Hey everyone! Here's my latest attempt (first on this board) at original fiction. I don't really know where the story is heading but I thought it'd be nice to have some input on what I have so far. I'll keep adding to it in this thread. Rated PG-13 just in case.
The soft, exotic voice near his shoulder made deputy police chief Luke Collier pause and smile widely before turning around. He crossed his arms over his chest and looked at the smiling woman in front of him. “Well, well, well… What brings you waltzing back into my life?”
She smiled coyly and tossed her hair over her shoulder. “Nothing that can’t be explained over dinner.” She stood up on her tiptoes and lightly placed a hand on his shoulder as she whispered into his ear. “Meet me later?”
He looked around, conscious of the fact that they were in a busy room full of his officers. “When?”
“Nine. The usual place?”
She lightly brushed her lips against his cheek and replaced her purse strap on her shoulder as she backed away a few steps. “I’ll see you.”
Luke smiled as he watched her walk out of the station. One of the officers came over to him and put his arm across his shoulders.
“Hey boss? Who was that?”
“That… is for me to know, and you to find out.”
The officer laughed and went back to his desk.
“Hey boss… you have lipstick on your face.”
Everyone in the room laughed (a few whistled) as Luke sheepishly took out a handkerchief and wiped his cheek. “Okay guys, lets get back to work.”
Luke leaned back as he sipped his drink in the moderately lit Georgetown restaurant. He glanced at his watch. Oh how she hates to be late… he smiled. She probably hadn’t changed that much since he first met her back home in LA. Ten years ago she had been fresh from the academy while he was in his third year as an officer.
I wonder what made her come look me up now. He cringed. It had been nearly five years since they had seen each other after he had gotten a better job offer in DC, and nearly a year since they had even talked.
His heart nearly stopped when he spotted her walk into the restaurant, shaking new-fallen snow off her coat. Her dark brown hair was shorter than he remembered it, but it looked good, just brushing her shoulders. She caught his gaze and smiled.
Luke stood up and pulled out the chair opposite his. He grabbed her in a welcoming embrace before she could sit down. “Sophia Grace Nolan… what in the world?”
Sophie laughed as they both sat down. “It’s good to see you too, Luke.”
“Isn’t it always?” They smiled. “How’ve you been? It’s been too long.”
“It has,” she agreed. “I’m sorry I haven’t been better at communicating this past year… things have been pretty hectic for me. Are you happy to see me?”
“Of course I am! But what are you doing here?”
She laughed. “I knew you wouldn’t let go of that. I came to see you about a job.”
“A job? What happened in Los Angeles?”
“It was time for me to move on.”
Luke smiled. “So why did you come all the way across the country to ask me for a job?”
She twirled her straw around in her drink. “I had to put some distance between me and LA. Things were getting… risky.”
“Risky? Come on, spill. You don’t want me to call up Phil and ask what you’ve been up to these past few years now do you?”
“Aah, no need for that.” Sophie couldn’t help laughing. “My brother may have good intentions, but sometimes he says a little more than needed.”
“I know. That’s why I like him so much. How’s he doing, by the way?”
“Married to a lovely woman named Angela with three adorable kids and working in the private sector now.”
“Never would’ve figured. Now back to you and your ‘risky’ business…” he smiled and raised an eyebrow.
She leaned back and studied him for a brief second. “For the past eighteen months I was working with the gang unit on a particularly intense case. A lot of undercover work, if you know what I mean.” He nodded and she shrugged. “Six weeks ago, our cover was blown and I started getting threats.”
“Threats?” He shook his head. Only the good cops got threats… still, not a comforting thought.
“I’m still in one piece aren’t I? It sounds worse than it was. Long story short, my house got ransacked, Jim and I decided it would be best for me to move on, and here I am. Can I have a job?”
“That’s a lot to digest so quickly. You’ll have to go through the application process… but I know we’re shorthanded and I can vouch that you’re a good officer.”
Sophie took a bite of her meal and sighed with delight. “This is so good... nothing like it on the west coast.”
“I’ll second that.” They ate in silence for a few minutes.
“Do you have someplace to stay while we work on getting you a job?”
“Yeah, I found this great apartment just a few minutes away from the station.”
“You found an apartment already?” He asked.
Her eyes widened and she shrugged. “I’ve been around for about a week. Never hurts to be prepared!”
He laughed. “It’s sure going to be an adventure having you back in my life.”
She grinned. “I can’t wait.”