The Investigators, Inc. The Search. Chapter 5.

The sight before us as we entered the room literally stunned Kat and I. It was obvious, though no one said anything, that Baldwin was dead. Muffin came running over and jumped on me and M.C. jumped on Kat. Meow.=You so nice human, protect our humans with your life. “That’s why I’m here M.C.,” said Kat softly. Calanthe was sitting on a chair, not moving, not saying anything, it was like she was in shock. Jennifer was crying but came running over to me right away, hugging me tightly. Muffin just got out of the way in time by jumping over to Kat.

“What happened here?”, I ask. “Someone injected Baldwin with poison, it killed him quickly,” said Annelie, who was also present. “Show him the note,” said Calanthe quietly. Annelie handed me a note she had written. “It was Baldwin’s last words,” she said, “and he wanted me to make sure and write it down exactly as he said it. Is there some kind of hidden message?” “Yes, there is,” I said, then I read the note; “Hi Steve, I didn’t think it would be possible, but it happened. You, and you alone, are in charge of the funeral arrangements, do things quickly, do not make it public.

You are in charge of Baldwin Corporation now. Remember the combination is the key to prove that I am me. Keep things to yourself, until the time comes. Information is dangerous, I don’t want Calanthe involved. Work fast, stop this imposter before he has a chance to do damage. It’s time for me to go under, the place is ready at the cemetery. Thanks Steve.” “There was one more sentence, but I just couldn’t understand it,” said Annelie. “That would be; The vultures circle overhead, waiting to eat, now that I’m dead,” I said, “just part of the coded message hidden in all of this.”

Just then the doctor came in quite puzzled. “This is just not right,” he said, “his medical records, they have all been changed. I don’t know what has happened.” “Someone is trying to impersonate Baldwin and take over his corporation,” I said, “but we need to keep this quiet for now please.” “I will do that, I won’t make this known to anyone,” he said. Then I got things in motion for the funeral and called the funeral home with which Baldwin had already made arrangements. “After the funeral,” I said as we all walked out of the hospital, “we will start to make plans for the search.

We are going to find this guy, and there is something about him that seems familiar, though I can’t place it right now. Rock, can you get me 8 men that you can trust completely?” “I can have them here tomorrow,” he said. “Good, get that done,” I said as we walked down the steps. Then I heard the familiar sound of a shot and Kat fell! A man who had been hiding behind a hedge was now running to a waiting car. Jennifer, Rock and myself shot at the man. He fell and the car sped off. But we all shot hitting the tires causing the driver to lose control and he crashed into a tree.

Two men got out, the 3 of us continued shooting as we ran closer and the men fell. Rock went to check on them while Jennifer and I went back to the hospital. They had taken Kat inside already and was soon in surgery. The doctor came out later and gave us the news, she didn’t survive, the bullet was just too close to the heart. I sat in shock at the news. That imposter is keeping his word. But I will keep my word too and hunt him down. Soon we were all back at our chateau. Calanthe and Annelie were staying with us just so I could keep an eye on them, I didn’t want anyone else getting killed right now. Although I guess the imposter really doesn’t want anyone else.

“Do you remember your part of the combination Calanthe?”, I asked. “Yes, I do Steve,” she said, “but the combination is in 3 parts, who has the third part?” “That would be me,” said Rock, “I never knew much about it except that Baldwin said it was part of the combination for something and I would be told when the time was right.” “Yes,” I said, “Baldwin told me he had given it to you. But the combination is only part of the puzzle, we need to know what the combination is for, and he only told one person that information.” “Who’s that,” asked Calanthe. She was sounding a bit irritated. “That person is Kat,” I said quietly. “Oh great!,” yelled Calanthe, “and now Kat gets herself killed and we have a combination to nothing!”

“Hey, settle down Calanthe,” said Annelie, “you’re just stressed out right now.” “No I’m not!,” she yelled again, “this concerns me and I want to know what this combination is for! Tell me now Steve, it’s my right!” “Sorry Calanthe,” I said, “but I don’t know, Baldwin never told me and neither did Kat.” “I don’t believe you!”, she yelled again, “you just want to keep everything for yourself, but it’s mine! I didn’t wait all this time for nothing!” I got up to walk out of the room before this went any further. Calanthe got up too and kicked me in the back, right on my old wound and I fell to the floor. Then she jumped on me and began choking me. It all happened so fast. Kat and Annelie got up to pull Calanthe off me but Muffin was first. Grrrr! “Thwock!” Calanthe lay on the floor.

To Be Continued.

ยฉ2021 Steve McLeod.

291 Comments on “The Investigators, Inc. The Search. Chapter 5.

  1. This is a confusing chapter. Obviously, Calanthe cannot be trusted. Kat is supposedly dead but she and Annelie pull her off of you. Baldwin is dead or is he? What a web of deceit!!!

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    • It is somewhat confusing! Calanthe, is she working with the imposter or is she just after the inheritance? Kat was killed, yet she is here alive. But who is missing? Jennifer. Was Jennifer with me posing as Kat? That means the shooter would have picked out Jennifer to kill instead of Kat. Or is Jennifer posing as Kat now? The doctor confirmed Baldwin’s death and the others were there when he died. Could his death then be faked? What will happen next?๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ‘ฑโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜พ๐Ÿ˜พ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™‚๏ธ

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    • It could be a typo, depending on what you are referring to. If you refer to Kat being mentioned at the end after she died, well, then it could be a typo. Or, was Jennifer really with me all this time and not Kat? Therefore the imposter would think that Jennifer is Kat and the shooter killed Jennifer instead. Notice that Jennifer is not mentioned after that. Or, perhaps Jennifer is posing as Kat now to fool the imposter into thinking he had the wrong woman killed, sort of playing with his mind to get him out in the open. Now Calanthe, is she working with the imposter, or does she just want the inheritance? Is she even alive now? Or am I just saying all this to confuse you?

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    • Yes, I threw a curve into the story here. Baldwin dies and Kat dies, or was it Jennifer that died? What has happened to Calanthe? Is she working with the imposter, or does she just want the inheritance? What about this combination? Lots of questions and some things will be more clear in the next chapter, but perhaps new questions will arise!๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ‘ฑโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜พ๐Ÿ˜พ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™‚๏ธ

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  2. I do not know who is who in this chapter ! Waiting for the next chapter on Tuesday ! I thought it was a typo when you said Kat was dead…hmmm…๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿ™€๐Ÿ™€๐Ÿ”Ž๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿค”

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    • It was a confusing chapter, deliberately so. I wanted to throw people off a bit and make everyone think, or maybe get people to change their thoughts about what’s going on. We see Baldwin die first. Then Kat gets shot an killed by the gunman. Or did she? Maybe Jennifer had been with me all along and she was shot and killed. But Kat was with me at the beginning of the case, so how could it have been Jennifer with me? Yet Kat is mentioned right at the end, after she was killed. Or was that Jennifer pretending to be Kat to make the imposter think he had the wrong woman shot? This might bring him into the open. Especially if Calanthe is working for him. Or is Calanthe only worried about the inheritance? Answers coming, but also more questions will arise!๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ‘ฑโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜พ๐Ÿ˜พ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™‚๏ธ

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