The ComplexMay 27th, 1999
"Hi Sherman, what's up?" asks Westlake.
"I need you guys in my office in twenty minutes."
"See you then." She says and Joe and Westlake are off to Catlett's
"Okay Catlett what's the new case you have for us." Joe asks as he leads
Westlake in with a hand at the small of her back. She turns around and
gives him a smile, which seems to light up her face.
"Well, you two have to watch over a witness."
"What did they witness?" Joe asks, as he looks over at Westlake and
gives her a smile
"A murder." Catlett said unsure of how they would react to the other
facts he was about to tell them
"There is more Catlett, spill it." Westlake says to him
"Well, she witnessed her parents murder. The people who murdered them
are after her."
"Okay, but what is so wrong with that?" Westlake asked.
"Where was this girl? In the closet under the bed?"
"Ah no, she says she saw it in her mind." Catlett states. "She claims to
be a psychic.
"Ah, so you want us to get to the bottom of this and keep her safe.
"Yes, I have provided a cover for both of you and a safe house. You have
to go undercover as her Aunt and Uncle."
Westlake and Joe look at each other and then back to Catlett.
"We can do that. Where is the girl?"
"Can you send in Mieke."
A few minutes later in walked Catlett's secretary and a six-year-old
girl. She was tall for her age with chestnut color hair and green eyes.
"Joe, Westlake this is Mieke."
Westlake looked at the little girl in awe. She looked like she did at
her age. Same color hair and eyes. Mieke looked like she could be her
daughter. Westlake was stunned. She got up and walked over to the little
girl who was hiding behind Catlett's secretary.
"Hi sweetie, my name is Cameron. How are you?"
Mieke just looks at her for a few moments then goes to her, and gives
her a big hug. Joe is watching this whole scene, not sure what to think.
Mieke just smiles and points to Joe. "This is Joe, he is my partner."
She goes over to Joe and gives him a hug around his legs. Westlake just
smiles at him. She never thought about Joe with kids before. But she
wasn't sure why, but she liked the idea.
"Well guys here is the keys, address and other information you need."
Catlett says as he hands the box of stuff to Joe. "Be careful guys and
please keep in touch."
Westlake took Mieke by the hand and walked out the door as Joe followed.
"Well I am glad my car was already here." Westlake says as she walks
towards her Jeep.
"Ha yeah, I never thought of having to drive a child around in the
Viper." Joe jokes.
"Are you hungry sweetie?" She asks Mieke
"McDonalds." Mieke says.
Westlake put Mieke into the Jeep and strapped her in.
"Joe, we are going to stop at McDonalds and get her something to eat,
then we will meet you back at the complex."
"Okay see you then." He said as he got in the Viper.
A few minutes later they were pulling up to the drive through when a
call came in on Westlake's car phone.
She smiles into the phone "Yes"
"Did you stop to get food yet?"
"We are there now. What do you need?"
"Just bring Frankie and I back something."
"Okay Joe,.." she was cut off by a little 'I want a cheeseburger happy
meal' emerging from the seat next to her.
"Sure sweetie anything you want." Westlake says
"Hey are you there?" Joe asks
"Oh sorry Joe, I will pick something up and bring it back for you guys."
"Thanks see you in a few."
After the expensive meal at McDonald's and a very happy little girl they
arrive back at the complex.
"Hey guys here is your very high fat, cholesterol and calorie content
meal." Westlake says as she hands the food to a very egar Joe.
"Ah food, Westlake you are the best." She smiles at him and walks back
over to Mieke and takes her coat off and sits her down at the table to
"So they say." She says and Joe stops mid step and looks at her.
"Can I watch some TV?"
"Sure, what do you want to watch?"
The day progressed nicely. Mieke was good, she drew, and colored,
watched TV and Frankie even managed to let her pay some CD-ROM games on
one of the computers there. Westlake helped her and played with her much
of the day. Having Joe and Frankie say, you are better with children.
She got the job, not that she minded too much.
"You know what Joe."
"What's that Frankie?" He asks looking up from his newspaper.
"She is really good with kids. It is a different side to her, I have
never seen before."
Joe just looks at her, but not just looks, he sees something there that
really appeals to him.
