The Investigators, Inc. The Square House. Chapter 2.

After asking how much I charge for PI services, she then added, “you’re a great ventriloquist.” Meow,meow?=What is a venting locust? I laughed a bit, “that’s ventriloquist Muffin, that’s someone that can make their voice sound like it comes from somewhere else.” Meow,meow=Venting locust very strange name, human people have strange language at times. Meow.=Yep, me agree, never hear of venting locust before. “Um, that’s ventril…never mind,” I said and turned to Caren, “I’m not making them talk, they really do talk, and you can understand them which is amazing, not many people can.” She stared at me, then she stared at the cats and they smiled at her. “It, it…looks like their smiling,” she said, “and they really talk…but, but…that’s not possible.” I think she was about ready to faint.

“Don’t worry,” I said, “and don’t be scared by it, and I would suggest you don’t tell people or they might think you have flipped under pressure. Now, tell me, what is the problem?” “I need help, I have talked to the police but they won’t help, because…well…there is really nothing they can do, because there is nothing,” she said slowly. “Okay, just tell me from the beginning, and I will let you know if there is something we can do,” I said to her. She took a deep breath, “I think someone is stalking me, but I don’t know who or why or anything really. I bought a house recently, an odd kind of house, I got it cheap because it needed some work.

She give good chin rub, I convinced.

Because I live alone the first thing I did was put new locks on the doors and windows, but…someone keeps getting in. They don’t steal anything, nothing looks like it has been touched. But the person leaves notes, pictures of the inside of my house, even personal things. I’m scared to go back there, I’ve been staying here the last 2 nights.” “Hmm, it does sound like someone is stalking you alright,” I said, “so maybe you should just stay here for awhile and maybe this person will give up and leave.” “But it’s my house,” she said almost crying, “I bought it to live in, it’s in such a beautiful, peaceful spot, and the house will look great once it’s fixed up.” She put her head down.

Meow,meow?=Why you say it odd house? Caren stared at Muffin. Muffin started purring, so did Mr. Cat. “That sounds so nice,” said Caren, “the house is odd because it’s square.” Meow?=Thought all houses square, why that is odd? “Well, most houses are not square, Mr. Cat,” I said, “they are more rectangular.” “Right,” said Caren, “and this house is perfectly square, even the doors and windows are all square, every room is square, inside doors are square, light fixtures are square, everything. That’s what caught my attention at first, I thought it was so interesting, I was so happy to get my own place, but now…I don’t even want to go there, it’s just creepy.”

Hey, keep mind on case, not chin rubs.

“Well, we are here on vacation for 3 weeks,” I said, “why not stay here until then and we will go with you out there after our vacation and check on things for you, we won’t even charge for that.” The cats ears went straight up! Meow,meow=Hey, human Caren need help now, not in 3 weeks, I say we help, have vacation afterward. Meow.=Yep, I agree with Muffin, this more important than vacation, we help now. I looked at them both, then smiled. “Well then, it’s unanimous, we help now instead,” I said to Caren, “I wanted to let them have first choice in this and they did the right thing.” Caren produced the biggest smile and kissed all of us.

We just relaxed for the day and when Caren got off work at 4pm we drove out to her house. It was a beautiful, quiet and secluded spot, I can see why she likes it here. Just what a stalker would like too, but there is only one road in here and that would make it easy to spot a vehicle. She was right, the house is square and it does look a bit odd with square doors and windows. She had changed locks again just before she decided to stay at the hotel. We go inside and on a table in the entry is a note, saying “HAHAHA! You thought new locks would stop me?” And there were 3 new pics of the kitchen, living room and her bedroom. Then, suddenly, there was a loud, eerie laughing. The cats ears went straight up and Caren hugged me so tight I thought she would crack one of my ribs.

To Be Continued.

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

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

Β©2021 Steve McLeod.

55 Comments on “The Investigators, Inc. The Square House. Chapter 2.

  1. I know this is going to be a very interesting mystery ! Watch out Mr. Cat and Muffin ! β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈπŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈπŸ™€πŸ™€πŸ€”

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    • Yes, and there goes our vacation! Maybe we can solve this one fast and still get part of our vacation anyway.πŸ˜³πŸ™€πŸ™€πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ

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  2. No vacation for any of you! You all have too soft of hearts. No case is ever simple when the 3 of you are investigating. Someone very evil is behind the stalking.

