Detectives Case 11: Three’s not a crowd
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note: This is Part 1 of a two-part story; therefore, it is much shorter than
the previous cases, about half the number of words. Also, as per the last case,
its 'Croonford Detectives’ now given a boy has joined the team.
gosh Lin, what are you wearing? That's so...skimpy!" Jennifer Thompson
exclaimed as she entered the keypad-locked headquarters. Lin Ling was out of
her scientist coat, wearing a purple skirt that came just above her mid-thighs,
with the edge of her blue knickers slightly visible. She was also in a
translucent white spaghetti top with black bra straps evident against the thin
it's warm inside here despite the portable air conditioner. Two, I'm a proper
girl and don't wear those of bland clothes," she pointed at Jenn's white
tank top with the bra outline not clearly visible and her red shorts.
wear practical...are those the same undies you wore when we were captured by
the crappy Cat and her colleagues?" Jenn hardly like the word 'knickers.'
and I don't let any villainess spoil what I dress in, " Lin tugged up her
skirt. "You ok after that near death trap?"
I'm sure now one of the assistants is my good friend Molly Peacock. Only she
knows I'm ticklish," she gave an embarrassed look, "and exactly
where. Also, she knows I hate being semi-naked for a long time. I'm so going to
get her for trapping, leaving me with my period blood soaking my undies and
nearly killing us..."
was cut off as the doorbell Lin made rang. She checked the CCTV camera
carefully before unlocking the door.
girls, I thought I entered the right combination number," Mark Cadvish
greeted. He was in a matching light blue tank top and jeans.
fault I changed it in case of villainess or villainess prying eyes breaking
in," Lin gave him a gentle hug. "Jenn was talking about one of the
Cat's assistants..." Jenn repeated what she said then changed the subject,
"I've gone a debate competition and judging down near Coventry this
I'm presenting some of our science creations against a competing school group.
Holiday and summer time away from Croonford," Lin added.
hopefully away from the Cat and a break from all this detective work,"
Jenn also added. "You want to join us, Mark?"
to - but I've a rugby game or so in Cardiff."
better come rescue us if there's trouble!" Lin laughed but still meant
forget your or our dear Chelle," she added. Michelle Summers certainly had
a rough time after last time. She had been caught by the CCTV cameras and
students of Moorly school and was questioned for hours at the police station
why she snuck into the girls changing room, stole a Moorly school uniform and
assaulted the netballer Clare. Chelle faced further questions why she took down
the antique painting and also bound and gagged her school mate Heather Smiths. Initially
with a family solicitor next to her - the solicitor was later dismissed after
Detective Inspector Heath assured Chelle there were no criminal charges or
caution brought against her - Chelle verbally apologised to the netballer and
identified where she dropped off her school uniform. She also wrote an apology
to the school for the intentional removal of the painting and apologised
several times to Heather. The worse part was her mum listened in and simply
grounded Chelle across despite explaining she was coerced to perform all those
the police are now really investigating the whole matter," Jenn added, but
remembered the embarrassing time with the forensic team taking swabs off her
underwear and skin.
Lin shook her
head. "Nikki said she's buried with more pertinent police cases. But as
you said Jenn, it's going to be a break from detective work as we head to
change the sign," Mark noted, pointing at the hand-written sign above the
door which read 'Croonford Girl Detectives.' They all laughed.
Just a while later
continued to stare out of her room's window, still sulking over the punishment
she received across the summer break. Even her father supported her mother's
decision. Turning away. Chelle decided to throw an old tennis ball but ten
minutes later she heard her phone buzz. Initially thinking it was the Cat, her
heart leaped seeing it was a WhatsApp message from Mark.
'Hi, we -
Lin, Jenn and myself - we're talking bout you, hope you're ok now. As you know,
the two are heading to Coventry, me to a rugby game in Wales. I don't want you
to feel lonely so I left a package at the back of your house. Hope ya like it
raced. She listened until there was silence then stealthily exited her room and
found a basket with an opaque red plastic wrap with hearts scattered all over.
