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After-School Detectives – Graduation

Posted by cyberpfalcon on April 1, 2013

After-School Detectives LogoThis was it. The school year was over, and Sheryl, Samantha, and I were graduating from middle school. The graduation ceremony was over, and the After-School Detectives gathered in the clubroom.

“I’m going to miss you guys!” Katie said with tears in her eyes as she gave Sheryl a hug.

“Don’t cry, Katie, we live in the same area, so we can get together all the time,” Sheryl replied. Even as she said that though, her voice cracked a bit and she had tears in her eyes as well. “Promise you’ll keep the club going?”

Katie gave Sheryl a thumbs up, “Of course!”

Sheryl smiled and gave Katie a thumbs up as well.

“Hello there, After-School Detectives,” said a voice by the doorway.
I turned to see Marlowe, our ‘rival detective’, leaning against the door frame.

“So, that was a fun year,” he said, “Want to go for another round when we start high school?”

Samantha grinned at the thought, “Oh, that would be fun!”

I turned to Sheryl and asked her, “So, what do you think? Want to start another detective club at high school?”

Sheryl grinned and gave us all her thumbs up, “Of course! After all, we’re the After-School Detectives!”

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After-School Detectives – Katie’s First Case

Posted by cyberpfalcon on April 1, 2013

After-School Detectives LogoIt was the beginning of a new school year; the eighth grade for me. On the Monday of the second week of school, Sheryl Holmes declared, “We need new members!”

She wasn’t wrong. After all, there was only the three of us in the After-School Detectives.

Strangely (well, not really, considering what happened over summer vacation), the last member of our small club, Samantha, hadn’t shown up yet.

“Let’s wait for Sam-”

As soon as I began to utter her name, Samantha popped into the room.

“Sorry I’m late…,” she said, devoid of her usual bubbly energy. Instead, it was replaced with an awkwardness as soon as she noticed me. And as it had been for the whole week, she avoided eye contact with me.

What was going on between Samantha and I? Well, it all started when Sheryl’s older brother, Mike, took the three of us to the beach, along with his girlfriend, three weeks ago during summer vacation.

We went through the usual. Got to the beach, changed into our swimming clothes. I blushed when Sheryl and Samantha came out with their swimsuits. We swam, we built sandcastles, we tossed a beach ball around. Standard beach stuff.

Then, near the end of the day, Samantha approached me as I was putting together the finishing touches on a sandcastle.

“Hi James,” she said.

“Hey Samantha,” I had said, still focused on my sandcastle. “What’s up?”

She held out a gift-wrapped box and looked away, blushing, “I got you a present. For your birthday.”

I turned and looked at Samantha for a few moments, before I had the heart to said, “Uh, thanks, Samantha, but my birthday isn’t until next month.”

Samantha’s face turned red, then, she ran off away from me. Unfortunately, before she could get far, she tripped on a rock and fell down.

“Samantha, are you okay?” I ran up to her.

“Ouch…,” she muttered. She tried to stand up and walk, but she fell again, after yelling out in pain. I noticed that her knee was bleeding.

“Here, let me help,” I said, as I knelt down next to her.

She put her hand across my back and held onto my shoulder. Then, I held her by the waist as we got up, side by side. Like that, we hobbled back to the car.

Luckily, Mike was nearby, and he helped me bandage Samantha’s knee with a first aid kit that he had in his car.

During the car ride back, things were awkward between Samantha and I, and then we didn’t see each other again until the school year started. For the whole week after that, we were awkward with each other.

Back in the present, Sheryl said, “Oh, don’t worry, Samantha. As I was saying, we need new members! We need to expand our club and ensure that it will stay after we graduate!”

Right after Sheryl had said that, there was a knock on the door and a girl walked in. “Is this the After-School Detectives?”

Excited, Sheryl said, “Yep!”

Breaking out into a huge smile, and with an excitement that could match Sheryl’s, the girl introduced herself, “Hi, I’m Katie Wong. I am new at the school this year, but I heard about you guys and I would really like to join the club!”

Sheryl, Samantha, and I exchanged looks of amazement.

