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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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.

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……………………

The Jewel Thief Part 4

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“Hey Ravi, Harish!! let us go to the places where the thefts took place recently………….we may find something from it. ” Said Abhijeet who was in a good mood. “Let us have breakfast first…….I am super Hungry” Ravi said. The breakfast had boiled eggs, bacon, fresh bread, raspberry marmalade and fresh milk. “Gosh!! aunty, you are really a marvel,” said Harish gulping his food. “Oh!! you boys” said his aunt and went back to the kitchen. Ravi switched on the television and put on the channel B. B.C. The latest headlines was the same as the newspaper, the only difference was that they could see the live footage.

“Hey!!” said Abhijeet. “That house belongs to M.s Brown who lives down the lane”………… “And How do you know?” asked Harish. “I used to visit her everyday earlier in my vacation, when I didn’t know two Idiots…………….Ravi and Harish” Abhi replied….. “Let us visit her ………….we will ask her about the things that happened yesterday and how it happened” Ravi said with a  grin. “Great Idea………….I prefer going after breakfast, and taking a gift for her…….she likes roses, we can buy a bouquet and some chocolates” Abhi said. “Does Aunty Have Chocolates?” Harish Asked. “No yaar!! the chocolates are for me….” Abhi replied……….”Some people never change…” said Ravi as they got ready to go.

As they had planned, the trio bought a rose bouquet and (of course) CHOCOLATES!!. Much to the disappointment to Ravi, Abhijeet finished the whole bar in the fist bite. ” It is not fair………..i am telling you………..but it is not fair, you fatso” said Ravi. “Oh!! You know I can’t resist it……….You can buy another bar from my money” he replied. Ravi liked chocolates but, he didn’t gulp it in a single bite like Abhijeet. As they had finished shopping, they started their short journey towards the other lane to M.s Brown’s house, or Mansion!!

M.s Brown’ was whole-hearted lady, and her house was even bigger. Her house had a very large backyard, her house looked more that of a film-stars’ or a industrialist. Moreover, even M.s Brown didn’t look any less than a film star. She had put on a T-shirt and a Jeans pant, and had put on  a branded sun-glass. She had put lots of perfume and Harish was finding difficult to stand near her because of the smell that was irritating him. “Hey Aunty” said Abhijeet and handed her the bouquet of flowers.”Please come in” she said. Her voice was softer than silk. She served us with ice-cream, the most expensive one in the market.

While Eating the Ice-Cream, Ravi asked”Were you aware when the thief entered your house”. “No I wasn’t aware of it……….I had gone to my Sis’s house and was there the whole evening. I came back in the morning ………I was about to pay the salary to the milkman, when I saw my cupboard whitewashed” She said, but she wasn’t sad about it………..”She was too rich to buy another 100 sets of jewellery if she likes so” thought Harish.”Can we investigate the site” said Abhijeet. “Of course!! darling” she said………….

“We started investigating the site but couldn’t find anything worth seeing. We checked the bushes, the plants, we checked every nook and corner of the house………but couldn’t find anything useful, we even checked the pipes and the surrounding areas” Harish Said. “I think the thief is too clever……….no wonder, even the police was unable to gather evidences” Abhi Added. Suddenly Ravi saw a person peeping into them………” It must be the thief” he shouted and raced after him, the rest also raced after him……As Ravi was very fast with his legs, the person was not able to outrun him. Ravi caught him and beat him black and blue…”Why are you beating an Innocent TRAMP” he said. ” Why were you peeping inside……….you must be the thief” Ravi said. “Hey Ravi!! don’t beat this poor fella!!, he is just a tramp” Abhi said. Now Ravi had a serious apology to make…….”I am….s.” but before Ravi could complete his word the tramp ran for his life………….

“You should be careful..you have beat the poor fella severely” said Abhijeet…..” I am sorry…..I got a bit excited” Ravi Said.Nothing more could be obtained from M.s Brown’s house…………so they gave Bon Voyage to M.s Brown and went  back to Aunts house.

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