You would think driving for hours upon hours would settle your mind but in my case… It just made my race with everything I had been going through over the last couple of years. You would think I would find peace out on the open road, but I didn’t. People would say that I am damaged, that I am crazy to be in the type of work that I do. I would know I’ve seen people walk away from me when I tell them what I do for a living.
You wouldn’t expect some blonde girl like me to be a forensic technician.
Not even my brother knew about the work that I do… he only knew that I went to university.
My older brother, Daniel Moss… I had barely kept in touch over the last 10 years. When he left home and joined his motorcycle club, I was left with our parents rumbling about how much of a disgrace we were bringing to the family. I couldn’t handle it anymore and moved away from them myself but I moved across the country.
I studied hard and got my bachelor’s degree. Now I am one of the best at the work I do.
Once I hit the border of the town that I grew up in, I felt my stomach drop. I noticed my eyes snapped towards the rumbling sound of the car I drove. It was that or the loud music that came from the sound system of the car. I sighed and ran my hand through my blonde hair when I stopped at the traffic lights. I was nervous to be back…
“Oi!” I heard from beside me. I looked towards my right and saw two men hanging out of the windows in the car next to me. Like dogs, their tongues were hanging out of their mouths. I raised my eyebrow at them, making them smirk. I knew this town like the back of my hand. I knew the men in this town had not changed. They differed from the big city guys but still acted stupidly sometimes.
I looked towards the lights, then back at the men. “Next lights!” I heard one guy yell out. I sighed and gripped the steering wheel tighter. I watched the lights turn green and before anyone else knew what was happening, I was flying across the intersection straight towards the next set of traffic lights.
I had a past… No one knew about it... I needed to pay off my degree and I knew some people… Now I think about it, it might have bitten me on the fucking ass…
Once I got to the other traffic lights, I pressed my foot down and drove straight through the yellow light before I went the way I actually had to. Leaving the other car behind at the red light.
Pulling into the parking lot at the police station, I grabbed my badge from the grove compartment and climbed out of the car. With a slam of my car door, I made my way to the entrance. Someone had called me for an investigation. The technician resigned from the work. Even though I hadn’t stepped foot in this town for more than a decade, my work was important to me.
“Hello, can I help you?” A young woman asked as I made my way over to the counter. I felt her eyes burning holes into my skin as I stood there. My tattoos were on display for everyone to see.
Did I care? No.
“Yes, I’m here to see the commanding officer.” She raised an eyebrow before I showed my badge to her. She nodded her head and grabbed the phone, calling for the commander. I could hear yelling coming from the other hall.
“He will be out shortly,” the young woman said. I gave her a sharp nod before I took a seat against the wall. As I waited, I noticed a girl sitting in the few seats over, itching at her arm. When I saw the marks on her arms, I knew the reason she was itching. I could hear heavy footsteps coming down the hall before a tall man walked out.
“Miss Moss,” I stood to greet the commanding officer but before he continued the same guy yelled again, making the officer in front of me snap his head towards the hall and sigh. Mumbling a ‘sorry’ to me.
“Nice to see you again, Mr Cameron.” I shook his hand before he waved me through to his office.
“Thank you for coming all this way.” He said before he went to the cabinet, bringing out a file.
“Not a problem, sir. I go where the work is.” He gave me a small smile before he took his seat.
For about two hours I sat in front of Commanding Officer Cameron and went over the case with him. From what was gathered at every scene, they weren’t able to find much except that the victims were young women and they were strangled to death.
Rolling my shoulders, I stepped off the lift and walked down the hall until I was outside the room door that would be mine until I finished the case. I unlocked the door and threw my duffle bag on the bed before I placed the case file on the table. I walked into the bathroom and stripped out of my clothes before I climbed into the shower. Washing away the stress but it still followed me.
Once I was finished washing myself, I grabbed one of the fluffy towels and wrapped it around my body before I walked back to the bed and dug into my bag for some clothes. Dressed in jeans and a tight-fitting tank top, I pulled on my boots and my jacket. I placed the case file and my badge in my duffle bag and placed them in the wardrobe.
Looking at the time, I sighed. I knew I had to do this. I knew I had to go see him. Sighing once more, I made my way out of my hotel before actually leaving in my car.
As I drove along the coast, the sun was setting. The orangery pinks lingered in the sky like fire. This was my favourite part of the day. It was beautiful at this time of the day. As I drove slightly out of town, I could see the Highway Jokers compound. My hand tightened on the steering wheel but before I knew it, my foot pressed down harder, making the car go faster. I turned into the compound and came to a stop with the screeching sound of my tires.
My eyes snapped towards me as I climbed out of the car. I saw girls hanging off the members of the club as they stared at me. I rolled my eyes and slammed my car door shut. I heard voices around me.
"Woah, she’s hot.”
But what stopped me from walking was hearing an older woman’s voice until she stepped in front of me. “Damn. Never thought I’d see your face around these parts of the world again.” I saw the smirk form on her face as my eyes ran down her body. “What are you doing here, sweetheart?"
“My brother in?” I asked her, dodging her question.
“Hmm,” she shrugged her shoulders. She looked good for being the old bat of the club. “Not until you answer the question, sweetheart.” She walked around me, checking me out as I kept my eyes on the clubhouse doors. I saw them open as I saw my brother walk out with some other men behind him as he lit a cigarette.
“Work-related,” I told her before I walked past her, but not before I heard Vikki mumble to another girl.
“Never thought I’d see the VP patch on your chest,” I spoke as I stood a few feet away, my hands in the back pockets of my jeans.
All eyes snapped towards me but I saw the same dark ones like mine had snapped up and his eyes went wide, his face drained and went pale coloured. The cigarette dropped from his lips, but before I could speak again, I was pulled into a bear hug. “Fucking hell, Tilly!”
“Can’t… breathe…” I struggled to say as he held me close to his chest tight.
He placed me down on my feet and took a step back for a moment, checking me over. “Fuck sis. Why didn’t you tell me you were coming home?”
“I wanted to surprise you.” I shrugged my shoulders. “Fucking hell, you’ve grown.” I smiled just as he did. Daniel and I were close when we were little but when he joined the Highway Jokers, we just lost touch. I moved away and went to university while Daniel stayed here in Bunbury.
“It’s good to have you back sis.” He said, crushing me to his chest again.
“Not sure for how long though,” I mumbled in his ear. Daniel pulled back and I saw the sadness already in his eyes.