Monday, July 10, 2017

Chapter 81-Nice Guys Finish Last

“Go home Sandi,” Caleb told his sister-in-law, “I can handle this from here.” The two had been working on solving the Dahlia Goodfellow murder case for many years now and Caleb knew that Sandi was way past retirement age. Dahlia was Sandi’s birth mother and even though they didn’t have a loving relationship, Sandi felt she owed it to Dahlia to see justice served for her brutal murder. Now that Pip had been arrested for the crime, it was time for her to retire. Her age was beginning to show and she owed it to herself to spend her golden years with her husband.

“Not until I see the final nail hammered into Pip’s coffin,” Sandi said. Sandi was a good detective and very thorough with her work. When she on a case she was like a dog with a bone as she wouldn’t give up until the case was solved. Caleb was really going to miss having her for a partner. Sandi was more than just a partner or a sister-in-law to him in fact he had come think of her as his real sister. “I want to see when that ballistic report comes back on the gun” she said. “This is my last case and I want to see it through to the end.

Caleb knew that it was pointless to argue with her as she was stubborn as the day was long but yet he had to give it a try. “You and my brother lost so many years together due to the Goodfellows don’t let them take anymore” Caleb said. His brother Dylan was missing for 12 years and the Goodfellow family were responsible for his kidnapping. Nothing could ever make up for those missing years but Caleb didn’t want these two wasting one more precious second together. “With the gun, the testimony of Tennille and Pip's own henchman he is going away for a good long time,” Caleb said, “It’s an open and shut case he will not wiggle his way out of this one.”

“I already put in my retirement papers but I want to wait for that final ballistic report to come in. I don’t know why but my sixth sense is telling me that I need to be here when it does.” Sandi said. Caleb knew that it was pointless to argue with a werewolf's sixth sense.

“It should be here any minute now and as soon as it comes in you are out of here.” Caleb said.

“I promise the minute I finishing reading that report I will leave this place for good,” Sandi assured him.

“If you don’t I will throw you out of here myself, bodily if I have to,” he said.

“No you won’t.” she said. “You are too much of a gentleman to throw an old lady out on her keister,” Sandi explained. “And I’m not just any old lady. I’m the old lady who taught you everything you know on the art of sim fu so you won’t be able to.  HI-YAH!” Sandi said as they both laughed.

A few minutes later there was a beep on Sandi’s computer that served as an alert to when he received a message. The message was from forensics with the ballistic report.

“If that is it,” Caleb said, “Start clearing off your desk, Detective. And that is an order.”

“Bossy today aren’t you?” Sandi answered back with a laugh.

Caleb walked around the desk and stood behind Sandi.   He looked over her shoulder to read the message as he was as anxious to read it as she was.

Now Sandi knew why her sixth sense told her to stay as neither one of them ever expected to read those words on the report.  Many years back Caleb told Sandi the story of how he was abandoned. This was a tale that was not shared with many people at all in fact Sandi was sure only her, her husband Dylan, and Caleb’s wife Hope knew of it. At the age of 5 in Riverview, Caleb’s mother brought him to a mall and told him to wait for her but she never returned. Caleb was found by a police officer named Trevor Wilcox who brought him to the group home that he met Dylan in. The officer took a special interest in Caleb and would visit him often. One day the visits stopped and Caleb learned it was because Officer Wilcox was killed in the line of duty while working a mob war. That was Caleb’s main motivation to become a police officer to stop the families involved in that mob war and to continue the good work that Trevor had started. We had already stopped one of them but now it appears that we are going to stop them both. Caleb never dreamed he would ever find the actual gunman who murdered his mentor and she could only imagine the thoughts going through his mind.

Caleb stood up and slammed his fist on his desk and shouted, “I’ll kill that fucking son of a bitch!” He stormed out of the room as he slammed the door. Sandi was alarmed as she never seen her brother-in-law act this way. No matter what situation he was in he always kept his cool and handled the situation without letting his emotions get in the way. Even when force was needed to be used Caleb always knew how much to use and when it was absolutely needed. That is what made him a natural at his job.

Sandi started to run after Caleb when she realized this was a situation she couldn’t handle alone. She picked up her cell phone and hit the speed dial for Dylan. She told him to hurry up down to the station and to bring Hope with him. She made sure to tell him that everyone was physically fine but that there was an emergency that she needed their help with.

