The scheme is laid out, and the guilty party is confronted with the client seeing something he didn’t believe could be true.
Lu said, “we should call my son and have him bring Marylin here away from whoever this is.” Sean said, “the problem is that these people have evidence that both Wayne and John broke the law. We will need to address that before moving against them.” Janice tapped on the still frame of the naked Sue and said, “if Sean is right then we may have more than one problem. If she is involved in some way, then she might just fight us.” Lou asked, “so what should we do?” John called Sue, “say where are you…. Are you busy...? I have tickets to a thing at EJ Thomas tonight and…. Love you.” About an hour later Sue called saying she couldn’t go and she would explain when she saw him next. She ended the call by saying she loved him so much that it hurt. Janice didn’t know if John was buying it or were the blinders finally off. Janice said, “we will get her story from the other side of this fight.” John looked at Janice with a “what” expression. Janice said, “we need to go to Seattle and talk to both your father and sister.”
Janice follows John and gathers clues as the story come clearer while the focus changes.
John walked into his apartment and nearly collapsed onto the mattress on the floor. Janice watched him through the tiny camera she placed in the room. She knew it wasn’t legal, but it was necessary. She was there to try and help him or maybe stop him. After two hours of watching him sleep his door opened and the young woman from the picture walked in. She was in a pair of yoga pants and a shirt that said “Pink” across the front. Her picture had made her seem too young for this nearly twenty-year-old but in person she looked like she was his age. She walked over to John on the mattress and sat next to him. As she walked she took off her shirt. Janice felt immediately dirty like she was spying on her neighbors as they made love. She was braless and had a body that showed her yoga pants were not just for show. John stirred but after over twenty-four hours of driving he didn’t wake. The girl slid her hand down to his crotch and stroked him until that part of him came awake. John woke up to the look of love and the partial nudity of this woman. She smiled and the two kissed. The two slowly stripped and made love on the mattress. Janice watched for another couple of minutes then she turned the monitor off.
Janice takes on a new client as she goes back to work. A grandfather that thinks his grandson is in danger and wants to help.
Janice found her way to her office by nine in the morning to find JG waiting for her. She still had visible bruises on her face and arms. JG could see the look of concern on Janice’s face, but she went back to work trying to say “let it go” without actually saying let it go. When Janice didn’t move, JG said, “I hate clichés, but sometimes they can be right. I need to be here if only to prove she doesn’t get to win.” JG then handed her an open envelope and said, “mister Pooter sent a check, but as usual he didn’t sign it. Will that cheapskate ever pay what he owes?” Janice looked at the check and said, “the divorce was harsh, and it cost him a lot. He blames me for showing him the truth, and he is a cheap bastard.” Janice went to call the past client about his balance and unsigned check when she saw she had an email from her website. A few years ago, she had a site built for her service. When an interested party wants to talk business, they send a request through the site, and she gets an email. A quick search of the name proved this was a real person, so she called back.
Bill’s brother Mike confronts him about the letters from Janice’s father as Yara finds a new friend.
Bill forced his way into traffic as horns blared and tires squealed. At the first three lights, he made it at the yellow, but the fourth light was red, and he went through. From the back of the car Janice said, “goddamit Bill are you trying to kill us before we get to the hospital.” Bill looked back at a pregnant Janice with a dark stain on her jeans. Instead of slowing down he sped up finding the timing and reaching every light at the green. He jumped the curb and landed at the door to the emergency room only to see a sign saying the entrance was closed and they had to go down further. Bill pulled the car up to the right door, and an attendant met them as the first of the red and blue lights came into view. The attendant told him he had to move the car. The car was sputtering and leaking. The man turned to Bill and asked, “so, first-time father?”
Ava calls Stamp to see if he would do a job for her while the FBI moved in on the compound. A strange makes a move to help Janice.
“Ava my dear I can’t keep this line open for long. The FBI are circling the compound and coming in for a landing.” Ava looked at what should be a live feed of Terence but instead was a cardboard cut out of Elvis. Terence, however, was given a full topless view of both Ava and Yara. He knew that she would only do something like this because she wanted something and that something was bloody. Ava smiled knowing that the old man was staring at her chest and maybe getting a drugfree erection. She said, “you caught us in the middle of something. I hope it doesn’t bother you.” Terence asked, “Ava, I was serious about the feds, and as much as I would like to watch you fuck whatever you two are fucking I need to end this so what do you want?” Ava looked down at her downstairs maid named Maria who was going down on her as Hector took Maria from behind. She said, “I have someone I need dead and from what I have seen you might want her dead too.” Terence stopped watching the scene and changed the aspect of the picture, so only Ava was in the frame. He asked, “the woman from the day before. You know her don’t you my dear?”