"Joe?" Frankie says
"You were kind of lost there for a moment. Are you okay?"
"Yeah I am fine. Just thinking."
"Care to share?"
"It's nothing important. But thanks."
"Alright Joe, if you need me, you know where I am."
During the afternoon Joe did some background checks into Mieke's parents
background to see what he could find. It wasn't a lot, just normal back
accounts, regular friends, no trouble with the law or anyone else. This
bothered him a bit.
"Frankie can you do a bit more background check on these guys, I can't
find anything other than regular back accounts and whatnot."
"Sure Joe I will see what I can dig up."
Westlake was over reading a book to Mieke when Joe came over to her and
"Hi" Westlake whispers. "She is just about asleep."
"Yeah, why don't I get a blanket to cover her up."
"She has her blanket in my car. If you want to get it for me."
Joe comes back and covers Mieke up.
"What did you read to her that made her so sleepy?" He asks
"Just Sleeping Beauty."
"Ha" Joe states but continues "You know, I was watching you two today
and realized, that I think you would make a good mom."
Westlake is about to say something but Joe cuts her off.
"I know, just hear me out. I have never seen this side of you before.
I.. I really like it."
Westlake just smiles at Joe unsure what to say.
"You know who she looks like?" She says after a few moments.
Westlake nods "I know"
Joe rests his hand on her cheek.
"Hey lets take her back to the apartment and get her to bed." Joe says
"Then we can order a pizza or something."
"Only of we can rent a movie."
"But Westlake we have to work."
"I know, but there is no way I am going to work ALL night." Westlake
"You know I actually like this side of you." Joe says as he gets up to
gather their belongings together.
"I actually like this side of myself" She mumbles
"I heard that" Joe states.
"Acting like a married couple again huh?"
"You are not kidding, I can't wait till they leave."
"Yeah and they said we were bad."
Later that Evening
"You know these people were normal, everyday people, the only thing that
bugs me is their place of employment." Westlake says over the top of her
"I was just thinking the same thing."
"DigiTech" She says, "What do we know about this company?"
"Um, not sure, let's see what we can dig up."
A few moments go by and Westlake gets a tap on her shoulder.
"Yes Mieke, what's wrong?"
"Nothing, can you lay with me until I go to sleep?"
She gently smoothes her hair down and takes her hand.
"Joe, I am going to lay down with Mieke until she is asleep."
"Cameron, can I tell you something?"
"Sure sweetie anything."
"I can see you in a few years in a house on a farm, with lots of
horses." Mieke trails off and smiles "With Joe"
"Really, and how do you know that?"
"Because I can see things, when they haven't happened yet."
"Mieke, did you see what happened to your mom and dad?"
"I did, but I can't remember."
"It's okay honey, go to sleep. We can talk in the morning, it's been a
Westlake lies down next to Mieke in bed, and eventually falls asleep
"Cameron? Are you up here?"
Joe opens the door to Mieke's room and sees them both sleeping.
Awe Cameron, I wish I knew you were so tired, we would have gone to bed
earlier. Joe thought to himself. With that his cell phone went rang and
he went scrambling to get out of the room before they woke up.
"Yeah" Joe whispered into the phone
"Joe? Is that you?"
"Yeah Frankie what's up?"
"Why are you whispering?"
"Oh, because I went in to check on Westlake and Mieke and they are both
"Check on Westlake? Joe did I miss something?"
"No Frankie you didn't."
"Funny. Do you want to hear what I found out?"
"Well it turns out that DigiTech has been working on a top secret virus.
The Army's special viral unit is involved as well. From what I could
find out, they have been tracking outbreaks in outlying towns around
"Okay, let me guess Mieke's parents were working on the project."
"Yes, but get this something went wrong, the virus mutated and is
killing quicker then they ever thought."
"Well I understand very little of this and I am not sure how it is
"Well something infects these people and then turns their bodies into
"So what you are saying, is that Mieke's parents found out about the
mutation and tried to destroy it. But DigiTech wanted their weapon. So
they had them killed."
"Something like that."
"Okay Frankie, thanks, we will see you tomorrow."
