HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🎉🎉🎉🎉 Anywho… here is my New Year’s gift to you: the next part of The Treasure of Lady Travier. 🙂 I hope you enjoy it.
Opal and I knew Julia wouldn’t have left Paris now, at least not by train. There had been no more sightings of her. We decided that she must have a hideout, and the first place to look was at her house. We received the address from Lady Travier.
“So… if we were set up, why didn’t she just let us have the ‘bomb’ without protest?” Opal asked.
“I don’t know… it doesn’t make sense. I thought we had the treasure. Now we are just back at square one,” I sighed.
“No, we aren’t. At least we know who is behind all this,” Opal said, “we can figure this out… together, right?”
I stared at her a moment, “Well, let’s just say you’ve been a valuable asset so far, and until you stop being that, I don’t plan on going this alone.”
“Fair enough,” she smiled.
“Alright, you search for anything you can find outside, maybe she has a hideout near her house, or… maybe it is the house.”
“And what are you going to do?” Opal asked as I walked away.
“I’m going to see if there is anyone at home.”
I was surprised when there was someone there, I didn’t think Julia would risk staying at her house now, but I was greeted by a young teenage maid.
“Hello, sir,” she smiled.
“Hello, I am Detective Dexter Malcome. Is Julia Davis here?”
“I’m afraid not, Sir, but Mrs. Julia has a husband. Shall I retrieve him?”
“Yes, thank you.”
“Indeed. You may have a seat if you would like.”
I took a seat in the house, as she left the room.
She came back saying, “He’ll be here in just a moment, in the meantime you may look at a book or magazine.”
“Alright then,” I sighed.
I got up to get a book off the side table.
Crack! My head was slammed into the table.
Someone grabbed my jacket and hurled me to the kitchen floor. “Ugh!” My head was in a whirl.
The person dragged me into a chair, I couldn’t think properly my mind was spinning.
I forced my eyes open, I was tied to the chair.
I turned my head to see the maid. “How did you do that so well?” I insisted.
“I’m a trained fighter,” she answered.
“You are no maid then,” I tried to remain calm, at being overcome by a teenage girl, “Does Julia even have a husband.”
“No…” she smiled.
“Now, I’ll be right back,” She tapped my cheek.
My head was much clearer now. I tried jolting my hands out of the bonds, but it was clear she was educated in tying knots as well.
I was worried about Opal. At least this girl didn’t know she was here too. Maybe she would notice something was up and call the police. I winced… maybe.
The girl came back in a completely different ensemble. She poured herself a glass of water.
“So you work for, Julia Burdett?” I asked.
She rolled her eyes, looking into her cup, “Please, spare me your insolence.” She drank the water.
“So you don’t work for Julia?”
“It’s humorous that you think you are at liberty to ask the questions when you are in the one tied to a chair.”
“Call me confident. So… where is she?”
“She… had a little… mishap,” the girl smiled, “I sincerely hope the same won’t happen to your little friend…”
My heart skipped a beat.
We heard a door squeak open. “Ah…” the girl sighed, “there she is now.”
“Dex!” I heard Opal’s voice.
Opal froze when she reached the kitchen, “What is going on? Who are you? Dex, why are you tied to a chair?”
“Miss Opal Davis,” the girl beamed, “don’t be afraid, come in, come in.”
“How did you know my name…” Opal hesitated.
“I’ve been watching you both. I was surprised, to say the least, that Lady Travier cared enough about her ‘treasure’ you were hired to find. Luckily, I was prepared for the situation.”
“With the bomb…” Opal realized.
“Yes, but I didn’t want to kill you, just Dexter here.”
“Why… why not me?” Opal asked.
“Because I’ve done some research on you, and I think you could help me. My name is Catalina Travier.”
Opal looked at me in surprise.
“Then… you’re… the Lady’s daughter,” I said.
Catalina rolled her eyes, “Aren’t you clever.”
“She said you were relocated…”
“Ha!” Catalina laughed, “I am surprised my mother tried to protect me so much. After my father died, she all but completely abandoned me. She sent me to boarding school and never talked to me. She let the maids and teachers do the raising of me. She is not fit to be queen… I am,” She finished.
Opal flashed me a worried glance.
“You see, Miss Opal,” Catalina explained, “while at my mother’s home on holiday I arranged my own capture by paying off Julia to be my accomplice. I needed to be away so I could put my plan into action. It was far too risky to construct bombs at my mother’s house. Julia didn’t know I framed her for my capture with fingerprints on my locket. She also had no idea that I had a bomb in the ‘precious’ bag on which I placed the pink gem from my ring. Ideally, the bomb would have blown her and Dexter to pieces thus getting rid of the ‘threat’ and the ‘treasure.’ It didn’t work out, but it has now.”
“You’re the treasure of Lady Travier,” Opal uttered with her eyes open wide.
“Treasure…” the girl thought, “what a ridiculous word, I was something less than a pet.”
“Now, you have 2 choices,” she began again, “I have a bomb planted at the castle. Tomorrow, on the day of the wedding, you will return as the heroic detective saying you have found the ‘treasure,’ and I will return as the princess. Directly after the king and my mother are officially married, I’m going to blast the alter to ashes. I will remain as the only true heir to the throne.”
“You sure like bombs, kid,” I mumbled.
Catalina ignored me, “Or…” she said to Opal, “I can put you in a headlock right now, and you can die of starvation, tied to a chair, alongside Dexter.”
“But… if you do it my way, I’ll pay you more than Lady ever offered you. Deal?” Catalina asked.
Opal looked shocked for a moment, but then she sighed, “Well, there is only one obvious course of action…”
There was something missing with Catalina’s proposal, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. Now, I didn’t know what to suspect from Opal.
Do you like our new doll kitchen? My sister bought it with her money! Shoutout to Faye Rose for guessing the treasure! I steered her off course for a little, but she had her suspicion in the beginning. 👍 Do you know what key element Catalina is leaving out? Today you all get to decide Opal’s next move:
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