Here it is! The final chapter! I'm really bummed its over, but I'm thrilled got that I got to share it!
It felt good, sitting in the observation room, watching a panicked Schultz. I'd rather have been in the interrogation room, face to face with him, but Javi was right. I was too invested in this. I needed to stay away. I would lose my temper and nothing would get resolved. It felt good, because I knew this was the guy. It was a gut feeling. I learned a long time ago, to follow my gut. It got me out of a lot of jams, in the past.
Gates made her way into the room.
"We got anything yet?" She asked.
"No. Espo is working him pretty good. We'll have something soon."
"You better, Detective." She gave me a hard stare, before exiting.
She wasn't easy to persuade into letting us do this. It took every trick Javi and I had up our sleeves. She reluctantly allowed us to follow up on this lead, not that she wouldn't make us pay in some other way, at a later time. Any punishment would be worth it.
"So you're going to tell me that Tessa going out with another guy, a week after you broke up, didn't hurt?" Javi leaned forward in the chair.
"Of course, it hurt, but I left it alone."
"Yeah, I didn't want to be one of those guys."
"Look, we had a source tell us that you would stalk her. " Javi got up.
That changed the mood. "It wasn't like that." Schultz claimed.
"What was it like then, huh?"
"I was following her, because I wanted to make sure she would get home safe." His face turned to a darker shade of red than it already was.
Okay, Javi, go in for the kill! I nearly banged on the mirror.
"Safe? Why wouldn't she be safe?"
"I just wanted to protect her?"
"Protect her? From what?"
"That guy!" He raised his voice.
Here it was. He was going to spill.
"The guy she was with. Cameron."
"Her new boyfriend, Cameron?"
Brian sat back in the chair and sighed.
"He didn't deserve her!"
"Did anything happen?" Javi asked, keeping his cool. I would have been bouncing off the walls.
"No. He cheated on, like, every girl he dated. I tried to tell Tess, but she wouldn't listen."
"So I had to try and get her back."
"And when that didn't work?" Javi was a genius, this guy was just handing everything over, seeming not to notice.
"So they were going on a date and I was trying to stop her from going. She was going to get hurt. He was going to say whatever he could, to get what he wanted and she was going to give it to him!" I saw tears, appearing in his eyes.
"And so you tried to stop her from going, but she wouldn't listen. There was a struggle between the two of you, right?" I wasn't sure, but I thought I could see a smirk on Javi's face.
He looked up, but didn't say anything. He had to know he slipped up.
"She fought, but you were bigger than her, so it didn't take much for you to control her."
Javi grabbed the folder on the table. He laid two pictures in front of Brian. I couldn't look at those pictures of Tessa again. My eyes stayed glued to his, just like Espo's did.
"You couldn't have her, so nobody could, right?" Javi asked, as Brian sat up and looked at the pictures. He almost looked genuinely shocked. "You knew that you would never get her back, so you were going to make sure nobody would ever be able to have, what you thought was yours."
"I..." Schultz started to speak. Here it was. "I didn't mean to do it."
"To do what? Break her neck?" Javi slammed his fists on the table.
"I just wanted her to stay with me! I wanted her! She just kept trying to get away and I couldn't just let her go!"
"So what did you do?" Javi asked, knowing it was over. I, however, wouldn't be satisfied until I had a confession. Javi turned and gave me a nod.
"I didn't want to hurt her, but she kept screaming." He burst into tears. "I needed her to just shut up!" He put his head down. He knew it was over. "I did it."
"Did what?" Javi pushed.
"I killed her!" He ran his hands over his face.
"We're going to need a full confession." Javi tapped the table. With that tap, I could finally breathe. It was over. I grabbed my jacket and left the room.
An hour later, I was sitting at my desk, unable to do any work.
"Bro, we got it!" Javi came up and smacked me on the arm. He startled me, but didn't care in that moment.
"Full confession." He nodded.
"Thanks, for that bro, you were on fire."
"Hey, I knew how much was riding on this." He turned less serious. "Plus, I'm like a damn ninja in there man, nobody gets past me." I couldn't help the laughter that had come over me.
"Odd reaction, It wasn't that funny."
"Just happy man. I'm just happy." I spoke between fits of laughter.
"Detectives, in my office." Gates called out. Even she couldn't ruin my high.
"Come on! He's really cute. You would like him." Alexis was determined to get me to go out with her friend, Josh. It was all part of a ploy, so she and her boyfriend would have another couple to double with. "He thinks you are really cute." She added, nudging my arm.
"Wait. How does he know what I look like?"
"I have like a thousand pictures of us on my phone."
I needed to stop this, before she get her hopes up even more.
"Alexis," I put on my best serious face. "I bet Josh is a great guy and cute, but." She let out a sigh. "I'm just not interested."
