“Uh, guys, if we’re going to help dad and Dr. Quest, we’d better get a move on.” Jessie pointed at the window, another spider was climbing over the mansion and was heading their way.
“Zoinks! Scoob and I must have led it here!”
“It doesn’t matter, whoever is after Dr. Quest and Race must know that holding Jessie and Jonny prisoner will get them to do anything.”
“Right, and we’re going to need a few things to get them back,” stated Jessie. She got up and grabbed a few electronics, handing them to whoever was closest.
“Alright, we’re going to have to make a dash for the Mystery Machine. On my mark, get ready . . . get set, “ Fred paused, the spider was climbing to the top of the QuestWorld tower. “Now!” The teens dashed out the door, alerting the spider to their presence. Shaggy and Scooby had grabbed a few supplies from the kitchen, and now splattered ketchup and mustard all over the ground, making it slippery for the spider. The spider quickly righted itself, but it had given the teens the time they needed to get into the Mystery Machine and away. It wasn’t until later, when they were sitting down at a diner for dinner, that they spoke.
“We’re going to need to get back,” stated Velma.
“What? Why? We have to find my dad and Race.”
“Yes, but there might be clues the spiders left at the mansion,” reasoned Fred.
“Or even a message,” added Daphne.
“A message?” asked Hadji.
Velma nodded, “Right, maybe left by Dr. Quest and Mr. Bannon, or even by the spiders in case their boss wants to contact you.” Jonny, Jessie, and Hadji glanced at each other.
“Alright, we‘ll go back, and we’ll spend the night there.”
“Good, we’ll have the Mystery Machine ready in case we need to leave immediately.”
“Good idea, Freddy.”
“Yeah, like, Scoob and I left all our midnight snacks in our bags!”
“No wonder why those things were heavy!” Jonny exclaimed. The others laughed.
“Oh, do any of you know what Dr. Quest and Mr. Bannon were working on?”
“You can call him Race, and, they didn’t tell us.”
Velma sat back, resting her chin on her hand, “Hmm, that’s interesting.”
“You can say that again, Dad and Race usually tell us everything.”
“Not always, Jonny, especially if they feared for our lives.”
Jessie glanced at Jonny’s watch, “We should get back then, I think we gave those spiders enough time to leave.”
Fred nodded, “Right, let’s go.” They rose from their table after leaving some cash for their meal and piled back in the Mystery Machine. They made their way back quickly to the Quest mansion, only for Fred to stop abruptly in front of the mansion.
“Uh, why are we stopping?”
Fred pointed at the driveway,”Someone’s here.” The teens glanced at each other.
“Is there a place we can hide the Mystery Machine?” asked Fred. Jessie nodded and gave him directions to a spot they had just passed on the road. Then, single file, they stole back to the house. Fred and Jonny went ahead of the others to get a better look at who had arrived at the house. They hid behind a tree just outside the mansion with a clear view of the house and the car. They could see lights going on and off all over the property, but nothing else. A few minutes after positioning themselves behind the tree, whoever was in the house came out and got into the car. Fred and Jonny moved around the tree to keep out of the sight of the driver as the car drove away.
“Did you see him?” asked Fred.
“Not for long, but I think it was Professor Carlson, he was working with my dad and Race on the project.”
“Hmm . . . well, I think we have our first suspect. Come on, let’s get the others and search the house for clues.” A few minutes later, the whole group was scouring the house for anything out of the ordinary and any messages. It was Jessie who found the first one.
“Hey everybody, look at what I found!”
“What is it, Jess?” asked Jonny as they met up in the living room.
She showed them a piece of paper, “It’s not a message, but I think it was what Dr. Quest was working on with Professor Carlson!”
“Jinkies! This looks like advanced spy technology!”
“And in the shape of bugs! The perfect cover,” stated Daphne.
“Like, they were taking that phrase, ‘like a fly on the wall’ a little too seriously!”
“That’s the point, Shaggy, no one would think of looking closely at bugs,” explained Fred.
“Freddy, want to show them what we found?”
“What did you find?” asked Jonny worriedly.
“On a hunch, Daph and I went to check out the QuestWorld tower, and we found this written on the side, probably left by the spiders,” said Fred as he took out a piece of paper and handed it to Jonny.
Jonny read, “Go to the police and both Dr. Quest and Mr. Bannon will die. Do not worry about them, they are fine, for now. They will be returned when they have finished their work.”
“Oh no, do you think an enemy spy ring found out about their work and wants them to finish the job for them?” asked Jessie.
“It’s a possibility, for now, we should get ready for anything before going to sleep,” suggested Fred.
“Good idea. Should we split up again?” asked Hadji.
Fred nodded, “Yes, Hadji, Shaggy, and Scooby, see what supplies we have in the kitchen.”
“Why do I have to go with them?”
“To make sure they don’t eat everything,” Daphne explained.
“The girls will check clothes, make sure they’re clean of any devices.”
“What will you and I do?”
“You and I will make sure the Mystery Machine is alright and that it has everything else we’ll need for a quick get-away. Everybody know what to do?” They nodded. “Good, let’s go.” They didn’t get far, though, as a vehicle roared into the driveway. A man with salt and pepper hair jumped out of the car and rushed to the house.
“Good heavens, what happened here? Is everyone alright? Where are Benton and Race?”