The long sleek
highly polished golden colored Lincoln Towncar stretch limo arrived in plenty of
time at the airport. It’s driver,
Officer Charming, stood patiently and silently at the car’s side as he watched
the four people walk towards him. He
had driven Chief Williams to the airport to pick up Lady Caterina and her old
friend Amos Burke and his son, Peter.
not the first time Officer Charming had driven for the Williams.
He knew that Chief and Lady Williams often used this car for formal or
very special occasions. The Burke’s were very special friends of the Williams and
rated special treatment upon their arrival to Honolulu.
a bit straighter and giving a quick salute, he opened the back door to the limo
for the Williams and their guests as they approached the car.
As the Williams’ and their guests got in the back, he placed the
luggage in the already open trunk. Quickly
he moved back to the passenger side of the limo, closed the passenger door then
walked over to the driver’s door. After
he settled behind the steering wheel, he started the powerful engine and drove
out of the airport parking lot towards the freeway.
rode down exit to the busy H-1 Freeway, Caterina couldn’t keep her eyes off
her friend seated next to her. She
noticed how silvery his hair had become and how handsome he had become with age.
Without turning back to her husband, she wondered if his hair, which was
slowly turning sliver, would become this attractive with the passage of time.
* I hope Dannya's blonde hair turns
to this wonderful shade of silver white? * she silently wished to herself.
wrong Caterina," Amos asked when he realized she had been looking at him
for so long.
blush came to her cheeks as she smiled coyly.
"I was just noticing how handsome you’ve become over the years,
Amos. No wonder the ladies are
still chasing after you," Caterina said teasingly.
the older man smiled as he leaned closer to Caterina. "Should you be saying such things about another man with
your husband present," Amos replied with a twinkle in his eyes giving her
hand a gentle and affectionate squeeze.
quickly looked from Dan then back to Amos, her face expressing the deep radiant
love and contentment she felt towards the only man in her life.
"It’s better if it is said in front of my husband than behind his
back," she replied as she took Dan’s hand, which immediately started a
round of laughter. "Dannya
knows how much I love him and he knows, for me, that there is no other man
handsomer nor is there any another man who could hold my heart the way he
and assured that Dan fully understood her love, Caterina leaned over and placed
a kiss on Amos’s cheek as she finished her affirmation.
“Just the way your wife stills holds your heart," she finished off
as she leaned back into Dan's arm, which he had lovingly and protectively placed
around her shoulders.
you always been that honest, Caterina?" Peter inquired.
His only memory of her as a younger Caterina from years ago, very full of
life, playfulness and not so openly blunt.
He remembered the long visit she and Dan paid to his father’s house
when he was a rookie for Los Angeles Police Department.
Peter, my wife has always been that honest about a great deal of things unless
there is a reason for her to bend that truth," Dan replied with pride as he
answered Peter's question.
snuggled contentedly closer to Dan. She
was very proud at the moment to be Dan's wife and the wife of Hawaii Five-0's
me Danny, are you like my old man? Going
to crime scenes in high style by using this stretch limo to get there?"
Peter asked with a kind of laugh to his question.
Caterina and Dan broke into laughter at his question. "No," Dan replied, "I only use the family limo
when the boss lady here says I have no choice.
Otherwise, I use my business car or the normal family van when I’m with
sure, blame me for that, what with all those high level affairs that we have to
attend, Dannya," Caterina teased him.
you just use the car issued to you by the State of Hawaii?" Peter stated,
his mind full of questions as he began to compare this man with his father, who
rode around in style just because he had the means too.
He also knew of officers who tried to put his father down for it.
It was a well known fact that the legendary Amos Burke had worked his way
to top through hard work in the Los Angeles Police Department.
only time I have a problem with him is when he manages to sneak out of the
office without someone at his side. That’s
one of my biggest issues I have with him and it’s a disagreement we have both
as a husband vs. wife, or as Chief vs. Deputy Chief," Caterina said in a
yeah, it’s a lovely little agreement that never seems to end.
