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 her troubled past and the death of her son and a fractured psyche, forcing her to see her son Brandon as well as others. With the help of her late son and her mentor, a former police officer named Sean, she runs her service, helping people in trouble. Three years after the death of their son, Janice and her estranged husband Bill are moving into their new home behind a wall.
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 Jenny, while happy to see them together now must find a way to work around the new awkwardness. After a trip home to see her family, Jenny comes to terms with her new life in Ohio and a disconnect from her family.
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 wants Janice dead for her part in chasing her out of the States, to her Island near Cuba. Ava's assistant Yara with the help of her sister maria, plan on escaping the island and Ava's control.
Ava continues her obsession over Janice, leading to a confrontation between her surveillance team and Janice, where she shoots and kills two men. After the shooting, Janice and Bill retreat to Sean's house. A planned bed and breakfast Sean and his wife built but never opened. Ava offers a truce, and now Janice finds herself in an unknown situation afraid to go out. In her truce, Ava makes an enemy of a long-time collaborator.
- Private Voices: Part 35
Yara helps her sister settle on the island by belittling Hector. Janice and Bill move into their new home with Brandon watching on.
Janice leaned back as Bill became more aggressive. She noticed that the workers had stopped outside, then she realized that if she could see them, they could see her.
She said, “As much as I don’t want you to stop, I don’t like having an audience.”
Bill looked up as Janice pointed to the window, and the workers who quickly jumped back to work. Bill got up and closed the drapes. When he came back, he kissed her on the lips. He could smell the gun oil on her hands as well as the upset stomach medication she was taking earlier.
Bill asked, “How are you feeling?”
Janice started to unhook his belt, “I’m feeling horny, so shut up and get back to work.”
She didn’t want to talk about how she felt sick, and that ill-feeling was just in the mornings. She remembered how with Brandon, the only thing she could eat in that first month was rare to near raw steak. She had expected him to come out with fangs from all the blood and beef. Janice couldn’t find the will to find out if she was just sick or maybe something else. Most of all, she wanted a rare steak.
Bill finished pulling his shorts off along with the boxers. He picked up Janice and put her back on the desk. She was now sitting with her backside on the guide to teacher-student interactions, which felt appropriate to Bill. He pulled her close. Bill felt harder for her than he had in years. The sex was raw and charged with some unknown force that propelled the regular almost timid Bill into a thrusting grunting machine that found Janice’s spot. Her cries could be heard outside among the workers who stopped for a second, then went back when they realized she wasn’t being murdered. With one massive thrust, Bill came. He stayed inside her as they embraced.
Janice whispered into his ear, “I want to marry you.”
Bill looked down at a ruined report as well as the ring on her finger and said, “I know I already asked, but, yes, I will.”
Janice said, “No, I mean, I want to do it now.”
Bill looked down at his shorts on the floor and asked, “Can I get dressed first?”
Janice asked, “Why ruin such a good look?”
She looked out the window where she saw the ten-year-old Brandon standing there with his hands covering his eyes. He uncovered his eyes and nodded his head.
Janice nodded her head in recognition and said, “I could be wrong, but I think I might be pregnant.”
After a few calls and a few hours, Ava found herself in the lobby of a specialty dealership. This dealer rented and sold cars to influential people that like to stay off the radar of the law. In other words, he rented fast cars to criminals. The man would only go by the name Gnat. He was in a red smoking jacket and black slacks doing his best aloof Frenchman act as was possible for a boy born in Newark, New Jersey could. He went through the usual armored cars and assault SUVs before he realized that the woman wanted a sports car, not a rolling brick. She saw a couple of Ferraris’ she liked, but nothing said, “me” to her. That was until he came out with an unusual car and color. The car was a Ford GT40 in a pearl white with a topcoat that was iridescent, changing as the light hit the car. Gnat said how most of his clients didn’t like the color. Ava loved both the color and the racing style of the vehicle. Her only regret was that she would only drive it for about a week. Gnat told Ava how she would have to put down the price of the car as collateral.
Ava asked, “If that’s the case, then why don’t I just buy the car?”
She gave him a ten percent markup to do all the paperwork and help her buy the car without taking ownership.
Jenny lay between her two friends covered in paint and chocolate sauce. Jeff was lying there with his eyes closed while Heather was licking the chocolate off Jenny’s stomach. Jenny was starting to wonder if this was how an adult was supposed to be spending a day off from work. She did have a good time, but she wondered if there was more to life than good times and work. Jeff and Heather married right after high school, but they lived their lives like they were single. Both had multiple partners, but they also shared partners. Jenny knew if she had that one relationship, she wouldn’t want to share him or her with anyone else. Jeff came back around and started to lick the chocolate off Jenny’s left breast. Heather and Jeff met face to face in Jenny’s cleavage and kissed. For the first time since the fun started, Jenny felt like a prop in their sexual relationship like a fancy chocolate covered sex doll. Her mind went to all the things she should be doing, such as her laundry, cleaning her new apartment, and washing her car. While kissing his wife, Jeff pushed Jenny’s legs up and apart. He started another round of what Jenny no longer thought of as fun, but she didn’t know how to say she had enough without hurting her friends.
Bill stopped when Janice said pregnant. He had the same look on his face he had on their first pregnancy. Back then Janice had a miscarriage and the baby was never spoken of again. The next time was Brandon, and that time he was prepared.
Janice said, “Ok, take a breath.”
Bill looked down at his penis like he had never seen it before. He then looked into Janice’s eyes with a grin that was from ear to ear. He went in and kissed her on the mouth with such force that he knocked her back.
Bill quickly pulled back, “Oh, did I hurt you?”
Janice replied, “If what we just did didn’t hurt me, then a simple kiss won’t.”
Bill pulled up his boxers and went for his shorts, leaving Janice sitting on his papers with her skirt hiked up and goods showing.
He asked, “You said think, does that mean you haven’t seen a doctor or take a test?”
Janice asked, “What is it with teachers and all your tests?”
Bill leaned in and kissed her.
He said, “Well, at least you won’t have to study for this test.”
Bill drove to the closest store to buy a test or three. This was the first time he was buying a pregnancy test, and he had no idea that there were so many kinds of tests. He felt a presence just behind him. He turned to see Jenny with a basket filled with cleaning products. Her eyes were wide at the sight of the test in Bill’s hand.
She asked, “Please tell me you aren’t buying supplies for the new school year?”
Bill said, “Tenure.”
She looked at the test, then back to him.
Bill said, “Right now, we aren’t saying anything because we don’t know anything.”
Jenny told him he would want a different test, and she showed him which ones to buy.
Bill asked, “Do I want to know why you know which test to buy?”
Jenny replied, “No, you don’t want to know, nor is it any of your business.”
On more than one occasion, Bill thought of Jenny as his own daughter rather than just a friend or employee of Janice. It made it difficult for him to see where his business ended with her. He noticed a smudge on her neck as well as the faint smell of chocolate, but he didn’t want to push his luck with Jenny. She seemed a little angry about something.
The Next Part
- Private Voices: Part 37
Ava picks up a stray while Janice comes to terms with a test.
© 2020 Michael Collins aka Lakemoron