Madeline looked at our still figures and raised an eyebrow, "Uh..., this is the After-School Detectives, right?"
We snapped out of our trance, and Sheryl introduced herself, "Yeah, that's us. I'm Sheryl Holmes, but you can call me Holmes."
Madeline raised an eyebrow again, "Okay then, Sheryl, I am Madeline Piers."
Sheryl clenched her teeth.
Looking at me, Madeline said, "And you must be Watson, right?"
I sighed and cursed in my head at Sheryl's announcement at the beginning of the year, "No, it's James actually. And this is Samantha."
As usual, Samantha gave a big smile and said, "Hi! It's nice to meet you!"
"So, what can the After-School Detectives do for you?" asked Sheryl.
Madeline flashed what seemed like a smirk. "Well, you guys are in Franklin Delgado's class, right?"
"Yep," Sheryl replied.
"Well, could you guys find out what his favourite candy is?"
"Sure, but why do you want to know?"
"Well, I want to give him a box."
"Why's that?" The ever-curious Sheryl asked.
Madeline raised an eyebrow at this, "You sure ask a lot of questions. But if you must know, I guess I sort of like Franklin, he's kind of cute. I want to surprise him with a box of his favourite candy."
I raised an eyebrow at this. Now, Franklin was good guy. We were cordial to each other on most occasions. However, Franklin was also a bit... overweight. So to have one of the most popular girls in school saying that she found him cute was a bit... jarring. Also, she didn't say it like most people would. That is to say, she wasn't being shy or embarrassed about it.
Then again, she is one of the popular girls in school, so maybe she's confident enough to know what she likes and to ask for it.
"Okay!" Sheryl said, excited again, "We'll take the case!"
"Good," Madeline said. Then she stood up and turned to leave. "Let me know when you have the information."
"Bye!" Samantha gave Madeline a hearty farewell as she left the room.
Then Samantha turned to her computer. "Oh! This is a perfect chance to make sure that this works."
She stopped the recording and played it back. The three of us listened to ourselves and Madeline. Happy that the software worked, Samantha smiled, "Looks like it works!"
Sheryl gave her a thumbs up, "Good job!"
Then, she turned to me, "Well then, James, looks like we have a stakeout to conduct!"