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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7. A Piece In Their Game

Chapter 7. A Piece In Their Game

'Whoahhh, wait what?' Jim asked as the two out of breath girls stood before him, trying to explain what Trixie had found out.

Dan laughed as he looked at Jim's confused face.

'Yeah, start that again, i'm lost.' Di said.

'Me too.' Brian agreed.

Trixie took a deep breath, steadying herself, and begun to explain the whole situation again. She explained about Mad Stranger being an anagram. She explained about Grand Master and the Chess site. She explained how Mr Wheeler had been playing against Mad Stranger and winning, and she explained that anyone in the wheeler family or close to them could be next.

'That does work. It makes a lot of sense.' Mart spoke up for the first time.

'Except for one thing... Why would someone burn down our home and take our stable hand just because they lost a few games of Chess?' Jim questioned.

Trixie shook her head, 'I guess some people would do anything to keep their fame.' she answered.

'Yeah, the second this person looses their status as the Grand Master, then... well they will be forgotten about.' Honey added on.

'Wait... that's it!' Trixie suddenly said.

'What's it?' Brian asked.

'Honey said that as soon as this person looses their fame, they'll be forgotten. So maybe this person we are looking for use to be like that? Maybe they were an outsider? Or wasn't very popular? And now they are popular, and well known, they don't want to loose that because for once they aren't being ignored.' Trixie said, piecing it together in her brain as she spoke.

'So, you're saying that we should be looking for someone who may have been a bit of a loner in the past?' Dan supplied.

'Well not exactly those words, but basically, yeah.' Trixie nodded.

'Alright, I think you should pass that information on to Sargent Molinson. It could help a great deal.'

The girls nodded.

'I'll drive you back to the station?' Jim offered.

The girls agreed and headed back to the police station.

After the girls had told Sargent Molinson the next addition to the case, he made the decision to send a police car out to the Wheeler's hotelto watch over them and explain whats going on. Also, Sargent Molinson wanted to interview Mr Wheeler.

Honey insisted on going and Trixie and Jim both decided to head back to Crabapple farm to explain the situation to Trixie's parents then they would meet Honey at her parents hotel.

Mr and Mrs Belden were both shocked and worried, and honestly couldn't believe that in one summer, already three cases had come up.

'This is ridiculous Trixie. This is beyond dangerous now.' Mrs Belden said, tears filling her big blue eyes.

'Moms, don't worry. I'll be fine. This is what i want for my future. The more experience i get, the safe i'll be in the future. Sargent Molinson will be there to look after us.'

'Trixie, Sargent Molinson is a busy man. You cant just rely on him to watch you.' Mr Belden spoke up.

'Dad, please. Please.'

Jim looked at Trixie. Neither parents said anything.

Finally Mrs Belden spoke, 'You are only to help on the case and giving or getting information. No more than that.'

'Thankyou Moms! Thankyou!' Trixie said hugging her mother, then father.

'Alright, we have to go meet Honey at her parents hotel. We will let you know what happens.' Trixie said as she pulled away from the hug.

'Alright Trix, just stay safe.' Mr Belden nodded. Trixie left the room and headed for the car, but before Jim left he stopped and turned to Mr and Mrs Belden.

'I promise to look after her. I will keep her safe.' He said to them.

'Thankyou, Jim.' Mrs Belden smiled gratefully.

'If anything happens to her, i would never forgive myself. I will make sure that nothing happens.' He added, before turning and following the same path Trixie's took out to the car.

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