The Adventure of the Vanished Detective

Chapter 7

by Jacqui Holmes (sherlockfan at hotmail.com) 6/3/01

Once at her flat Lestrade pulled the wrappings from the box and began to look over what was inside. Expecting to find another puzzle or riddle, the contents of the box shocked her.

Inside the package she found Holmes' Inverness cape and his deerstalker cap. She looked at them with shock and then collecting herself she held them close to her heart, a tear rolling down her face. Then, after laying the coat and hat down she noticed a small piece of paper in the bottom of the box.

She then quickly lifted it out and began to read the words that lay scrolled upon it.

Miss Lestrade,

If you are reading this note, then you have succeeded in finding the last of your clues. At the end of this letter there will be a location; you are to come alone to that place no later and no earlier then 3 am tomorrow morning.

If you fail to meet these demands, Holmes will be dead before you arrive. You might take to heart that I am a man of my word. You are to meet us at the East End Storage Factory.

Until then,

Moriarty

From the minute she finished the letter she began to feel very strange about the instructions. "3 am," she thought to herself, "He must have something planned, if he wants me there that early; no Scotland Yard chiefs are on duty till 5 am."

However the thoughts soon left her mind and she began to only think of Holmes. "You have to get him out of there," she told herself, "You just have to."

After finishing the letter and thinking about what it had said, she laid it down onto the table and stood up. Then glancing at her clock she noticed the hour was almost midnight.

"Boy," she stated sarcastically, "time certainly does fly when you're having fun!"

"Well, I might as well get started!"

With that the inspector grabbed her ionizer gun and several smaller weapons with which she concealed within her uniform. She then was out the door and on her way to the East End of New London, walking the entire way so she would not be detected in her hovercraft. The entire time wondering how much longer her friend could hold out, because only heaven knew what had happened to him.

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