Chilling Off And A Shock!!

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“Oh!!” These Clues will Leave Us To Nowhere…I think We’ll just have to drop this Case” Harish Said…………….Disgusted. “Yes!! You’re absolutely right, I guess………….the thief is too clever for words”  added Ravi. They had the least clue , to get to the thief. They had no suspects………………they had Nothing!!.  They we’re very tired being in the trail of a person, who is beyond their reach. “It IS HOPELESS” said Ravi………and Harish agreed. But Abhijeet, he wasn’t ready to surrender…………..He had just got a new spirit inside him, by seeing some patriotic movies. “We must fight till death……….till we don’t get it” He said. “We’re not soldiers” Harish Replied. “Attack” Abhijeet said and Imagined a war scene inside the room…………he had no weapons and he was bare handed. “You won’t escape me………..you Jerries” he said and kicked the sofa, thinking it to be the enemy. Ravi was seated in the sofa and as it turned ‘upside-down’……………Ravi was I.I.A (Injured In Action). “You would have made me K.I.A” Ravi said in a foul temper. “Sorry, I just got into The Scene” he replied. “Thank you God………………..you didn’t stick him there” said Harish mockingly.

The Boys decided to drop the case……………Life is to enjoy, after all. They Went for Walks, Fished…………..Dined, and …………like usual, the mighty ‘Abhijeet’ had the largest share. “Abhijeet=Eating”……What A Combination” said Harish having his Burger. Ravi preferred not to have anything………”Wonderful!! I’ll Have Your Share” Abhijeet Said. “Oh No!! Mister!!…..You are not going to have any more” said Harish…”You have Eaten So much, you’ll burst”. “Oh, Then let me” he replied and ordered another ‘Jumbo Chicken Box‘. “Oh! I am sick of you and your ‘Chicken’………………and your ‘Tummy’ ” said Ravi. “I am not sick of It” Replied Abhijeet and went back to Eat. “Abhi will Be Abhi” Said the shopkeeper. “Wha..t.s, Mumble mumble……….t..he……bi…l..lll ”  Abhijeet Asked. “Oh!! no need to pay it now, I can collect it later. You guys enjoy!!” he said and went back to the counter. ” Pretty cool Guy ” said Harish. “Yea..h..mumble crumble…p…..re…t..y…coo….lll” said Abhijeet having his food, with some pieces falling on Ravi’s body as well. “Will you mind your manners, finish it soon or We’ll seriously leave you here” said Ravi disgusted of his behavior.

After Having the food, Abhijeet..Ravi, and Harish had decided to go to the game-corner. ” I think we should have came here earlier.. instead of wasting our time on the case.” Ravi said…who was feeling himself now. “I bet you’re right” Abhijeet said and so did agree Harish. The time at the Game-Parlor was indeed enjoyable…with may games to play, such as bowling, darts, and some consoles. For the trio, it was the thousandth heaven…..if there was one!!. “Look at the goodies” said Harish. “Look at the Girls……….Aren’t they beauties” said Ravi. He would enjoy his time with girls, rather than on games. “Oh, don’t be an Idiot……..I thought we are here to enjoy” said Abhijeet. “Yeah!! Girls are my enjoyment…….like yours is food” he replied. “I don’t want to waste time………I am going to play a game, you can stay with the girls!!” said Harish and went to the counter and Abhijeet followed, and so did Ravi. “Girls are O.K……….but you know, friends are more important” he said. “Now were talking!! Let’s Enjoy” Said Abhijeet. “Yeah” they cheered and went to play the games. Ravi played darts!!………….the game that was gaining attention from the girls, and as for Harish……he played bowling…………..Abhijeet had eaten too much………and now was feeling his stomach a bit queasy. “Where’s your washroom” asked Abhijeet to the ‘Parlor owner’. “We haven’t got one” he said. “Disgusting”. “Hey friends!! I’ll be going home………..you enjoy” he said. “We got it” Harish said. Abhijeet soon reached his aunt’s house and was in the bathroom probably………..suffering from dysentery. The Others were having a wonderful time.

