A Summer To Remember

Trixie Belden's life has changed since she has turned 18. Her brothers and Dan had gone away to college, Honey and Jim had moved, and Di had been given a scholarship at a different school. But when the rest of the group come back to visit the Bob-Whites suddenly find themselves knee deep in another mystery. And does Trixie have a new love? Book 1 of the Bob-Whites Summer series.

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14. An Old Villain

'Why are you following me?' Brenden asked suspiciously.
'We um.. We came to check you were alright after the other night at the movies..' Trixie said straighening up and smiling confidently though she didn't feel it.
'So you followed me all the way out here?'
Trixie tried to think of a believable story but eventually she just said, 'Yes.'
'Well i'm fine.' He said quite rudely, hoping to get rid of them.
'What are you doing out here?' Trixie suddenly asked.
He looked taken aback. 'Ahh... i was just coming to visit my friend.'
Trixie nodded, 'Okay, good to see you are okay. Jim, lets go.'
Jim frowned. 'Bu..'
'Now Jim.' Trixie took his hand and lead him in the opposite direction. Once they were out of earshot Trixie turned watched as Brenden walked away.
'What are you doing?' Jim asked. 'Aren't we meant to be getting him to talk?'
'No, he's not stupid, he suspects something. We will have to follow him but make sure that this time we aren't caught. But first keep walking away so he thinks we are going home.'

Jim did as Trixie said and turned to walk away. Trixie followed along beside him for a short amount of time. Once Brenden had stopped looking over his shoulder to make sure they weren't following him she turned around and begun to do exactly that. Jim did so too and together they walked along quietly. Ducking into always and small shops if he turned to look. But this time they weren't caught. They followed him right to a small, old one story home. The wood was old and the paint was pealing off. One of the 3 windows on the front of the house was cracked and the small couch that sat out the front was ripped and stained. Jim and Trixie ducked down behind the big bush that was at the front of the house and watched as Brenden walked up and knocked on the door.

A young boy opened the door, greeted Brenden with a nod and stepped aside to let him in. Trixie got a good look at the boys face. He looked familiar He looked around making sure no one was watching, obviously didn't see Trixie or Jim, then closed the door. Suddenly it clicked in Trixie's mind.
'Hey, that is one of the boys i was playing volley ball with at the beach the other day.' She whispered to Jim.
'Strange. Also I doubt anyone would live in this house. I think this looks more like a meeting place.' Jim said observing the house.
Trixie nodded in agreement. 'Lets head around the back so we can get a better look.'
They edged their way around the side of the house and hurried along to the first window that they could see. Trixie looked through it.
'All clear.' She said.
They snuck along to the next window. Together they looked through the window, and got the shock of their life.
Brenden and all the boys that had been playing volley ball on the beach with Honey and Trixie were standing around staring at something in the middle of the room. Or rather someone. That someone sat on a chair, hands tied behind their back, feet bound to the chair legs and their mouth gagged.
Trixie gasped in shock. 'He is meant to be in jail!' she hissed.
It was an old villain that the Bob-Whites had already defeated once before. Al Finlay.

*Note from the author: If you do not know or remember who Al Finlay is then go back and read the 19th book in the Trixie Belden series. It is called Trixie Belden and the Secret of the Unseen Treasure. That will explain who he is. -Blaire x*

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