“Well, that was easy.” I mused.

Recovering from shock, Sheryl proclaimed, “Welcome to the club! You’re in!”

“Really? That easy?” Katie asked.

“Yeah, that easy!” Sheryl extend her hand.

“Oh thank you!” Katie said, happily shaking Sheryl’s hand. “Please teach me what you can about being a detective!”

Sheryl gave Katie a thumbs up, “Of course!”

Pointing to me, Sheryl said, “This is James, he’s a detective too!”

I chuckled to myself at the thought of being called that. If I recalled correctly, I had to be dragged into this club at the beginning of last year.

Pointing to Samantha, Sheryl introduce her as well, “And this is Samantha, she keeps a record of our cases.”

Samantha smiled, and gave Katie a wave, which was completely unlike her.

***

The four of us had barely gotten settled into our seats in the clubroom the next day when a boy burst into the room, “You guys have to help me!”

“Oh hey, it’s Nadir!” Katie smiled and stood up, “How are you?”

“Horrible!”

“You know him?” I asked Katie.

“Yeah, he’s in my homeroom.”

“So, what’s wrong, Nadir?” Sheryl asked.

“I lost my backpack!” He said, pointing to the backpack that he had with him.

I raised my eyebrow at Nadir, “Uh, you’re pointing at it.”

“No!” Nadir explained, “This is someone else’s bag. My bag looks exactly the same! It must have gotten swapped with someone else’s by accident!”

“Well,” Katie said, “Why don’t you just look inside and find out whose bag it is, and see if there’s some way of communicating with him or her?”

Nadir looked at Katie for a moment to digest that. Then, sheepishly, he said, “Right…”

We managed to easily find a day planner with the owner’s name and phone number. Nadir dialed the number just as someone knocked on and open the door. A boy and a girl entered. The boy started to introduce themselves, “I am Marlowe, and this is Marlene, do you-”

A phone began to rang in the Marlene’s direction. We all looked towards her direction and saw that she had the same bag that Nadir had.

“You have my bag!” Nadir and Marlene both said at the same time.

***

Nadir and the Marlene walked out of the room, satisfied with their returned bags.

“Looks like you guys aren’t too shabby either,” Marlowe said, “We’ll have to call this one a draw.”

“What?” Sheryl asked, puzzled as to what he was talking about.

“Marlene was my client. I first decided to check the lost and found for her lost bag, then, obviously, the next step was you guys. Whoever had Marlene’s bag would obviously be looking for theirs as well, and this is the only detective club at school.”

“You’re a detective too?” Sheryl leapt up excitedly at the revelation.

“Uh…, yes.”

“Let’s team up! Why don’t you join the After-School Detectives?”

Marlowe smiled a little, but he said, “Nah, I’m my own man.”

He turned around and waved his hand once, “Pleasure meeting you all.”

Then he walked out of the room.

I looked at Sheryl, expecting her to be pouting at the rejection. Instead, she had a twinkle of admiration in her eyes and she said, “Well, he was kinda cool.”

Turning back to Katie, Sheryl asked, “So, that was your first case, Katie, what did you think?”

I looked at Katie, thinking that she would be disappointed with how it turned out. After all, we barely did anything this time.

Instead, Katie broke out into a big grin and said, “That was great!”

***

Samantha and I were alone in the clubroom now. Sheryl and Katie had already gone home for the day, and I was taking advantage of the room to get some homework done. Samantha was typing away on the laptop, probably writing up today’s case.

After a while, she stood up, and started packing up. Then she took out a present and held it out to me. In a shy voice, she said, “Happy Birthday, James.”

Surprised that she remembered my birthday, I took the present from her and said, “Thank you, Samantha.”

Embarrassed, she said, “I’ll- I’ll see you tomorrow then.”

Before she left though, I called out to her, “Wait!”

She turned around to face me.

Great, now I was the one being shy. “Do- do you want to go to a movie with me sometime?”

It took a moment before she said anything. Then, with her usual bubbly energy, she said, “Sure!”

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The Case of the Broken Hearts – Epilogue

Posted by cyberpfalcon on October 13, 2012

Sheryl sat on the edge of her bed, with her head in her hands, thinking about the day’s events.