Harish was still hoping to get a clue………….to start the whole case all over again, and as for Ravi….he didn’t mind. “I would have a drink” thought Ravi and went to the drinks-corner. ” A mango-Shake……please” said Ravi. “In a moment, sir” said the bartender. “A Brandy” came the voice of a man, who was sitting beside Ravi. Ravi stared at the man……….the man too looked at him. The face was matching with someone whom Ravi knew, but he didn’t remember. The other knew Ravi very well……….and he at once left the table and stormed out of the parlor. “Who he was………….I think, HOLY JESUS!! It’s the thief” said Ravi……..”Harish!! The Thief ran out”. “Let get him……….He cannot be far off” He replied. “What about the shake sir”. “Oh!! donate it to a big fat-dog.” he replied and stormed out of the parlor. “We’ve got to find him” Harish!!.

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Off To Brown’s And MerryWeathers…

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After Heaving The Ices, The Trio Went To Mrs. Brown’s House. “Have You Heard The News” Harish Asked who had bought a newspaper on the way. “What??” Ravi asked. “The Police Raided The Alfonsos House…………The Thief Hadn’t Stole Anything there. Most Probably…..When Ravi Took The Boot…….He might have somehow seen him, and then he waited for him to go………As he was a little scared, He might have gone back instead of stealing” He said. “Well, Well!! Sherlock Holmes is really using his fat brains” Abhijeet said who was having another cone of Ice-Cream. “And Our Eating Champ Never has a tummy full. “Yep!!”. Said Abhi Who had Finished his cone and was now munching his Emergency store of chocolates.

They reached Mrs. Brown’s House and rang the bell. “Aunty……It is me, Abhijeet” said Abhi on the bell-system. “Hop In” came the voice and they went Inside……….”Hey, Look who is here………..” said Mr. Brown who was also present there. Mr. Brown also looked like a film-star……….charming look, black hair, Blue eyes and wore extremely expensive clothes……..His perfume was stronger than that of Ms. Brown and Ravi, as usual was ‘suffocated In the open‘. “Can we go” said Ravi………..he was allergic to perfumes. “Uncle, these are my friends……………We wanted to spend some time in The garden……Can We??’. “No!!” his uncle said. “Huh!!” Abhijeet said.”Oh!! I was joking…………think it as your own home” Uncle Bill said, much to the relief of the trio. “Hey!! Abhijeet”. “Yes Uncle”. “Why…wouldn’t you introduce me to your friends??”. “Oh, I almost forgot.This Is Harish……..and this is Ravi” he said. “Well, Ravi……you don’t seem right” uncle asked. “Well! he is allergic to perfumes” Harish said. ” I Think he would throw up, if he would stay near you anymore, Bill…………go, enjoy in the garden, kids” aunt said. “I have brought ices…………..remind yourself to have them before going”. “Oh!! sure aunt” Abhijeet said and the trio raced off to the garden.

They Started from the flower pots and then finally reached the pipe, and again they had found the footprint………….but it didn’t match the drawing, they weren’t shocked. “Strange…………….every time we find the footprint, it is found in the same place.” said Harish. “I think….the thief is trying to confuse us”. “Let us go to The Merry weather’s to find out”. “Yes!!” agreed Ravi. “What about the ices?” Asked Abhijeet. “Oh!! We can have that later………….all you care is eating” Harish said and Ravi agreed to him. Abhijeet sulked. They left the Brown’s house and reached the Merryweather’s. “The Merryweather’s aren’t merry at all……instead they grumpy” Said Abhijeet. “Okay’s!! Then………………………….Off to the ‘Grumpy-Weathers’!!” said Ravi. Harish Squealed with laughter.

