Mystery Monday With Cat Detective Harry Sheets: Part Three!

Last week, we left Detective Harry Sheets trying to solve the mystery of who puked in mom’s shoe. He was in the kitchen, devising a way to get the soiled shoe out of the closet. He’s just about to do it. Let’s see what happens! (Here’s a link to Week One, in case you’re a newcomer)

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crepesauthorHarry Sheets breathed with precision, trying to take in only what air he needed so as not to make sounds that might arouse the wrath of the vacuum. He looked back once at Pancakes to make sure she was in position. She gave him a stumps up.

Turning back to the task at hand, Harry silently counted the steps it took him to get to the closet. One. Two. Three. 

He was there. The apartment wasn’t very large. The shoe was as he left it. The vacuum was also still there, against his fervent prayers to the feline cosmos. He signaled to Pancakes and she began sliding the broom towards him, the color bug clip twisted carefully around the end. Harry tracked it with his eyes as it slid across the hardwood floor, hoping against hope that the sound wouldn’t wake the sleeping machine. As the end of the broom neared him, he guided it with his paw to the shoe.

“Steady,” he thought to himself. “Steady now, easy does it. Almost there…”

He used his claws to grab the wire and guide it over the edge of the shoe. He had it. The shoe was hooked.

With a sudden burst of panic and enthusiasm, Harry leapt back towards Pancakes.

“Ok! We’ve got it. Pull it in, pull it in!”

Harry and Pancakes pulled the broom together, sliding the shoe across the floor. The sunlight shined through the window and glinted off the shoe’s shiny surface, making enticing patterns on the wall. Too enticing, it seemed, for at that moment, Peabody came out of nowhere.

Harry saw it happening in slow motion, but it was too late, and there was nothing he could do. Peabody was down on her front paws, her rear wiggling from side to side, and then she went springing through the air, landing on the shoe, Harry’s only evidence in the case.

“No!” Harry shouted. “Get off my evidence!” He sprang towards Peabody knocking the shoe from her grasp. Forensic evidence spilled from the shoe and onto the floor. Peabody’s fur shot up in the air along her back and tail and she ran from the room, taking refuge somewhere under the king-sized bed.

Harry inspected what was left of his case.

“Well, this is terrible. She’s ruined the evidence! She’s completely contaminated our only clue! What are we going to do now?”

His question was met with silence.

“Pancakes?” he said.

Harry turned around and found Pancakes on her back on the floor, pawing at the color bug clip on the end of the broom.

“Pancakes!” he shouted. “This is no time for games. We need to preserve this as best we can!”

“Maybe we can use the color bug to scoop it up,” she offered.

“No, no, it’s not big enough. There’s no time for that. We’re going to have to find something to put this in so that we can inspect it properly.”

“How about a bag?”

“Yes! A bag! Perfect. Give me a bag.”

“Oh, I don’t have one.”

“Then why did you suggest it?”

“I just figured if we had one, it would be a good idea,” said Pancakes.

“Then we need to find one.”

“Mmm… can I just maybe play with this for a few minutes and then I’ll help you-”

“Forget it!” Harry cut her off. “I’ll find the bag myself.”

“Hey, Harry?” she asked as he stalked off toward the kitchen in search of a forensic receptacle.

“What?”

“How come when you were putting the color bug on the shoe, you didn’t just grab the shoe? I mean, you were close enough, weren’t you?”

Harry thought for a moment. He closed his eyes and said nothing. He had no words.

“Harry?” Pancakes said again.

Harry shook his head.

“Are you -” she started.

“Leave me,” he said, walking further into the kitchen. He stopped at the cabinets and could go no further.

“I can still see you, Harry,” Pancakes said. “There’s really nowhere to go…”

Harry’s pride could take no more. He opened a cabinet and got inside. It clapped shut behind him.

On top of the couch, Isosceles opened his eyes. He spied the evidence lying in the hallway. With Pancakes occupied by her color bug and Harry hiding with the pots and pans, Isosceles eyed the evidence and prepared to make his move.

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Oh! Poor Harry Sheets! His plan didn’t go as planned. What do you think will happen now? Are you excited to find out?

Mystery Monday with Harry Sheets! Part 2

Last time, we left Harry Sheets and his sidekick Pancakes trying to discover the mystery of who puked in mom’s shoe. Harry had just run off into the bathroom to find a solution to getting past the dreaded vacuum in the closet, the foe that prevented them from examining the evidence! Let’s see what happens next…

The Shoe, Part Deux

crepesauthorPancakes stuck her head through the bathroom door, careful not to go in too far. A sound caught her attention. It was like waves crashing against a rock rhythmically.

“Harry?” she called.

There was no answer. Against her better judgement, Pancakes took another step through the door. Shush. Shush. The sound came again.

“Harry? Are you in here?”

Pancakes saw that the door to the bathroom closet was ajar. Shush, Shush.  She swallowed hard as she walked towards the door.

“Harry?” her voice barely a whisper. She heard her heart beating in her chest against the sound from the closet. Thump thump, Shush. 

Stopping before the door, Pancakes put her paw out. It shook as she gathered courage to pull the door wider. The sound was coming from inside.

Holding her breath, Pancakes extended her claws and grasped the edge of the door. She pulled, and it swung open, the light from the windows flooding into the closet and exposing the sound of the noise.

“Harry!” she yelled, half in relief, and half in surprise. “What are you doing?”

