I was right around the corner from the police station. In a job like this you can never know what to expect, but you can say that’s why I like it. But sometimes it’s the same reason that I don’t. I opened the car door and had to slam it to close. This car door can never close properly. That’s one of the many things I have to fix.When I entered the police station, Joe—my boss—had greeted me.
“Aye, Tawny. We got a new assignment for you.”
“Leave the papers on the table. I’ll check it out; I just want to get some coffee.”
“I don’t think we can put this one on the table.” He stepped aside to reveal a young woman. She was slender and dressed in a pair of dark-washed jeans and a hoodie. She looked as if she’d been crying. She pushed aside a strand of black hair from her pale face.
“Tawn, meet Veronica. Veronica, meet Tawn. You’ll be getting to know each other until we can catch this guy.” Joe said pointing to the picture of a man. “He has been claimed to assault a few women. Now we have no hard core evidence, but from the evidence we do have—it all leads up to him. What he does is take his victims on a date, use the old date rape drug, and kill them. He is developing a relationship with Veronica. Now you won’t let it get too far, will you?” I shook my head. I walked over to the coffee machine in the back. I raised my voice so Joe could hear me, “So, I’m her bodyguard?”
“You can say that, or you can say, ‘Man that’ll be keeping a good eye on Veronica.’” he said with the wink of an eye.
I filled up 2 cups of coffee and passed one to Veronica. Joe already had some water and he was directing us to walk into his office for further information. He pointed to the two comfortable looking chairs for us to sit in. Truth was, that those chairs weren’t too comfy. Joe was already planted down in his chair and he begun saying,
“Well,” he paused. He always starts with the word, “Well” when he is in his comfy chair. “Well, there will be cameras installed in Veronica’s house. They’ll be in all rooms except the bathroom. However, we have a mic installed in the bathroom. So we will always be able to hear anything fishy. Any questions?”
I looked at him, he looked at me, which led me to looking back at Veronica.
“Where do I come in?”
“Well, you’ll be with Veronica all day. From 9:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. . As for today, I arranged it so that you can get to know her. I promised Veronica that I wouldn’t send her off to a complete stranger. Take her to the park, it’s not too far from here. Its in walking distance and you won’t waste gas.”
I got up from my seat and Veronica followed. When we got outside, I noticed she hadn’t yet said a word. Looks like I’d have to do the talking.