The ‘Grumpy-Weathers were present in the garden…………probably sowing some seeds. The Trio decided to try out heir luck…….Ravi flung his 10 rupee note into the air and it landed into the merryweather’s area, right close to the drainage pipes. “That is called luck……………….Only I will be going, you wait here” said Harish. “Uncle” He shouted. “What is it” Mr. Merryweather said. “My money has gone into your garden……………may I collect it from you” he said. Mr. Merryweather was impressed by Harish’s politeness and let him in. Harish directly went near the drainage pipe and examined the footprint carefully…..It matched. He picked up the note and came out. “Thank you uncle. “Oh! no need of it son” he said and went back to his chore.

“Friends!! It matched” he said. ‘Great!! Now we know that…….there are two thieves and both chosed three houses each and robbed it. One of them had four targets………..but wasn’t able to…..because of Ravi. “Now What” Asked Abhijeet. “I don’t know” he said. I seriously…………don’t know what to do know…………The thief is quite a “MASTERMIND”, but…………nobody can hide from us. “Beware, thieves……………WE’RE COMING.

The Shocking Discovery

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Harish, Ravi and Abhijeet decided to go to all the houses where the theft happened…………..”Let us go to Mrs. Brown” said Harish. “No Way!! I can stand the smell of her perfume” said Ravi giving an obstacle in Harish’s Way. “Neither Here Nor There………..Let us go to the Franklins!!” Abhijeet said. Harish and Ravi were quite satisfied with it and decided to carry it in that way. So They had some tidbits of food which had Bacon and Eggs. “Hey Abhijeet………..do not eye on my lunch, I know pretty well that you intent to eat mine too” said Ravi. Of course…….Harish wanted to have Ravi’s lunch as well, but Ravi’s ‘ultimatum‘ spoiled his plan.

Soon they were ready to go to their destination. “Off to the Franklins” said Ravi and they started their, not so big journey towards the Franklins house. Mrs. Franklins was not at home…………..who most probably had gone to a kitty party or something of that sort. Instead they saw a big muscled man who was Mr. Franklin. “Hello Mr. Franklin” Abhijeet said who knew him quite nicely. “Oh!! Abhijeet………It had been Ages meeting you, How is your mom and aunt” He asked in a jolly mood. He was a plain haired person with a mustache. “He is not so much of a hooligan as I thought” Ravi whispered to Harish. “You’ve bought your friend too” he exclaimed. “Yes, uncle………….I had a request to  make”. “Go on” he said. “Well, uncle………..if you don’t mind, can we explore the garden….it is pretty big, so I thought I would show it to my friends” Abhi asked. “Well, you don’t need permission for that…………….you can go on, why are your friends standing that far. Tell them they don’t have to feel shy” he replied. “Thank you” harish exclaimed and signaled his friends that the green signal is received. “By the way…….why is your friend carrying the boot” he asked. “Oh!! nothing uncle………”Ravi and Harish exclaimed and went into the garden.

“That was a neat save” Ravi exclaimed. “We do not have time to lose…………..let us go to the place where the theft took place” Abhijeet said. They reached the ‘Destination X‘ which Harish named. They carefully matched the footprint with the shoe which Ravi stole………………….”Gasp!!” The trio exclaimed. It wasn’t matching……….”I knew it, I knew It” Harish said. “I told you the thief was more than One” he exclaimed. “How did you figure out that” Abhijeet asked. “That day…….when I went to investigate Mrs. Slater and Mrs. Jordan I had taken the sketch with me…………..The one at Mrs. Slater matched Identically with that of the sketch but the one with Mrs. Jordan didn’t. So the footprints matched with Aunts, Mrs. Slater matched and the one at Mrs. Jordan and Franklin didn’t” said Harish looking at the map which they had made earlier.

