20 April 2018

Whitherville episode 1 - The theft

A doll story in 17 episodes.

Main characters overview: click here.

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From Emmanuelle Valentine's notebook:
"A lot happened all at once in Whitherville that week... Who could have imagined that our quiet village harbored so many secrets? I sure couldn't have! It all started with a burglary..."

Saturday, March 2, 10h17

There has been a break-in in the residence of Eve and Tia LaSalle. The investigation team has just left and detectives Marc Van Steen and Natalie McGovern are busy with their interrogations.


Tia: "On the list I gave you, you can find all the names of the employees of the Domain. A lot of freelancers and students work here occasionally, so it's a long list. The other is a list of our missing jewelry. The safe is empty, apart from some personal papers."

Detective Van Steen: "Are you sure nothing else is missing, Miss LaSalle?"

Tia: "Yes, I'm positive."


Detective McGovern: "Is that a real Grippengrouser there, above your couch? Very impressive, they are almost impossible to come by!"

Tia: "Yes detective, it is. You're obviously an art connoisseur, so you probably know what it's worth."

Detective McGovern, approaching the painting: "... Are you sure it's not a copy? I mean, the paint looks so... fresh! And... it even smells like it's just painted!"


Tia, taking a closer look at the painting: "Please, detective, of course it's not a... copy!?! Oh no! No no nooo! Eve!!! Come here, now! Oh dear, I'm going to faint!"


Eve: "Tia! What happened? Why is my sister unconscious? Detectives, do something!"

The doorbell rings. The housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson, leaves the room to answer te door.

Nat helps Marc to put Tia on the couch.



Marc: "Keep her legs up as high as possible."

Nat: "Nice shoes!"



Mrs. Hudson introduces the guest.

Eve: "Oh, father Kyle... Nolan is it? Nice to meet you, I hope you're settling in alright at the vicarage? I'm sorry, but we will have to make another appointment to talk about your first charity event. We've been robbed and everything is a bit chaotic here as you will understand. I'll call you as soon as possible."


Eve pauses for a few seconds, looks deep into father Kyle's eyes, and continues: "You're very attractive for a priest!"

Father Kyle: "Uuuh... Nice to meet you too, and," clearing his throat, "uhhuumm... thank you..."

Mrs. Hudson abruptly interrupts the conversation. "... Miss Eve!!! I'll show the father out now shall I?"



She takes father Kyle by the arm and walks with him to the front door.

Meanwhile Tia has regained consciousness again. She informs Eve about the painting while Van Steen talks to mrs. Hudson.


Van Steen: "So you didn't hear anything last night mrs. Hudson?"

Mrs. Hudson: "No, no I didn't, I take a sleeping pill every night you see! If a horde of elephants would break into my bedroom, I'd sleep right through it! I'm sorry detective..."

Van Steen: "All the doors were locked? You're sure of that?"

Mrs. Hudson: "Yes... No... I mean I think so! Oh, I'm confused..."

Van Steen: "It's fine mrs. Hudson, thank you for your statement. We'll go into the details later at the police station, when you've calmed down."

Mrs. Hudson goes to the kitchen to get refreshments for everyone.

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Nat McGovern: "So, to sum it up, the misses LaSalle and mrs. Hudson were sound asleep, Lilly Sapphire was in the guesthouse, and nobody heard a thing. There's no sign of a break-in, the burglars presumably got in through an open window of the ballroom. The question is, how did they get in here, and how were they able to empty the safe, steal the Grippengrouser ànd replace it with a forgery and walk out again? We'll figure it out, don't worry. Does anybody else have a key to your apartment? Does Lilly have a one?"

Tia: "Mrs. Hudson obviously has a key because she lives here, Forbes, the janitor also has one, Lorraine, our personal shopper, Fee, the dog walker, our stylist Aurelio, Lu Ang, our Zagee-Zen therapist, Alan, my personal trainer, Keith, Eve's personal trainer ... Who am I forgetting Eve... Oh yes, of course, Lilly obviously has one too, she is our personal assistant. Eve, where is she by the way?"

Nat rolls her eyes. Marc tries to hide that he's laughing and coughs.

Eve: "She's picking up some groceries and... other things for me in Main Street."

Tia, agitated: "And that couldn't wait, could it?! We're in a crisis here, and for all we know she could be involved in the robbery! Oh, the Grippengrouser, I can't believe it!"

Tia turns chalk white again.

