The Investigators, Inc. The Lost Puppy Case. Chapter 8. A Storm.

We had a great dinner when we arrived back at the chateau. I asked Denise about secret doors and passages, but she had no idea that there were any. She had never been in any either and only had been in the basement once, but it was full of old torture equipment and she wanted it buried away forever. That is why the doorway was sealed years ago after they had bought the chateau. But one of those secret doors, I figure there must be at least 2, just might lead to the basement.

Big Ben might have found them and not told Denise about them so she would not have them sealed too. There is a good chance he hid the jewels somewhere in the basement, or in a hidden room, or perhaps even in a passageway somewhere. Once I began thinking about all the places they could be hidden, it was too much. We need to solve that puzzle somehow. But we will start checking out any passageways we can find first thing in the morning. It is too late to start now, we talked too long after dinner.

An early night and we can get started exploring early in the morning. Everyone was happy about that idea. Some of the girls will continue helping Denise pack, plus Benson and Crandell will help with the actual moving part of things. Walter will come along to explore. Rock wanted to help also but I finally persuaded him and Annelie that it was time for their vacation to start. They left early the next morning to some south seas island for 10 days and then will go to his parents for Christmas.

Most of our team will be gone for Christmas this year, but everyone will be back for our wedding day January 1st. Sky and I want to start the new year off right, with a new life together. Oh my, if we only knew. It is probably a good thing we do not. “It is time for your shot Steve,” said Sky, “and do not worry, Chung showed me how to do this.” “I trust you Sky,” I said, and she did do a good job too, I barely felt it. Sigurbjorn arrived for my massage, and she gave one to Sky as well.

While she was doing that, Galyna came in with the cats. All 3 cats are here now and I wanted to ask them all something. “Okay Galyna,” I said, “what do you think about Denise, is she telling the truth or not?” “Hmm, that is a tough question,” she answered, “some people are expert liars. But I think she is truthful, and she is definitely forgetful. No one could play the part of being forgetful that well, they will always leave out some little things here and there to give themselves away.” Then she frowned a bit.

“What is wrong?” I asked her. “Well, I am not really sure,” she said, “but there is something wrong, I am just not sure what it is, something about Denise. But her friend is genuinely happy that Denise is moving into the same building so they can be close together. Her friend told me that she never liked coming to this chateau and she was always a bit afraid of Ben. He would constantly yell at Denise, something she never told us. In fact, the way she talks about Ben, it sounds like they had a perfect marriage.”

“Hmm, that is a lot of info Galyna,” I said, “now, what do you cats have to say?” Meow,meow.=Me not sure what to say, me like human Denise, but… Meow.=Yep, she not know we understand human talk… Meow,meow.=Yep, so she say something to us… Meow.=Yep, she say no one able to understand puzzle… Meow,meow.=Yep, she say not normal puzzle like her Ben make… Meow.=Yep, it just fake puzzle… Meow,meow.=Yep, to keep people from finding jewels…

Meow.=Yep, so now nobody not can find jewels… Meow,meow.=Yep, lost and gone forever she say. Storm had his head going back and forth from Muffin to MC and he almost fell over near the end. “Well Storm,” I said, “do you not have anything to say?” Meowr.=Me only get here today, so not know human Denise like others do, so me not can say something. Me only little bit confusioned. We all chuckle a bit.

“That is okay Storm,” I said, “I am a little confusioned too.” “What are you confused about?” Sky asked. Meowr.=You all talk about finding clue, but me thought clue in puppy toy. “Yes, that is right,” said Sky, “we found it in the puppy.” Meowr?=How you can find clue in puppy toy without finding puppy toy? “But we did find the puppy,” I said, “now you are really getting me confused.”

Meowr.=Me see picture of human Denise holding puppy toy, she say that her puppy. But that not puppy toy you find, it different. We all look at each other. Galyna runs downstairs and brings the puppy and the picture back to our room. Storm was right, it is not the same puppy toy. “Why did none of us see that?” I asked. “We were thinking too much about the jewels,” said Sky.

To Be Continued.

Β©2022 Steve McLeod.

