The Investigators, Inc. The English Hotel Case. Chapter 9. Practice.

After we had a very large breakfast of pancakes, bacon, eggs, fruit and too many other things to even think about, we sat down to study the floor plan some more and let M know a little about what we had planned. “This is the main control room,” I said, “from here they control all alarms, protective doors that close in these 3 locations to lock people inside this main room if the alarm is set off. There are also 2 guards inside, plus a guard up here and another over here, overlooking the floor below.

They carry big guns, and they know how to use them rather well. Over here is a door that leads to this corridor that goes up to this control room. That door remains locked at all times, so we will need to pick that lock to get in this corridor and take over the control room. Unfortunately, there is always a guard standing either beside this door, or directly across from it.”

“Then how would you pick the lock?” asked M. “Well, Sigurbjorn is our locksmith and she can open anything,” I said, “but we do not have our tools with us. Do you have a good quality set of lock picking tools?” “Oh yes indeed, the very best there is,” said M smiling. He sent his man to get them. He came back shortly and they were indeed fine quality tools. “These are very nice,” said Sigurbjorn, “I should have no problem.”

“Good, now for the guard,” I said, “that will be a job for Galyna, she will distract him long enough for Sigurbjorn to do her job and for her and Kristina to get through the door without being seen. Fortunately the security camera, because of the curve in the hallway, cannot see the door. So the girls will be safe. And Sigurbjorn can open the door just as quickly as someone using a key, so it will not attract attention from anyone.

They will go inside and take over the control room and shut off the alarm to that display in the middle of the floor where the diamonds are on display.” “Then all we got to do is scoop up those diamonds and walk out of the place,” said the M’s man. “And get shot by these 2 guards before you had finished scooping up the diamonds,” I said to him shaking my head.

“Idiot!” yelled M and he hit his man in the stomach. That dropped him to his knees while he made quiet, squeaking type noises. “Do not mind him,” said M, “he is not very smart at times, but he has his uses so I keep him around.” “I understand,” I said, “not everyone is good at everything. But on this job, one tiny mistake can get everyone killed and the diamonds staying where they are. We want to relieve them of those beautiful gems.

We will only get one chance, if we fail, they will increase security to make it impossible to steal them. Right now they are relying a great deal on their electronic surveillance and alarm systems to guard those diamonds. Plus those four guards with the big guns. Sigurbjorn and Kristina will take over the control room, turn off the alarms and then take care of these two remaining guards.

Crystal and I will be waiting our turn below, grab the diamonds, wrap them in her skirt which I will hand off to one of your men who will run through the crowd and into this office and out this other door into the corridor and outside through this emergency exit. You can be parked on that side street and take off as soon as the diamonds reach you. Then I would suggest leaving the area completely and getting out of the country right away. I would also suggest changing vehicles before leaving the city.”

“Wow,” said M, “this is so exciting, I am nearly breathless listening to you talk about it!” “It will all come down to timing,” I said, “if we all do our parts just right, there should be no problems. But we should practice a bit to get some timing just right. Like running the distance of this corridor to see how long it will take. If we cannot do things fast enough, then we will have to try for a night job, but that will be even harder since they will have extra alarms set.”

“Hmm, yes, I agree with you,” said M, “I do like the daytime idea best too.” “Good, how about tomorrow?” I asked M. “Splendid!” he said, “then you can do your practicing today and get a good rest tonight. Do you think morning or afternoon would be best?” “I was thinking afternoon,” I said, “there will be more people and that will make it harder for guards to watch everyone, which is what we want.”

“That is just what I was thinking too!” he exclaimed, “you and I think so much alike, no wonder we get along so well. Now, I must have a nap before lunch, you may do the same if you wish.” “Good idea,” I said…

To Be Continued.

Β©2023 Steve McLeod.

24 Comments on “The Investigators, Inc. The English Hotel Case. Chapter 9. Practice.

  1. That plan is very detailed!πŸ˜‰ Now, at what point does he get caught with the diamonds πŸ’Ž πŸ€” you surely are not going to allow him to get away??πŸ€”πŸ€”

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    • Well, if all goes according to plan, M will never see the diamonds. But he will see someone he doesn’t want to see. But not likely for too long. But, like I say, timing is everything and if our timing is off, then we have big problems and M gets away again. That will not be good because I am sure he would be back looking for revenge! It would be so much nicer to have the whole team with us for this, but we will make do.πŸ€”πŸ‘©πŸ‘©πŸ‘©πŸ‘©πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ


      • Yes, I am hoping so, if my message was interpreted properly. Um, however, we are going at this a day early, but I didn’t think I could hold off any longer without making M angry or suspicious.πŸ˜²πŸ‘©πŸ‘©πŸ‘©πŸ‘©πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ


      • Yes, I think it would have that effect for me too! But it showed how careful we need to be around M, his behavior can change rather suddenly! And I don’t want to be on the receiving end of his anger!πŸ˜²πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ


      • Most definitely! Always best to stay on his good side by offering some compliments here and there. After all this it would be terrible to lose him again.πŸ™„πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ


      • I wonder who will be waiting for him?πŸ€” Wouldn’t it be a huge coincidence if Rossanna were on a special assignment to protect the gems?😳😲

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      • Oh, now wouldn’t that be a nice thing to have happen! At least I think it would be, although it could cause a problem too. Who will be waiting for M? Maybe Rossana!πŸ€”πŸ‘©πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ


      • But it could get us in trouble with M’s men. Inside their fake phones is a 4 inch double sided razor sharp blade that they will use against us if we try any trickery.πŸ˜²πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ


  2. Maybe Rosanna is the problem ! 😳 …like you said timing is is so essential ! 😯 Are you able to dash down the hallway ? πŸ₯Ί waiting for tomorrow β€˜s chapter ! πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈπŸ˜»πŸ˜ΌπŸ‘©πŸ‘©β€πŸ¦°πŸ‘©β€πŸ¦±

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    • How could Rossana be a problem? She is a police officer and has been helping us since our second case! I don’t plan on running anywhere, Crystal and I will walk casually out the main door. Providing everything goes according to plan. Yep, timing is critical to make this work. Plus something else!πŸ€”πŸ‘©πŸ‘©πŸ‘©πŸ‘©πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ


  3. M certainly is enthusiastic about your plan. He thinks you will be at risk and he will have the jewels. Hopefully, the rest of the team will get there and be able to help you. It is time for a turn-around for the good team!

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