SILENCE - DS Addison Scott Series #1

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Chapter Twenty-Four

2016

Addison sat in front of Robert’s desk as he paced up and down his office. He was reading the pages from the visitors book that Addison had asked for copies. They hoped a name would come up they could look in to, but none of the names were familiar.

“Have you checked out Alan’s brother Ian?” Robert asked.

“Yeah, he committed suicide a few years after his mother was found dead.” Addison told him. He rubbed his chin as he thought hard on what to do next.

“Our only connection is the school, it might be worth talking to the teachers and the friends of Anna and Rebecca.” Robert suggested.

“Do you think Wendy Willis and Joan Charles were good friends?”

“After everything we’ve learnt about Wendy, it doesn’t fit her character. But if it’s true that she was trying to turn her life around, having Joan as a friend now, would be possible. If you get my meaning?” Robert mentioned. Addison nodded with him.

“Yes, yes I do. It’s a good way to look at it and if we can connect the dots it might just bring us closer to the killer.” Addison said.

Robert pulled up the case files for The Silent Killer and started pulling out photos and documents. Addison’s eyes lingered on the box, recognising everything he pulled out. She knew it was time to let go, but she found it hard.

“I think it’s time for me to go home now. I’ve got some things to think about and it has been a tough day. It will take me a while to sleep tonight.” Addison laughed nervously. Robert got up from the desk and placed the photos and documents down.

“Does it still hurt?” Robert said nodding to her cheek. Her hand instantly went up and brushed it with her fingers, where Alan had injured her. He came round the desk and perched on it in front of Addison. She shook her head. He lifted his hand to touch her face, but pulled back on the last moment. There eyes lingered on each other just a little bit to long.

“I’ll see you tomorrow.” Addison said as she left his office. He watched her grab her keys from her desk and her things, exiting the department. Addison got downstairs and found Fletcher by his car.

“You off home now?” He asked.

“Yeah, I’m shattered. I’m going to have an early night. It’s been a long day.” She chuckled.

“Make sure you lock your doors.”

“I’ll be double locking them.”

“I’ll give you a ring later and see how you are doing, if anything happens let me know.” Fletcher told her. She gave him a quick nod and got into her car.

She pulled up onto the side road and parked outside her place. She got out of the car and headed up the couple of steps to her front door. She glanced over her shoulder before entering. She took off her shoes inside, placing them to the side. She headed straight to the kitchen and poured herself a glass of wine. She sipped her wine as she glanced over at the empty coffee table. All the boxes and files are gone. She knew she was going to struggle with sleep; more than normal, tonight.

She finished the whole bottle of wine before she had fallen asleep on the sofa. With no material to read, it took her longer to fall into a slumber. After what felt like hours, she was awoken from her sleep. Someone was knocking on her door, loudly. She jumped up from the sofa and grabbed her phone. She headed to the front door and peeked through the spy hole. She rolled her eyes and opened the door.

“What took you so long? It’s cold.” Robert said. She was surprised to have her boss standing on her front doorstep, but she wondered why.

“What are you doing here? Did something happen with the case?” Addison asked. He passed her through the hallway, and she closed the front door. She could smell that he had been drinking. He waltzed into her kitchen and glanced around her small flat. Addison quickly put the wine glass in the sink and the bottle into the bin.

“Nope, I’ve had a couple of drinks while I was putting the board together.” Robert told her. “I just wanted to pop by and see if everything was ok?”

“Robert, it’s…” Addison started.

“Call me Rob, I’m off duty.” He grinned.

“Rob, it’s early hours in the morning.”

“You told me it would take you a while to get to sleep., I was hoping you would like some company.” Robert confessed. He moved over to her sofa and dumped himself down. Addison put the kettle on to make some tea.

“Is something bothering you?” Addison asked. She started to pour in the hot water from the kettle.

“Did you know my father was the one who took on the case of The Silent Killer. It was many years ago.” He said.

“Jack Ashworth, yes I knew. He was truly kind to me while I stood against Alan in trial.” Addison confessed. Robert glanced up to see Addison coming over with two mugs of hot tea in her hands. She placed them on the coffee table and sat beside Robert. “You forgot I was a witness in the case for a moment.” She chuckled.

“My dad was my idol. He trained me to become a police officer. He was always home late because of Alan Reed, he was so focused on catching him. But he still had time for me.” Robert smiled.

“Alan killed so many women and children. I can’t even think what was going through his head. Your dad did a great job catching him.” Addison placed her hand on Roberts shoulder. “Although, I don’t know why he didn’t kill me when he had the chance.” Addison added.

“Remorse?”

“I doubt that, a killer doesn’t feel remorse. I am going to make him regret keeping me alive. I’m going to show him the strong woman I am now, we will catch this killer together.” Addison told him.

“A strong woman is captivating.” Robert grinned. Addison raised her eyebrows together. No words came to her. She saw a cheeky side to Robert, and she liked it.

“Fletcher told me about your ex-partner.” Addison mentioned.

“That’s something he should never have spoke about.” Robert sighed.

“What was she like?” Addison asked. She hoped that he would trust her enough to tell her how he feels.

“She was a good detective. She died in the line of duty. There are many ways that I can think of to have saved her. There were many ways you know,” Robert told her.

“She sounds like a strong woman.” Addison smiled.

“She was strong and stubborn. She even had the balls to tell me she was in love with me. I couldn’t return her feelings, but I respected her. She had my back and I had hers.” Robert confessed. He glanced up and their eyes found each other.

“She had a good partner too.”

Robert smiled and placed his hand on Addison’s knee. They sat in silence for a few moments before he removed his hand. He went to say something but was interrupted by the sound of knocking on the front door. He watched as Addison’s eyes widened. He got up from the sofa and slowly made his way to the front door. He peeked through the spy hole but couldn’t see anyone. He opened the door while Addison appeared behind him. Her car was covered in paper. Robert walk down the step and to the car. He took one of the papers and looked at Addison who stayed on the step.

“Madison Reed, watch your step.” Robert read the note.

“It’s him, it’s the killer. He knows me, the real me. What am I doing to do?” Addison shivered. Robert quickly went to her side and put his arm around her, he guided her back inside. He glanced up and down the street, but no one was around. He shut and locked the door behind him.

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