Back inside her room, she found it was an assortment of various kinds of
it's so delicious! Thank you for baking them :) ' She typed back her
reply with additional heart-shaped emojis as she chewed on a dark chocolate
biscuit that met the sweetness she preferred.
didn't actually make them; it's actually the excess from what my mother and
aunt baked xx'
your heartful thought that really counts. Keep safe during your game, love'
Chelle again added two lines of heart-shaped emojis and meant it.
A few days later
is what I call a school holiday!" Lin exclaimed glancing at the clear
summer weather as she and Jenn walked towards the competition cum presentation
arena. As they were representing their school, they were still in their school
uniforms. Jenn thought it was bad wearing it throughout the cold months and it
was just as bad to wear the silly blazer and tie in this weather.
there's some carnival opposite," Lin pointed.
you're not recalling your Marksville's misadventure," Jenn replied.
"Remember, we promised no detective work."
noticing. Catch up with you after my science presentation, good luck with your
debating." The girls parted and Jenn was thankful for the arena's
Chelle and Mark
completed another WhatsApp exchange, where she learnt the reason for his
strange surname, Cadvish. It was his parent's decision to change from
'Cavendish' because his grandpa was a corrupt landowner and Territorial Army
solider, thus they changed it to 'Cadvish', close enough. Chelle completed the
exchange with a distinct declaration of love for him but Mark cautiously
replied he would have to take it slowly, lest he feel the ridicule of his rugby
mates, his classmates and even family members who opposed dating at such a
'I do like
you Chelle and will support you in detective and other activities. Keep your
head up during your grounding.'
He too added
flower-shaped emojis. Once more, Chelle felt a strong tingling between her legs
and her ever-growing breasts perk up. Oh gosh...
Coventry, Lin anxiously waiting for the judges to declaring the results. Her
science club entry, invented by her but with input from other members, was a
special fishing net. It could be calibrated for sports fishing, lake fishing or
even medium-sized trawlers with various kinds of bait fixed to it. She tapped
both feet impatiently until she heard, "from Croonford School with a very
unique fishing net, Miss Lin Ling Chan..."
Summers continue to keep watch over her eldest daughter, giving her additional
household chores to her younger daughter Catherine or Kate's delight. Despite
keeping Chelle busy, she failed to noticing the change in Chelle's changing
facial features - there was a light flush daily. While Chelle was given laundry
duty, she took the chance to place her damp knickers in, damp from excitement.
Michelle Summers was certainly in love. Finally finding free time, she locked
herself in her room and scanned the net, looking for a gift she could give to
Mark in return. There wasn't much then she realised a home-made gift would be
much more appropriate. A cooked or baked gift like his was immediately out of
the question since the dish wouldn't last by the time he returned from his
rugby game. Rugby...why not get something-related for him? But what?
back at her laptop and decided between a large T-Shirt or wooden shelf or
stand. There was excess clothing in her house but they definitely weren't for
men or the size of her boyfriend. I got to get out the house and need help
designing a shirt.
going to the nearby thrift shop to pick out some bags," Chelle called,
hoping her mother would allow her out of the house. The reply came back fast -
yes you can, but take a direct route and no detective nonsense. She thanked her
mother but still internally bristled at the last line. Arming herself with the
necessary gadgets in case the Cat or her thugs would appear, she headed out,
and soon found a plain T-Shirt that she thought was Mark's size.
Lin caught up
with an elated Jenn. "Yay, we're advancing to the next round for the
regional debating championships and the school team judged resulted in the
teacher hiring me to train their team! How..."
"I lost a
science competition for the first time," Lin interrupted. " I thought
my, our group's invention was so wonderful. We invested a heck lot of time in
investing it and filming various fishing scenes. The judges instead gave the
first prize to this girl who made a meal-creating device for any meal of the
day. Looks incredible but I thought my fishing device was the best." Lin
tone wasn't didn't show signs of disappointment but her face showed she
device? Sounds something out of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," Jenn
loved that musical film. Lin nodded "Oh, it's just one competition. Look,
I'll buy you some tea or coffee," Jenn patted her back.
we both decided to have coffee at that cafe over there to exchange more
scientific ideas," Lin pointed. "Yeah, I know the train will be
arriving soon. I've cancelled my return journey; there's no cancellation
think the Cat and her team is here. So yeah, I'll be fine. Say hi to Chelle if
you get to meet her."
