It was your typical Wednesday morning at the precinct with the usual flurry of activity that always started the workday.
Hutch was already busy at his desk typing up the finishing remarks to yesterday's reports that his ever so reliable partner had promised to finish last night.
Starsky had insisted Hutch cut out early yesterday due to the fact that the blond was suffering from one of his excruciating migraines.
Starsky had told Hutch not to worry about the reports that he would take care of them himself.
Well needless to say Hutch was not the least bit surprised when he walked into the office the following morning and saw them still sitting on the desk in the very same spot he had left them the night before.
Hutch glanced up at the clock.
The time was now 9:07 and still no sign of Starsky.
"Buddy you're pushing your luck!" Hutch whispered to himself as he shook his head.
Hutch knew it would only be a matter of time before Dobey would come storming out of his office demanding to know where his partner was.
Just then, as if on cue Starsky came sauntering into the office belting out a chorus of "Oh What a Beautiful Morning."
Hutch cringed as he looked over at Dobey's office door.
"Starsk ole pal…you'd better pipe down…if Dobey hears that your just now coming in you're gonna be singing a different tune real quick!" Hutch said in a subdued voice.
Starsky realizing the truth to his partner's words hurriedly poured himself a cup of coffee and quickly took a seat at his desk.
He commenced to shuffling a stack of papers that laid haphazardly in front of him trying to give the impression that he had been working at his desk all morning.
Hutch simple looked at him and rolled his eyes.
"You can be damn lucky partner that Dobey…." the blond started to say when the door to Dobey's office opened and their superior walked out.
Hutch stopped in mid-sentence as Dobey walked over to them with an irritated look on his face.
Starsky extended in a very chipper tone of voice "Good morning Cap'n and how are you this very fine morning!"
"Never mind that!" Dobey growled ignoring Starsky's morning salutations.
"Suppose you tell me where yesterday's reports are…you know..the ones that were supposed to be on my desk oh…I don't know….yesterday!" he bellowed.
"Ahhhhh…yeah Cap'n!" Starsky started to exclaim as he shot Hutch a deer in the headlights look while riffling through the stack of papers on his desk.
"Oh here they are Starsk!" Hutch said in a slightly agitated tone of voice.
"They must have somehow gotten mixed in with my paperwork….you know…after you finished them last night!" Hutch added with a look of annoyance.
"Huh….oh yeah….I guess so….thanks buddy!" Starsky replied with a look of pure gratitude on his face although he was fully aware he was going to get an earful from the blond later.
Starsky briefly thumbed through the reports before handing them to their captain.
"Here ya' go Cap'n!" Starsky said with a smug look on his face.
"All nice and neat…dated…signed…and typed in triplicate…just the way you like them!" Starsky added as he smiled at his partner.
"Well now Starsky…I'm impressed!" Dobey exclaimed as he leafed through the reports while Hutch threw Starsky an "I don't believe it!" look.
"Think nothing of it Cap'n it was my pleasure!" Starsky added as he glanced back at his partner who was shaking his head and growing steadily more irritated.
"Ahhh..Hutch helped a little bit on those too Cap'n!" Starsky quickly stated to appease the blond.
Hutch simply frowned at his partner.
Dobey proceeded to walk back to his office as he studied the reports then stopped short right at his door and turned back around.
"Oh just one more thing Starsky!" Dobey said to the dark haired man.
"Whats that Cap'n?" Starsky asked with a smile.
"The next time you come in late again like you did today and like you did yesterday and the day before that...you're gonna find yourself on traffic control down on Fifth and Elm helping little old ladies to cross the street!" Dobey shouted.
Starsky's smug look quickly disappeared from his face as Hutch chuckled.
"Do you think that's funny Hutchinson!" Dobey asked the blond loudly.
Hutch quickly sat up straight in his chair and said "No Sir…I do not Sir…in fact I was just telling Starsky here that he needs to be more punctual and…"
"Can it Hutchinson…or you'll be walking the same beat as your partner do I make myself clear!"
"Yes Sir…crystal clear Sir..thank you!" Hutch stammered.
