When the phone rang at the station, Mike answered it seeming somewhat annoyed at having to. “Detective Sergeant Cellucci” he said in a huff “Hey Mike it’s Vicki. Listen I’ve got some news for you. Can you meet me at my office in half an hour?” “Yeah Vic, why what’s up?” “I kind of don’t want to say it over the phone, just come here I’ll tell you everything. Thanks. Bye.” Before he could say anything she was back. “Oh and Mike, bring coffee.” There was the click he was waiting for. It brought a little smile to his face. It was one thing he always loved about Vicki. Her demanding, I’ll kick your ass if you don’t listen to me tone. It was who she was, and he loved her. Once again he felt that all too familiar twinge of pain. The pain he felt every time he thought of Vicki. At least since having met Henry. He couldn’t stand the thought of Vicki being with another man. Especially not Henry. Brushing the thought from his mind he picked up his coat and prepared to leave when he was stopped by
Vick was frantically going through some papers on her desk when the phone rang. “Nelson Investigations.” “Hey Vicki its Coreen. I’m on my way over I just wanted to see if you needed anything.” “No thanks Coreen. Mike is on his way over too and I told him to bring some coffee.” “Ok then see you in a bit.” Vicki loved that about Coreen. She had a bubbly personality. She wished she could be like that sometimes. Then she thought for a moment, “Yeah, maybe not.” She was startled when she turned to see Mike standing there. Reaching for the coffee, Mike pulled it back. “Hold on there missy, you give me the info and I’ll give you the coffee.” Vicki laughed and said, “Ok, I know when I’m beat.” Vicki would lay down in the street for a hot fresh cup of coffee right about now. “You better sit down Mike, this one might throw you for a loop.” “I’m not gonna like this am I?” “Well, no probably not. But weither you like it or not doesn’t matter. It is what it is.” “Ok, so spill.” With a sigh she spoke. ”Ok where do I start? Well, when Henry and I were out investigating last night, we happened to find who was responsible for the Huff murders.” “Vicki that’s fantastic. Who is it?” “Well Mike, I know I’ve said this to you before but, this is where it gets complicated. Mr. Huff’s wife and children were killed by a vampire. Actually, two vampires. One who’s child, his name is Tristan. The other is Christina. The vampire who turned Henry.” “I knew it, that son of a bitch.” He stood and started pacing the room. “He knew who did it and didn’t tell me?” “Mike calm down. Henry had no idea until last night. I told you, he felt someone he just didn’t know who. He was as shocked as I was when he found out.” Running his hands through his hair he yelled at her, “Well what the hell am I supposed to do now Vic, huh? I can’t exactly arrest them. I think people might be a little suspicious when the sun comes pouring into a jail cell and the two suspects turn to dust.” Yelling back at him now, “I don’t know Mike. Henry and I are trying to figure that out. And it’s not easy for him. He’s really disturbed at her being back.” With a look of utter disdain “Awww poor baby, can’t handle his old girlfriend being near his new one?” Vicki was taken back by that comment. She stood as if to challenge him. “And what exactly is that supposed to mean?” “Come on Vic, you and I both know what’s going on here. I’m not stupid.” “Is that what this is about? I can’t believe you. Your mind is so clouded with jealousy that you can’t even think about the case. All you’re worried about is if Henry and I are sleeping together. Well then, let me clear it up for you. Yes we are. And I’ll tell you even more. He loves me, and I love him. Does that make you feel any better? Now you know the truth.” Mike stood now. “You know what Vic, I can’t do this anymore. I can’t sit by and watch you throw your life away with some, monster.” “You bastard! You’re the monster. Get out now.” Mike turned to leave and nearly knocked Coreen over. “Uhhhhh am I interrupting something?” No one spoke a word. Mike turned before he closed the door. Looked at Vicki with so much hurt in his eyes. “Have a nice life Vic.” And he was gone. Coreen had to duck to miss the flying coffee mug. It shattered into a hundred pieces when it hit the door. “Um Vicki, are you ok?” Coreen asked with concern. “No Coreen I’m not. But I can’t worry about that now. I have to figure out a way to stop Christina.” “CHRISTINA? You mean Christina that turned Henry?” “Yes Coreen that Christina. Henry and I found out it was her last night. We, meaning you’ll be helping too, need to figure out what to do.” “Anything Vicki. You name it I’ll do it.” Well when Henry and I got back to his place last night he was really, distant.” “Whoa, wait. You and Henry at his place. What happened?” Coreen had that devilish; please tell me all the juicy details look on her face. Vicki couldn’t help but laugh. “Coreen, now is not the time.” “Oh come on Vicki, you know I live for this.” Vicki sat silent for a moment thinking of what took place between her and Henry the night before. She didn’t realize it but her cheeks became flushed at the thought. “I knew it. You and Henry did the deed didn’t you?” “Coreen, do you know you sound like a child when you say things like that.” She paused for a moment. “But for your information, yes we did.” She couldn’t help the smile that spread across her face. “But Coreen, it was so much more than that.” “I want all the details, don’t leave anything out.” “Maybe another time. Right now we need to figure this thing out.” With a pout on her face Coreen nodded in agreement.
Before she realized it, night had fallen. Nightime, her new favorite time for one reason. It meant that she got to see then man she loved. She could finally admit it. And dammit it felt good to say it. She’d been holding it in for so long it was like the weight of the world lifted every time she said it. The only thing that bothered her was that she couldn’t see him every minute of the day as well. But she would deal. She would deal with anything she had to be with Henry. As if her thoughts were a signal, he was there. Behind her, arms wrapped around her so tightly she could feel the love radiate through her body. He spun her around to steal a kiss. “Have I ever told you how beautiful you are Vicki?” With another sweet kiss, “Yes you have. And have I ever told you how much I love you?” With a smile no one could deny, “Yes you have. But I never get tired of hearing it.” As Coreen came in from the other room she saw the two of them looking into each others eyes. She looked at them with such joy. She was really happy for Vicki. Even though she had a crush on Henry when they first met, she knew they belonged together. “Awww, look at you two.” They both laughed when they realized how they did look. With his hand on his chest and a prince like bow, “Hello Coreen, always a pleasure to see you.” “Hi Henry, ditto.” The three moved to sit on the couch to discuss their plans for dealing with Christina. “Henry listen.” Vicki spoke first. “The only thing I can think of to get rid of Christina, is a good old fashioned staking. I mean she doesn’t have any special powers other than the traditional vampire ones does she?” “No she doesn’t, but she wouldn’t be that easy to kill. She is very old and very strong. Even I would have trouble." "Well we've got to do something Henry. We can't just sit around and wait for her to kill again." He looked at her as if to say, no kidding. "And as I'm sure you've told him, what does Mike have to say about your idea?" Coreen shot Henry the; don't mention that name right now look. "It doesn't matter what Mike says. He's not working this case with us anymore." She stood and walked to the window. She was truly hurt by the fight they had. Mike was her best friend and a big part of her life for a long time. She didn't want to lose him. Henry sensing something was wrong, went to her side. She looked at him with tears welling in her eyes. He couldn't stand to see her hurting. "Vicki, what happened between you and Mike?" "It was stupid, we had a huge fight and he walked out." "But you've had fights before. Christ Vicki, I've seen you two fight at least twenty times. Then he calls to apologize and everything is back to normal." "No, not this time Henry. It was different. This time, I don't think he'll be calling."