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The Case of the Detective’s Death

Posted by cyberpfalcon on August 13, 2013

Chapter 1 – Death

Detective Watson lifted up the police tape and walked into Scarlet Investigations. He walked through the mess of papers, spilled drawers, and tumbled-over furniture that cluttered the floor. At the end of the ransacked room was a desk, where the medical examiner was looking over the body that was sitting in the chair.

Detective Watson addressed him, “Talk to me, doc.”

The medical examiner stood up and took off his gloves, “From my preliminary examination, the cause of death was most likely the gunshot wound to her head. No other signs of struggle.”

“So either she knew her killer, or she was caught by surprise,” Watson deduced. “Thanks, doc.”

The medical examiner gave the detective a curt nod and began to pack up.

Detective Watson walked over and began to examine Scarlet’s body for himself.

 
 
 
Chapter 2 – The Call

It had been four months since Detective Andrew Watson had spoken with Sheryl Holmes. The two had avoided each other ever since that argument that they had. Telling her that her friend had been murdered was definitely not a good way to start talking again.

Alas, he had a job to do, so he found Sheryl in his phone’s contacts list and dialled her number. Hopefully, Sheryl didn’t decide to ignore him using the wonders of caller ID.

Sheryl picked up, “Hello, Wat-”

She paused and corrected herself, “Hello, Andrew.”

“Hello, Sheryl, it’s been a while.”

“Yeah… So, what’s up?”

“Sheryl, we found Scarlet, dead, in her office.”

There was a pause on the other end of the line.

Finally, Sheryl managed to muster up a response, “I’m coming.”

 
 
 
Chapter 3 – Four Months

In the past four months, Sheryl had managed to build up a reputation for herself. In fact, alongside Marlowe and Scarlet, she was now one the of biggest private detectives in the city.

Sheryl had received a lot of cases in the past four months, most of which she solved successfully. On her cases, she would sometimes cross paths with Marlowe and Scarlet.

Being already friends, Marlowe and Sheryl got along well, helping each other with cases and even sometimes hanging out after work.

Scarlet was a bit harder to approach. Being the kind of detective that seduced and grifted, she was naturally suspicious of people, but over time, Scarlet and Sheryl managed to form what one would call a “friendly rivalry”. They would compete to see who was the better detective, but they would help each other when it was appropriate to do so. Over time, Sheryl saw that underneath all of Scarlet’s lies and deceptions, there was a layer of nobility and a sense of justice.

To Sheryl, Scarlet was her friend.

Sheryl carried these thoughts in her mind as she walked into Scarlet Investigations with a heavy heart. She headed towards the desk at the back end of the room where Marlowe and Detective Watson stood, with the body of Scarlet in the chair behind the desk.

 
 
 
Chapter 4 – Reunion

The three biggest private detectives of the city were gathered in the room, and one of them was dead.

As a favour to Sheryl and Marlowe, Detective Watson had delayed the medical examiner from bringing Scarlet’s body back to the morgue. After the two private detectives took a look and found nothing that Watson hadn’t already found, the medical examiner and his assistant put Scarlet into a body bag and carried her away.

Sheryl somberly looked at the body as it was carried out of her view.

Detective Watson turned to the two and asked them “Do you two know if she had any enemies who would do this?”

Sheryl sighed. Then she said, “Considering the way that she was blackmailing people… lots.”

Marlowe nodded.

Detective Watson looked at the two, wide-eyed. “She was blackmailing people?”

 
 
 
Chapter 5 – Extortion

“Alright, you two better tell me what she was doing,” Watson demanded.

“Well…, it wasn’t bad blackmailing…” Sheryl started.

Watson blinked a few times before asking, “Alright, what is good blackmailing then?”

“Well…,” Sheryl begin, “Once, Scarlet found out that one of her clients’ husband was cheating on her. The client decided not to confront her husband, for the sake of their kids. So Scarlet decided to blackmail the husband with the threat of revealing the affair to his wife.”

