Second Chances: Passing On The Fire

After a grueling court case, it's the end of an era as Rick and A.J. Simon welcome their friend Ron Johnson into retirement. But who of the next generation is willing to take their places?

(This is a work of fiction. No money is being made on it, and the characters are owned by Universal Studios and are only being borrowed for a little while. .)

A/N: For any new readers, "Second Chances" is my "what if?" for Rick and A.J. Simon...What if they didn't end the partnership or A.J. didn't marry Janet or Liz.... What if Rick had a long-lost sweetheart who needed protection from a crazed stalker? And.....what if Rick and his girl fell in love, adopted her niece and nephew, and made a home first in San Diego, then in Arizona? These "what if''s" are the basis for my continuing "Simon & Simon" as if they never went off the air. This series also includes crossovers from Six Million Dollar Man/Bionic Woman and Dark Shadows.....so feel free to read my other stories for the whys and wherefores of these three worlds meeting.

"And I told you, Andy, that your mother and I are against you going into the police academy!"

Rick Simon was just about to knock on his son's door, when he heard Robbie's upset voice. Surprised, he held off until the sound of a chair scraping against the floor sounded.

"And I said I don't need your permission, Dad…..You and Mom can't stand in my way if I'm 18…and I will be next month." His grandson said loudly.

At that, Rick figured he'd better make a move, so he banged the door knocker then announced, "It's Dad, Robbie…can I come in?"

There was a moment of silence, then a quiet…"Come in, Dad."

The doorknob clicked and Rick pushed his way into a tense scene. Andy was standing next to the sofa, looking down at an uncomfortable Robbie, with Ramona sitting next to him, wiping her eyes.

"Son…" Rick patted the younger man's shoulder, then leaned down to hug Ramona.

"Thanks, Dad." She sniffed, then looked up at her son.

"Mom…don't…" Andy started to say, stopping when Rick held up his hand.

"I don't know what started all this, Andy, but first off, no grandson of mine speaks to their parents like that…or tells their mother not to cry."

To his credit, Andy hung his head, then sat down across from his folks as Rick cleared his throat. "Okay, what's going on…"

"I'm sorry, Mom, Dad..I didn't mean to lose my temper, but ….we can't run scared all our lives…Any job is dangerous…and I just want to have a chance of doing one I love..", his grandson said earnestly. Immediately Ramona leaned across and hugged him, murmuring, "I know, I know." Rick pulled a handkerchief from his pocket and handed to her as she straightened up. "Just like Mom, I know, Dad." She smiled weakly.

"I'm sorry, Pop..maybe we should start at the beginning." Robbie interrupted, glancing at his wife. Rick saw uncertainty in his expression.

"That's a good start, Robbie…" Rick said, taking a seat next to his grandson. "Okay, who told you had a future as a cop?"

"Uncle Ron had me take the aptitude test last month, Grandpa. Ceci and I have been daring each other about it for ages, then Joey heard us and dared us both. So…" Andy hesitated, then blurted, "We did. both of us. And…we passed in the top two percent!"

"Ceci? I thought she'd grown out of that…" Rick wondered aloud, then shook his head as Andy added, "No, she's been wanting to do something other then nursing..but she didn't want to disappoint Aunt Linda.."

"Oh, boy….your Uncle and Auntie are sure going to love this…but.." Rick saw the light in his grandson's eyes, then took the leap. "If you are sure this is what you want…I'll support you anyway I can."

"You mean it?" Andy's expression was so full of hope it nearly choked him up, but then he heard the moan of "no, Pop" from his son.

"Robbie…" He turned to him. "I know it's a dangerous job sometimes; but I never stood between you and what you wanted. Andy's known from the start what can happen, but he also knows the reward of being there when you're needed, and protecting those you love from harm. And Ramona," Rick reached over and took her hand.

"I would never encourage Andy or any of our grandchildren….heck..any of our family in being in law enforcement if I didn't have faith that we can make sure they'll get all the training they need. And whether they like it or not…" he ruffled Andy's hair, "They will have a whole lot of family and friends looking after them."

"Grandpa….." the young man pretended to groan, then turned to face his parents.

"I know I should have spilled on this earlier….but I was so sure you'd back me up…"

For a moment there was silence, then Robbie cleared his throat.

"I'll….um…."

"We'll…." Ramona broke in, as Robbie put an arm around her. "We'll always back you up, son…in whatever you want to do. As long as you try your best, we'll be proud of you."

"Thanks…Mom…Dad…" Andy choked up, then turned and embraced Rick. "Thank you, Grandpa….I won't let you down….or you guys…" he finished, tearfully hugging his parents.

Just then approaching footsteps sounded on the walk outside, then Lala and Davey burst in through the screen door. "Andy, did you tell them….oh, hi Grandpa!" Lala said, a guilty look on her face. Behind her, Davey whispered indignantly, "I told you to see if that was Grandpa's truck…."

"Yes, he did, you stinkers…" Rick teased, getting up and grabbing both teenagers in a hug. "You two better not have the same idea now…"

"Me, no! I want to be a chef like Auntie Robin!" Lala said with a shiver. "Too many jerks out there…I want to be able to go out on dates and stuff.."

"And I want to be an actor like Ricky….he has it made!" Davey told them matter of factly.

"Oh, brother…" Robbie sighed. "Wait until Grandma and Uncle Oscar hear this."

"Grandma? Your Mother will have something to say…" Rick replied wryly. "Not to mention your Uncle A.J…. I can just hear him now…"