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Barry Grant
Barry Grant
Old Shoe

Jan-20-2007 21:03

The New York Times
All the news that's fit to print

by Breit Katherine Pfeiffer Adams

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Police investigators believe they have discovered the whereabouts of missing detective, Barry Grant. Grant was reported missing three days about by a friend of his, Rebecca Franks. "I was supposed to meet him at Big Lucy's that night but he never showed."

Grant, Global Sleuth Syndicate Ambassador from Shanghai, had been working at the Blue Pagoda Agency on a Good Will mission at the time of his disappearance. "He was becoming a much relied upon detective." Lady jasNmushu, a Director at Blue Pagoda Agency, said of the missing detective.

Police have reason to believe that Grant was abducted by operatives from HYDRA while on his way to Big Lucy's. "I was meeting him at the corner of Eleventh Avenue and 42nd Street that night." recounted a teary-eyed divorcee Mrs. Franks. "He never showed."

Chief Inspector James Mulligan was able to determine the last place Grant was seen. "Cyrus Tibby recalls serving Mr. Grant a Tom Collins around 7 pm that night. After that, Mr. Grant left the premises and that was the last anyone had seen of him."

This reporter secured an interview with the elusive Larry the Toe. "I don't know anything about that." was his response to all my questions.

There was a break in the investigation when a shady character finally stepped forward to reveal he saw a tall man with a hat being forced into a car. This shady character, who prefers to remain anonymous, was unable to make out the license plate number but he recognized the car and the man doing the abducting. "I've seen that happen before. Same guy. Same car."

Policed will not disclose any more details for fear it could put Mr. Grant's life in jeopardy. Chief Inspector Mulligan's final word: "We don't want to lose any more detectives to that fiendish group."


Pearl Diver
Pearl Diver

Feb-2-2007 23:12

Pearl was taking a walk after lunch like she always does. She usually takes the same route which takes her exactly 20 minutes around and back however this time she took a different route and found something. "Ooo! A violet scarf! This will go great with my paisley dress." Pearl looked around trying to see if anyone was looking for a scarf. She didn't see anyone so she pocketed the scarf and kept going.

Sleuthgirl Ciara
Sleuthgirl Ciara

Feb-2-2007 23:20

eww i would make my mom wash something I fownd on the roads before I wore it.

Sleuthgirl ciara is listening on her ipod so she doesn't notice it. But there was one of those fat ladies teht sell pepple meat across the street, so she asked her to talk

Barry Grant
Barry Grant
Old Shoe

Feb-3-2007 08:58

Barry awoke troubled. He fell asleep thinking about Andrea but woke up from a disturbing dream involving Violet Parr. In his dream, she was in danger and there was nothing he could do to help her. Barry sat up to shake the feeling. He wasn't sure why he dreamt she was in danger when she was warning him about the danger he's in.

He contemplated Miss Parr's visit. He was very impressed with her ability to get in undetected. He remembered her sudden appearance at his door and he was curious about what she was hiding under that violet scarf on her head. He remembered how self-confident she seemed with a hint of delicateness that showed in her eyes.

He spent the better part of the morning trying to recall where he may have met her in the past and he found it to be not an entirely unpleasant experience.

Amber Leigh
Amber Leigh

Feb-3-2007 11:49

Meanwhile, back at The Closers in Amber Leigh's office...

Prissy, Director Rhiemma Moon’s pet cougar, was lying next to Amber’s desk relaxing. Rhie had insisted that the cat stay with Amber for protection.

Amber sat at her desk reading the case file for the sixth time. She couldn’t concentrate. Amber kept thinking about Officer Grant and how he almost died because of her.

The thought sent a shiver down her spine.

Barry was in the hospital because of her stupid choices.

Amber flung the file across the room. “It’s all my fault.” She mumbled to herself.

Prissy quickly rose on all four legs and began looking around.

“Easy girl.” Amber spoke softly, “It’s just me.”

Amber reached over and stroked the cat’s head. “I just feel awful about Mr. Grant and I don’t know what to do.”

She wanted to go see him and make sure he was ok but she didn’t want to risk being followed. Besides, she was told not to go anywhere alone and she doubted the hospital would let Prissy in with her.

Amber shoved the pile of cases to the corner of her desk. “I can’t focus on these right now.” She thought to herself. “I need to let Mr. Grant know how deeply sorry I am, but how?”

