The Investigators, Inc. The Lost Team Case. Chapter 1. Mountain Cabin.

What a weird way to awaken, lying on an old bed in a rustic cabin, somewhere in a mountainous location. But where exactly? Apparently we had been transported to our present location in a rather large balloon, which had been steered to this location remotely, dropping us off in front of this cabin. It was likely steered from a plane and they did drop us gently at least. Sigurbjorn was the first to wake up and she brought the rest of us into the cabin and put us on the beds.

It is a two room cabin, fairly large, with one bedroom containing two old beds with decent mattresses and good blankets and pillows. The other room was the kitchen with a wood burning stove, large table and four chairs. There were also two comfortable, and large, arm chairs, some kerosene lamps and dozens of candles. There was also a good supply of matches and kerosene and most everything we needed, with the exception of food and water.

We did have some food such as oatmeal and beans, some canned meat and a few other things. So, if we ate sparingly and added some wild foods with this inventory, we could survive 4 or 5 weeks. There was also a note. “Hello, because of your interference I decided you needed some time to cool off. If you can survive for one year, I will let you go. There is extra clothes for you in the dressers.

I may even be nice and drop off some food for you from time to time by air drop. I would suggest not trying to walk out from your location, it is doubtful you could survive such a trip. You better hope your friends do not kill me, or they will never find you. Carnival.” He writes such a nice letter. “Well, we need to look around the area,” I said, “and see if we can find some source of water, we will not survive long without it.”

So off we went, Sky and I went one direction, Sigurbjorn and Kristina went another direction. They soon called to us and we went over to see what it was. “Beautiful,” I said, “a mountain stream with clear, cold water. Well, that solves one problem.” “But can we stay here and wait to be rescued?” asked Sky. “We have no choice,” I said, “there is no way to carry enough provisions for a long trip. And walking through the mountains could take a long time and be dangerous as well.”

“Yes,” said Sigurbjorn, “it would seem better to just sit still and wait.” “And hope our team can find us soon,” added Kristina, “but they do not even know where to look. We disappeared in Toronto, and this is nowhere near there.” “Yes, I admit, that is a problem,” I said, “they will likely waste a lot of time looking for us in totally the wrong place. Their best hope is to capture someone from Carnival’s organization and make him talk.”

“Or capture Carnival himself,” said Sky. “I think it would be better to get hold of someone from his organization,” I said, “it would be easier to make him talk than to make Carnival talk.” “Yes, I guess you are right,” she said sighing. “Today we will walk around the area and see what is around us and if there are any wild foods, such as plants, that we can eat and supplement our diet. Wild plants can be very nutritious.”

“Yes, I agree,” said Sigurbjorn, “and familiarizing ourselves with our surroundings is important for survival. There is a good amount of firewood, but it would be good to gather more if possible, since we need it for cooking our food.” So, that is what we did all that day. We stayed together as we walked around, identifying plants that we can use. Obviously someone actually lived in that cabin year round at one time, the smaller trees around it showed that the area had been cleared many years ago.

But how did they get in and out? Perhaps they were prospectors, or trappers, but whoever lived here, it was a long time ago. Still, that log cabin was in remarkably good condition. Even the roof did not leak, which we discovered the next day when it rained most of the day. I decided we needed to plan our days carefully so we would keep busy.

That way there was less time to think about our circumstances and get discouraged. But I must admit, things did not look good for us. It was obvious that Sky and Kristina were worried, though Sigurbjorn seemed to remain amazingly calm. But part of her survival training was to stay in the forest alone for one month, though she was not told how long it would be.

And she had to survive totally off the land and was only allowed some bare essentials to take with her. I know one thing that worried Sky, in one month I needed my “nowhere” medication, without it I was finished. I tried not to think about that part. The worst part for me would be forgetting Sky.

Meanwhile… “It has been a week now,” said Rock, “and we are no closer to finding them. It is like they disappeared completely.” He was getting very discouraged. Baldwin was doing his best to help, so was Mandar. Even Victor put some of his best men out looking for Carnival, who also disappeared without a trace…

To Be Continued.

Β©2023 Steve McLeod.

38 Comments on “The Investigators, Inc. The Lost Team Case. Chapter 1. Mountain Cabin.

  1. The cabin sounds cozy ! It may be that you are not as far away as you would think ! Mark a trail should you decide to look around further…a trail that is not visible to the enemy , but known by the rest of you.! Extra precaution is necessary…πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈπŸ‘©πŸ‘©πŸ‘©β€πŸ¦°πŸ‘©β€πŸ¦±β—οΈ

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    • Yes, it would be under different circumstances. It is possible, but no way to know for sure and we can’t take a chance to walk out. I could never make the trip anyway, and it is not good for us to separate, we need each other. We just have to hope our team can find us before I need my medication, and that is only 3 weeks away now.πŸ€”πŸ‘©πŸ‘©πŸ‘©πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ


  2. Well… if you need to be stranded in the wilderness… having three ladies with you that get along isn’t so bad.. πŸ™„πŸ€­
    But!!!!🀨 Without your medicine it could be a short stay for you! Do you have any cordage you could use to make snares?πŸ€” Or perhaps a bow and arrow 🏹 if you have feather pillows… πŸͺΆ this is one of the tougher situations you’ve found yourself in that’s for sure!!🫣😬😳😲