"Why not?" She whined.
"I just got out of a relationship."
"With who?" She asked. No way I was going to tell her. I didn't want to share my personal failings.
"It doesn't matter. When I'm ready to start dating, I will let you know and you can set me up with whoever you want, okay?"
She groaned, but nodded.
The next 20 minutes was filled with Alexis telling me how much she wanted to go back to Costa Rica. Whenever she would talk about all the things she had done, I couldn't help but feel inferior. She was way more ambitious than I ever was.
I know she would never want me to feel this way on purpose, but my insecurities always found a way to bubble up.
I left, so I would have enough time to shower before going to work. It was nice to be able to get back into my rhythm. I stumbled around for awhile after things with Kevin. Now I was sleeping better and feeling more energized. My mood at work had shifted in the right direction, which quite a few people pointed out. I was finally getting the handle of things again. I wasn't completely better, but I had a feeling I wouldn't be okay for awhile. After Alexis tried to set me up, I realized even thinking about dating someone else, caused my heart to ache. I wasn't ready to move on, but I knew I would someday and that was enough for me right now.
I was showering when I heard a knock at the door. This surprised me, I wasn't expecting anyone. I quickly rinsed my hair and slipped on a robe.
I tossed up the hood of the robe to hide my wet hair and tied it closed. When I unlocked the door, I opened it only halfway. Internally, I jumped when I saw the other person standing there. He had a weary look on his face, as if he was still deciding whether to stay or make a run for it. After a few more seconds, I was able to gain some control.
"Hey." I squeaked out. I knew my face was red, because I felt my cheeks getting hot. I looked down trying to hide my reaction.
"Hi." He said.
"Um, do you want to come in?" I asked, in a more steady voice.
"Only if you want me to."
I nodded, granting him access.
Once he came in, I noticed an envelope in his hand.
"Can I get you anything to drink?"
"No, thank you." He surveyed the room. "You painted."
I looked at the walls. I forgot about painting. "Yeah, I thought it could use some color."
"I like it." He hadn't looked me in the eyes, since entering the apartment.
"Thanks." Ah, small talk, you will be the death of me. "So can I help you with anything?" I asked trying to get the objective of his unexpected visit.
"Yeah." He said, finally making eye contact. I was glad to find bright eyes looking at me, unlike the last time I saw him here. "Look, the last time we talked, I said some terrible things." I shook my head trying not to remember. "I just wanted to tell you how bad I feel." I moved a step forward and held up my hand.
"Don't. I lied to you, about something important. You don't owe me an apology. I owe you one." I took a deep breath. "I am so.." I was cut off.
"Don't apologize. I know why you didn't tell me and if the shoe were on the other foot, I might have done the same thing."
"I got you involved in something without giving you all the details. I'm very so..." I was cut off again.
"I know, but none of that matters. Plus, I was already involved, you just didn't know."
"Still, I lied to you about who I was. That's not something you should just overlook." I cleared my throat. Here goes my third attempt. "I'm.."
"I kn..." I cut him off. Two could play this game.
"Kevin, why wont you just let me apologize?"
"You don't need to. I got angry for no reason. I guess I was just in shock and reacted poorly. I'm not mad at you anymore. I never truly was." He said, then looked at the floor.
"You aren't mad at me?" I was confused.
"You didn't do anything wrong."
"I didn't tell you about everything. I didn't tell you about the real me."
He shook his head. "I know the real you. Just because you cut, dye, and straighten your hair and change your last name, doesn't change who you are as a person."
Did he always have a way of making everything sound better than it was?
I didn't know what to say about that, so I changed the subject.
"What's in the envelope?" It obviously had something to do with me. Why else would he bring it with him?
He looked at the envelope and then back to me. He had a look of uncertainty.
"Can we sit down, first?"
I nodded and sat down at the kitchen table. I was feeling uncomfortable, because I didn't have anything on under the robe, I was wearing. He probably knew I wasn't wearing anything. Oh my god. I wrapped my arms around myself, feeling paranoid, it might pop open.
"I have something to tell you. It's pretty big news, so I am just going to tell you one piece of information at a time."
"There's a lot to explain. It will be a lot easier."
He cleared his throat. "Okay. Well, first off, I felt really bad about messing up your sister's case, so I did something a little crazy." I sat up.
"What did you do?"
"I opened the case."
I shook my head. "No. You told me you couldn't do that, if there wasn't any new evidence." What was he saying?
"We aren't supposed to, but I did it anyways."
"What?" I couldn't believe he would do something like that.
"Can't you get into a lot of trouble?"
His answer came in the form of a nod. "I was hiding it pretty well, until Javi caught me."