Caleb locked himself in the interrogation room as really just needed a little while to absorb it all and most of all calm down. Pip was denied bail and was transferred to Simcatraz to await his trial. Luckily for Pip he was far out of Caleb’s reach when the rage hit as even Caleb didn’t trust his self control at that moment. For years he had wanted to get justice for his mentor’s death and ironically that gunman had been right under his nose all the time. Pip was never going to see the light of day with all the evidence they had against him for sure. How could he have not seen this one coming at all had him second guessing himself and his ability at his career?

Sandi sniffed around the station for Caleb until she was finally able to figure out which room Caleb was in. The door was locked so she knocked several times but all Caleb said was that he needed to be alone. Caleb was the type who knew how to take care of others during their time of need but found it difficult to accept help when he needed it. Dylan and Hope soon arrived Sandi filled them in on the recent events. Dylan decided to knock on the door and try to talk to his brother.

“Bro open the door let’s talk about this” Dylan shouted to the closed door.

“I should have guessed that Sandi would call you right away,” Caleb said.

“Sandi is worried about you as am I,” Dylan said. “Hope is here too and she is also worried. Why don’t you open the door and come home with us?” Caleb didn’t answer his brother at all. “Bro you know how much I hate to use magic but I will.”

“I just need some time by myself” Caleb yelled back.

“No that is not what you need. You need the love and support of your family, “Hope yelled back. “Come on hun just open the door for us.”

“Stand back” Dylan said to the women. Dylan rarely used magic but his undeveloped powers never failed him when he needed them the most.

Tears to Fears, Fears to Tears

Cheers to Jeers,Jeers to Cheers

Now we know Four is the score,

 All we need is to Open that door!

Sparks flew from Dylan’s wand towards the door. He walked up to the door and turned the knob. The door opened without any problem. Yep he magic never failed him whenever he needed. As he stood there ready to walk into the room he knew this was not his job to do anymore. Dylan was old and wouldn’t be around much longer but Hope would always be there for Caleb. Dylan looked at Hope and stepped aside.  He held the door open as he motioned for her to walk in.

"I don't want to talk about it," Caleb said.

"We don't have to talk about it if you don't want to," Hope explained. "I just don't want you to be alone right now.  It's times like these that family sticks together to support each other.  You have done it for everyone in both of our families and now you need to know that we are here for you."

"Why?" Caleb asked.  "I don't deserve it.  I should have known all along that Pip was the one.  I can't even do my damn job correctly."

"And how could you have known that?" Hope asked.

"Isn't it obvious!" Caleb snapped back.

"You had no reason in the world to suspect that Pip was the one to kill who shot Trevor." Hope answered.

"Are you sure about that?" Caleb asked sarcastically.  "My brother doesn't even like to use his powers yet they work for him."

"Hold on there one minute.  Are you blaming the fact that you didn't use your powers?" Hope asked.  "Mind reading is a power that can be abused if not handled correctly.  It's so easy to cross that line between right and wrong with an ability like that.  That is why none of us use it and it's an invasion of privacy.  You said yourself that the only time you use that ability just a tiny bit is to determine when someone is lying to you while you are questioning them. "

"So instead I was a nice guy who respected Pip's right to privacy.  He was free all this time causing trouble for MY FAMILY when I should have put him in jail a long time ago. You know what they say about nice guys,"  Caleb said.

"Stop talking nonsense!  What happened to Trevor was tragic and you found his murderer no matter how long it took.  How many others would have just left the case dormant after a while? You seen it through until the end.  You are one of the best detectives on this force. You inspired your own son to follow in your footsteps and it wasn't because of your powers.   You solve your cases using your own brain and skills. All the supernatural powers in the world pale in comparison to your skills and knowledge." Hope explained.

"I don't feel like the best detective right now," Caleb said "I still feel as if I should have done more."

"I know this had to be difficult to learn so maybe you should take some time off until the shock wears off.  You do have some vacation time accrued so why don't we go to Roaring Heights to spend some time with our grandchildren?" Hope asked.

"Hey we could use a vacation and would like to see the kids too" Dylan said as he walked in with Sandi.

"Why not after that we head on over to Isla Paradiso," Sandi said "Chrissie just found out that she is having a baby girl and I'm sure we would all love to spend some time with Bae."

"This does sound like a great idea," Hope said "The four of us on a long vacation.  What do you say hun?"

Caleb thought about it for just a moment and he knew he wouldn't be able to do his job correctly with these feelings of doubt and anger inside of him.  He also could use a vacation since he would always be a workaholic.  Seeing all the kids would be good for him and he definitely wouldn't regret spending some extra time with his brother.