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    • Yes, I just hope they continue to get along. Being trapped in tight quarters for a long time can be hard on people, even good friends. Yes, not having my medicine could be a real problem. We need to be found soon. One week gone, 3 weeks to go and I need that medicine. We do have a roll of twine, but that is not the best for a bow. However, Sigurbjorn is working on one anyway. She did find some feathers and also some obsidian which is perfect for making a sharp arrowhead. We even found some old tools in what appears to have been an animal shelter, possibly for mules. Yep, we are in a tight spot and can only wait and hope our team can find us. Lots of people looking, but they need to look in the right spot.πŸ€”πŸ‘©πŸ‘©πŸ‘©πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ

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      • Yep! They need to look in multiple places at the same time! Look for you and the girls, but also for Carnival or his lackeys to tell them where they took you!πŸ€¨πŸ€”

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      • Yep, if they can find one of Carnival’s men they could likely persuade him to tell where we are, or at least the general area if he doesn’t know exactly. I doubt Carnival would help however. It is our only hope I think. Must admit, I’m a bit worried about this one.πŸ€”πŸ‘©πŸ‘©πŸ‘©πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ

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      • Well…. everyone there should try to look at it like it’s a mini vacation and you’re all there to have a good time in the woods!😁😁😁😁

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      • Yes, that’s what I’m trying to encourage, just so it’s not all work. We can also have time to just be out and enjoy the wonderful surroundings. I just feel terrible however, that I cannot help much with things around here. My health does not go well with this kind of hard work required. Even walking around out here is hard.πŸ˜ŸπŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ

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      • If we are still here when winter arrives, we are in big trouble. This is late spring right now. We will run out of food before then. and we would need a lot of firewood, and without a saw and axe, that is tough.πŸ˜ŸπŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ

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      • They better, or I will have to fire them, if I’m still around by that time. But remember, I only have about 3 weeks before more problems could happen.πŸ€”πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ

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      • She’s not a doctor, she can help with minor injuries, but that is all. If she can help keep us alive with her survival skills, that is good enough. I can see we will all need to learn such skills after this.πŸ€”πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ

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      • That would be helpful I must admit. We are going to make some interesting discoveries out here I’m sure. But will they be nice, or not?πŸ€”πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ

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      • True, people often hike for hundreds of miles into the mountains just to get away from it all. Or maybe a small plane will fly by close enough that we can signal it. There is a mirror here we can use to signal with if that happens. Carnival must not have thought about that.πŸ€”πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ

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      • There is no clearing really, just a small spot by the cabin. But we are going to write it on the roof of the cabin, if we can figure out how.πŸ€”πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ

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      • Unfortunately the roof has cedar shakes for shingles and they are a dark gray now, so stones won’t show up. If we had a way to strip bark off of fresh sticks that would show up nicely, but no such utensil is here. He could have at least left us a knife.πŸ€”πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ

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  3. One of the most important things is to not get discouraged. Looking up at the night sky might help you locate the North Star and give some idea of your location. Carnival is a little sloppy with the execution of his plans. He Probably made a few errors.

    It would be wise to explore the near vicinity to see what is nearby. There was a young man who stayed in the same place and did not explore and died from starvation. Help was an hour or two walk away. If the cabin was used for a trapline or for gold prospecting, there could be some things to help you within an hour exploration of the area. You would not be trying to leave the area but would learn what is available to you.

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    • Yes, discouragement can kill in a place like this. We have learned that we do not seem to be near flight routes for planes, though we can see them in the far distance a couple of times. We are exploring, but we cannot go too far, just half a day at a time in one direction so we get back well before nightfall. I would say we are far from anyone, too far to try walking out. Sigurbjorn might make it, but we need her here, if anything should happen to her walking out, that would be the end of us. We must stay together, and I certainly could never make a long trek. Plus food and water would be a problem too, no guarantees for that sort of thing. Our team needs to find one of Carnival’s men, they might be able to coax him to tell where we are, or at least the general vicinity so they can start looking in the right place.πŸ€”πŸ‘©πŸ‘©πŸ‘©πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ

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      • Good to know you are exploring the area close to you. It is wisdom to know what the area close to the cabin consists of. You are isolated but how did Carnival know about the cabin in the first place and get there and out? It sounds complicated that they would have a small plane connected to a hot air baloon. I assume the balloon was taken away and was not remaining in the area. Staying together is critical, Hopefully, Victor’s men can find Carnival or his employees.

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      • It is amazing how he managed to find it, but people can stumble onto things sometimes quite by accident. There is no sign whatever of any kind of trail, so they had to bring supplies in by air, likely by helicopter I would think so they could drop the supplies and then lower someone down by ladder. There is nowhere to land a helicopter here. A remotely controlled balloon would not be so hard, or they could have just carried us in the basket by helicopter too, since there was no sign of a balloon, but that could have been disconnected and taken away if this was done by helicopter. They would not want to leave a way for us to fly out.πŸ€”πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ

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