By Alena, Anthony, Isabelle, Mark and Nia
Casebook of Lilly Jones, Sussex, 11 December, 1905
We were eating dinner at the Eagle Bistro with our friends, David and Daisy (the twins) for Charley’s birthday.
The twins were eating peppers and potatoes with steak on the side. The waiter, Fernando, was my parent’s friend. He was looking strangely at the twins.
We went home to Hazenton House. We suddenly began to feel dizzy and I don’t remember much after that. I do remember that when we arrived, Joseph, the butler, had served us tea.
I woke up and saw Charley on the floor—the twins were missing! The butler was trying to revive Charley.
Charley wakes up.
“What are you doing, butler?” Charley said.
“I’m trying to revive you, for crying out loud,” the butler said. “I just gave you tea and you all passed out!”
“Where are the twins?” Charley asked.
“I don’t know!” said the butler.
Then Charley winked at me and said, “time for questioning.”
First, we questioned the cook Betty from the Eagle Bistro and also the cook from the Hazenton House in their dad’s office.
“What did you put in the food, Betty?” I asked.
“What do you mean? I made my delicious peppers and potatoes with a side of steak!”
“Did you put in my special seasoning?” Charley asked.
“Well, I added paprika,” said the cook. “And a pinch of grounded ginger.”
“Do you trust Fernando?” I asked.
“Of course I do! Why wouldn’t I? He works with me.”
“Where were you at 7:10?” Charley asked.
“Closing up the restaurant. Fernando was helping me.”
“Alright, let’s talk to Fernando now,” said Charley.
Then, we brought in Fernando.
“Fernando, where were you at 7:10?” asked Charley.
“I was still at work, closing up,” said Fernando.
“Then where did you go?” asked Charley.
“I went home, with my mum. And then we went to my Granny’s.”
“We saw you looking at the twins really weird,” said Charley.
“I have a squint!” said Fernando. “Don’t judge me!” Fernando began to cry so we left.
Next, we questioned his mum and she confirmed his story. So we moved on to our butler, Joseph.
“Hey Joe,” said Charley.
“Seriously, Charley, you idiot,” I said. “Be quiet!”
“Yes, master Charley and Mistress Lilly?” said Joseph.
“How did you make the tea, Joseph?” Charley asked.
“I didn’t,” he said. “Millie the maid made it for me.”
“Great Scott,” exclaimed Charley. “It must have been Millie!”
So we went to question Millie.
“Did you kidnap the twins, Millie?” Charley asked.
“Of course not!” Millie said, but it was obvious that she was lying.
“You lying pig!” shouted Charley.
Millie turned to run but I picked up an empty chamber pot and dropped it on her head.
We’d caught our kidnapped but still didn’t know where the twins were!
“Oh, I can’t believe this,” I said, leaning on a bookshelf.
Suddenly, it swung open and the twins were there behind it! Immediately, we sent for the police.
They questioned Millie and it turned out that Millie planned to random the twins for money because she was sick of being a maid.
The police determined that we had been poisoned by mistletoe berries.
And that solved the case of the missing twins!