"OK you convinced me.  All of you are right.  I need some time away from here." Caleb said.

Caleb's vacation turned into a very long and much needed leave of absence.  He needed the time off for himself but it also was for family emergency reasons. Trevor had just turned Carissa and she wasn't handling the change well and she felt very ill.  She needed to rest and Trevor welcomed the extra help with the kids.

It was about time that they spent some quality time with the kids anyway.  Aiden was already a teenager and the two little ones Ava and Ashley were growing up faster than they could imagine.

The four of them decided to go to Isla Paradiso right after they received word that Chrissie just delivered a healthy baby girl who she named Morgan. Bae was already accepted at Sim State University in the fall and wanted to join the Navy as an oceanographer after he graduated.  He wouldn't be moving back in with his parents so they thought it best for Morgan and themselves to move back to Aurora Skies to stay out of the hot Isla Paradiso sun.  Bae did promise to visit his parents as often as possible while he was traveling.

They stayed until Bae graduated high school and they spent the summer there until Bae left for university.  While Chrissie & Mickey was busy packing Sandi and Hope fussed over the baby and two brothers spent the day relaxing. Thankfully they had a large supply of vampiric sunscreen that Holly made on hand.  It was decided that Chrissie and Mickey would move in with Sandi and Dylan as their house was already willed to them.

By the time they finally arrived home Caleb had cooled down and was ready to go back to work again.  The time off did him good and he realized that skill and knowledge is more important than supernatural powers could ever be. This was something his brother knew already and it was about time that he learned the same lesson.  Science was always Dylan's preferred source of magic.

Caleb sat at his desk waiting for his new partner to arrive.  He was already missing Sandi and he knew he would never find another partner like her.  It was ironic that those two became so close when they hated each other when they first met.  Now he didn't know how he would do this job without her.

Taylor's boyfriend Heath walked in and shook Caleb's hand.  Caleb noticed the difference in him right away as Taylor must have turned him.

"So what brings the FBI down here to our station?" Caleb asked.

"You mean formally of the FBI,"  Heath said.  "Taylor and I talked it over and we decided to move back to Aurora Skies.  That meant I needed to leave the FBI and I joined the Aurora Skies PD.  Meet your new partner."

Caleb did like Heath so he knew this would work out but he was still the new guy. "So partner,” Caleb said with a smile on his face as there was no way he would go easy on the new guy especially a new guy who was dating his niece. "Would you mind telling me when you are going to make an honest woman of my niece instead of just shacking up with her?"

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Author's Message

I know that I haven't updated this story in quite a while but it has not been abandoned.  Right now a situation has come up with my job which has taken up most of my free time.  Starting in April I will have more spare time on my hands than I know what to do with as I will be taken that month off to relax and recuperate from the ordeal which has taken over my life.  A Race Against Time will be returning in April as I am looking forward to writing the story again.  I do apologize for the long absence.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Author's Note-Dog Poll

My Heir is going to adopt a dog and I narrowed it down to three different dogs.  I can't decide between them so I'm holding a poll to see which one gets the highest results.  Please make your choice on the right hand side.

Admiral the Chesapeake Bay Retriver

Commodore the Golden Retriver

Nautical the Labrador Retriever

Thank for all the help and support.

Edit-I spelled Nautical's name wrong on the poll and I'm not able to change it so the last choice is Nautical.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Chapter 80-I've Just Seen Paradise

The sun was rising and Bae didn’t get one wink of sleep. He knew today was going to be difficult and there was only one thing that would allow him to think straight. He got dressed and left for the beach. His parents were still sleeping and he didn’t want to wake them so he left them a note. With him being a merman they understood he needed to be near or in the ocean water as much as possible. As long as he left word as to where he would be they were fine with him leaving early in the morning. He ran down the stairs, filled up Cheech’s bowl with food and out the door he went.

It was still early and the beach was quiet and deserted. Bae always found this time of the morning to be comforting at the beach because all he would hear was the sound of the waves as the softly hit the shore and the call of the seagulls made as they flew high above. The water was calm this morning and he jumped in for a morning swim. As the salt water hit his scales his legs they transformed into a tail and he was able to swim faster. He swam and he swam and before he knew it he was far deep into the ocean.

