A detective was seated with her friends in a bar, relaxing and eating. The detective had reserved all the tables in the bar, because she didn’t want to be disturbed. The conversation was mostly about the week that just passed and about how it felt. She was also discussing the cases and the sudden increase in the crime rate in the city.
The detective switched on the TV and to her shock the news reporter was reporting – “Detective Kelly has solved a very tough case about a girl’s safety. The perpetrator John has been arrested and Kelly has been appreciated for her remarkable work in the case.”
Her friends started cheering on hearing this piece of news and everyone at the bar was cheering Kelly the detective.
She lived in Chicago, Illinois. Kelly was a tall, dark, beautiful and bold woman who was a FBI detective agent. She ran a martial arts class for the underprivileged girls, where she taught them to fight and handle difficult situations. She felt that every girl in the world should be able to fight for herself which will make the world a better place.
Kelly was born in a small town named Waukegan, 30 miles from Chicago. She was born in an Afro-American family. Her father owned an electronics shop, while her mother was a nurse. She had two siblings, Jim her younger brother and Rose her elder sister. The three of them had a best friend named Mini. He was their only friend.
Life was running smoothly, with two siblings, busy with school and martial arts tournaments where Kelly would always win.
Everything was fine, until one day, life turned ugly, when her father disowned the family. Kelly was only ten years old at that time. She didn’t know the reason for her father’s actions. She started to cry that her dad left without even saying a goodbye, kiss or a hug.
At that time, she didn’t know what disowned was but she felt the pinch of a missing father. She loved her father so much as she had a close father–daughter bonding with him. Friends at school started to tease her because father left her and her family. Even Mini, the siblings’ best friend teased her.
After her father left, her mother had to work hard to support the family. She studied hard as the family did not have money to support education. She joined the army and worked for four years. After four years, she decided to be an FBI agent and worked hard. She got the job and wrote in her diary that it was her first victory in 1999.
That day was 2nd January 2000, when she joined duty. Her officer welcomed her and said, “Kelly, very good to see you on time! Here is a case file. Go to your desk and study this.” Kelly was pleasantly surprised and replied, “Thanks sir. But why a case on my first day of duty?”
“Kelly, in your resume, we read that you had undergone army training and had outstanding skills. So, this is a case offered to you on the first day,” the officer replied. So, Kelly returned to her desk and started to read the case. While she was reading, she noticed that this case was about a museum which was bombed. The museum which was bombed was the Dusable Museum of African-American History.
The museum was founded in February 1961. It is an educational resource and the museum contains more than 13000 artefacts within its compound. When she was reading the case, she found two very important people: One was Mini, her childhood best friend and the other one was Natalie, her martial arts student.
Now she was shocked to see both of them in the case. She started to become emotional that she was serving her country and while she had criminal friends. Also, she had to arrest them and be a cause of her own friend’s arrest.
Now let’s talk about Natalie and her life and pause Kelly’s life for some time. Natalie was transgender and she was born in Chicago. Her parents died in a car accident when she was one year old.
Her grandparents were too old to take care of her. So, they gave her away to an orphanage. She grew up there until she was sixteen. After that the orphanage didn’t take care of her. So, she had to live in the streets.
One day as she was walking, she saw a martial arts class. She decided to sign up for the classes, as she always wanted to learn a skill. As she started to attend the classes, she became brave. She was inspired by coach Kelly because she was brave and also liked her because she gave more attention to Natalie.
Now Natalie was really happy and overjoyed as she felt brave for the first time. Natalie wanted a job. She knew that she could just master being a janitor as she didn’t have a degree. So, she applied for a job at the Dusable Museum of African American history.
Coming back to Kelly, she was shocked. So, she drove to the museum at a high speed. When she reached there, there was such a crowd that she couldn’t go in. Finally, she saw her FBI head standing there waiting for her. So, she went in with him. When they went in, they could see many paintings missing. Many walls were broken. Then she met Natalie sitting in a corner looking very puzzled and not knowing what was happening.
She went near her and asked, “Do you know that the museum has been bombed and you are a criminal?”
“No, I am not a criminal! But I know that the museum is bombed,” replied Natalie starting to cry. “Then why are you in this case file,” asked Kelly, with a stern face.
