I first flew over to the Bakery down in Neopia. The police Chias were crowding
around, and questioning people. I landed, and went nearby the yellow police
tape. The Breadmaster was talking to the police.
"Well, I had gotten a shipment of doughnuts, and went inside to get the shop
ready, when I heard a noise. I looked outside and saw a Grarrl with a mask on
filling a large sack with the doughnuts."
The police scribbled it down on their pads.
"So Bouncy_Bubble was telling the truth." I mused over this, and then remembered
I had to go to Sharp_Tooth's house. I took off, and flew off. After about an
hour, my wings were beginning to fail, when I saw Tyrannia. I sighed with relief,
and began to land. After looking around and asking a few of the locals, I managed
to find Sharp_Tooth's house. I glanced at the transparashield mansion, and rang
The door opened, and a Chia looked at me.
"Hello, how can I help you?"
"I need to talk to Mr. Sharp_Tooth."
The Chia straightened his tie, and opened the door fully. I walked in and
saw many butlers and maids cleaning, cooking, and doing other things. In the
front room was a Lenny behind a desk. She looked at me.
"Yes, can I help you?"
"I need to see Mr. Sharp_Tooth."
She pressed a button, and said into an intercom, "Mr. Sharp_Tooth, there is
a Faerie Lupe here who wants to talk to you."
The answer came back immediately. "Send him up here now!"
I got the directions and walked up the flights of stairs. When I got to the
top floor, I saw a door with
"Sharp_Tooth222's Office" imprinted on it. I knocked lightly and opened. There
the Grarrl was talking into the phone.
"Yes, tell that Acara that I need to have that deal done tonight! This is
very important. Okay, thank you."
He hung up the phone. As he did, his eyes fell on me.
"Ah yes, Mr. Fang_Bite, about that deal, I'm so glad you came here. You see--"
"Hold on! I'm not here about any deal. I'm Detective Lupe, and I need to ask
you a few questions about what you did yesterday."
The Grarrl adjusted his glasses. "What?"
"An owner had her valuable necklace stolen yesterday, and I need an alibi
"You're a suspect in the case. I believe you know the owner, name's Rose."
He nodded. "Oh yes, her. Her necklace was stolen? Shame. I really wanted it."
"Well, I need your--"
"You see, for years I have been collecting rare diamonds. It's a hobby of
mine, and that necklace would complete my grand collection."
"That's nice, but--"
"I mean, really. I offer Rose good money for it, and she never accepts. I've
been trying for years!"
"Yeah, I know, but--"
"Oh, so she told you about that? That reminds me, I was going to Neomail her
with an offer today. Well, thank you for reminding me. Bye now."
I tried to keep my temper from blowing. I took out my recorder, and began
to record the conversation.
"Look, I need your alibi. Just tell me where you were, and what you were doing."
"Oh, why didn't you say so? I was at a meeting, 9:30 NST. The meeting took
place at a building next to the art centre in Neopia. It's not on the map, but
you can see it. Here's the room I rented for the occasion." He handed me a piece
of paper with the number 25 on it. I turned off the recorder and began to leave.
"Wait!" Sharp_Tooth yelled. I turned around.
"Did Rose say anything about selling her necklace if she gets it back?"
I shook my head. "No, sorry." I then ran out of the room before he could ask
anything else. After leaving, I caught a bus to Neopia. I walked around the
main centre, and sure enough I saw a building. I walked in, and went over to
a Kacheek who was typing into a computer.
The Kacheek glanced at me. "Yes?"
"I need to know some information for a case. Did a Grarrl named Sharp_Tooth222
have a meeting here at 9:30 NST?"
The Kacheek pulled out a paper, and began to look over it. "Nope. No Grarrl
having a meeting at that time."
"I see," I said. I thanked the Kacheek and left. My wings were rested, so
I flew over to Rose's house in Faerieland to see if I could find any clues around
the house. She saw me as I was coming down, and came over.
"Did you find who did it?"
I shook my head. "But I have a pretty good idea."
Rose sighed with relief. "That's good. Anyway, would you like to have something
I then realised that I was hungry. All that investigating must have taken
longer then I thought.
We walked inside the house, and I sat at a small table. As I sat, I noticed
a picture of a Fire Lupe resting on top of a fireplace in the next room.
"Who is that?"
Rose glanced over and saw the picture. "That's my first pet, Nyjantin. I adopted
him from the pound while he was still three hours old a long time ago. He left
to explore the world, about two months ago, so I went back to the pound and
I looked at another picture of Nyjantin playing with another Cloud Lupe. "Who
is that Lupe?"
"That's his friend, Yokameron, who was my neighbours pet. He left with Nyjantin.
Here's your snack." She gave me a Chocolate Chia and a cup of Earl Gray tea.
I wolfed down the chocolate, and drank a bit of the tea, even though I don't
really like tea. Just then, I remembered I was here to get some more information.
