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9:08 AM Somewhere between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Chase woke at 6:00 AM and immediately read the previous day’s reports. He reviewed the news, checked messages from international contacts, and completed a 2-hour morning routine.

A double shot of espresso later, he was driving down the highway from San Francisco towards LA for an evening conference.

An ‘unknown caller’ activated his in-car Bluetooth.

He pressed to pick up, “Devineaux.

Secured line please,” the contralto request wasn’t unusual.

Hold on,” he smiled and tapped a code on his linked communicator, “Right, we’re good.

She waited a few seconds more.

The weather in Buenos Aires was amicable,” she started.

He processed her clue, raised his brows and countered, “I see you did the thing.

I did,” a laugh was in her voice, “Thank you.

Chase nodded at the ‘thank you,’ despite knowing she would be blind to his action, “So what happened?

I gave him the locket,” her tone remained steady, “Only one of us knew the woman in it, and it wasn’t me.

Devineaux exhaled with some relief, she seemed happy, "Glad this ends well."

...And I was thinking,” her topic shifted, “Meet me in Nice? Let’s race down the Upper Corniche to Menton.

This weekend?” The weekends were busy along the Corniches and it was wiser to race either at night or before sunrise. He wanted to avoid traffic. The mention of Menton also reminded him of limoncello, and he could use some to restock the bar. He suggested, “I can do Saturday night, predawn Sunday, but I need to be in Brussels Monday afternoon.

Airport, Saturday night, I’ll have a car ready,” she ended the call.

With voice command, Chase connected to Renee Grovesnor.

Renee, free up my weekend? I need to take a flight to Nice, I’ll find my own way to Belgium.

“Certainly,” she affirmed, “You have a redundancies meeting with Organized Crimes this Friday morning, I’ll cancel?”

Move it to next week.

“Friday afternoon, a conference call with Milan?”

I’ll take that mid-trip.

“Saturday afternoon reviewing cadet performance at the airfield?”

Send Euge an apology, please.

“Yoga with Dr. Weller and his wife early Sunday morning?”

How... did I get invited into that?

“Last week’s dinner conversation,” Thankfully, Renee kept notes.

Cancel politely and send him a box of that gluten-free stuff he likes.

“Done, and...,” his assistant trailed, “Chase? There’s a Malcolm Avalon calling you, this is the second time in an hour, should I patch him through?”

Who?” Chase knew the answer to that question, but he was buying time.

“Malcolm Avalon,” Renee repeated, this time clearer, “He’s not a previous contact, I can relay--”

No, it’s fine, let him through.

As signals from Argentina rerouted through ACME and into Chase’s calibrated communicator, the indicating tones beeped an eternity.

Then came the silence.

Devineaux,” Chase reluctantly greeted.

“Director Devineaux,” there was a pause.

Yes, Mr. Avalon,” the detective apprehensively offered, “What can I do for you?

“I’ve been told, Mr. Devineaux,” Avalon was more forward, “that you are the man to contact if I want to find my daughter.”

Some things never end, Chase suddenly realized, they only get more complicated.


This concludes the 4-part journal entry, thanks for reading. If you do want this to continue, one way or another, put suggestions in the comments below. Feel free to give ideas.
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Well.. I'm sure we all remember the original eps of WoEiCS? that are the inspiration for this story, and even though it was a great story, I'm sure we all agree, we were frustrated by the fact that it was a "cliffhanger" (WoEiCS? was cancelled after that) and no one (not even Carmen) ever found out the answer. So, if you look it that way, any ending is better than mothing at all. ;) But, even if she doesn't say so, I think Carmen does want an answer to this question: otherwise she wouldn't have given him the locket. And I can't believe it's just a coincidence that Carmen tells Chase she gave Malcom Avalon the locket, right before Malcom Avalon calls Chase. Not saying how it should end..but yes, I would like to see some kind of ending to this. ;)


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All four parts were fun to read. Closing it up in a series of dialogs is interesting, considering how many words this thing started out with.


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Yeah, it flowed slightly better via dialog, though I guess it did sound rushed in comparison to the beginning. Thanks for that, Tanya. Nice seeing you around.


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Chase has a way with punch lines. He's in deep in this one, even before he realizes. Love it, you both! I want more.

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