|La Mission Spéciale
Author: Tashalouisee PM
A fan fiction which includes Kerry Smithy. Four officers are shipped abroad for a special mission. Will they get a breakthrough or will they fail? Would it bring them closer or drift them apart? What will a trip to the land of the French bring up?Rated: Fiction T - English - Drama - Chapters: 12 - Words: 35,113 - Reviews: 19 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 06-03-13 - Published: 06-03-12 - id: 8180058
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Thank you for the reviews, means a lot!
This chapter is quite long & includes a bit of French knowledge too
(Unfortunately I do not own any of the famous landmarks mentioned in this chapter)
So, here it is! Enjoy! :)
"Ted, are we stopping soon?" Kerry moaned as she lay down in the back of the car.
It had been over an hour since the four officers and their driver Ted had driven off the ferry after arriving in Calais. Ted looked into his mirror, nodded and announced
"Yeah, we'll stop at the next services and stretch our legs"
Kerry was delighted to hear it as she wasn't the best at travelling and was feeling quite sick. Rebecca was busy trying to solve a puzzle in puzzle book she had purchased on the ferry, in the same shop as she'd bought the board games. Cameron and Smithy were sat opposite the girls. They were being typical boys and chatting away about football, golf and every other sport ever invented.
"Okay, here we are" Ted announced, parking up in an empty space and turning off the engine.
Turning around to face his four passengers, Ted explained
"Okay, it's up to you what you want to do. We're not in any rush so if we can either have a quick toilet stop and a stretch of the legs or we can grab a drink and something to eat?"
In only a few seconds, they all agreed to stay for a bit and grab some refreshments. So, while the men slipped their wallets into their pockets, the girls grabbed their handbags and together, they all headed into the small French service station.
Less than ten minutes later, the four coppers and Ted were sat around a circled shaped table in the cafe area of the services. Even though the French staff spoke English, they had trouble understanding Cameron's strong Australian accent so Smithy ended up ordering for him, asking for a hot cup of tea. To quench his own thirst, Smithy chose a milky coffee, the same as Ted while the two girls opted for two hot chocolates. On top of the list of hot drinks, Ted treated the officers to a plate of chips each.
An hour later, after filling their stomachs on chips and hot drinks, Ted and the Sun hill lot took a quick walk around the garden area before jumping back into the car to continue their journey. One hour down, only two more to go. Once inside the car, Rebecca carried on working through her puzzle book while Kerry popped a pair of pink earphones into her ears and listened to music on her iPod. Smithy and Cameron continued to talk about sports and men stuff but this time, turned around and included driver Ted into the conversation.
"Okay guys do you want to stop for a bit?" Ted asked his passengers.
Looking at his silver wrist watch, Smithy questioned how long was left until they arrived in Paris. Ted explained that there was at least another half hour until they reached the city and on top of that, they would have to make their way through the busy French traffic to reach their new apartment so, it was decided that a last stop at the services was in order.
"How long we staying here for boss?" Rebecca asked as she walked with her sister and friends towards the large entrance.
Ted reacted the way Rebecca thought he would, standing up straight and smiling, liking the fact that she had just called him 'boss'. Laughing, Ted replied
"Toilet break, refreshments and an extra quick snoop around the shops. I'm going to grab a coffee so meet me back at the car in...let's say thirty yeah?"
The friends nodded and headed off in the direction of the toilets, leaving Ted alone in the cafe area.
"Merci beaucoup" Rebecca thanked as a middle aged woman held open the toilet door so that Kerry and Rebecca could walk inside.
As they waited in the queue, Kerry smiled at her younger sister.
"You do realise you're gonna have to be my translator right?" Kerry exclaimed.
Rebecca laughed but then raised her eyebrow and looked back at her sister.
"No chance...you should have bought an English-French dictionary like Cameron did. Then you both could have walked round the streets of Paris with your little books together"
Not being able to contain themselves, both girls burst into quiet fits of laugher as they pictured Cameron doing just that.
"Bless him" Kerry giggled.
"G'day" Cameron greeted as him and Smithy walked into the gents toilets to find a cleaner standing inside.
The teenage boy looked up at Cameron with a puzzled face and the Aussie suddenly remembered that he was no longer in Sunhill.
"Oh hi, hello erm..."
"Bonjour" Smithy interrupted as Cameron blushed with embarrassment.
The boy smiled, nodded and replied in his very strong French accent
"Bonjour messieurs" before continuing to clean the sink area.
"Messieurs?" Cameron asked once the cleaner had moved away.
Smithy grinned and replied quietly
"It means Sirs. I advise that you spend your time wisely tonight. Maybe you should read your dictionary from start to finish"
Cameron agreed that it was a good idea, although he didn't realise that Smithy was actually joking. The Aussie realised that his time in France was going to be even more challenging than his colleagues' because of the language barrier. Cameron couldn't speak a word of French and his strong Australian accent really didn't help. So, he really was going to try and read as much of his dictionary as he could so at least he could learn some French, even if it was the odd word or two.