Map of the recent Thefts
  Map of the recent Thefts

“It means there are more than one thief” He said. “There may even be a gang of it” Abhijeet said. They decided to go  to Mrs. Merry-weathers. “I vote to have an Ice-Cream first” Said Ravi………..I was really an awful sunny day. They two voted in his favor  and went to “Scoops” the most expensive and hygienic ice-cream shop present. Abhijeet had two glass of raspberry juice…………..Ravi preferred a cone and so did Harish. “Let us have another said Abhijeet. “You can have one if you want…………but I am full” said Harish. “HEY!! FATSO HOW CAN YOU EAT SO MUCH” Ravi asked…….”Oh!! Its nothing” he said and ordered another two cones and ‘disbelievingly‘ he gulped in off in a second. “You should go to an eating competition……….surely you’ll get the first prize”. “He wins every-time”  said the owner of the shop. “Yes!! he wins it every-time he participates”. “Oh!! Uncle” he said. He payed the money and and came out of the shop.” Lets go to the Meryweathers’  ” he said and they set off to their residence. Mrs. Merryweather was sowing seeds in the garden.Mr. Merryweather was helping her. “Hey Abhijeet!! Ask them whether we can explore the garden or not” said Harish.

“Nope!! they are the most quarrelsome……………moreover they don’t like either me or my aunt. There would be a row if I ask her or so” Abhijeet said.  Harish had a better idea…”Let us go to Mrs. Brown’s residence……….” . “Cancel this plan” Ravi said. “Oh come on!! don’t be such a spoilsport Ravi” Abhijeet said. due to the strong defense put up by Abhijeet and Harish……….Ravi had to give up. “Oh!! Okay” he said. “Let us go to Mrs. Brown house………….at least we can have another ice” Abhijeet said. “Fatso can forget everything other than eating” Ravi said. “Yep!! You are correct…………….you are absolutely correct” Harish said, as they set off towards Mrs. Lilia Brown’s House.

Harish’s Plan

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“We know the thief is involved with the Alfonsos…………..but we do not have proper evidence, Nobody will believe what Ravi saw because he is still a kid” Abhijeet said. “Then what shall we do?” Harish asked. “Let us plan out our Tactics” Abhi said. “Let us spy on their house, probably with a video-cam so that we have proper evidence………….then we’ll show them the evidences and get the Alfonso’s arrested” He said. ” I bet they are fully involved in it” said Ravi who was still suffering the setback. ” They may not be” said Harish who was in a deep thought. He had read many detective stories but this was a bit too puzzled. This case didn’t have proper evidence…………suspects and everything………………….it looked like a blank case. “The thief might have crept inside the room and stayed there…………….Ravi!!How did you came to know that the Alfonsos were present”. “The T.V was open……………they had to be there” he replied.

“It is not so easy……………….there is a deep conspiracy somewhere, but for the timing………….let us visit all the places we had investigated earlier…………..We may find something if we all search together” he said. “Why don’t we go directly to the Alfonsos” Ravi asked……confused. “I’ll explain you ” saying so Harish called aunt………..”Coming” she shouted and reported to Harish. “Aunt, you were talking about the Alfonsos today with Gracia Aunt…………..”. “Oh yes!!………the Alfonsos are going for a vacation, probably to New Jersey and won’t be coming back till a month” she said. Abhijeet and Ravi were shocked………… but Harish wasn’t. He was beginning to see the puzzle. “Aunt, have you seen them going” he asked. “Yes!! I accompanied them to the airport………………… but, why are you asking me…….is everything alright” she asked a bit confused. “Oh!! nothing, aunt………I was just asking……….come on Abhijeet , Ravi…….let us play cards in the backyard house” he said. Abhi and Ravi were the most bewildered………….they followed him to the backyard house and went inside. Hari locked the door and showed them the piece of paper which he got from The Slaters’ and Jordans’.

“Its….Blank” the duo said.”No, its not, dumbos” he said. He lighted a candle and place the paper above it. It was clearly visible.

