Sunday, 29 July 2018

A New Case. Chapter 20.

It's Story time!


This adventure is suitable for ages 12+, and for younger readers with adult guidance/permission.




(Chapter 19 can be read HERE.)
(Chapter 1 can be read HERE.)

     Getting through the gap was much harder than Erin thought, and clearly those extra snack-mice between meals would have to stop. But then, she mused, it was only comfort food and therefore comfort calories for the cold winters days and nights. Come spring she could wear it all off chasing around the palace between naps. One final push and a pulling in of the waist and she popped out behind the aquarium display. She suddenly felt very tired. Probably the warmth of the heated aquarium and the gentle bubbling sounds from the filters lulling her to sleep, she said to herself. As much as she was tempted, she shook herself to stay awake, and went to where the kitten’s scent path seemed to be headed. But try as she might, she couldn’t pick it up, so clearly, she surmised, it had stayed under the aquarium, but which one? She sat and licked her paws, and considered the problem. She had failed to make a note of the position of the one the kitten had gone under, and now she was the other side and back to front, she just didn’t know. Plus they all looked alike, covered as they were with a red, gold trimmed cloth.

     Mrs H would’ve known what to do, and which one to go to, she meowed out to herself. The basics of detection were, she had told Erin one evening, to observe, take notes, and then have a nap. She thought about that last statement and decided that taking a nap wasn’t what Mrs H had said, when she said consider a problem. Taking a nap was what she herself had done when the talk had moved onto logic, permutations, variables and deductions. They all sounded like something to do with a tax return, and had made her so very tired and wish she were asleep. It wasn’t until much later that she realised she had fallen asleep. What had awoken her that evening was that sound of Mrs H’s dictionary falling to the floor with the sort of flumping thud, that only dictionaries seem to manage.

     The only thing she could think of was to be logical as Mrs H would be. And so, she did what seemed most logical and with a paw pointing at the counters, she began to sing. "Eeny-meeny-miny-moe, catch a white mouse by the toe, if he wriggles make him squeak and then he’ll be ready to have to eat." At least those were the words she knew; Mrs H’s were way less tasty! She went over to the middle aquarium, which was the one she had chosen, and pawed at the cloth backing underneath. There, and much to her surprise and delight was a dark recess. She popped her front paws and head into the opening in the material and peered around and gave a good sniff. A heavy aroma of warm damp and algae came to her nostrils. There was a reddish glow to one side, and a faint humming sound too. The adage, ‘Fools step in’, came to mind as she pulled her whole body inside the space, but she really had nothing to fear, she told herself, so long as she was silent and quick. Peering around she headed into corner where the light was. Call it a hunch if you will, but Erin knew if a kitten wanted to be safe, it would head for somewhere warm. And the throbbing of the electrical device would in a way, mimic the comfort and sound of his mother. Reaching out towards the red glow, the soft outline of a sleeping ball of kitten came to her paw. Safe and sound, he was cuddled up asleep.

     She managed to rouse the kitten with a purr and gentle nudge with the paw. It uncurled and meowed at Erin and staggered to its sleepy feet and nudged her under the chin. Erin’s heart opened up to the baby, as though it was her own and she felt she needed to spend more time with it, rather than cart it off. But time was scarce, so without any more ceremony, she took the kitten by the scruff and headed out and back over to the gap.

     In the few strides to the gap, the docile kitten had come alive, and was squirming everywhere, trying to get free. Try as she might, there was no way she could get them both through the gap at the same time. It had to go first else it would probably not come out on its own. She unceremoniously dropped the kitten into the gap and pushed it forwards with her paw.


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     In the ground floor lobby, Anders was handing over the shop keys to Herman, the new daytime security guard. Herman was an ex-army man, a sergeant and proud, and was in character everything Anders wasn’t. As the ever-present face of help, as well as security for the store, he tried to get along with all he met, and give the benefit of the doubt as required. It had however only taken two weeks before he had taken a dislike to Ander’s careless, devious and cheating ways. Things never added up in the security log, not where Anders had been involved. And whilst he was prepared to allow for his lack of education, the man, to Herman at least, was not stupid. But he was careless about the times he recorded for when he had visited the floors. And he was signing work off before it was done, or as was more likely, not done. Still, he thought to himself, at least I don’t have to work with the idle so and so. Wouldn’t cut it in the modern army.