It started the day I said 'I do' and took this woman for my wife,"
Dan replied in a teasing tone at the same moment reaching down with his hand to
tickle her side playfully.
window between the driver seat and the back opened up, "Excuse me, Lady
Williams where are we heading?" Officer Charming asked now that they final
cleared the airport traffic.
husband's office, Charming. Thanks,"
Ma’am,” Charming replied as he closed the window behind him.
He knew when the Williams would want their privacy and this was one of
those times. He enjoyed this
assignment when it came around because the Chief was easy to drive for.
Catie?" Dan asked questioningly raising his eyebrow at her instructions.
one thing, I have a very demanding boss who wants everything done yesterday.
In addition, I need to check on a few things, such as finding out if all
the Chiefs have checked in and check on the status of some testing that has been
requested. Plus I have an interview
with a cadet this afternoon about a problem he’s having," Caterina
replied in a matter-of-factual tone but one also filled with immense pride.
right. All right, I get the
picture," Dan quickly responded because he knew his wife would list
additional items if given the chance.
Dannya, this will give you the opportunity to show off your office and staff to
Amos and Peter," Caterina told him. "I
shouldn't be more then a hour or so. Then we can drop of the Burke's off at their hotel.”
how much Caterina wanted to show off the Five-0 office suite to her old friend
and the pride she felt in designing it for him.
He remembered her stating before the convention had started that ‘there
would be no private tours of the Five-0 office area.’
Moreover, he knew Amos was her only exception to this rule, even when she
made the statement.
couldn’t really blame her for this exception because he knew how much his wife
has admired Amos for years. This
man had been one of the few men that Caterina had a relationship with and from
this relationship a deep friendship had developed, which was still there to this
day. At no time did he feel any
need for concern or any jealously towards this man from his wife’s past.
He could feel jealous when it came to other men from his wife past, but
Amos was not one of them.
recruits were running along the side of the parking area doing a five-mile run
as the limo pulled up in front of the Five-0 office complex
had mentioned to me that the new Five-0 offices were attached to the Police and
Fire Academy," Amos commented as he watched the growing interest his son
was showing in the female recruits. He
saw the need to redirect his son’s attention elsewhere, so he put his hands on
his shoulders and gave him a light push towards the front door of the Five-0
offices. "Shall we go
in," he said as he gave the officer holding the door open for them a polite
nod of thanks.
Dan hung back
with Amos and Peter whose attentions were kept busily looking about the interior
of the lobby area, while Caterina continued on a short distance to the reception
Sergeant Joseph had seen them enter the lobby and snapped to attention,
"Afternoon, Chief Williams, Lady Caterina."
Joseph. I need a couple of visitor
passes to the Five-0 office please," Caterina requested as she acknowledge
thing Lady Caterina," Sergeant Joseph said as he pulled out the passes.
"Would your guest please sign the register book?" he said as he
turned the book towards them and handed the senior member of the team the pen
Amos smiled at
the unspoken recognition of seniority as he took the pen and then Peter signed
in as requested.
stayed back to give his wife a chance to reap in the honor of the moment.
While he waited for formalities to be taken care of, he noticed that Carl
Wise, his newest detective, had signaled him.
Taking that moment to make his get away he headed down the hall toward
his office, quickly and quietly.
proudly clipping on the ID badge on Amos’ jacket lapel, Caterina turned around
to notice that her husband had disappeared.
