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Chapter 30 (v.1) - Epilogue

Submitted: January 19, 2019

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Nrekeeka was exhausted. Between lawyers and real estate agents, her time was occupied. It had been six months since Shelsea died, and she had been so busy she barely had time to think about the girl. Tobi had been a great help, keeping her on track, keeping her from obsessing about the loss. She felt better now and didn't cry every time she was alone. She was smiling more, laughing when she remembered the silly things her sister had done.

It helped to have people around who didn't tiptoe around her emotions. After they released her from the hospital, she asked the others to stay, to make the building their permanent home. She was glad when they agreed because she needed them around if only so Tobi wasn't the only face she saw each day. They were supportive of her as well, some openly so, and others were just strong and silent. All of them helped.

Today though, she needed Tobi's support. Police Chief Sykes called her earlier, asking her to come to the station. She panicked, thinking something had gone wrong with the investigation. Tobi saw the look on her face when she came to ask him for a ride. He said yes before she even opened her mouth.

Now he sat here with her in Sykes' office, holding her hand and squeezing it reassuringly. Nrekeeka exhaled slowly when the door opened behind them.

“Thanks for coming in,” the big man said, shaking their hands as he sat behind his desk.

“No problem. What can we do for you, Chief?” Tobi asked, crossing his legs as he leaned back in his chair.

“Did something happen with the investigation?” Nrekeeka asked.

The big man grinned at the pair. “No, no, nothing like that. For as smart as Robyn Stamos is, he was pretty dim-witted. The evidence against him is piled so high even his high-priced lawyer won't be able to dig him out. And you can thank the short girl and Mr. Scar. They did their jobs well. Every last camera in the place recorded to encrypted, well-hidden databases. The girl is a smart cookie.”

Tobi smiled. “I'll let her know you think so. But if the investigation is going well, what did you need from us? We've already given you everything we can.”

“Well...not quite everything. What I want from you are your skills.”

Nrekeeka's brow creased. “Our what?”

Sykes folded his hands on his belly, the seams of his suit straining across his shoulders. “I've spent the better part of the last six months on this case, and I've seen the recordings from the PDHW multiple times. You kids have some talent. You're clever, tough, and you've got some skills which are few and far between around here. I think with proper training, we could mold you lot into a useful team.”

Tobi and Nrekeeka stared at the man, their jaws on the floor.

“You're kidding,” Nrekeeka gasped after recovering from her initial shock.

Shrugging, Sykes spread his hands wide. “It's up to you kids. The offer is there if you're interested.”

Tobi sat forward. “It's a very generous offer, sir. I don't know what to say.”

“Think on it and get back to me when you come up with something.”

“Uh, yes sir. Thank you very much.” Nrekeeka's eyebrows didn't return to their neutral state until after they left Sykes' office.

Grinning from ear to ear, Tobi grabbed Nrekeeka's hands when they got back to his car. “This is amazing!” he told her. “Definitely not what I was expecting!”

“I don't...I...” Nrekeeka stuttered, mouth agape. “I don't believe it.”

“I know, right? This is such an amazing opportunity. Don't you think?”

She opened and closed her mouth a few times in response. She had no idea what to say. Tobi continued to stare at her, excitement clear on his face. He looked like a puppy awaiting a treat.

“Why us?” she eventually asked. “We're just teenagers.”

Tobi shrugged. “I guess he liked what he saw. I mean, we did prevent quite a catastrophe. I don't know, I think it's an awesome chance for us though. This could be a career path we never even thought about! And we can't just sit at home doing nothing for the rest of our lives.”

“You're right. But being cops? Us?” Nrekeeka shook her head.

“I think it's great, but it's up to you. I'll do whatever you want.” Tobi winked at her and gave her hand a tight squeeze.

Nrekeeka couldn't help but smile. “I know you will,” she replied. Without any hesitation, she leaned forward and kissed Tobi.

Licking his lips after they parted, he held Nrekeeka's gaze. She wasn't blushing or trying to pull away from him. His brow twitched. “Wait...does this mean...?”

Nrekeeka raised an eyebrow as she turned away from him. “I'll think about it.”

“Think about what? The job? Us?” Tobi asked eagerly, watching Nrekeeka get into the car.

The woman grinned but didn't answer.

“Oh, c'mon 'Keeka!” Tobi whined, kneeling by the passenger door. “Don't leave me hanging like this.”

“We should get home and discuss this with the others,” she told him.

Hanging his head, Tobi let out a short whimper. “No fair.”

Nrekeeka struggled not to laugh. He could think on this for a while. It wouldn’t kill him.


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