You get a call in the middle of the night which wakes you up violently—a call which you were not expecting. Your cell phone rings loudly because you have forgotten to turn the ringer off from the day before.
You pick up the phone. “Hello?” you mutter in a very drowsy voice.
“Sorry to call you this late during the night but we have an emergency. Please come to 678 Blazing Drive as soon as possible,” a familiar voice says to you as he hangs up the phone. You hit the “End Call” button on your phone and rub your eyes. After a couple of seconds you remember the familiar voice, it is Kevin, a co-worker working under you.
You quickly get dressed, hop in your car and begin to drive to the destination. As you reach the destination, you notice that there are a lot of police cars, a fire truck, and a forensics team all over the house. You drive up the driveway and get out of your car. You see a lot of policemen and policewomen around, trying to calm the neighbors down and telling them to go back inside their homes.
You see a co-worker running towards you. “I’m glad you made it here so quickly,” your co-worker says.
“What seems to be the problem,” you ask.
“Well, earlier this morning there was a 911 call about a house on fire, and the firefighters rushed here to put out the fire. There were two people in the house, a mother and a father. The father did not survive and was declared dead at the scene; the mother is critically injured and is being rushed to the hospital. After the firefighters put out the fire, they did some investigating to see what started the fire. What they found was that the fire did not start naturally; there was gasoline involved. Someone set the fire and it has become an investigation now.”
You thank your co-worker and entered the burned-down house. As you enter, you hear one of the firefighters say to the other, “Yeah, the fire started here in the living room. Gasoline was used to accelerate the fire, it seems.”
(PLEASE CHOOSE 6 ROOMS)
You decide to enter the living room area. The love seat, couch, and recliner have been burnt severely; you can barely tell that it’s a couch anymore. Half of the coffee table has been disintegrated, as well as the TV. Some of the pictures seem to have been able to stay on the wall. You decide to take a look at the pictures.
The first picture is a family photo. You can barely make out the picture, but it is the mother, the father, and their four children. The mother is blonde, has long hair, and is in a red dress. The four children are blond, brunette, red-haired, and blond in that order, all males. You can’t make out what the father looks like because the fire has burned him and the left top side of the picture.
The second picture is of the blond son as a young kid playing with a toy plane outside.
The third picture is of the family eating dinner. The father is on the very left, next to him is the mother, then the brown-haired son, red-haired son, and then on the very right is the blonde son with no one next to him on either side.
The fourth picture is a collage of the red-haired son playing baseball, soccer, swimming, and tennis.
The fifth picture is of the blond and brown-haired sons reading a book on the grass and the center of attention of all his friends respectively.
You decide to enter the kitchen and dining room. The kitchen has been badly burned. You see that on the dining table there are five plates set up: a set on the very right, three more sets beside it, and the last set on the very right. The set up isn’t very neat; the dishes and utensils are kind of everywhere, not neatly placed.
You head over to the kitchen, and everything has been damaged badly. There is nothing left in the area for you to check, so you decide to leave this area to explore more of the house.
You decide to check out the washroom. As you turn the knob on the door, the entire door just falls off. You quickly jump back as the door collapses in front of you. As you enter the washroom, you noticed that the washroom had not been burned at all; it is still very intact. “I guess that closed door saved the washroom,” you say to yourself. On the counter you see five toothbrushes and cups: a regular plain white cup, a cup with a lot of cartoon characters dancing, a sports cup, a cup with the periodic table on it, and a cup with famous gaming characters on it. In each cup there is a matching toothbrush, except for the white cup. The white cup has a plain blue and pink toothbrush in it.
You decide to investigate the master bedroom. The fire destroyed everything along its path, but luckily some stuff survived the blaze. There is a picture on the wall of the brown-haired and blond-haired sons. One of them is playing with friends while the other one is carrying what looks like Monopoly money around. On the bed you notice that the family's cordless home phone is lying in the middle of the bed. The phone is damaged but still seems to work. When you pick up the phone you notice that it is still on, as though they were trying to call someone. You check to see who they were trying to call but all you see is “#3” dialed. “I guess they might have accidentally hit some buttons while sleeping, since the phone was on the bed,” you think to yourself.
You decide to enter the first bedroom upstairs. Looking around the room, you notice a half burnt poster, a picture frame on the bookshelf, and a mini statue next to the picture frame. You take a closer look at the poster. Not much of it is left, but you can make out that a slim male is posing and at the bottom it says “Fi 09”. Some words on the poster have been burnt away and most of the picture of the male has been burnt as well so you can’t quite make out who it is. You then walk over to the picture frame. The picture frame is red, and has a picture of the mother and the father sitting together in a field. The mini statue beside the picture is that of a bull ready to charge. “Isn’t there a basketball team with a bull as their mascot?” you mutter to yourself.
