The Petpet Detectives: Case of the Runaway Raindorf - Part Three
The small clock read a little after 8am when I finally started
to wake up. I yawned and rolled over, trying to go back to sleep. A white light
"Hey," I exclaimed. Damien stood over me, dressed
and washed up.
"I'm going to see if Luna's awake. And Charlie's
coming with me."
"Fine," I mumbled, my voice thick with sleep,
"just get that light out of my eyes."
Damien rolled his eyes and turned his back on
me. I chucked a pillow at him lightly. If I had thrown my hardest, it would've
knocked him clear across the room. He switched off the light and exited.
It was then I realized how warm it was in the
room. I pulled off the covers and rolled out of bed, yawning again. A blast
of heat was coming from the vent above me, and that could only mean one thing:
the heater was fixed! I wanted to fall to my knees or lie under the vent all
day, but instead, I sat at the table, going over the Raindorf case in my head.
I didn't have much time to do so, because Damien
and Charlie returned. The Aisha was holding a piece of paper. He handed it to
me, and I read it:
Marlo, Damien and Charlie,
I've gone to search for Teagen's house this
morning so we will have an easier time finding it when we go there this afternoon.
Breakfast is free to the Inn residents. I'll meet you here in an hour or so.
A few minutes later, the three of us headed
downstairs to get some breakfast. There was a little counter at which we sat
and ordered some doughnuts.
Little did I know that the food here was immensely
different from the food back home. A Grarrl behind the counter took my order.
I asked for a doughnut and received one that was made of ice with just a little
bit of sugar coating on the top. I glanced sideways at Damien when the chef
turned his back.
"If I wanted a frozen hunk of snow I would have
just gone outside and picked up some off the ground."
"It's a Frosty Doughnut," Charlie explained
from Damien's other side, "They don't have what we call "normal" food here."
"How do you know that?"
Damien waved a paper brochure that Charlie was
reading. It said, "Your Guide to Terror Mountain".
"It has attractions, restaurant locations, food
descriptions and Scratch card tips."
"Scratch card tips?" I echoed, "That's just
a luck and chance game. There are no tips… except for not to buy them. They're
such a waste of Neopoints."
Damien shrugged as Luna appeared behind us.
"How's breakfast?" she asked.
"Freezing and tasteless," I mumbled, abandoning
the Frosty Doughnut, "did you find Teagen's house?"
"I sure did, and you'll be glad because it's
not far. It's just a little ways from here, one street over and to the right."
The shadow Yurble paused. "Whenever you're ready to go, I am."
"I think it's best we split up," Damien suggested.
"It doesn't take four of us to talk to one Neopet. How about Charlie and I go
back to Sabra's house since we didn't get to talk much last night, and you guys
can talk to Teagen. We'll meet at the food shop on the mountaintop. Don't worry,
it's not far from here."
"Sounds good." I left my Frosty Doughnut. "I'm
not too hungry anyway."
"Good, then I'll just help myself, I haven't
eaten anything all morning." Luna snatched the Frosty Doughnut off my plate
and it was gone before we were out the door.
Because the small storm
from last night passed and everything was calm, it was safe to fly. Luna said
we would get there much faster, but I wasn't one hundred percent sure that it
would be as warm as walking.
"You know, you should stop being so pessimistic
about Terror Mountain," Luna scolded when I complained about the wind. "If you'd
just get over being so cold, you'd see what an amazing place it is."
I rolled my eyes as she climbed onto my back.
Well, at least I wouldn't be walking in the snow, so that was a pro to the endless
lists of cons about Terror Mountain. With only a few bounds to get going, we
rocketed into the air and over the Snowy Inn. Contrary to my complaints about
the wind, the sun was quite warm.
We ascended a bit higher, traversing over the
tall pine treetops to avoid getting smacked. My keen eyes caught the sign for
Snowball Close and Luna pointed out a small wooden house, similar to Sabra and
Kara's. In fact, all of the houses here were small and wooden, but they were
pretty far apart.
I landed swiftly in front of the house that
Luna acknowledged and she jumped off. The front had a door and a window facing
out. Luna knocked. The door was opened a moment later by a very small green
Neopet. I couldn't tell what type of species he was, because he was mostly hidden
behind the door.
The little pet nodded.
"I'm Luna, and this is Marlo. We're detectives,
here to investigate the disappearance of Sabra's Raindorf, Comet." Luna said,
in her professional tone, "May we come in?"
The poor thing couldn't seem to say anything.
He just nodded, with wide eyes. We stepped inside and stood there. Teagen, who
was a Kacheek, gestured towards the sofa with a green paw.
