The Missing Owl — #4
STORY OF A WOMAN (CONTINUED)
He kept watching while I slept and we witnessed the sunrise together. Then after we had our breakfast, he went to sleep. Well, now among the stars. He had all his meds and he was healthy while our vet had suspected no early demise for his condition.
His condition only makes him less active, not anything worse. Which now begs the question, “What happened the night before?”
And that’s when I thought — “I will help to solve this case.”
And little did I know it would be a very emotional turntable for me. My pup was protecting me from wild young coyotes and I saw two dead ones a little far from the place we stayed.
Pup was getting tired of it. And after he heroically fought off those, he came back to the tent. He was very energetic last night after we shared a duck which we roasted in a second bonfire I lit up. He seemed to enjoy it while he ate it. We both couldn’t eat it because two ducks for a human and a dog is too much.
And as I retraced my pup’s steps back to the tent, I happened to notice the bowl of hers was a little messy. And a few chocolate wrappers crunched near it.
“Holy shit! He should’ve been hungry and since my pup can’t reach the roasted duck that hung over the smoking fireplace, he should’ve eaten the chocolate that I accidentally or temporarily kept in her bowl.”
And I broke down and dropped on the floor. Began to cry out loud.
Sameer’s story continues…
Lindo — “Sir! Why would you tell me such a dark story? It makes me feel sad.”
I chuckled and asked — ‘Lindo! What’re the takeaways from this story? Okay, tell me what’s the reason behind the pup’s death?’
Lindo — “The girl, right? I mean, the chocolates she kept in the bowl.”
‘Good Lindo! Perhaps you did miss out on a big hint. Although you’re blaming the human for keeping the chocolate in a bowl, the real reason is out there somewhere. It could be anything.’
Lindo — “Come on Sir! Dogs shouldn’t eat chocolate. Given that pup’s condition, it would have given a heart attack to the poor dog.”
I said — ‘True! See, Lindo…’
And the phone rang. An unknown number. I waited and then attended the call and put it on speaker. As soon as I heard a muffled voice from the other end, I immediately recorded the call, so even if it can’t be tracked, it can be decrypted for the voice.
“Hello, Mr. Sameer! How are you? It looks like the case is going very interesting. Just remember, I will always be one step ahead. You can never crack this no matter which amateur’s help you receive. Jobi is not your client. He’s my servant. Actually, a loyal one. He is my weapon. I know you aren’t tracking my call, so hear me out clearly now. You will never find Jobi back. Wait, let me connect to Jobi via conference. Why don’t you hear it from himself.”
As the call connected, a struggling scream was heard in the background.
I replied — ‘Jobi! You betrayed us.’
Jobi — “Sameer Sir! Many told me that you couldn’t be trusted but still I came to you and you stabbed me first. I don’t need you anymore.”
I immediately asked — “Then why did you kidnap the girl?”
Unknown caller — “Well, I can explain that Mr. Sameer. But unfortunately, we’re running out of time. That’s a story for next time.”
Lindo — “Well, that sucks! What’s next here?”
Exhaled, thought for a while, and replied — ‘We postpone the hearing and we go on a wild goose search.’
‘Ah, Lindo! You go inside and get some Tea. I’ll check up on Aravindhan and pack him up.’
I came out and it was drizzling outside as the sound of rain over the trees sounded therapeutic. Malabar squirrels began screeching as did a few birds. It was pretty dark and stared at it for a while.
Lindo came out with 2 cups of Tea, one for me. — “So, Sameer sir! What’s the real reason that puppy was killed? Is it because of human’s small error by placing chocolate in the bowl?”
Took a sip and replied — ‘No Lindo! Every hiker’s compulsive job is to put out the fire before going to sleep. That’s her first blunder. Second is, leaving the roasted duck still smoking which acted as the welcome mat for wild animals. And the dog could have probably gotten hurt real bad by the coyotes. And the list could go on and on. But those aren’t the real reasons.’
Lindo — “Wow! So, she deliberately placed everything so she couldn’t blame herself for the death of her own dog?”
‘Yes! Everything was strategic. She was growing weary of her dog and couldn’t see the pup suffer.’
A few moments later Lindo asked — “But how does that relate to this case?”
Slowly turned my head towards him. Smiled and said — ‘You will understand soon!’
~to be continued~