The Investigators, Inc. The missing Cat. Chapter 15.

Here we are, on our way out of here as fast as possible. Back in the safety of France we relax a bit and stop at a restaurant for something to eat. “Well,” said Lena, “what’s next for us?” “Next,” I replied, “is to get you back home quickly.” “What do you mean?,” she asked, “we’re not stopping now are we?” Meow,meow?=We going to give up and not go get Karin? Meow.=Right, we can’t let her get away. “Sorry you three,” I said, “but we were asked by the police to do a certain job, to track down the leader of this gang, and we did that. Now our job is done, they know who the leader is and now it’s up to them to somehow catch her in the act of a crime so they can stop her.” All three of them sit there looking at me.

A nice little country restaurant.

“If we get involved now,” I explained, “we would be interfering in an ongoing police investigation. We can’t do that, I would lose my PI license. And we could end up in jail besides.” “It just doesn’t seem right to stop now,” said Lena. Meow,meow.=Me agree, it like giving up, we never give up. Meow.=Yep, that right, you always say we not give up. “We’re not giving up,” I tried to explain again, “we did our part and now we have to leave. It’s not like having our own investigation, we were helping the police with their investigation. And they can tell us to stop anytime they want.” Meow,meow.=Oh, now I understand, so now police catch Karin with Jade Cat and she go to jail.

“Well, hopefully that’s what happens,” I said, “but somehow I’m not too sure. I really think we will meet Karin again some day.” Lena looks at me. Finally we got to Lena’s place and dropped her off and then we continued to the airport. We had a room booked for us at the hotel there and our plane would leave in the morning. Once in our room we could actually relax completely. The cats curled up beside me on the bed and were asleep in no time. The room phone rang, I no longer had my phone after smashing it at that old building. It was a long call. The next morning we had breakfast in our room and I told the cats we would be staying an extra couple days.

Just then a knock at the door and a parcel was delivered to us. Meow,meow?=What in parcel? Meow.=This exciting, getting gift! “Well, it’s not a gift,” I said as I opened it. There before our eyes were all those jewels from the Jade Cat. “Remember the jewels we took out of the Jade Cat? Well, here they are once again,” I said. Unknown to anyone else, Mr. Cat had managed to get the combination right to open the Cat and we took the real gems out of it and replaced them with the ones the police gave us. Those were real too, but were marked gems that the police could trace easily, so if Karin tried to sell them, they would have her. Except that Joseph recognized a couple of those replacement gems because he had handled them before. For someone in his profession it’s easy to recognize certain gems.

The hospital.

So, the police gave me the real ones to give Karin since she will undoubtedly be looking for me now. We all thought of that possibility, that’s why I wanted to leave Lena out of this. Karin could find her easily enough, but she tried me first. And she didn’t sound happy at all. She’s supposed to be here at noon. Well, we have a couple hours to live anyway. We waited patiently for Karin and Gaston to arrive, and she did, right on time. But she had 3 other men with her too. Gaston just smashed his way through the door, gun ready, but I shot first. Then “Thwock, Thwock!” This time Karin had no reservations in pulling the trigger of her gun. The police came running down the hall, but before getting to the room there was one more “Thwock!” One man was left to arrest. Muffin had shot Karin and she died on the way to the hospital, Gaston and the other two men were already dead. They rushed me to the hospital as well, with Muffin and Mr. Cat beside me. It all happened so fast with no time to think. Such a sudden end.

The End.

Previous chapters of this story can be found on my home page under “The Investigators, Inc.” Other stories in this series can also be found on my home page under “20/20 Investigations, Inc.”

Β©2021 Steve McLeod.