Mike walked in and leaned on the doorway, “I heard that you and Watson were arguing at the precinct today.”

“Yeah.”

Mike stood there for a few more moments, looking at his sister with concern. Then, he decided to leave her alone with her thoughts, “Alright, if you need me, I’ll be watching the game.”

Mike turned to leave, but Sheryl stopped him, asking, “Was I that bad, Mike?”

Mike hesitated, but in the end, he said, “Sometimes.”

“Oh.”

“Look, kid, don’t beat yourself up too much about it. Neither of you were perfect.”

Sheryl contemplated that for a few moments before saying, “Thanks, Mike.”

Mike headed downstairs.

Sheryl sighed in frustration, trying to put her thoughts together. Frustrated, she grabbed a piece of candy from her desk and angrily ate it.

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The Case of the Broken Hearts – Chapter 18

Posted by cyberpfalcon on October 9, 2012

Watson returned to his team’s area after handing Elaine Miller over to a guard for booking. Detectives Wong and Nadir were working away on their computers, finishing up their reports for the case.

Sheryl sat at on a chair in the team’s area, her anger brewing. Finally, she said, in a tone that hid nothing, “Well, at least one cheater is behind bars.”

Watson looked at her, trying to keep his own temper under control, “Look, Sheryl, I -”

“No! You don’t get to ‘Look, Sheryl’ me after you -”

Watson couldn’t hold it any longer, after years of this, he finally had to get it off his chest. “Alright, that’s it! I’ve already apologized enough the first time! This time, I’m going to be honest about this!”

“Oh, like how you were so honest when you were cheating on me?!”

“No! This time, I’m going to tell you exactly why I cheated on you!”

“Oh, I’d looooove to hear this, do go on.”

“You were always trying to be Sherlock Holmes!”

“So?!”

Watson grabbed his hair at this. “So? So?! So you never cared about what I wanted!”

Sheryl paused before asking, “What?!”

“When we first met in high school, I was happy that someone actually liked my surname, instead of making fun of me for it. Then we started dating, or at least I thought we were, but all you wanted to do was turn me into Dr. Watson, turn me into your sidekick. Everything that you wanted to do had to be mystery related. I thought you loved me, but you were just in love with the name!”

Sheryl’s eye widen with the realization of what Watson was saying, as Watson continued, “Look, Sheryl. I’m sorry I cheated on you. I should have properly broken up with you, but I didn’t know how to tell you.”

“I- I-,” was all that the red-faced Sheryl could muster before rushing towards to elevator, with everyone staring at the both of them.

Katie put a comforting hand onto Watson’s shoulder, “You okay, Andrew?”

Detective Andrew Watson turned around to face her, “Yeah, I’ll be alright.”

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The Case of the Broken Hearts – Chapter 17

Posted by cyberpfalcon on September 25, 2012

Detective Watson led Elaine out of the office and into the hallway. The arrested Elaine hung her head down as they walked.

“What is the meaning of this?” A voice yelled at them from across the hallway.

It was from Samuel Walters, who approached them with a few of his partners behind him.

“What’s going on here?!”

“Well,” Watson explained, “Elaine Miller is being arrested for the murder of your wife.”

“Don’t be absurd!”

“Actually,” Sheryl said, “She already confessed.”

Elaine looked up at Samuel. “Samuel! I’m sorry… But I did it for us!”

“You did it for… You killed Simone?”

“I did it for us! She was going to blackmail you! I did it so that we could be together.”

“You… you psycho! I don’t know what kind of relationship you think we had, but- but- get that psycho away from me!” Samuel turned and walked away.
Elaine’s heart broke after hearing those words. The man that she loved had completely denied their relationship. It was at that moment that she realized that he didn’t love her, she was just another fling to him. All that she had done for him would have no reward.

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The Case of the Broken Hearts – Chapter 16

Posted by cyberpfalcon on September 21, 2012

Without being asked, Elaine launched into an explanation of the events, as if confessing would lift a weight off her shoulders. “The security guard for my place told me that Simone Walters wanted to see me. He said that she seemed angry, and I figured that it was finally time that she found out and we had our confrontation. This way, maybe Samuel would finally divorce her and we could be together without having to hide anymore.”