     Anders grabbed a hessian sack and headed back into the store with just a curt ”I’m just going to look for something I dropped, then I’m out of here. Don’t wait up now, will you Herrrrr-man!” The new guard had, he noted, given him a strange look. That instantly put Ander's back up, not that it took much with Anders who had a short temper and even shorter fuse.

     “I’ll see you this evening then, Anders.” was the guards reply, as he went through the routine of switching on the stores lights at the main control panel.“

     “Not if I can help it or see you first," Anders sniggered to himself when he thought he was out of hearing range, and then threw an exaggerated and condescending salute to the guard.

     After watching Anders disappear into Mr Herod’s personal elevator, Herman turned to the log and read Anders report. “The mans a complete liar,” he muttered, as he wiped away a smear of red sauce from the page. “And a disgrace too. Wandering around like he owns the place and in those awful slippers and stained jacket. Thank goodness he won’t be here when the royal party and guests arrive!” He picked up his pen and made a new entry under Anders, stating how the previous entries were not consistent with the time the log was signed. He also added how dirty and unkempt Anders had appeared and rude too. He then marked it for the attention of Mr Herod, and closed the log. He was not a vindictive person, but Herman knew that if he didn’t say something now, it would reflect badly on himself later on. Still, he couldn’t help but feel a little satisfaction knowing once Mr Herod read it, later that day, he probably wouldn’t have to put up with Anders attitude much longer.



To be continued.........

Has Anders finally blown it, or will he bluff and lie his way out of it? Will Erin manage to get through the gap and back to safety with the kitten?  And do all cat nursery rhymes have white mice in? Tune in next week for more kitten mayhem and Anders based shenanigans in this, Erin's & London's BEST Adventure!



Chapter 19 can be read HERE;

30 comments:

  1. Oh my! Since you are a Super Hero Erin, I'm not overly worried.

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    1. Hi Brian. Hmm, I'm not sure I quite qualify that, though Mrs Hudson does think I am rather good at saving mice... thats not what they call it though, MOL
      Toodle pips till next week!
      ERin

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  2. I do hope Mr.Herod gets rid of that awful Anders, but I hope even more that you can keep the kittens safe until then, Erin.

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    1. I do hope he does go, but what mischief will he get up to before he does is anyones guess!? I shall try my best to keep the m safe but finding them and keeping together is proving harder than I ever thought... mine were never this bad, MOL
      Toodlepips and purrs
      ERin

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  3. Anders GONE = GREAT!
    Erin and KITTEN = Success
    Rhymes and MICE = NICE
    Tee Hee
    Have a most wonderful week beautiful Erin
    Purrs
    Marv

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    1. Hi Marv! Thanks for the rhymes, and mice sure are nice! As to Anders, me wonders if he has yet to have a part to play? Tune in next week to see what happens next!
      Toodle pips and purrs
      ERin

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  4. That Anders needs to go! He's not very nice at all.

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    1. You are sooo right. He is a first class meanie and no mistake, and I hope I never bump into him again. I'm sure Mrs H will have something to say if we do!
      Toodle pips and purrs
      ERin

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  5. YAY! She found the kitten, it will be smooth sailing from now on.

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    1. I do hope so, but I'm not counting my kittens just yet! MOL
      Purrs
      ERin

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  6. Love, love, love the pictures you chose to accompany the story today!

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    1. Thank you, we love choosing them too, even though I do have to make sure Mrs H picks ones that aren't blurred! I sometimes wonder if it's her eyes or the sherry? MOL
      Toodle pips and purrs
      ERin

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  7. So glad Erin saved that kitten! But boo for Anders and his evil and conniving ways!

