Chapter 31: Goodbye
Their time in Pinnacle Gulch had come to a close, and things were now wrapping up as everyone tried to forget the heartache of loved ones lost, and move forward. Deputy Jonah Ledford had officially been arrested for the murder of Janet Glendale, and in the process found out that he had caught onto the Mayor a while ago, but had been paid handsomely to hide the whole thing.
And since the Mayor had… expired so to speak, the residents of the town had no qualm in draining his bank account to give to the two private investigators he had hired in the first place. Ian and Roderick did not feel the least bit guilty about this. After all, he had promised to pay them.
Pinnacle Gulch still held some mysteries, but Ian and Roderick decided that the town could keep them, feeling too exhausted and sore to satisfy any further curiosities.
Ian packed away his stuff and put it in the trunk of his chevy cruze. His face was a bit sore and bandaged up, but he would live.
They all would.
He looked around the cold desert they had been living in for the past month one last time. It felt weird to be leaving it somehow. To have the mystery solved and heading home. Brian, Jordyn, and Joey were also packing up to leave, everyone ready to go their separate ways again.
“Well boys. I have to admit. You really pulled through back there.” Jordyn gave them with a sideways grin as Ian and Roderick leaned against the car. The two of them smiled.
“Yeah. Motel receptionist is back too. Finally able to give her back the keys to our room.” Roderick said. Brian walked up to them, a bag over his shoulder, Joey not too far behind.
“Well, I would say it’s been fun, but it was rather all quite scary and traumatic, so I am definitely looking forward to a vacation.” Brian chuckled a little nervously.
“But what about the pizza? Wasn’t that fun?” Joey asked curiously.
“Oh pizza is always fun. You can’t ruin pizza.”
“Actually, I take that back. I swear if I see a ghost possess a pizza, I’m going to vomit.”
At this, they all laughed.
“So where are you all going now?” Ian asked.
“I’ve got to get back to my precinct.” Jordyn said with half of a shrug since one arm was still in a sling.
“By the way-you never really told us what you do.” Roderick said mischievously. Jordyn rolled her eyes, smiling.
“PDU. It stands for ‘Paranormal Division Unit.’ We are… a rather new precinct… but basically they’ve been bringing in highly ranked detectives around the country to handle… things like this…”
“Was this your first paranormal case?”
“...Yes. And… thanks for the help. As much as I hate to say it, I couldn’t have done it without you.”
Ian felt quite pleased by this.
“I’m going to go back home and do some more research on things like this.” Joey said in her normal dreamy voice.
“And as for me,” Brian started, “You know I’m going on vacation.”
“So, I guess it’s goodbye then.” Roderick said almost a little sadly. He had really grown fond of the people they had worked with over the past month.
“I guess so.” Jordyn said. “But… if I need help again, you guys wouldn’t mind me calling you right?”
Ian folded his arms. “I guess we’re not as worthless as you thought then huh?” he teased.
Jordyn rolled her eyes.
“Well, see ya later bro. I’m going to drive Joey home.” Brian said happily, giving Brian a bro hug.
“Till next time.” Ian smirked.
Brian then gave Ian a really awkward bro hug, and then went to hug Jordyn, but then ended up shaking her hand after a good long glare.
Jordyn gave the brothers each a left handed handshake, and then actually gave Joey a hug.
“Thanks for everything.” she said sincerely to the spiritual expert. “And I really mean it. I usually don’t hang out with people, but if you ever want to get together and do something, let me know. Oh-and I am sure my precinct will be calling and asking for information on spirits and stuff.”
At this, Joey smiled.
With everything settled, and their goodbyes said, Ian and Roderick waved to their friends as they got in the car. Ian turned on the cd player, and coincidentally enough, the Chopin’s waltz in A minor came on. After a moment, Ian turned it off again.
“Uh… I think I’m a little sick of that song for now…” Ian chuckled, much to his younger brother’s relief.
“Good. Cause if you weren’t, I’d be a little worried.”
“It’s still a good song though. Too bad a serial killer had to go and ruin it for me.”
“Can we please listen to some classic rock?” Roderick begged, taking out the classical music cd as Ian started to drive out of Pinnacle Gulch.
“I’ll think about it.”
The two of them drove in silence for a moment as they watched the desert hills and sagebrush go by.
“What do we now? Ghosts are real. How are we supposed to do anything after this?”
Ian paused to think about this as they passed the city limits. With a smile, he put in another cd, and to Roderick’s glee, Eye of the Tiger started to play. Ian looked out at the open road before them, his hands on the wheel.
“I guess we’ll just have to find another adventure to go on.”