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ด

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      • you are one of those gifted ๐Ÿ˜ I close my eyes and after an hour I open my eyes and still feel the same, ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚ sleeping is a war, only when I’m tired much, I actually sleep in mins..๐Ÿ˜ Time to dream โœจ๐Ÿ˜ธ

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      • No no, the one that sleep fast are never a boring personality, Nisha and her brother they all are fun , but sleeps faster than all of us ๐Ÿ˜ธ๐Ÿ˜ so you are that category too ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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      • No, No, No, you are never boring, how come muffin has all the fun with you ๐Ÿ˜ผ๐Ÿ˜ธ you forgot her she is there to remind you how fun you really are ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  5. Hmmm, so now we know who some of the characters are, let the fun begin! ๐Ÿง ๐Ÿค“ ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜บ ๐Ÿ˜ธโ˜•๏ธโ˜•๏ธ

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