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Josh Robbins And The Mystery Of The Missing Roses
After Josh Robbins and Rapunzel and Josh Robbins and the Bluegill, Josh plays detective at 7 to catch the thief that stole Martha's roses...the third in the collection of short stories, " The Adventures of Josh Robbins."
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Josh Robbins And The Mystery Of The Missing Roses
They’re missing! “Oh dear, where are they?” cried Martha.
Red, pink, white, orange, and yellow roses adorned the portico that overlooked Martha’s kitchen. Martha was very fond of them and seeing the sun rays grace them and the breeze caress their delicate stems made her day.
It was a hot Monday morning and Martha thought of checking on her roses, lest they would wilt in the heat.
Josh was getting ready for school when he suddenly heard his mother scream. He rushed down and found his mother crying in the portico.
“I cannot believe my eyes. This has never happened before!” She tried to think of who could have stolen her precious roses.
“May be it was the crow…Nah…couldn’t be. The crow would not be able to do such a fine job of plucking the roses along with the stems.”
“May be it was Mrs. Potter’s dog who runs into the portico whenever the fence is left open…Nah…couldn’t be. The dog would not be able to pluck the roses without damaging the pots and spilling the soil.”
The roses went missing every second week and Martha was disturbed and worried by what was happening.
Steve and Josh were just about to leave the dinner table when Martha interrupted.
“I am sorry but we need to find out who is stealing our roses. I cannot afford to lose them any further.”
“Don’t worry Mom. Tomorrow we will think of a way to catch the thieves.”
Early next morning, Josh and Martha ventured into the portico and out into the garden.
“Look here Mom, shoe-marks!” Josh noticed them around the tree, a little outside the portico.
“But then how come there were never any shoe-marks in the portico near the pots? The soil in the garden has been damp with the sprinklers,” remarked Martha.
“Hmmm. Got it. The thieves must have removed their shoes near the tree before entering the portico to avoid any noise coming from their footsteps!”
“That’s brilliant Josh! But then how do we find them? Do we stay awake all night?”
“No, that won’t be required,” said Josh. “I have a plan and I believe it’s going to work! You sleep well tonight mother and leave the rest to me.”
Next morning Martha heard some voices from the portico. To her amazement she found two boys, aged eight or nine, standing near the pots and crying for help.
“Please get us out of here, we are stuck!”
“Stuck?” Martha was confused. How could they be stuck to the ground?
“Ha ha ha. I told you my plan would work mother!” Josh stood behind Martha laughing away, with a naughty twinkle in his eyes and hands on his tummy.”
“But what did you do Josh? Tell me now, I’m curious!”
“Simple. I spilled glue around the pots last night before going to sleep knowing that when the thief comes to steal the roses, he would get stuck and would not be able to move.”
“Aha, I got it. That was very smart, Josh. You knew that they come in without shoes, so there was no way for them to escape, else they could have simply worked their way out of their shoes and run away!”
“Help us! Will you two stop talking and pull us out of this!” screamed the boys, trying to pull themselves out of the sticky floor.
Josh got a scalpel and scrapped the glue off their feet. The two boys fell down, their feet still covered with glue.
“Shame on you both! Why do you steal? Don’t you know that stealing is wrong?” screamed Martha.
The boys started crying. “We come from a very poor family. Our father is a florist and sells flowers at the end of this street. He lured us into stealing your roses so that he could sell them and make money! Father threatened to get us out of school if we did not.”
“That is so wrong. I understand you need the money, but then there are better ways to earn it. Will you work for me?” asked Martha.
The boys looked at each other not knowing what Martha meant.
“Look, all you need to do is help me in my garden and take care of my roses for me, once every week. I will give you two dollars each.”
Their eyes gleamed in happiness. 16 dollars a month meant more money than what their father made from the stolen roses. They would not have to steal any more!
That night at the dinner table the Robbins family laughed at the entire episode. Suddenly, Steve inquired, “Does any of you know where the glue from my carpentry tool kit is? It’s missing!”
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"May be it was the crow…Nah…couldn’t be. The crow would not be able to do such a fine job of plucking the roses along with the stems.” Okay -just my opinion but this woman sounds like she is from the Deep South from her slang and you didn't reference that... I love you sense of verbalizing everthing that is happening. Keep up the good work! D G Wiliford " -- D G Williford.
"@ Williford - Thanks for your observation and feedback. Will help to improvise - Vaishali" -- Vaishali Shroff, India.
"I think the plot is a good one for 4 to 7 year olds. Editing is quite sleek, no nonsense, but Martha's sadness and Josh's drive from within to find the thief could have been painted a little more vividly. Also, I think a more amusing (a little more intriguing) plot would have widened the reader group. But what we have here is good for the child readers. Liked it." -- Sarang Mahajan, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India.
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