Right my dear I need to start off by saying that Mrs. M isn’t here. I didn’t choose the title just to grab the headlines – it isn’t “fake news”. Mrs. M is missing from her apartment and I really don’t know where she is – I don’t exactly know when she ‘went’, but I suspect it was early yesterday afternoon.
If you remember I had arranged for Mrs. M and Teddy to come for afternoon tea (well, a pot of tea and a slice of cake). I didn’t have the time or inclination to make tiny sandwiches. I’ve already told you about my perambulations yesterday morning from the library to the coffee shop, where I bumped into Giselle, and then I came back here, in time for a little snack. Pardon! – oh right, you want to know what I had for my lunch. Well I kept it simple as I knew I was a little later than I expected, so I just had poached egg on toast. Yes it was lovely, before you ask!
I had arranged for Teddy to arrive a little earlier than Mrs. M so we could catch-up on what was happening. Sure enough, Teddy arrived. No she didn’t bring Harry although I would have loved to see him again, but we had decided that he may prove to be something of a distraction, seeing that we wanted to find out Mrs. M’s involvement with these crimes. Why did she receive so many texts? Why did someone knock her down and was it supposed to be me? I also wanted to know about the phone conversation which I overheard on a visit to the bathroom when she seemed upset “because nobody was supposed to get hurt”.
Yes Teddy arrived and we had a cup of tea and some little tarts I collected when I was at the coffee shop. I knew that G had baked them, and although she will be bringing some cakes and buns here in a couple of days I actually needed some sweet treats now as I really do enjoy them with my afternoon cup of tea.
Mrs. M had said she would be round at 3pm and she’s normally punctual which pleases me. I can’t abide folk being tardy, particularly when they have an appointment. I do feel that it’s bad manners to arrive “fashionably late”. There’s no such thing – you are early, punctual or late!
At around 3.15pm I rang Mrs. M just to make sure she hadn’t dozed off – yes, we can all do that, especially after lunch or dinner. However, her mobile appeared to be switched off, which was extremely unusual as I don’t think she ever uses that option. Her phone is switched on at all times as is mine – it’s really useful to be able to ring someone if you ever take a tumble.
Teddy decided to pop round to Mrs. M’s just in case she had hurt herself. I gave her my spare key so that she would be able to let herself in after shouting through the letterbox. A few minutes later my mobile rang and it was Teddy who asked if I could go down there as she wanted to show me something.
A couple of minutes later I arrived at Mrs. M’s apartment. Teddy had left the door ajar for me so I called out to her and she came to meet me. Teddy asked me to look round the apartment. Mrs. M’s clothes were strewn all over the bedroom floor and it looked as though her suitcase had just been emptied everywhere.
Now Mrs. M isn’t the neatest of people but I could tell that this wasn’t just her usual untidiness. I went into the bathroom and her shampoo and shower gel had been emptied into the washbasin. There was a gooey mess of colours in the washbasin and also poured down the toilet pan. Wonderful, that’s going to take ages to clear up.
However, that wasn’t the problem. Mrs. M wasn’t there. Now I know what you’re going to say – she could have forgotten that she was coming to see me. I do appreciate that, but there was no way in which Mrs. M would leave her apartment in such a state. She may be untidy, but this was beyond that description.
I’m really sorry but this has definitely upset me. I know that Mrs. M is involved in something and I am connected to it. Teddy looked round in case she could see Mrs. M’s phone but it wasn’t there and it was still switched off.
We decided to lock Mrs. M’s doors and we went back to my flat. Teddy said that she was going back to regional police headquarters and would have a chat with one of the guys in CID and then she’ll ring me later.
I really don’t know what has happened to Mrs. M. Yes, there is the possibility that she had gone out, or away for a few days, but I don’t believe that as her suitcase was still there in her bedroom. I’m going to leave you now, but I thought you’d like to know the current situation. As soon as I hear anything at all I will let you know. As Always –
With Love – Jan xx