Back in her
room, Chelle was grateful that firstly, no one followed her and secondly her
mother didn't question her purchase. The harder now was what to decorate or
design the T-shirt with. Her first thought was 'Mark and Michelle' but that
would let the cat out of the back. The initials 'M&M' would make him look
like advertising the American chocolates. Rugby, a voice reminded her, focus on
Actually, something rugby-related. She scanned pictures of rugby and looked
through her old sewing kit from primary school. Just enough coloured thread she
noted, but I'm not skilled with sewing.
hope you're fine. You know I'm grounded but can you give me advice how to sew a
Down at the
cafe in the Warwickshire region, Lin and the prize winner Rachel, a Black
British girl named Rachel were discussing various inventions. "Oh, I have
started making..." Lin excitedly started describing yet another invention.
excuse me," Rachel shot up, clutching her crotch area and dashed to the
toilets. Must be her mixed fruit juice Lin thought and scanned through her
phone. More than ten minutes later, Lin noticed the girl's absence and
instinctively headed towards loo. The outer area was empty as were the stalls.
Putting her detective cap on, she started to closely each stall. The first
three appeared alright, but there was a small scratch on the plastic wall of
the fourth stall and just below the toilet bowl, there was a leather strap,
definitely from Rachel's watch. Uh oh, that girl's in trouble Lin thought and
rushed back. She threw money to pay for the drinks, then rapidly asked the
manager if he saw anyone snatch a girl.
young Chink," the tattooed manager snapped back. "No one aint
snatching no student from my store." Lin shook her head in reply at the
racist remark then darted out. Where could that...
On the train
back to Croonford
busying herself reading a novel and also checking the nearby passengers in case
anyone was suspicious. Flipping a page, she noticed the time on her watch and
sent a WhatsApp message.
finished your cafe discussion with that girl? Am still on train. Maybe meet you
back at the train station?'
Jenn raised her
eyebrows at the curt reply.
who? Boy?' Chelle fell in love, next Lin. But there was no 'blue tick' in
did you find? Some hot guy? I thought you said the winner was a girl.'
Still no reply.
on, who did you find?' She no further replies came.
Lin in fact was
inside a large truck, finding herself in amongst colourful boxes, statutes and
masks of clowns and other creatures. It was part of the carnival she spotted
earlier! Maybe the officials who ran it would have spotted Rachel. She
initially wanted to exit to find the driver or staff but decided to further
explore the interior. As one oriented with scientific facts, she was never a
fan of magic. Puppets two and three-dimensional creatures started to pop up as
she touched boxes. Ooops, she shook her head as she closed them. Moving
further, sounds came. They weren't footsteps or voices...
Jenn decided to
alight two stations earlier and rang Lin's phone directly. 'Lin’s here
but not free, please leave a message and number.'
what was your message about?" Jenn spoke clearly and told her
to reply back, hoping nothing was wrong.
Lin however had
muted her phone as she neared the source of the sound. It was definitely
muffled cries! She frantically pushed and threw away the magic boards, sticks
and costumes until she saw a box with several locks. The sound was more audible
and she instantly drew out her laser pen, cutting off the combination locks and
the edges. The cover then could easily be lifted off. There was another wooden
board in the way but there was an obvious metal ring and with all her strength
it came off. Underneath, there were bundles of blankets but someone was
squirming underneath. Lin rapidly yanked them away and gasped, spotting the
competitor Rachel tightly bound with ropes and thick cloth covering her eyes
and jaw. There was also a foul stench.
girl here?" Came a deep voice and a circular cold object was pressed
against the Croonford student's neck.
Back at the
train station, Jenn still tried Lin's number but this time round there was a
sharp engaged tone. That can't be correct. She sent both text and WhatsApp
messages to her fellow school mate and detective but then received 'unable to
send, please try again'. Was she out of range or worse...
'No, no, you
have to sew the brown thread towards...' Hattie was still helpfully
directing Chelle how to form the shape of a rugby ball with the amount of
thread Chelle had in her room. Suddenly Jenn's message flashed.
'I think Lin
got herself in trouble, am heading back down.' The message was also copied
To be continued.
Lin Ling, Jennifer and Mark will return in 'Scarborough Fair'