With that he hung up and sat back against the couch. This was going to
be a long case. Dealing with the army and their co-conspirators was
Joe then got up and went upstairs to go to bed. As he opened the first
door opposite Mieke's room he found out it was a bathroom. The next was
the bedroom. Great he thought only two bedrooms.
He walked in and looked around. It was a spacious room, for an
apartment. It overlooked a garden and had a balcony. He pulled out his
bags and got ready. All of a sudden he thought about Westlake.
"Cameron, come on wake up."
"Joe?" She reached up and put her arms around him "Hi, what are you
"Cameron, come on I am putting you in bed. Can you help me here?"
"I thought you would never ask."
Joe just laughed to himself. After the last few cases where he almost
lost her, it was nice to have her here where he could keep an eye on
He just rolled over in the other direction.
"Yeah, what is it?"
"Can I talk to you."
He rolled over and leaned into her for warmth. Westlake just smiled down
"Do you think that Mieke is the real thing?"
"Maybe she is maybe she isn't. I need proof first."
"She said something to me tonight and I woke up, in." She paused
"Well here with you. And I started thinking."
"You know the future, who is in ones life now, and who will be there
"Those are some deep subjects for what 2am Cameron."
She moved a little onto her back and sighed. She wasn't sure what was
going on with her. She always knew what she wanted, where she wanted to
go. But now, something has changed.
"You know Joe, I have always known what I wanted to do in life, where I
wanted my career and life to go. Now I am there and I am not sure where
to go now."
He nods against the pillows just letting her talk.
"I look on what I have right now in my life. I have a great career,
something I have always wanted to do, I have a great place, great
friends, a wonderful partner." She stops dead sentence realizing what
she just said. "But my family is all but distanced themselves from me, I
work all the time, I don't have a man in my life, I don't even have a
dog. It seems like I will never have children."
"Last time I looked, I thought I was the man in your life." Joe says to
her half asleep.
That made her laugh. "Joe, I try to talk to you and all you do is make
"Sorry, continue on."
"I look at Mieke and I see me, I wonder what is going to happen to her
once this case is over, when I or we can't watch over her, make sure she
"I think to twenty years from now, what is she going to be doing, where
will she be?"
"It is scary Joe."
"You know Cameron, that I am always here for you. No matter what. I said
to you once before, I have nothing to hide from you. And I don't and
Joe could see Cameron smile even in the dark.
"What did Mieke say to you before."
"She said she saw me on a farm with lots of horse, remind me she likes
horses, maybe we could take her riding one day."
"I will now continue"
"She said she saw you there with me."
He sat there quite for a few minutes, unsure of what to say. He just
leaned into her more.
"So what did you find out."
"Well after you went to sleep I did some searching and came up with
nothing much at all. The company has not financial trouble at all.
Nothing. It's clean. Which made me suspicious. So I called up Frankie
and had him do some digging for me."
"Yes and what did he have to say?"
"Well from what we can tell Mieke's parents where involved in this
special virus testing and control. It got out of hand and they tried to
expose and destroy it. The Army Special Viral Control Unit became
involved and well murdered them."
"What is this virus? What does it do?"
"Well this is a bit beyond me, but it turns the human body into sodium
"Yeah, I guess the process got mutated and her parents wanted to stop
"And the Army stopped them because they want their weapon."
"Joe, I think we should get some sleep."
"Yeah" Joe says as he lies back down and covers himself and Westlake up.
She leans her head on his shoulder and closes her eyes.
"Night Cameron" He says to her and reaches up to brush her hair away
from her head and gently gives her a light kiss. "I want to be able to
give you all those things you want."
The Next Morning
There is nothing like being awoken by a child at the earliest hours in
"Cameron, wake up. It's morning and I am hungry."
"Hey Mieke, how did you sleep?" Joe asks
"I slept okay. Can we get some breakfast?"
"Sure sweetie, I will be right down, let's let Cameron sleep for a bit."
"Okay" She says as she bounces out of the room. How did a child like
this, have such a terrible thing happen to her? He thought.
He gently moved her out of his arms and got out of bed.
Joe found Mieke in front of the television watching cartoons.
"Hey, what do you want to eat?"
"Got any cereal?"
