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Somehow they managed to put their recent findings to the case on hold, don't ask them how, and they went back to Four's apartment to continue what they had started earlier that morning. As soon as they stepped into the apartment, Tobias pushed her against the wall, kissing her senselessly and her mind slowly losing the control and concentration she had always been so proud of maintaining in most situations.

Tris wasn't upset with the lack of self-control, on the contrary she was actually enjoying feeling Tobias and his love for her that could never vanish or be numbed. She should know, considering the fact that she had tried to do it after they broke up, but now she was just feeling what any other woman felt in the presence of the man that she loves. Happy, loved and overall satisfied. Especially when he began escorting her back to his bedroom, leaving his cell phone in the hallway inside his jacket so that they could continue their romantic evening without Eric or dispatch interrupting and spoiling their evening like they were bound to do, even though it was their day off, and closed the door behind them.


(Flashback)

It was the usual quietness at the station. Typical Abnegation behavior, really, no one dared to raise their voice or question the rules that have been laid. The whole thing was odd considering that it was a police station, yet there was no behavior or actions that indicated let alone supported the idea that the facility dealt with criminals on a daily basis.

Four was for once dealing with the paperwork he so often pushed over to Tris, even though she was his girlfriend as well as partner, when the door slammed opened and an angry blonde walked straight up to his desk and slammed her fist on the hard table.

"You shut down the investigation!"

He sighed heavily, not surprised by her reaction to the news since this particular case hit close to home for her, but he wished that she were open to understand the reason why he made this decision. "Yes, I did. It wasn't going anywhere. So I decided to drop it and move on."

His words came off as cold and indifferent, which he knew was a mistake, but it was already too late cause Tris's eyes burned with anger like a hellcat. "Why? We just have to try harder. I know that we can solve this case."

"No!" Four protested, glaring at Tris with hard look. "It's cold. Dead cold. And you are getting too personal with this case, which is understandable on some levels, but this is getting out of hand. Your reaction to this alone proves that you are on a dark path towards destruction and the only way to prevent you from going down that road any further is shutting down the investigation."

Tris shook her head, clearly denying his claims even though they both knew he was right. "You are wrong. You are just saying that because you are my boyfriend and that you feel it's your duty to protect me from everything. Even myself."

"I'm not, and you know it." Four denied the claim, while starting to feel more anger and frustration building up from within. Then he tried to take a different approach to calm her down and convince her of dropping this case. "Please Tris. Let this one go…If not for your sake, then do it for me. Do it for us."

Tris didn't say anything at first. Her facial expression was completely blank, free from emotions until she shook her head and chuckled sadly, "I can't. I can't do this anymore."

Then she did the last thing he expected her to do. She pulled out her police badge and placed it on his desk.

"Tris…" Whatever he had been planning on saying disappeared into the air when Tris continued her statement. "You and me, we are over. I'm done with all of this."

"Please think about what you are saying," Four could literally feel his heart starting to break, piece by piece, and he felt completely helpless to prevent it from happening even though he wanted nothing more than to stop her from making this terrible mistake that not only broke his heart, but probably broke hers as well. "Don't do this…"

She shook her head once again and said, "Goodbye Four." Then she turned on her heels and walked away from him.

Tobias opened his eyes, jolted up and sat up in his bed, shaken and disturbed by his nightmare that was in reality a memory that he rather wanted to forget. He was sweating and breathing heavily, but thankfully didn't wake up Tris who was sleeping soundly next to him.

"Just a dream," Tobias muttered, albeit he knew that wasn't true and nothing he said was going to convince him otherwise. So he decided to get some air, maybe that would help him calm down and actually get some shuteye before he and Tris had to go back to work in the morning.

He got up and wandered into the living room, laid down on the couch with his back against the fabric, and just stared up at the ceiling. Disturbing thoughts and memories were lingering in his mind and wouldn't leave him alone despite his attempts. What was even worse was that he also had a bad feeling in his gut that something was off or was going to end badly. Whether it was the case itself or his relationship with Tris, he wasn't sure, but he knew that at the end result was not going to be nice and smooth like he would want it to be.

"Hey, is everything okay?" a drowsy voice said, interrupting his thoughts, and he turned his head to see Tris standing there with a bed sheet wrapped around her and a tired and overall concerned look on her face.

"Yeah," Tobias answered, slightly caught off guard. "I'm okay…I just…had a nightmare."

Tris nodded, but walked closer towards him before she sat down right in front of him.

"Do you want to tell me about it?" Tris asked tentatively, moving one hand to caress his cheek while the other maintain around the bed sheet to keep it from falling down. He shook his head. He didn't want to worry her, especially when his reasons were without ground at the moment. And besides, he wasn't lying or pushing the issue since there weren't any issues as far as he was concerned.