                                                               

                                                             25th Nov, Baker’s street, 12 o’ clock at Daykins’

“They’re planning to rob the Daykins” Abhijeet exclaimed. “Yep, Exactly” he said. “They are going to rob the Daykins Next week…………………I came to know that even the Daykins are  out of station”. “We got to tell the police” Ravi said. “I’ve tried” he said. “I went there early morning…………..they said that I was dreaming and shooed me out”. “Why didn’t you tell us” Abhijeet asked. “I just wanted to solve the case myself” he said. Abhijeet went angry……………….Ravi was also in the list. “You moron……………………we trusted you and you didn’t even think us capable of it” Abhijeet said and broke the table where Harish was sitting…………….and so, he fell off the ground. Ravi was too depressed to hear it. “You should have not done it” he said. “We trusted you more than ourselves………….and you in turn gift us with this” he said and kicked Harish. “I am sorry guys………………….please forgive me” Harish said. “Forget it” Ravi said. “Please friends……………….I know I am guilty, I apologize…………..I apologize………….Please forgive me” he said. Best friends cannot stay angry for much time……….they soon forgave him, and Harish promised never to betray them. With a new spirit in them they were ready to solve the case.

“Ravi!! give me the boot” Abhijeet said. “OK” he said and opened his boot and handed it over to Abhi. “Not this…………you fool……the thief’s” He said. “Oh!! sorry” he said and went to his room and returned with the boot.” Let us go to recent places where the theft took place and match the footprints…………..I think they are more than one” Harish said.

Ravi’s Story

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By  the time Hari reached Aunt’s house………….Ravi was already there, they went to the “backyard house” to discuss it. Abhi and Hari narrated, their day and now it was Harish’s turn. “Friends!!” he screamed……..”Yes, dumbo…………we are listening”They said. “I’ve seen the thief” he exclaimed and roared into excitement. Harish and Ravi were dumfounded……..”How are you so sure” asked Harish who was a little disappointed for not having caught the thief himself. “Yes friends, let me continue the story” he said.

“It happened when I reached the Alfonso’s mansion……..I was thinking of an excuse to enter the house when I saw a……….. a shadowy figure climbing up the wall…..he tiptoed to the pipe and opened his boots……and he had left it there” he said as a proud peacock……..”He went to the room and was taking much time………so I creeped to the pipe and watched him………….unfortunately he didn’t come out, so I took his boots and came out of the house to hide………..I hid near the gate to watch him come out” Ravi said…………..showing them the boots which he nicked from the thief, showing them to the most bewildered Harish And Abhijeet. ” Are you waiting for an invitation??……….continue you story” They said not able to swallow what he said. Harish was most upset then Ravi…………He begin to regret why he wasn’t there in place of Ravi.

Ravi continued his story………”I waited for him to come out……….but he didn’t” he said. “I waited for him the whole day, but he didn’t…..”Are you sure” Harish Asked. “For the sake of your clothes……….I am telling the truth” he replied. “That means the thief might have known of Ravi’s coming and had left after Ravi had gone”  Abhijeet said. Ravi went red………….it was for his foolishness that the thief escaped. he was in tears…..”What I’ve done” he shouted………. and cried aloud. The duo tried to console him.

Suddenly Harish felt something odd.”Hey Ravi!! were the Alfonso’s in the house?” he asked. “Yes!! he replied still in tears……..”Then how did they not know about the thief’s presence…..the thief, he had to open the glass and get in…he should have made some noise” He said who was much confused. ” Which means they know the thief” said Abhijeet Shocked. “We should tell the police” said Ravi said. “Are you nuts!! they wouldn’t give us any credit and take it themselves…………..moreover they wouldn’t believe him” “It means we have a suspect” Said Harish. “yes” said the other two. “Let us have some food………..and then we’ll talk” Harish said. Abhi and Ravi agreed to do so.

Chapter 6 @ Abhi’s Task

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Abhijeet Decided to visit Mrs. Franklin’s house first because the latest theft took place at her house……….so there might still be some evidences left, so off he went to the luxury home which belonged. “This is better than I expected” He said looking at the house….It was a four-storeyd building and looked more like a office building, it had large glasses instead of walls at the 1st floor. “She has the whole house whole to herself………when her hubby isn’t there!! Fancy Her!!” said Abhijeet and began to think of an idea to enter the house. He had a hundred rupee note, so he decided to try his luck with it…and he threw his rupee into the air and off it fell into Mrs. Franklin’s garden.”Lucky me” he said and rang the doorbell, which was on the gate.

