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Where’s the house detective? They’re gone again and I need a detective! Someone is sabotaging my automation here. I found a robot with its wire cut. Kingston wouldn’t do that even if he knew how. Someone had to reach in with a knife or something and cut the wire(s). What would Jim or Pete do in this situation?
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Robot vacuum cleaners do get beat up, but not torn up -
I know the McWeeny’s don’t like me. They moved in a few months ago. I’m not sure why. There’s 3 kids. Kevin is my age but we hardly talk. Maybe he thinks I’m just another rich, spoiled kid here. But I have school, projects and chores. One of them is to keep the robot vacuums in good working shape and on the move at night. They really help the staff Neil Richenbach told me. Last night I went into the Wythe parlor and Leroy was just spinning around and whining. Poor thing. I grabbed him, turned him off, then over and saw the green wire cut. It didn’t run into anything for that to happen. Jim and Pete have taught me to observe and think logical. The wire is clean cut, like someone used a scissors. Very clever to cut the green wire. That’s one of the logic wires. - I brought Leroy upstairs to my work bench and soldered it back while recharging its battery. I thought about who might have been in there but the house is so big, anyone of the McWeeny brats could have come in, grabbed Leroy and do the damage. Several of the wires are slightly exposed, the power wires are hidden. After I modified them to get around corners better, I bunched up some of the wires with electrical tape and stuffed them back as best I could without scrapping them. It wouldn’t be too difficult to take a thin pair of scissors and just snap one or more them.
I set Leroy back in the room and off he went. With time to think about it. The Admiral took Kingston yesterday. He’s my assistant spy and wears a “Kingston cam.” I do have some cameras around but forgot which rooms I left them in. I remember when Pete first met me and found a camera I had aimed at Jim’s door. I can’t believe how fast they figured out I was a spy. When Pete came to the estate, he came spying too…
I nodded and Pete went on, lowering his voice. “I mentioned there were two video cameras in the main library, but only one was placed by the hired team. The one in the clock was a Davia-cam. I left it there and swap out the thumb drive every day.”
It’s a good thing Pete is covering my back, I thought, assuming that Thurston and Henry had three cameras going.
“The other camera I found upstairs is in your room, aimed at the door. Right after breakfast, I’ll go up and play it back to see who else may be entering your room. I’m sure Davia is looking around for her other camera.”
I laughed, just thinking about her antics. “She must have a pretty good spy budget, Pete, and the knowledge to use them. Keep the tools handy. I’m glad you can hold her mischief about the computer over her head.” Still thinking about her, I said, “I wouldn’t doubt that she found the diamond either, Pete, and perhaps hiding it on us.”
He didn’t know the half of it at the time…
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The Next Act
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