doctor left the room, Jax began talking. âI didnât think theyâd ever leave,â he said. âWeâve got to talk more about the tooth.â
âWhat tooth?â Nick asked. âThe Molar Mike? What about it?â
âI want to tell Nick what happened,â Jax told the Hardys. âThis guyâs got a network that wonât quit. Heâs worked all over the world and has contacts everywhere.â
Quickly Jax told Nick about the theft of the Molar Mike.
âWhat did the police say?â Nick asked. âDo they have any leads?â
âIâm not telling them yet,â Jax said. âI think the tooth has been taken for ransom. And if the thief thinks the police are in on this, Iâll never see the Molar Mike again.â
âWhat about that guy whoâs been bugging you to let him try out the tooth?â asked Nick. âThat coach from Canada. He seems like a pretty good bet to me.â He told Jax about their encounter with Pierre at the Fire Pit.
âAnd he did case your flat two nights ago,â Joe added.
âI think youâre making a mistake by not calling the police,â Nick said. âYou donât even know for sure that youâre going to get a ransom note.â
âHe does now,â Frank said, taking the envelope from his pocket. âThe nurse said this came with the flowers.â
âI was wondering who sent them,â Jax said. He took out the card and read the note out loud.
âWhew, a hundred thousand euros,â Nick said. âThatâs a lot of change.â
âThe Hardys are super detectives,â Jax told Nick. âIâm counting on them to help me find the tooth before it gets on the black market. With their detecting skills and your international network, weâre bound to solve this case.â
âOkay, Iâm going to get right on it and see what my buddies around the world have heard,â Nick said. âIn exchange, you get out of this place and help me get the exhibit ready for Sunday.â
Nick bolted out of the room with an encouraging wave.
âSo the exhibit is on anyway?â Joe asked.
âYes,â Jax answered with a grin.
âDo the Tower guards know youâre still working on the exhibit?â Joe asked. âI mean, they seem to think youâre an arson suspect.â
âYouâre going to love this,â Jax said with a gleeful grin. âThey not only checked out your dad, as you suggested, but they were so impressed with who heis, they actually called him. Apparently he vouched for my sterling character.â
âThank you, Dad,â Joe said, smiling. Then he told Jax about being kicked onto the Underground tracks.
âWhoaÂ .Â .Â . hold on!â Jax jumped to his feet, then reached for the chair to steady himself. âThis is getting way too serious. I donât have any right to put you in this kind of danger.â
âHey, Iâm okay,â Joe assured his friend. âThe sooner we get this guy, the safer weâll all be.â
âDo you have any suspects, Jax?â Frank asked.
Jax shook his head and suddenly looked downcast. âWhat am I going to do, guys? I donât have a hundred thousand euros. Everything I have is tied up in the tooth.â
âWho do you think stole the tooth?â Frank asked again.
âYou can start with Geoffrey Halstead,â Jax said.
âThe jeweler?â Frank said, surprised. âHeâs already suing you for stealing the idea from him. He doesnât need to steal the actual tooth.â
âYes, he does,â Jax reasoned. âHe doesnât have a case for his lawsuit, I can guarantee that. And Iâve heard rumors around the neighborhood shops that his business is in financial trouble.â
âMaybe thatâs the real reason behind his suit,â Joe offered. âHeâs not in it for fame or recognition for being the
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