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. Janice lets Jennifer's parents know about the affair, costing her bother her best friends, her mother, to suicide and her father.
- Private Voices: Part 12
Janice confronts her best friend and faces unforeseen consequences for telling the truth.
A note from me, A name I call myself
As dirty as this part might me, I had to edit sections to meet advertising standards.
Part Thirteen, Chapter Four
Ava sat in her study, watching the local news from Cleveland online. She had lived in Ohio for five years, working on her cover while doing the most business she had ever done in her life. Even with her business being online, it still paid to be in America. She checked the new bills and saw they were as flawless as the ones lost. The employer sent replacement bills for the bills taken by the feds as well as replacements for others, which would change the coding of the program just in case the feds figured out their plan. She stopped working when she saw the story about the woman and the three men. At first, the news talked about Bethany as if she was a victim, but eventually, they named her as a killer. Bethany was more than just an employee; she was one of Ava's lovers. It was her touch that helped her live with that man she pretended to love. In the past week, she lost most of her business and now a lover. Bethany was by no means her only lover. Ava had many of every gender.
Out by the pool was the new pool boy. Hector was seventeen and happy to have a job. This island was nothing like where he was living back in Mexico. When he was hired, Hector was asked if he would be open to anything. The mistress was beautiful, and he was hoping that she meant sex. He soon found out it meant so much more. From the day he stepped on the island, he has never slept alone. Hector slept with everyone from the fifteen-year-old girl who cleans the guest rooms to the sixty-year-old chef. He tried sleeping with one of the other men at the insistence of Ava, but he found the act distasteful. He noticed that Ava was watching him as he cleaned the pool. As per her rules, he was naked while working with the pool. Ava got up and dove into the pool swimming over to Hector. She came up and out of the water next to him.
She said, "I'm bored Hector, and I just want to be distracted."
He replied, "I would do anything to help you, Miss Ava."
Ava looked over at Vanessa, a sixteen-year-old girl from Columbia who was working as a maid.
Ava said, "I think I know what would make me happy."
Janice walked around for a few days with the letters in her pocket. Every day she would transfer them from one pair of slacks to another never once reading either of them. With her business on hold, while her office was a crime scene, she found the time to look around her new place. She explored the park, including the hiking trails, she watched the children play in the water park built by the city for the residents. It was free for any young person if their parent could prove they were a resident. Anyone else had to pay to get in. Occasionally, she would catch a glimpse of Brandon following her. His age would change from a toddler in the water park to a tween near the river. He kept his distance and never said a word. While she watched for him, she also thought about Sean's question. Why was Ava, so hell-bent on killing them? She had sent a very expensive assassin to kill her and burn down the office and bar. While she was lost in her thoughts, she never saw the man following her with the camera hidden in a shirt pocket.
Ava undressed the young Vanessa slowly from behind.
She whispered into Vanessa's ear, "You are so beautiful I could just eat you up."
Vanessa just looked at the naked Hector, standing in front of her. She was new to the island and had never been with anyone before. With every piece of clothing that came off Vanessa, Ava stroked her body and kissed her neck. Soon she was naked, and Vanessa knew this meant she was about to lose something that she was told to never give away to anyone but her husband. Ava pulled her back until Vanessa's head was on her chest. She waved Hector over as she used her own legs to spread Vanessa's legs. Ava held Vanessa tight against her chest. Together they were a red-hot blaze of passion, fear, and confusion. Ava ground into Vanessa's back as her nails cut red ribbons of blood down the girl's chest. Ava's excitement for what was happening amped up. Vanessa was caught between the two as they slashed at each other and her. She then felt something white-hot and sharp cut across her neck. Vanessa struggled to get free and stop the bleeding coming from her throat, but the two held her in place until she was gone. Ava lifted a blood-soaked hand to an equally blood-soaked Hector.
Ava said, "I love afternoons like this."
When they were finished, Hector put the body in the incinerator just like he did with the others.
Janice got home just in time to hear the shower running. She smiled and undressed. She decided to join Bill in the shower. She went into a steamy room and reached her hand in to find her better half's better half.
A voice said, "What the heck."
She pulled the curtain open and saw her brother-in-law Mike instead of Bill. He was naked and trying to cover himself. Janice backed out of the room, leaving the door open and her clothes on the floor. She came out to see Bill standing there with a couple of towels.
Bill said, "Oh, I see you found Mike."
Janice went past him into their bedroom, where she came face to face with Mike's twelve-year-old son Scott as he was getting dressed. She grabbed a towel from the bed and wrapped herself while she turned her back on the nearly naked boy.
Janice asked, "Bill, could I speak with you for a moment?"
Mike was a securities broker and a single parent. He could work from anywhere his phone could get a signal, but he worked mostly from home.
Bill said, "Mike and Scott came over to see the new place. While they were here, I took them to the pool."
Scott poked his head out and asked, "May I come out?"
Janice felt horrible about walking in on him.
She said, "I am so sorry about walking in on you."
Scott said, "Don't worry, after all, it's your room."
Scott's eyes never once went above her chest for the rest of the night.
The Next Part
- Private Voices: Part 14
A New case takes Janice into Amish country to see a woman about a horse.
© 2019 Michael Collins aka Lakemoron