Mike is an amateur writer working on building a hopefully compelling story. He lives in The Village of Lakemore, Summit Country, Ohio.
The Story so Far
Janice James is a Private Detective haunted by the death of her son and a fractured psyche, forcing her to see her son Brandon as well as others. After a ceremony to honor their late son, Janice and her ex-husband Bill prepare to live together again. Janice's assistant, a young woman named Jennifer Gordon, known as JG, while happy to see them together now must find a way to work around the new awkwardness.
Janice was hired to help a man named Stanley Franco find out why his wife Ava is fighting a divorce. During the investigation, she stumbled onto a unique counterfeiting scheme designed to infect scanning machines allowing the user access to a company's funds. When her client was murdered, Janice turned her case over to the local police. She contacted someone from the secret service with help from her mentor, a former police officer named Sean. In the process, she found herself being watched by the FBI and Ava, a woman that isn't who she appears to be.
Samuel Saunders, an old friend of Bill, hired Janice to help his wife, Margaret. A former student blackmailed her using her past and Her bosses Pedophile past seeking revenge for his expulsion for assaulting a student putting him on a sex registry. With the help of Janice, the police, and her husband, Margaret came forward and helped end a pedophile ring and lock up around 65 people.
Ava, the wife, and murderer of her husband, Stanley Franco, while in hiding at Steve's Motel, watched Janice watch the events, wondering if she was seen and what was going on. Ava kills the teenage boy to cover her tracks. Ava Escaped to Mexico.
A strange woman (Bethany) disguised as a man hired three men to destroy Janice's office and kill Janice. The three men known as the Triple Ks or Tre Ks set a bomb to destroy the office and the cop bar beneath. They also Kidnapped Janice's assistant, a young woman named JG (Jennifer Gordon), to either sell or worse. A hidden camera catches the Tre Ks setting the bomb. In a twist, Bethany Kills the Tre Ks but planned on killing JG when one of the Tre Ks kills her and calls for help.
While Waiting for news on JG, Janice runs into her estranged father setting of a series of memories she would like to forget. While honing her future skills as a private detective, Janice found out her father was having an affair with her best friend, Jennifer. She's left with the question, what's better hide what you know or let the truth out no matter what happens.
- Private Voices: Part 11
Janice remembers her past and when her relationship with her father went wrong.
Janice woke to the smell of onions and garlic. She fell asleep and was dreaming about her past when Bill got home and had started to cook dinner. He was frying kielbasa sausage with a potato dumpling called a pierogi. He made this with fried onions, peppers, and mushrooms.
She went over and kissed him saying, “so, I saw my father at the hospital today.”
Bill looked at her then to the door.
He asked, “should we expect the police?”
Janice popped a slice of sausage in her mouth.
She said, “no, he said something, but I shut him down without any violence.”
Janice saw the concern on his face and felt like she didn’t deserve it. She then looked around the room for Brandon, but he was never around when Bill was near.
Bill said, “I’m just glad I didn’t see that feckless bastard.”
The bad blood between Bill and her father was at odds with Bill’s usual demeanor. He would most likely never forgive her father for that day at the hospital. Brandon was born a month premature.
At the hospital, her father had said, “maybe we should just smother the little thing and put it out of its misery. After all, any child of hers will just turn on you.”
After dinner, the two went down to the park and walked along the river. It had been raining, and the river was starting to crest its banks and flow onto the path. This was a usual occurrence that was supposed to be fixed when they tore out some of the old dams along the Cuyahoga River. However, even with the dams gone, the river still flooded the path. Janice thought about how some things are going to happen no matter what you do. It was times like this when she wondered if her mother would have found out about her father’s affair with Jennifer if she hadn’t said anything. Her mother was already building to something, but just maybe things would have been different.
Janice went to talk to Jennifer. At first, she acted like she didn’t know what she was talking about, then Janice played the video. All the color went out of Jennifer’s face as she watched herself on top of her best friend’s father. Janice realized she could never look at Jennifer and see her friend again; all she could see was the face she was making while on top of her father.
Jennifer said, “this will ruin your father and kill your mother. You know you can’t tell anyone.”
Janice took the recording and went to the door.
She turned and said, “you better get ready for what’s about to happen.”
A copy of the recording went to Jennifer’s parents. They called the police. Jennifer was sixteen and above the age of consent, but it didn’t stop them from arresting him and letting the recording leaked to the press. Janice’s father was fired from his teaching job and was told that no one would ever hire him as a teacher again. The stress of her husband’s affair was too much for Diana. About a week after Steven was fired, she killed herself. They found her hanging from a rafter near her car. She spent that night cleaning the car and had rubbed so hard that she left marks in the paint.
Janice found herself in a one-parent household with a father that couldn’t look his daughter in the face. He blamed her for the loss of his profession as well as the death of her mother. About a year later, Jennifer moved into the house. They would Marry when she turned eighteen, and as far as Janice knew, they were still together. As soon as she could, Janice moved out using an inheritance and income from a fast-food job to rent an apartment from a former police officer turned private investigator. Her outing her father, and her best friend made her a pariah at school.
About a day after the video came out, Alison told her, “I don’t want to ever see or speak to you again.”
Alison ended up being Jennifer’s maid of honor at the wedding.
She would date Nat for about another month before he said, “I don’t see this going anywhere.”
She had been going to him almost every night thinking they were making love, not just having sex. He would be the last boy she dated until she met Bill.
Her office was a crime scene and off-limits to both her and Sean, so they met at the park.
He said, “I have news. The woman was hired by Ava Franko.”
Janice asked, “are you sure?”
He replied, “the police traced a transaction back to a small town in Mexico near where Ava got on a boat and went to an island near Cuba. I think she isn’t finished yet, but I just don’t see why she is interested in you or me.”
Janice saw two children playing on a jungle-gym.
She asked, “what about the three men?”
Sean said, “I think they were hired by the woman, but then something happened that made her terminate their contract, but we may never know what really happened.”
JG was recovering, but she couldn’t remember anything past being tasered at the office, whether it was PTSD or the heroin no one knew. Sean handed Janice a sealed envelope.
He said, “Your father gave this to me.”
Janice opened the envelope and found two handwritten letters and a couple of pictures. One letter was from her father, and the other was from Jennifer. The photos were of them with their two children. One of the children looked like Brandon when he was five years old. The other was a girl that looked like Jennifer at the age of nine. She couldn’t bring herself to read either letter. Knowing they were happy with this beautiful family while her son and mother were both dead didn’t seem right. She was sure that they wanted to be a family again, just like she was sure that it was just to rub their happiness in her face. Janice took the letters and put them in a pocket. She started to rip the photos, but she stopped and put them in a drawer. Janice pulled out her phone and called the police to see when she could get back into her office. They said that it would be about a week, but if she needed something, an officer could meet her there and let her in. It was implied that they would inventory anything taken. Janice didn’t want anything for herself, but she did want to get JG’s books for her.
The Next Part
- Private Voices: Part 13
Ava sits by her pool in her own world of pain and pleasure while Janice finds the unexpected back home.
© 2019 Michael Collins aka Lakemoron