The Investigators, Inc. The Case of Mystery. Chapter 8. How?

Kyan will be going ahead of us to take out Toledo’s security system. “What is that?” I asked her. “This little gadget keeps me from being picked up on his radar or any part of his security system,” she replied, “kind of makes me invisible to it. But, cameras are another thing, which is why I have this little gun which will splatter paint on any nearby camera.

That will give me just enough time to disable his security system with this little device.” “Where did you pick up those gadgets?” I asked. “I made them myself,” she said with a smile, “well, I am ready to go, would you like to come along?” “Sure,” I said. She then put one of those gadgets on me so I would be “invisible” too.

Off we went. Surprisingly his cameras were quite far apart, but Kyan decided to take one out and go up to that spot. Obviously the cameras had a large field of vision so it was best to go right up to one. She then put another gadget on the fence and the security system was down. “Okay Mac, hit that front gate,” I said.

Mac drove the car at the gate and smashed through it fairly easily. We were already at the house but Kyan stopped me from going onto the steps. “More security,” she said and put another gadget on the third step which knocked out the whole house security. “Okay Rock, your turn,” I said. Rock came in a helicopter, plus two other helicopters, with the rest of our team and Mandar’s special team.

They landed easily in the large yard and everyone was out in less than a minute. One small explosion and we were inside the house. Lights came on and Carmen started down the stairs. She used the machine to stop one man, but several of the girls shot and Carmen fell down the stairs. She was dead. We went all through the house looking for Toledo, but we could not find him.

Suddenly the house began to burst into flames all over and I called for everyone to get out. Just prior to this, Cinnamon, another of the girls from Mandar, had been searching through a large wood desk and had found some papers she was looking at, when the desk suddenly burst into flames also. She screamed and jumped back but her jacket caught fire!

I ran over and managed to pull the jacket off her before the flames caught her hair. The lights were now out but the fire gave us enough light to run out of the house and to safety. Meanwhile… Back at the chateau. The phone rang and Annelie answered.

“You must be Annelie,” said the male voice, “nice to talk with you.” Annelie put it on speaker so Baldwin could hear it also. “I am Toledo,” he said, “I must congratulate Steve and the rest of you for your fine work tonight. I never would have thought you would ever find my home. And getting past my elaborate security system, well, that was just pure genius.

No one should have been able to do that, but you did it. Too bad Steve did not catch me at home however. Once the house security was shut off, I received a warning message to let me know, so I decided to leave right away. Poor Carmen, I had to leave her behind and I do not imagine she got away from Steve and team.

I am well on my way to another place now so you can tell Steve to relax, I will not be back for a while. I want to take a vacation and work on some projects of mine. But I know we will meet again some day. Please tell Steve to beware of Carmen’s younger brother, Stan, he is worse than Carmen, more dangerous and he has much more patience than Carmen.

I am sure he will not be too happy that Steve killed Carmen, which I am sure he did. I had to burn my house though, such a shame, I really liked that place. But there were papers around I did not want Steve to see, especially the list of my houses around the world. That would be bad if he found that.

I will not make such a mistake again though. Well, nice talking with you, give my regards to Steve and the team, time to get some sleep, it is a long flight.” He then hung up. “Well, that was certainly interesting,” said Annelie smiling. “Yes,” agreed Baldwin, “not often our enemies call in such a friendly manner to let us know they have escaped us.”

“Yes, I am sure that Steve will be disappointed though,” said Annelie, “we were so close to catching him this time.” Meanwhile, back to us. “You had a close call there Cinnamon,” I said, “what were you looking for in that desk?” “Amazing what an old desk can have hidden inside,” she said smiling, “there was a list of houses that Toledo owns all around the world, for example.”

“Too bad you didn’t get that one,” I said sighing. “Oh, but I did,” she said, still smiling, “I have photographic memory and the whole list is right here.” She pointed to her head when she said that. “Seriously?” I asked. “Yes indeed,” she said, “I have been able to do that since I was a kid, I have just gotten better at it as I grew up.

Oh, thank you so much for helping me, that would have been bad.” “Not a problem,” I said, “how would you like to join our team?” “I would love to!” she exclaimed. “I want you on our team too Kyan, if you would like to join us,” I said. “Thought you would never ask,” she replied laughing, “of course I want to join.” Now, how did Toledo escape us?

To Be Continued.

Β©2023 Steve McLeod.