“So I opened the door and right away she started screaming at me. We argued for what seemed like ages until she just stopped. She said to me that they would never get a divorce, that she would blackmail Samuel with photos of the affair, which could ruin his reputation. She said that with enough time, he would love her again, and that there was no way that she would hand Samuel over to me.”

“I hadn’t expected that. I hadn’t expected that she would be so cruel as to blackmail him. I couldn’t let her do that to Samuel, so I begged her not to do it, but she just smirked and started to walk out. I panicked and I grabbed one of my trophies, which I then used to hit her on the back of her head.”

“She fell down and fainted. I knew that I wouldn’t have much time, so I quickly grabbed a few garbage bags, and put her in them; so that the blood wouldn’t spill onto my floor, you see. I then ran into the kitchen grabbed a knife, and before she woke up, I stabbed her in the chest.”

“The look on her face, it was so painful, but I did what I had to do, to protect Samuel,” Elaine clutched her face with her hands as she recounted the final, pain-filled look that was on Simone’s face before it became the vacant face of death.

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The Case of the Broken Hearts – Chapter 15

Posted by cyberpfalcon on September 18, 2012

‘Elaine Miller’, said the sign on the door that Watson knocked on.

“Come in,” said a voice from inside the office.

Watson and Sheryl entered the office. It was bit smaller than Samuel Walters’, but big enough to be jealous of. The woman sitting behind the desk stood up, “May I help you?”

Watson approached the woman and extended out his right hand, “I’m Detective Watson, and this is Sheryl Holmes. We’re investigating the death of Simone Walters and we would like to ask you a few questions.”

The woman shook Watson’s hand, and in that moment, Sheryl noticed that her right hand had bandages on it, and so did her left hand. Sheryl sniffed the air, and smelled what seemed to be the same perfume that she had smelled in Samuel Walters’ office. Of course, just to be safe, Sheryl looked at her mouth and found lipstick of the same colour.

Sheryl ignored the woman’s extended hand. “Elaine Miller, right?”

The woman withdrew her hand and sat back down, “Yes, that’s correct. I don’t know how I can help you detectives, I barely knew Simone.”

“Oh, but you knew Samuel well enough, of course, I mean, you were sleeping with him,” Sheryl launched into her accusations, still standing.

“I beg your pardon?”

Sheryl decided to go with a stronger bluff this time, “Oh, don’t try to deny it. Simone had a private detective follow you two, and she’s graciously shared her pictures with us. Although, since you seemed to have left your lipstick and perfume on Samuel, I’m surprised that everyone doesn’t know already.”

This time, Elaine fell for the bluff. Panicking, she said, “Yes, I was having an affair with Sam, but that doesn’t mean that either of us had anything to do with Simone’s murder.”

“Actually, it does,” said Watson, “This gives the both of you a strong motive for the murder.”

“Exactly,” said Sheryl, “And now that we’ve established that point, let’s move on to the next one. You’re the murderer.”

Both Watson and Elaine gave Sheryl a surprised look.

“What are you talking about?!” demanded Elaine.

“It’s simple really,” Sheryl explained, “There was blood on the shovel that was left behind at the crime scene, and here you are, with both hands bandaged.”

Elaine’s hands fiddled nervously with each other, “I- I- tripped and my hands got cut when I landed on the pavement.”

“Well, we can solve this easily. Just give us a DNA sample and we will see if it matches with the blood on the shovel.”

The two detectives waited for Elaine to say something as she breathed in and out nervously. Finally, she let out a sigh and said, “I did it. I killed Simone Walters.”

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The Case of the Broken Hearts – Chapter 14

Posted by cyberpfalcon on September 14, 2012

Watson answered his cell phone, “Hello?”

“Watson, it’s me.” Detective Nadir’s voice came through from the other side.

“You have something for me?”