Eve: "Tia, please don't faint again! Detectives, if that is all? My sister needs to rest now and I have to go check on the horses."

Nat: "Yes, of course. Here's my card. Let miss Sapphire contact us as soon as possible please. And it's very important that we need the names of every single person who has a key! Good day." She mumbles: "Or a list of who doesn't, that'll be probably a shorter one!"

Mrs. Hudson shows the detectives out.



To be continued...

48 comments:

  1. Intrygująca powieść! Bardzo podobają mi się wszystkie inscenizacje! Włożyłaś w to dużo pracy!
    Ciekawa jestem dalszego ciągu... :-)

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    1. Witam Olla, cieszę się to podoba! To dużo pracy, ale jest to świetna zabawa, aby zrobić:-). Mam nadzieję, że będzie jak rozwój, wiele będzie się działo:-). Serdeczne pozdrowienia!

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  2. At last! :D:D:D

    Great beginning. Very intriguing... :) Photo with fainted Tia - the best! :) But other photos are great too. :) I love how you pose all the characters.

    Diorama looks wonderful, I love the sofa (I know I already said that). And all the details.

    I can't wait for another episode! :)

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    1. Hello Kamelia, thank you so much for your feedback, I'm glad you like it! I admit that I had much fun with the fainted Tia, and with posing her that way :-). This diorama is half the room, the other half will be shown in another episode.
      A lot is still to happen, I hope you'll like the developments!

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  3. Everyone looks so glamorous!

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    1. Hello Sheila, the twin sisters never are not glamorous lol!

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  4. The LaSalle sisters want their Grippengrouser Back!!!

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  5. Hi Linda!
    Wonderful story, quite amusing too, made me giggle a little. :) You made a great diorama and I notice you used your recent gift (kiss for hubby) it definitely looks like it belongs there in that apartment. I shall look forward to the next instalment.
    Hugs,
    X

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    1. Hello Xanadu, thank you, I'm glad you like it :-)! The sideboard looks good with 1/6 scale dolls as well doesn't it! I hope you'll like the developments of the story :-). Hugs

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  6. It promises to be a fantastic story. I am waiting impatiently for the next episode...

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    1. Hello Dlubaniny, thanks! I hope you'll like the next episode! Hugs :-)

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  7. Wow, that's a great beginning! I feel like I'm watching a tv series. The photos are perfect and I can't wait to read the next chapter. And father Kyle reminded me of Gabriel Knight wearing a priest disguise. :) Great job!

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    1. Hello Nana, thank you very much :-). I'm glad you like it! Father Kyle does remind of Gabriel! The drawn version that is, not the "real" one (he had longer hair).
      Thanks for your feedback :-)!

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  8. Great idea for dolls photoshoot. Lovely cast, really nice diorama, furniture and accessories, interesting storyline. I can't wait for next chapter :)

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    1. Hello Neytiri, thanks! I'm glad you like it :-). I'm preparing everything for part 2 :-).

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  9. Oh, this is so much fun. LOVE, LOVE your diorama and how your girls' dresses matches the decor! Great job!!!! I agree with Kamelia....love the frame where Tia has passed out on the floor!

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    1. Hello April, thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed the episode, and hope you will like the next ones as well :-). I had fun taking the pictures, I'm glad it shows :-).

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  10. Oh, what an intrigue entry! Like in old detective stories :D I can't wait for the next episode :D

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    1. Hello Balbinka, I'm glad that you noticed the influence of good old movies :-). My story is set in the present, but I love old movies so this sometimes shows as well :-). Thank you for your feedback, it's very much appreciated! Hugs!

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  11. History is very much scheming. I hope that detectives will solve the criminal riddle. Have a nice Sunday. :)

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    1. Hello Szara, the detectives are good at their jobs, so they will do their very best :-). Have a nice Sunday too!

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  12. i love it!! it's a very well jointed detective story. i can't wait to read the second chapter. we're yet to know what's the role of the priest and what lilly has to say.
    i can tell that sisters tia and eve get along very well. their dresses are even made of the same fabric! i hope that tia won't faint again. eve takes things easier. ;)

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    1. Hello chema, I'm glad you like it :-)! Time will tell... ;-).
      Eve and Tia are inseparable. Tia is the oldest by a few minutes and more nervous, Eve is indeed easy-going. I hope you'll like the developments of the story! Hugs and have a nice Sunday!

