I should have been nervous.
There should have been beads of cold sweat dripping down my back, as I waited in the Major Squad Interrogation Box.
I was too calm.
That should have alarmed me.
Instead, I was seated neatly, my feet planted on the cold cement floor. My fingers splayed on the table. My long auburn hair tucked behind my ears, my glasses perched on my nose. For all intent and purposes, I appeared like a mouse. Unassuming in my oversized cardigan, the pink tee shirt underneath, and leggings. My earphones hadn’t been confiscated yet. Odd. So there I was listening to my playlist, watching the door.
I was waiting.
A slow smile crept over my lips.
Detective Bobby Goren. the “sherlock Holmes” of the Major Case Squad. He loved finding patterns things no one else could, he was the least liked detective in the precinct due to his neurotic behaviour.
They brought him back for me.
The hairs on the back of my neck stood on end.
He was here.
Slowly I stood, pushing back the chair, and turned.
I walked to the two- way mirror. I placed my hand on the glass caressing it slowly and I cocked my head to the side. “Hello Bobby, its time don’t you think?”
the door swung open.I waited a moment before turning. Alex Eames walked in. She made Captain two years after Goren left the precinct. Her blonde hair framed her diminutive features, the captain’s badge displayed proudly on a chain between her breasts. She was the kind of woman who didn’t like to dress impress but did so with little flair. She wore black like a signature colour. Her arms crossed over her chest with authoritativeness that made me smile.
“You’re protecting him, it’s admirable, Eames” I sighed. “I know he is here. Give him to me.”
“I am not protecting Goren,” Eames growled. My eyebrow arched. Goren? She never used her partner’s last name. Ooh, Trouble in paradise.
“Come now, detective” I deliberately used her former title to irk her. I reached for her, and swung her into a waltz. “the tigers come at night. Their voices soft as thunder”
Eames recoiled, she pushed me off her. I laughed as I staggered into the table. Horror and confusion on her face as she took a step back.
“Les Mis” she whispered. “Did you follow me to the musical?”
I laughed. “Don’t flatter yourself, Eames. I happen to like Musicals.” I frowned thoughtfully. “Did you go to the musical last night, Eames?”
She stalked across the room. Her hands planted on either side of me on the table, the sound echoing in the room. There was no way I could avoid her eye contact. Her seething rage. There was a familiarity to the way she was invading my personal space.
“Did you follow me to the Musical!” she demanded.
“Back off Eames, she is pushing your buttons.” Goren’s voice startled us both. “She never followed you. She has Fantine on her playlist”
Eames blinked and we both twisted our heads to the two-way mirror.
Eames scowled. “Who called him. I didn’t call him” she shouted. “Goren, do not come in here!” doorway she pushed herself away from me and stormed over to the mirror. “Do you hear me, Goren?”
The door open and Goren filled the doorway. His tall frame eating up space. His salt and pepper hair looked as if it had never been combed. He wore a plaid work shirt tucked into a pair of jeans.
“She almost perfected the Goren Lean.” he smirked. “but my partner has her ways of getting the truth. It’s best I called her off.”
I glanced from Goren to Eames. “oh yeah she is like a rabid dog with a bone” I sighed dryly. “she really had me”
“Goren you are interfering in my investigation!” Eames tried again, but he walked into the interrogation box as if he never heard her. He seated himself.
He held up my tablet. “quite the playlist you have” he motioned for me to sit down. I straddled the chair he offered. “you mirrored Alex’s playlist.” he scrolled down, checking off some songs. ” you and Joe’s wedding song.” his gaze shifted to Eames. “when did you get this sloppy, Alex? That you would get Hacked.”
Eames glared at Goren. “We can’t be perfect like you, Goren”
“I am not perfect.” Goren snapped. Emotions flitted across his face. Anger, resentment, and hurt. “You know, I would have come for you if you just asked.”
Eames and Goren glared at each other. I folded my arms watching the drama unfold with interest. “That’s the problem, Goren. I never asked. Yet here you are. Inserting yourself where you don’t belong! I don’t need you! Now or ever. Leave before I arrest you for hindering my investigation! ”
I narrowed my eyes. “Look mommy and daddy are fighting.” I clapped my hands. Both Eames and Goren swung their gaze at me. “you gotta go and get angry at all of my honesty
You know I try but I don’t do too well with apologies
I hope I don’t run out of time. Could someone call a referee?
‘Cause I just need one more shot at forgiveness”
Goren groaned. “Bieber? Really? Now you are quoting Bieber!”