He used this time to think and he knew what he had to do today. His Dad was right he should have never broken a promise to Shanta and he knew that no matter what he needed to talk to her today. He wasn’t sure what words he would use but hopefully he would find the right ones to make it up to her. If only he could use Grandpa Emmett’s time portal to go back and change things he would. Grandpa Emmett would give him the speech about how the time portal was not to be used frivolously for our own purpose so that was out of the question. He really did like her and still wanted to see her so this was something he knew he had to do regardless of Cassidy being home for the weekend. At this point Cassidy visit didn’t mean the same to him anymore as he seemed to be joined at the hip to this Javiera witch.

Bae knew that he couldn’t put this off much longer so he swam in and planned to go straight to find Shanta. He started to swim back to the beach he seen that someone was there. As he got closer he knew exactly who it was. Cassidy was there and this time Javiera was not with him. He tail transformed back into legs and he walked out of the water and straight over to his best friend.

“I was looking for you and I had a feeling you would be here,” Cassidy said.

“How did you know I would be here?” Bae asked.

“This is where you always come when you have a problem. I seen you walk away last night and I could tell that something is wrong.” Cassidy said.

“I had a fight with Shanta last night.” Bae answered.

“I’m sorry to hear that. Do you want to talk about it?” Cassidy said.

“No, I’m going to try and fix that today.” Bae said. “Cas how long you been seeing this Javiera?”

“A few months now. We first bumped into each other in class and we started studying together and then we started dating.” Cassidy said.

“So it’s not that serious yet? I guess that is why you never mentioned her to me.” Bae said.

“No Bae it’s quite the opposite. It’s hard to explain because I never thought I would ever feel this way about a girl. The more I get to know her the more I want to be with her.” Cassidy said.

“Then why did you wait until now to tell me about her?” Bae asked. “I consider you to be more like a brother to me than a friend. In the past we always told each other everything but all of this just came out of the blue. I’m beginning to feel as if I don’t know you anymore.”

“I’m sorry for surprising you like this but I’m kind of surprised by all of this myself. One day I thought I had my whole life figured out the next I found this wonderful woman who changed everything. Now I can’t imagine a life without her in it.” Cassidy said.

“But if you just met her a few months ago. Don’t you think you think this is going too fast?” Bae asked.

“You just don’t understand. I think about her all the time and when I look in her eyes I feel like I've just seen paradise. I know you really haven’t had the time to get to know her but when you join us I’m sure you what a wonderful person she is.” Cassidy said.

“I guess we will see about that when I get there but right now I have to go find Shanta.” Bae said.

Meanwhile back in Aurora Skies:

Age was catching up to Sandi and everyone was suggesting that she retire and spend more time with her husband. They had so many years already stolen from them but wasn’t ready to retire from the police force yet. Sandi never liked to leave a job undone and she had one case that was personal so she had to solve it herself. Years ago her birth mother Dahlia Goodfellow was found beaten to death and even though Sandi never liked her she felt compelled to bring her killer to justice. The name on the top of the suspect list was Dahlia’s husband Pip but Sandi and Caleb were never able to get solid evidence on him for the murder or any of his other criminal activities. They knew he was the joke of the mob so it was only a matter of time before another family eliminated him one way or another.

A fairy named Claudio Morrera was brought in for selling firearms illegally and he was believed to be part of the Goodfellow crime family. He wouldn’t answer any of Sandi or Caleb’s questions until he met with his lawyer.

When his lawyer arrived he advised Claudio that another family was ready to take over Pip Goodfellow’s last territory Aurora Skies. This family was willing to give him protection to anyone who turned on Pip. If Pip was in jail for an indefinite period of time there was no way hold onto Aurora Skies as he was already having trouble. Claudio told his lawyer that he would be willing to cooperate if he could work out a deal with the police. Claudio happened to be one of the goons that carried out the order from Pip to kill his wife Dahlia so he had something to offer them.

Sandi and Caleb spoke with the DA and they were able to agree to a deal which would give Claudio a lighter sentence instead of immunity due to the fact that one of the crimes Claudio admitted to was murder. Claudio accepted the deal as this other family promised him protection in prison and a whole bunch of money after his release.

A warrant was issued for the arrest of Pip Goodfellow and Sandi went as she wanted to be the one to cuff Pip and read him his rights. This man not only killed her biological mother but he was the one who abandoned her on a doorstep as a baby and led her twin brother into a life of crime. The idea of Denny’s life turning out differently if Pip didn’t raise him was always on Sandi’s mind and she always blamed Pip and Dahlia for keeping her twin brother away from her and her father.