"He didn't get you into trouble, right?" That didn't sound like Javi.
"No. Once he found out what I was up to. He wanted to help."
"Don't say that yet, there's more."
"Do you know a Brian Schultz?" A ding went off in my head.
"Uh, yeah. He was Tess' high school boyfriend. She ended up dumping him." I had a mental image of them making out on my bed. They always did. I shook my head, hoping that, much like etch a sketch, it would disappear. "Wait. How do you know his name?" I asked.
"Well when I went back into her past. I found out that she had a friend, Casey Stephens, so I called her and she told me about him and how after Tess broke up with him, he became obsessed with her."
I nodded. That was true. Guy was creepy.
"We tracked him down and got him to talk."
"Okay? What does that mean?"
He reached his hand across the table and grabbed my hand. If I wasn't so entranced in what we were talking about, I'm sure I would have over analyzed that, but in that moment, I didn't care.
He rubbed his thumb, smoothly over mine.
"Javi interrogated him and he broke. He told us everything." I had a feeling I knew what he was talking about, but I wasn't going to look stupid.
"I need you to flat out say it." I said, looking at the table.
"Brian Schultz confessed to killing Tessa." His hand didn't leave mine.
"What...Are...you...Are you sure?" I struggled.
"Yes." He staring into my eyes.
This huge weight had been lifted. I had no time to prepare for this. I could almost cry, but I didn't want to in front of him. I didn't know what I should do or think. Should I be sad that her ex boyfriend killed her? Should I be happy that he was no going to be put away? I stood up from the table and started pacing. My hands found their way up into my hair. Was this it? Was it finally all over? Could I tell Shane and Drake? What would they think? I made myself calm down. I was thinking way too hard about this. I needed to slow everything down.
"Why?" I asked him, when I finally calmed my mind.
"Why did he do it?"
"He was jealous. She got a new boyfriend and he couldn't handle it." I shook my head. I knew it didn't matter why she was killed. It wouldn't bring her back.
"That's.." I couldn't find the correct word. I looked over to him. He was staring right back at me."Why?"
"Why did you do this?"
"Open the case back up?"
"I needed to do it, for you, for her." He ran his hand through his hair, which I hadn't noticed until now, had grown. "I failed a lot of people five years ago and I had to make it right." He kept his eyes on me the whole time. I sighed and walked back to the table.
I shook my head. Why did he have to be so hard on himself? Not too long ago, I was so mad at him, but if I could see reason, why couldn't he? Detectives couldn't work miracles, well some of them couldn't. "You know, I had just got to the point where I could accept that she would never get justice." I let out a small laugh. "You always surprise me."
"Well it wasn't just me. Javi helped out a lot."
I nodded. "Yeah, I will have to call him later." I walked a little closer to him.
He saw me move closer and he sat up straighter. Clearly he wasn't sure what to do.
I knew in the back of my head, that what I was about to do was very bold and unlike me, but I didn't care in that moment. I had missed him so much. I wanted to be close to him. I wanted to bee able to touch him.
I just felt grateful, happy, and relieved. I felt at peace and that was all thanks to the guy right in front of me. Javi may have helped, but Kevin was one who pushed for it. Without him, Brian Schultz would still be out there.
I was standing right next to him before, I sat down on his lap. I noticed his body tense. I felt a little sad that he didn't feel comfortable around me.
"Should I get up?" I asked.
He shook his head.
"Then why are you acting like you want me to?"
He looked at me and pursed his lips. "You can't tell?" He asked.
"No." He moved from beneath me and soon, I felt exactly what he was talking about. He saw my reaction, which wasn't exactly subtle.
"Yeah, I pretty much been fighting that since I walked through the door." He gave a nervous laugh. "Now you sitting on my lap, isn't exactly helping the situation."
He tilted his head at me. "Gee, I wonder." He pointed to my robe. Suddenly, I remembered I wasn't in actual clothing. My mouth dropped.
"Oh. I'm so sorry." I went to stand up, but he pulled me back down.
"I didn't say it was a bad thing." He whispered. Suddenly all my courage was tapped out. Luckily, I didn't need to worry about it, Kevin seemed willing to take the wheel. He wrapped his arms around me tight. It felt good to have his arms around me again. "I missed this." He said, pulling me closer to his chest.
"I know what you mean." I laid my hand on his chest and closed my eyes.
"I thought I would never get to touch you ever again."
I sat up and turned to face him. "You can touch me, whenever you want." His eyes were brighter now, than they were earlier. They reminded me of looking at a cloudless sky.
He looked at me for a few seconds, before putting his hand on the back of my neck. He moved forward. Our lips were centimeters apart. "Is this okay?" He asked, in a soft whisper. I couldn't speak at this point. I wrapped my arms around his neck before pressing our lips together.
