The Investigators, Inc. The Square House. Chapter 18.

It’s getting very hard to breathe now and we still haven’t found a way out of here. I bring out the oxygen canister for Caren to use and one for the cats. They have a special smaller canister, but it’s only meant for one cat. But I splice the tubes from their masks together and hook it to the canister, now they can both breathe with it, however, it won’t last as long. I call the cats over and hook them up and tell them to lie still. Meow,meow?=What about you? You need air too. “There’s not enough for Caren and me,” I said, “she needs it most right now.” But I did take a couple breaths from it and went over to the caskets.

There was something on that map and…maybe that’s it, there has to be an emergency escape from here. This room is a trap, there may not be anyone up top who closed the door, it might close automatically after a few minutes to trap anyone trying to steal their stolen goods. The only likely spot would be the same as what got us in here in the first place. There was a handle at the end of the one casket which I tried to pull and turn but nothing happened. Then I pushed it and heard a click. I pulled it back and the casket turned sideways revealing a crawl through tunnel.

I had to leave my backpack behind, but I took a few things along that I might need and down I went. At least it wasn’t too far but I started to feel strange and shake quite a bit, but I kept going. The end of the tunnel had a metal door but I couldn’t find a way to open it and I didn’t have time to look. So I took out my new cutter, kind of like a plastic explosive but it cuts like a torch. I got it around the door and hooked to my watch. Then I pressed a button on my watch and that cutter went to work. Once it was finished I just pushed and off it came, falling onto the floor. It was right at floor level which was good, and getting that blast of fresh air was amazing!

I felt better so off I went upstairs. I took my gun out and opened the trap door, hoping no one was in the kitchen, and there wasn’t. But outside by the grave monument were two men. I should have figured he would be here, there’s treasure involved. I went outside and yelled, “John!”. The other man stood up, fortunately I saw what kind of gun he had so I fell to the grass as he shot about 20 bullets against the wall of the house. I shot 3 times and he fell to the ground. Just then Baldwin’s men came, one through the kitchen and one on each side of the house. John dropped his gun right away and put up his hands and yelled, “don’t shoot, I’m not armed”.

“Open the lid John,” I said, “I’m sure you know how.” “Sure thing,” he said and did it right away. Baldwin’s men then took him and handcuffed him to a metal pole. The cats and Caren came up and came running over to me. I started feeling strange again and collapsed. I woke up in the doctor’s office again, he was standing there shaking his head. Baldwin, Lena and Calanthe were all there as well, plus Caren and the cats. Lena said, “it’s sure nice that case is over with, we almost lost you that time.” “Well, it’s not quite over with yet Lena,” I said. “What do you mean?”, she asked. “We still have to get one more person and that’s Annali,” I said. “Annali is here too?,” asked Caren.

“Yes, she is,” I said, “and she is wanted for 2 counts of murder.” “What?”, said Caren, “impossible!” The cats lay on the bed and started to growl and 2 of Baldwin’s men came in. “You’re acting was good, but I found out about you a long time back,” I said, “you killed the nurse here and before ever coming here you joined up with Gisela to get me, but before you left home, you killed your sister Caren.” Everyone was looking at Caren now. “She’s not Caren?!” said Lena, “she’s actually Annali?!” Annali moved away from the bed a bit and Baldwin’s men came and took her away. Meow!=Hey, she got our ring, want ring back! Baldwin went over, took the ring off her finger and tossed it to me.

Annali never said a word. “She’ll be in prison for a long time,” I said. Meow,meow?=What about human John? “He can only be charged with attempted murder, so he won’t be in prison for very long,” I said, “so we’ll see him again I’m sure, and probably Gisela too, unless she died from her wounds.” Meow,meow?=And treasure? We get to keep the silver bars as a finders fee, the rest will be returned to the museum. Meow?=Well, what you wait for now? Give ring to real woman you want to marry. “You played your part well Baldwin,” I said, “had me worried a bit.” He laughed with his usual joyous roar. I held out my hand and took Lena’s hand and started to put the ring on her finger and just said the words, “for always?” She smiled and said, “yes, for always.”

The End.

Join us next time for a brand new case, “Married”.

Β©2021 Steve McLeod.