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  13. I love the diorama and props for this scene. This is a great story. I'm intrigued. There seems to be an awful lot of people with keys to their place so a lot of suspects. Hmm, it's got to be an inside job I think. No signs of a break-in means someone had to let the thief in. Convenient that their personal assistant isn't around for questioning though.

    Can't wait to see what happens next!

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    1. Hello Alasse, I'm glad you like the diorama and the story :-).
      My lips are sealed ;-D!
      I'm working on the next episode, but am waiting for one item to be sent, I hope it gets here soon so I can take the pictures :-).

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  14. Diorama and the props are gorgeous! I also love the story (I'm a fan of cosy mysteries ^^) - with so many potential suspects, the investigation is not going to be easy. I'll be waiting for the next episode!

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    1. Hello Chiriann, thank you! I'm glad you like the diorama and the story :-). The detectives have a difficult task indeed! I hope you will enjoy the rest of the story :-).

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  15. Też mam taką nadzieję, że detektywi rozwiążą zagadkę :)

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    1. Witam Swiat będziemy musieli poczekać i zobaczyć, ale są one sprytny :-)

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  16. Oh, my goodness me! Such a plot!! I suppose you had a wonderful time thinking about it and preparing everything, every girl or boy and furniture... all the scenes are funny and intriguing at the same time!!
    Fantastic job!
    Hugs

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    1. Hello Rosana, thank you so much, I'm glad you like it! It's a fun thing to do and very nice to read that you enjoyed the story :-). Hugs back!

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  17. Tia and Eve are going to be a handful, aren't they! Is the housekeeper's name an homage to you-know-who? :)

    Did you know Tom Hiddleston worked in a police series once? He was a lot younger and a lot blonder, though. Not much like the handsome Detective Van Steen!

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    1. Hello Barb, let's say the twin sisters have a talent for bad situations lol!
      It is, a bit, a hommage, I loved Upstairs, Downstairs! And the parody as well, You Rang M'lord :-).
      I didn't know that about Tom Hiddleston :-). Detective Van Steen is a lot shorter than the real Tom H. would be in 1/6 scale, but I think it suits him to be a short, dark haired and dark eyed detective. He's more the young Andy Garcia type lol!

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    2. XD Actually, I was thinking about Sherlock Holmes. His landlady was Mrs. Hudson.

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    3. Hello Barb, Sherlock Holmes' mrs. Hudson was not my inspiration for the name, it was the butler mr. Hudson. :-)

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  18. Hello Millicent,
    Now that is sit on the edge of your seat drama. I look forward to more. The background setup is lovely.
    big hug
    Giac

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    1. Hello Giac, thank you :-)! I'm rather pleased with the diorama, and it is as you said before: the spots on the couch don't show so much now with the table in front of it :-). I hope you'll like the rest of the story! Big hugs back!

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  19. It's a crime story, but it was very funny :-). I like Tia's shoes, too :D.

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    1. Hello Eunice, yes, it is not always serious :-). The shoes are very nice, I'm glad you agree with Nat ;-D!

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  20. Oh my God I had to laugh so much ...: D The story is super exciting but also totally funny. Thank you <3 I still have to smile :)

    And the shoes of Tia beautiful <3

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    1. Hello Urszula, I'm so glad you had a good time with my story :-)! I like making people laugh :-). The shoes I have in red and yellow, they are from The Vogue on Ebay.
      Hugs :-)

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  21. Yay, you got your photostory started! I am happy for you! You have done a very good job with the diorama and posing your characters to give them a feeling of realism. I love the sisters! And I laughed when they were listing off all the people who have keys to their apartment. Better question might have been, "Who doesn't have a key to your apartment?! I am looking forward to the continuation of the story!

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    1. Hi Phyllis, yes, finally! I didn't want to wait any longer :-). I'm glad you love the sisters :-D. I hope the weather will permit me to take photos for the next chapter soon, I need to take some outside. I'm having so much fun with publishing the story!

      PS: due to the takeover of Flickr by SmugMug I decided to not use Flickr anymore. I put up a message, and now my account is closed. I'm telling just in case you didn't read the message, so you'll know what the reason is :-).

      Hugs!

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  22. Great story, love the photo with fainted Tia and the one where Nat comments "Nice shoes!" Funny!

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    1. Hello Niina, ;-) I'm glad you like it!

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  23. Funny crime story :D :P Do you have a plan for the explain of this "criminal problem"? :-))

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    1. Hello Aya, thank you :-)! Yes, everything will be explained towards the end of the story :-).

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