The squad room was as close to chaos as it had ever been. Mike, Glenn and the other detectives had arrested what remained of the notorious Tannenger gang. A day before, the group kidnapped a jury who was in the process of deliberating on the case of the leader, Nick Tannenger. They wanted freedom for their leader and threatened to kill the jurists one by one until their demands were met. The first jurist was killed that evening. With that, Mike and his team worked to secure the remaining jurists' freedom.
The break in the case came when one of the gang members, Barbara Ross, tried to obtain critical medication for a sick jurist. The young woman didn't look to be much beyond legal age. When the police found her, she fired upon them and fled. They tracked her to a warehouse where the hostages were being held. A gun battle ensued, killing two gang members and another hostage.
Back at the station, Glen pushed Ross into one of the holding cells. "She doesn't look like the violent type," he said to his senior partner. Mike cringed a bit at the comment as he realized that his former partner would have said the same.
"Just remember, a wolf in sheep's clothing is still a wolf. It doesn't matter how innocent they look," Mike replied tersely.
"It's like some of the cases I worked in Internal Affairs when a cop had done something wrong. You always want to assume a brother is innocent, but you can't. I learned that early on and I learned it the hard way." Glenn had gained a wealth of experience during his time at the department.
"It's one of the toughest lessons, kiddo…" Mike stopped as he heard the phone on his desk.
"Hi, Daddy! I just wanted to let you know we got to Boston." The happy voice at the end of the line brought an unmistakable smile to the older man's face.
"Well, it's about time. It took you nearly two weeks to get there. What took you so long?" Mike had a hint of teasing in his voice. "Car trouble?"
"Umm…no." His daughter wasn't quite sure how to respond. "We were just…sightseeing."
"Uh-huh. Is that what they call it now? I was young once, too, you know."
"Daddy!" the tone was a mix of embarrassment, disapproval and disbelief. And then it quickly changed to excitement. "Daddy, I have something else to tell you."
"What's that, sweetheart?"
"While we were in Niagara Falls, Steve proposed. It was so wonderful and so romantic!"
"He did, did he?" Mike did his best to act surprised.
"We were standing on one of the overlooks. There were people all around us. All of a sudden, Steve got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I don't know how, but he had a ring."
"I take it you said 'yes'?" She couldn't see his smile through the phone, but Glenn did. The younger man walked over to the office door and leaned on the doorframe to listen in.
"Of course! After all this time of knowing each other, it didn't take long for us to realize that this was the right thing to do. Steve didn't want us living together without at least being engaged. We'll get married next summer."
"Well, sweetie, I couldn't be happier. Tell Steve I said so. And I can't wait to walk you down the aisle." With that, he winked at Glenn.
"I love you, Daddy!"
"I love you, too, sweetheart. I'll talk to you soon." Mike hung up the phone and looked at Glenn.
"Down the aisle? That's wonderful, Mike!"
"Yeah, Steve had called me when they got to Chicago and asked my permission. Apparently, he was able to sneak away to buy a ring. It may seem rushed, but they've known each other for years and it just feels right."
"I'm sure it is." Glenn noticed a puzzled look on Mike's face. "What is it?"
"She's called me "Mike" since she was a teenager. Now that she and Buddy boy are together, she's only called me "Daddy". Why do you think that is?"
Glenn gave the matter only a quick thought before he had an answer. "Perspective. While it was just the two of you, you had to work together to make it through. Almost like a partnership. Now that she's got a life partner, you've been promoted up the food chain. You're 'Daddy' again," Glenn paused and grinned at his next thought. "And just think, at the rate they're going, you'll be 'Grandpa' soon."
"Oh…" Mike waved Glenn off with the last remark. "Grandpa…" Then the thought soaked in and Mike had to wipe the tears that began to well in his eyes.
Wanting to quickly change the subject to something less emotional, Glenn asked, "Hey, what do you think Steve will call you now that he's about to become your son-in-law?"
"Well, knowing what he and my daughter have been up to, it had better be 'Sir'."
And there it was. At the start of my summer, I said that as long as I had my daughter and my partner, it was all I needed. Little did I know that those two people would end up three thousand miles away building a new life three months later.
I missed them both, but that was more than offset by knowing that they had each other. The other offset was knowing that I still had both of them in my life. After all, Boston was only six hours away by plane. Jeannie had already said she'd be back home while Steve was taking his mid-term and finals.
Glenn turned out to be a fantastic choice as partner. His years in Internal Affairs gave him a tough skin, but also gave him a great background on procedure. While not as well read as my prior partner, Glenn had great enthusiasm although sometimes to the point of being overzealous. The one thing he had in common with Steve was that they both cared deeply for the work that they did. At the end of the day, that was all I could ask for.
Dan got a promotion, God love him. He ended up taking Glenn's role in Internal Affairs. It was a great match. Dan's military experience was the perfect prerequisite for the job. After he and Jeannie broke up, I felt compelled to call him and clear the air when I'd heard his was up for a role in IA.
It wasn't that I did anything wrong, but I figured he was a little burned by the two lovebirds who had migrated east. He was..and even more so when I told him that they were engaged. But he also knew what had happened was beyond his control. We talked through it all, and I couldn't help but feel a bit sorry that I didn't have a niece or someone to introduce him to.
But then that would interfere with my 'no interfering' policy. That worked so well before….
And then speaking of interfering…with a capital "I": Irene gloated for days over her success of getting the kids together. If I heard "I told you so" once, I heard it one hundred times. She immediately started working on Glenn. That maternal thing she has going works on him almost as well as it did Steve. As long as Irene's around, I doubt it will be dull. I never liked dull anyway.
So I'll rephrase what I said earlier, "As long as I have my girlfriend and my partner, I have all that I need…here." And then one day, if I'm lucky enough to have all four back here together again, I wil be the happiest man on earth. I thank God because I am a very blessed man.
a/n - The Tannenger plot was part of the original Thrill Killers. In no way to do I own that story line (nor any of the characters, etc.).
It was a fun story to write. I hope you enjoyed it!