While they were searching the house Tennille entered the house with her new husband Jared Newman. She hadn't visited for a while and she just came to pick up the last of her belongings before moving into her new home.  Even though they never met Sandi knew that this girl was her sister.

Tennille walked straight up to Caleb, “What is going on here?”

“I’m Detective Caleb McIntyre and we have a search warrant for this house. You are Pip’s daughter he is at the police station. You might want to call a lawyer for him” Caleb said.

“What has he been arrested for?” Tennille asked.

“The murder of our mother.” Sandi said. “Dahlia was my biological mother so we are sisters. The best advice I can give you now if you want to help your father is to get him a lawyer.”

“I don’t want to help my father,” Tennille said. “That man killed OUR mother. I overheard his conversations ever since I was a kid but he was all I had until I got married. I’ve read all the newspaper articles and I know what this family has done to yours. You have reasons to hate our mother and I respect them but I don’t. All I ever wanted was my mother to be in my life and I don’t even have any memories of her. I doubt anything I know would be anything more than hear say in a court of law but I would be willing to testify against my father if it would help. In fact I do have some information that will help you. You might want to check out that top drawer of the desk in his office. There is a gun in there that he always bragged about. He claimed to have killed a cop with that gun in Riverview. I’m not an expert in law but I believe there is no statute of limitations on murder.”

Caleb was listening and he immediately went to the desk in the office and found the gun and bagged it as evidence.

Sandi looked at this girl differently and she knew that she was an innocent in all of this.  Sandi suddenly remembered about Pip and Dahlia adopted daughter Fawn and how she testified against the Goodfellows in the custody case for Denny's children.  "Did Pip ever hurt or neglect you?"

“No not physically but I grew up without my mother.  He treated me well and always bragged about having a fairy daughter of his own,” Tennille said.

“I wish I would have known how you felt long before now. I would have reached out to you earlier. I may not be able to give you your mother back but I am your older sister,” Sandi said.

Back in Isla Paradiso:

Bae knew exactly where to find Shanta. If she wasn’t at the Sweet Water Pool taking in the sun she was at the cafe with some of her friends. Sure enough that is exactly where she was at the cafe. He was happy that she was there because that was a special place for them. The first time he asked out for a date was in the cafe and he asked her to go steady here also. He hoped that the sentimental memories of this place would work in his favor.

She was sitting by herself reading a book when he walked over.

“Babe, mind if I join you?” Bae asked.

“Don’t Babe Me!” Shanta said in a loud and angry tone. “What you are not with Cassidy today? Isn’t his visit more important than anything else?”

“No it isn’t,” Bae answered. “Please Shanta can we talk about all this?”

“What more is there to talk about? I know where I stand in your life and I have this selfish need to be important in my boyfriend’s life.” Shanta said.

“That is where you are wrong as you are important to me,” Bae explained. “I’m here today with you because I don’t want to lose you.”

“Maybe you should have thought about that before” Shanta said.

“You are right I should have thought about that before. I made a promise to you and I admit that I was 100% wrong for breaking it. When I see that look on your face last night I couldn’t believe that it was me that hurt you like that. If there was anything I could do to change that I would but I can’t. All I can do is apologize and hope that you can somehow forgive me.” Bae said.

“Cassidy is going back to school isn’t he? How do I know you won’t toss me aside again when he comes back?” Shanta asked.

Bae looked straight into her eyes and said, “I have always been honest with you about everything. I give you my word that I will never break another promise to you ever again.”

He did indeed sound sincere to her and it was hard for her to stay angry at him. She smiled at him and said, “I think I can give it another chance.”

Bae kissed her and asked, “It’s still early and we have the whole day free. What would you like to do?”

“Why don’t we just hang out at the pool for a while,” she answered.

They spent the rest of the day together and Bae felt as if he had a new appreciation for her. He really liked her and he already knew he would be asking her to the prom next year. As much as he knew that he liked Shanta he still didn’t get what Cassidy said earlier. All afternoon he tried to see that same amazement that Cassidy described when he looked into Shanta’s eyes but he didn’t. Bae decided just to let things be and enjoy the rest of the afternoon with his girl. Maybe he would see paradise in her eyes another day or at the prom.

After Bae took her home he went to the beach as it was a hot day and his scales were starting to bother him. The sun would be setting soon so he needed to get there right away. He turned and looked at the mighty deep blue water of the ocean with its shimmering waves and he felt as if he had just seen paradise.

Authors Note:  I would like to thank Pinksparkles3475 for Jared Newman.