Jorge doubled back then around another block making sure he wasn’t being followed. Once he was sure no one was behind him, he made his way to his truck only to find it surrounded by police and what looked like FBI agents. He had just bought the truck the night before the raid on the gang house, but somehow, they already tied him to it. Worse of all the American FBI presence made it clear they knew about his work in the States. He left a bag filled with extra ammunition for the P90 as well as his Glock 19. The P90 had fifty-rounds along with fifteen rounds in the Glock, but he knew he couldn’t win a shootout with the army, police and the Americans. He had the cash and papers that could get him across several borders including the American border. From there he could either rent a boat or hire a private plane for the trip to Hawaii and his sister. He never sailed, but something about sailing to Hawaii sounded like something he could do.
Cathy waking up alone in bed, got up and made her third trip of the morning to the bathroom. Out in the part of the common room that acted as a dining room, she found Wendy with Darrel, Scott, and Gina looking over a map. Both Gina and Wendy were taking notes. Cathy asked, “OK what’s going on?” Wendy looked at the other two then back to Cathy. She said, “there has been some talk about a new dealer and possibly a new drug being made along the border. Something akin to Adderall but with a component that seems to turn people psychotic.” Cathy looked the three over saying, “and you four think you can solve this? Scott asked, “can we just stand aside and let this happen?” Cathy sat down and asked, “what happened?” Wendy handed her an iPad with the local newspaper’s page on it. The story was about the accidental overdose of three high school students after an ADHD drug and energy drink-fueled night of studying for the SATs. Gina put a small bag of pills on the table. Cathy picked them up and asked, “no you haven’t?” Gina shook her head then said, “I got this off my daughter…... She got it from them.” Gina pointed at the student’s pictures on the screen.
Gina pointed at the map saying, “Maria Rose got the pills from them here at the school. from what we could tell they got them from this guy near the site of the new truck stop near the highway but, from what I found out last night the drug is being sold by a local and according to one of the truckers he hasn’t seen anything like it anywhere on the road.” Wendy tapped on a blank spot in the map and said, “if we stop it here before it can spread then just maybe we can say we did some good.” Cathy asked, “do you think they are there?” Wendy looked down and said, “no I was just tapping on the table.” Cathy asked, “how many people know about all this?” Wendy shook her head saying, “only the six of us counting Maria Rose and Zoey.” Cathy looked around the room. A hand popped up from the couch. Zoey said, “I’m over here and don’t come any closer I think I’m coming down with something. I’ve been sick all this morning."
Cathy looked at the map then to the camera on the wall. She said, “most of those sites now have security cameras. Just maybe we could get that footage and see if there are any signs of people dealing or something.” Gina replied, “you know this isn’t like some stupid movie or TV show where someone drinks Red bull while dancing around a computer calling themselves a hacker?” Wendy said, “the guy running the site is a friend of Sam as well as one of his customers. Just maybe he would give us the video with some incentive.” Gina made a penetration gesture with her fingers. Wendy said, “I was thinking cash or maybe something from the shop.”
Zoey got off the couch and made her way to the bathroom just in time to lose her breakfast. Gary was working on the site for the new rehab clinic and wouldn’t be back until after work. She stood up and searched the bathroom for either cold or upset stomach medication. She found a half dozen pregnancy tests. She said to herself, “no fucking way.” She pulled one of the tests out and unwrapped it. She sat down on the toilet saying, “no fucking way, no fucking way.” She thought about her last period and how she was late. She said, “no fucking way.” She finished unwrapping the test then opened the lid to the toilet and pulled her pants down but nothing. After a few minutes, she turned on the faucet to a trickle and listened to it until her own water started to flow. Balancing on the toilet, she stuck the test between her legs and splashed her hands. She said, “there is no fucking way.” She pulled the test out and counted to sixty. The negative sign turned to a plus in the screen on the test. Zoey called out, “Cathy could you come here please.” The door opened to the bathroom, and Cathy saw Zoey and the test. She said, “no fucking way.”
Zoey asked, “now what do I do?” Cathy looked at her and said, “that depends on you and what you want.” Zoey looked at the AK art piece on the wall of the office. She said, “I……. that is, we never talked about kids. I’m not sure we even have a future together, we rushed into marriage after George, but in the last few months we’ve been more apart than together.” Cathy asked, “what about all those trips?” Zoey looked down and said, “we didn’t want the group to know we’re having trouble, so we’ve been going out of town to see counseling. I think he works all these hours, so he doesn’t have to be around me any more than he has to.” Cathy wanted to say that it doesn’t sound like Gary but right there and then Zoey needed a shoulder to lean on and not a lecture. Cathy said, “no matter what you choose we will be here to support you.” Zoey said, “I love him I just don’t know if I love him enough to have a child with him, but I also don’t think I can do that thing……... you know…... that.” Cathy asked, “does he know?” Zoey replied, “how? I just found out?” Cathy shook her head saying, “no about how you feel.” The door to the office opened, and Wendy came inside with the used pregnancy test. She said to Cathy, “I think we already know you're pregnant. More tests aren’t necessary.” Zoey said, “we need to talk.”