Chapter 49

Josie stared at Gary.

"It's your baby, of course, Gary."

"It can't be mine, Josie," Gary retorted. "I can't father children any more, not since Boca Linda. You remember Boca Linda, Josie? The place," he went on, "we were the last time you got pregnant?"

"That's not fair, Gary! And maybe the condition reversed itself."

"The doctor said it was irreversible."

"Well, doctors make mistakes sometimes."

"No, Josie," Gary said. "I'm the one who made the mistake when I came back to you."

"Gary, you're being unreasonable. Will you at least have yourself tested?" Josie pleaded.

Gary answered, "What for? It would be a waste of time."
He put on his coat and stormed out, slamming the door behind him.

Fifteen minutes later, Joe was in the squad room of the 2-3, pouring a cup of coffee. Josie came in, crying. Joe down
his coffee.

"Josie, what's wrong?" he asked. "I thought you and Gary would be celebrating right now."

"Gary thinks I've been cheating on him."

"Why would he think that?"

"Because he can't father any more children, not since Boca Linda. I'd forgotten that."

"Well, why doesn't he have himself tested, in case his condition reversed itself?"

"I asked him to, but he just stormed out, and I have no idea where he went," Josie said. "I'm so scared, Joe. What if he starts drinking again?"

She sobbed heartbrokenly.

Joe took Josie in his arms and stroked her hair, saying, "We'll find him. Don't worry, Josie. Everything will be all right." He looked up and mouthed the words, "Please, God."

Meanwhile, Gary was at a table in a bar, alone, with an empty glass in front of him.

"I'll have another," he said, slurring his words.

"Sorry," said the bartender, "but you've had enough."

"Don't you tell me I've had enough! I'll decide when I've had enough! Give me another drink NOW!" Gary yelled, banging his fist on the table.

"No. I'm cutting you off."

"Well, in that case, I'll just go somewhere else."

Gary rose, knocking his chair over, and walked out very unsteadily. A few seconds later, a car was heard driving off at a speed better suited to Daytona or Indy.