We sat down and I began right away. "So Teagen,
how do you know Sabra and Kara? What's your relationship with them?"
"Uhh, they're f-friends of mine," Teagen stammered
in a tiny voice.
"Friends, good," Luna took the next question,
"How often did you go over to their house to visit?"
"Uhh, lots of times, I guess."
"Can you give us an estimate?"
"M-Maybe, uhh, twice a week." He said it more
like a question. "I-I'd come over to, uhh, have dinner or play with Comet."
"Funny you should mention Comet," Luna said,
scribbling down more in her notebook. "When Sabra went to the Slushie Shop,
leaving Comet and Kara alone, she returned to find that Kara had passed out
and Comet had run out the front door. The question is, do you know how that
"I don't know anything," the green Kacheek said
quickly. "I swear, I don't."
"Why don't you know anything?" I asked. "If
you don't know anything then you must not have been at Sabra or Kara's house
between the time that the incident occurred. Tell me, where were you the 14th
night of the month of Awakening?"
"Am I, uhh, being in-interrogated?"
"Is that a problem?" I asked. "Do you have something
"No," said Teagen quickly, "and I wasn't here,
I went to dinner at a restaurant nearby."
"Look, Teagen, you seem like a nice guy, and
as much as I would like to believe you we're going to need some evidence. Do
you have a receipt or something?"
"Uhh, sure, let me get it."
While he rose from the couch and started searching
in a kitchen drawer, Luna nudged me in the ribs, "Simmer down, you don't have
to be so rough." I sighed and tried to calm down a bit, realizing how intimidating
I had been to him. After all, I was about six times his size.
Teagen returned a minute later empty-handed,
"I-I couldn't find it."
"That's all for now," I said, heading towards
the door. "Do let us know if you find it. We're staying at the Snowy Inn."
"I, uh, okay." At that, Luna and I left the
little Kacheek trembling in the doorway.
Shortly after finishing breakfast, Damien and
Charlie started back towards Sabra and Kara's house. Walking in the snow wasn't
as bad this morning, since the storm ceased over night, but the road was covered
with at least two feet of snow.
They arrived at 5536 minutes later and Sabra
let them in. Since they hadn't eaten much of a breakfast at the Snowy Inn, she
offered to make them breakfast, but they politely declined.
After a minute or so, Damien asked, "Can we
see the jacket that Kara was wearing when you found her?"
"Sure," said the striped Cybunny, "I left it
the exact way it was the night when Comet-" She broke off sadly and went to
fetch the jacket.
Sabra opened the hall closet door and handed
Damien the jacket, which was on a hanger. It was a khaki color, covered in brown
Raindorf fur. This definitely made it look like as if Kara had done something
to Comet when she passed out. The collar was white and the cuffs were white,
too, along with the liner in the pockets.
"Look, on the collar," Charlie whispered from
Damien's shoulder. "See that spot?"
Damien looked up at Sabra, who was doing something
in the kitchen, then back down to the jacket. There was a tiny green stain on
the white collar, and it looked like it had been there a long time. Besides
the green spot and the Raindorf fur, everything else about the jacket looked
"This definitely points to Kara," Damien remarked,
loud enough for Sabra to hear. She just nodded from across the room. Quietly,
Damien advised, "Why don't you go around and search for more Raindorf fur? Maybe
we can see if there's some in the doorway."
"Cool," Charlie said, crawling off Damien's
shoulder, "You check high, I check low."
Damien slowly walked around the house, checking
for anything unusual, since it wasn't appropriate to do so last night. I mean,
come on, you don't meet someone for the first time and then go snooping in his
or her house.
"Psst, Damien," Charlie whispered from across
the room. He pointed to the back of the Furry Sofa. The Furry cover that reached
the floor was sticking back a little ways, meaning that something was under
Damien crawled onto all fours and looked under
the couch. It was some kind of bottle, with a thick neck and flat base. He knew
better not to touch it with his bare paws so he called for Sabra. "Hey,
Sabra, would you bring me a clean towel, please?"
"Towel?" Sabra echoed, perplexed. "Of course."
Damien took the towel, thanked her, and slid
it under the sofa. The object that was wrapped up was slowly pulled out. He
unwrapped it, careful not to touch it, in fear of leaving new paw prints. It
was a red glass bottle with a stout neck and a gold stopper. On the stopper
was Kreludor, shaped as a crescent.
"Wow," Damien remarked. "Charlie, we have to
show this to Marlo and Luna…"
To be continued...