Jade's Redemption – Excerpt

"Jade, in my office. I need to talk to you," Patrick said.

"Okay." She didn't report to him, so why did he want to see her? She entered his office.

"Close the door," he commanded, his voice terse.

She closed the door and sat in the chair in front of his desk.

"There was another kidnapping last night. Here's the file on both kidnappings and files from other known cases to cross-reference. I need you to investigate the cases and try to get these babies back and prevent another one from being taken. I want you to go out into the street, ask questions, get in people's faces, and help solve this crime."

"Um, not an officer, Patrick."

"You are now. If you'll stand, I'll swear you in." He opened the desk drawer to get the book out.

"You can't make me an officer just like that."

"Yes, I can. I know you were an officer in Oklahoma City, and I know your credentials are up-to-date. You are certified and ready to be an officer. All I need to do is swear you in."

"You checked up on me?" Jade asked, her voice faltering.

"No, at first I called the Oklahoma City Police to find out about the kidnapping case you mentioned. In the course of my discussion with the chief, I asked if he knew you, which he said he did."

"Then you know what happened there."

"No, they couldn't tell me due to your non-disclosure stipulation."

"Then you shouldn't hire me."

"I'm giving you an opportunity here. This is your chance to prove yourself. You are given full range to investigate the cases. You'll report back to me every day as part of your training. I will guide you to where and how to solve this crime and many others. Now, are you up to it and ready to start?"

"But…Patrick…um…Chief. This is so sudden. I…" She was speechless, she didn't want to do an investigation into a possible kidnapping. She didn't want to handle cases that involved children. How could she get out of this? Did she really want to get out of this?

"Say yes so we can get started."

"You sure about this?" She wasn't, but she couldn't tell him no. This was the kind of once-in-a-lifetime opportunity you didn't turn down. It felt strange though; he never talked this fast, and he wanted her decision now.

"Yes, I'm sure. So, what do you say?"

"Chief, I'm not sure this is a good idea."

"Why not?"

What could she tell him? "I've been away from police work a long time, and I've never been a detective. I was only in training to be one."

"Your previous employer said that you were showing signs of being a good detective. Jade, I need a detective. I need fresh eyes, someone quick to analyze the situation and get to the bottom of this. I'm offering you a chance to prove you are the right person to do the job. Anyone else would jump at the opportunity. Why are you hesitating?"

"I…um…" She couldn't tell him she didn't want to work baby or children cases. You couldn't be selective when you were a detective. You took all cases, no matter how difficult or painful they were. "Have you talked to the fire chief? Does he know?"

"Yes. I talked to him this morning. He's going to hire someone to replace you."

"What about the police commissioners?"

"I'll deal with them."

She stared at Patrick and swallowed a big lump in the back of her throat. A detective? Her heart hammered hard in her chest. Could she do it? If he knew her past, why would he even consider her for the job? Talk about a bombshell dropping. Couldn't she have time to consider it?

But a little glimmer of hope sparked in her heart. So there was a chance for her to redeem herself? She'd be stupid to turn down the opportunity. "Okay. I'll do the best I can."