After downing a lovely hot cup of coffee, Ted had just jumped back into the driver's seat of his car and was now waiting for the group to arrive back. Realising that he still had ten minutes or so until they would return, Ted took off his flat cap, placed it over his eyes, laid back his head and had a little kip. Some people would be really self conscious about people seeing them sleeping in the car but not Ted because he knew, that no one could see him. You see, Ted was very high up in New Scotland Yard and one of the perks of his job, was a company car. As it was a MET car, it had been fitted with complete tinted windows, including the back and front windscreens which meant that no one could see into the car, only out of so Ted had no problem snoring away in the driver's seat.
"Jacobs and Clarky on a mission!" Kerry giggled as she skipped up to Cameron and linked her arm with his.
Smithy and Cameron laughed at the blonde's statement and realised how quick they had actually taken to their new surnames.
"Where's Bec?" Smithy asked Kerry, who explained that she had gone to look in the small shop.
"Okay, I'll go grab her and we'll meet you by the car in five yeah"
Cameron and Kerry nodded before making their way to the car, chatting away about a number of different things. Smithy headed for the shop and looked around until he spotted Rebecca by the magazine rack.
"What you buying me Jones? Anything nice?" Smithy joked, putting on his cheeky grin.
Rebecca looked up from the magazine she'd been flicking through and smiled.
"Bonjour Monsieur Clark. You okay?"
Smithy nodded, explaining that Cameron and Kerry had headed to the car. Replacing the French magazine onto the rack, the two friends walked towards the till but stopped at the best aisle in the whole shop.
"You want anything?" Rebecca asked as she eyed up the hundreds of sweets and chocolates in front of her.
After a lot of decision, Rebecca and Smithy arrived at the till with a small basket full of refreshments. The checkout assistant smiled as she scanned the bottles of pop, crisps, mints and chocolate bars, all in quantity of fives so that there was enough to go round the rest of the car. Smithy tried to hand Rebecca some Euro's to pay for his snacks but the blonde shook her head and refused to take it.
"My treat" she exclaimed smiling and Smithy thanked her.
Smithy took the carrier bag from the checkout assistant and thanked her as he walked out of the shop with Rebecca. On the way back to the car which was parked right at the back of the busy car park, the two friends had a chance to talk.
"So, you looking forward to this little...trip?" Rebecca asked, remembering that she had to be subtle about it and not call it what it actually was, an undercover operation.
Smithy shrugged his shoulders and sighed.
"Not sure to be honest. I mean obviously, I'm grateful for being asked to take part in such an important op...job but with all jobs there are risks"
Rebecca knew what Smithy was saying and that the car park of a French service station was not the place to talk about it.
"We'll chat when we get home yeah?" she whispered.
Smithy nodded but then grinned and stated
"You do realise you just called our French home...home and we've not even seen it yet"
Rebecca laughed and realised what she had said. Smithy coughed and the tone in his voice changed.
"You know what I am nervous about?"
Rebecca shook her head and waited for him to explain.
"Living with you and your sister"
Rebecca didn't know how to react so chucked and replied
"Gee thanks mate. We're not that bad you know"
Smithy gently grabbed Rebecca's arm and turned her around to face him.
"No, I didn't mean it like that. What I mean is...well...I'm nervous about Kerry and me living under the same roof. Things are a bit...weird between us. On my first day, we kissed and...things happened between us. When Luke left, I thought I'd try my chances with her and asked her out on a date but she turned up with half the relief"
Rebecca sighed and asked
"Why you telling me this Smithy? If you like her then surely living under the same roof will give you two a chance to get to know each other better?"
Smithy nodded and lowered his voice before adding
"Yeah I know but the thing is, I feel worried around her. I've realised that, I don't think I feel anything for her, except friendship. I mean, at the time it was great spending time with her but...I don't know"
Rebecca looked confused. Luke had only been gone for a month but Rebecca knew that Kerry had fallen for Smithy. She thought he had felt the same way but now he was showing different.
"Smithy look. Even though Luke hasn't been gone long, Kerry has clearly developed feelings for you and, no disrespect to you but it doesn't take much for Kerry to fall for a guy, that's why she's always getting hurt. She just wants to feel loved and, I know I'm her sister and everything but I'm always the one that has to pick up the pieces. Even after everything that happened between her and Luke, she still begged him to stay and get back with her but obviously, he had other plans. What I'm saying is, this trip. It will either make Kerry fall for you even more than she already has or she'll end up losing all her feelings for you. Either way, you need to let her know how you feel about her okay or one of you is going to end up getting hurt"
Smithy completely understood what Rebecca was saying. He had always felt something for Kerry since the day he'd saw her on his first day back at Sun hill but now he was starting to realise that maybe his feelings for the blonde weren't actually that strong.
