WHO Done It?

So then…I forage in the pantry for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up – chocolate being my addiction of choice.

I score a handful of White Chocolate-Covered Oreos and a glass of milk, then return to my home office for an afternoon of emails and conference calls.

As I pass the table, I see that someone has used the letter tiles from the Scrabble game to leave me a message next to the book I’ve been reading.

The book is “Six Suspects” by Vikas Swarup – a satirical crime novel about six people in India who are suspected of killing playboy industrialist Vikek Rai near Delhi.

Someone has arranged the Scrabble letter tiles next to the book to say: IT’S ARJEAN.

Only my son Tucker is home, so I totally crack up that he snuck in to allegedly name the guilty suspect.

He’s only 12, so I’m also impressed that he didn’t just spell out IT’S FRED or IT’S TOM. He actually leafed through the book to know that the story was set in a different country so he’d have to come up with a foreign-sounding name to be somewhat believable in his fake “outing” of the murderer.

Characters in this book have names like Eketi, Munna, Vivek, Arun Advani, and Mahatma – so Arjean could actually be a name of a character who could be the guilty suspect.

But while I’m chuckling at his clever trick, it suddenly hits me — he may have leafed through to the end of the book — and that maybe there IS a character named Arjean – and maybe he IS actually the murderer!

That little bastard.

I’m gonna frikkin’ kill him! I’ve slogged through 380 pages of this book already — and I hate finding out the ending before I reach the ending!

90 pages and 8 White Chocolate-Covered Oreos later, I reach the last page.

I can tell you this:

“Six Suspects” is an excellent book – very funny, very enjoyable, very suspenseful.

And it’s not Arjean.

And yes, I high-five my son for his clever Scrabble message.
And no, I do not tell him where the White Chocolate-Covered Oreos are hidden.

(How about you – any playful pranks from your kids? Anyone accidentally/intentionally reveal the ending of a book or movie? Share your Comments & Stories!)

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8 replies on “WHO Done It?

  1. Katherine said:

    Kudos, young man! That’s awesome! Love it.

  2. Colette said:

    I don’t have any kids, but one time my brother thought it would be hilarious to make the toilet into a spa for my Barbies. Of course I did not find this at all amusing. When I told our babysitter what he was doing, she attempted to help by pulling them out of the porcelain throne jacuzzi but instead she ripped their little plastic heads off. This was a horrible prank gone arwy and a scary experience for a 6-year-old girl!

  3. Judy said:

    The use of scrabble letters is brilliant. I’ve done that to people — just spouted off made-up endings to books, movies, etc. It makes them crazy and they never know if they should believe you or not when you say you made it up.

  4. Mark said:

    This makes me want to combine a couple stories — and place the Scrabble tiles around the toilet saying “It was Tucker”.

  5. Tucker not only is sharp, he’s a lot sharper than you think. He knows where you hide the Oreos and he knows that you black out for a few minutes when you dig them out and gorge yourself on them. He has already planned his black-out activities for the next seven days. You’ve got to come up with other methods of surveillance because when you pig out, Tucker has free rein. You might want to try the white on white Oreos. I know you probably think that’s some kind of blasphemy, but I have found that nobody around in my family likes them but me, and they have that new sticky tape opening in the top. I can rush in, rip open the top, grab three Oreos (my two or three time a day limit) and scoff them down before anyone notices.

    By the way, Tucker is a neat name. My wife and I are both descended from an old South Georgia Tucker who had 32 children by three wives. After all those sarcastic jokes about Southerners marrying their cousins, I married my cousin. We didn’t know it for five years. We are still a little slow but I blame that on being old.
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  6. That’s brilliant! My son is only 4, so he won’t do that anytime soon, but my husband and I are always unintentionally spoiling movies and books for each other.

    My husband is, however, the always guilty party when it comes to “Who done it” involving the empty or missing bag of chips/cookies or ice cream. He is forever telling me it’s my fault for waiting a day or two before having a second serving.
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