Cereal poured they both sat at the kitchen table eating.
"Joe, can I ask you something?"
"Sure what's that?"
"How come you don't tell Cameron how you feel? I mean you do love her
Joe just sat there in silence, not sure what to say.
"Because it is a little more complicated that that Mieke."
"How? I mean love is love, right? My mom and dad loved me no matter
what. It is not going to go away."
"I know, hey are you sure you are just seven years old? Or is there a
older person in that little body?" he asks while he leaned over and
started to tickle her.
"Please I want to eat"
"Oh okay, eat up we have a big day today."
"I am eating, I am eating."
They ate in silence except for the few questions Joe asked about what
happened to her parents. Mieke didn't remember anything. Joe thought she
was just repressing the memories. Lots of people do that when they have
witnessed a terrible event.
"Joe do you think my parents were killed because of the work they were
involved in?" Mieke asks almost shyly
"I think so sweetie but I am not sure." He says to her.
"I had a dream a few nights before that they would die. I saw the man
that did it." She starts to cry. "I miss them so much."
"Oh Mieke it's okay honey, I know you do. Come here." He pulls her into
a big hug.
"Did you tell your mom and dad about your dream? About the man?"
"Yeah I did and they didn't believe me, said I was having a nightmare."
"Hey we are going to help you okay. Lets go get Westlake up and we will
go to the complex okay? Maybe we can draw this man?"
As they were walking up the stairs Mieke grabs his hand.
"You know Joe you should talk to Cameron, she needs to hear it from
"I will don't worry."
"You never know when it is going to be to late."
With that she ran in and jumped on the bed.
"Cameron, time to get up!"
"I am awake I am awake."
"Okay Mieke it's enough, come on let her get up."
"I will go get dressed then."
"She just has to much energy in the morning." Cameron says as she rubs
Joe sits on the end of the bed next to her.
"Mieke told me this morning that she had a dream a few nights before her
parents died, that they would die. She says she saw the man that did
Switching gears to work mode, Westlake sat up. "That's a good thing
"Yeah, we are going to go to the complex and see if we can draw
something up, and have her look at a few photos."
"We should get an employee list from DigiTech and see if there was
anyone there that shouldn't have been, or friends with her parents who
are willing to talk."
"Okay well get up and we will go."
"Oh I get it you guys get to eat breakfast and I don't?"
"How did you know?"
"I woke up right after you got up and heard everything."
"Ah""These walls are not the thickest you know."
About a hour later
At the complex
"Morning guys, Mieke"
"Hey Frankie" Mieke says running up and giving him a hug
"Awe look at that."
"Hey be nice to me guys."
"Oh we are Frankie we are."
"Mieke here says she saw the man that killed her parents in her dreams."
"Okay, how is that going to help us?"
"We want to dig into DigiTech's files and see if we can find any
relation to felons or anyone with criminal activity."
"Okay I can do that."
"We also need a list of her parents friends and enemies"
"Mieke why don't I turn on the television for you so you can watch it.
And in a little while we will do the drawing of the man you saw."
A Few Hours Later
"Okay so I took the picture that we got and ran it through the
computer." Frankie says
"And what did you come up with?"
"I have four possible suspects. One that is still inside and three that
paroled last year and this year."
"Any connection to DigiTech or Mieke's parents?" Westlake asks.
"I am still working on background check before they went to prison. But
this guy, Mike Blair went to jail for attempted murder. From what the
papers said on this guy, he admitted he did it, but said the plan was
foiled. That someone interrupted him."
"Okay lets go see if we can pick him up." Westlake says as she goes to
grab her coat.
Joe walks up to her slowly "Ah Cameron, you have to stay here with
Mieke, I will take Frankie with me."
"Cameron, please, stay here with her, make sure she is safe."
"Just be careful." She says as she touches his arm and rests her hand
there for a moment.
"They will be fine." Mieke says from the background.
"You never know honey, this man is very bad." Cameron says
"Trust me, they will be okay."
"Hey what do you want to do?" Westlake asks her as she stands up,
quickly trying to change her train of thought.
"Can we go and get some ice cream?"
"Sure if we can talk about what happened to your parents?"
A few minutes later they were sitting at a picnic table at Kurver Crème.