You decided to enter the second bedroom upstairs. Looking around the room, you notice a bookshelf which isn’t too badly damaged, a picture frame on the desk, and a poster on the wall. Taking a closer look at the bookshelf, you notice that the shelves are stacked with books. There are so many books that the bookshelf looks like it’s about to break. Just as you take a step back, the vibrations from the footsteps cause the badly damaged bookshelf to collapse and break apart. After the dust has cleared, you decided to take a look at the picture frame. The picture frame is white and has a picture of the mother and the father at a science fair. The poster on the wall is a picture of a ram’s head as a symbol in black, it is similar to a logo or a symbol for a team of some sort.
You decided to enter the third bedroom upstairs. Looking around the room, you notice a very nice wooden calendar on the wall. Besides the calendar, there is nothing else out of the ordinary in this room, only a bed, a chair and a desk. “This person doesn’t have much; maybe this person isn’t loved as much as the others,” you joke to yourself. Looking at the calendar, you notice that it has not been changed for a long time. Almost every day is filled with a task, but the dust and soot make it hard to read. Pinned to the calendar is a picture of the mother and the father at a festival with two other people you do not know. On the side of the calendar, there is a small area for people to write/draw whatever they want. A fish splashing out of the water is drawn in that area. “I guess this person likes fishing,” you say to yourself.
You decided to enter the fourth bedroom upstairs. As you enter, you notice that this room is in bad condition. As you looked around for anything that survived, you noticed that this room has a lot of bookshelves but no books. The bookshelves contain a lot of DVD & CD cases in various colors like blue, black, green, white, grey, and see-through. The paper in between the cases’ sleeves has been burned, and the DVDs/CDs inside have been severely damaged. On one of the walls is a TV bracket that has survived the fire since it is made of steel, but the broken TV on the ground wasn’t as fortunate. On the desk there is a medium- sized statue of an odd-looking lion of some sort. On the statue is a small plaque that says, "Collector’s edition." “This is a weird looking lion,” you say to yourself.
As you are about to enter the next room, the ground starts shaking. “AHHH!” a woman screams. “Everybody run! This place is about to collapse!” another person yells.
You look to your left and you see the entire house is coming down slowly. You start running as fast as you can towards the exit while trying to dodge all the objects falling around you. As you get closer to the entrance you jump towards the bright light coming through the exit. As your body hits the grass outside, the entire house collapses. Dust fills the air. You turn around, and all you see is a huge mess. “Guess that’s the end of my investigation” you say to yourself. Since the other victim is still in the hospital in critical condition, you decide that the next move should be to contact the four sons and ask them what they know.
After a couple of days, your team has found out where all four sons live and has contacted the police to bring all four of them in for interrogation. As you enter the room, you notice that there are four males sitting beside each other: one redhead, one blond, one brown-haired, and one bald, all looking around the same age.
You sit down and offer them a smoke or any drinks they would like. The brown-haired son accepts a cigarette, and the redhead kindly refuses both. “Not what I usually do but sure I’ll take some,” says the bald son as he takes two cigarettes. The blond son asks if you have any rum but you tell him you do not; he does not ask for any other drink.
You take a quick glance at what each of them are wearing, before asking any questions. The bald son has on a full suit. “Looks like he’s very important,” you think to yourself. Both the brown-haired and blond-haired sons are dressed business casual, while the red-haired son is dressed in a dirty, greasy jumpsuit.
You ask all four of them the same question: “What were you doing and where were you on the night of the fire?”
The blond one says, “Well, I was working from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and after that I went over to my parents' place because they asked me to come over for dinner.”
“I worked and went over to my parents' place for dinner as well, but none of my other brothers were there. Mom did tell me that I was the third to arrive,” says the redhead.
The bald one answers, “I worked from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and then went to my parents' place for dinner after work. Mom told me that I was the second to arrive.”
The last son replies, “I worked the office time, and after that I also went to my parents place for dinner.”
Right when you are about to ask the next question, a fellow officer opens the door. “I have some terrible news, your mother did not make it. I’m sorry,” the officer says. The four sons get up immediately and rush towards the hospital, only a block away.
You are about to chase after them but something doesn’t sit right with you. You started thinking back on all the info you have gathered here and at the house. After a little while, it hits you. You know who started the fire.
WHO IS THE MURDERER?