But I decided I had to be brave and find out who had killed Leaper, which meant I had to do Investigating. So first I decided to look for Witnesses. So I went outside again but it was cold and there was snow so I put my red coat with the white sleeves on, which I use for when I work, but it is the only coat I have because if I have too many clothes to choose from I get confused and sometimes I get dizzy and I fall over. Red is a good colour even though blood is red, because colours can have two meanings, and this confused me when I was younger, because I used to cut myself shaving and it hurt. That is why now I don’t shave and instead I have a big beard which looks like this:
Only it is white and not black.
I went to the shop which takes forty nine minutes to walk to but I don’t mind, because this means that it would take forty nine minutes for anyone to walk from the shop to where I live and I could see them coming and if I didn’t want to talk to them I could hide. People are very difficult to understand and that’s why I live here where there are not many people at all, because that way it’s easier.
I asked the people who work in the shop, “Have you seen anything suspicious?”
And they said, “Hello Nick. What do you mean?”
And I said, “Someone has killed Leaper, and I am investigating who did it,”
And they said, “There was lots of uproar coming from the stables last night, why don’t you check there?”
And then I left because I had found a Clue and I knew they were busy in the shop because tonight was the Big Night. And also the people in the workshop have funny ears which make me feel sick if I look at them too long And that reminded me that I needed to find a replacement for Leaper, because it was a Big Night for me too, and Leaper was supposed to have helped me, but now he couldn’t because he was dead.
I went to the stables, which I like because they are warm from all the animals even though it is very cold outside. It was night, but I could see because there was red light inside. And when I got there I saw that there had been a fight, because there was some more blood on the floor and one of the animals had broken one of its antlers off, which made me feel sick because it made it look uneven, and I like things to be even. But then I realised that the antler which was missing was the one which had been in Leaper, which meant this animal had been the Murderer, and the Mystery Was Solved. But I still needed to find a replacement for Leaper, because it was nearly midnight now and I had to get the sacks from the shop and leave right away.
So I decided to Acquit the Murderer, which meant he was Free To Go.
And I said to him, “Rudolph with your nose so bright, won’t you light my sleigh tonight?”