Author Note: Here is the twenty-fifth and last chapter, the letter home to Hannah. Thank you to everyone who reviewed, followed, favorite, and read this story especially I'mapersonandyoucan'tstopme, sockmonkey Jr, DudeItsTheTriforce, mockingjayfan124, LittleLottie187, Day Star Angel, Dreaming through Reality, the Guest reviewer, GodsGirl82, ForeveraWriteratHeart, the-far-east-half-blood, Hobbit4Lyfe, punctuationmatters, and everyone one else! It means the world to me. I am posting the very first chapter of the sequel that is based on "The Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon. This fanfiction is named "Blinded to the Truth" and will involve many of the same characters that this one did. I really hope that you check it out! Anyway I don't own Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys. I hope that you enjoy this chapter!
Well, the mystery is finally solved. Mary has been sentenced to life in jail and a few days after she was caught, the gang of thieves she worked with were found hiding out near her house. Although their punishment isn't as harsh, I think they will be spending a good deal of time behind bars as well. Shorty keeps claiming that he knew Tex was up to no good while Mr. Rawley is blaming himself for this whole thing. In fact, he wanted to sell the ranch at first but his wife talked him out of it. They have decided to start a horse therapy program for children and young adults who have witnessed violence and/or struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder. Although Ed and Bet are only starting to get ready, it is obvious that they will be able to touch and help many people.
You don't know how glad I am to be getting away from this ranch. What seemed like a dream vacation soon turned into my worst nightmare. Every morning I am here I still wake up thinking that I will hear Ned's cheerful voice over the phone or see Dave's blushing face as he stands beside the chicken coop. They will both be in my heart forever.
However I decided that I will not let their deaths hold me back from sleuthing. Now I am more determined than ever to bring justice, peace, and safety to this world. No one should ever have to experience the murder of a loved one. By continuing to be a detective, I can prevent others from heartbreak like mine. Despite any challenges, hardships, difficulties, and doubts of others, I will continue to solve mysteries and uncover the truth. After all, if I don't do it, then how can I trust that someone else will?
Anyway, I am coming home along with Bess and George in three days right after Dave's funeral. Although I wish I could come sooner, missing the celebration of the life of the strong bashful man who gave his life for me would not be right. I know that you, Dad, and Ned's parents will understand. By the way, be extra sensitive around Bess when we come home. She is taking all of this pretty hard. George is struggling too but putting on a better front. Even the Hardy boys seem a little shaken. This case really did prove to be my most painful and difficult.
So although this case cost me a great deal, I cracked it in the end. Oddly enough, I feel as if I solved three different problems. The first was the mystery of the past involving Dirk's treasure, the forbidden romance, and a broken family. Then I also answered the present questions of who murdered Ned, caused the accidents, and robbed the bank. But most intriguingly, I solved the secrets of my future by realizing who I want to be, what is important to me, and what is worth dying for. I uncovered secrets of the past, present, and future in one case. That has to be a first!
I look forward to seeing your smiling face when arrive home! After losing so much, you realize how dearly you love those close to you. Take care and don't worry too much about me.