Who Did It? by Maria Alvarado
2015 Magic Town Literary Contest. 2nd Place: Age 6-10
Age 10. Stratton Meadows Elementary School. Teacher: Sarah Miller, 5th Grade
Just as I woke up, I heard a knock at the door. “Huh, it’s 7:30 and someone was knocking at the door?” I thought. On my way to see who was knocking, I heard my sister yelling at my brother. He was probably stealing her valuables again. “Why do you always do this?” she asked angrily. Now, I do not think my brother thinks of himself as a thief like my sister does, but in my opinion, he is one.
By the time I made it to the door, it was already 7:35. Once I answered the door, I saw Michael Garman.
“What are you doing here?” Do you want to come in?” I asked. I let Michael in, and he requested to see Maria Alvarado. After I told him that I was Maria, he asked if I was the mystery solver.
Before we go on, I would like to explain. When I was 10 years of age, I started a mystery solving company. Now I am 12 years old with almost zero customers.
“Yes, how can I help you?” I responded confidently. In a very gloomy voice, he told me that Sally, one of his employees, had been reported missing. Sally and I had known each other for a long time. She moved into the apartment next to mine three years ago. The news was very shocking.
Once I heard the news, I promised Michael that I would find out what was going on. He left right after telling me “thank you” and giving me his phone number. I told my mom what had happened, and she said I could look around town to see what I could find.
First, I went to the dentist office. On my way to the office, I saw dogs, homeless men, and that crazy man on his balcony in a swimsuit, cowboy boots, and a cowboy buckle. The moment I made it to the dentist office, Dr. Leroy was leaving. He told me he was doing bowling, but I do not think he had a bowling bag. In the inside of his office, there was a sharp tool that has a red tint.
Sally’s case needed to be solved. I kept going around town to look for more clues. As soon as I decided I had enough clues, I wrote them all down on a piece of paper. My paper read:
Tool with red tint, red blots, and the window washer’s outfit at the theater.
I went back to the dentist office, and saw Dr. Leroy. He confused me because it was only 12 o’clock, and he had said that on Saturdays he bowled until 4:00. Dr. Leroy said he had something super-important to get done, so he had to leave early. As I looked around his office, I saw his coat had red smudges on it, and the red tinted tool was in the trashcan. “Hmmm,” I thought to myself.
Soon enough, I realized that Dr. Leroy killed Sally. I called Michael Garman immediately. Michael called the police. You could hear sirens from a mile away. When the officers got to the dentist office, Dr. Leroy confessed. Dr. Leroy told the officers that he did it because Michael Garman had hired Sally, and he did not get the job.
Obviously, the police officers put the dirty dentist in prison. Afterwards my idea of Dr. Leroy was never the same.