38 Comments on “The Investigators, Inc. The Case of Mystery. Chapter 8. How?

  1. Well, you got Carmen at least! And a list of his houses. Now you just need to figure out which one he’s using! Sounds as though Stan could present a problem in the future also!πŸ€”

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    • Yep, we did get Carmen for sure, but we wanted Toledo too. How did he manage to get away from us anyway? He must have had an escape tunnel, but where did it go that he was able to get away so fast and already be on a plane going somewhere else? Very odd indeed. But he did it. Nice of him to warn us about Stan, but Stan might be mad at Toledo too for leaving Carmen behind like that. Though I doubt Toledo would have to worry too much.πŸ€”πŸ‘©πŸ‘©πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ

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      • Like I said, he likely had contingency plans for just such an instance! I am sure Stan won’t be happy with either of you…πŸ™„πŸ˜’

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      • Yes, Toledo never leaves things to chance, he is always prepared for different things. Although he wasn’t prepared for our ability to get past his security system! I wonder if that list of houses lists all of his houses, or just some of them? It would take time to check them all and he could just go back to one we checked and be safe. We can’t just spend all of our time looking for him.πŸ€”πŸ‘©πŸ‘©πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ

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      • True, but…. you could place a surveillance device in them as you check them out, and it would alert you when someone arrives, and Bing, bang, boom πŸ’₯ πŸ˜‰ you’ve got him!!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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      • True, but it would still take some time to check them all, they are spread out all over the world and there was 47 houses on that list! Oh my oh me. Right now we need to check on my family and bring them home. Or will we?πŸ€”πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ

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      • Good question. It was Carmen that wanted to kill Sky and Muffin, so they should be able to come back now. But, something inside says this might not be possible.πŸ€”πŸ‘©πŸ‘©πŸ™€πŸ™€πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ

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      • Oh, that is always possible, though it might take a while before he finds out what happened. Unless Toledo tells him.πŸ€”πŸ‘©πŸ‘©πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ

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      • Possibly, but then his challenge would be gone if Stan was to succeed in killing me. Plus, Toledo wants to kill me himself, not have someone else do it. I think that is why he did not help Carmen too much and directed her to kill Sky and not me.πŸ€”πŸ‘©πŸ‘©πŸ™€πŸ™€πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ

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      • That’s who Stan woukd try to kill also… finish what Carmen had planned. But you’re right it would take some time for him to do that..πŸ€”

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      • Yep, he wouldn’t have any help from Toledo to track us down and get close to us. So even if he comes, we should be able to stop him. We can’t live in fear for too long, kinda disrupts things a bit. But then, there is always the unknown factor.πŸ€”πŸ‘©πŸ‘©πŸ™€πŸ™€πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ

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      • Oh my, you’re cheerful tonight, all these terrible things for me to worry about now. Maybe I will leave Sky and family where they are! No, wait, can’t do that either, I need them back here. But we will sneak them back home just like we sneaked them out of here, so no one knows.πŸ€”πŸ‘©πŸ‘©πŸ˜ΈπŸ˜ΈπŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ

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      • Yep, so many things, but a plane crash is kinda definite like, people don’t usually survive that. Oh, that would be terrible. But then, my thoughts were just as bad.πŸ˜²πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ

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      • Not if it was shot down, or blown up by a bomb! They won’t be coming by plane anyway, partly by chopper though, then by car, then by chopper again.πŸ€”πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ

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  2. I am not sure about Kyan 😬 Photographic memory ? There are people who do not believe there is such a thing πŸ€” ! …since I am wrong about a lot of things , so maybe there is ! …watch out for the unknown things ! 😳 Can’t wait for the next event to happen ! πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈπŸ˜ΎπŸ˜ΌπŸ˜ΌπŸ˜ΌπŸ‘©πŸ‘©β€πŸ¦±πŸ§’

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    • Kyan is the tech expert, it was Cinnamon with the photographic memory. However, in a fictional story, anything is possible. But she did have more than just a flash of time to read it over. Yes, there are always unknowns and I am sure some will show up before we are finished here.πŸ€”πŸ‘©πŸ‘©πŸ™€πŸ™€πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ


  3. Looks like Toledo got away to plague you at another time. Didn’t see a back up plan. Stan might be a problem, if he has skills or others helping him. Glad you all got out of the fire, because it spreads quickly and there is little time to get out safely. Somehow, it doesn’t seem this story is over but there is more to come!

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    • Well, unfortunately Toledo got away before we could implement our backup plan. You could say our plan and backup plan went up in flames this time! Too bad he will be back again, but perhaps we can catch him before he comes back. Better to be on the offensive sometimes and not always on the defensive. Yes, Stan might be a problem, but perhaps not too much to worry us. We will have to see what we can find out about him. Yes, I think there is more yet, we will find out.πŸ€”πŸ‘©πŸ‘©πŸ˜ΎπŸ˜ΎπŸ˜ΎπŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ

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