16 July 2011

Crime in the countryside....

I'm home. Finally. There were times when I thought I may never get back.

The case...well, yeah, local knowledge was vital. But so was being that step away from the community, being the outsider.

Basically...

There was a girl and a boy, who've kknown each other since they were just little kids, who had a brief fling. He's pretty introverted, a bit awkward.

They broke up - I'm not even sure it was more than a one night stand. But she found out she was pregnant. She told him. He was over the moon. She...wasn't, but she wasn't devestated either. She seemed to be dealing with it, was thinking about keeping it, even. But her parents said no way, that she was to go to university, not waste her life, all that. Arranged an abortion. Even drove her to the clinic. Without telling him.

Obviously she had to tell him at some point. And she could never have anticipated his reaction. Which was to get his Dad's shotgun and kill them. Then he panicked and hid the gun. Which his father, after asking a few questions, reported as stolen. Which made him panic more, so he took it back, which meant his father had to withdraw the report. Which was part of what made me very suspicious.

All of this was fairly secret, but the gossip had got about that something had happened between the two of them. That, plus the gun, meant I overrode all the 'he's a sweet boy, known him since he was a toddler', all that.

So when we turned up he tried to shoot us, but from way too far away, so it damaged the car a bit. Even if we'd been out of the car, we'd have been okay.

And now, thank God, I'm home, the boys are being wonderful. We all had a big group hug when I got in. Sherlock is pleading for his own set of handcuffs.

John is just...brilliant, and wonderful, and I've missed him so much.

All is well with the world.

Anyway, bloody glad it's over.

10 comments:

innie said...

Glad you're back, safe and sound (and sounding rather delicious, John reports)!

Also, I'm not sure if it was a secret, but John and the boys missed you too. They were quite subtle about it, don't you think? Really wore the mask.

Anon Without A Name said...

Oh,god, that is a tragic story; no wonder the murderer cried when you caught him. Presumably he's quite young too, if the girl was going to go to university? And terrible for her.

So it's good that you were there; I know you missed John and the boys like crazy (and they you), but it was at least for a worthwhile cause.

Very glad to hear you all snuggled up in a big pile on the sofa today :-) And since it's getting close to the boys bedtime, I'm guessing it's about time for the champagne and ice cream...

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

Innie - I don't mind my natural accent, but I don't think it can be described as delicious. Makes everyone think you're a few sandwiches short of a picnic, normally.

Nameless - yeah, he was young. It was just...the daughter is obviously devastated. And his family is. It's terrible for the whole community.

But yes, champagne and ice cream if we ever get the boys to bed. A lie in this morning means they're both a bit reluctant.

The super has already suggested I'm very good at this sort of thing...which I imagine means i'll be sent away again. Hopefully not too soon.

Anonymous said...

Hopefully your super will also take Sherlock into account.

My brother says hi! We're off for a dinner out after walking around and seeing the sights and talking. We're already finishing each other's sentences, and musingly enough we're both wearing jeans and blue shirts. We laughed when we first saw each other!

-Tink

Rider said...

The super has already suggested I'm very good at this sort of thing...which I imagine means i'll be sent away again

Must be terribly tempting to suggest if he sends you away he gets to do Sherlock-sitting duty.

Not sure if the Met would survive!

John H. D. Watson said...

Tink - that's lovely, I'm so happy for both of you. :)

John H. D. Watson said...

L - That's an incredibly sad story. That poor girl. I wish there was something we could do for her.

Anon Without A Name said...

Well, I think rural accents can be sexy - but I would say that. Certainly a slightly softening of the hard edges and stretching the vowels goes a long way to making a voice sound more appealing, IMHO. I don't blame John if he's feeling the same way :-)

I used to work away quite bit, and it does get difficult - moreso if, as for you this week, there isn't a lot to keep you occupied in the evenings. Hopefully any more trips for you will be few and far between; it doesn't sound like any of you coped well with you being away.

Tink - I'm so glad it's going well!

John H. D. Watson said...

which I imagine means i'll be sent away again.

...I know they can't send someone who's terrible at it, but that still seems very unfair.

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

Nameless, Danger - only been away twice in eight months, so it's not going to be that regular, I wouldn't have thought. But yeah, not really looking forward to it.

It's not really something I'd wish on anyone, though, so...I don't know, I don't mind, I suppose.

Danger - yeah, the girl involved is obviously devestated. She has other family in the same area, so I hope she'll have good support around her. In some ways, it's probably harder for the boy's family - the immense feelings of guilt they have, and the difficulty a community will have offering them support.

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