Adventure and Mystery Story for Kids
Polly and her brother Tom were invited to their granny’ house for their summer break. “Children, your bags are packed. Daniel will drive you to your granny’s home. Amy will look after you. Please do not give trouble to grandma,” pleaded Sofie, their mom. “Be good kiddos,” spoke Harry, their father.
“Enjoy your self mom and dad at the resort. We will see you when we get back,” said Polly, giving them a hug. “Drive carefully Daniel. Amy, don’t let Tom wander about on his own. Keep a watch on him. He is very careless,” worried Sofie. “Don’t worry ma’am, I’ll be checking on him often,” smiled Amy, their cook cum house help.
Daniel, her husband was driver cum odd job man. Harry was taking his wife to a much-needed break to a famous resort while the kids stayed with his mom. The car drove off with Sofie waving goodbye. Their journey took three hours as granny lived in the next town.
All through the ride, Tom and Polly kept munching homemade savouries, while chatting with Daniel Nd Amy. At last, they reached their destination. Tom ran up the drive and rang the bell. The door opened and there stood Grace, their grandma.
The sweet old house was welcoming as always.
“Hello granny, how are you?” “I am very well thank you. It is wonderful to see you two,” replied Grace, giving them hugs and kisses.
“Hello Daniel, Amy, come, come, Brenda will help you carry the luggage,” added Grace. Brenda was granny’s maid, companion and housekeeper, all rolled into one. She had been with granny for many years. She had a pleasant countenance and welcomed the visitors with big smiles. Amy settled the kids’ things in their room and then accompanied Brenda to her small cottage which they were to share with her.
“It is good to have some company. We don’t have many people living by to have a conversation with,” said Brenda, showing them to her guest room. “I love coming to this quaint and quiet town,” opined Amy.
The two maids got together and cooked a wonderful dinner which comprised of cold cuts, dinner rolls and blueberry pie. At last, the tired children went to bed, not before granny narrated one of her childhood tales.
The next day, granny Grace took the kids to the local stores where they bought clothes, books and indoor games. Grace got gifts to send to her son and daughter in law. Amy and Daniel received gifts too and so did Brenda.
“Oh ma’am, you got me my favourite author’s latest book. I’m so happy,” smiled Brenda. Amy and Daniel thanked Grace for their gifts too which they loved. “My mistress loves giving gifts to one and all,” explained Brenda, keeping her new book on the kitchen cabinet. The children spent days watching tv, playing indoor games with Brenda, Amy and Daniel joining in.
Granny took them for long walks and introduced them to the few neighbours living in the surrounding areas. They were invited for tea and birthday parties. “Let’s go to the movies today everyone,” announced Grace, after early breakfast eaten outside in the garden. “Wow!” that’s a good idea granny. Will all of us go?” asked Tom.
“I never go to the movies alone, Brenda always comes along and this time all six of will go and enjoy a movie and hot dogs, finishing off with ice cream,” replied granny with a grin.
Soon the family left for their outing coming back tired but happy towards early evening. They were invited to a flower show the next day which was in the city centre hall. There they met lots of people who were very friendly. Tom and Polly met many kids their age and had fun partaking free lunch organised by the mayor’s office.
The children were happily spending time at granny’s housekeeping busy with various activities every day. One day, a stranger rang the bell at granny’s house. He looked tired and hungry and wanted to know if Grace could give him a job in her household. He kept looking furtively behind him. Grace called him inside and made him sit on a chair.
“You look as if you could do with a bite to eat first. Brenda could you get him some tea and biscuits please,” asked granny. The stranger gulped down the tea and biscuits hungrily. “What’s your name?” asked granny. “It’s Storm ma’am,” replied the stranger. “What can you do around the house to help?” asked Grace. I can do most of the housework,” said Storm.
“There’s one thing though since I’m new to this town, I’ll need a place to stay. I can stay in your garage. I won’t need much space.”
Grace, being a kind person gave Storm the job of being her odd-job man. “Brenda needs assistance around the house. She has difficulty managing everything on her own. It will be good to have an assistant for her,” spoke granny, with a smile.
