Chapter Two – Dinner and Depression
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A/N:I sincerely apologize for the lengthy delays. I have been extremely busy these past several months and am just realizing that I need to get this story moving again. In this chapter, we meet Janet Medine's parents; Linda and Morgan. Linda is a retired nurse who spends most of her time at home. Morgan is a well-respected detective who got to work with Jack Dark on several cases. Also introduced in this chapter is Lancelot Rosemary, the only son of Detroit Police Chief Robert Rosemary. He currently lives with the Medine family, although he is planning on moving to Paris within the next few months. Lance has been enduring a barrage of personal issues, including tensions between him and his father.
Dearborn, Michigan, United States – December 12, 2026 – 7:20pm
As the sun was beginning to set on Dearborn, Joanna and Janet were approaching the Medine House, a lively two-story brick-façade home that sat beside an expansive park. The park once was home to one of the worst apartment complexes in the entire city, riddled with crime and graffiti. When Robert Rosemary took over as police chief five years ago, he vowed to have the complex torn down, which eventually happened. As the two arrived at the Medine House, Morgan Medine was waiting on the front porch for his daughter to arrive. When Morgan spotted Joanna by her side, his eyes began to tear up.
"Joanna Dark…is that you?" the older man gasped as he slowly came to his senses. "Yes Morgan" replied Jo, "It's me!" The two quickly exchanged hugs before embracing Janet. "I hope she didn't get into any trouble" asked Morgan, becoming concerned. Janet nodded, "Jo saved me Dad. Some moron tried to steal my purse". As Janet handed her father the broken purse, Linda stepped out to the porch. "Joanna!" she exclaimed, embracing Jo, "Great to see you! How are you?" Stepping away for a moment, Jo replied "I'm fine. Some idiot was trying to pester Janet, but I gave him a good scare. I don't think he'll be coming back to these parts". Linda nodded, "I'm so glad that you kept my Janet safe Jo. I can't thank you enough!" The two exchanged hugs again before going inside the house.
Morgan and Linda invited Jo to have dinner with them and Jo happily accepted, knowing that the Medine family made the best soul food in all of Dearborn. "For tonight's dish" said Morgan, "good ol' barbeque chicken with French fries and black beans! Dig in!" Without hesitation, Janet began to eat in rapid fashion. "Now slow down honey" said Linda, "I don't want you to choke". Janet briefly stopped, holding a piece of chicken, "Sorry mom. I'm just so hungry". Linda smiled and said, "I understand Janet. It's been a long day. Just slow down a bit please". Janet nodded and resumed eating, but at a somewhat slower pace. "So what brings you back to Detroit Joanna?" asked Morgan. "I need a vacation Morgan" replied Jo, "But Detroit was calling me home. There's some people that I haven't seen in a while…like you guys!" Linda smiled and said, "That's so great to hear Joanna! We're glad that you could stop in! As always, our home is your home!" Jo smiled, knowing that she was always welcome into the Medine House, "Awe! Thank you so much! I'm always very happy to be able to spend time with you all!"
As the four continued eating, they heard a noise that sounded like the banging of a trash can. Linda stood up for a moment to see what it was. "That might be Lance" she said, noticing a figure approach the front door. Joanna become perplexed, "You mean…Lance Rosemary?" Morgan nodded, "Yes Jo. He's been staying with us during the past few weeks. His father kicked him out after some argument. I don't know what it was about though. He won't talk about it. In fact, he refuses to talk about anything regarding his father. When something is mentioned about Robert, Lance will go into a boiling rage". Linda nodded in agreement, "Things have been so dire between them Joanna. I haven't got the slightest clue as to why they've become so distant, or why he's been getting so upset. I fear that he's going to start hurting people if this doesn't stop". Jo became even more confused about the situation. This was not the Lance Rosemary that she knew from years past. In fact, she was now fearing that he could jump ship from the police department and become some sort of criminal mastermind. She knew that she had to get to the bottom of this…and fast.
As the door was being unlocked, the three sat back down. Lance walked through the doorway and greeted everyone. When he recognized Joanna, he was quite surprised. "Jo? Is that…" Joanna stood up, "Yes Lance. It's me". The two quickly embraced, "What made you come back to Detroit?" Jo smiled and said, "People like you. I haven't seen you all in a long time, so I came back to visit. Sorry if things were a bit unannounced. I was taking a walk and Janet almost got attacked". Lance took a step back and looked at Janet, "Attacked? Janet…what happened?" Janet looked at Lance and replied, "Some moron tried to steal my purse. We almost had a fight when Jo came to the rescue". Lance nodded, "Wow! I'm so glad that Jo was at the right place at the right time!" Morgan nodded, "Yes it was Lance! I could not believe my eyes when I saw Jo! Lord knows what could have happened if she was not there". Lance nodded and proceeded to sit down for dinner.
The five conversed for what seemed like forever, discussing Joanna's many happenings along the way. Jo always made sure however, that she did not discuss too much about what was going on at the Carrington Institute. Jo always referred to her job as simply "working for the government". The conversation was going quite well for the time being, as Joanna shared her achievements of being "Agent of the Year", which she referred to the Medines as "Departmental Employee of the Year". In fact, Jo had earned the accolade two years in a row, which made Lance cringe. He tried not to think too much of the fact that he never received the "Officer of the Year" award at the police department, but this conversation was clearly nagging him. When Jo noticed Lance's startled look, she became concerned. "Lance" she asked, "are you ok?" Lance shook his head and stood up, "I'm sorry. I need to go upstairs". Without another word, Lance proceeded to his room upstairs. Jo thought to herself for a moment, "was it something I said?" She then looked at Morgan and Linda, "I really don't think it had anything to do with you Jo" said Linda, "He' just stressed. A lot has been going on as of late. Perhaps you can speak with him later. He may listen to you". Jo agreed and said, "I'll see what I can do". Afterward, the four finished eating and Jo helped Linda with cleaning up the table and dishes.
A/N: I hope to be able to have Chapter 3 up soon. In the meantime, I'm thinking of changing the storyline a bit later on to make things more dramatic. I've been able to gain some inspiration for the storyline change from the game "Condemned: Criminal Origins". I don't wish to spoil the plot, but I will say that Jo's vacation will definitely be cut short.