There’s a girl here to see you, Sam. Says her name is Li’l Cindi.
Li'l Cindi? What kind of a name is Li'l Cindi for crying out loud.
She a customer? He asked.
I guess so, replied Effie you’ll want to see her anyway. She’s a knockout.
Well, let her in, and close the door behind you.
Li’l Cindi was ushered into the room and made her way to the large leather chair directly across from Sam’s desk. She climbed up into the chair and arranged her skirt about her. She removed a Little Bo Peep hankie from her small pink Hello Kitty purse. Her patent leather Mary Jane’s gleamed, and the morning sun caught on her little blonde sausage curls, reminding Spade that he hadn’t had lunch yet.
Sam smiled politely. What can I do for you Miss? He asked.
Well, I uhm. It’s just that. Uh well I thought maybe you could…
Just spit it out, Honey. I’m here to help you. Start from the beginning and tell me what’s on your mind.
Li’l Cindi removed a picture from her purse and pushed it across the desk.
The Missing Maltese Sapphire
Sam’s eyes widened at the site of a gem in the grainy photograph. A large orangey, peachy, pinkish oval gem. What’s this he asked?
It’s a sapphire, replied Li’l Cindi, dabbing at the corners of her blue eyes. The Maltese Sapphire. It’s mine! I took… I mean borrowed it while I was on a cruise with Lavinia last summer. It belonged Prince Filbert of North Umberton Bobshire Peet. He let me hold it, and then he drank a buncha martini’s with his friends and forgot I had it so I put it in my ballerina jewelry box. But then it disappeared while I was on deck singing “Dancing Queen" at the karaoke contest. Which I woulda won if Janeen hadn’t been there. She sang "Muskrat Love" with her hair all Toni Tennille looking and stuff. And when I went back to my stateroom the box was empty.
Well, what happened next, asked Spade.
Well, that time we had Sherlock Holmes look for it and Stevie the Wren admitted to having it. She said she’d mail it right back to me and she did! It came in a Cracker Jack box, which was a good idea because who’d ever think the prize wouldn’t be just a stupid tattoo or something. So I put it back in my Jewelry box and this time I put a big rubber band around the box.
So, waddya need me for, kid? If you got it back okay and all.
Well, Mister Spade, I was going to take it with me to my friend Kat’s house so we could play and stuff, but it’s gone again! The box is empty. It’s gone! And the Prince sobered up and remembered I had his sapphire. He called me this morning and told me I had better cough the thing up or he’s going to take me to Sea World and throw me into the shark tank. Said he’d be in town tomorrow night. She dabbed at her eyes again with that stupid hankie.
You came to the right place, Little Lady. I’m pretty sure I can shake that rock out of it’s hiding place. Any idea who mighta snagged it, missy?
Well…… there’s a coupla of people – they were all on the cruise and they know I have… I mean had it….
Here’s some paper and a pencil. I gotta go out for a few minutes, so you just sit here and write out a list. You can write, can’t you? Better yet, go out and sit with Effie – have her type it up for you.
When Sam returned from a lunch of sausages Li’l Cindi was gone.
Effie just shrugged and said, She didn’t say. Just said she was going to do some checking around. Here’s the list. She sure runs with some characters! She says it could be any one of these. They all come over for tea parties and play hopscotch and jacks and stuff she said. They like to play hide n’ seek and make her be it, so everyone had plenty of opportunity to snatch it.
Spade shook his head in disbelief as he read the long list:
Bibi the Yank
I ain't gonna do this without a reward, ya know.
Spade needs your help finding that Maltese Sapphire.
Check the suspects. See what you can come up with.
It’s probably out there in plain sight somewhere.
We’re offering a reward.
In order to collect the reward you must:
1) Find the sapphire
2) Comment on this post with the location of the sapphire AT 8:00 PM EST on Wednesday the 28th
3) The reward will go to one of the first 7 bloggers to reply after 8:00 PM EST with the correct information. The winner will be chosen in a random drawing among the first 7 correct replies.
Reward: An Amusing handmade bracelet and earrings made with iolite, pearls, tourmaline, garnets sodalite and silver.