Janice finds herself being followed by an unmarked car with three men as she leaves an unwelcoming property. A stop at the police reveals some turns in the story. Ava sees an opportunity to seek a little revenge without leaving the island.
At the beginning of Smith’s driveway was a sign, “No Trespassing. We shoot anyone coming down this drive.” About fifty feet down the road there was a gate and barbwire fence with a sign and signs that it was electrified. As she sat there a four-wheeler pulled up near the fence. A man in all camo with an AK-47 rifle attached to the handlebars. He sat there talking on a radio watching her while not saying a thing. Something felt off about him and this place. There was a flag on the back on what looked like a radio antenna. The flag was red with a dark gray cross in the upper left side leaning to the right. Janice took a picture as discreetly as possible. The man saw the camera and the gun came up to his arms. Janice took that as a sign to hit the road. On the road, she sent the picture and location to Sean to see if he had some idea who this was. About ten minutes later she got a call from one of Sean’s buddies with the police saying, “make sure they are not following you and get as far away from them as fast as you can.”
Ava sits and fumes over the loss of her cover in Ohio and her freedom while Janice makes plans and takes on a new case involving a man and a horse.
That night while in bed with Bill, Janice asked, “have you ever thought about having another child?” Bill looked over at her, but he didn’t say a word. From across the room, Brandon asked, “do you remember how you were just after I died?” Bill finally said, “I thought we were done. I couldn’t see any kind of future.” Bill rolled over to her and kissed her neck. “sometimes while in one of my classes I swear I can see him there. This last class was filled with kids that were his age and knew him. I think it might be why I stayed teaching even after I was offered a job as a principal than an administrator with a charter school. I wanted to see where Brandon was going. Teaching them is like teaching him.” Janice reached down below the covers undoing his pajama bottoms. She rolled over on top of him as she worked her nightshirt off. Bill reached over for a condom from the nightstand, but Janice stopped him whispering, “no, I want nothing but you inside me.”
Ava searches for something to a levee her boredom as Janice does the same back in Ohio.
This part of the story is a little nasty and could offend some people, but I wanted to show the kind of person Ava was and how she used people.
Ava sat in her study watching the local news from Cleveland online. She had lived in Ohio for five years working on her cover while doing the most business she had ever done in her life. Even with her business being online it still paid to be in America. She checked the new bills and saw they were as flawless as the ones lost. The employer sent replacement bills for the bills taken by the feds as well as replacements for others which would change the coding of the program just in case the feds figured out their plan. She stopped working when she saw the story about the woman and the three men. At first the news talked about Bethany as if she was a victim, but eventually they named her as a killer. Bethany was more than just an employee she was a lover to Ava. It was her touch that helped her live with that man she pretended to love. In the past week she lost most of her business and now a lover. Bethany was by no means her only lover. Ava had many of both sex and every gender.
Janice goes on her first investigation learning something that will change her life forever.
Back at home, Janice sat down in her new living room and stared out an open window at the trees and the sounds of singing birds. She closed her eyes then opened them to see her old living room from when she was just a girl. On a loveseat across from her, she saw herself and Stephen Nathanael Lee or Nat. He was her first adult relationship. She was sixteen, and he was a seventeen-year-old senior on the track team. They were making out. She could remember how he felt, his smell and taste. She would sit in his lap as they kissed and touched. She could remember the feel of his firm young body up against hers, the feel of his lips, his hands on her. This was close to her first time with him or any boy. Like so many, he would later abandon her but right there and then he was the only thing on her mind. Janice remembered seeing him a few years ago. He was married with two kids and working as an accountant with a small firm based in Canton, Ohio. His runner’s body was gone replaced with the look of a man that was a professional sitter.
Events turn and subvert Ava’s plans as the story starts to turn toward Janice’s past.
This part is a little disjointed, but it should make more since when it is a full chapter with the next part starting into a flashback of what happened between Janice and her Father.
Sean and Janice watched as the bomb squad removed the bomb parts from the building. The three men didn’t know about the camera in the office that turned on and alerted Janice when the door stood open for longer than one minute. She gave the police the footage of them assaulting then kidnapping JG and finally setting the bomb. The three men wore masks, but all three of them had sleeveless shirts and Triple K on their shoulders. One of the officers on the scene said, “we’ve been building a case against these guys for about a month.” Up in the window of her office, Janice could see the five-year-old Brandon. He was waving to her, and she fought like mad the urge to wave back. One of the officers on the scene said, “I don’t think we are going to need a trial for these boys. No, I am willing to bet that when we find them, they won’t go quietly.”
What to Know
This will be written as a novel with sections added as I finish them and chapters posted on the Story PDF page as I finish them. Because of the nature of this style of storytelling, I will be changing parts as I go with the final story might look different as I finish from where I started.