Private Voices: Part 42

Updated on February 6, 2020
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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. Bill offered the wall to a creative art class to paint a mural. 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 plans on escaping the island and Ava's control while the US Navy moves in. Ava starts her plan going between Miami and Fort Myers. She found a hitchhiker named Lance on the way she would either keep or feed to the alligators.


Janice's former partner/mentor took a trip to Miami beach. While in Miami, Ava Sees Sean. Ava sent lance with a fake bomb hoping he would either kill Sean or get killed by Sean.


Janice takes on a new client whose husband seems to be blackmailing women into sleeping with him. The client is backed by the husband's firm, who wants to use his indiscretions to kick him out of the company. The target seems to be using blackmail for sex and recording the transactions.

Part Forty-Two

Yara, her sister Maria and Lucas were in a small boat about three miles away from the island as they watched four large vessels move in close. It was dark, and their boat was small. The U.S. Navy didn't seem to pay attention to the small boat. They had other places to be. Yara wasn't happy that her sister insisted they take this boy with her or that she had been sleeping with him for the last two nights. Lucas proved to be worth taking as he knew how to sail. As a young boy, he had helped a small charter boat sailing around the gulf. In the hold of the ship was enough supplies to get them wherever they wanted to go as well as enough cash to make that location inviting. Yara remembered how Ava would say that money opened doors and made people welcome into almost any place in the world. She was at the wheel as her sister and Lucas were in the hold together sleeping. Off in the distance, she saw a flash of light come from one of the ships.


Hector lay in Ava's favorite lounge naked with one of the upstairs maids beside him. Most of the staff fled when Yara left. Those that stayed started to loot whatever they could take. Hector tried to stop them, then he resorted to shooting. In his bloodlust, he had killed the remaining staff. Now all that was left was him and the warm dead bodies. This last one was named Anita, or that was what he thought her name was. He raped her as she begged him to stop as she bled out from the gunshot wounds. She had passed on before he was finished. He lay there knowing Ava would kill him as soon as she got home. She was her favorite of all the maids. Off in the distance, he saw the flash of light and something streaking toward the island. Then three more flashes. The cruise missile struck about twenty feet from him, and the dead Anita incinerating them both as well as taking most of the house with them. The other three hit taking out most of the structures on the island. From there, the Marines took the beach and secured what was left.

Janice and Bill watched the invasion happen in real-time from the cable news. The government finally got permission from Cuba to take the island, and they did so, starting with missiles. One reporter said how it could be weeks before the total body count was known. To Janice's surprise, it seemed like the news media was against the action and seemed to say how the military was sent to kill poor brown people rather than stop a terrorist. The military released satellite video of gunfire on the island, showing someone killing the people around what was the main house. The media tried to insinuate that this was U.S. forces shooting civilians rather than what actually happened. The five-year-old Brandon ran around the room with his arms extended out, making a rocket sound just before he slammed headfirst into a chair screaming boom. Janice nearly told him to stop when she realized he wasn't really there, and she didn't want to tell Bill about her seeing him. The news switched to the family butchered in Florida.

Janice had a check from April Delvin, but she wasn't sure if she would cash it or not. April was in lockup after assaulting her husband with a baseball bat. Janice gave her the videos of Jon and his many affairs, including April's best friend and her sister. Upon seeing him with the teenage daughter of their next-door neighbor, April gave Janice a check.

She said, "Thank you for your time."

She then pulled a baseball bat with Jim Thome's signature and went to find her husband. Before he could finish asking her why she had his signed bat. She struck him across the face breaking his jaw, then she hit him in the shoulder, gut and finally the genitals. The final hit was so hard she broke the bat. It took three men to pull her off him. Jon went to the hospital, and April went to jail. The check was for three times more than she was owed, but it might be worth nothing depending on how fast Jon or his lawyer could freeze the account. The check also was a milestone for Janice. The check represented a sort of justice as well as everything she didn't represent. To her, the wrong person was in jail. After his many victims came forward, Jon found himself locked in a ward facing charges and an eventual cell. April was given community service time, as well as a warning not to do it again.

Sean pulled into his driveway and deactivated the security. His side door opened, and Lance got out of the car. Sean had called Lance's parents, and they said he should stay gone. With nowhere to go and no one that cared, Lance was alone, so Sean offered to take him in and help him as long as he agreed to go back to school and work for him at the bar. Being underage, Lance couldn't serve drinks, but there were plenty of jobs a hard-working individual could do. Lance wasn't sure if the old man wanted to help him or use him. He was afraid to tell this man that saved his life that he wasn't into men, and he wouldn't go that way even if it meant he would be out on the street again.


As if Sean could read his thoughts, "Listen boy, I am offering you something I doubt you ever had, a chance at a better life. I'm not asking for anything in return except that you do your best to walk the line. Also, I don't go that way either."


Sean was convinced that Lance was no genius, but even the stupid deserve a break.

The next day a woman came into the office looking for a man she met while in Florida. Her name was Brenda Stephens, and she only knew as Sean. She remembered him talking about his former partner, who was still working as a private detective. She said she would pay any price to find him. Janice turned to Jenny, and the two just smiled.

Janice asked, "Do you have two dollars?"

Brenda just gave her a confused look.

Janice said, "Because if you do, then you might go down into the bar below us and order a drink. I think you will find what you are looking for there."

Brenda went into the bar and ordered a diet soda. It was a little early for her to start drinking anything harder. She looked around at all the uniformed police then back to the bartender. Sean had her drink in his hand and a smile on his face.

He asked, "Miss me?"

Brenda took the drink out of his hand and put it aside, pulled him closer, and kissed him.

The first three classes went by without a hitch, and Bill was on what would be his last class of the day. This was his A.P. eleventh grade social science studies class. Everyone in this class was on their way to college and had a grade point average of at least 3.5. This was Bill's kind of class, with most of them wanting to debate the issues rather than slog through mindless data. Like with his other courses, Bill covered the syllabus. About halfway through a hand went up.


Bill asked, "Yes, miss?"


She stood up with a look of disgust and said, "First, I don't want to be gendered like that again, so don't call me Miss. Secondly, I was wondering if I had to follow this misogynistic piece of crap you call a syllabus. I don't need to have my life mansplained to me."


She stood there, giving Bill a look of pure resentment. Bill remembered a story like this and knew not to confront her.


He said, "If you have any questions about the curriculum speak with a counselor and the principle."


Instead of sitting down, she picked up her bags and left the class.


Bill said, "Save any questions for after I'm done."

© 2020 Michael Collins aka Lakemoron

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