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. Her plan failed When Lance told Sean the whole story.
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.
- Private Voices: Part 42
Yara and two other escape the Island as the US Navy moved in. Janice gets paid as Bill starts a new year.
Lennox Linus sat in a leather chair as a young woman gave him a lap dance. The dance was just the start as she was expected to strip and have sex with Linus. He was wealthy, and her father owed his existence to him. Camila Suarez didn't care about any of that. This man paid well and never talked to her. Mr. Linus might as well be a thing rather than a man for all the interactivity he put into their weekly trysts. Today, however, was different. As he watched the news covering the American invasion of the island, he grew harder than she ever could remember. About the time they showed the missiles launching, he picked her up and took her to the bed. There he nearly ripped off her clothes and did the deed himself using a force and energy that was both thrilling and alarming to Camila. He was more like a man in his twenties than one who was much older than Camila. They had this routine down from the time she was fifteen, but this was the first time since the first time he was on top.
Linus got off Camila and went for his phone, "Yes I want assurances she's dead as well as her assistant… Yara"
The voice said something she couldn't hear, then Linus said, "I want my jet ready for a flight to Oklahoma or whatever Ava was working."
Camila slowly got up and started to gather her clothing.
Linus said, "Where do you think you're going? We aren't finished just yet."
To her surprise, when he got back up, he was hard again. Linus walked over to her and turned her around doing something new to their little agreement. He never took her from behind or had her orally. Camila wasn't prepared for his entry, and she was shocked at just how much it hurt. About halfway through his actions, his phone rang.
Instead of stopping, he put the phone on her back and said, "What."
The voice on the other side of the call was a woman, and she asked, "Well, hello, Linus darling, how are you?"
Linus stopped and came all in one motion.
He asked, "Ava, my love, how interesting it is to hear from you?"
Ava sat in a chair in the hotel room in Marietta, Ohio, along the Ohio River. She was just about four to five hours away from Cuyahoga Falls and the person she wanted to ruin. She wanted Janice to have her life taken away from her before she killed her. Janice and her silly little job cost her a cover that she had maintained for four years as she ran her business. She even had some minor feelings for her late husband, and having to kill him was also Janice's fault. Ava kept telling herself this as she made a list of everyone that would pay from her employers to anyone that crossed her. She even made plans to help any terrorist group that would do harm to the country for the death of her Yara and Hector. Part of this required her to enlist the help of someone that wanted her dead. Linus lost over a billion dollars when she was forced to do something about the mess she made in Ohio. He lost his connections in the U.S... Some of which were made before the second world war as a "get out of jail free card" for people doing criminal acts and crimes against humanity. He didn't know that it was her employer that ordered her to gut his enterprise.
Camila got up and looked out at the landing pad and the helicopter waiting for Linus. Nearby on a private airstrip, he had a private jet with a false plan and credentials, so he could get into the country and kill Ava. He knew what she was going to say, but he didn't care. He had his favorite mercenaries with him, and they were going to paint the streets red with her blood.
Linus's phone rang, and he answered, "I see you are taking calls from dead people."
Linus stopped and looked at his phone.
He said, "I have a list, and you are on it."
The voice asked, "What if I offered you anything you want to take care of Ava?"
Linus said, "I want a seat at the table. Give me that, and the seat is yours."
The voice went silent for what felt like hours.
He then said, "Well, I guess then we're going a different way."
Camila watched the helicopter, hoping it would crash. She was watching as it exploded in the air, raining debris down into a nearby lake. She celebrated by looting his bedroom.
Off in an office building in Manhattan, New York, a man disconnected his phone and closed the cover on a switch he had just used to blow up a helicopter in South America.
He turned to five other people in the room and said, "I think we should let this play out and see just how far Ava gets before we risk getting involved."
Another person in the room said, "We should warn the woman in Ohio so they can take care of Ava before she talks."
At the end of the table, a man said, "No, we own the feds and most of the justice system across the east coast. We will let this play out and go from there. If Ava wins, then we intervene, if Ava loses, we make sure her loss is total, and she can't speak to anyone."
The others in the room started to knock on the table with their fists.
The man said, "OK, I want to see the Dow drop three hundred points today. Make it happen."
Bill sat in his class, watching his stock portfolio drop as the Dow took an unexpected drop in the morning. Both him and Janice had their savings, which included the settlement from the medical supply company that was held liable for the loss of their first pregnancy. He also had his teacher's retirement fund, so he wasn't worried, but he didn't like losing money. The broadcaster said how they could see as much as a Three-hundred-point drop by the end of the day. He was supposed to be working on reading all the many papers he was given for the first week's assignments. He had a hard time getting back to work without thinking about the baby on the way. His door opened, and Margaret Stevens came into the room. She was both a language studies teacher and the union steward. When she became a teacher back in the 1980s, her job was that of an English teacher. With the new educational mandate, they could no longer claim to be teaching English.
Margaret sat down next to Bill's desk and said, "We may have a problem."
Bill looked up at her.
She asked, "Did you say something wrong to a student? Maybe something sexual in nature?"
Bill leaned back and tried to play out his first week of classes trying to think about every interaction he had with his students and the other staff. He eventually thought about his syllabus and the sections on the feminist movements of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.
Margaret said, "No, this is a direct accusation that you offered a better course load for sexual favors."
Margaret leaned in and whispered, "She also said you touched her inappropriately."
Bill wanted to know who was accusing him, but he knew that he had no right under the system to confront his accuser to protect the accuser. It's why they had a female steward so they could be there when a teacher is accused without making the student feel uncomfortable.
Bill asked, "Just what did she say I did, and when because I have a camera in my class, and I record everything, including what we are saying here."
Margaret said, "Well, that's good news because she said all of this happened in your classroom."
She made a copy of the files covering those days she said he touched her and said she would advocate strongly for him. Bill wondered if she wouldn't have if he didn't have the video evidence.
The Next Part
- Private Voices: Part 44
Bill goes home to find Janice prepping for the baby while Jenny makes plans.
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