Hilde woke up to the sound of her phone ringing.
She reached over Bianca. “Who calls instead of texting these days?” she muttered.
“Hildegard Müller speaking,” she answered.
“Detective?” the voice was masculine and sounded quite elderly.
“Yes, how can I help you?” Hilde asked.
“My boat keeps getting taken out for joy rides,” he answered. “I need you to find out who’s doing it.”
“And where do you keep this boat?” Hilde asked.
“The coast of the Geiselt, Marina Mücheln.” He answered.
Hilde quickly ran over the cost of hiring her and got the details for the job.
Bianca was looking up at her with opened eyes when she was finished.
“How long have you been listening?” Hilde asked.
“Long enough to know we’re going on a trip,” Bianca answered. “Can’t this codger call the police or set up a security camera or something?”
“Since when are you so bothered by taking a trip and solving a case?” Hilde asked.
“It doesn’t really bother me,” Bianca said. “I’m just tired of boring cases. What have we done lately? Found a lost cat, gotten evidence that a dude’s wife was cheating on him, dug up some dirt that a guy was hiding from his wife. I miss getting interesting cases with the krampus, pixies or brownies.”
“Well, at least these jobs are safer,” Hilde stated. “Come on, let’s see if Sakura wants to come along.”
“And I’ll grab my broom, even though I probably won’t need it,” Bianca said.
“I wanna go to the ocean!” Sakura declared.
“Well, it’s a lake not the ocean,” Hilde said.
“But for her there’s not much difference,” Bianca pointed out, gesturing at the pixie’s diminutive size. “Still, I’m a little surprised that you’re so keen on going.”
“Of course I am!” Sakura declared. “It’s a sweet, romantic location. The perfect spot for a matchmaking fairy to help some lonely hearts find true love!”
Hilde hesitated. Truthfully, she couldn’t see the Geiseltalsee as a romantic spot and she didn’t want to see Sakura disappointed.
“You’ll definitely get a couple together,” Bianca said. “Maybe even two or three.”
Sakura nodded and hurriedly flew to Hilde’s shoulder. “Then let’s go!”
Hilde glanced at Bianca.
“Believe in her,” Bianca said. “Come on, let’s have ourselves a little trip.”
The trip to the artificial lake was uneventful. And Hilde’s concerns that Sakura was going to be upset after seeing the bustling environment around it proved unfounded. The little pixie quickly darted around, looking for potential candidates to match.
Hilde almost called out to her to be careful about showing herself, but quickly remembered that the only reason she could even see Sakura was because of her pendant with protective magics. Normal people wouldn’t notice her.
Hilde and Bianca made their way to the docks where the old man who’d called them was. He was in his early seventies and in decent shape for his age with some muscle definition still visible.
“So, some teenager is taking your boat out for joy rides at night?” Hilde said.
He nodded. “That’s right. Tried catching them on camera but…” he produced a little spy cam. It had been completely crushed. “Got more at home just like it. All of ’em were in different spots. I just want my boat left alone instead of being filled with rubbish every night and having the petrol worn down.”
“Seems like a lot of trouble to play around in a boat,” Bianca muttered.
“Can you show us where the cameras were hidden?” Hilde asked. “It might give us some insight into how they were found.”
The old man nodded and showed the pair the spots on the boat and around the dock where he’d hidden his cameras. They weren’t obvious places.
“Could someone have seen you setting up?” Hilde asked.
“It’s possible,” he said. “Not exactly a perfectly private spot.”
“Then my partner and I will check areas you could have been watched from for clues,” Hilde said. “Don’t worry. We’ll catch the person doing this.”