Natalie then replied, “When I joined here, I had no friends. Mini became my friend. One day he started asking questions about the museum like when does the museum close, does the museum have burglar alarms. Also, about myself, such as when do you leave the museum etc. I also answered them.
My other colleague told me that she had seen Mini take museum files which were top secret. only the museum secretary knew the contents. I thought to tell the police but I had no evidence to prove this. This is all I know Kelly. Even if you torture me, I will say the same thing, because this is all I know.”
Natalie looked as though she was about to cry and kill herself. “Thank you Natalie, I believe you,” said Kelly with a soft smile thinking she calmed Natalie. Kelly opened the case and she saw what was stolen.
- A diary of Henry Dean
- A strong table desk of activist Ida Wells
- A violin of Poet Lawrence Dunbar
- Paper work from scholar William Edwin
- Henry Osswa Tanner’s paintings
- Rameroe Berdanris extensive collection of books on racism
Below the list there was an interrogation session, so Kelly read it up. In the interview session they had found that gangsters have stolen unusual things.
One gangster was asked, “Why did you steal the desk of Ida Wells?” He replied, “I thought the table would be useful because I do paperwork for my boss and it’s also teak wood which I can’t afford to buy.” Kelly thought it was foolish. She waved bye to Natalie as she had to go home. When she went home, she was very tired. Her sister called up and informed her that she is going to come to Kelly’s house.
This time Kelly couldn’t prepare food for her sister as she used to do. Once Rose arrived, she said, “Congratulations Kelly. Have some cake.”
“Oh,” Kelly Sighed. Rose picked the case file which was near Kelly as she was also an FBI head in another branch. She took the file and read the whole case until she came to a halt. She saw a picture of Obama painted by Kehinde Welly in 2018. She knew it was her sister’s favorite painting. It was a picture where Obama was seated in a nice dark wood chair.
The background was green with white and pink flowers about it. Rose handed the picture to Kelly and Kelly saw it. She was shocked that she didn’t read the whole case file and missed to see this bit. She read the paragraph below the picture. This photo was shifted to this museum for safety and was stolen the next day.
Rose left advising Kelly – “Read the case file properly.” I think there is a crime head connected to this case and you may find his file in the office.
Kelly didn’t sleep well that night as she was thinking about the case file. Next morning, she got ready and left for the office. In the office she specifically searched for the file. She found a file named ‘Crime Head for Museum Bombing’. She took her car to the museum and picked up Natalie, just in case Natalie knew him. She drove her car very fast, so fast that Natalie jumped thrice and hit herself on the roof of the car.
Kelly reached a building which was closed by a shutter. Both of them opened the shutter and to Kelly’s surprise she found Nolan and Mini.
She started talking, “Nolan, what a recognizable face. You are Jim, aren’t you?” And Mini, our best friend. “Why are you at the crime scene?” she said, then she started to cry. Natalie patted her and gave her a hug trying to calm her friend.
“Kelly, you are right. My real name is Jim. And I am here at the crime place with Mini because It’s my job. I was very poor at studies and sports. So, crime was the job that I got to survive in the world.
Even Mini has crime as his job. Universally people like us have only one job and that is crime. Now that you have discovered our hiding place, you are going to arrest and torture us. To prevent that, I am going to shoot you and your friend,” said Jim laughing.
“You call shooting peaceful?” Really? Jim, you have changed a lot. After father disowned us you started doing crimes. I don’t know what father will think of you Jim,” told Kelly, who was so sad, angry and confused.
“Mmmpphh… do you know the state of our father, he is a cr…” – stopped Jim, which he didn’t want Kelly to hear. Suddenly Jim noticed that Kelly was thinking about what he had just said. So, he started to shoot at Kelly and Natalie. Kelly and Mini had a gun, but Natalie used her martial arts skills. It was a long fight where all four fought between themselves. After the fight, Kelly and Natalie were taken to the hospital as they had bruises.
After an one-hour treatment in the hospital they returned back to the place where Jim and Mini died during the fight. Kelly found Jim’s phone. As she picked it up, she saw many contacts of crime henchmen and heads. She found so many contacts like Chad, Mini, Reese etc.
