Chapter 1

Maxine looked up from her desk as she watched Kenny flirt with the woman he was supposed to be taking a report from. Frowning she got up and slowly walked over there to remind Kenny that he was in a work place. She noticed Kenny glancing at her and so she decided to let him dig his own hole with Jimmy. She made a quick turn and headed to the coffee room to get herself something to drink.

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Kenny watched Max go into the coffee room and slowly cursed her under his breath. He turned back to the woman in front of him, that he had absolutely no interest in but Max didn't need to know that. He smiled at her as he listened to her give her side of the story, but it was clear that she was intoxicated and so if this had happened at all it would be partially her fault for the alcohol in her system.

"So anyway he turned around and just plowed his car right into mine." The woman said as she giggled at the slurred words she had used.

"Ma'am how much have you had to drink?" Kenny asked her with a raised eyebrow.

"Enough." The woman said with a shrug. "Why do you wanna go and have a drink with me officer?"

"It's Deputy and no I don't plan on it." Kenny said shaking his head. He looked up as Max's new boyfriend walked into the station and Kenny bit his bottom lip to keep from insulting the way he was dressed. The man was wearing a Hawaiian style shirt and a pair of Khaki shorts. Kenny rolled his eyes as he walked towards the coffee room as if he owned the place.

Kenny finished up with the woman and returned to his desk, although his gaze kept drifting to the coffee room where Max was with Derek.

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Max glanced at her boyfriend and shook her head no as he continued on his tirade.

"Look just run home, pack your bags and let's get out of here." He said with a sigh as he looked at her clean uniform.

"I told you that I am not going with you. I have to work and you can't just expect me to drop everything because you want to go out and have some fun." Max said shaking her head.

"You don't even need this job and you know it. If you would just marry me you could quit and just stay home and relax. I have plenty of money and you could just be a housewife." He said with a soft smile as he grabbed onto her arms.

"Let go of me. You know that I love my job and it's not about money. Frankly if that's the way you feel than maybe you should just leave. I think that we're over with." Max said as she shrugged away from him and turned her back to him.

"Fine." Derek said as he left, slamming the door behind him.

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Max glanced at the clock and noticed that she was now off duty, which was a good thing because all she wanted was some chocolate chip cookies and a cold beer to contemplate over yet another failed relationship. Sighing she walked out of the room and walked over to her desk to grab her jacket.

"Problems?" Kenny asked he saw her slamming things around.

"I just broke up with Derek. What the hell is wrong with me? Why can't I find the right guy for me?" Max asked frustrated as she sat down at her desk. "You know what that's it, I am through with relationships for good. I am just going to stay home for the rest of my life and not go out on any dates. It's obvious that I am horrible at relationships."

"Max you can't seriously mean that." Kenny said shaking his head.

"And what if I do?" Max asked with an arched eyebrow. "It shouldn't matter to you what I do with my personal life."

"We're partners. If something is going to affect your work then it matters to me." Kenny said hurriedly making an excuse.

"Shove it Kenny." Max said jumping to her feet as she left the station in a hurry.

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Kenny shook his head as he watched her go; he had a feeling Max was struggling to figure some things out in her life, though she would never admit to that. Sighing he got to his feet and gathered his stuff as he prepared to leave the station as well. He was really going to have to convince Max that she was not terrible at relationships just terrible at picking the guys to have relationships with.

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Max stopped behind the broken down vehicle with a frown on her face. She could tell that there was something weird about this guy who was sitting on the hood of his car but she shrugged it off to be paranoid. Sighing she walked over to where he was sitting and stood in front of him, in her Rome Sheriff's Department uniform.

"Can I help you out sir?" She asked him with a smile.

"Maybe. My car broke down and I can't seem to get anyone to help me out." The man said with a crooked smile.

Max frowned, not liking the way this guy was looking at her. She nodded her head and pulled out her cell phone, intent on calling someone to come and help him. She was about to finish dialing when she saw the guy frowning and then out of nowhere tackle her to the ground.

His hands were around her throat before she had time to react and he lifted her head off the ground and slammed into the cement road underneath her. Max was dazed and confused and unsure what to do at that point considering she was so out of it and couldn't fight back anymore. She felt him rip open her shirt and she struggled to stay conscious, the last thing she saw before and felt before she blacked out was him biting her neck.

Kenny sped up as he saw some guy on top of Max on the side of the road. He saw the guy look up at him and then down at Max who wasn't moving. Shaking his head the guy jumped in his car and sped off. Kenny was torn on what to do but decided that Max needed him more and so he grabbed his cell phone and called it in as well as the license plate. He stopped his car and jumped out, he ran until he was beside Max and knelt beside her. He took one look at her battered body and the bite mark on her neck and shook his head.

"My God." He whispered shocked at what he saw. He had a feeling that whatever had just happened was only the beginning.