All this morning, a wriggling worm of doubt has been digging around in my head.
Take a pen. Standard, blue Reynolds with a white body and blue cap. You can have lost the cap a week ago for authenticity, because nobody in the real world owns Reynolds pens with their caps on. Except may be shop owners. Don’t bother with red pens, only strict teachers own those kinds. The black pens, well you and I both know the kind that writes with black pens, right?
Find a piece of paper. Personally, I prefer ruled paper without margins, preferably in a spiral pad notebook. The very kind you were never allowed to take to school, yes. If it’s paper that’s torn out of a notebook or even A4 sized paper that was lying around your table that you don’t really know anything about may be it used to be an airplane ticket may be it used to be something else it’s not consequential not really anyhow, it doesn’t matter.
Now write on it.
That’s the first pit stop. Think carefully. It’s always tricky to find something neutral to say, in case someone peeks into your notebook tomorrow and judges your innermost thoughts and psyche from it.
It’s even trickier if you get swallowed by a time warp or the monster living behind your book shelf, and nobody wants to admit that these things happen in the real world, so they pretend mundane things like ‘she ran away’ or ‘she’s caught in a mystery novel.’ So they peek in your notebook for clues.
“Okay”, they’ll say. “Clearly it has something to do with the poster in her room. Check it for something that’s strange, no? Apart from the barefoot guy in the suit? Oh wait! She’s a Beatles fan, may be there’s a bigger clue in that. Colonel Mustard with a silver hammer in the kitchen? Nah, that was just Cluedo.”
“Wait, that’s useless,” they’ll think. “It’s just her name. Perhaps she was doodling in her notebook before the mysterious event occurred. It seems to me like it’s not pertinent to this
story investigation.” But they’ll be wrong. You know this now, so I hope you’re thinking carefully about what you’re about to write on the previously irrelevant piece of paper you’re holding on to right now.
‘Gatorade Sports Drink for Sports People Who Can Drink Fancy Sports Drinks’
“Check the bottle on the table! May be that green drink is poisonous! May be the mystery shrouded individual responsible added something to it!” They squeal these things in the tone of excitement in one’s head as one is reading mystery novels which are making headway into the investigation. They might be right, of course, but not in the way they think they are. Because, you see, green drinks are terribly wily indicators of something strange and suspicious, especially when monsters in bottom drawers in kitchens are concerned.
‘Raju is a good boy.’
“AHA!” Now they think they know who it is. Needless to say, um, it’s needless to say.
‘I love chocolate.’
“Wait, what? Does the bar of blue exotic looking chocolate have anything to do with this
story investigation? Because I just ate it!”
HAHA, thinks the monster making a slurpy noise with its lips and tongue.
Chocolate works, everytime.