Brittney's Mysteries - The Conclusion
Jazmyn. Age 13. Nampa, Idaho

To read the first four exciting chapters of Brittney's Mysteries, click the following links:

Chapter One

Chapter Two

Chapter Three

Chapter Four

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Ding d-ding dong. Brandon wanted to press the doorbell more than once, just to get it over with. “Calm down. Calm calm calm,” he told himself. “It's not like you're giving a speech or anything.”

When the door opened, he found himself staring straight into the face of a short woman, who looked to be in her late thirties. "Hello, is Galen home?"

"He's in his room. You must be Matthew. It's nice to meet you."

"Um, thank you. I'm actually Brandon. And it's a pleasure to meet you too. Please excuse my lack of manners."

" You've got lots more than my son," she muttered under her breath.

"Pardon me?"

"Nothing. Galen's room is right back here."

"Thank you, Mrs.? Pardon me, I've forgotten your name already."

"Hayler. Janine Hayler"

"Yes, Mrs. Hayler, thank you."

Knock knock.

"Hey, Matt, come on in."

"Hey, Galen, this is actually Brandon."

"You can still come in."

"Um…thanks?"

"Yeah, no prob. So, what are you doing here? Spying for Brittney?"

"What?! No, why would I do something like that? I just heard you needed help with homework, and I decided to help."

"Oh really? How are you with keeping secrets?"

"I can keep 'em."

"Are you sure?"

"Oh yeah. Totally sure."

"Can I trust you?"

"I would say yeah, but it's ultimately your decision."

"Okay, well, I really need help. I have to cheat on this math test tomorrow, and I need help covering my tracks. Can you help me?"

"Oh, oh dear. Well, I'm no good at math, so I might not be much help there. And every time I've tried something like that, I've been caught. I might not be of much use to you."

"Hmm, OK, well, Matt'll be here soon, and he might have something for you to do."

"I'd really like to stay, but I told my mom I'd be home by 4:00. You’ve got to keep your promises. Right?"

"Yeah, I guess so. See you soon."

"Cool, see you.

He sighed “So now we know for sure, Galen's going to cheat. I have got to tell Britt. Do I have her phone number? Yes, I do! Sweet, I can tell her tonight.”

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The next day, in math class...

"Are you ready?" Brandon asked Brittney. He started drilling her on the facts.

"Galen is cheating."

"How do you know?"

"I sent someone to find out after I heard Matthew and Galen outside of math yesterday."

"OK. What happens if Mr.Rye asks who you sent?"

"The particularized individual requests their identity to remain undisclosed."

"Sweet. Just say it in English."

"Sorry, I'm nervous. I use big words when I'm nervous."

"That’s OK. You'll do fine."

"The person I sent would like to stay anonymous."

"Change it to 'wants.'"

"Ok, here goes. The person I sent wants to stay anonymous."

"Great, now go get 'em."

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"Mr.Rye, may I speak with you a moment?"

"Yes, Brittney? My star student."

"I found out that someone is going to cheat on the math test today."

"Fascinating. Who, may I ask?"

" Galen Hayler. And Matthew Cummins is helping him."

"Hmm, yes. Thank you. They will both be punished for this act of foolishness."

"Yes, sir"

"And Brittney?"

"Yes Mr.Rye?"

"I heard when you said 'The particularized individual requests their identity to remain undisclosed.' You are a very knowledgeable young lady, I must admit. I'm surprised you know those types of words."

"Thank you, sir"

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“What?!?” Galen wondered to himself. “An F? How do you get an F when all the questions on the paper are marked right?”

At the bottom of the paper in bold red marker it said the very reason he was called to stay after class, got detention for the next two weeks, and was grounded from video games for the next month.

YOU CHEATED.

The End

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