About a week passed without excitement. After the high of figuring out the closet deal, the low of nothing happening moved in. Abby was still being Abby. She wasn’t talking to Ben. This was fine with Ethan, he was making plans for starting a retirement fund.
Although Mia was impressed when Ethan told her about his closet sleuthing, she was still convinced Ben was guilty. He did play hockey, you know.
“I bet he just set that stuff up himself. Why do you think he didn’t let you examine the closet the first night you went over there? Because he had to set it up right. He’s playing you,” Mia said confidently.
“Whatever. I couldn’t go in there because the neighbors were home.”
“Were they? Did you see them?” Mia asked.
“Uh, yeah, actually. I heard them anyway.”
“Exactly, you never saw them.”
“You’re weird,” Ethan said. “Why do you want Ben to be guilty so badly?”
“Well, first of all, I would get $20 from you. Secondly, how funny is it that when Abby finally gets a boyfriend, he turns out to be on drugs! I mean, any guy that would go out with her, there has to be something wrong, am I right?” Mia said laughing.
Ethan laughed. It was kind of funny. “Yeah, even if I lose $20,” Ethan said. “It would be worth it if for the rest of our lives, we could make fun of her for dating a druggy. In fact, I’m pretty sure we’re going to do that anyway.” Ethan held out a fist and Mia gave him “knucks.”
Right then they were interrupted by a text on Ethan’s iPad. “I got a text.” Ethan said with some surprise.
“What? Who would text you?” Mia asked.
“It’s Ben.” Ethan paused to read the text. “He wants me to send him my email address so he can send me a video of the camera we set up! This could be it! My detective work might be paying off! Get your $20 ready Mia!”
Ethan typed in his email address and sent it to Ben. Then he broke into song.
Aint got no smarts, aint got no time,
Send the case to Ethan
And he’ll solve the crime!