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    1. There sure will be loads of booing going on if Anders was a movie villain. Getting that kitten was a major stroke of luck, just shows those old nursery rhymes do work. MOL
      Toodle pips
      ERin

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  8. Aww... poor little kitten. Hope it's safe.

    Well done, Erin, and we love your selfies!

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

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    1. Thank you, me too. And after all the worry and stress and Anders, the little guy needs to be taking it easy.
      Toodle pips and purrs
      ERIN

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  9. Oh, princess, I purr-ay that you and that youngling get to safety before that Anders spots you. That Herman seems to be a good judge of character suspecting that Anders is a bad seed. Maybe Herman will come to your aid. Being an ex-army man, he would sure be resourceful. Mrs. H would be pleased to learn that you used her sleuthing tips!

    Paw kisses to my beauty with eyes of the sea. -Prince Valentino (& Mom) of Noir Kitty Mews

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    1. Dearest Val, yes indeed those sleuthing tips have stood me in good stead. I really wish Herman was around, to kick some Anders butt, but no sign of the dude here abouts.... maybe later?
      Pawkisses and purrs from afar, for my black shining prince in floof.
      ERin XOX

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  10. ERin....eeeeeeeeeeeeeega...we iz on de edge oh seetz we iz knto spozed ta sit on
    but iz any way....we troo lee hope de wee one will get thru de passage way N stay put
    while ya seerch for de otherz...good choice on de aquarium....may be ya can ask de fish
    which way they wented.....N heerz hopin anderz getz de boot ~~~~~~~~ hisssssssssss

    ☺☺♥♥

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    1. Hi guys, Yup, me too, well I'm not on the edge of your furniture, but you know what I mean, MOL . Oooh, the fish, I never thought. Maybe there is a tracker fish I could use to hunt the kitten? Boos and hisses all round for Anders!
      Toodle pips and purrs
      ERin

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  11. Yay! Erin has saved the kitten. Herman sounds like a good guy and Anders has to go!

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    1. I sure did, but I'm not home and clear yet. I just hope them kittens will give me a break and stop still long enough, MOL Herman is certainly an honest guy, unlike that Anders!
      Purrs
      ERin

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  12. I love your Eeeny-Meeny... Much better than the others I've heard. My brofur Hwermie is so happy yoo named the guard after him. And I'm so happy yoo found the baby kitteh.
    Purrs, Dori

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    1. Hi Dori! Yup that Eeny-Meeny sure seems to work well, though I suspect it wasnt quite the logic Mrs H had in mind!
      I'm glad your brother Herman didn't mind the gesture, the Herman in the book has a great part to play and is super good too, just like your brother. Now as to that kitten, I'm suspecting that if he runs true to form, pardon the intentional pun, then I'm not out of the woods yet, MOL
      Tune in for more antics next week!
      Toodle pips and purrs
      ERin

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  13. "Eeny-meeny-miny-moe, catch a white mouse by the toe, if he wriggles make him squeak and then he’ll be ready to have to eat." Now that's stuck in my head!

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    1. Hi! Cool, if you catch any mice can I have first dibs then? or a percentage?
      Toodle pips and purrs
      ERin

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  14. Erin, as always, your selfie is just gawjus. But we’re ‘fraid that kitten will be up to no good befur you can get to him again. Are you sure lettin’ him go is a good idea? We would be glad fur Anders to get fired tho’. It would serve him right. MOL Can’t wait to see what happens next. Big hugs

    Luv ya’
    Dezi and Raena

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    1. I am sincerely hoping that this time it will have run out of steam and will stop still! Can but hope MOL As for Anders, well I can but hope he's gone home, but somehow, like a bad penny, I think he'll be back!
      Toodle pips
      ERin

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  15. Could it be? COULD IT BE? Has that stupidy-dupity Anders finally done it? Paws crossed gets what he deserves, soon. MOUSES!

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    1. If any villain deserved his comeuppance in a story it was Anders! Oh that would be so good if he did.....
      Toodle pips and purrs
      ERin

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