Detectives Watson and Nadir talked for a minute on the phone while Sheryl waited. After hanging up the phone, Watson said to Sheryl, “Nadir and Wong found the security guard that was on duty when Simone Walters visited the Wolfe Estates. Apparently she was visiting someone named Elaine Miller. They going to look up who she is, right now.”

Sheryl smiled and walked over to Cindy again, “Is there somebody name Elaine Miller that works here?”

“Yep! She’s a lawyer at this firm.” Cindy replied, always happy to be helpful.

“Where can I find her?”

Cindy gestured down the hallway to her left. “Her office is just down that hallway, turn right, then the first door on your left.”

“Great, thank you, Cindy.”

“No problem!” Cindy smiled as the two detectives headed down the hallway towards the office of Elaine Miller.

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The Case of the Broken Hearts – Chapter 13

Posted by cyberpfalcon on September 12, 2012

Of course, the two detectives didn’t have any evidence, but luckily, right at that moment, Samuel Walters’ phone rang. Samuel looked at the two detectives as if he felt for sure that they had been saved by the bell, and then he answered the phone, putting it on loudspeaker, “Yes, what is it, Cindy?”

It was his secretary, phoning from her desk outside. “I’m sorry, Mr. Walters, but your meeting with the other partners is about to start.”

“Okay, thank you, Cindy.”

Samuel looked at the two detectives again, disappointed that he’d have to wait to see if they were bluffing. “Sorry, detectives, could we continue this after my meeting?”

Watson delivered a short and concise answer which revealed nothing. “Sure.”

Samuel Walters picked up some files and left the room. As soon as the door closed, Sheryl said to Watson, “His mistress is someone in this office.”

Watson rolled his eyes, nearly unable to deal with any more of Sheryl Holmes for the day, “And why do you say that?”

“His lips had lipstick on it, probably from kissing someone with lipstick on, and he had the smell of perfume on him. This means that he must have been with her shortly before we got in here.”

Not wanting to lose another point to Sheryl so easily, Watson countered, “Well, it could still be someone from outside the office.”

“Well, let’s ask the secretary then.”

Outside, Cindy was typing on her computer when Sheryl and Watson approached her.

Sheryl started the conversation, “Hi, Cindy, right?”

Cindy looked up and smiled, “Yes, that’s right. What may I do for you, detectives?”

“Was Samuel with someone else in his office before we came?”

“Nope.”

“Was Samuel in someone else’s office before we got here then?”

Cindy pondered for a moment, and then she answered, “Well, I’m not sure where he was, but he wasn’t in his office for a while shortly before you two came.”

“Oh…, okay, thank you,” Sheryl turned around, dejected.

The two detectives were ready to leave, so that they could avoid revealing their hand to Samuel Walters, however, at that moment, Watson’s phone rang.

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The Case of the Broken Hearts – Chapter 12

Posted by cyberpfalcon on September 8, 2012

The Benson, Walters, & Shore building was a seven storey building, and Samuel Walters worked on the seventh floor. He had a lavish office, as expected of a partner at one of the top law firms in the city.

His secretary showed Detective Watson and Sheryl Holmes in. “These detectives are looking for you, sir.”

Samuel Walters looked up from his computer, “Thank you, Cindy.”

Cindy left the room, and Samuel Walters stood up and gestured at the chairs in front of his desk, “Please, have a seat, detectives.”

The two detectives sat down, and Samuel Walters continued, “So, what may I do for the two of you?”

Sheryl looked at Samuel’s face and saw that his lips had some sort of unnatural red colouring on them. Perhaps it was lipstick? Breathing in, Sheryl also noticed the faint smell of perfume coming from Samuel’s direction.

“Mr. Walters,” Watson started, “We’ve just been informed that you were cheating on your wife.”

Samuel’s face flinched for a second before it reverted back to his calm expression. “I don’t have to answer that, detectives.”

“Oh yes, you do,” Sheryl stood up and slammed her hands on the desk. With anger in her voice, she continued, “We have another private detective who can confirm that you’re a cheater!”

Samuel took a look at Sheryl’s angry face, then he took a look at Watson’s shocked face, and decided to call their bluff, “Alright, show me the evidence then.”

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