Another Day, Another Death

Following the work of the homicide detectives in an American city.

Tackling cases that they consider run of the mill as well as more complex cases, that requires involving the entire unit.

One such case will bring them all face to face with the dangers of being a police officer as members of the unit become targets of a gunman.

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3. Beginning of an End

Marc left to go and get the car so he can drive John to one of the other car yards Drummond owned along with Fletcher, before he goes to interview Mrs. Fletcher.


“Grapefruit,” John said.


“What?” Keel asked him confused.


“You said you needed a word grapefruit that’s the first one popped into my head.” John replied attempting to conceal a smirk.


“Funny," Harry said. His tone of voice letting John know he wasn't amused by anything he said or did.

 

"Look in all seriousness John, I got word from HR today your paperwork has been processed your end date is the 31st of next month.”


"Hmm, six weeks and I’m out all of a sudden it’s really starting to feel real, you know 35 years on the job is about to come to an end." John said.

 

“Well, there’s no turning back now.” Keel said.

 

“Oh, don’t get me wrong Harry, I got no regrets pulling the pin I known for a while it was time for me to get out, it’s just letting it sink in, but I know it’ll all turn out like clockwork.”


 

“Anyway, so you know this means you’ve already pulled your last case as primary detective you’re now secondary to this job and it’s your last job even having that much involvement.”

 

“Wow, my last case, huh, now it really is hitting home so once Marc and I get this wrapped up and put the ice queen away what then do I just ride a desk.”

 

“You know the score you’ve seen others do it, from here on in any other cases Marc draws you're strictly just office support."

 

"With so little time left the department can’t have you leaving midway through an investigation so you’ll mainly be making sure all case files under your name are in order."

 

"You can lend support to Marc or any other detective providing you’re able to do it from the office but that’s it.” Harry told him.

 

“Well then, guess I’d better be getting out there and see what I can do to put this one to bed before I’m put out to pasture.”

 

“I wouldn't call it being put out to pasture, John, but then at your age I guess you can't really call it being put out to stud either.”

“Not without the blue pill anyway, which reminds me how is your lovely soon to be wife Gloria."

 

“She's good Harry, going nuts preparing for our wedding in a couple of weeks, looking forward to finally getting a honeymoon as soon I'm done on the job."

 

“Hope you don't chase this one off like you did with wives 1 and 2,” Harry said to him.

 

Getting in a less than subtle dig at John over his prior failed marriages, which both ended with the women taking their children and moving to new cities. Miles away from him.

 

“Look, I know you and I haven't always seen eye to eye and I know you feel it should have been you sat in this chair these past seven years, but I know I'll say it again before you go, and so will a few others, good luck and enjoy retirement. Until then, get out there and do the job.”

 

“Thanks Harry, I fully intend to make the most of retirement, but till it begins I'm a cop no half measures, okay, I'm out I'll catch up with Marc see ya.”

 

John got up out of the chair as Harry stood and leaned across his desk to shake Harry's hand.

 

After the handshake, John turned and walked out of the office. Harry sat back in the chair behind his desk and thought to himself, 'shit what kind of fucking hypocrite am I, enjoy your retirement I hate that guy's guts and he hates mine and oh fuck, get out there and do the job.'

 

'That fat fuck has been dragging his ass for a long time and Marc's been carrying him and here I am giving him a pat on the back.'

Harry shook his head as if trying to shake loose the memory of that conversation with John and get back to work.

 

While he waited for John, Marc had been chatting to detectives Sean Williams and Lucy Carter who were waiting to see Sgt. Keel.

 

He'd called them both the night before and told them to be in his office first thing the next morning.

 

John came out of Keel's office and after a brief hello to Sean and Lucy, he and Marc headed off to the precinct car park to go re-interview Mrs. Drummond and Mr. Fletcher.

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