The Mystery of the Missing Door (Chapter 3: A Man With A Door)
Reen went inside his house and ran to the kitchen. He drank a glass of water, and as he was just about to go out, he heard some scratching noises at the door.
He rushed to the door and as he grabbed the door knob to open the door, it fell down with a big thump at his feet. Reen was so surprised! He looked around him. He could not see anyone but he saw some footprints on the ground near the door. They were the same as the footprints that they saw at Miss Nyla’s earlier!
He stood there thinking and a few minutes later, he called his smart pet cat, Reena to guard the place. The cat sat down, licking its paw and looked around him.
Reen ran upstairs to tell his father about what had just happened. And down they went to the front door where Reen’s smart pet cat Reena was guarding the door. Reen’s father took out his mobile phone and called the police.
Meanwhile, Reen went out running to the beach hoping to find Pete over there. And there he was! Reen ran excitedly toward Pete that he tripped over a root of a big tree and fell down to the ground.
A man came over and he helped Reen up. He was carrying a big piece of heavy, flat, fine brown wood wrapped in plastic over his head and he put it down as he help Reen up.
“Thank you, sir,” said Reen.
The man turned away, picked up the heavy, flat wood and hurriedly walked away without saying anything. Reen started running towards Pete and suddenly he stopped. He just remembered that the man was carrying a big piece of flat wood, sized like a door.
“A door?” asked Reen aloud.
Then he saw the familiar footprints. they were like the ones that he saw at his house and at Miss Nyla’s. He ran to Pete and told him the news.
“Are you sure?” asked Pete. “Perhaps the man ran away because you’re wearing the PeforaMeen uniform today,” continued Pete. “What colour are his eyes and how does he look like, Reen?”
“I don’t know,” answered Reen sadly. “Anyway I saw his footprints and they were the same as the ones we saw at Miss’s Nyla’s house.”
Reen went on to tell Pete about what happened at his house. Pete was really surprised to hear the news.
“Can you remember anything about the man? The colour of his shirt and things like that?” asked Pete.
“As I have told you, I can’t remember anything about how he looks like,” said Reen. “But I remember what he’s wearing. It’s a nice rainbow coloured t-shirt with a picture of a bull. He wore a light grey jeans with buttoned pockets and brown shoes. Do you think that he is the one who stole Miss Nyla’s door?
“I don’t know,” Pete answered, “But we have to investigate. Maybe we’ll go around and see if we can find him.”
They went to the mini market near the beach but there were no customers inside. But as they were walking away, Reen saw the man.
He whispered, “Pete, can you see the man who is carrying the big, flat thing over his head, over there? I guess he’s the man we are looking for.”
The man looked nervous and as the two boys approached him, something very unexpected happened in front of Pete’s and Reen’s eye.