Officer Macbeth’s future father-in-law is nothing compared to his future mother-in-law…And yes, I’ve changed the name of Jamie’s fiancée. Too many “A” names.
Gustav Jenkins poked his head into the group office before Jamie had finished his first cup of coffee. “You want the bad news or worse news?”
Jamie considered the coffee, the fact that it was Tax Day, and the waxing moon, squared his shoulders and said, “Worse.”
“O’Brian’s on a tear, even worse than usual. You might want to skip the briefing this morning, Angus.”
Angus scratched with one hind leg and nodded, mouth full of carrot tops that the ladies from Dispatch just happened to have found and put in his bowl.
“And the bad?”
“Chief Albert is out sick, Deputy Chief Podjaoski got cornered by someone from the paper yesterday about the flipped and flattened Ford, and the reporter won’t take ‘invisible giant hog’ as an answer. Oh,” the big policeman added, “yeah. Something new turned up at the rave last week. The lab’s going to be telling us about it. See you in the briefing.”
Jamie chugged the rest of the coffee, got a refill, and went over the current outstanding things demanding his attention. Shift-alteration requests were due by the end of the week. A slot had opened up for a school liaison officer at the vo-tech high school, with a note that Kelly from Motorpool was not permitted to apply. Jamie snorted a little. I can imagine the results if he and the hoodlums in the Auto Shop classes got together. And that’s before he decides to help the students as well as the teachers. And a reminder that Familiars were not service animals, and so needed to be on a leash or in a carrier when in the county courthouse and municipal court rooms, unless the municipal judges decided otherwise.
Jamie considered the high school slot for ten seconds. Angus’s contented burp and mumbled, “Scuze me” ended that. Jamie finished his coffee, collected his clipboard and notepad, and waved to Angus. “Stay here. I’d just as soon you didn’t try to take a chunk out of the corporal’s ankle.” Continue reading