This is a continuation from Brandon’s take on this weeks Story Dam prompt. He wrote his, I read it and went from there, only telling MY characters point of view. If you haven’t read his yet, please do that before reading mine, then come back here.
Rachel knew she was in for it when Detective Lewis called her to ask if she could stop by the scene of their latest investigation this morning. The convenience store on the corner of 3rd and Blackwell had been robbed. For that matter so had the one on 22nd street last month. Only this time the clerk and the would be robber were both dead.
“Open and closed case” She said to herself. But why would Lewis call her if that were the case? He was always trying to do anything he could to spend more time with her. His crush was obvious.
Rachel had been working at the D.A’s office for a couple of years. Straight out of law school, still young according to the calendar but old from all the hours she spent trying to prove she had what it took to graduate at the top of her class. Top law firms from across the country had offered her positions with them. She had other plans: go back ‘home’. She still had a lot to prove back there.
“Okay Murray, what am I here for?” she asked as she walked up the sidewalk that led into the store. Murray was the one to ask when she wanted the short explanation. He didn’t sugar coat or over dramatize. His suits were as straightforward. Nothing flashy.
“I didn’t know they had already called in the big guns” he said in a sarcastic tone.
“Lewis called, said I needed to come take a look while it was still fresh” trying not to return the attitude, she knew Lewis didn’t have the confidence in her that Murray did. Crush or not, Murray was also one of her biggest supporters.
“Well, Murray here thought this was a done deal, he should have known I wouldn’t let him get off that easy” Lewis replied with a smile. “Sorry to drag you out here first thing in the morning, I just thought you’d like to get a jump start”
“No problem, so what’s your take?” she said, trying hard not to smile. Yes, he might be a little annoying, but his suits weren’t boring. He knew how to dress.
Lewis told her his scenario taking her through the store to point out the evidence behind his conclusion.
“Well Murray, it sounds like you’re on to something” She said, glancing over at the store manager that had been sitting in the corner listening to every word they had just said.
Rachel couldn’t quite put her finger on it, but she knew him from somewhere. She had met so many people since she had returned home, but he looked at her as though he was afraid she had already made the connection.
Walking towards him she thought “maybe if I hear his voice, get a closer look” “Hello Sir, I’m Rachel Riley, from the D.A.’s office, can I get you something to drink, some water maybe?”
Her tactic had always been to put people at ease first before they saw her ‘Zena-the Warrior Princess’ side.
“I have crap to do today, how much longer is this going to take?” “I know my rights, you can’t keep me here much longer” He said in a tone oddly familiar to her, but from where she still hadn’t placed it.
Rolling her eyes as she turned to tell Lewis “This ones, got something to hide, get him downtown”
“Damn, I guess it’s gonna be a long day after all” Murray tried to say in a whisper.
“It sure is, and it’s only getting started, Lewis I’ll meet you guys at the station” She said, walking out the door, adrenaline pumping. This was what she lived for, catching the bad guys.