“How is that good blackmailing?” Watson asked.

“The money was going into an account that was in the client’s sister’s name. The money was for the client. Scarlet felt that their divorce would be inevitable, so she wanted to leave her client with some money in case of that event,” Sheryl answered.

“I… see,” Watson said, “Any other cases like that?”

“Well, there was also the one where she blackmailed the leader of a ring of drug dealers, so that one of the dealers could start his life over again.”

“Anymore?” Watson said.

“Lots more,” Marlowe answered, “In fact, there is going to be a lot of these deals that we don’t know anything about. I suggest we start looking for her files.”

“But the place was ransacked,” Watson said, “Wouldn’t whoever did it have taken all the files as well?”

“Knowing Scarlet,” Sheryl said, looking at the empty chair, “she probably kept a copy hidden away somewhere in the office.”

Watson sighed, “Alright, let’s start looking.”

 
 
 
Chapter 6 – The Search

Of course, the hard drive of the computer had been smashed to bits and, of course, there weren’t any case files that could be found in the mess of papers. However, that didn’t mean that they had searched everywhere in the office.

Sheryl, Watson, and Marlowe scoured through Scarlet’s office.

Looking over one of the bookcases, Sheryl noticed a hidden panel behind some of the books. She pulled back the panel, which revealed a safe.

“Hey, guys!” Sheryl called over the other two detectives, “I found a hidden safe!”

Watson and Marlowe came over to inspect Sheryl’s find.

“It looks like it hasn’t been touched, the perp might not have even noticed it,” Sheryl said, “Now…, what would be the combination for the lock?”

Sheryl looked around the room, and declared, “Alright, we’re going to have to search through Scarlet’s stuff for a clue to the combination lock!”

“That could take forever,” Marlowe said, “And since this is Scarlet that we’re talking about, she probably just used a random number. Do you agree, Watson?”

“Agreed,” Watson nodded, and then he took out his cellphone, “I think I have an easier solution to this.”

 
 
 
Chapter 7 – Cases

“Thanks, Gary,” Watson said to the safe-cracker.

Gary nodded and left.

The three detectives looked inside the safe and pulled out a huge stack of case files.

“Looks like this is going to take a while,” Watson said.

‘We’re going to be looking through Scarlet’s case files,’ Sheryl thought, ‘A fellow detective’s case files, filled with her notes, her thoughts, … her life.’

“Some of these are marked ‘Closed’,” Marlowe commented as he picked up such a file. He flipped through the file, “Oh, I see. In this one, the abusive husband that Scarlet was blackmailing was finally killed by the wife.”

The three spent a few hours looking through the case files, ruling out the ‘Closed’ case files, and some other opened ones. Finally, they were left with the two cases that Sheryl had mentioned before.

“Okay, we’ve ruled out every other case except for these two,” Watson said.

Sheryl took note of the cases and commented, “That’s… coincidental.”

“Alright,” Watson picked up the case files, “Let’s go see this leader of the ring of drug dealers first.”

 
 
 
Chapter 8 – Drugs

“Hello Byron,” Watson said as he entered the office, followed by Sheryl and Marlowe.

Byron swung around on his expensive leather chair. On both sides of the room stood two muscular men dressed in black. They just stood there, standing guard.

“Hello Detective Watson,” Byron lit up a cigar, “I thought you were in homicide now. Did you miss me and move back to narcotics?”

Watson grimaced, “I don’t think I will ever miss you.”

Byron chuckled and sarcastically said, “Even after all our run-ins?”

Watson ignored him, “I am here about the murder of a local private detective, known by the name of Scarlet.”

Byron raised an eyebrow and said, “Never heard of her.”

“You sure? I was informed that you had some…” Watson searched for the correct word, “dealings with her.”

“I’m sure.”

Sheryl started to speak, “You-”

Marlowe placed a hand on Sheryl’s shoulder. Sheryl turned to see Marlowe shaking his head, telling her to be quiet.