Inside the closet, Harry Sheets was lying on his side, holding the bristles of the broom betwixt his paws, and rubbing his face rhythmically against them. Shush, shush.

When the light hit him, his pupils closed into slits and he looked up at Pancakes.

“I was getting the broom,” he said.

“Why do we need the broom?”

“Well, when you asked why Mom didn’t use a broom instead of the vacuum, it hit me.”

“The vacuum hit you?!” Pancakes yelped.

“No, the idea. The idea that we could use the broom to fish the shoe out from inside the closet, so we don’t have to get within the dangerous reach of the vacuum.”

“Oh, yeah that sounds reasonable. So what are you doing now?” Pancakes asked.

“I’m getting the broom,” Harry said, still lying on his side.

“That’s not what it looks like…”

“Well, I was just making sure it was um, in order.”

Pancakes stared at Harry.

“Alright fine, it feels good on my face, ok? The broom feels good when I rub it on my face.”

“Ok…” Pancakes said.

“Don’t you judge me.”

The two cats stared at each other for a moment, Pancakes with a confused look of surprised, Harry with a challenging stare.

“I mean, I’m not going to tell anyone-” Pancakes started, but was cut off mid sentence.

“Yeah, you’d better not because I’ve seen what you do with those dish towels you  steal from the kitchen.”

“You… you’ve seen that?”

“Yeah, so, if you don’t say anything, I don’t say anything. I do it in the closet for a reason.”

“My lips are sealed, Harry.”

“Alright, help me get the broom out of here.”

Harry reached up for the broom handle and pulled it down onto the floor. It made a loud clack as it hit the tile. Harry grabbed the top edge of the handle in his teeth and started it sliding it across the floor. He dragged it out into the living room. Isosceles was still fast asleep on the couch. Pancakes scampered behind Harry.

“Ok, so what now?”

“Now, we fish the shoe out.”

“But we can’t lift the broom, so how do we get it into the shoe?”
Harry thought for a moment. She had a good point.

“Alright, find me a paper clip.”

“What’s a paper clip?”

Harry sighed. “A color bug.”

“Oh, a color bug!” Pancakes said. “Great idea.” Pancakes often played with color bugs. They were hard to resist. She found them in the little drawer in the desk. They came in purple, pink, blue, green, and yellow. She loved to touch them with her paw. She ran off to get one.

From inside the office, she shouted to Harry.

“What color do you want?”

“It doesn’t matter, just pick one,” he replied.

“Well, the purple ones are faster than the green ones,” she said.

“What?”

“I said,” she shouted, “the purple ones are -”

“I heard you. Fine! Purple. Bring purple.”

Pancakes trotted back out with a purple color bug in her mouth. She dropped it in front of Harry.

Harry grabbed it with his teeth and started to untwist it, using his claws to help him unfold the metal.

“Harry! No! You’re killing it!”

“It’s a paper clip.”

“A what?”

Harry shook his head. “Color bugs aren’t alive!”

“What?!” Pancakes screamed.

Harry rubbed his face with his paws and closed his eyes. He was thinking about the ad he was going to have to run on the internet in search of a new sidekick. For now, though, he had to make the best of this.

“Ok, listen, Pancakes. I will do my best not to hurt the color bug. When we’re finished, we’ll bend it back into shape. Think of it as color bug yoga, ok?”

“Oh, I like yoga.”

“Great, so does the color bug. Feel better?”

“Yeah.”

“Good.”

Harry shook his head and continued bending the color bug to fit his need. He laced it through the hole on the top of the broom handle and closed it into a loop. The top half he bent into a hook.

“There. Now we can slide the broom to the shoe, attach the hook, and pull it out but sliding the broom backwards.”

“But who’s going to attach the hook?” Pancakes asked.

“Well, I think as the apprentice, you should give it a try.”

“Not me! You’re the brave one.”

“I’m trying to help you get more brave,” Harry said.

“No, I’m good,” Pancakes replied.

Harry thought for a minute. He’d already faced the vacuum once today. He didn’t know if he wanted to do it again.

“I’ll rock paper scissors you for it,” he said. “Mom and dad do that all the time to settle things.”

“Ok, fine.”

“Ready?”

Both cats held out their paws.

“One…two…three!” Harry counted.

The cats put their paws out.

“I win!” Harry said.

“No, I win.”

“I have rock. You have scissors.”

“That’s not scissors, that’s paper.”

“It looks like scissors to me,” Harry said.

“How can it be scissors? I can’t stretch my toes that far.”

“Well, then your paper looks just like rock.”

“Your rock looks like paper!”

“One…two…three!” the cats pumped their paws and tried again.

“Ok, you have rock,” Harry said.

“No, I have paper!”

“This isn’t working!”

“Well, why do you think the people do it?”

Harry thought for a moment. Could it be that this game only worked if one had fingers?

“Alright, forget it. I’m the detective here, I’ll do it. I’ll attach the hook.”

“Told you I had paper,” Pancakes said.

“Never mind!” Harry shouted. “You get the broom. Slide it towards me and when I get there, I’ll hook it over the shoe.”

Harry crept up on the closet and looked inside. The vacuum waited there, like a sleeping sentinel, waiting to pounce. He took a deep breath and readied himself for the task at hand.

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Ohh!! Boy, that Harry Sheets is really brave! What do you think? Are you looking forward to finding out what happens next?