The Mystery of the Missing Door (Chapter 1: Back Together) – A Story By Ahmad Ali Karim
It was a windy day when a boy named Pete went out for a walk. Another boy ran after him followed by a younger boy. The older boy called out, “Pete! Come and have tea at my house!”
It was Pete’s friend, Mic with his little brother, Reen. And so Pete followed them to their house for tea. Pete’s younger sister, Safora was already there. They all sat down at their favourite place in Mic’s garden and started to eat the tasty cookies and cake freshly baked by Mic’s mother.
“It’s been a long time since we last see you, Pete,” said Mic. “So long that I’ve forgotten how tall you are. We’ve been in Germany for two months and now you seems to be much taller than how I remembered you.”
Pete was the tallest and oldest among the four of them. Pete was fourteen years old while Mic and Safora were a year younger than Pete. “How old are you now, Reen? You are five, right?” teased Pete. “No, I am already seven,” said Reen. And so they all talked to each other together while enjoying the tasty cookies and cake. They talked excitedly about the mystery that they had solved last summer.
The next day, after studying Pete went out to see his friends, Mic and Reen. As he passed his neighbour’s house, he saw his neighbour, Mrs. Frank was moving out from the house. Pete also saw Mrs Frank talking to another woman and gave her some keys before she left. Mic guessed that the other woman must be his new neighbour. Pete shared the news with Mic and Reen.
The next evening, the four children saw the woman in her garden. They stopped to say hello and the woman invited them in. She was a very nice woman named Miss Nyla. She was very tall, thin and very friendly. Miss Nyla invited the children to her dinning room for some cookies and tea. As they were enjoying tea, she told the children the reason why she moved to Woodsland. She said, “I moved here because there were lots of burglaries around the area where I used to live. And I have never heard of any robbery cases around this nice town.”
Suddenly, a loud scratching noise came from the front door. Pete and Mic ran to the front door from the dining room and before they reached there, they heard a loud bang. And when the two children arrived there, they were stunned to see that the front door was gone! Miss Nyla was right behind them. Surprised, she asked, “What happened? Who took my door and why?”
“Mic, please tell Reen and Safora to come out here at once,” whispered Pete to Mic. “We need to inspect the area and look for clues to find out who took Miss Nyla’s door. This looks like a new mystery.”