Mieke had a mint chocolate chip cone with sprinkles and Westlake had a
dish with chocolate.
"Mieke can you remember your mom and dad ever arguing about anything?"
"They yelled sometimes. I think it was about work, they always worked."
"Do you remember what they argued about?"
"I remember then saying, the night before that man came into the house
that someone had found out they were trying to stop something. I don't
know what though." Mieke says as her
"It's okay honey. You are helping so much."
"Can I tell you something?"
"Sure sweetie, what is it?"
"My mommy and daddy used to say that I have this special gift. I am not
so sure though, I mean I haven't seen anything since this all started."
"Everyone has their own special gift, whether it be a thing they can do
or just being themselves. Everyone is special in their own way."
They ate in silence for a bit. Westlake wasn't sure what to say next.
This was all to new to her, but she was rather getting along okay. Her
thoughts drifted to Joe. He was doing good with Mieke. She liked how he
dealt with her, she liked to see that side of him. Westlake was thinking
about what he as doing and hopeing he and Frankie were both okay.
"Don't worry Cameron, Joe and Frankie will be okay. I told you that
She just smiles at Mieke. "I know"
"You care for him don't you?"
"Yes I do"
"Then do something about it. I know, life is to short, you never know
when something is going to happen."
Her eyes start to water, and Westlake reaches over and takes her hand in
"I miss my mommy and daddy."
"Hey lets get going and see if we can meet up with Joe, okay?"
With that Westlake's cell phone rings.
Westlake laughs at his attempt of humor.
"Yes Joe, what can we do for you?"
"Is Mieke with you?"
"Because we think she might be in danger."
"Okay, well I will keep a extra eye out for anything out of the
"Where are you guys?"
"We just had some ice cream and we are on our way to the town park to
play on the play ground.."
"Yes" Mieke yells in the background.
"Well I guess someone is excited."
"Yeah she is, why don't you meet us there and then we can go over what
you found out today."
"Sure we will be there in ten minutes."
Elm Avenue Park
"Oh come on Cameron, please?" Mieke yelled from the top of the slide.
"Mieke I will never fit down the slide."
"Yes you will, come on please?" She pleaded.
"Okay fine I am coming"
"Great! This is going to be fun, you won't forget it."
"You are right, if I get stuck in here."
Joe and Frankie stepped out of the Viper and walked over to the
playground just in time to see Westlake and Mieke go across the wooden
bridge to the slide. They were laughing and having a great time.
"You know Joe, with the look on your face, I could say that you rather
like seeing her like this?"
Joe was just watching, to have nothing to worry about in life, someone
to take care of you and love you. It was something that he never got as
a child and for that matter as a adult. Until now.
"What? Huh? Oh sorry Frankie. What did you say?"
"Joe are nothing is going on between you and Westlake?"
"No Frankie, there isn't." Joe said rather sadly.
"What's wrong Joe?"
"Nothing really, this case, is sorta getting to me that's all."
"Why is that? Are you and Westlake at ends or something?"
"That's not it at all. It's quite the opposite Frankie." Joe said as he
started to walk over to the end of the slide to wait for Mieke and
"Cameron we have to do this tomorrow." Mieke says as she sits down to go
down the slide.
"We will see honey, okay."
"I am going to go down backwards, watch this." She lays down on her
belly and goes down the slide.
"I am watching, be careful when you get to the bottom though."
Mieke was yelling all the way down in pure joy. She is having so much
fun, you would wonder that this child lost her parents just a few days
ago. What makes her so happy? Is it me or Joe? Westlake thought as she
herself bent down to go down the slide.
As soon as Mieke got off the slide she saw Joe and started to run to
"Shh I want to surprise Cameron"
Mieke wrapped her arms around him and gave him a hug.
"Hi sweetie, how was your afternoon?"
"It was good. That's great, come on lets go get Cameron." He puts out
his hand to her and they walk over to the slide again.
Frankie just stands there in amazement at the sight before him. I have
never seen this side of Joe or Westlake before. It is totally different
of both of them.
AS Westlake comes down she sees Mieke standing there with Joe. 'Wow what
a sight' she didn't know whether to cry of happiness or what.
