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 *I swear the next part will have a shorter recap*
Janice James is a Private Detective haunted by her troubled past and 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. Ava seems to want Janice dead for her part in chasing her out of the States.
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.
Janice's brother-in-law Mike and his son Scott come for a quick visit before taking a long trip. Janice takes on a new case involving an end of the world cult run by a con artist in league with Ava and her plans.
- Private Voices: Part 15
Janice finds more than a horse out in the country.
Terence Alfred Stamp stood looking out a window at the compound as his people readied themselves for a possible invasion by the American government. They placed guards on every gate and extra guards on the perimeter. He was a wanted man, but there was no way the feds could know he was there, after all, he was supposed to be dead. His scheme defrauded many out of their life savings, but he was fond of saying, "people who think they can get something for nothing deserves just that, nothing." When the feds come, he would go into a special bunker built for him for the day that the American government collapses. An old friend told him about this little job his employer had planned that would crash the economies of the west. He also said that Ava was working on the plan.
Terrence said, "If that saucy bitch is involved, then it will happen."
He said it with a small apathetic smile on his face. His people worked to hide all the merchandise they stole and all the other illegal items such as the full-auto machine guns and the explosives. A small man walked into Terence's office. Jim Johns was five-foot even, two feet shorter than Terence. When they were together, they looked like father and son or grandson.
Jim had a slight southern accent. "Mister Terence sir, there was a message for a callback."
Terence turned and looked down at the man.
After ten long seconds, he said, "Well, come on boy, don't make me ask."
Jim backed up a little as he said, "Miss Ava wants to talk to you about a job, and as she put it, a phat payday."
Terrence said into his phone, "Ava, my dear, I can't keep this line open for long. The FBI is circling the compound and coming in for a landing."
Ava looked at what should be a live feed of Terence but instead was a cardboard cutout of Elvis. Terence, however, was given a full topless view of both Ava and Yara. He knew that she would only do something like this because she wanted something and that something was bloody. Ava smiled, knowing that the old man was staring at her chest and maybe getting a drugfree erection.
She said, "You caught us in the middle of something. I hope it doesn't bother you."
Terence asked, "Ava, I was serious about the feds, and as much as I would like to watch you do whatever you two are doing, I need to end this, so what do you want?"
She said, "I have someone I need dead, and from what I have seen, you might want her dead too."
Terence stopped watching the scene and changed the aspect of the picture, so only Ava was in the frame.
He asked, "The woman from the day before. Do you know her?"
Janice unlocked her office door and went inside. JG said she would be back as soon as she could escape her parents. Janice told her to take as much time as she needed.
She said, "Don't let this time with them pass you by because you never know when things could change, and you could lose the ability to regain …"
She trailed off, but JG got the gist of what she was saying. Janice wasn't looking forward to her next call. Detective Green told her that the horse was most likely dead.
Green said, "A horse requires upkeep such a group couldn't provide. It's more than likely they butchered the horse and ate it."
An FBI agent named Sampson told the police that satellite images showed a horse trailer but no horse. There was hope that as survivalists, the cult might see value in something that didn't need gas, but the FBI thought that such a group would think that horse medications and feed would be harder to get than gas. As she spoke with Ester, the party happening in the reopened bar wasn't helping her convey the news.
Across the street from the office were three men on motorcycles. They were all armed and had a goal. Their employer wanted Janice dead, and it didn't matter if anyone got in the way.
The head of the trio looked at the bar filled with police and said, "If we brace the doors and set fire to the bar, the bitch and the pigs will burn all the way to hell."
One of the other bikers pulled a chain with a series of locks on it. The chain was a weapon that he used to deal with people on the road, but today it would be used to lock the doors.
The man with the chain asked, "What do we use to set the fire?"
From behind the three men, someone said, "How about the gas from your bikes?"
They turned around to see a man in a dark suit with a hat pulled down, obscuring his face. The lead biker went to say something, but the man quickly pulled a Glock 17 with a suppressor and shot all three men. He pulled a bottle filled with an amber liquid, lit it, and broke the bottle over the bodies.
In the morning, a postal van pulled up to the gate at the compound.
The driver said into an intercom, "Delivery for a Mister Stamp."
A rather clip and angry sounding voice came over the intercom saying, "Just leave it at the gate dummy."
The FBI agent posing as a postal worker said, "Because it has an insurance waiver on it, I need a signature."
The voice said, "Someone will be out soon."
About ten minutes later, a call came over the radio, "Push it."
This was the go order for raiding the compound. The people on the inside started to run using a secret entrance in the back that led onto a dirt path on a farmer's field. The FBI sent in their waiting helicopters, and the fleeing people were stopped and cuffed. The van hit the electrified gate knocking it off the hinges. Behind it was a convoy of black Suburban SUVs. By the end of the day, the FBI had everyone they could find in zip-tie cuffs with enough evidence to lock most of them up. The evidence wasn't hard to find. The FBI spent the last two days watching them bury it. What they didn't find were Stamp and his lieutenants. They sat in Stamp's bunker, watching the feds pick apart his latest scheme.
Stamp turned to his most trusted lieutenant and asked, "Did you sent Lewy, Dewy, and Dummy after the woman. I said this was the most important job for us?"
The man nodded.
Stamp said, "You should be happy that I can't kill with my mind."
Stamp pulled a small automatic with a suppressor and shot the man in the gut.
He counted to four then said, "Important means do it yourself."
Terrence shot the man in the head. It was clear to the others; this was for them and not the dead man.
Another of Stamp's lieutenants asked, "Who was the man that killed them, and what can we do?"
Stamp looked down at the body then back to the man with the question.
He said, "We finish the job and kill the woman, and as for the man, I think I know who or what he was, and if I am right, then we do nothing."
Stamp sat back down at the monitors and stared at the FBI as they cataloged his life.
He said to no one, "It's hard to think that this was all over a horse that we just let go into a field."
About an hour later, Stamp said, "As soon as they are gone, we will slip out and split up. I expect you to deal with the woman and meet me in Mexico."
Another of the men asked, "How can we abandon the cause?"
Stamp said, "Don't be stupid. This was all just a long con ending in a good payday."
The room went silent. Stamp turned around to see the faces of his lieutenants. He clearly had misjudged his audience, and now he was locked in a room of believers that no longer believed in him.
Agent Sampson called Sean, who went to Janice, and together they went to see Ester.
Ester said, "Sadie has been crying ever since you called. I appreciate you coming out, and I am so sorry that this became what it did."
Janice said, "The FBI raided the farm and arrested everyone. They also found notes on what they did with Tigger."
Agent Sampson read the note and went to the field. Out behind a windbreak was a horse that was standing there eating grass.
Sean said, "The FBI has your horse, and they say as soon as you want too you can come and get him."
Ester stared in silence.
Sean leaned over and said, "Oh man, I think we broke her."
Janice said, "They seem interested in getting rid of the horse, so I wouldn't wait."
After a very long pause, Ester asked, "I'm sorry, but did you say Tigger was alive and with the FBI?"
Sean smiled then handed her his phone saying, "Call someone you know with a horse trailer and tell them to meet us at the farm."
As they pulled into the compound, a large horse with faint stripes was running along the fence. Tigger seemed to recognize Ester and couldn't wait for her to stop. The horse leaped the fence without touching an electrified wire and met up with the stopped truck.
Janice turned to Sean and said, "I like days like this."
Sean replied, "I nearly shat a brick when that horse jumped the fence."
Janice lightly slapped Sean on the back and said, "Way to keep it classy… Good job."
The Next Part
- Private Voices: Part 17
Bill and his brother Mike argue over Janice's father's letter and what it contains.
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