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L.A. Detective

My name is Lenny Samuel. My friends call me Len. I'm a detective. I work in Los Angeles. I'm an L. A. detective. Everybody in Los Angeles is busy. But Len isn't busy. He's sitting in his office. He's waiting. He has no work today. Nothing is happening. Then a man comes into the office. Len doesn't know him. The man is short and dark. He's about forty years old. He's wearing a suit. The man is holding a gun. The gun is pointing at Len.

— I'm Frank. Come with me. Mr Blane wants to speak to you.

— I won't go with you, Frank. I don't like Mr Blane. I don't want to speak to him.

Frank is a tough man. He laughs. He hits Len on the head. He hits Len hard. Len's eyes close. Len falls down. He falls onto the floor of the office.

Len wakes up. He opens his eyes. He's sitting in a big chair. The room is very warm. There are lots of plants in the room.

— Where am I?

— Hello, Mr Samuel. Welcome to my house.

An old man is talking and smiling. He's Mr Blane. He's a very rich man. He's also a very bad man.

— You're going to help me, Mr Samuel. You're going to find my daughter. Read these letters.

“Carmen is our prisoner. We want $100,000. Give us the money. Then Carmen will come home.

Meet us on Tuesday at 2 pm. Meet us at the bus station.

The Young Ones

Father, help! Please give them the money. Carmen.”

— Carmen is eighteen. She has long, dark hair. Her eyes are blue. She's beautiful.

Mr Blane gives Len a photo. He says, 'I want Carmen back. Go to the bus station at two o'clock on Tuesday. Frank has the $100 000. He's going with you. Give the money to The Young Ones. Bring Carmen home. I'll pay you $1000. ' Len says, — I don't like you, Blane. I don't want your money. But Carmen is in trouble. She needs help. I'll help her.

It's 2 pm on Tuesday. Frank and Len are at the bus station. Frank has $100 000 in a bag. Large buses are going in and out of the bus station. There are lots of people. But Len can't see Carmen. Frank and Len wait. Then they see Carmen. She's standing by a bus. A young man is with her. The young man is holding Carmen's arm.

— Hello. Are you Carmen Blane? I'm working for your father.

— Who are you?

— I'm from The Young Ones.

— Where's the money?

— Here it is.

Frank opens the bag. The young man sees the money. The young man lets go of Carmen's arm.

Len holds Carmen's arm. Frank gives the bag of money to the young man. Suddenly, Carmen bites Len's hand. Len lets go of Carmen's arm. The young man hits Frank. Frank falls down. Carmen and the young man jump onto the bus. The door of the bus closes. The bus drives off. It's going to San Francisco. Len can't get on the bus. He decides to get his car. Len decides to drive to San Francisco. Len is in his car. He's driving to San Francisco. He's going to find Carmen. Why is Carmen going to San Francisco? Who is the young man?

It's Thursday. Len is in San Francisco. San Francisco is a big city. Len can't find Carmen. Suddenly, Len sees a sign on a building. The sign says: The Young Ones. The building is a school for poor children. Carmen is playing with the children. Len stops his car. He goes to speak to Carmen.

— I don't want to go home. I'm happy here. I like working at this school. The $100 000 is for the school. My father is a bad man. These papers show he is a criminal. Take the papers to the police.

— You stay here. Nobody will find you. I'll take the papers to the police. Good luck.

It's Friday. Len is in Los Angeles. He's at the police station. Frank and Blane are at the police station too.

— These papers show that you're a criminal, Blane.

I'm tired. I have no money. But I have an exciting job. And I like to help people. That's why I'm an L. A. detective.

Test

Put the events in the order they happen in the story. The first is 1.

1 A man comes into Len's office.| |

2 Carmen bites Len's hand.| |

3 Frank hits Len on the head.| |

4 Len drives to San Francisco.| |

5 Len finds Carmen and she tells him she is happy.| |

6 Len gives the police some papers. The papers show that Blane is a criminal.| |

7 Len goes to the bus station.| |

* Len is sitting in his office. Nothing is happening.| |

8 Len says he will help Carmen.| |

9 Len wakes up in Mr Blane's house.| |

10 Mr Blane shows Len some letters.| |

__/ 10

Complete the sentences with the words in the box.

wakes trouble tough prisoner hits hard falls exciting dark busy

11 Everybody in Los Angeles is________.

12 The man is short and________.

13 Frank is a________man.

14 Frank hits Len________.

15 Len________down.

16 Len________up.

17 Carmen is our________.

18 Carmen is in________.

19 The young man________Frank.

20 I have an________job. 

__/ 10

Circle the correct word to complete each sentence.

21 I am /is a detective.

22 But Len doesn't/isn't busy.

23 He has no /not work today.

24 Len doesn't / isn't know him.

25 I don't/ won't go with you.

26 Carmen has /is eighteen.

27 She has/is long, dark hair.

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