"Do you know if any neighbours were home when your necklace was stolen?" I
"Yes, the people to the house right of us were home. The people in the house
to the left are on vacation though."
I thanked her for the snack and went over to the house on the right. I knocked
on the door, and an Usul came out.
"Hello. Who are you?"
"I'm Detective Lupe, and I need to talk to your owner." I looked around the
door to see if I could catch view of her owner.
"Okay, hold on." The Usul shut the door, and came back a little while later
with her owner.
"How can help you?"
"I'm investigating a case involving your next door neighbour Rose, and I need
to know if you saw anything suspicious yesterday night."
The owner shook her head. "No, I was out yesterday at the Art Centre, and
I came back late. But you can ask Lonar6492 or Lonar for short. She was here
last night, and knowing her she probably stayed up late. Lonar, please come
The Usul came back into the room, and looked from me to her owner. I explained
what I needed to know, and then I took out the tape recorder and began to record
"Can you tell me if you saw anything suspicious last night?" Lonar nodded.
"I did see someone walking around, but I thought it was just Rose. I didn't
see anything else suspicious though."
I turned off the recorder. "Thanks." I thanked both of them and left. I went
back to my office, and began to ponder the case. I listened to all recordings,
and listened for any flaws in either Grarrl's story, but I couldn't find any.
I looked over the fact that Sharp_Tooth did not go to a meeting, but still couldn't
find any evidence for him. I listened to the stories again, and again, and again…
"WAIT!" I played back the one story I was listening, and stopped at the one
"EUREKA! I GOT IT!" I was ecstatic. I made two calls, and waited. Meanwhile,
I used my computer to do some research…
One hour later, the pet I called came over.
"Hello Detective." The pet sat down in a chair on front of my desk. The chair
"Sorry," I said. I made a mental note to get a better chair. "You can stand
"Gee, thanks." The pet picked up the pieces and put them away. I cleared my
throat and got ready.
"Hello. I called you here for a good reason."
The pet looked confused. "What's the reason?"
I stood up on my four paws. "I know you took the necklace."
The pet's eye's widened in surprise. "What? But I--"
"Nice try, but I have the evidence. You fooled me for a while, but I found
the one flaw in your story."
The pet glared at me. "And what flaw would that be, Detective?"
"Good. You aren't trying to deny it…. Water_Lily."
Water_Lily looked at a small window I had. "So, what was the flaw?"
"Well, you see, according to your story, the thief threw the fake necklace
hard. Now, a Grarrl or Skeith are muscular pets, and if they threw a glass item,
it would shatter. When I came over, the fake necklace was in perfect shape.
Your story was good, and you were lucky Rose didn't catch this flaw. Even I
didn't, because I never thought you would have done it, but now I know. And
I also know that Lonar helped you by telling me that she saw someone carrying
the safe. I don't know how you two carried that thing, but you might as well
tell me where it is."
Water_Lily suddenly grabbed at piece of the broken chair and threw it at the
window. It shattered, and she flew out.
"Now!" I glanced out the window. Instantly, police outside began to follow
her. The Chief walked over to me.
"I'd like to thank you, Detective Lupe."
"Just Detective," I said, feeling very happy.
ONE HOUR LATER
"So Water_Lily was the thief."
I was at Rose's house, explaining what had happened.
"Actually, you aren't the first. Water_Lily and her friend are actually a
team. I looked up info concerning criminal information, and found a description
of a Faerie Poogle and regular Usul who put them selves in the pound and wait
to be adopted. A little while later, they steal from both houses and help each
other take the items and money from the other's house. I guess they were going
to wait until either one of the Grarrls would be accused or if I couldn't figure
"What about the fact that Sharp_Tooth lied to you?"
"He didn't. Tonight he has a meeting at the same place and time, and he got
them mixed up. I called him later and found out the true time. Anyway, that's
the story. I don't know where they put the safe, so do you know if there is
a place in this house that you wouldn't look around?"
I waited awhile as Rose thought about it. "I got it! Njantin's old playroom!"
We ran up the stairs, and went into a room. There were several toys, and a
huge pile of plushies in a corner. I went over to the pile, and began to remove
the plushies. Sure enough, there was a safe underneath.
"Here it is."
Rose opened it, and looked inside. There was the necklace.
"Thanks Detective Lupe!" I could tell I had my first satisfied client.
"Just Detective." I then handed her the bill. "About the bill--"
"Oh yes." She wrote out a check for the amount. I took it and left. I went
to a public phone and called the police regarding the doughnut case.
"Now to go back home and rest!"
I flew over to my home, and went inside. I sat on a couch and turned on the
"And in today's news, the criminal team of Water_Lily and Lonar were arrested
today, thanks to P.I. Detective Lupe. Also, the doughnut thief was found. Looks
like today was a good day for police."
"Just Detective," I muttered. The news Blumaroo shuffled some papers.
"And that's tonight's news. Coming up, the Lupe Mysteries show."
"No thanks," I said. "I've had enough detectiving for a while." I turned off