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    • No case is simple for us?😲 Are you saying that we make things complicated?πŸ€”πŸ˜‚πŸ˜Ή That’s okay, I’m inclined to agree with you on that one.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜ΉπŸ˜ΉπŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ

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    • But at least it wasn’t my choice this time, it was the cats that said we should give up our vacation. Besides, we can have our vacation after we solve this case, should only take a day or two for us PI’s!πŸ˜€πŸ˜ΊπŸ˜ΊπŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ

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  3. Oh, my! And trouble is already brewing! β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈ πŸŒžπŸŒΊπŸ•΅πŸΌβ€β™‚οΈπŸ‘€πŸ˜Ό

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  4. Something about round pegs and square holes hmmmmmπŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€«πŸ€«πŸ€«πŸ€«πŸ€«πŸ€«πŸ€«πŸ€«

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    • Hey, I heard something like that somewhere before too. Maybe I should look for some round pegs? Or maybe square pegs?πŸ€”πŸ™€πŸ™€πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈπŸ‘±β€β™€οΈ

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      • Might be a good place to start lookingπŸ˜‰πŸ˜Š how’s that for thinking out of the square box??🀣🀣🀣

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      • Naw… not them either!! I like it here!! I wanna stay… working on a renter for the house up north. With the caveat that I get to use one room for the two weeks I’m required to be in the office. That would make the traveling back and forth much more affordable. But I’ll see. It woukd be a weird arrangement , but hey it’s only temporary until I retire or find work here.

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      • But if you only get one room how would you cook? Eating out all the time isn’t cheap or healthy. Would you be able to use the yard? Park your car? What about bathroom privileges? Got to consider these things.

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      • Well… it’s my house… my rules.. but sharing and understanding will be needed. Besides, the only time I will be there is at night and one weekend. But I think it would work. Who knows.. maybe it will prompt me to look a little harder for work here. I’m hoping with things beginning to open up again there might be more need for workers.

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      • That’s a good point, you tell em! I’m thinking after this pandemic that good jobs will be fewer as businesses downsize their workforce because they found out they can do more with less and more work will be from home instead of expensive office buildings. And people will have to do more ridesharing in tiny electric cars. Gas lawnmowers will become extinct and highly prized collectables. Here’s one, in one of our cities is a lot for sale, just an empty lot, for 269,000 asking price, it will undoubtedly sell for much more. The lot is 9 feet wide and 60 feet long.

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      • Say WHAT?? For a narrow lot? Oh my goodness!! That is crazy… you might be correct about the working from home piece of it. But what will they do with the properties they have now? No demand no sales. In any case for me it’s not that far away.. something will fall into place. Just need to situated to take advantage of it.

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      • Most of these places are leased anyway, and if they can’t sell it they just use it for a write-off, helps reduce taxes. That lot does come with plans for a 3 story tiny house that would be 7 feet wide and 20 feet long, except the city hasn’t decided if they will approve the plans or not. But there are several people interested in buying the lot so it will likely sell for 350,000 or more they said. Yep, keep looking, even in neighboring towns. You have the experience. One young man was applying for a job, his first after college. The interviewer said, “you’re asking for a high salary for someone with no experience.” The young man said, “true, but the job will be much harder for me because I don’t know what I’m doing.”🀣🀣

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      • Yeah, I’ve been looking, but I don’t want to stray too far from here. I like it here and don’t want to have to commute a long distance. The city job I applied for is open again, but now they have added a couple of required degrees to the qualifications.. that bummed me out. But hey…

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      • That’s true, long commutes are no fun. Still, you have a long commute right now! Degrees? That figures, like that’s going to make things better for them. They’ll just have to pay more to get those degrees. Then they’ll be sorry.

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      • Yeah, I know I do… I guess it’s not so much the distance right now it’s the location from home. So yeah, I will keep at it. I just looked at my RSU’s again today, and a bunch more will vest in mid June.

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      • Hmm, I never got any such bonuses! Guess I didn’t work hard enough. Hey, wait, I was self employed. Shows how cheap I was!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜ΉπŸ˜Ή

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      • What does my height have to do with it? I never gave myself a bonus, so I was cheap or I didn’t earn it. Sigh. As they say in the old country, “a leaky canoe is like sitting under a gull.”

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      • Well the Vultures weren’t there… but it is the house on the corner of the street with my name on it!!😯😲😳 That’s scary!!🀯 I may need to find a different route past that house!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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      • What?😲 They’re using your name on their house?!😳 Go there tomorrow and tell them to remove your name or you’ll dust them!πŸ€¨πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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      • Wow! That’s great! Not everyone gets a street named after them. How did you manage that?πŸ€”πŸ˜πŸ™„

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      • I walked past it 😁😁 They must have seen me on the camera and said that’s a great guy! Let’s name that Vulture street after him!πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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      • Not this one… although I am kinda sweet!!πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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