“Anything else, detective?” Byron asked in a mock polite tone.

“No, that’s all for now, thank you for your time,” Watson said.

Sarcastically, Byron said, “Of course, you’re always welcomed here, Detective Watson.”

Outside, Sheryl said, “He’s lying!”

“Of course he’s lying,” Watson said, “But we won’t get the truth out of him that easily.”

“We need to get to that drug dealer that Scarlet was helping. Now,” Marlowe said, “We just told Byron that he wouldn’t be blackmailed anymore.”

Watson took his phone out, “Nadir and Wong are probably closer, I’ll have them pick him up.”

 
 
 
Chapter 9 – Testification

Detective Katie Wong knocked on the door, while Detective Nadir stood next to her.

A man answered it. Upon looking at Detective Wong, he smirked and said, “And to what do I owe the pleasure of meeting such a fine woman?”

Katie smiled and ask in a cute tone, “Are you Simon White?”

“I sure am, but you can call me whatever you want.”

Katie’s expression changed into a stern one as she lifted up her badge and ID, “And you can call me Detective Wong.”

Simon backed up and held up his hands, “Woah, woah. Sorry, detective, I didn’t know.”

“And I’m Detective Nadir,” Nadir said, “Can we come in?”

“Sure, sure,” Simon said, gesturing to the inside of his house, “What’s this about?”

Nadir and Wong sat down on the sofa in the living room. Nadir started, “A local private detective, Scarlet, was murdered.”

Simon’s face turned into one of panic, “She’s dead?!”

“Yes,” said Wong, “And we learned that she was… helping you out?”

“Yeah… She was,” Simon said.

“Well, it’s over now, and we think you might be in danger,” Nadir said, “So I suggest that you come forward to the police with what information you may have on Byron Aquino.”

“No! No way!” Simon flipped out, “He’ll have me killed!”

Detective Wong leaned forward and placed a hand on Simon’s, “Look, Simon. The police can protect you, but we can only do that if you’re willing to cooperate. Who knows, if you help us, the DA and the judge might be willing to get you a lighter sentence and into the witness protection program.”

Simon calmed down. He stopped breathing so heavily and then looked into Katie’s eyes, “You’ll help me?”

“Yeah,” Katie replied with a smile.

 
 
 
Chapter 10 – Marriage

Detectives Watson, Sheryl, and Marlowe walked up to the Hannigans’ house.

“So this is the wife who is being cheated on, but refuses to confront her husband about it because of their kids?” Watson asked.

“Yeah,” Sheryl replied.

Detective Watson knocked on the door.

A tall man answered it, “Yes?”

“Are you Ivan Hannigan?” Watson asked.

“Yes, I am,” then, with an annoyed tone, Ivan asked, “And who are you?”

Watson took out his badge, “I am Detective Watson, and this is Sheryl and Marlowe. We have a few questions that we would like to ask you, may we come in?”

A voice from inside the house asked, “Who is it, Ivan?”

A hand reached for the door and pulled it open, revealing the owner of the voice. It was a woman with a black eye and bruises along her arms.

Concerned, Sheryl asked, “Ma’am, are you alright?”

“Of course, she’s alright, why wouldn’t she be?” Ivan snapped back aggressively.

“With all due respect, sir,” Watson said, “We’re asking her. Now, are you alright, ma’am?”

The woman looked at Ivan, who gave her a stern look back. Then, the woman answered, “Yes, I’m fine. If this is about the bruises, I just slipped and fell yesterday.”

Of course, Sheryl didn’t believe her, but one look told Sheryl that the woman wasn’t going to be truthful, not with Ivan around at least.

“Now,” Ivan was losing his patience, “What is this about?”

“Well, we are investigating the murder of a private detective who goes by the name of Scarlet. We understand that you have some… dealings with her?”

“I don’t know anyone by that name,” Ivan said, sternly, “How about you, Stella?”

