A Summer To Remember - The Mystery of the Fire

The Bob-Whites have solved their second case after finally being reunited. They are safe and happy and looking forward to the rest of their summer. But when the Wheeler's old home goes up in flames, what extent will Trixie and her friends go to to find the culprit? And has their summer back together been ruined for good? Book 3 of the Bob-Whites Summer series.

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14. A Big White Lie

Meanwhile, at the Wheelers Motel, Honey was sitting in the lounging area with her mother, father, Dan, Mart and Brian.

'So, how is the investigation going? Any word about Regan. I'm very worried for him.' Mrs Wheeler asked her daughter.

'We are making progress. We have some names now finally to go off but we still don't know were he could be kept.' Honey answered.

'Poor Regan.'

'Yes I miss him.' Honey agreed.

'Well the good news is that we have finished clearing up the mansion and now we are getting a bulldozer in to take down the last part of the house.' Mathew Wheeler told them.

Honey gasped, 'What?! Aren't we going to fix it?'

Mr Wheeler shook his head, 'We aren't living there anymore. There really isn't any point.'

'But-'

'Listen Honey, I know it's hard since that had been a wonderful home, but it's time we moved on. You can still come down to visit like you are now and we will too. Plus you and Trixie will be going to the same Collage so you will still see each other. And the rest of your friends won't be too far away.'

Honey sighed, 'yes mother. I understand.'

Honey risked a begging look at her father and she realised with shock that her father felt the same as Honey. He wanted to come back. She could see it in his eyes. The look was gone as quick as it had come, and Mathew smiled and changed the subject.

'Anyway, why did you come to see us? You don't need money do you?' Matt joked.

'Well since your offering-' Dan was cut off by a kick from Brian.

Mr Wheeler laughed.

'Well, Dad, in your interview the other day…'

'Yes?'

'You lied, didn't you?' Honey blurted out.

'About knowing someone personally who liked chess.' Brian questioned.

'And may have had a grudge.' Mart added.

Mr Wheeler didn't say anything for a long time.

'Yes, I lied.' He finally said.

'Why?' Honey inquired.

'Because it was my fault the person had a grudge against me. I regret it every day. '

'What did you do?' Brian asked kindly.

'My friends and I… we gave this guy a hard time. He was smart, into chess. We bullied him about it. I wish we never did. There were many times he cried when we wouldn't leave him alone. Now, I regret all we did. That's why I didn't say anything. Because I deserve all he is going to do.' Mathew Wheeler hung his head in shame.

'Oh Dad.' Honey whispered.

'I know. That's why we can't tell anyone!' He said firmly.

'But Dad, telling the police will help them find Regan.' Honey pleaded.

'I know. I know.' He hesitated, 'Alright, do what you have to do.' He nodded.

'Thankyou Dad. Now, what is this guy's name?' She questioned.

'Stan Marderg. We use to call him Mad Stranger.' Mr Wheeler replied.

'So you see how Mad Stranger comes from the name?' Trixie finished telling Sergeant Molinson.

He nodded, at that moment Honey and the rest of the Bob-Whites came rushing into the station.

'Sergeant Molinson! We have more information!'

'So do we.' Sergeant replied.

'What do you have?' Trixie asked.

'My Dad, he use to bully this kid in high school and the kid really liked Chess. He didn't want to say because he thought he deserved what he was getting.'

'So he thinks it is this guy doing it?' Sergeant asked.

'He isn't sure, maybe. It's possible.' Brian replied.

'It seems to fit! Only one thing, what's the name?' Di questioned.

'Stan. Stan Marderge.' Dan answered for the group.

Sergeant raised his eye brows, 'So it is him?'

'We have more though.' Dan continued.

'What?' Trixie asked, excitement filling her as she could see how this was all coming together.

'They use to nick name him Mad Stranger.'

Everyone gasped. It all fit.

'Now, we just need to get him into custody.' Sergeant Molinson said.

'Let's go!' Trixie said racing for the door.

'Wait just a minute.' Sergeant yelled.

Trixie stopped in her tracks, 'yes?'

'You can't go, its to dangerous.' He said.

'What?!' Trixie yelped.

'It's too dan-' Sergeant Molinson was cut off by a sudden yell.

'What the?' he began, and that was when the power in the whole building went off.

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