"Leave it to that my husband of mine to pull one of his disappearing
act," she commented with an obviously false sense of frustration as she
escorted their guest around the offices. She
knew he was aware that she really wanted to do it and that he wouldn’t have
left unless it was necessary.
the Berkes followed Caterina around the various parts of Five-0 suite where she
proudly showed off the unit and the work she had done to create the new office
complex for her husband, the Five-0 Chief. She showed them the interrogation and
conference rooms, the various work areas were and the tour ended at the
Chief’s office, where they found Dan deeply engrossed with in an intense
discussion with someone on the phone.
seen them enter and held up a finger indicating he would be a few minutes longer
before he returned his full attention back to the caller.
understood the signal and knew this would be her chance to get her needed items
done she referred to earlier. With
a smile of appreciation, she winked at him and patted the back of one of the
chairs. "Why don't you two
have a seat here while I go to my office to check out a few things," she
suggested as she walked over to the connecting closed door to her office that
led to the various sections of the Academy complex.
she opened the door, she looked around her office area and found everything in
order. On her desk was a large pile
of folders and some additional paperwork. There
was also a note taped to her computer screen from Deputy Chief Ground requesting
she call him. Since the note
didn’t indicate any urgency, she set it aside as she checked in with the
various officers who were part of greeting committee for the incoming guests for
the convention. She was relieved to
fine that only four of the visiting chiefs and their families hadn’t arrived
yet she found out, so she assigned an officer to find out what their ETA would
with her various items that needed to be checked out, Caterina reached for the
phone just as it started to ring. The
unexpected ring made her jump in her seat before she answered the phone.
“Deputy Chief Lady Caterina, Hawaii Five-0.
May I help you?” she said in her normal business tone, but slightly
annoyed that she couldn’t complete her task.
Chief Lady Caterina, this is Deputy Chief Ground from the Montana State
Troopers,” he announced officially.
Deputy Chief Ground, how are you on this fine afternoon?
I was just about to return your call," Caterina said in her normal
friendly manner when Ground cut her off.
Caterina, I’m sorry to inform you that Chief Ted Olsen was killed in the line
of duty,” Ground said with a quiet pain in his voice.
When, how, WHY?" Caterina demanded to know, her voice becoming
louder and more demanding with each question before Ground could continue.
evening, the Chief stopped by a small deli for a couple of sandwiches for dinner
for himself and his sons, when he walked in on a armed robbery in progress.
The Chief managed to shoot one of the perks but unfortunately he didn’t
see the other one in time. As
result, he was shoot by the second robber.
His partner Louisa was with him and saw the second perk and shoot and
mortally wounded the one that murdered the Chief.
The perk that Louisa shoot died on the operating table.
perk that the Chief shoot is under rest and prison section of the hospital.”
Ground gave the general details and took a deep breath before continuing,
“Chief Olsen had left instruction should anything happen to him.
He asked me to inform you personally of the hows and the whys.
If I couldn’t get you this time, I would have spoken to your husband
Chief Williams and given him the information to relay to you.
That was also part of my instructions.”
you for calling Ground. There is
one more thing before you go. Have
you called his parents yet?” Caterina inquired in a quieter tone.
His sister-in-law is coming here to get the boys and go back to Hawaii
with the body. She said his mother
is to ill to make the trip to Montana and his father wouldn’t leave her
alone,” Ground replied with a voice that was starting to crack at his effort
to maintain a business like manner.
it’s all right. We will all miss
him. He has spoken highly of you of
the last year or so. Let the tears
flow . . . they will help. If you
need to talk to someone, you are welcome to call me at my home. Ted would most likely have the number in his telephone
listing, if not, I will give it to you,” Caterina tried to comfort this man
she only heard about, but it didn’t matter, he was a brother of the line.
for the offer, Lady Caterina. Ted
spoke highly of you as well. I do
have you home number alone with a lot of other numbers that I have spent have
the day calling in Hawaii. This job
is hard enough to do in person for a fellow officer but it’s hard on the
phone, plus it feels so cold to do this way,” Ground could barely about speak
you have the details of when Ted will be coming, let me know,” she requested,
the anguish and pain from the news could be clearly heard in her voice
welcome. We are unsure of what
happens in the next couple of days, but . . . I will let you know when I get the
details,” Ground said.
didn’t wait for the click at the other end before she smashed the receiver
down on it cradle. In her despair
and anger still unsatisfied, she grabbed the teacup on her desk and hurled it
towards the open door way between her and Dan’s office.
