CHAPTER #8

It took a few sessions with the departmental shrink and a recommendation by Lt. Castillo and Crockett, to finally have Gina working again. At first of course she was restricted to desk work, but after Trudy's request, she was back out on the street. After one particular bad day, she came to Crockett's boat.

"Sonny, this job is getting to me. It seems we bust pimps and girls all the time, but more just keep coming. This last one, the pimp beat his girls to death. I don't know how much longer I can do this. I can't turn off the cop in me, but I just..."

He took her into his arms, "I know, Miami is a garbage dump for corruption."

"Promise me that one day we will leave this place behind, start a new adventure, somewhere south, where the sun warms our souls. I kept the money from the ring, it's there when we need it."

"Gina, that's the best plan I've heard in a long time," Sonny said, kissing her hard.

There was no way Gina could have predicted the next few months. The crime got worse, the corruption was like cancer on their souls. Crockett and Tubbs were deep undercover in Central America. They discovered the network of lies that criss crossed the American government, was so extensive that it drowned their ability to 'fight the good fight'. Justice could no longer be served. Crockett and Tubbs were burnt out. In the end they turned in their badges and quit. Lt. Castillo tried to convince them to stay, but to no avail. Lt. Castillo believed they would eventually come back; in a few months or a few years, but he believed they would return. So he let them go, set them free.

"Trudy, I can't do this anymore either. I'm going with Sonny." Gina told her partner one evening. "Give Lt. Castillo my gun and badge in the morning."

"Gina don't go, just take a vacation." Trudy suggested.

Gina shook her head. "After everything that happened with Mark, it was hard to come back. Now I just can't do it anymore. You're the best partner a girl could ever have. I will keep in touch. Take care of yourself."

"Send me an address where I can send you your last paycheck," Trudy said tears streaming down her face.

Gina said she would, then hugged Trudy with tears in her eyes and left. She went to her bank and took out all her savings, including the money from the sale of Mark's ring. Next she packed a bag with some clothing, including the red dress that Sonny liked. Passport in hand, she handed in her apartment key to the superintendent. Five minutes later Crockett swung by in the Ferrari.

"Tubbs is back in New York. Elvis is living it up at the zoo, he deserves to live out his last years being pampered. We are riding in a 'stolen vehicle'. Are you ready for this adventure?" Sonny asked, his grin showing his dimples.

"If you're driving, I'm ready to take on the world. Let's get out of here." Gina Calabrese smiled, leaned over and kissed him. Mid kiss, Sonny Crockett popped the Testarossa's clutch and they pealed out. Racing into the future and knowing that their love and being together, was the only thing they needed.

~THE END~