Unkindest Cut of All

Chapter 21


Once Walsh fell back unconscious, Casey, Eddie, and their sergeant sat in chairs at the end of the bed as Casey went over everything Walsh had explained to her about Cole and his connections to Frank Lutz, then told him that after Walsh had saved hers and Eddie's life, he had tried to tell them that their shooter was someone's brother. Casey had no doubt that he meant Cole.

As she finished, Sergeant said in frustration, "You realize that Walsh's comparisons between Cole and Lutz is a stretch at best, right?"

Casey nodded and replied, "Yes, I know. That's what I told Walsh when he tried explaining the same to me, but Sir, we need to figure out, who our shooter is and how he is connected to Frank Lutz, then maybe we can gather enough to bring Cole down too. The three of them have to be connected. Lutz killed Kowalski to keep him from talking about Cole's past and then tried to kill Walsh for the same reason. When he failed, word somehow got around to Cole's brother, who has come to town to finish the job, but more out of revenge than anything else. What I don't understand is, how does the brother not have a record? There has to be something on him. Lutz had a record and so does Cole."

"Last night, Beaumont handed us Lisa Jensen's rap sheet after she had picked it up from one of the techs," Alvarez responded.

"Please tell me that you are not seriously implying that Detective Beaumont has joined with Cole as well?" the sergeant asked.

Eddie shook his head and answered, "No, no, no, not at all. Cole walked in right behind her. What if he was the one, who got it from the techs and she took it from him, after he had already gotten rid of the second rap sheet; his brother's."

Casey replied, "You're brilliant, Alvarez."

"That's not the first time I've heard that in the last twenty-four hours," he responded as he smiled at her.

"I'm going to call up Beaumont and ask her outright," Sergeant Brown said as he picked up his cell phone and stepped out of the room. "I know how much she cares about her partner, but no matter what we think of her right now, I also know that she won't give up being a cop by disobeying my orders."

Meanwhile…

Cole could tell that his partner's heart wasn't into their part of the assignment and so he suggested to her after their talk with Kyle at his apartment, that she head to the hospital to be with Walsh, while he and the others take down the gang members. Delahoy tried to object, but Beaumont ignored him as she smiled at Cole, then thanked him and left. Cole, Delahoy, and Banks had gotten back from taking down Kyle's gang, with help from SWAT, and locking them up in holding a few minutes ago and had taken a seat at their desks to relax before starting in on their interrogations.

It wasn't long after that, when Beaumont came walking back into the precinct and angrily tossed her badge down on top of her desk, then took a seat across from Cole as she began to stare at him. Both Delahoy and Banks looked up to see what was going on and Cole stopped going through the paperwork he was about to begin to fill out on their arrests to look at her in concern.

"Is everything all right?" Cole asked softly and nervously.

"No, everything's not all right!" she answered harshly.

Delahoy leaned forward and asked, "Did something happen at the hospital? Is Walsh all right?"

She looked over at him and replied, "For now. He's still in bad shape, but no doubt he'll recover just fine."

"That's a good thing, isn't it?" Banks asked, as he, Cole, and his partner stared at her in confusion. "That he's going to be all right?"

"Don't you two have something you should be doing instead of irritating me?" she responded. "It's great, all right?"

Both of them put up their hands in defense, stood, and walked away as Cole remained at his desk and continued to stare at her in concern, then finally spoke up asking, "What's wrong? Is there anything I can do to help you?"

Beaumont turned and looked at him sadly as her attitude softened, then answered, "No, I'm sorry. I'm just frustrated and worried, that's all."

"It's all right," Cole replied gently. "You have every right to be. I felt the same way when you were shot. The fear of losing someone you care about is overwhelming."

"I know," she responded coldly as she looked at him with sadness in her eyes. "Listen, Cole, there's something I want to ask you, but…"

Before she could continue, her phone suddenly began to ring and she saw that it was the sergeant, then quickly stood and walked angrily away in order to answer it as she said, "I haven't said anything to him, Sir. Are you that distrustful of me?"

On the other end, Sergeant Brown answered, "No, I do trust you'll do the right thing, Detective, but I need to ask you if you were the one, who picked up the rap sheet on Lisa Jensen from the techs this morning?"

"I was the one, who handed it to you," she replied. "I did…"

"But were you the one, who actually picked up the file from the techs, or did you get it from someone else?" he asked again as he cut her off.

Beaumont looked at Cole, still at his desk, from the room she had walked into and fearfully responded, "No, it was Cole. I was on my way down to pick up the files and I ran into him as he handed her rap sheet. Sir, what are you implying? That Cole would…"

Sergeant Brown interrupted her again as he said swiftly, "Listen to me, Allison. I need you to go down and ask the techs to reprint you the results of the database search. If there was a rap sheet on our shooter, then they should come right up, rather than having to have them begin the search all over again. Do not let Cole know what you're up to. I will be back at the precinct soon. You can do this. I have complete faith in you."

"Understood, Sir," she answered as she walked off to do as he ordered.

After his partner walked away, Cole stared after her until he was suddenly interrupted by his phone ringing and when he answered it, his brother spoke up saying, "I just wanted to call and give you a heads up, Little Brother. Our problems are about to be finished off once and for all."

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