She watched as the cup disintegrated into pieces upon impact with the
really wanted to do was smash the bastard who murdered her friend.
She wanted to see him strung up by his balls until he begged for mercy.
Then throw him into solitary and throw away the key for a few months
before they fried him in the electric chair.
Peter, welcome to my office. I'm
sorry about the call when you walked in, but you know how it goes.
The second you walk into your office it starts to ring off the hook,”
Dan said as he finished the note on a report he had in front of him.
respond but only nodded his head in agreement.
He didn’t want to say anything at the moment so that Dan would have a
chance to finish up his notes without an interruption in mid-thought.
He liked to give the same respect he asked for in his own office.
finished with his notes, Dan set the information aside as he got up and walked
around from behind his desk to sit on the edge in front of his visitors.
"How was your tour of the Five-0 suite, Amos?" he inquired with
a smile as he clasped his hands together and rested them on his right thigh.
disappeared Danny before the tour started," Peter commented before his
father could reply.
gather Peter you have not met the right woman yet. I believe your father can explain why I disappeared the way I
did," Dan said with a friendly smile.
Lady Caterina Williams had written to me earlier on how proud she was about this
complex she had put together. She
had said it was ‘just right.’ Room
enough for everyone and with enough room for future growth in any of the
departments. Peter, the key factor
here is that she did it all herself and now proudly showed off as a Chief’s
wife,” Amos told his son as he smiled warmly towards Dan before turning back
to his son.
many ways Lady Williams is a lot like your mother was when it came to showing
off things she did for me, you or the Burke family in general.
Danny knows his wife well enough to know she wanted to do it more then he
did. And it’s a sign of a good
husband who allows his wife to show off her pride and joy and her husband’s
accomplishments. It’s much in the
same way that I that allowed your mother to do it when she was alive," Amos
said feeling the love he still had for his one true love of his life.
three men were totally caught off guard and jumped to their feet when the cup
smashed against the doorframe. Dan
quickly ran for the doorway when he heard Caterina's outrage.
He knew something was terribly wrong and from his wife’s expression and
the tears running down her cheeks, he knew the news had to be bad.
happened sweetheart?" Dan asked sitting on the edge of Caterina’s desk as
he gently lifted up her chin so he could look into her tearful eyes.
Olsen was murdered last night in a senseless shoot out in a local grocery store.
He stopped by to get a couple of things for dinner and walked in on a
hold up. There were shots fired.
He managed to shoot one of the two hold up men before he was shot.
Thankfully, his partner managed to get a off a shot on the second man
just as he had a chance to shoot. The
bastard who shot Ted died an hour ago from complications from surgery, while the
other one is being held without bail, in the prison ward of the hospital,"
Caterina told her husband with tears running down her cheeks and lump forming in
her throat. She stood up in
front of him, “This is why I don’t like you going out on those streets
alone. You’re not Steve who disregarded the rules every time it
was convent for him. You have more
at stake then Steve ever did,” as the tears started to flow heavier.
silently rose to his feet and pulled Caterina into his arms to console her.
Lovingly he embraced her with his strong arms as she continued to fill
him in on some more of the details of Ted’s death.
He thought to himself, * The old
agreement now has more validity behind it then it before. *
continued to roll down Caterina’s cheeks when she felt the warmth and comfort
of his embrace. She buried her face
into the nap of his neck and his shoulder as she wept.
In halting words filled with a great loss, she uttered, “Now there is
only two of us left. Only two.”
know sweetheart, I know," Dan softly told her, not minding that his shirt
was becoming damp from her tears. In
a swirl of gentle caresses, he moved his hand up and down her back as he softly
whispered his sympathies and love into her ear in the attempt to comfort her.
that the Williams’ needed their privacy, Amos took hold of his son’s arm and
guided him out of the office. He
pulled the shade down as they left and quietly closed the door behind them.
does she mean, ‘there is only two left now?’" Peter inquired not sure
of what had just happened in the other office.
younger Burke had barely voiced his question when Arms walked into the office.