Both Starsky and Hutch let out a huge sigh of relief as they watched Dobey turn and retreat back into his office closing the door behind him.
"Suck-up!" Starsky said to the blond as he got up and poured himself another cup of coffee.
"So…ahhh Starsk..suppose you tell me just why you've been late every day this week…what's going on?" Hutch asked curiously.
Starsky looked over at Hutch with the biggest, goofiest grin on his face and replied "I'm in love Hutch…head over heels…madly truly in love!"
"I think I've finally found the woman of my dreams Buddy!" Starsky added with a dreamy look on his face.
"Ohhhh you're in love huh?" Hutch responded.
"What is that now…the fifth time in less than three weeks!" Hutch added jokingly.
"No no no…I'm really serious this time Pal…and besides for your information I have been seeing Izzy exclusively going on four weeks now!" Starsky stated.
"Oh really…so if it's so serious how's come this is the first I'm hearing about the future Mrs. Starsky?" Hutch asked somewhat intrigued.
"Well I didn't want to jinx it!" Starsky said as he crossed his fingers.
"Ohhh..I see…so when does your best friend get to meet this mystery woman of yours anyway?" Hutch asked his partner.
"Actually…I was thinking if you and Eve aren't doing anything Friday night…maybe the two of you could join us for dinner!" Starsky exclaimed.
"Friday night…yeah…I'll check with Eve first but I don't think we have anything else going on!" Hutch replied.
"I'm tellin' ya' Hutch you're gonna' love her…she's beautiful..funny and not to mention smart…she's a lawyer you know!" Starsky boasted.
"A lawyer huh…very impressive Starsk!" Hutch said surprisingly.
Just then the door to Dobey's office reopened and their superior stepped out.
He looked at the two men still seated at their desk.
"Are you two still here!" he shouted.
"Suppose you both get off your behinds and get out there and hit the streets instead of sitting around here all day!" Dobey ordered loudly.
Starsky quickly stood up, grabbed his jacket from the back of his chair and pulled his partner up out of his chair.
"I was just telling Hutch here that very same thing Cap'n!" Starsky replied as he pulled Hutch out the door.
"Who's the suck-up now!" Hutch exclaimed as they walked down the hall and out the front door.
As they made their way to the Torino Starsky belted out another chorus of "Oh What a Beautiful Morning."
"Everything's going my way!" Starsky sung merrily.
Hutch chimed in "You know Starsk…you're a regular Starsky and Hammerstein!"
"Hammer who?" the dark haired man asked the blond.
"Exactly!" Hutch replied as he opened the passenger side of the Torino and climbed inside.
The rest of the work week had passed rather quickly and Friday night had finally arrived.
Starsky hadn't really told Hutch too much more about his new lady friend only that she worked at the law firm Benson, Benson and Wentworth and that they met at his bank one morning when he went in to cash his paycheck.
Starsky was walking into the bank as she was walking out.
She had her head down leafing through some papers she was carrying and he was trying to fill out a deposit slip as he was walking through the door.
Neither one was paying too much attention and they ran smack dab into one another.
Her papers went flying every which way and scattered across the floor.
She was terribly embarrassed and apologized profusely.
As they both bent down to retrieve her papers their foreheads banged together and he knocked her over.
It was then Starsky's turn to be embarrassed and his face turned red as a beet.
"I'm terribly sorry Miss…I wasn't watching where you were going….I mean I wasn't watching where I was going!" Starsky stammered as he helped her to her feet.
They both laughed at his verbal stumble.
"You know…if you really wanted to get to know me you could have just said hello!" Starsky added as he laid on the charm and they both laughed again.
"David Starsky!" he exclaimed as he held out his hand and introduced himself.
She smiled and took his hand and replied "Isabella Russo!"
As they commenced to talking one thing led to another and before long Starsky had asked her out on a date.
They hit it off immediately and begun seeing each other exclusively ever since.
The guys decided to meet at the new Italian restaurant that had just opened up down on Ocean Street for dinner and drinks then dancing afterwards at their favorite club.
Hutch and Eve had already arrived at the restaurant and were seated at a quiet table off to the side with their backs to the rest of the patrons.
