Hi, guys! I haven't written in forever, I know. I've just been busy; I haven't dropped off the face of the earth or anything. (; Considering it has been quite a while since I've written, I decided on this. The idea kind of came to me spur-of-the-moment, so I just started writing it down. It'll be a bit depressing, but I'll throw some Maltara in, too. C: This chapter is short, but the others will be longer, believe me! xD

Please review & let me know what you think? I'd love some feedback. :D Enjoy!

I never expected this to happen. I thought it was just another normal day. I woke up and proceeded with my usual morning routine- just like normal. I ate breakfast with my husband and work partner, Mal Fallon- just like normal. I drove Madison, our 6-year-old daughter, to school- just like normal. I arrived at the precinct with Mal and began some paperwork- just like normal. Everything that had occurred at this point in time, indicated in the affirmative that the assumption that it would just be another average day, would be correct.

Mal and I had been sitting at our desks in the precinct, idly filling out paperwork and exchanging an occasional bored glance. Every so often, he would crack a dry joke and I would laugh, or vice versa. Paperwork was never fun, but we always found a way to make it at least a little less monotonous.

Several hours later, I had just finished the stack I was working on, and was about to stand up to stretch and get some water, when the door to Captain Yeong's office flew open. She hastened out, looking a bit panicked.

"Mal, Natara," she said quickly, coming to an abrupt halt in front of us. "Please come into my office. It's... urgent." She looked nervous as she turned around and scurrying back inside the office door. It might have just been me, but I swore I heard her voice choke a little. I quickly pushed the thought away and followed after Mal into Captain Yeong's office.

Once inside with the door shut tightly, she motioned for us to sit down. Mal and I exchanged a curious glance before complying and taking a seat. I cleared my throat and opened my mouth to say something; but before I could speak, Captain Yeong cut me off.

"Since you two are probably wondering why I pulled you in here... well, I'm just going to cut straight to the chase. There was a shooting at an elementary school earlier today. Three kids were killed, and eight more were injured. The shooter got away, unfortunately, but was reported to be wearing all black from head to toe, including a ski mask over his or her face."

She paused as Mal and I sat in stunned silence. I was about to open my mouth to ask a few questions, but again, I was cut off.

"The location of the shooting was Sunrise Elementary, and your daughter, Madison, was among those who were critically injured. You're going to want to get over to the hospital as soon as you can."