Unsure of who these two men were and protective of the normal occupants
of this office, he asked them in a very authoritative voice, "Please
identify yourselves, and explain why you two are in Chief Williams'
understanding this officer’s concern, Amos reached carefully inside his
inter-coat pocket and withdrew his badge ID case. "I'm Chief Amos Burke of LAPD Homicide Division.
This is my son Peter, a lieutenant in my department," he explained
as he handed over his ID case.
checked the badge and the accompanying identification card, which confirmed the
man, was who he claimed to be. Nevertheless,
he was still unsure of why they were in Dan’s office alone.
“Would you kindly tell me where Chief Williams is?” he inquired as he
handed the case back.
thankful to see that his friends had such a protective person watching out for
them. Nodding towards the closed
door, he replied, "The Williams’ are in a very private conference in
there at the moment. And I believe
they should be left alone for a few more minutes,” he added as he saw the
raised eyebrows of suspicion on Arms’ face.
going to ask why, but when he saw the closed door and drawn shade he knew
Caterina had received the call from Ground.
"Then I can assume from this smashed cup," he started to ask as
he walked over to the mess on the floor and then bent down to pick up a several
pieces of the shattered cup, "that Caterina has been informed about Ted
she was telling her husband about it when we left the office to give them some
privacy," Amos said, his tone of voice clearly indicated that he also felt
the loss of a comrade, an extended member of the law enforcement family.
studied this man who stood over him as he picked up more pieces of the cup.
A look of recognition finally came across his face when he realized just
who this person was and his relationship with his good friends.
“I do remember you now from few years ago.
You were the one who christened Caterina with the name of ‘Lady
Caterina.’ I know she has high
regards for you as a friend and I see you have the same high regard for her,”
he commented with one hand full of cup pieces.
accepted the pro-offered hand and gave it a good firm shake.
He smiled when Arms offered his hand to his son, who had a smile on his
face at being recognized. "Yes, Commissioner Arms, I remember you as well,"
he replied as he took a quick look back to Caterina’s office.
answer your question Lieutenant Burke, in 1975 the Academy had its smallest
graduating class ever. Caterina was
one of the twelve to graduate that year. Now
out of that twelve, there are only two members of that class who are still in
law enforcement,” Arms told them. He
paused only slightly and let out an audible sigh of sadness.
“Ted Olsen was the Chief of Police for the State of Montana.
He was to attend this convention,” he said with obvious sorrow and pain
in his heart. “I'm sure, after
this five day convention Lady Caterina will hold a small service for Ted since
he was a former HPD officer who serviced ten years here in Honolulu," he
said as he finished his explanation of what had just happened and what the phone
call had been about.
Caterina had told me about you and your family over the years.
I know this may not be the greatest time for this, but may I congratulate
you on your newest promotion,” Amos said.
you Chief, but I agree, now is not really the time," Arms said as the door
to Caterina's office opened.
everything all right, Danny?" Amos asked when he saw his friend entered his
pulling herself together now,” Dan said with a lump in his throat.
“Can I ask you to do a favor for us Arms?" he inquired knowing
full will what the answer would be.
ask away?" Arms replied.
you make sure that both the Honolulu and Maui Departments are notified of Chief
Olsen death? We’ll also want to
hold a small service for him here at the Academy for those who would like to
attend? Can you make the needed
arrangements for that also?" Dan
inquired in his sad tone.
Danny. No problem.
I'll schedule it for the day after the convention is over," Arms
Commissioner,” Amos said with more authority then he meant to.
