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Cape Adventures Part Four
Published Apr 26, 2011


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Moe ran as fast as he could towards the chateau. He was sure that the answer to his mysterious adventure would be found inside its walls. If he could just get in touch with Francois Lambert, Moe thought, but the Frenchman had also vanished and the police were on the lookout for any sign of him.
When Moe reached the chateau he was able to slip inside using the skeleton key Francois had given him so he could use the bathroom facilities on the ground floor of the house. Moe had never gone any further inside than that and so it was with some trepidation he began to look around inside the huge building.

Moe ran as fast as he could towards the chateau. He was sure that the answer to his mysterious adventure would be found inside its walls. If he could just get in touch with Francois Lambert, Moe thought, but the Frenchman had also vanished and the police were on the lookout for any sign of him.
When Moe reached the chateau he was able to slip inside using the skeleton key Francois had given him so he could use the bathroom facilities on the ground floor of the house. Moe had never gone any further inside than that and so it was with some trepidation he began to look around inside the huge building.
Down in the wine cellar Moe found evidence that there had been someone else in the chateau after he had locked up the last time. There were footsteps in the dust and signs that something on one of the walls had been disturbed.
He paused for a moment, did he want to risk getting trapped underground again, especially when he still hadn't been in touch with Grayson to let him know he was okay and would be coming home soon?
As he was pondering on what to do next, Moe noticed a niche in the wall he hadn't spotted originally as it was partially hidden next to a shelving unit. Inside was another book.
Gingerly he drew the book out and went back through into the Butler's Pantry to sit down and examine his discovery. It was another diary, this one had been written by Monique's Lady's Maid, a woman called Marie.
Rapidly turning the pages, Moe found his explanation for the tragic outcome of Francois and Monique's love story. It seemed Marie had been paid by a man called Javier Foulk to intercept the letters between the lovers. He was Monique's guardian, a miserable young man who stood to inherit all of her wealth if she died unmarried. His father had been a great friend of Monique's father, Marie had written, but unfortunately his son had not had the same strength of character.
Marie herself had been seduced by Javier and had fallen pregnant. He had promised he would marry her if she helped him discredit Francois so that Monique wouldn't marry him.
Moe wiped at his eyes as he continued to read the tale of woe for, true to form, Javier had proved a liar and Marie had been shamed as an unwed mother. Monique had vanished before Marie had been able to tell her the truth and Francois left the country shortly after and so the involvement of Javier had never been discovered.
Moe drove back into Champ Les Sims to visit the local Gendarmerie and to hand over both the diaries. He hoped they would be able to investigate further and clear up the mysterious disappearance of Monique and lay her ghost to rest. He also hoped that poor Marie was at peace knowing that the authorities would be doing their utmost to find Javier and bring him to justice.
As for him, he was going to catch the next flight back to the Cape and home to Grayson and Violetta.
Grayson thought he was going mad. He couldn't understand where Moe was when he'd been seen in Champs Les Sims but still hadn't returned home. He'd taken to visiting the local cemetery where he sobbed his heart out night after night as their regular babysitter looked after Violetta.
Eventually Aeisha and Morgan Inkbeard brought him to his senses by pointing out that Violetta already had one Dad missing and that Grayson's actions were causing her to miss out on more fatherly affection as he spiralled into the depths of despair.
Moe was waiting at the airport for his flight home. He'd popped into the cafe to get something to eat when he was approached by a woman he thought he'd seen before at the Nectary in the company of a photographer.
She asked if he was Moe Pesce and if he was responsible for creating the beautiful garden at the old chateau in Champs Les Sims. When Moe confirmed he was the landscape gardener, she revealed her name as Suzie Clapper, a journalist employed by the glossy magazine Lifestyle Now and that her employers wished to add him to their books as their gardening expert for an extortionate sum of money as a retainer.
Grayson was reading, Violetta was upstairs asleep and life had settled into something of a routine when his phone rang. Glancing at the caller ID Gray let out a shriek, it was Moe's number displaying on the screen.
Quickly he answered the call and heard the voice of his beloved on the other end telling him not to worry he was about to catch a flight home from Champs Les Sims and Grayson simply wouldn't believe the story he had to tell him when he got back.
When Moe got home Grayson was painting, as he usually was once Violetta was safely tucked up in bed. He heard a soft sound behind him and, turning, was back in the arms of the love of his life.
Tears poured down both men's faces as they clung to each other, incoherent words of endearment floating off onto the night air.
It was a long night as they stayed up well into the early hours, Moe explaining everything that had happened to him while he was away and Grayson updating him on Violetta's development.
Moe couldn't wait to see his daughter and as soon as it was late enough, he went into her bedroom to wake her up. Violetta was too small to articulate her joy at her Daddy's return, but she threw her arms around Moe's neck and wouldn't let go.
It was a joyful family which settled down to breakfast, Grayson kept holding Moe's hand as if he expected him to disappear again and Violetta was chattering away in her own baby talk and life settled back down into a comfortable routine.

Fate smiled as she had one final hand to play and this one would be a wild card.

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#1Midnight222Apr 27, 2011

Great to catch up with this family again but I have to say way too short and way too long between the previous chapter and this one. I love your writing style and I am looking forward to the next chapter. \:rah\:

#2FlatterApr 27, 2011

Lots of strange happenings and lots of open questions. Why didn't Moe call Grayson immediately after leaving the underground? He should care more for the feelings of his lover than spending the next hours with reading! Why is the chateau deserted again? And why are there so many diaries lying around (and why did Marie leave her diary when she left)? The story gets more interesting with each chapter!

#3emilymarie0201Apr 27, 2011

I'm so glad you wrote another chapter! I wish it wasn't so short though \:\( I hope you updated sooner rather than later! \:\)

#4fredbrennyApr 27, 2011

\:rah\: Thanks for another upload! Have to agree with Kaz and Em...too short \:\) I'd LOVE to read more about this family. And yes... like Flatter mentions.... why are all these very personal diaries everywhere? \:P Beautiful screenies too. Hurry up with the next part!!! \:wub\:

#5spladoumApr 27, 2011

This is one of those chapters that raises significantly more questions than it answers.  I wonder if we'll ever really know the whole truth of this mystery ...

#6MangioMay 4, 2011

Congrats on the feature \:rah\: Wish the story was a tad longer.. The mystery is such a suspense.. Violet is so cute \:wub\: Can't wait for more

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