The woman, Stella, looked up and stuttered, “N-No. Sorry, can’t help you there.”

Watson looked at the two, and decided that they wouldn’t speak with the other around, so he gave them both a card, “Okay, well, here’s my card. Please let me know if you think of anything.”

Ivan slammed the door before anyone had a chance to utter a polite goodbye.

 
 
 
Chapter 11 – Stakeout

Sheryl sat in the passenger seat of Marlowe’s car, looking out at the Hannigan household while Marlowe took a bite out of his sandwich.

“You think something will go down tonight, Holmes?” Marlowe asked.

“I’m not sure,” said Sheryl, “But neither of us bought that story about slipping and falling down the stairs. I’m nearly certain that he’s been abusing her.”

Sheryl tossed a piece of candy into her mouth, “Candy?”

“No thanks,” Marlowe took a sip from his soda.

The pair of detectives watched Ivan through his living room window as he read the newspaper.

Marlowe’s phone rang as they watched Stella walk into the living room as well. Marlowe quickly grabbed his phone and answered it with a, “Hello?”

“Marlowe, it’s Detective Watson.”

“Any news, detective?”

“The lab report came in. Scarlet was killed with a .45 caliber handgun. Other than that, nothing that we didn’t already know,” Watson reported, “How are things going with the stakeout?”

“Nothing so far, the wife just came downstairs after tucking their kids into bed. She’s in the living room with the husband right now.”

Inside the house, Stella said to her husband, “The kids are sleeping.”

Ivan grunted in response and nodded without looking up from his newspaper.

Hesitant, Stella continued, “I guess I will turn in as well.”

Ivan suddenly stood up. He gave Stella a stern look and said, “Enough, Stella. Where is my money?”

“W-What do you mean, honey?” Stella said nervously.

Ivan lost his temper. He slapped Stella across her face and yelled, “I know what you’ve been doing with that private detective! Don’t think that I don’t know that you two were in on it together! Give me back my money!”

Stella touched the bright red spot on her cheek and whimpered, “I- I don’t know what you’re talking about!”

“Don’t play dumb with me! That stupid Scarlet thought that she could get away with blackmailing me, but look at where that got her. She thought she could hide who she was, but I managed to track her down,” Suddenly, Ivan took out a gun, “And then I killed her. Now tell me where the money is!”

Stella was now in tears, “I- I don’t know what you’re talking about!”

Outside, Marlowe and Sheryl watched the scene in shock.

Marlowe yelled into the phone, “Watson, he’s got a gun!”

On the other end, Watson sprung into action, “Go! We’ll be there as soon as we can!”

 
 
 
Chapter 12 – Gun

Ivan pointed his gun at Stella as Marlowe and Sheryl ran towards the house.

Marlowe stopped on the front lawn and took out his gun while Sheryl continued running towards the front door. Sheryl took out her tools and started picking the lock.

Marlowe steadied his aim and fired into the living room.

The bullet broke through the living room window and went through Ivan’s hand, causing him to drop the gun.

Ivan grabbed his hand and screamed in pain.

Sheryl picked open the front door and ran in. Quickly she grabbed the gun. Then, she walked over to Stella, who was whimpering on the floor with her knees against her chest and her hands covering her head. Quietly, Sheryl asked, “Are you alright?”

Marlowe walked in and pointed his gun at Ivan.

“Who do you think you are?!” Ivan roared.

“Stay down,” Marlowe yelled back.

Stella whimpered, “H-He killed Scarlet!”

Ivan, stunned at Stella taking a stand against him, stuttered, “S-She doesn’t know what she’s talking about!”

Calmly, Marlowe said, “We’ll know as soon as we take your gun in for testing.”

“Y-you can’t do that! You don’t have a warrant!”

The scene stayed still for several long moments, with Marlowe pointing his gun at Ivan, and Sheryl comforting Stella.

 
 
 
Chapter 13 – Sirens

Luckily, sirens broke the silence.