"Hi Cameron, having a little fun are we today?" Joe asks as he holdout
his hand to help her up.
"HAHA Joe, very funny. These things were always a lot easier to get out
of when I was smaller." She says as she takes his and gets up.
"Hey Westlake, how old are you?" Frankie yells from behind him.
"Oh great he is never going to let me live this down."
"Cameron, whats wrong?"
"Nothing sweetie, nothing at all."
"Can we go ride on the swings?"
"Sure if you and let Frankie take you so I can talk to Joe for a bit."
Westlake asks her.
"Okay, come on Frankie lets go." She says as Mieke practically drags him
over to the swings.
"Hey Mieke wait up will you. Where do you get all this energy from
"I don't know and hurry.."
They left Westlake and Joe looking after them strangely.
She turns to look at Joe and smiles at him "Lets go sit down over there
"Sure. We found out a lot of interesting things today about what was,
well still is going on."
"Oh Joe don't tease me like that. You know I missed being with you
today." She cuts herself short in realizing what she just said.
Joe smiles unsure what to say to her.
After a few minutes of silence "I missed you to." Came from Joe.
"So what did you two learn?"
"Well we went to pick up Mr. Blair. What a case this guy is, anyway he
still claims to this day that he was interrupted by a child before he
could finish out his last crime. " Joe says
"And this child, did he say who it was?" Westlake already knew the
answer to the question, but asked anyway.
""By the look on your face, I already know the answer, it was Mieke
"Yes, but I can't explain how."
"She says her mom and dad told her that she has a special gift. That she
can see things that are in the future or sometimes in the past."
"Yeah but can we prove that?"
"I am not sure Joe."
"Well we took him to the station and talked with him. He says that he
didn't do this murder."
"What do you think?"
"Frankie did some looking and found out that he did in fact work at
DigiTech as a security guard."
"Oh that's just great security. Don't these people look into criminal
behavior at all when hiring?"
"Unless DigiTech is in on this whole thing?" Joe states flatly.
"So that would mean that all the stolen property and everything that was
assaulted was all on the hands of their employer?"
"The market is very tough these days." Joe tries to add some humor into
"Very funny Joe. Did Blair confess to any of the wrong doings at
"He said he was asked to 'scare' a few employees but nothing that was to
"So that means that there is a professional behind all of this."
"Yeah" Joe says looking down at his hands. His mind drifted to Mieke.
'How did this child ever become so involved in all of this, and she is
just acting fine'
"Did you Blair the picture we got from Mieke this morning?"
"Yeah, he didn't recognize him. Well he says he doesn't anyway."
"We will get to the bottom of this, for her sake." Westlake says as she
points to Mieke.
"I know. Hey guys, you having fun?"
"Yup, Uncle Frankie is great on the swings."
"Uncle Frankie?" Frankie says questioningly.
"Yeah" she says "Do you mind"
"No not at all." Frankie replys
"Westlake I am going to do some more digging into DigiTech's finances to
see if there is anything strange. But it looks like there is someone
more behind all of this then our friend Mike Blair."
"Thanks Frankie, we are going to go back home and get some dinner. You
know where to find us."
They all start to walk about to the cars together.
"Cameron, will you swing me?"
"Yeah take this arm and Joe will take the other. Then you swing me in
"Sure but just once okay."
"Guys how am I going to get back to the complex?"
"Frankie, take the Viper we will ride in Cameron's car."
"Okay" He catches the keys and starts to get in.
Back at the Safe House
"So what do you two want for dinner?" Joe asks rubbing his hands
"Joe you cook?" Mieke asks.
"Ah Joe I am not to sure I want to test out your cooking abilities
tonight. I am starved."
"What you don't trust me? I make a mean tuna casserole."
Mieke and Cameron look at each other and laugh.
"What do we have to lose? I mean we wont have to cook." Mieke says
"You do have a point there." Cameron says as she points to Mieke's nose.
"The kitchen is all yours Joe."
Then they were gone.
'Boy no help or anything. What is this world coming to?' he thinks to
"You didn't ask for help Joe." Mieke pipes up from the living room.
He just stands there for a minute stunned.
