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Chapter 17

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The Addleson's Hit Too Close to Home … Bobby's Home

Alex tucks Bobby into his own bed after a horrifying night at Mazy's and an interesting … to say the least, morning at the hospital. He tries his hardest to pull her into bed with him but she squirms out of his grip to get him a couple of aspirin. She calls Big Jim and he agrees to come over and keep an eye on Bobby while she tries to find her brother.

"Hi, so you're Big Jim … lover boy, right?"

"And you must be my competition, the nurse from this morning?"

"You were there too?"

"Oh yeah, I ran into his Captain outside of his room."

"Our Captain."

"Our? You two work together?"

"We're Partners."

"Isn't what you were doing … ah … how should I say this? A no, no."

"Look Jim, you can't say anything to our Captain, he'll skin us alive."

"Um, I don't think you need to worry about me telling your Captain."

Jim has a grin on his face that would stretch a mile long if his anatomy would allow.

"What did you do?"

"Welllll … I sort of stormed off saying he was cheating on me with a nurse and sort of led him to believe that Bobby is Bi-sexual."

Bobby could hear voices so he came out to see what was going on.

"YOU DID WHAT!?"

Alex had to sit. She was hysterical, laughing so hard that she had to cross her legs. Tears were coming down and she couldn't form a coherent sentence. She just kept pointing to Jim and then to Goren and shaking her head and she finally ran off to the bathroom screaming …

"Oh my God, I have to pee."

"Jim, if you need practice, TAKE ACTING LESSONS!"

"But Bobby, this is real life … I'm sharpening my acting skills."

"How would you like me to sharpen my switch blade on your dick and cut the fucking thing off?"

"Now how would we make love?"

"CUT IT OUT!"

Alex comes back out, still laughing but now able to speak.

"Am I interrupting a lover's quarrel, boys?"

Bobby rolls his eye and plops himself down on the couch.

"Jim, come sit next to me."

An unsuspecting Jim does as Bobby says. Bobby puts his arm around Jim. Alex suspects, after all … it's her job to suspect and she knows Bobby well.

"I've been thinking Jim, woman are a pain in the ass. Us guys, we like the same things, do the same things, watch the same sports, drink the same beer … maybe there is something to us."

"You know guys, I think my wife needed me for something … in fact I think I can hear her calling me from down the hall. Gotta go!"

Jim makes a beeline for the door, practically falling over his own feet in the process. Bobby sat back, put his hands behind his head and let out a deep sigh of relief.

"Ah well, I guess it's really over, he pretends to cry, I guess he doesn't love me anymore."

"Great Bobby, very funny. Now who's going to watch you while I go find Jack?"

"Smith and Wesson?"

"I'm not leaving. Screw Jack. He got himself into this mess and because of him, you ended up drugged and in the hospital."

"Eames, he's your brother. I'll be fine. I'll call down to the doorman and tell him not to let anybody up. Just you and Jack, I'll be completely safe in my own apartment. Now go, he's your brother."

"Yeah, and what are you to me?"

"Can we talk about this later?"

"Are you changing your mind about us, less than two hours after you said and then showed me how you really feel?"

"No, I'm not. I just want to talk about where we're going and this isn't the time. Please, just go get Jack."

Alex leaves in a huff, she's thinking about his mojo and the blonde on his lap and Maria and Jake. Why he went off on his own again. They would need to talk but they had to clear Jack first, when Goren is working a case … well, most of the time … he's working a case.

Bobby falls asleep on the couch, he has odd dreams of making out with Alex at Mazy's and then flashes of Big Jim sitting on his lap, which causes him to wake up in a panic with his clothes drenched in sweat and his heart beating a mile a minute, he hears a knock on his door. Thank God, my Alex. He looks through the peep hole. It's Maria. He debates on whether he should let her in or not but he figures he can usher her out before Eames comes back with Jack. He'll deal with his doorman later.

"Maria, what do you want?" He only opens the door a crack.

"Bobby please, we need to talk. Is Detective Eames here?"

"No, go away Maria."

"Please Bobby, I need your help. Jake's going to hurt me."

He reluctantly lets her in. He excuses himself and changes out of his sweaty clothes and sends Eames a text message then returns to Maria.