Soon after that, Detectives Watson, Wong, and Nadir walked in.

“Are you alright?” Katie Wong knelt down beside Sheryl and Stella.

“Yeah,” Sheryl responded, “But she seems to be in shock.”

Seeing Detective Watson, Ivan yelled, “Th-they barged into my house, detective! Arrest them!”

Detective Watson gave Ivan a glare, “Actually, there were several calls about a domestic disturbance here, so everyone here will have to come back to the station with me. Our team will collect what we need for evidence, like that gun.”

“B-But-” Ivan protested.

“Are you resisting, sir?” Nadir took out a set of handcuffs.

Ivan stopped and quieted down. Without much resistance, everyone got into the police cars and went to the police station.

 
 
 
Chapter 14 – Reconciliation

It was several days later, and Sheryl and Marlowe were at Watson’s desk.

“The test came back and it was definitely Ivan’s gun that killed Scarlet. Along with Stella’s testimony that she heard him confess that he killed Scarlet and the other evidence that we gathered placing him in the area during the time of the murder, the DA’s office is quite confident that they can get Ivan behind bars,” said Watson.

“That’s good,” Sheryl said, smiling, “Good job, team.”

“Yeah,” said Watson, smiling back.

It had been months, even years if one counted all the pent-up feelings of anger, since the two had been friendly with each other. And it felt good.

“Seeing you work, Andrew… Well, let’s just say that you’re definitely not Dr. Watson. You’re a good police detective,” said Sheryl

“T-Thank you,” Watson was taken aback by Sheryl’s words, “And for what it’s worth, Sheryl, you’re still not Sherlock Holmes, but you’re a good detective.”

“Thanks, Andrew,” said Sheryl.

In the background, Marlowe, Katie, and Nadir smiled as Sheryl and Andrew finally repaired their friendship.

 
 
 
Chapter 15 – Changing Goals

Sheryl was on the sofa in Marlowe’s office as she drank from her cup of coffee.

Across from her was Marlowe, drinking his own cup of coffee that he had brewed for them both with his vacuum coffee maker. “So, what brings you by, Holmes?”

Sheryl winced a little at the name, “I’ve been thinking, Marlowe. Maybe it’s time to face it. I’m not Sherlock Holmes.”

“No, you’re not,” Marlowe said as he sipped a bit of his coffee.

“And maybe I don’t want to be him anymore, even though he’s great,” Sheryl continued, “I think that, from now on, I just want to be a good private detective – on my own terms, and not trying to emulate a fictional character.”

“That’s good to hear,” Marlowe said, “I think that you’ll become a great detective, one with your own unique skills.”

“Well, I still have plenty to learn, so I hope you’ll keep helping me.”

“Of course I will, Holmes,” Marlowe replied.

Sheryl smiled and raised her cup, “And call me Sheryl. Cheers, Marlowe.”

Marlowe smiled back and raised his cup as well, “Cheers, Sheryl.”

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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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The Case of the Broken Hearts – Chapter 11

Posted by cyberpfalcon on September 4, 2012

Sheryl and Watson got into Watson’s car in silence.

Watson took out his phone and called Detective Nadir, who was still out with Wong searching for the security guard that was on duty when Simone Walters visited the Wolfe Estates. “Nadir, it’s Watson. Any luck?”

“No, not yet.”

“Well, she should have shown up sometime after 11, so limit your search to only security guards that were on duty after that time.”

“Will do.”

Watson finished his conversation with Nadir and put the phone away.

Suddenly, Sheryl said, “I say that we go confront that cheater!”

Watson paused before answering, “Look Sheryl, we’re on a case right now, can we talk about this afterwards?”

“Fine! But he lied to us! Now he has a stronger motive for killing his wife, and this mistress of his also has a motive.”

“Alright, I guess you’re right,” Watson started the car and the two headed towards Benson, Walters, & Shore, where Samuel Walters worked.

The drive was awkwardly silent.

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