28 Comments on “The Investigators, Inc. The Lost Puppy Case. Chapter 8. A Storm.

  1. Oh… that Denise is a shifty character! Here I thought you and Sky planted the puppy to test Denise! Didn’t see this one coming though! It’s nice ti see that Storm didn’t actually die in the last case…. I miss his meowr…πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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    • This is an interesting turn in events. No, we didn’t try to test her, we actually thought we had found the puppy. It is very close to the real one. Now, the question is, what is going on? Is Denise doing this deliberately, or is it her memory and she really thought this was her puppy? They are very similar, it takes a very close look to see the difference. Yes, it was close for a while with Storm, but he pulled through just fine in the end. He is just not running around much yet. He does have a cute meowr. πŸ€”πŸ‘©πŸ˜ΌπŸ˜ΌπŸ˜ΌπŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ

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      • Well, Muffin and MC heard her saying that no one coukd figure it out…. so that makes me think she knows more than she’s saying. But we will see..πŸ€“

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      • That’s true, but she also said that Ben wrote it. Why didn’t she confide with the cats that she knows more than she lets on. She doesn’t know the cats understand, so generally people will confide in their pets the actual truth. Even though they are not her pets, she still fell in love with them and enjoys having them sleep with her. There is some confusion, but perhaps we can clear it up. πŸ€”πŸ‘©πŸ˜ΌπŸ˜ΌπŸ˜ΌπŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ

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      • Yes, me too, but I am not quite sure how to do it yet. But in the morning we will start a search of the secret passages. Maybe we can find a clue. πŸ€”πŸ‘©πŸ˜ΌπŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ

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      • Yes, I am quite sure he knew about these hidden passages, but never told his wife. Why he did that is a big question, unless they lead to the basement, then she might have wanted them closed off. I really think those jewels are hidden somewhere where these lead to. I know where another secret door is, that is where Sky was taken, and it leads to a tunnel which goes outside. I think we will check that one first. How did Mack know about it? πŸ€”πŸ‘©πŸ˜ΌπŸ˜ΌπŸ˜ΌπŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ

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      • Hmm, now that is one thought I never thought. That deserves looking into. Since they couldn’t find them, she hired us to help. She would be able to keep them because of the time involved. But she made a big mistake, that is probably why Mack was so upset and kidnapped Sky. An interesting theory you have. πŸ€”πŸ‘©πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ

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      • Well, that is one thing. But, she could lay claim to the jewels for finding them on her property. But now Sky owns this chateau, so she can now lay claim to the jewels if we find them. But it would be nice to find the real puppy too, just in case there is a real clue inside. πŸ€”πŸ‘©πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ

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      • Granted…. but if she knows there are no jewels or perhaps she has them already she just sold a useless Chateau and has the jewels besides…. just spit Ballin here…πŸ€”πŸ€” got to explore every hidden passage way so to speakπŸ˜‰

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      • But why hire us to find them if there are none, likewise, why hire us to find them if she already has them? There must be jewels and they must still be hidden somewhere. But it is possible she knows more than she is saying. Or she just doesn’t remember things. Ben may have even sold them years ago and didn’t tell her. Maybe the money is in the real puppy. πŸ€”πŸ‘©πŸ˜ΌπŸ˜ΌπŸ˜ΌπŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ

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      • Yeah, but all we have are theories at the moment. There are too many questions yet so we can’t zero in on the correct answer. πŸ€”πŸ‘©πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ

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      • Oh, I might possibly bring in a weekend chapter, seems I usually do now. πŸ€”πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈBut not likely until Sunday. Or not.

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      • Yes, too many possibilities and that makes it hard to figure things out properly. Sigh. πŸ™„πŸ‘©πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ

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      • That is what I’m hoping too. If he didn’t actually write it down, then he must have left some kind of markers to follow. πŸ€”πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ

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  2. The three cats are back ! 😼😼😼 That’s a relief ! I agree with Storm There is something wrong and Denise may be a stronger β€œ enemy β€œ than we think ! But she is not the only one to watch out for ! πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈπŸ‘©πŸ‘©β€πŸ¦°πŸ‘©β€πŸ¦°πŸ‘©β€πŸ¦±πŸŽ„ Interesting chapter !

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    • Well, it’s hard to say if Denise is an enemy exactly, or what she is doing even, she just might have a bad memory. Galyna admitted she had a memory problem. But I guess we will find out more as we go on. Well, Mack is out of the picture now so there is no one else to worry about, that we know of anyway. Next we go exploring! πŸ€”πŸ‘©πŸ˜ΌπŸ˜ΌπŸ˜ΌπŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈπŸ’Ž

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