Eames scowled. “This isn’t a game. She is connected to a slew of deaths!”
“You are right.” Goren sighed. “I didn’t mean to be difficult. I will leave if you want.”
“Yes I want you to leave, Bobby.” Eames snapped.
Panic seized me. He couldn’t go. I reached into my cardigan, into my bra, removing the stiletto knife that hid there.
Eames’ eyes caught the gleam of metal and before she could react, I shoved it deep into Goren’s thigh.
“Don’t even think of it!” I snarled as Eames reached for her holstered gun. “What kind of idiot doesn’t search me before sending me in here!”
“When I find out, I will fire them” Eames gritted out. “How are you, Bobby”
“Oh so its Bobby now? Now we are all friends here!” I snapped. “Bobby is just peachy. If I remove this, he will bleed to death. If I keep it here, he will bleed to death. Either way, we all descend into madness.”
Goren let out a hiss. “Jesus christ, Are you quoting Moby Dick?”
“Oh my god, Goren, do not give us a literature lecture! You have been stabbed you are bleeding to death!” Eames cried.”we need an EMT!”
” I am not bleeding to death!” Goren groaned, his face in his hands. “Did you just try to quote Moby Dick to us right now!”
“Eames!” Goren shouted, “Moby Dick! She quoted Moby Dick!”
Eames anger faded to confusion, her gun in her hand she swung it between me and Goren. “Moby Dick?” she echoed, realisation dawning on her. “That was Nicole Wallace’s favourite novel.”
I was losing ground here. “Bravo, Detective. Now your reunion is interfering with what I need Goren to do. Now Move bitch get out of the way!”
I twisted the knife in Goren’s thigh, he let out a curse. Eames paled. “Alright,” she held up her gun and her hand in a placating manner. “I am leaving.
“Don’t be a hero, Eames. Don’t think of charging the room. I just need Goren. No other cops. Or he dies.”
Eames backed out of the interrogation room.
Goren smiled through the pain. “So now it’s you and me” he sighed. “You were lying back there. You are not going to kill me.”
“Take off your belt” I snapped. “You are a smart boy, Goren. If you die, I die.”
He grimaced as he removed his belt. He wrapped it around his leg. He tugged it tight making a tourniquet to stop the flow of blood.
“Eames plays it by the book, I took you hostage.” I sighed. “There will be cops swarming this place soon. I need to turn off the light” I growled. “You move, I kill you. Hands on the table.”
Goren raised his hands and placed them on the table. “True. You made a stupid move. You wont get out alive. And They won’t be able to see inside, but will we?”
“Being alive was over rated.” I shrugged. I inched slowly to the light switch, dragging my chair along. I jammed the chair under the doorknob and flicked the lights out.
Goren’s features were cast in an eerie light from my tablet. “How you doing?” I asked.
“You stabbed me I am losing blood,” Goren grunted. “How do you think I am doing.”
“Do you know who I am?”
“You are Nicole’s daughter.” he murmured. “You made it damn obvious.”
I smiled. “yeah, I overplayed that one.”
He shook his head. “why?”
“I didnt have time to play the cat and mouse game. Eames ruined it.”
Goren studied me for a moment. “You are blaming Eames for your impatience?” he chuckled.
I seated myself on the table, crossing my legs.
Goren held out his hand. “Take my hand.”
I placed my hand in his.
“we have DNA proof that Nicole Wallace’s daughter is dead.” he sighed. His thumb stroked my palm, sending shivers down my spine. “Either you are a greater con artist than she is, or You are her daughter with Bernhardt. She had you when she was in prison in Thailand and given to the state.”
I laughed bitterly. “thank god, right? That way mummy dearest couldn’t kill me”
Goren chuckled, “Your mother was a sociopath, it wasn’t in her nature to love. How did you find me”
I shook my head, “No we don’t have time for that. you know what I am accused of. Those bodies. Aren’t mine. I need you to profile me. I need you…”
Goren’s eyes narrowed. “You need validation, that you aren’t like Nicole.” he surmised he released my hand. “Are you afraid that the killer gene is inherited?”
I scowled. “I am very aware of what I am capable of. I don’t need Nicole’s genes to tell me what I am, who I am.”
Goren steepled his fingers under his chin. “You aren’t afraid of the truth.”
“The truth, Bobby? is what sets us free.” I whispered. “My mother admired you. You were the closest person she had to a friend. I trust you. Find out who is framing me, before I do.”
-this was supposed to be a self-ship. but it turned to be something else.
#writingprompt: What would happen if you met your favorite character?