He was placing soft kisses up and down her bare arm and whispering provocative things in her ear.
He'd been dating Eve going on two months now.
They had met one morning at a local art gallery in town.
He'd been jogging by the gallery when he noticed a woman placing a beautiful watercolor landscape in the window.
He stopped to admire the painting as well as the woman placing it there.
He smiled his ever so dazzling smile and proceeded to enter the front door.
Naturally being 6:25 in the morning the gallery wasn't opened yet but the woman was so captivated by Hutch's smile and rugged good looks she unlocked the door and let him in.
Hutch was immediately smitten with the woman.
She was a drop dead gorgeous blond with the most amazing green eyes.
Eve was equally smitten with the tall, handsome blond with the piercing blue eyes.
Needless to say Hutch left the gallery with the painting and the woman's phone number.
Starsky and his girl arrived fifteen minutes later and he was bubbling over with excitement.
He could not wait to show off his new lady love to his best friend.
Isabella looked radiant as always, a dark eyed, raven haired beauty with a body that just wouldn't quit.
She was wearing a form fitting strapless red dress with slits up the sides to reveal long slender legs that went on forever.
"Hutch is going to flip!" Starsky said to himself as he admired her beauty.
Starsky scanned the crowd and his eyes soon fell upon the two blondes seated at the table who appeared to be attached at the lips.
Starsky rolled his eyes at their public display of affection.
"Wait till you get a load of my lady Pal!" Starsky said under his breath as he smirked.
He took Isabella's elbow and led her over towards the table that Hutch and Eve occupied.
Hutch and Eve were giggling and carrying on like a couple of teenagers oblivious to anything and anyone around them.
So oblivious that Starsky and his date stood there for several seconds before Starsky had to clear his throat to get their attention.
Hutch and Eve immediately detached themselves from one another and Eve quickly dabbed Hutch's face and neck with a napkin to remove all traces of lipstick.
"Hutch..Eve….I'd like you to meet Isabella!" Starsky said proudly.
"Isabella…in spite of their lewd and lascivious behavior…this is my partner…and although I'm slightly embarrassed to admit it at the moment…my best friend…and his lovely companion Eve Bennett!" Starsky added as he introduced his lady.
Smiling, Hutch promptly rose from the table and turned to meet Starsky's dream girl.
His smile quickly diminished as the color drained from his face.
Hutch and Isabella stood there staring at one another with a look of utter surprise on their faces.
Starsky and Eve looked equally surprised as they glanced at one another as well.
After several seconds of awkward silence Hutch finally stammered "B-B-Bella…I don't believe it what…."
"Hello Ken!" Isabella replied as she held out her hand in a friendly gesture.
Hutch, still dumbfounded took the offered hand and held it a little longer than necessary and a lot longer to Starsky's liking.
Starsky soon thought it was high time to get involved in the conversation.
"You two know each other?" he asked the rather mute question already knowing the answer.
Hutch and Isabella nodded still not taking their eyes off one another.
By this time Eve was feeling a little left out and decided to join in on the conversation as well.
"Hello Isabella!" Eve said as she extended her hand.
Isabella reluctant to take her eyes off of Hutch extended her hand to Eve.
"Hello….ahhhh Eve is it?" Isabella replied not seeming the least bit interested in the blonde woman.
"Yes that's right!" Eve responded as she possessively placed her hand in the crook of Hutch's arm and pulled herself closer to him.
The act did not go unnoticed by anyone, especially Isabella.
Hutch soon realized how uncomfortable the whole situation was becoming.
He smiled at the blonde as he placed his arm around her giving her a quick peck on the cheek.
Starsky who was still feeling a bit insecure made the next remark.
"Still waiting for an answer here Buddy….just how do you two know each other?" Starsky demanded.
At first neither Hutch nor Isabella spoke, both waiting for the other to reply.
Then Hutch offered up the information.
"Well…ahhhhh..Starsk….Bella…I-I-I mean..Isabella and I..we go back quite a ways don't we?" Hutch replied nervously.