A few days passed with Storm settling into the household routine, helping in every way. Just after a week of Storm’s arrival, constable Higgins cams knocking at granny’s door. “Hello constable, is something the matter?” asked Grace. “I have a search warrant to search your house for stolen valuables we have nothing to hide,” said Brenda.
Just then, Storm entered the room and finding the constable, tried to make a quick getaway. “Wait, what’s your name? You look familiar,” spoke Higgins. “Oh, he is our odd-job man his name is Storm. I hired him last week,” spoke Grace.
“I recognise you. You are the robber who has stolen valuables worth thousands from neighbouring towns. I recognised you from your photo at the station. I’m arresting you for multiple robberies,” said the constable, catching Storm and putting on handcuffs. “I don’t think he has stolen anything here constable. Are you sure he is your man?” questioned granny, with a serious expression.
“Just a minute ma’am. Empty your pockets Storm,” ordered Higgins and when his order wasn’t obeyed, he forcefully dug into Storm’s jacket pocket. Out came a diamond ring and bracelet. “My God, so you are a thief. This is the last gift from my dear husband before he passed away. We trusted you and this is what you did. Take him away constable,” cried Grace.
“Come on fella. You won’t be spared. Here ma’am, take your jewellery,” said Higgins, walking off with Storm. Grace sat down on the sofa, holding her head. “How could this happen to us? I never thought Storm was a bad guy. He looked innocent and good,” she lamented.
”You never know these days ma’am. People are not what they look like,” consoled Brenda. “It was such a shock ma’am. I never heard of such a thing,” opined Amy. “I think we should search through the house and belongings to see if Storm stole anything else,” said Daniel, starting to go to the other rooms. “We will help you Dan,” chorused the like, going with him.
After a thorough search, it was found that all other valuables were intact in the house. On a sunny morning, after a few days, granny and the kids were enjoying freshly made croissants and chicken cutlets for breakfast, served in the garden when Tom noticed a girl of about eleven lurking outside the gate. She was half-hidden by the boundary wall.
Tom got up and went around the backyard gate, reaching behind the girl. He caught her by her shoulder and shouted, “granny look, a girl is spying on us.” The others ran to the gate and pulled the girl into the garden. “Who are you and why are you here?” asked Daniel. The girl caught hold of granny’s hand saying, “please give me a minute to explain. I have come to you for help.”
Granny made her sit on a chair and asked,” tell me why do you need my help. After all, I don’t even know you.” “My mom sent me here for assistance. We know Storm used to work for you. He has been threatened and wrongly accused. He is my brother. Please help me clear his name,” sobbed the girl. “I don’t understand. Who is threatening him?” questioned Grace. “He used to work in a factory in the next town.
One day, when he was returning from work, a group of criminals caught hold of him and threatened him to do as he was told otherwise they would kill me and my mom. If we went to the police, there would be no chance for us to survive. They made him take odd jobs in the neighbouring towns where he had to steal valuables worth a lot from unsuspecting households.
This has been going on for a few months and poor Storm is getting deeper and deeper into this wrong business, while the criminals are getting richer by the day. They are keeping a watch on our home too but somehow I escaped their notice and have come to you,” explained the stranger. “This is really sad. I can understand your concern. How did you know Storm was working here?” asked Amy. “On the day of his arrest, I happened to witness everything when I was out shopping for groceries nearby. I waited my chance and came today,” replied Sandra, the stranger.
“Wait, I’ll call constable Higgins for help. Don’t worry, we will get your brother released,” spoke Grace. The constable arrived and after talking to Sandra, took her to the police station. A storm was released and on finding out the gang’s whereabouts, the police raided the hideout and all the criminals were caught and valuables returned to the owners. Storm decided to continue working for Grace.
“Don’t you want your factory job back?” questioned Grace. “This is where I want to be ma’am if you will still have me” replied Storm. “Sure it will be wonderful to have you back,” smiled Grace. Sandra came and played with Tom and Polly every evening. They had become good friends.
At last, the day of the kids’ departure back home arrived. They bid goodbye to Granny, Brenda and Storm and waited to meet Sandra one last time.
Presently, she came with a fruit cake made by her mother as a going away gift for her new friends. The car moved forward with everyone waving merrily.