"Okay Maria, Bobby sits and motions her to do the same, why is he going to hurt you?"

"He's a very sick man Bobby."

"How sick, what kind of sickness?"

"He's Schizophrenic Bobby and he's in a what they call a disorganization syndrome state, it's when …" he cuts her off.

"You don't have to tell me about Schizophrenia, Maria, I'm familiar with the disease."

Bobby leans forward placing his elbows on his knees and rubbing his face. He feels his head pounding away again.

"Bobby, he's suffering from a psychotic break, he thinks I have my hooks in you now. He knows that I went to see you last night at the hospital. He wants you and he's not going to stop until he gets what he wants."

"How did he get to where he is in life with his disease?"

"His father. The man buys him everything including elections and me."

"You?"

"Hand picked."

"What about Boston and Macy's?"

"It was a made up story. His father thought I looked like Natalie Wood, he pays me a lot of money to be Jake's trophy wife. Jake had a thing for Natalie Wood … the only woman he ever showed interest in … Maria's not even my real name."

"Ah … Maria."

"Yeah … Maria."

"Who's baby is it … Maria?"

"Mr. Addleson's."

"Mr. The old man?"

"Jake's mother is in some home somewhere … she's schizophrenic too. Mr. Addleson was embarrassed by her so he paid good money for private nurses and Doctors to keep her out of site and mind … he needs to have sex with somebody. That somebody is me. He pays for that too. I got pregnant … I figured that way, I could ride this gravy train forever!"

Bobby runs for the bathroom and starts to vomit, this hit too close to home. Maria had no way of knowing what Bobby's life was like growing up and his fear of developing the disease himself … although at his age very unlikely, he had to put himself in Jake's shoes … he certainly could. He lived the scare of that scenario most of his life.

Maria fidgeted in the living room, knowing that she repulsed him. She was sorry that she told him all her dirty little secrets, in another life she could see herself falling in love with a man like him but it was too late for that. He returned to another person present in the room … Jake.

"Hello Robert."

He was unkempt and he had a crazed look in his eyes. Bobby was very familiar with this state of mind and he was an expert at how to deal with it. He just wasn't prepared to have to deal with it on such a personal level again.

"Hi, Jake."

"I see that you've chosen Maria over me."

"No, no I haven't, can we sit and talk about it."

Jake blocks his ears and starts screaming …

"Shut up … he does love me. Shut up! Shut up!"

He falls on the floor and starts crying. Maria just stands there looking uninterested in her husbands condition. Bobby walks over to him and gently wraps his arms around him.

"Jake, it's Bobby … it will be alright … I'll get you the help you need."

"Oh no you won't."

Bobby looks up to see the barrel of a gun in his face.

"Maria, what the fuck?'

"His father has gone to great lengths to keep this secret … I'm not going to let you blow it."

"You mean, blow your gravy train."

"You can think whatever you want, my fate was written the day I met Richard Addleson, I won't let you or anyone else ruin my life. I've already sacrificed enough being married to this nut job!"

Bobby was enraged but staring at the barrel of a gun knowing that the person holding it was desperate enough to use it, he had to put his own personal feelings aside and think like a cop.

Eames let herself into Bobby's apartment thinking that Maria would be gone. Goren's text message said that he would see what she wanted and send her away instead she finds her holding him at gun point and Jake having some kind of nervous break down. Jack was no where to be found so Eames was alone.

"Maria, put the gun down!"

"Ah Detective Eames, you are just about to witness the death of your Partner. I heard you wanted a new one anyway."

"Maria if you shoot him, I shoot you and that's the end of that."

"Yeah Maria, Eames is a pretty good shot. She out scores me every time."

"I suggest you put your gun down Detective, I have a clear shot at his head. You drop your gun." She pulls the hammer back.

"Killing a cop gets you life in jail Maria … could be the death penalty if they bring in a Federal Indictment."

"Well then, I guess I'll just have to kill you both."

Maria faces Eames and points the gun at her.

Big Jim comes barging through the door, finally realizing that Bobby was playing him. Maria was distracted by the intruder and Bobby grabbed for his friends, Smith and Wesson and jumped Maria … a weapon was discharged.

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