Mysterious letter found in library
Shocked, astonished, confused, intrigued. Or at least we were when we found, lying abandoned in one of the library carrels, a note folded neatly into quarters with the following encrypted message:
To whom this may concern,
If you have found this, somewhere in the school of BSB [sic], you are the chosen one. The one whom I have chosen to complete a rather simple task. DO NOT STOP READING. It is a task of vital importance.
You have found the account of a year 10 boy, writing in an English lesson. I’m not bored, not even particularly tired. It’s kind of an average 5th period lesson. I do not, however, have my fountain pen which I usually use to write. My standards have dropped to this horrid incarnation. The biro pen.
As well as triggering me, this causes me mild inconvenience. Therefore, I am writing this letter of complaint to who soever [sic] should find it.
I am interested to see who read this far, so I have a more [indecipherable] task for you to complete.
Come and find me with this letter in hand and I will buy you ANYTHING from the school’s vending machine. The catch is, you have to ask for me by name, which I am not going to tell you.
You may use the clues scattered within this text to deduce who I am as well as the few clues written below:
- I was in Room 15 at the time of writing this
- This letter was written on Tuesday 27th September 2016
Whilst we are equally appalled at the confession of the use of a biro, this offence seems to be subservient to the more interesting contents of this note. Such ambiguity raises a few questions:
- Who is guilty of scribbling it down with the biro?
- Are they really a year ten English student, or is this just an malign bourgeois trick to avoid payment?
- What does ‘Pickle’ mean?
Uniquely for his/her brazen audacity to blight the world with blue ink oozed onto a minute piece of paper by the dreadful apparatus that is the biro, the Bournemouthian encourages anyone who may know how to decrypt this riddle to make themselves known and claim their reward. In the meanwhile, we endeavour to work out just exactly what ‘Pickle’ might mean.