Isabella nodded at the blond as he continued.
"W-W-We met in out freshman year of college in Duluth!" Hutch stuttered.
"She was majoring in criminal law and I…." Hutch started to say.
"And Ken was going to be the world's next greatest Neurosurgeon!" Isabella interrupted with a devilish smile.
"And….since you're David's partner now…that obviously didn't happen did it?" she said almost coldly.
"No…I guess not huh!" Hutch responded slightly irritated.
"I decided to follow in another line of work!" the blond added.
"Much to your father's dismay I'm sure!" Isabella replied smugly.
"That is so like you Ken!" she added in a tone not lost on the others.
Hutch started to raise his finger but Starsky quickly intervened.
"Okay….boy am I starving…how about we all sit down and enjoy a nice quiet, relaxing dinner...whatta ya' say huh!" Starsky exclaimed as he shot Hutch a pleading glance.
Hutch wanting desperately to alleviate the awkward situation smiled at his partner and replied "Sure Starsk…sounds good!"
Hutch pulled out Eve's chair for her as she sat down and Starsky did the same for Isabella.
The remainder of the evening progressed without further incident but the lack of communication between Hutch and Isabella proved to be a killjoy for the rest of the night.
After having a few drinks that followed their evening meal the two couples simply said their goodnights and went their own separate ways.
Hutch tried to put his hand around Eve's waist as they left the restaurant but she pulled away and walked in a hurried pace to Hutch's beat up old Ford.
He started to open the car door for her but she beat him to it and climbed inside slamming the door angrily.
Hutch just looked up at the night sky and sighed.
"Looks like it's going to be a long quiet drive home tonight Hutchinson!" He whispered to himself as he made his way to the driver's side of the car and got in.
He glanced over at Eve and was immediately taken back as he saw traces of tears on her cheeks.
"Oh Evie…sweetheart please don't cry!" he whispered softly as he brushed the tears from her left cheek as she began to sob.
"I realize I must have been a total cad the way I acted in there tonight and I'm sorry!" He said lovingly as he took her shaking hand in his kissing her opened palm.
"You have every right to be angry with me but will you at least talk to me!" the blond pleaded.
"What do you want me to say Ken…that it's alright!" she spouted out.
"I seen the way you two looked at each other tonight…the way you couldn't take your eyes off one another!" she added.
"How do you think that made me feel….how do you think that made Dave feel?" she asked angrily.
Up to that moment Hutch was so concerned about Eve's feelings he hadn't even given Starsky much thought.
"My God…I can only imagine what he's thinking right now!" Hutch thought to himself.
"You're right sweetie and Starsky and I will have a nice long talk in the morning but right now I want to talk about how you're feeling!" Hutch said quietly.
Eve remained silent.
"I was just as surprised to see Isabella tonight as you and Starsky were!" he replied.
She pulled her hand away from his and folded her arms in front of her defiantly.
Hutch sighed heavily.
"It was a long time ago Evie….she means nothing to me now…I swear!" Hutch said softly trying to convince her.
"Just how well did know her Ken?" Eve questioned him.
He paused before he answered.
"It's just like I said before Eve…we met in college and we dated for a while!" Hutch replied suddenly feeling a bit nervous.
"And just how long did the two of you date…if you don't mind me asking!" she asked inquisitively.
Hutch paused again before responding.
"We were together for two years!" Hutch replied looking directly in her eyes.
"Two years!" she exclaimed.
"And what happened between the two of you?" she asked as her sobbing continued.
"Hah…what happened was she wanted a hell of a lot more than what I could possibly ever have given her!" Hutch said with dismay.
Eve noticed a look of utter sadness on the blond's face just before he turned to look out the driver's side window.
Hutch had to turn away.
He didn't want Eve to see the tears welling in his eyes for he knew it would only make her feel worse.
"So I take it you two did not part on the best of terms then?" she asked almost pleased.
"Noooo…we definitely did not!" Hutch said adamantly as he continued to stare out the window.
"But you really loved her didn't you?" Eve asked nervously not really wanting to hear his answer.
Hutch was silent at first then replied "Yes…I loved her!"