"Mieke how did you do that honey?" Cameron asks as she starts to color
"I just heard him, in my head. That's all" Mieke says
"Don't worry it happens every now and then. You know he is watching us."
"Yeah I know."
"My mommy and I used to make dinner for my dad almost every night
together. It was a lot of fun. Am I ever going to have a family again?"
"Oh honey, yes you will."
"When? I mean when this case is over, where am I going to go? I don't
have anyone else except for you and Joe" she pauses "And Uncle Frankie"
"We will worry about that when the time comes okay."
"He is thinking about you again."
"Oh is he now?"
"Well of wise one, let me know if it is anything I need to know about.
Okay?" Westlake said as she started tickling Mieke.
"Hey Cameron stop, please?" She pleaded between laughs
"Okay, okay. I wouldn't want you to ruin your appetite for dinner now
Westlake and Mieke sat and did some drawing while they waited for
dinner. All was silent until Westlake looked over at Mieke's drawing.
"Honey, where did you see this before?"
"I don't know I was just drawing. I never saw it before."
"Joe can you come here for a minute?"
"Sure be right there." He said as he finished putting the glasses on the
"Well we have quite the little artist on our hands now don't we?" Joe
said as he took the picture out of Westlake's hands.
"I would say so. Mieke are you sure you haven't seen this before."
"I am positive." She said with a straight face.
"I am going to go scan this and send it to Frankie. Be right back." Joe
said as he left for the den.
"Oh and Cameron, keep a eye on dinner will ya."
"Cameron, I have never seen that before. I was just doodling."
"Is it going to help you guys with finding the people who hurt my mom
"Yes it will honey." She touched her hand for a moment.
Mieke looked like went into another place for a moment. Then she started
to shake a little.
"Mieke are you okay?"
"Yeah, yeah I am okay."
"I have no idea, but when you touched my hand, I saw something."
"Just let me sit and think for a moment okay?"
"I am going to check on Joe, I will turn the TV on for you."
"Did you get it to Frankie okay?"
"Yes I did. I am just checking email."
"Mieke just did something really strange."
"I touched her hand and she dazed out then started to shake."
"Oh my, if she okay?"
"She looks like it. I have no idea what happened." Joe just nodded. He
looked like he had something else on his mind other than the case.
"She said she saw something, maybe like a vision, but she wasn't ready
to tell me yet."
Cameron noticed and walked over closer to him, and reached for his
"Geeze you are tense, you weren't really checking email were you?" She
says as she begun to rub the knots out of his shoulders.
"Yes Joe it is, if you are in here."
"I .. I heard what she said about after the case was over."
"Oh Joe, I know"
Westlake bent down a little and wrapped her arms around him from the
back and gave him a hug.
"Cameron, I am confused."
"We will talk later okay." Joe asked.
"Cameron, I really want to talk to you. Remember, no secrets. I can't
hide anything from you, nor do I want to." He gently touched her cheek
"Cameron?" Mieke asked when they returned to the living room.
"I remember something from the vision I had."
"What's that sweetie?"
"There was someone else there as well. In my house, with my parents and
me. I ..I was hiding in the closet, hoping, praying that they wouldn't
find me. I was so scared Cameron." Mieke starts crying and jumps into
"I was so scared, then I heard the gun. I knew I lost my mom and dad. It
was just like my dream I had the night before."
"Shh, its okay honey, it's okay" Westlake said as she tried to soothe
"He , he said a name. Blair I think."
"Its okay Mieke, come here." Joe says as he came over to her. Mieke goes
over and wraps her arms around him.
"Cameron, I am going to go and put her down to bed."
"Okay, Night Mieke sweet dreams sweetie." Cameron says as she gives her
a light kiss on the forhead.
"Ooh Cameron, do I get one of those later?" Joe leaned down and
whispered to her.
"Only if you are good." She said mischievously.
Joe just stood there with this look of awe on his face. He didn't know
what to say.
"Go on Joe, put her to bed, then we can talk."
"I am going, I am going."
About forty-five minutes later
Westlake was sitting down in the living room reading a book when Joe
"Well she is asleep, although I am not sure for how long." He said as he
came down to sit next to her on the couch. Cameron moved her feet up do
there was more room then put them back down on his lap.