Abhi pressed it and came aloud beep…………nobody came out of the house, but instead a voice came from the doorbell!! “Who are you and what do you want?” . Abhi realized that the doorbell had a microphone attached and the voice belonged to Mrs. Franklin. “I am Abhijeet, I am living at Mrs. Swan’s residence.”What do you want” came the voice from the doorbell. “My 100 rupee note has fallen inside, may I have your permission to collect it from you garden” Abhi said.”Oh! you may………just keep in mind not to destroy the plants or anything of that sort” she said. Abhi got the green signal and rushed into the garden.

As Mrs. Franklin was in the garden, instead of the room…………..So he had plenty of time to look for evidences. He knew where he had thrown the note and at once collected it from the spot and put it back into his pocket. He acted as if he was finding the note, but instead he was busy looking for evidences……….He went to the place where the drainage pipe was located……………he started looking all around it and all he found was:- NOTHING!!. “Oh!! I wasted my time” he said and decided to go to the next. He thanked Mrs. Franklin and went out of the house.

“Next Stop:- Mrs. Merry weather” said Abhijeet and started his journey……….He was feeling exasperated……….so he decided to have a ice cream cone and went to the nearest scoops parlor. He had a strawberry cone  and started towards Mrs. Merry weather.

Mrs. Merryweather wasn’t at home but her maid was generous enough to let him explore the garden. He started his search, and this time he got an early victory…………….he got a footprint which was identical to the sketch that Harish ‘Da Vinci’ had drawn. He has a xerox copy of it……………..so he got himself engaged in examining the footprints. “It Matched” he exclaimed happily……..Then he decided to search for more………………since the ground was wet he could clearly see the footprints. It looked like the thief came from the wall, ” he must have climbed up the wall and he must have went through this way” he thought and carefully noted down his observation.

He also saw some some footprints that had dried up and wasn’t clearly visible………..but his sharp eyes could see it clearly “So he climbed up this way………and did his work and came back the same way………………looks like my work here is done ” he said and went out. He went to the backside of the house and looked carefully at the wall and noticed carefully the footprints……….he followed the footprints to Mrs. Alfonso’s house but after that the footprints had disappeared.

The Jewel Thief Part 5

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The Next day the trio decided to go to the all the houses the robbery took place. “Harish Would go to Mrs. Jordan And Mrs. Slater……………….Abhijeet, you will visit  Mrs. Franklin and I will be visiting Mrs. Merry weather…….try your best to take out everything you can, ask her where she was……….did she knew what had happened, and did she suspect anyone?”said Ravi….They had modified the garden-house into a secret base where the meetings would be held….a large whiteboard was hung where they would write the details of the case “The Black Panda”…….yes, they had named the case themselves!, after all they were the detective trio……….They also had a locked  box in which all the evidences were kept…………….

They started their secret meeting……….Harish wrote with a black marker on the white board……”First, had looted Aunt’s House….

Map of the recent Thefts
Map of the recent Thefts

Map of the recent Thefts

Then He went to Mrs. Brown’s House…………Then Mrs. Jordan and Slater, who are sisters……….And then to Mrs. Benjamin……..”Gasp!!” said Harish……..”That Leaves only Mrs. Alfonso!! The Thief might be planning to rob her house….” said Abhijeet…….”Let us split up and finish the investigation first, Ravi…..you will be keeping an eye on Mrs. Alfonso’s house, while I will visit Mrs. Merry weather and Franklin……….and Harish Would Visit Both Mrs. Jordan And Slater…. All will be reporting at 5 in the evening, because I don’t think our mission would be so easy………..

Saying so, they set off towards their own Mission……………………