Chapter 18. I know it's been forever since I updated and I'm sorry. I can't promise you that you will see the next chapter anytime soon but I will try. I hope you enjoy this chapter.
Disclaimer: I do actually own all the characters in this chapter give or take
"The truth is painful. Deep down, nobody wants to hear it, especially when it hits close to home. Sometimes we tell the truth because the truth is all we have to give. Sometimes we tell the truth because we need to say it out loud to hear it for ourselves. And sometimes we tell the truth because we just can't help ourselves. Sometimes, we tell them because we owe them at least that much."
Meredith (Grey's Anatomy)
"You're late," Daniel greeted Katharine as she entered the lobby.
"I am," she agreed glancing down at her watch, which told her that it was five minutes past their arranged meeting time of eight.
"Well let's go," he told her. His tone warmer and less curt than the night before, but it still wasn't his normal friendly tone.
Katharine thought of what Camille had told her on the phone the night before, but Daniel was already halfway across the lobby by the time she opened her mouth to speak. With a small shake of her head, she followed him out the doors, but as she passed the reception desk she thought she saw Marg wink at her.
"So where are we going at eight o'clock in the morning?" Katharine asked as Daniel pulled the car into traffic or at least the three car line that the small town of Ordway defined as traffic.
"The sheriff's office," he replied, "I want to see if they've found anything else on the case since I last talked to Bonnie and Alexander."
"How long ago was that?" she asked, before remembering that she and Daniel weren't really on speaking terms.
"Years," he told her with a regretful shake of his head, "I moved out of California about a year after the accident happened." He paused for a moment. "I guess I've got to stop calling it the accident."
Katharine was not quite sure how to respond to that, so she just shrugged and the pair lapsed into silence for several minutes. Finally as Daniel pulled into the Sheriff's office parking lot, she spoke again. "About what happened yesterday," she began, but Daniel cut her off with a shake of his head.
"We were both tired, and we both snapped," he said simply, "it shouldn't have happened, but it did, and I'm sorry for that."
"I'm sorry too," Katharine told him, slightly shocked by his response.
"Okay," Daniel said with a nod, "Then lets do this." He got out of the car, and Katharine followed his lead.
"So we're good?" Katharine asked as they walked across the parking lot, trying to clarify what had just happened.
"We're good," he replied, and she grinned at him. He smiled back at her, but a few seconds later he opened the door and the smile slid off his face.
Inside there were three people. A large man with graying hair and a similarly colored beard stood behind the desk, leaving Katharine in no doubt as to who the sheriff was. The other two people were a couple in their early forties. The woman had shoulder length brown hair and currently looked like she was ready to strangle someone. The man looked tired and worn as he pushed his wire rim glasses up his nose.
All three turned as Daniel and Katharine entered the room, and for a moment no one moved. Then without warning the woman walked across the room and pulled Daniel into a tight hug. "Daniel," she told him, "I didn't know you were coming."
"It was kind of last minute," Daniel told her. Katharine stood back against the wall and let Daniel take the lead.
"Well," the woman told him, "I'm glad to see you."
"It's good to see you too," he replied sincerely. He really was glad to see them after so long, he just would prefer that it was under different circumstances.
"Who is this?" the woman asked, gesturing to Katharine.
"Right," Daniel said, still a little stunned because he expect to have a little more prep time before talking to them, "Bonnie, Alexander I would like you to meet Katharine Burn." He paused for a moment. "Katharine I would like you to meet Bonnie and Alexander Douglas."
"Nice to meet you," Katharine said extending her hand to the other two in turn. Daniel's slight evasiveness and the fact that he had not immediately identified their mission there suddenly made much more sense. These were the dead girl's parents.
"So are you and Daniel dating or something?" Bonnie asked trying to sound interested, but both Daniel and Katharine had the distinct impression she was much more focused on something else.
"Let's go with or something," Katharine replied, catching her partner's eye. He gave her a slight nod, grateful that she was letting him reveal their mission there.
"So what are you doing down here so early?" Daniel asked gesturing around the sheriff's office.
"Well Jack," Alexander replied nodding to the sheriff, "called us last night and told us that he had heard a rumor from and buddy in Carmel that there were cops heading out here to reopen the investigation of the accident."
"So you came down here to wait for them?" Katharine asked forgetting for a moment that she was letting Daniel do the talking.
"We figured it would be the first place that any cop looking to dig into a small town accident would come," Alexander replied with a nod.
"What right do they have?" Bonnie bust out suddenly, "to come in here and tear open the scars we've tried so hard to mend. It happened eight years ago. What could they possible know now that they didn't know then? Of for that matter why do they suddenly give a damn now? Not even one cop came from Carmel, and now two high and mighty cold heartless bastards from D.C. of all places want to come in here and dig everything."
Daniel opened his mouth to speak but found he could not do it. He looked to Katharine for helped, and she knew what he wanted her to do. So slowly she turned back to Bonnie and Alexander.
"Those two high and mighty cold heartless bastards from D.C.," Katharine said, finding that even she was having trouble telling the Douglas's the truth, "are Daniel and me."
I actually really want to write the next chapter so you may see it soon-ish but no promises…still I'll update sooner if you review. ;-)