by S R Clowes
The case of the missing Diamonds.
Animalia is a world created from the explosion of a new moon that orbited the plant Earth, it was masked by Earth’s visible moon therefore never seen by humans. Same size and density as the regular moon but with one significant difference it was similar to Earth having land masses and water. Instead of humans and animals this new planet was inhabited solely by animals. However they had evolved to the point that they now imitated human characteristics, such as, wearing clothes, speaking their adopted native tongue, English and standing on their hind legs, unless running.
The planet, from space had an eerie resemblance of a cats head, its ears being the two highest mountains. The eyes were two huge lakes, almost ocean sized. At the southern part of the plant was a cave with stalagmites and stalactites, interpreted as the planets teeth.
Split into three main zones – Northern, Central and Southern with each zone an elected leader and together the three ran the planet. Northern was run by a Cat, Central a Rhino and Southern by a Bear. They often had arguments at their bi-annual summits held at the cave of good hope in the Central region, but would come an amicable resolve. They picked that particular area to avoid unwanted press coverage as the Falcon express airway could get them their without any hindrance, having no roads to travel to that location this was the best way. The planet had been established a mere three hundred and thirty seven years when we pick up our story.
In the Northern zone Tara Katus was beginning her eighth year, young in a cats life, all the same she was highly intelligent and worldly wise. A tortoise-shell breed with a vicious temperament when pushed too far she was not a typical feline. Tara had had enough of the police not solving crimes that appeared to be very simple and straightforward. She therefore decided that she would open the very first cat detective agency. The keen sense of curiosity was an natural trait for a feline and with a good nose it was a simple decision. Unable to perform the abundance of tasks single pawed, she recruited her best pal, Clarissa, a vibrant, intelligent Calico with a penchant for numbers and a nose for fraud.
The location for their office was in a building that was once a printing company that moved to bigger premises. Now converted into twenty self contained offices complete with the latest technology and in a central location it made sense to operate from here. TK and Clarissa occupied a unit, as they were known, on the fifth floor and being at the end of the corridor they had a little more room to move. Unlike the two previous units they viewed were, as Clarissa commented, ‘You couldn’t swing a mouse round in here’.
TK had been known for her inquisitive nature and was encouraged by friends to set up in business. They all put the word was out that a private detective agency was set up, the office was barely organised when the phone rang, it was Lady Pricilla’s house maid with an interesting case for them.