"And she loved you?" she asked softly.
"Obviously not as much as I thought!" Hutch said somberly.
"Well you know what I think?" she added trying to change the topic of conversation.
"What's that?" Hutch asked curiously as he turned his head back to face her.
"I think she's a damn fool for letting you go!" she replied with a smile.
This made Hutch smile as well.
Eve reached over and kissed his cheek.
Hutch responded by wrapping his arms around her and kissing her passionately.
"Does that mean I'm forgiven?" he whispered in her ear as he nuzzled her neck.
She returned the kiss with one even more passionate than the one he gave her.
"Wow!" was all Hutch could say.
"Ken…how fast do you think you can get us back to your place!" she asked out of breath.
"Why….what did you have in mind?" he asked playfully.
She leaned over and whispered provocatively in his ear as her hand traced his inner thigh and with that he turned the key in the ignition and peeled out of the parking lot.
Starsky drove Isabella home in silence not knowing what to say to her.
"You're awful quiet David!" Isabella said as she laid her head gently on his shoulder.
"Can you blame me!" he replied somewhat irritated.
"You're not mad at me are you love?" she asked as she snuggled closer to him.
He was silent at first then he turned and looked into her dark brown eyes and melted.
"No…I'm not mad at you Izzy…just a little surprised that's all!" he replied with a frown.
"You and Hutch….you were pretty serious huh?" Starsky asked as he gripped the steering wheel tighter waiting for a reply.
"I thought we were but I guess Ken had other ideas!" she replied with resentment in her voice.
"He dumped me….left me without saying a word…no goodbye…no nothing!" she added angrily.
"That doesn't sound like Hutch!" Starsky said, surprised with her words.
"Yes well…perhaps you don't know Ken as well as you think you do!" she said adamantly.
Starsky did not respond.
They drove the rest of the way home in silence.
The next morning Eve was just leaving Hutch's apartment when they heard Starsky's Torino pull up to the curb.
"I think that's my cue Lover!" Eve said as she kissed Hutch before heading out the door.
"Good luck with Dave…I think you're going to need it!" she said jokingly as she gently jabbed him in the ribs.
"Thanks a lot darlin'…see you tonight!" Hutch replied as he watched her walk out the door the same time Starsky was walking in.
"Good morning Dave!" Eve said bubbly as she passed by.
"Mornin'!" was all he said as he replied.
Starsky stopped and stared at his partner before entering the room.
Hutch forced a smile, closed the door and followed his friend into the kitchen.
"Boy you're up early partner… you want some coffee!" Hutch asked trying to sound upbeat.
"No!" Starsky responded.
"How about some bacon and eggs or I can make…" Hutch started to say as he opened the fridge.
"No…nothing!" Starsky replied, sounding irritated.
Hutch was beginning to feel a little nervous as his partner leered at him.
"Boy that was some night last night wasn't it?" Hutch said as he poured himself a cup of coffee.
"Let's just say it didn't go as I had planned!" Starsky said with agitation.
Hutch then proceeded to mix up his morning breakfast shake.
He actually had no appetite he just wanted to keep himself busy so he could avoid looking his friend in the eye.
Several minutes drug on before either of them spoke.
Then it was Hutch who said "Yes that was some night!"
"We've already established that Hutch!" Starsky said angrily.
Hutch was definitely feeling very nervous.
"You sure you don't want some coffee?" Hutch asked as he reached for an empty cup.
"Can the idle chit-chat Hutch….I want to hear all about you and Izzy and I want to hear it now!" Starsky demanded.
Hutch was slightly taken back by his friend's tone of voice as well as the use of Starsky's pet name for his former lover.
"Izzy huh!" Hutch said defensively.
"Yeah Izzy….what's the deal with you two?" Starsky asked angrily.
"Starsky there is no deal…we knew each other a long..long time ago…end of story!" Hutch spouted back as he slammed down the empty coffee mug and retreated into the living room.
"Don't walk away from me when I'm talking to you!" Starsky said with his voice raised.
"You're not talking Starsky…you're shouting!" Hutch replied as he pointed his finger at his partner before sitting down on the sofa.