With tears in her eyes, Amber decides to send a telegram.




Barry Grant
Barry Grant
Old Shoe

Feb-3-2007 12:02

Barry had fallen asleep yet again however this time his dream had Violet Parr in it but she was not in danger. It was getting a bit interesting when he was awoken by a knock at the door.

"Come in."

A nurse came in carrying a tray of food and set it beside his bed. "Mr. Grant, a telegram arrived for you." she said and handed it to him. "If you need anything, just buzz." Having completing her duties here, she left.

Barry opened the telegram and began to smile. He thought it was very nice of Ms. Leigh to send that telegram and she should not feel so guilty. It's become apparent that this situation is bigger than her and Jake.

Barry put the telegram on the side table and pulled the food towards him. He began to eat and was starting to yearn for anything but hospital food. "Maybe I'll ask Andrea to sneak a hot dog in here or something." he thought as he took a bite of the near tasteless meatloaf.


Feb-3-2007 12:18

Andrea knocked on the door and entered the hospital room. Barry looked a great deal perkier today. She saw he was eating the hospital food and enjoying it not one bit.

"Hello Barry!" - she said, swooping down to give him a quick kiss - "That looks absolutely terrible. I think I have something here that might cheer you up"

"Hello Andrea!" - he said - "Yes, this is awful. You have something for me?"

"I had my friend Serges bake you one of his famous lasagnas" - she told him - "Maybe you will prefer this over that mushy meatloaf?"

He barely nodded before he started attacking the lasagna with obvious gusto. Andrea sat next to him and noticed a piece of paper on the bedstand.

"What is this?"- she asked

Barry Grant
Barry Grant
Old Shoe

Feb-3-2007 12:23

Barry had a mouthful of lasagna when he turned to look at what Andrea was talking about. He chewed and swallowed quickly and said, "Oh, a telegram came from Amber Leigh. She's feeling a little bad about everything. I'm going to respond to her and tell her not to worry about it."

Barry was going to go on to say he was going to tell Amber that the problem is bigger than everyone thought and she couldn't be made to blame when Andrea interrupted him.


Feb-3-2007 12:29

"Come again??" - her were flashing in anger again - "You are going to tell her not to worry about it? Barry, they must have knocked your head worse than I previously though!"

"Andrea, sweatheart..." - Barry tried to calm her down.

"If it wouldn't have been for her and her silly fling, none of this would have happened! You would be back at Closers and maybe I would not be stuck here instead of doing my JOB!" - she was furiously pacing the room.

"Andrea...I.." - Barry tried one more time.

"NO!" - she said - "If you think this is no big deal, THINK AGAIN!"

She stood up and started making her way to the door.

Barry Grant
Barry Grant
Old Shoe

Feb-3-2007 12:44

Barry started getting annoyed. He's had this conversation with Andrea before. She knows Amber was young. She knows she was in love. He could not believe she could not understand how that affects a person. Barry said firmly, "ANDREA." which made her stop but she didn't turn around. Barry could see she was shaking but wasn't sure if it was from anger or fear.

He took the food off his lap and placed it on the side table. He then carefully swung his legs over the edge of the bed and, like he did the day before, stood up. He walked over to her and put his hands on her shoulders and bent down a bit to put his mouth very close to her ear and whispered. "I'm OK. I'm not in any danger now. There's no sense in blaming anyone for anything. Things happen and some are not controllable." He could smell her perfume and it was as intoxicating as ever. He took a deep breath and continued.

"I don't want you to feel like you're stuck here. I would never ask you to give up your job for me, you know that. If you want to go back to London then please do. I'll be fine. I'm under the best care here." He began to turn her around...


Feb-3-2007 12:54

Andrea stiffened and would not let him turn her. She did not want him to see her angry tears. She wiped them off, took a deep breath, and tried to relax.

She finally turned around and looked at him. Seeing all those bruises and stitches brought it all back and she almost started crying again, but she mustered some control and held it back.

"Barry, I understand. What is done is done. I know there is no sense in being mad at anyone anymore. It is over and you are safe. At least for now." -she said as she took his hands in hers.

"I came here because I thought you needed me. I see now that you are fine and will probably be released soon. I think I am going to head back to London now"

Barry's dissappointment was palpable.

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