Riverbank Hedge

Sisters Allie and Quinn move to a small town called Riverbank Hedge. But when they arrive, they are thrust into a mystery that has plagued the town for so long. With a past that extends to them and their family, they are determined to solve it, along with some help.

Can they figure it out, before they get found out?

A total of 17781 words.


5. 5.The Search Continues

Allie's POV:

The search continues today. Quinn and I went to James's house.

"Guys, before we go, I have to show you something I found my aunt looking through yesterday. She apparently has this secret drawer."

"Okay. Where is the "secret" drawer?" I asked.

"It's upstairs in my aunt's bedroom." He said. We went upstairs and went into the room.

"There." he said, pointing to the nightstand. The three of us walked to it. James stuck the bobby pin into the lock. and there were many notes.

"What does the note say?" Quinn questioned.

"The note said 'There are two more people that we had to find. Olivia, Greg, and I tried to solve the mystery without the two others, but we were wrong.'"

"My aunt wrote that?" James asked.

"It looks like it." I gave him the note.

"Yep," he nodded. "That's her sloppy handwriting, all right. But why?"

"So the people in the picture really were Mum and Dad!" Quinn shouted.

"Yeah, but what do they have to do with all of this?" I asked. What mystery did they need to solve? 

"I don't know, but I really want to find out!" Quinn shifted her feet, too eager to wait.

"Calm down," I placed my hands on her shoulders, weighing her down. "Why did Mum and Dad not tell us about Liz, or ever visiting this town?

"Why did they move back, then?" she shot back.

I froze. Why did they move back if they didn't want us to know about it? "The note said that they were wrong. That they needed more people. That means they never solved it."

I let that sink in, hoping one if them caught my drift.

"Your parents moved back because they needed to solve the mystery!" James answered.


"How far do you think they came?" Quinn asked. "Farther than us, right?"

"Probably. Seeing that they found out that they need two more people," I shrugged.

"Do you think we can beat them?" Quinn mumbled. "Solve it first, I mean."

"I don't know, but-"

"We totally can!" James smiled. "With your smarts, Quinn's curiosity, and my skill, we can beat them!"

Quinn and James high-fived each other. He had to bend down a little because of her shortness.

"Come on, Allie! Do you think we can?" James asked, his eyes gleaming.

"Uh, yeah. Sure, we can, but we have to keep this on the down-low. If they find out, we would be in some big doodoo."

Quinn burst open laughing. "Ha! You said doodoo!"

We all collapse on the floor in a laughing fit. I wiped the tears from my eyes and got up.

"Okay, let get back to business," I went back over to the drawer and sifted through the notes.

The one that caught my eye, was a particular dark blue envelope. I snatched it out from the bottom and flipped it over.

"Hey James. Quinn come here." They came and stood beside me.

"Look." I gave him the envelope.

"This was addressed to my parents they were alive." James said.

"Should we open it?" I asked. He nodded and tore open the envelope and it was a letter.

Jan. 19,1998

Dear Peter and Emily,

    We're writing this to you guys because we are moving. We can't live here any more. Olivia has a child on the way. We can't risk her in these conditions. We are giving you the keys and hope that you guys can solve the mystery. We'll try to be in touch.


Olivia and Greg

"It was dated the same year that I was born. They moved because of me." I said shocked.

"I think they had different good reason to move Allie." Quinn said tugging on my arm.

"What should we do now?" James asked.


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