“Would you try to arrange something while all the Chiefs are still
here. As a fellow Chief’s we
should show our respect for him as well."
turned towards the door as it opened. Caterina
walked out and stepped over to the men. She
still had a slightly puffy face and red eyes, but they could tell she was more
composed now. She had heard Amos’s suggestion and was nodding her head in
agreement as she stepped over to her husband’s side. "That would be a very nice idea Amos, and it should be
held in the morning in two days time. That
way we can use the athletic field. It
will be large enough to hold everyone who wishes to attend."
sounds reasonable to me. I'll see
to it Catie and I'll keep you informed as to what's going on and the type of
security arrangement’s I'll use," Arms replied dropping the busted cup
into the trashcan as he walked over to her and gave her a hug. "We will all miss him.
Ted was a great guy and lots of fun to have around.
I was looking forward to having a little funny with him this week,” he
said softly to her.
hesitated at the door a moment. "Danny,
I'll need to borrow one of your officers to help me with these arrangements.
He should be someone who has a working knowledge of the security measures
for the convention," he requested.
Arms. I'll send one over to your
office when they have all returned to the office and I figure out which one I
can spare at this time," Dan informed Arms.
will be fine, Danny. See you
later," Arms said as he exited Dan's office.
the way Dannya, I’ve found out why the other three Chiefs haven’t arrived
yet. They had some normal business
problems in their home areas, and will be arriving within the next ten hours,”
Caterina informed her husband, her voice still quivered a bit from the emotional
slipped his arm around her to comfort her.
Deep inside he knew that even though she was a McGarrett she wasn’t as
hard shelled has her Cousin Steve. Emotions,
though hidden to the world, could and did still rock her at times.
As he turned to her, he tired to be more of a boss than a husband who was
sharing the pain at this sad time. “Okay,
Catie, that accounts for everyone. I’m
sure you’ll have someone at airport to greet them,” he replied confidently.
Dan, as a matter of fact, I have arranged for that. But now I . . . I would like you to take me home early so I
can have some time to get ready for this evening," Caterina requested, but
her eyes and facial expression clearly showed that her mind was actually
concerned and worried on how bad she was taking this bit of news, as he gently
guided his wife back to her office. "All
right Sweetheart. Let me finish a
few things up then I'll take you home,” he told her when they had reached the
door. “Why don't you go get some
of the odds and ends that we will need tonight from your office,”' he
suggested as he 0watched her walk zombie like over to her desk and sit down,
fully aware that she still needed some time alone to pull herself together for
the coming events.
started to follow Caterina into her office when Dan's arm reached for the door
and closed it quietly behind his wife. "Sorry
Peter, she needs time. She takes it
very hard every time a former classmate dies.
Out of the class of twelve there are now only two active officers left.
Several of her classmates have moved on to other careers due to injuries
they’d sustained in the line of duty, or choose to change their careers and
unfortunately there is one who is now in prison because of events that turned
her to the other side of the line,” he told Peter as he walked away from the
door. “However, because Catie and Ted were such good friends, this death is
proving to be particularly hard one for her to deal.”
raised eyebrows indicated to Dan that he was still confused as to the special
significance of this death, so he continued to explain it a bit further to the
young lieutenant. Peter had not
experience a great lose of friends on the force in his short career and his
graduation class was a lot larger than twelve individuals that would have become
see, my Deputy Chief was the one who recommended to him to go for his present
position over three years ago. Her
referral was highly welcome by the Montana State Police and as a result, she is
taking this death very hard. Even
though he could have died here in Hawaii in the line of duty . . . because he
was on his way here for the Chiefs convention cuts even deeper into her soul,”
he finished up, not caring if Peter finally understood.
He lightly patted him on the shoulder.
continued softly to himself, “There were only two visiting Chief’s that
Catie had looked forward to seeing this eek.
One made it without a problem and the other is gone for keeps now.”
He wanted to hit something but he was alone.
an officer was lost, Dan felt it too. In
the past it was because they were fellow officers and friends, but now it was
for the officers who had either died or were wounded under his command and deep
in his heart, he knew his wife was taking this particular death even harder then
normal. From past experience he
knew that she needed some time alone to work things out by herself and that he
would be there for her if she reached out for his help.
