One morning The Secret Seven were all playing in Peter’s front garden.
‘This is fun’ said Peter, ‘but it’s a shame there don’t seem to be any mysteries around to solve at the moment.’
‘That is mysterious’ said Colin.
‘Let’s keep an eye out for anything unusual,’ said Vera.
‘What about that car?’ said Janet, who had noticed a car.
‘It looks ordinary enough’ said Peter.
‘Too ordinary,’ said Janet.
‘Yes and look at the man in the front seat’ said Noreen. ‘He looks even more ordinary!
The Secret Seven hid behind the garden fence as, slowly but surely, a very ordinary looking man emerged from the car, changed what appeared to be a flat tyre, got back in, and drove away.
‘That was mysteriously ordinary,’ exclaimed Peter.
‘Perhaps we should go to the police,’ said Norman.
‘No, but we’ll have a secret meeting in the shed first thing tomorrow morning!’ exclaimed Peter even more exclamatorially. ‘It all seems very peculiar indeed!’
The next day’s meeting was full of excitement, although you’d be forgiven for thinking it wasn’t.
‘Look at Scamper!’ said Norman, ‘he’s sitting there just like a dog!’
Everyone laughed at this hilariously appropriate observation, which took at least half an hour to recover from.
‘Now what shall we do about the mystery of the ordinary car?’ said Peter, sounding awfully important.
‘I’ve just thought of something!’ exclaimed Janet, sounding even more important and even more awful.
‘What have you thought of?’ said Norman.
‘Oh dear,’ said Janet, ‘I’ve forgotten. But it was a good idea.’
‘Don’t worry Janet, it was a jolly good idea to have a good idea,’ said Peter.
‘Why don’t we go back to where we were yesterday and see if the car comes back?’ said Vera.
Agreeing that this was another good idea, they went front into the back garden, realised their mistake, and went back into the front garden. They waited and waited. Suddenly, four days later, they heard something approaching.
‘It’s a car!’ exclaimed Vera.
‘Shhh, stop exclaiming!’ said Peter, ‘You’ll give us away!’
‘That’s rich coming from you,’ said Vera.
‘What do you mean?’ exclaimed Peter.
‘You’re always exclaiming!’ said Vera, ‘You did it again there!’
‘Now is not the time to argue about who exclaims and who doesn't,’ interjected Janet.
‘Ooo look at you interjecting!’ said Peter bitchily.
‘Calm down all of you!’ said Colin, thankful for a line of dialogue. ‘Let’s keep quiet and see what happens next.’
The sound of the car got nearer and nearer and then finally it drove into view.
‘It’s a completely different car to the other one we saw,’ said Peter, trying not to exclaim.
‘How peculiar!’ said Janet.
And then as quickly as it had arrived, the car vanished into the distance.
‘I’m going to the police!’ said Norman.
‘Good idea,’ said Peter. ‘And perhaps they can help discover just exactly what is going on!’