"How is she doing?"
"As well as expected, she cried herself to sleep."
"I feel so bad for her." Cameron says.
"Well now we know Blair was in on this, he may have no killed anyone,
but he was still present. I will call Catlett and have him grill him in
the morning again." Joe states "And this time I am going to be there."
"Who do you think this other person is?" She asks
"My thought is Harold Klein. But I can't prove it."
"Same here, Frankie is pinning down the connections as we speak, then we
can get him for this." Westlake said vengefully.
"Do I hear a bit of anger in there?" Joe asks her as he leans closer to
"Humph" She says "I guess you do"
"On cases like this, I just can't figure out why people would kill just
because they found out the other person did something very wrong." She
paused "Killing just to cover your own tracks, I just don't get it."
"You aren't the only one. I mean this stuff they created is very deadly.
Why do they want to produce it?"
"They want their weapon Joe."
"What do you think is going to happen to Mieke?"
"Frankie said he might of found her grandparents. He was going to check
further into it."
Joe just sat there and watched the coffee table in front of him as he
grabbed for Cameron's hand. They held hands quietly for a few minutes.
"Oh" Was Joe's reply and then he started to massage each of Cameron's
fingers until he stops on her left hand.
"Ever thought about what it would be like to be married?" He continues.
"Well no, not before this case, well not this case the first case we had
to go under cover as a married couple. Do you remember the one I am
"Oh yeah, do I ever remember that."
"Joe you don't have to be so excited about it you know."
"I am not, it's just that it was one of the rare times when I actually
got to see the personal side of you, and I rather enjoyed it."
"I know, I felt the same way." She pats him in the chest with her free
With that Joe turned on the television to see what was on.
About half way through Law and Order Cameron asked him a question.
"How do you know when you have found the 'right person'?"
Amazingly he knew what she was talking about. Like they were on the same
train of thought.
"Well I always pictured the person, as someone I could grow old with.
That would respect me, care for me, love me, for me, not who I was or
used to be but right now."
Cameron just looked straight into his eyes and hers started to well up.
She was about to say something when his cell phone rang.
"Hello?" He said into the phone.
"Joe?" Frankie asked "Are you okay? Did something happen?"
"I am okay, we are okay." Joe tells him as he puts his arm around
"Okay, Joe whatever you say. I have some information for you."
"Great lets hear it."
"Well it was Harold Klein that was in on the whole thing, but he wasn't
the one who pulled the trigger."
"Well he might as well been, he did order the hit."
"True, but I did find out who pulled the trigger, a one Brian Gonzales"
Frankie states "He has a jacket as thick as a dictionary."
"That's great work, we can pick him up later." Joe says as he starts to
Westlake hold him in place so she could hear what Frankie was saying.
All Joe knew is that her breathing right own his neck was really
starting to get to him bad. But no she wouldn't let him up. Joe has the
suspicion that Cameron knew exactly what she was doing by the smile she
was trying to hide.
"The police have got him already and they are on their way to pick up
Harold Klein and this Mark characture."
"Boy you have everything taken care of don't you?"
"I try Joe, I try."
About two weeks later
"Well guys I have to congratulate you on another case well done."
Catlett says as they walk down the court house stairs.
"Why thank you Sherman." Westlake says as she heads for the Viper with
Joe in tow.
"You guys take a few days, regroup and meet me in my office on Monday. I
have another case."
"Alright, Catlett." Joe says as they both get into the car Just in time
to see Mieke and her grandparents walk out.
"I am glad that we found them. So she didn't end up somewhere terrible."
Cameron says as she watches them walk by.
"Yeah I know."
"I got their address and phone, they said we could visit anytime we
"You know what?"
"I read in her journal that all of this was going to end up this way.
She knew it all along."
"Yeah you know what else I read?"
"What? Or don't I want to know?"
"That you will most likely get to see my tattoo tonight." She says to
him with a big smile on her face.
"Oh really? We will just have to make that a reality then." Joe says as
he leans in and whispers in her ear.
"Joe anyone could be watching."
"Alright we will continue this later" and he kissed her.
PS: if you fell that this story should be continued, bribery always