She had no clue as to who was the crime head. Natalie suddenly came up with an idea, “Kelly, why don’t you track the GPS of all numbers? Surely one of them could turn out to be a number out of the ordinary, and may be that number will lead you to the crime head.”
“Good Natalie. I think you also have a detective’s brain,” said Kelly smiling.
Kelly did as Natalie told her and she found one number which was named Chad and it was from Dubai. But all the other numbers were from America. So, Kelly called up Natalie and shared with her this piece of information. Natalie said, “Good news! We can fly to Dubai tomorrow. Please book tickets for me as well, so that we can fight the crime head together and also tour Dubai.”
“Of course,” said Kelly laughing.
That night Kelly booked the tickets for the morning four am flight and informed Natalie that they had an early morning flight to catch. Both of them packed their bags. Kelly also packed her GPS tracker, in case she needed it. Next morning, they met at the airport and were soon flying to Dubai. By midnight, they landed in Dubai.
The Dubai airport had a resort and so both of them stayed there for the night. Next day morning they woke up and got ready. They left the airport with Kelly having her GPS tracker on. Kelly noticed that the GPS tracker was pointing to an unusual store which was closed by a shutter. Both of them went into the store.
Kelly saw an old man who looked quite young for his age. He was wearing a grey coat and pants with a black tie. He wore black shoes, was neatly shaved and perfumed himself with rose perfume. He held a glass with champagne and was sipping it slowly.
He seemed to enjoy himself. He was discussing something with his friends. When he saw the shutter open and Kelly coming in, he was shocked and his past flashed in his mind from the time he came to Dubai. Kelly was a little girl when he had abandoned his family and came to Dubai in search of money. Greed took him to the path of crime. But he never expected his own daughter to come and arrest him for his crimes.
To Kelly’s surprise, she saw her father planning the next museum attack! She was shocked to see that her father was the crime head. She remembered Jim’s last words before he started shooting -“… He is a Crr…….” Now she understood what Jim wanted to say about their father, that he was after all the crime head.
Suddenly her father started to speak. He said, “Welcome Kelly! How long has it been since I last saw you? Haven’t you come here chasing the number of Chad? Let me decode it for you. CHAD means Crime Head at Dubai. I told Jim that the name is very easy to decode, so I suggested another. But he didn’t listen to me and finally got caught by the police.”
Before finishing what he had to say, one henchman behind him started to shoot. Now, everybody had to fight and luckily Natalie had a gun. Kelly and Natlie started to shoot. Suddenly Natalie’s gun slipped out of her hand. So, she used her martial arts skills. A henchman started to hit Natalie. So, Natalie gave a punch in his stomach, a kick in the back, a punch in the nose, all painful.
She tripped him over and gave two brutal punches in his stomach. Kelly who saw this applauded Natlie saying, “Atta go girl!” Natlie was happy hearing this.
Kelly also delivered brutal punches and bitter kicks with the gun in her left hand. After a long fight between Kelly and her father, he died. Kelly just wanted to arrest her father but he wanted to die at his own daughters’ hand. After the fight, Kelly did as Natalie had wished. They toured Dubai. Kelly was appreciated after she returned to America. Her boss was impressed by her and said “Kelly, well done at your first case!”
Kelly invited Natalie to her home for a small party and at that time, Rose, Kelly’s sister, joined her. Kelly recounted her adventure in Dubai to her sister. She also told how their father was the crime head and that she had to fight her own father. Rose was sad for some time, hearing about her father being the crime head. All three were happy again. What more to write? It was a happy ending.
Kavya V.K. is a cheerful girl. She is studying in 5th grade. She was born on August 24th 2010. She lives in Chennai. Her hobbies reading Tinkle and writing. She has a sweet brother Tej. Her favourite food is pasta, an Italian dish and dosa, a South Indian dish. Her favourite author is Sudha Murty and Enid Blyton. Kavya’s favourite books are The Magic of the Lost Temple and Famous Five. She also likes Matilda by Roald Dahl. Kavya wrote this story as she wanted a strong woman character, as many stories did not have one. Kavya really enjoyed writing the book and she hopes you will too!