Disclaimer I do not own Blue Murder. All rights belong to ITV and the makers of the programme. No copyright infringement is intended or should be inferred. This story follows on from my previous Blue Murder Stories Fear and Something?
The skyline was grey and miserable as the clouds opened above them. The rain soaked streets were bitterly cold as the two detectives walked away from the murder scene in silence. The only sound was the rain beating a staccato beat on the rubbish bags on the floor around the wasteland. DCI Janine Lewis fought against the bile rising in her throat.
"You ok?" Richard turned to face her. He had seen Janine become upset at murder scenes before; especially those which involved particularly brutal murders such as those of young children but he had never seen such a viseral reaction from her.
"Dumped like a sack of rubbish." She stared off into space, trying to process what she had just seen. It had been six months since she had been attacked and dumped in similar circumstances. It had been the start of so many changes in her life that she was still getting her head around them. The fact that Richard was now allowed to touch her hand when she was away from the rest of the team. Although it was known that they were now together there was no way she was going to risk anyone, let alone Hogg thinking Richard got special treatment just because of their personal lives.
"No I am not ok, Richard." She stormed off towards the car just as the heavens opened once more.
"So." Kat stared at the murder board. "There are three victims all aged about 40. All from the same area."
"Yeah." Shapps folded his arms as he watched the youngest member of the team try to piece together the photographs of three women stared back at her. He sighed as he tried to piece together the information. Butchers shook his head.
"Where's the Guv?"
"No idea." Kat shrugged her shoulders. "Saw her and Richard leave the crime scene when the SOCO boys were still there."
"Ah you luv are old school." Shapps laughed. "All the new kids in uniform call them CSI these days."
"Last time I checked we weren't in America." Kat laughed. "CSI indeed."
"Not like the Guv to just walk away from the scene though. Normally she is there issuing orders and making sure we all know what we are supposed to be doing."
"Yeah." Butchers sighed. "Yeah, you are right."
Janine closed her eyes, relived that she was home before the kids were. Michael would be away at university for a few days yet and Ellie had gone away with the school. Only Tom and Charlotte were likely to see her. Before Richard could say anything she picked up her mobile to call Lucy to ask her to collect the kids and keep them with her until she could collect them.
"Just need five minutes to get myself together. Lucy is great with the kids. I know they wont mind her picking them up from school and nursery."
"Ok." He walked towards her, aware for the first time she was visibly shaking. Her eyes flicked to his for a moment before fixing her gaze on the buttons of his navy blue shirt. He rested his hand on her shoulder; the other touching her chin to make her look at him.
"It's." She shook her head.
"You knew that last victim." Richard stated rather than asked. Janine nodded.
"Janine." He didn't want to push her but he knew there was a good chance he was going to watch her shut down to cope with whatever was going through her mind. Her eyes flicked up to his as she tried to formulate her thoughts.
"Yeah, I knew her."
"Who was she?"
"I was working for Special Branch on secondment. When you were with Vice before we started together. She was an informant. It's happening again. Oh my God, Richard. It's happening again."
A/N Worth going on?