50 Comments on “The Investigators, Inc. The missing Cat. Chapter 15.

  1. Come on Steve ! You can’t leave us up in the air ! Is it really the end of the story ? β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈπŸ€­πŸ˜ΌπŸ˜ΌπŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈβ‰οΈ

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    • Hmm, what else is there to say? Now we have to figure out what the last sentence means. We know I didn’t die since I mentioned Karin dying on the way to the hospital, didn’t say that about me. Plus the cats came with me. But what comes next? Watch for it.πŸ˜³πŸ™€πŸ™€πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈπŸ‘©

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  2. Steve, i agree with the others that this is not a good place to end the story. How seriously were you injured? What is your prognosis? How would Muffin and Mr Cat do without you? So many important details were omitted from the ending!

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    • It is an odd ending, but the whole case this time was different than what we normally do. It was to make people think a bit about what is going on, like the questions you raised. We know I didn’t die, because I had just mentioned Karin died on the way to the hospital and I was being rushed to the hospital with the cats, showing I must be alive. I know other times I quickly added in some final details to end the story, but I wanted this one a bit different. It was mentioned in one of the stories that Muffin would go with Mr Cat to his home if anything happened to me. However, that doesn’t help people who haven’t read all the stories. I should probably add that in more frequently. It’s also good to see reader’s reactions, it can help a writer. I think the last sentence is really the hard one. It leaves the reader wondering if that’s the end of that story or the end of the whole series. But the series carries on and we discover more in the first chapter of our new story. Now I’m giving away details! Each month this year will feature a new story. More details! Thanks for reading! Sorry for the bad ending!

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  3. Man, that was so quick. How could you able to think so right 😍 I seriously give a bow to this story making, such a plan and the characters played so well and unexpected endings with twist. You a legend Steve… Loved this series than any other, I’m glad I missed this so that I could sit and read in one shot 😁 I couldn’t wait for surprises πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜… Great writing Legend.. Keep doing it…πŸ€—πŸ€—

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      • I saw 😁 I read half of it, but then had the time issue, I’ll do it today… didn’t expect that πŸ˜‚ I didn’t expect a continuation , it’s a surprise.. loved it… will post my comment on that tonight 😍

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  4. I know you’re alright because I saw the new story πŸ˜‚ The ending was a tad too sudden but this whole story was one excitement after the other! Looking forward to the next story!πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜Έ

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  5. Well, I have the advantage. I went to the next story because I was behind and saw you survived. They all thought you died and you had them in suspense for a while! 😬😬. Well played, Steve. πŸ‘πŸ˜πŸ˜‚

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    • I’m not sure if it was well played,πŸ™„ I’m still picking up all the tomatoes and eggs!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜Ή But still, not all endings can be the same.πŸ˜³πŸ™„ I think.πŸ€”

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  6. πŸ˜‚πŸ€£ virtual tomatoes πŸ… and eggs πŸ₯š are less messy!🀣

    No, you have to shake things up every now and then…otherwise, people start predicting how it’s going to end. πŸ€”. I still say, β€œbravo!” πŸ‘πŸ˜

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    • Yes, stories can’t always be quite the same, I need to toss in something different now and then. Thanks so much Beverly!πŸ˜πŸ˜ΈπŸ˜ΈπŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈπŸ‘©
      Still have to watch out for those tomatoes and eggs though!!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜ΉπŸ˜Ή

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      • You’re welcome, Steve! Your stories are very good and captivating, as is. A periodic change like you did would just be more icing on the cake, but again β€œThe Investigators, Inc.” stories are very good, as is. 😁

        Yes if you change anything , watch out! πŸ₯š πŸ… πŸ˜‚πŸ€£

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      • Thank you Beverly! Yep, might need more cleaner for my screen here! Some, um, twists coming up.πŸ˜³πŸ™€πŸ™€πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ…πŸ…

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      • πŸ˜‚πŸ€£. Yes, I saw that in Chapter 5!, I say keep going! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜πŸ˜

        πŸ₯š πŸ₯š πŸ… πŸ… Can always buy more cleaner at the store . πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ˜

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      • Yes, and how can this be happening anyway?πŸ€”πŸ˜² We’re at the same place, talking to the same people, but how?πŸ€” The puzzle begins.πŸ˜³πŸ™€πŸ™€πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈπŸ‘©

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