34 Comments on “The Investigators, Inc. The Square House. Chapter 18.

  1. Yay!! Yip yip yipeee!!! Good job you three!!! I can’t wait for the weddin g!!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜Š

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    • Thanks!😁😸😸 I hope we get that far, the wedding that is. Didn’t work out too well the last time!πŸ˜³πŸ™€πŸ™€

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      • There you are. Actually I was gone for quite a while, my internet was down for a long time this evening. Sigh. Who said I was bad luck??πŸ€” Let me at him!🀨

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      • What?? Who me?? Why I’d never say such a thing!! I was merely asking you if you thought you were..😁😁😏😏

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      • It was a fantastic day, got quite a few pics today, haven’t downloaded them yet though. There’s a couple I’m really hoping turned out good though. Yep, yep!πŸ˜πŸŒžπŸ“·

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      • Great!! Can’t wait to see them!😁😁 I actually finished all my laundry completed all my fruits cut up and remade my bed! Nice fresh clean bedding to sleep on..

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      • I always like that fresh clean bedding feel, I sleep so good that night. You had a good day. Oh, I actually got 2 plants to replace 2 that frosted! Different colors, but I got them! Wait, I told you that already. Please disregard my excitement.πŸ˜¬πŸ˜› I walked further today too! I’m feeling it now though.πŸ˜³πŸ™„πŸ™„

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      • No.. you didn’t tell you got replacements.. that’s great! Glad to hear that! Yes I always sleep great that first night on fresh sheets!😴😴 You didn’t overdue on the walking exercise did you?πŸ€”πŸ˜¬

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      • Oh good, and here I thought I was thinking that I thought. That’s good, now I don’t feel like a dough head. Walking? Who me? Would I do that? Speaking of walking, I think it’s time to walk to bed again. Or maybe crawl. Whichever way I’ll get there. Good night, back tomorrow with more intelligent chatter!πŸ˜›πŸ˜›πŸ˜‚πŸ˜΄πŸ€―πŸŒ™

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      • Okay!! I’ve got a long commute in the morning also, so better get to those nice fresh sheets myself! Sleep well!! TTYT😁

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  2. Wow! What a finale and end to this case. Amazing how tings worked out. So glad you and Lena are getting married. Congratulations! Koojing forward ti the next story with more twists and turns. Good you got to jeep the silver bars. Rest some before the next case!

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  3. Whoops didn’t read my comment before posting. After “Congratulations!”, it should read: Looking forward to the next story with more twists and turns.

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  4. Unexpected ending ! Glad that you are all okay and able to tackle another mystery ! Enjoyed it and looking forward to another one ! β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈπŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈπŸ˜ΌπŸ˜ΌπŸ‘©

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    • Yep, made it through another one! Perhaps now we can take it easy for a while before our next case begins. But knowing us, that likely won’t happen!πŸ˜€πŸ‘©πŸ˜ΈπŸ˜ΈπŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ

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  5. Great story but Let’s see. You’ve proposed three times the first is dead the second is in prison for probably life, and the third is the start of a new story. I’d stay single if I were you your luck isn’t very good.
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    Laugh the day away

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    • Well, we aren’t married yet, and who knows how long the marriage will last. You’re right, my luck isn’t very good!πŸ˜πŸ‘©πŸ˜ΊπŸ˜ΊπŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈBut maybe my luck will change now!

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  6. woah woah woah 😍😍😍😍❀️❀️❀️ that is the sweetest happiest ending I ever witnessed in our season 😍 this story ends so well, loved it the way you took, lot of surprises ❀️ as always… excited that you both married πŸ˜‡ Happy married Life πŸ₯³πŸ‘ Excited for next part 😍

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    • Yes, finally married! I wanted to bring in surprises at the end!😁 But…will our marriage last?πŸ€” Will something happen to Lena?πŸ€”πŸ˜¬ Will I get some coffee now?πŸ€”πŸ˜²β˜• Stay tuned for more!πŸ˜ƒπŸ‘©πŸ˜ΊπŸ˜ΊπŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ

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      • So πŸ™„ you have planned that already, is something going to happen to lena 🧐 you are going to see a different Steve then, I’ll show you the MIRROR 😜 and yes, where your coffee goes, it all stays there πŸ˜„πŸ‘ Yes I saw your chapter out, it’s getting late, I’ll try to read asap , good night Uncle Steve 😍❀️

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      • Good night Simon! Not much happened it the first chapter anyway, just an introduction of some characters.πŸ˜πŸ‘©πŸ˜ΊπŸ˜ΊπŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ

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      • What will happen next? Will we find trouble? Will they run out of coffee?πŸ˜³πŸ‘©πŸ™€πŸ™€β˜•β˜•

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