Annelie checked Beth right away, she was still alive but had been badly stabbed. We quickly carried her back to the hotel. Marik saw us coming and came running out and took Beth from me and put her in their suite. He then called an ambulance and the police again. I’m sure the police will be a bit rougher with us this time, after all, first there was Gordon, and now Beth. And we happened to find her very shortly after the stabbing occurred. That doesn’t look good for us. Sure enough the police were there quickly, even before the ambulance. I guess they are staying around town right now.
One was the same officer as before, the other one was new but he took the lead in questioning us. While he was questioning Jennifer she got angry, stood up and came over to us. Then both officers came to question us together. Jennifer told me what the officer had suggested. So I told the officers to stay with the facts and stay away from suggestions that will get them in trouble. That’s when the new officer really got upset and started with more suggestions for us. I had enough of that and showed them my police ID.
The new officer just said it was a fake and he was keeping it as evidence. I said no and put out my hand expecting him to give it back. He just smiled. That’s when Kat made a phone call. The new officer told her to stop and stood up. Jennifer and I stood up too, Annelie had stayed with Beth until the ambulance came. I don’t think he was expecting that. So we all sat down again. In a few minutes the other officer got a phone call. Seems his superior was not in a good mood. I put out my hand again for my ID. The officer on the phone motioned to the other one to quickly return my ID, which he did.
Then the officer apologized to us and welcomed us to join them in the investigation. “What about the 4 men staying here?”, I asked. “They went out fishing early this morning.” added Marik, “they do every morning.” “Did they all go fishing, or did one stay behind?”, I asked. “That is easy to find out,” said the new officer and he phoned the only place that rents boats. “Only 2 went fishing,” he said angrily, “the other 2 came back to the castle to explore.” “And now they have had plenty of time to go somewhere else to have an alibi,” said the other officer.
The ambulance finally showed up, but Beth was already dead. Oddly, Marik was not showing any emotion at all for his wife. Very curious. I mentioned this to the police officers and the new officer decided to check on that right away. Good, that is what I was hoping. I told the other officer we would like to check out the ruins and he said that would be fine, he was going to check around town for the other two men. But just then those two men came walking in. Now that is perfect timing. I told Annelie to stay with Kristina at the hotel and talk to her about changing her identity, then get things started.
Annelie told me that Beth had said something before she died, it was “you are in danger here. In the ruins…” That was all she said. So off we went back to the ruins, first of all to where we found Beth. There was no sign of a weapon in the area, no sign of anything really. So we started walking around the corridors but found nothing interesting. “Why not check the closed corridors?”, asked Kat, “they don’t look any worse than the others.” “That’s true,” I replied, “and what better place to hide something?” So we started with the next closed corridor and went through the big wood door into a large but mostly empty room. Only a table and a couple of chairs were in there, and they were obviously very old.
But there was nothing exciting so we went to the next corridor and the same thing with that room, a table and 2 chairs. Rather odd, but not exciting. The third room was much larger and had 2 other doors in it. Kat picked one and I opened the door, but that corridor, or room, had caved in long ago. So we tried the other door, it seemed to have a long corridor curving to the left, away from the other door. The cats went to the door and started growling. Meow,meow!=Danger in tunnel! So we decide not to go in and head back to the hotel. At the door to our room the cats again growled, so we took out our guns and went in…
To Be Continued.
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