“So gentlemen,” spoke Kovalenko “it is confirmed that Dr. Smok has many gangs that we need to arrest and many other Hatchmen that we need to rescue. Our job has not finished yet but Cecylja Pajdak, Filipina Pajdak, Antoni Pajdak, Lilka Pajdak, Brunon Lew, and Jacek Lew’s job is done. We shall release their names to the media but only as survivors and victims however, we cannot release their names as heroes working unauthorized for the police. You have done a good job Pajdak and Lew cousins.”
After that brief speech, Kovalenko had left the meeting room while the police officers had clapped half-heartedly for the cousins. All of cousins had signed a breath of relief and some of them had smiled. Officer Ratownik had hugged and kissed all of them but only the girls had accepted it whole-heartedly. The albino officer had escorted them outside and when they had all stepped outside, they saw familiar faces waiting for them. Those people were their parents and Filipina’s and Jacek’s other siblings Gosia and Dominika. The two middle school girls ran after them and hugged them tightly; the cousins had accepted their embraces with tender hearts. Of course the parents did not look happy. They all came up to Officer Ratownik and immediately shot complaints. Suddenly, the chief came into the scene.
“Ladies and Gentlemen!” interrupted Chief Kovalenko “I sincerely apologize for what I had inflicted upon all of you and as a sign of my apology, I will give you all ten thousand dollars to you and your wives if you promise not to sue or tell anyone.”
The parents all looked at each other and exchanged glances. After carefully considering these options, they had all finally agreed but they were all still unhappy. Chief Kovalenko had pulled out a booklet and a pen from his pocket, scribbled on the booklet, and handed three checks to each pair of parents. The parents had all grabbed the checks from his hand and started their cars.
“Well finally!” breathed Jacek.
“I can’t believe we’re finally going home!” said Cecylja as she smiled and Antoni had pushed her in her wheelchair.
I think I had finally found some trust from these cousins Officer Ratownik thought to herself these guys actually dared to save my life.
“I can’t wait to go home and play on my Xbox,” Antoni said to Brunon.
“Didn’t you bring your Xbox with you on the train?” asked Brunon.
“Oh no!” exclaimed Antoni as he put his hands to his head “My Xbox got destroyed on the train!”
“Goodbye guys!” Cecylja said to the cousins “I will miss you all!”
“Thanks for everything Officer Ratownik!”
They all had said their goodvyes in unison as they climbed into their cars. Cecylja had been carried into the car; her wheelchair was folded and put into the car. In their cars, the cousins all waved to Officer Ratownik and she had waved back to them. While the albino officer had smiled the chief had kept a grim look on them. He turned to the officer and gently held her by the waist.
“Do you still want to go out with me?” he asked her.
“I still need some time to think about it,” answered Officer Ratownik as he took Kovalenko’s hands off her waist.
The cars rode off into the bright pink sunset, never returning to the city again.
“Tato, czy moge kupić nowy Xbox?” asked Antoni.
”JA CI ZARAZ DAM NOWY XBOX!” Antoni’s Dad yelled sarcastically. [i]
End of Book 2
[i] “Dad, can I get a new Xbox?”
“OH I’M GONNA GIVE YOU A NEW XBOX!”