"How long were you two together?" Starsky asked ignoring Hutch's last statement.
Hutch did not respond.
"Was it serious?" Starsky asked his unresponsive partner.
Hutch sighed heavily before replying.
"We were together for two years Starsk so yeah…it was serious!" Hutch blurted out.
Starsky was immediately taken back.
"Two years!" he exclaimed.
"Yes Starsky..two years..now you know…are you satisfied!" Hutch shouted back as he stood up and walked back into the kitchen.
Starsky unwilling to give up followed the blond into the kitchen.
"So what happened that it didn't work out?" Starsky continued to probe.
"Oh come on Starsk…you know how some relationships are…it just didn't work out!" Hutch said growing increasingly agitated.
"We were just kids back then…we grew up..we grew apart…we both wanted different things in life so we split up….that's all there is to it!" Hutch added as he placed his coffee mug in the sink.
"So you're sure that's it huh?" Starsky asked trying to ease his own mind.
"Yes Starsk…that's all there is to it….now partner we have the weekend off..what do you say we take advantage of it and enjoy the time we have left okay!" Hutch pleaded with his friend as he placed his hand on Starsky shoulder and squeezed.
"Okay…but just one more thing before I shut up!" Starsky replied.
"Oh for Pete's sake Starsky!" Hutch said as he shoved a kitchen chair back under the table.
"Just one more thing Hutch…for the sake of our long standing friendship okay!" Starsky pleaded.
Hutch took a deep breath and replied jokingly "Alright Starsk…for the sake of our long standing friendship…which I might add at the moment is starting to wear very thin!"
"The thing is Hutch…I dig her…I mean I really dig her…hell I might even be falling in love with her!" Starsky said with a lump in his throat.
"Oh come on Starsk…you barely know the woman and suddenly you're in love with her!" Hutch said defensively.
"How could anyone not fall in love with her? Starsky argued back.
"She's an incredible woman…she's beautiful…she got a terrific sense of humor…she smart…" Starsky added.
"She's out of your league!" Hutch butted in as he finished his partner's sentence.
Starsky was stunned by his friend's words.
"What's that supposed to mean?" Starsky asked angrily.
Hutch regretted his words as soon as he said them.
"You don't think I have enough smarts to keep a woman like her happy…is that what you're trying to tell me Buddy?" Starsky asked as his anger boiled over.
"Starsk…I'm sorry…that's not what I meant…" Hutch tried to apologize.
"Just save it…it's pretty clear how you feel partner!" Starsky shouted as he turned and walked towards the door.
Hutch not wanting their conversation to end the way it was ending rushed to his partner and grabbed his arm.
"Starsk I'm sorry…please don't leave like this..let's just sit down and…" Hutch started to plead with his friend.
Starsky in a fit of anger pushed Hutch back and slammed him against a nearby wall, raising his fist, preparing to strike Hutch in the face.
Hutch is shocked beyond belief as he glares at his friend.
"Go ahead…you wanna' hit me…then hit me!" Hutch shouted.
"Come on do it…you've been wanting to do it ever since Kira!" Hutch added as he waited for the blow.
Starsky stood there, his body pressed up against Hutch's, staring at his best friend with what Hutch thought was pure hatred in his eyes.
Starsky pulled back his fist and let it fly, smashing it into the wall just inches from Hutch's head.
They both just stood there looking at one another, both of them not believing what had just transpired between the two of them.
Hutch then looked down at his friend's bloody knuckles.
"Jesus Starsk…let me look at your hand Buddy!" Hutch says remorsefully as he took hold of Starsky bloody hand.
Just for a moment Starsky weakened and leaned into his partner, but only for a moment.
Much to Hutch's surprise Starsky suddenly stiffened and pulled himself away, ripping his hand from Hutch's grasp.
He quickly stormed out the door slamming it loudly behind him.
As the slamming of the door echoed through the apartment Hutch stood there in shock.
"Hutchinson…sometimes you can be such a god damn idiot!" Hutch said, cursing himself as he walked over to the sofa and flopped down with a sigh.