About: Kevin, Scotty, and others
Disclaimer: Brothers & Sisters doesn’t belong to me, written with love, not for money
Summary: Summer-holidays are coming and the boys don’t know what to do with themselves.
Extra: It takes place after season 4 finale, but I’ve lost the time-line of the episodes and I will pretend that the events of the finale happened in the spring.
Max rubs his face, still feeling tired, although he had had a few hours of sleep. He sips his coffee and looks out of the window at the sun rising over the ocean. It will be a warm day. He knows it. He checks the resume of the next person he needs to talk to. Ian Porter, manager at the hotel.
Last night, James had nothing but good things to say about him, and Mr Porter comes well-prepared. Ian Porter doesn’t seem nervous under Max’s interrogation at all.
“I didn’t know Lorena all that well.” He says calmly. “She was the kind of girl you would normally not pay attention to.
I know that people usually talked to her and she could be a bit of a gossip. She hated working late, because she didn’t like to go home alone in the dark. She preferred working the afternoon-shift, but we were short-staffed and, after I asked for her help, she accepted to take the evening shift.”
“I see. Were you aware is she had a boyfriend or something?”
“No, I don’t think so. Though if she did, I doubt that she would have confided in me.” Ian smiles and Max can see his point.
“She was last seen going out to smoke a cigarette. Yet, she wasn’t reported missing until the next day?”
“Lorena didn’t mind working, she did however mind cleaning up the kitchen afterwards. She had ‘disappeared’ before. Leaving it to her colleagues to clean up the mess. It was a flaw in her system, but we could handle that, because we knew that she would cheerfully show up the next day and say sorry.
Her colleagues would usually forgive her, because she was a kind girl and they knew that she would be there, when really needed. Plus, she would never leave at the expense of the others. We have a well organized kitchen and we’re usually ready long before closing time. So her leaving early wasn't a desaster,... untill we heard the next day that she hadn't come home.”
“So, there was no reason to be suspicious?”
“No, sir.” Ian replies and Max sighs. This is exactly what he heard yesterday evening from the chef cook, from the people working in the kitchen…. She was unreliable, but sweet, pretty and funny… And dead.
He startles when the phone rings and he picks up. After a few ‘hmmhmms’ and ‘huh’s he hangs up and turns to Ian.
“I think we’d better get outside to the garden… They found another body. At the bottom of a cliff..”
“Seriously? Karen?” James sinks down on the couch. “I didn’t think she’d really do it. Oh, God, this is all my fault.”
“Of course it isn’t.” Tessa says.
“What is your fault?” Max asks of James.
“She said she couldn’t live without me, that she’d kill herself…. I told her to jump of that cliff. Oh, dear God, this is all my fault.” James is very distraught and the calming voices of Tessa and Kay don’t reach him at all. Max gets up from his chair. He doesn’t doubt that the news is a big shock to James.
“Mr Griffiths, unless you wife managed to somehow stab herself in the back, dispose off the weapon, so it can’t be found, to then jump to her death, I don’t believe this was suicide. Your wife was murdered.”
“Murdered? Why would anyone want to kill her?” James asks.
Max raises an eyebrow in obvious wonder if James cannot answer his own question and James understands it quickly.
“Or your partner?” Max adds, not sure if he should address her as a man or a woman.
“Ridiculous!” James dismisses Max’s words.
“Or you, Mrs Vermeer? I understand that you weren’t friends with his wife either?”
“Equally outrageous.” James says, before Tessa can open her mouth. “Neither of them would hurt Karen.”
“What about yourself?” Max now asks.
“I could have, but no. I wouldn’t have. It would serve no purpose. You see, after all the years of fighting with her, hating her and having to live with her, because I wasn’t financially independent, I finally have a chance to be free.
I’m not going to throw away my chance, at finally building a life with Kay, by going to prison for the murder of my wife. The divorce-settlement is outrageously good. Nearly all my possessions would go to her from my 4 cars to my 2 houses in England. She could have it all, provided she’d give me this place and get out of my life.
This resort is doing well, but what I own in England is worth 5 times more and I was more than ready to hand it over to her. She’d be an idiot to not take the money and run. I was rather confident that it was exactly what she would do.”
“But now, now that she’d dead, you also own what belongs to her? Which was rather considerable?”
James blinks at Max’s words. He hadn’t thought of that fact, Max is sure of it.
“I guess, you’re right. I hadn’t thought of that. I guess that gives me a good motive, right?” James asks, slightly defeated. Max nods. “I don’t know…. after I left her, I went to see my lawyer…
I don’t know when she was killed, but I sure hope it was while I was with my lawyer. That would not only give me, but also Kay, an alibi.”
“Her exact time of death is not determined yet.” Max says and he cannot help but wonder about the worried looks between James and Kay.
“Seriously? Karen?” Chad asks and Kevin nods.
“She didn’t strike me as the kind of person who’d kill herself.” Jason says.
“According to Max she was murdered. Same way as the girl in the kitchen. Stabbed to death. Awful.” Kevin shivers.
“I hope they’ll find out who did it. And soon. This cannot be good for the reputation of this hotel. Not to mention, what it must mean to James and Kay.” Scotty sympathizes.
“Don’t worry, baby, Max will soon enough have their alibis checked and then James, Kay and Tessa can be stricken off the list.”
“What about us? We were part of the fight as well.” Scotty now asks. “And though neither of us two killed Karen, we don’t exactly have witnesses to our … activities.. yesterday on the beach.” Scotty replies.
“We spent all our time in bed… No witnesses either.” Chad speaks for Jason and himself.
“And I spent my time feeling miserable at the bar… I don’t think any witness was conscious enough to remember.” Jordan says sadly.
“Not exactly true.” He hears Ian say. “I saw you.” Jordan jumps up.
“Ian, what a surprise. Did the police let you go?”
“Just the standard questions, I presume. And don’t worry, I kept an eye on you yesterday and I saw you at the bar…” Ian says with a smile, he hugs Jordan, not entirely sure if he’s allowed to kiss him in front of the others.
“You guys, this is Ian… We had a date last night.” Jordan is almost too shy to speak the words. Ian nervously shakes hands with Scotty, Kevin, Jason and Chad. He knows them of course, but suddenly they are on first-name basis and that is something he’s not used to.
“Well, I for one, am glad that at least Jordan’s alibi is confirmed.” Scotty says to deflect the attention from Ian and Jordan. “One less person to worry about. But even then, I doubt that they will believe that one of us did it. Chad and Jason had nothing to do with her and though she was just a very sad woman, I had no reason to want her dead either. And even less this ... Lorena?”
“Am I supposed to be worried because you leave me out of it?” Kevin asks.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if you would be a suspect. You didn’t really like her, but on the other hand, you weren’t part of the Karen-James-Tessa triangle and Karen didn’t know about Kay…. This is all confusing.”
At that moment Tessa runs up to Kevin.
“Kev! You have to come with me! They are arresting James and Kay!”
“While Inspector Carter was talking to us, the police searched James’ room.”
“Did they have search-warrant?” Kevin immediately asks. Tessa nods.
“James said he had nothing to hide… They found the knife under the mattress. They say he or Kay killed Karen and also this Lorena.” Tessa suddenly starts to cry. “They are going to try and find out who the real killer is and what the other one knew…”
“Kevin, is there something you can do?” Chad asks. Kevin shakes his head.
“No. Besides James has his own lawyer… I can talk to Max however and see if I can make him change his mind. I don’t believe that James or Kay is a killer. Stay here with Tessa, Scotty, and I’ll see what I can do.” Kevin quickly kisses Scotty goodbye and leaves to find Max.
END OF PART 14