As soon as our lips met, it felt like nothing had changed between us. The spark was back, maybe it never left. He pulled me closer to him. I could feel him poking through his pants. I ran my hands through his hair as I nipped his bottom lip. He let out the sexiest gasp.
"Are you sure we should be doing this?" He asked breathless.
"Do you don't want to?" I asked, starting to feel insecure.
He put his hand on my cheek. "Of course. I just don't want you to feel like you have to do this."
"Why would I think that?"
"Javi and I solved the case, maybe you feel like you have to show your gratitude by doing this."
I tried hard not to laugh. "Kevin, you really think I would do something like that?"
"No. I just.."
"Don't get me wrong, I can't believe you solved her case. You went through a lot to do it. I am very thankful that you did it, but I want this..." I pointed to the both of us." because I have missed you. I have wanted to see and call you, but I was afraid that you wouldn't want to hear from me, so I stayed away. I want this because I love you." Well there it was. I just put it out there. I didn't care if he still loved me or not, but I needed him to know that I still loved him.
He stared at me in what I could only describe as wonderment. "You love me?" He asked, seeming genuinely surprised.
"I never stopped loving you." I stood up, feeling like we needed to talk. "Why would you think that?"
"I hurt you, though."
"I was in shock Kevin. I had just found out that the people I had so much anger and resentment towards, were the same people who I saw almost everyday for months. The same people I was in love with." I sighed. "I didn't know how to process that at the time."
"I know, but I just figured after we had the argument, that all those feelings went out the window." What was he saying?
"Is that what happened with you? Did your feelings fade away?" I asked and tried to brace myself for the answer.
He stood up and walked towards me. A new look appeared on his face that I couldn't place. He backed me up against the wall. If this action was done by anyone else, I might have jumped or panicked, but with him, I felt completely safe. I knew nothing bad would ever happen to me, as long as he was with me.
He pressed his body against me. His erection, was more noticeable than before. He lifted me, so I could wrap my legs around his waist.
"What do you think?" He asked, before kissing me. I moaned into the kiss, never wanting it to end. This was all I wanted. He stopped, but only for a moment as he made his way to my neck. I nipped and licked up and down my neck.
"I love you, more than you will ever know." His lips captured mine. I couldn't describe how I was feeling in that moment. It was nothing I ever felt before. So many good things were happening all at once. I had all the answers I needed. I was feeling for the first time in my life, completely content. Nothing was wrong. No heartache, just relief.
His hand moved down my side until he found his way to my robe. He untied it. There was no turning back now. His rubbed his hands up down my sides. I felt like I couldn't breathe. His hand found it way to my breast. A moan excaped me. His tongue trailed from my neck, down to my breast. I closed my eyes, wanting to remember and truly appreciate every sensation going through my body. His tongue went over my nipple a few times. I was so happy my legs were wrapped around him. I knew if I was standing right now, they would have buckled.
He pulled away for some reason. "You gonna get that?" He asked.
"Get what?" I asked, out of breathe.
"Your phone." I stared at him confused, until I heard it ringing. I looked at the clock on the stove. Damn. I had to be to work in less than an hour. I sighed.
"What's the matter?"
"I have to go to work."
He pulled completely away. "Oh." I loosened my legs and used him to steady myself, until I knew I wouldn't fall.
"Yeah, I know. It's terrible timing."
"Well, its my fault. Probably should have been more respectful."
"Respectful?" I asked, looking up at him. "You should never feel the need to apologize for that." I laughed.
"So, uh, what do we do know?"
I couldn't believe I had to walk away from him. "Rain check?"
"Anytime." He smiled. God, his smile made me melt.
"Tonight? I get off work at 11."
"I'll be here." He moved closer to me and leaned down the kiss me. He cupped my face with his hands. They were so warm. "I love you." He said, when he broke the kiss.
"I love you, too." I smiled, before kissing him.
"I guess I should go." He pulled away and looked down. "Uh, you might want to tie that." He pointed to my robe, which was now open. "Don't think I will be able to leave, if you don't."
I laughed and tied it closed again. He backed away and we walked towards the door. I saw the envelope he brought on the table.
"Wait, isn't this yours?" I asked, picking it up.
"No. It's yours. It's a copy of Schultz's confession. You might not want to read it. It's more for symbolic purposes."
"Am I allowed to have a copy of this?"
"No." He shook his head.
"I don't want you to get it trouble."
"Nobody will know, plus when it comes to you, I don't really care about rules, as I have proven." He smiled.
"Thank you." I said, before hugging him.
"Don't mention it." He wrapped his arms around me tight. I could stay this way forever. I loved him more than anything and to top it off, he gave me the best thing anyone could ever give me. Peace.
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