Rebecca smoothed Smithy's arm and smiled.
"Hey come on. Let's go find our new French home"
Smithy agreed and together, they headed for the car.
For the rest of the journey, everything was pretty quiet. Ted had asked the Sunhill lot if they didn't mind him putting some CD's on, which they didn't so while driving, Ted listened to some quiet music. While Cameron was flicking through his English-French dictionary to try and learn some words and short sentences before they arrived in the city, Kerry tried to solve some of the crosswords in Rebecca's puzzle book. Disliking Ted's choice of music, Rebecca had placed a pair of earphones into her eyes and was listening to music on her ipod while staring out of the window at the French scenery. Smithy, realising he was the only one not doing anything, pulled his laptop out of his rucksack and made his way through the games installed. As he drove through the barrier to enter the city of Paris, Ted turned down his music and told the foursome to listen up. Smithy gently kicked Rebecca to let her know that Ted was talking and she pulled the earphones out of her ears.
"Okay we've just entered Paris now and the traffic's actually pretty good for this time of day. Your new home is about ten minutes drive from here and we're going to be passing a lot of landmarks so I don't know if you want to take photos or anything?"
As Cameron had never been to France before, he had made sure to pack his digital camera and pulled it out from his rucksack, as did Rebecca. Ted rolled down the back window so that Cameron and Rebecca would lean out and have better views of the landmarks.
"I've always wanted to do this..." Ted explained.
For a moment, the four passengers were confused but were suddenly enlightened as to what their new friend was talking about as he put on a posh voice and continued to talk.
"Hello ladies and gentleman and welcome to the city of Paris. We are now approaching the Pont de J'Alma road tunnel where the late Diana, Princess of Wales sadly died back in the year of 1997. If you look up at the left hand side, you will see a giant golden flame which has become an unofficial memorial for the late Princess. This statue, excuse my pronunciation is called 'Flamme de la Liberté' or 'Flame of Liberty' for us English lot. Oh and Australian lot sorry Cameron"
The friend's laughed at this new posh sounding Ted who was pretending to be a French tour guide.
Cameron and Rebecca stuck their heads out of the large tinted glass window and snapped a few photos on their digital cameras. Ted continued to play tour guide, showing Rebecca, Cameron, Smithy and Kerry a number of different famous landmarks such as:
The Muséum national d'histoire naturelle
(National Museum of Natural History)
The Arc de Triomphe
(A monument commemorating the victories of France and honoring those who died in battle)
Notre Dame de Paris
(Cathedral of Notre Dame)
(An extensive art gallery)
"We are less than five minutes away from your new home now and if you look closely, you can see the famous Eiffel tower just in the distance" Ted added as his tour came to a close.
Once again, Cameron and Rebecca's cameras flashed as they took some more photos.
"Ladies and gentlemen, thank you very much for your patience on this tour. I hope you have enjoyed and enjoy your time in Paris"
Kerry, Rebecca, Smithy and Cameron applauded Ted on his excellent tour guide skills, leaving Ted feeling great and appreciated. The officers started chatting away at the sights they had seen but only a few minutes later, they were interrupted.
"Okay guys, if you all look out of the open window...that is your new home"
Smithy and Kerry moved up closer to Cameron and Rebecca so they could also see out of the window and silence fell upon the car. They were currently driving up a stony driveway towards a very big chic looking house with side steps leading up to the red glossed door. The windows looked very French with white glossed window panels and the four officers knew this house must have cost the Met a small fortune to rent. The silence of the stunned officers made Ted laugh and he announced
"If you think this is lovely, wait 'til you see the front!"
Leaving all their suitcases, bags and belongings locked in the car, the Sunhill lot followed Ted as he led them around the side of the building which seemed even bigger when standing next to it. Within seconds, they arrived at the front of the house and remained in silence. They were standing overlooking the beautiful river Seine and as they turned to look up at the house, the excitement overtook Rebecca.
"Oh my goodness, we have balconies!" she exclaimed.
The two front bedrooms had French double doors which led out onto two separate balconies. Just like the back of the house, the windows were supplied with white glossed window panels and a large red door matched the one at the back.
"Hold out your hands" Ted ordered the foursome, who all held out one hand each.
Ted dropped a single silver key into each of their palms before adding
"You have a key each which will open both the front and back door. There are more keys inside but I'll talk you through that when we get in. Are you ready for this?"
Glancing at each other and smiling, the four officers agreed that, however many nervous were flying through them; they were indeed looking forward and were determined to complete everything they had come to do. Speaking for all of them, Smithy looked at Ted, smiled and announced
"Bring it on!"