After he stepped behind the desk, he sat down heavily and reached over to
the phone to place a call to his secretary.
as soon as everyone is back, let me know. I
need to have a meeting with them all in my office.
Also would you bring me in the duty log so I can review it,” Dan asked
his secretary. After he hung up, he
sat there silently; the others in the room were temporarily forgotten as he
meditated on the bad news of the day.
could see that Dan’s mind was elsewhere and that this would be a good time to
depart for their hotel. "Danny,”
he called trying to get his attention. With
second time louder to get his attention, “Danny.
Peter and I will take our leave now, if you don't mind."
Okay, Amos,” Dan said as his mind was brought back to those in the room
with him. “Let me walk you out to
the limo so I can give Officer Charming some instructions for this evening.
Then you can go on your way so you’ll have a chance to get settled in,
get some rest before this evenings activities,” he told them as they walked
out of the building and over to the limo.
limo had barely pulled out of the parking spot when Dan saw several Five-0
sedans turn into the parking lot. He
saw that Carl Wise was the driver of the lead car. *Here is the perfect
person to work with Arms on this new assignment * he silently decided to
himself as he thought to himself. Patiently
he waited for Wise to get out of his car, nodding silent hellos to his other
detectives as they walked up to the building.
to get some evidence out of his car when he realized that his boss was
apparently waiting for him for some reason, so he quickened his pace as he
walked towards the building. "Good Afternoon Chief," he said as he
greeted his boss at the curb. He
was like a younger version Dan in the performance of his duties.
He found Chief Williams to be firm and hard driven but honest and
honorable boss to work along side of.
Carl,” Dan replied. “I’ve got
a special assignment for you. Commissioner
Arms needs some help and will explain the details of the assignment in more
detail when you meet with him,” he told Wise as they started back into the
Chief. When do you want me to
report to Commissioner Arms’ office?” Wise inquired as he tried to get a
better grip on the box while his boss held the door open for him.
to Arms within the next couple of hours after you first finish up what you are
working on,” Dan instructed him as he looked into the box.
the evidence for the Title case. Need
to review again before the trail next week,” Wise said as they walked back
into the office. “I’ll finish
on this and lock it up, but what about my duties to Lady Caterina over the next
couple of days, Sir?”
assignment will work in perfectly with what is presently going on with Lady
Caterina,” Dan informed him as he walked up to Shannon’s desk who handed him
stopped by his desk to put the box down and saw a sign from Shannon to follow
is in your office waiting for you, Chief,” Shannon told him as she stood up
and picked up her steno pad to take notes during the meeting.
With Dan in the lead, she and Wise followed him into his office.
pulled on his more serious professional decorum as he stepped behind his desk,
and took a deep breath before he told his staff the bad news.
“As many of you knew Ted Olsen has served as the Chief of the Montana
State Troopers for the past several years.
I’m sorry to have to inform all of you, that Chief Olsen was fatally
shot last night during a hold up.”
members heads turned towards the closed door to the Deputy Chief’s office as
Dan continued to fill them in on what information was known at present.
Each team member wondered basically the same thing, *
How is Lady Caterina taking the lost of her friend? *
noticed all of their eyes were asking the same unspoken question.
“Yes, Lady Caterina knows about it and is dealing with it.
A memorial service will be given on the Academy’s athletic field in two
days. Commissioner Arms and Carl
will be setting it up. Murphy, you
will be taking over some of Carl’s workload for now,” he stated with a heavy
sigh as he briefly looked down at the desk and then up at Caterina’s door.
His emotional spirit began to sag as he gathered himself back together so
he could continue, “Lady Caterina and I will be going home shortly to prepare
for this evening’s event, so we will be out of the office for the rest of the
day. Dismissed for now,” he told
his staff before they could start to ask a lot of questions he just didn’t
want to answer at the moment. He
sat down heavily into his chair because his shoulders felt like they were
carrying the weight of the world at that exact moment.
been looking forward to this year’s convention and a couple of fun activities
he had in mind for his wife and lover. He
was also looking forward to several of the family events so he could enjoy the
pleasure of spending time with his entire family.
