The Investigators, Inc. Treasure Hunt. Chapter 10.

I needed to think alone for a bit so I sent Calanthe and the cats down to the guest cottage to get a meal started for us. Into the library I went and…what’s this? “We need to do some talking Steve, things are getting dangerous now, there are too many people involved.” “Yes, that’s true, I just can’t imagine what is so important that they all want this place,” I said, “but Baldwin is clean so selling to him isn’t a problem, I think.” “Yes, he seems to be honest enough, but there is still something odd about him and the way he talks, like he’s hiding something.” “I agree, but there is nothing that can be found anyway,” I said. “You can walk away anytime Steve, I really don’t want you getting hurt.” “No, I’m not going anywhere,” I said, “the cats and I can take care of ourselves, otherwise I would never have agreed to do this.” “What about Calanthe? Can you trust her totally?” “Yes, I think she’s okay,” I said, “she’s just scared that’s all. I just hope I can keep her alive, losing once is bad enough, if I lose twice I’m quitting.”

Getting some sunshine while waiting to eat.

“I better not hear you say ‘quit’ again!” “Oh, sorry about that,” I said, “I was just joking anyway…look, my alarm, someone has come over the fence, hide.” I call the cats quickly. They and Calanthe come running up to the chateau right away. “Someone has come over the fence so we need to be ready to greet them,” I said. “I’m scared,” said Calanthe quietly. “Don’t worry, this time we do the surprising,” I said with a smile. I left the chateau door unlocked, figured I should be nice to our visitors. The door opens slowly and in comes two men that I recognized from the funeral. Then comes in the woman investor with two more men behind her. Hmm, she must feel a bit nervous, that’s good. Now that Linnea is buried it’s time to get things moving faster. I come out into the entry.

The stone cottage.

“Are you looking for me?” I ask calmly. “Yes, I guess I am,” said the woman, “my name is Adalee Denhart, I have opened an investment business in town and I’m looking to buy a nice place to live.” “Am I really supposed to believe that?”, I asked, “why would such a successful business person come to this small town to open up a branch of their business? Wouldn’t a larger town be a better choice?” “Okay, maybe I have other reasons for wanting this chateau,” she said, “but does it really make a difference? I will pay your price for it, just let me know.” “I have already been offered 1.5 million euros for it,” I said, “can you top that?” “Yes,” she said confidently, “I will pay 1.7 million euros.” “Of course there are two others that are also interested,” I said, “so I should wait and see what they will offer.” “I want this chateau,” she said rather firmly and pointed towards me.

That’s when two of her bodyguards came at me. Thwock! Thwock! Down they went. Another bodyguard pulled his gun and shot, I returned fire, got his arm and he dropped his gun. Adalee stopped the other man from doing anything. “I apologize for that,” she said, “I should never have tried force. May we start over?” “Perhaps, but not now,” I said, “I will not be pushed around by anyone. Your 2 friends are not dead by the way, just enjoying a nap, but next time will be different. So I would suggest that there is no next time.” “There will be no next time,” she said with a smile, and they left dragging the two napping bodyguards with them. We all watched until they were gone. “Do you trust her?,” asked Calanthe. “No, not at all,” I said, “I think there is a good chance she will try again.”

Muffin has the same idea.

“Great, that makes me feel so much better,” said Calanthe sarcastically. I chuckled. “We’ll be okay,” I said, “we just need to stay calm.” “Stay calm, he says,” said Calanthe, “we have 4 different groups of people that want to kill us and we need to stay calm.” But she did smile when she said it as we walked down to the cottage. Muffin stayed with me while Mr. Cat helped Calanthe with our meal. I kind of fell asleep in that comfortable old chair, until Muffin woke me up by slapping my face. Meow,meow.=Look, visitor. Sure enough, by the fireplace stood Linnea. “Steve, I’m worried,” she said, “Adalee and the banker are the most dangerous, watch carefully,” she said.

To Be Continued.

Pictures of Mr. Cat are kindly supplied by his human, Nina.

Previous chapters of this and other stories can be found on my home page under “The Investigators, Inc.” and “20/20 Investigations, Inc.”

Β©2021 Steve McLeod.

61 Comments on “The Investigators, Inc. Treasure Hunt. Chapter 10.

  1. Linnea always appears near a fireplace. Those are the doors to the tunnels. I don’t think everyone’s looking for a treasure anymore. They are looking for a secret way in and out. Smuggling is my bet. What the booty is is yet to be seen. The treasure may or may not be there but you should look for a secret exit perhaps by the water. Also a question comes to mind; You are a PI not a lawyer, why would Linnea task you with the sale of the chateau? Perhaps to take up time just like you are doing. Maybe she, or a family member is alive.

    Laugh because… Why not??

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    • I think you might be thinking in the right direction now. I always figured those tunnels would be a great hiding place or useful for some illegal activity. I am surprised that 4 different people want it. Is it for the same kind of activity? If so, what? I think Linnea wanted me to look after selling the place so it wouldn’t fall into the hands of someone wanting it for illegal activities, and I would be able to figure that out. Just a guess though. I notice you missed something odd in this chapter. I thought for sure you would catch it. Yes, there has to be an exit leading outside somewhere, I haven’t spent enough time looking for that.

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  2. New enemies ! Adalee is not to be trusted…I believe I know who Linnea is …hmmm…have to wait and see ! β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈπŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈπŸ€”πŸ˜ΎπŸ˜ΎπŸ‘©

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    • Yes, more enemies to deal with and not much time to do it. Who is Linnea? Take a guess.πŸ€”πŸ˜³πŸ˜ΎπŸ˜ΎπŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈπŸ‘©

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  3. Karin…why ?…she is able to change her appearance and as she said her voice was the hardest to do…but she did it! Did she really die in the ambulance on the way to the hospital ? Hmmm…β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈπŸ€”πŸ€­ so is she one of the bad females imitating Gisela , etc ? Food for thought…

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    • Interesting thought for sure, perhaps she didn’t die. But I see you also missed something big in this chapter, everyone has so far it seems. Can you find it?πŸ€”πŸ˜³

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  4. You mean to whom are you speaking since Calanthe is with the cats ? I wondered about that…Rossana ?Linnea ? Or are they the same person ?

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    • Yes, that’s it, who was I speaking too, couldn’t have been Linnea since I didn’t seem surprised and I always am surprised with Linnea showing up. Who else could it be? And what did I agree to? And who is missing perhaps…

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    • Hmm, what makes you think that Linnea is alive? We just buried her body, how could she get out? Muffin and I even checked to make sure it was the right Linnea.πŸ€”πŸ˜Ί

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      • It was definitely the real Linnea in the casket, Muffin and I checked, Muffin can tell when maybe I can’t. But you are on the right track and you’re also the only person to pick up on that conversation. However, there are other hints along the way, perhaps Rossana, she did get me called a secret undercover officer, maybe I’m working with the police again? And what happened to Lena? She disappeared early on, perhaps she is back and actually helping me with this case. Maybe she is even dressed up to look like Linnea. Or maybe none of these. I’m terrible. It’s either Linnea as you suggest, or one of these two possibilities. Which one?πŸ€”πŸ˜³πŸ˜πŸ™€πŸ™€

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