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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15. Lights Out

'Power outage. Must be a pole down somewhere.' Sergeant Molinson said unknowingly. Trixie nodded, hoping that that was it, but deep down in the back of her mind she knew it wasn't. ''I'll go check the generator.' He said leaving the group of friends behind. 'You lot head home.' He added before he went around the corner. Trixie turned to her friends, 'next play in the game?' They all nodded. They knew that this was the next step in the game Mad Stranger was playing. 'But how is this going to affect anyone?' Honey questioned. 'I don't know. But I have a feeling there is more up his sleeve.' Trixie sighed. 'Isn't it convenient how this happened right as we found out who it was?' Jim questioned. Dan looked around, 'do you think they have the place wired?' 'Oh my gosh what if they do?!' Di squeaked. 'Come on, let's head home and wait for the power to come back on.' Brian said urging the group towards the door. 'Hey, look!' Trixie said moving towards the window. 'All the shops and houses are still powered…' Jim said. 'So only the station has had the power turned off.' Honey stated. Brian stepped towards the door and turned the handle. 'Uh, guys…' 'Yes Brian?' Dan asked. 'It's locked.' The group turned to stare at him. 'Hey don't look at me, I didn't do it!' He said innocently. Trixie raced for the side door, 'locked too!' Suddenly the place seemed very deserted. 'Um… it's very quiet. Where is everyone?' Di whispered. 'Sergeant Molinson?' Jim called. Trixie and Brian headed around the corner and down the corridor to the last exit. The rest of the group checked all the rooms. They came back and met in the hallway leading to Sergeant Molinsons office. 'Locked.' Trixie concluded. 'All the rooms were empty.' Mart added. 'What is this?' Dan asked no one in particular. 'That yell… they must have lured the police out with that and then waited for Sergeant Molinson to leave before locking the last door.' Trixie said. 'So we are the targets?' Honey whimpered. Trixie nodded grimly. 'His next move… taking out some more pieces before he goes for the Queen and King. Your Mother and Father.' Mart murmured, realisation dawning on him. 'Yes… taking us will weaken the opponent… in this case Mr Wheeler!' Trixie added looking at Honey. Honey's face drained of its colour, turning a pale white. 'What's he going to do to us?' 'I…I don't know.' Trixie whispered. 'Right now I think the safest thing for us is to get into Sergeant's office and figure out a plan of action.' Brian said level headedly. 'Good idea.' Jim agreed. Trixie stopped them for a quick moment and mouthed something to them. Wired. They all looked around; realising that whoever was doing this could probably hear everything being said. And if not, it was better to be safe than sorry. Trixie grabbed a piece of paper and scribbled a note onto it for everyone to read. Head for Spider's office. They'll think we're in Sergeant Molinson's office. Check for wires quietly then we'll go from there. The group agreed and, quietly as they could, piled into the office and shut the door. Trixie, Jim and Dan took the job for checking for wires and Brian and Mart carefully as they could de-connected the cameras, just to be safe. Di took on the job of shutting all the curtains and Honey went around the station quickly checking if anyone was around. She came back sadly shaking her head. Where could Sergeant Molinson be? Trixie straightened up suddenly holding a small black square in her hand. She had found one. Dan suddenly found another. They put the two together and continued checking. They found no more. Then, carefully as they could, they smashed the wire underneath the chair leg and threw them into the bin outside the office. 'Okay, this is what we've got. So we know people are listening or watching or both. We are alone in here. We don't know what they have planned, but they currently don't know which room we are in which buys us some time. We need to come up with a plan.' Trixie said in a hushed whisper as the group seated themselves around the room. 'Does anyone know much about computers, phone lines all that sort of stuff?' Dan asked legitimately. Mart raised his hand. 'Alright, you get the phone and whatever else you need and see if you can work out some sort of way of making contact with someone.' He whispered. Mart nodded and went straight to work. 'Di, you help Mart out. You two are both pretty smart.' Di nodded hurrying over to Mart. Trixie was impressed that Dan, the funny guy, the joker, the jock, was standing up and taking the lead. She smiled at Jim. She could see that he too was impressed. 'Brian, Honey, you two work your way around the station and get rid of all the wires and disconnect all the cameras.' 'On it!' Honey said as she and Brian left the room. 'And Jim, Trixie, your with me.' He grinned wildly. 'What are we doing?' Trixie asked. 'Let's just say, when you're a part of a large gang like I was, you learn a lot of tricks.' 'On no.' Trixie chuckled. The three ended up setting up traps all around the station. They waited for Brian and Honey to finish their job, than they set to work. They set up warning bells at the doors to let them know when someone was here. They set up secret traps in the offices and hallways. They even set a hole underneath the carpet. It took them a full 20 minutes. The group then got together and discussed a plan of attack for if/when the person came. The they all armed themselves with various useful weapons such as a lamp post for Honey and a baseball bad for Dan. What a baseball bat was doing in Sergeant Molinson's office, no one will know. Mart and Di continued to work away at the phone. They were definitely getting somewhere though. 'Alright, we are quite safe now. What do we do?' Honey asked. 'Now, we wait.' Trixie answered.
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