This was to be his chance to show off his pride and joy, The Dan Williams
joy of it disappeared. He just
wanted the whole event over with. Between
this bad news and having the Steele’s here his mood had soured.
When he saw Steele’s name on passenger list he was going to use that as
a bargaining chip with his wife to pick their second honeymoon vacation.
Now he didn’t give a damn if that MAN was here or not.
would you like me to drive you and Lady Caterina home?” Carl asked after
everyone else left the office.
OH!! Thanks Carl, but no
thanks,” Dan replied appreciatively but as Carl turned to leave his office, he
thought of a better idea. “Carl,
you can do me a small favor if you would.”
name it,” Wise replied.
you move my car over to the Academy door entrance? I’ll be driving my wife home myself,” Dan asked.
Sir,” Carl said and caught the keys Dan tossed him for his car. “Chief?”
Carl?” Dan said looking up from his desk.
Lady Caterina . . . is she all right, Sir?” Carl asked, the concern and worry
evident in his tone.
has always taken death of any friend very hard, but this time it’s especially
hard for her because she feels that she’s failed him some how.
But she will be okay,” Dan said as he rubbed his eyes before running
his hands through his hair. “You can get the car now, Carl.
Sir. It will be there in a minute
or two,” Carl said as he exited the office being sure the door closed behind
time later, Dan got up from his desk to put on his jacket before heading to the
doorway. “Shannon, I’m leaving
for the day through the Academy entrance with Catie.
For the next few hours, we will be at home. You have our schedules for Chief Convention for the next five
days,” he said affirmatively as he stopped briefly at his secretary’s desk.
Sir. I have both of your
schedules,” Shannon replied as she opened the scheduling book, which held the
times and locations for the convention. “I’ll
have Murphy deal with any issues that arises during the convention unless it
fails under the guidelines of an emergency to call you,” she told him and then
hesitated a moment. “I’m so
sorry about Chief Olsen. Is there
anything you need me to do regarding him?”
at this point Shannon. I have
assigned Wise to help Commissioner Arms set up the arrangements for the
services. You could let them know
you are willing to help,” Dan suggested just before he went through his office
to get his briefcase and then opened Caterina’s office door before he stepped
was standing in front of her window looking out at the athletic field.
The slight click of the door being opened and then closed, followed by
the sound of some footsteps alerted her that someone was there.
This intrusion agitated her a little that someone would dare to invade
her privacy. She had closed all the
doors, which were a signal to everyone that they need permission to enter her
office. She wanted to tear this
person into tiny little pieces, until the reflection in the window revealed who
that person was. With her emotions
so on edge, it was a relief to see him, for right now only Dannya, would be
welcomed. Plus he was the only one
who could get into her office without permission.
Dan closed the door behind him before he walked over to his wife.
Patiently he stood behind her, giving her time to draw upon her
inter-strength to face the world and what lay ahead of them later that evening.
Dan said softly to her, “It’s time to go.
We both need to get some rest.” He
waited again to see if she would move voluntarily but when she didn’t, he
placed his hands gently on her upper arms and guided her away from the window.
sigh escaped from Caterina as Dannya helped to put on her suit jacket.
She started to pick up her various briefcases, but he took them from her
as he followed her out of the office. Neither
of them said anything as they walked down the hallway to the parking lot.
guided her down the hallway, he noticed all the officers and cadets cleared the
way for them. When they reached the
car, he opened the car door for Caterina. Once
she sat in the passenger seat, he placed the briefcases in the trunk and went
around to the other side. As he was
about to get in, he saw several people from the building join a small crowd
outside that had gather by the doorway. From their expressions, he knew they felt the sorrow of the
lost of fellow officer from HPD roots. It
pleased him to think that the others thought enough of Lady Caterina to give
her, them some privacy at a time like this.
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