"It's nothing. I promise," Tobias reassured her before he leaned in and gave her a tentative kiss on the lips. "Let's just go back to bed. We have a long day ahead of us in the morning. Better be well rested and keep the others up to speed with what we figured out."

"All right," Tris answered. "Hey, how would you feel about bringing Will into this? I mean, given the lack of homicide detectives Eric is willing to give us to assist on this case I think he might be helpful and an asset in case it turns out to be drug related."

Tobias didn't argue with her reasoning, "That's a good idea. We're going to need all of the help we can get. What about your brother?"

As soon as he asked the question Tris's facial expression turned sour, indicating that the suggestion didn't really sit well with her. On some levels he could understand her reluctance, especially because there was still no lost love between him and Caleb, but his knowledge might be useful in this case. She shook her head, "No. I think it's for our best interest not to include him right now, since he wouldn't like us looking into my parents' old murder case and given my previous history working on this case he would be even less trilled and willing to help. So for now, he's out of the loop.

"Yeah, you are probably right. And besides, with Eric's warning to me about not investigating on this case or any of the other cold cases as well viewed them as insignificant, I think it's for the best that we keep the whole investigation under the wraps."

She tilted her head, giving him a tired yet sincere smile before she leaned in and kissed him. The kiss didn't last long or could be mistaken for an invitation for another love making session, but it was enough to convey that the conversation was over and that they should go back to bed. Which neither he nor Tris waited long to do since he quickly got up and together walked back to the bedroom.

Once their heads hit the pillows Tris snuggled closer to him, which he responded by wrapping his arm around her. Then she closed her eyes, sighed relieved, and murmured quietly, "Good night."

"Good night, Tris." Tobias said softly before he too closed his eyes and embraced the land of unconsciousness.


The next morning they conquered and divided tasks between themselves as well as Uriah, Zeke and Will. The boys were going to follow the leads from the appointment book and would try and talk the detectives from the original investigation, meanwhile she and Christina was going to go over the bodies and the old coroners' notes from the previous cases just to see if there was something that they missed or if the bodies could tell them something that wouldn't have been significant at the time.

Tris was sitting in Christina's office, reading through the autopsy notes while having Christina explain the terms that she didn't know the meaning for that didn't seem important to the case whatsoever.

"I must say, the medical examiner who handled these cases were careful in his procedures, but I find his findings and final notes to be lacking." Christina said, slamming another file on the table and went to retrieve the next one that was stacked right next to the discarded one. "Come on, they didn't write anything significant about the bodies except the gunshots. No tox screens or prior medical issues listed. Seriously, were the medical examiners at Abnegation that lax in their procedures?"

Tris shrugged her shoulders. "I wouldn't know. People back there just do their duty, which means being selfless and take care of others' needs before their own. Whether that means the dead ones or alive, varies and depends on the person. But I guess most of them chose to worry more about the latter than the former."

With that said, her phone vibrated and she retrieved it to and saw that Tobias had sent a text that informed her that the former detectives working on the case were mysteriously either dead or too senile to be of any help or use to them. Meaning that they were really on their own on this, which was fine by them since they rather want to have something or someone who could be of help than not. The message followed with a quick text that asked her to come back upstairs because they had gotten some new leads on her mother's old appointment book and he wanted an input from her to see if she knew anything about it.


So she left Christina, with a short message that she would talk to her later, and then took the elevator upstairs and stepped out of it when the elevator reached her floor. When she entered the office she started the conversation, "What did you guys find?"

Tobias, Zeke and Uriah turned their heads in her direction, away from the whiteboard that they were hovering around. Of course, Tobias took the lead and filled her in immediately, "The lab managed to decipher who your parents were meeting the day they died. Not a full name, only first name David. So do you know or did your parents know anyone with that name?"

Tris thought about it for a second. The name didn't really ring any bells to her, but she remembered that her mother mentioned once someone by that name. However she also recalled that her mother was distant and rather worried in her voice when she spoke of it. Could this person have been the one my mother was talking about? If so, then why see him if you considered the man as some kind of threat?

"My mother once mentioned the name," Tris said finally. Her gaze was looking into the distance, avoiding the curious looks on the guys' faces. "But she was really weird about it. Never said or gave any indication about who or where this person was, but I think she might have been scared of this guy. Or at the very least considered him as a potential threat. So anyways, how do we find him?"

No one said anything at first, thinking over carefully how to proceed, but it was Tobias who had thought it over and knew exactly who to ask in order to find the person they were looking for.

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