Secret Seven Adventure
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When a priceless pearl necklace goes missing the Secret Seven are first off the mark to catch the thief! Why? Because they saw him making his escape! Now all they have to do is find the necklace...
on again in the ring tonight,” said the first man, after a pause. “I'll go now, I think, while everyone's in the ring. Get the horse, will you?” The man with the socks uncrossed his ankles and went down the steps. Peter and Colin longed for the other fellow to go too. Then perhaps they could escape. But he didn't go. He sat there, drumming on something with his fingers. It was plain that he felt nervous and scared. There were sounds outside of a horse being put between the shafts. Then the
start yelling to the others from the tree. Then he suddenly saw that Peter, or one of the others, was very near where the man had gone to ground! It was Peter. He had thought he had heard somebody not far from him, and he had felt sure it was Colin, squirming his way along. So he squirmed in that direction too. Ah! He was sure there was somebody hiding in the middle of that bush! It was a great gorse bush, in full bloom. It must be Colin hiding there. Cautiously Peter wriggled on his tummy
the tree. He stood at the foot, looking warily round. Nobody was in sight. The man had completely vanished. “I’ll run at top speed and hope for the best,” thought Colin, and off he went. Nobody stopped him! Nobody yelled at him. He felt rather ashamed of himself when he came to the field-path and saw the cows staring at him in surprise. He went back to the farmhouse where Peter and Janet lived. Maybe the Secret Seven were still down in the shed, stripped of their Red Indian things and wiping
passed us by! We shall never know exactly what he was doing, and why.” “He spoilt our afternoon, anyway,” said Pam. “Not that we'd have caught Colin—hiding up a tree like that. We'll have to make a rule that trees are not to be climbed when we're playing at stalking.” “When's our next meeting—and are we going to have a new password?” asked Janet. “We'll meet on Wednesday evening,” said Peter. “Keep your eyes and ears open for anything exciting or mysterious or adventurous, as usual. It is a
little bear. He was delighted to see them, and put his paws through the bars to reach their hands. Trinculo unlocked the cage and let him out. He lumbered over to them and clasped his arms round Trinculo's leg, peeping-at the rest of them with a roguish look on his funny bear-face. “If only he wasn't so heavy,” said Janet, who always loved to pick up any animal she liked and hug it. “I wish I could buy him.” “Goodness—whatever would Scamper say if we took him home?” said Peter. Trinculo took