I am still in 'protective custody' but at least now I'm with my family and they have worked out a way that I can do my job, albeit remotely.
I can do all the support work necessary, attend meetings remotely-even direct a major scene with assistance. I just can't do any 'hands on' work.
From the sound of things this will continue until my kidnapping and the poisoning cases have been resolved.
Thankfully I didn't have to try out any of the equipment.
Case on the other hand is also stuck on Council Island. He says it's fine because for him this is the only case that really matters-but I know crime doesn't stop just because you have different priorities.
But for now, we'll find a way to make it work.
My first day working remotely-and it would seem it was a really good idea. IA may be done investigating Case, but they're still investigating my attempted kidnapping-and the entire department is pitching in, including a newer Marshal who seems to like wearing an EMT uniform and giving orders.
She actually made a pretty good me, right up until an elemental tried to take her. Then she pulled her gun and was all business…
Then again, that is pretty much like me.
The Mage's we hired were able to protect her and even managed to trace the mage well enough that the Marshal Service was able to locate him.
I don't know if they'll get anything out of him, but they already have traces on his banking accounts and they're hopeful they'll have this wrapped up by the weekend.
There's no telling if the latest failure is the end of everything or not, but word has come in about an earthquake in Tibet. I'm on the shortlist of people to send. I have experience in remote area survival and medicine as well as search and rescue.
I've been monitoring the news, as has everyone here. Case and I were also discussing breaking things to Bri, but by the time she'd gotten home, she'd already heard about the quake.
When she saw me she gave me a big hug, told me to be careful and that if I could, please pick her up some prayer beads.
Nothing is decided yet, so we're in a holding pattern.
Well… the plane with the search and rescue team has come and gone.
I was supposed to be on it, but Citywide, using a little known clause in our contract declared me vital to the region's functionality.
They actually reached the second tier, and Case's name came up but as soon as it did, IA stepped in. They may have cleared him of hiring the kidnappers, but it didn't mean they wanted him halfway around the world with no extradition treaty.
Never mind the fact that we're staying on Council Island with is technically a foreign government with no extradition treaty.
I guess if I really miss the others and working an honest search and rescue I could always find a cave and stay there for a week.
It would seem someone took my cave analogy a little too seriously. While there are caves here on Council Island, it was decided a small bungalow would better suit our needs.
I do need to do something about the regulations at work though- the fact that a spouse can apply for leave on behalf of their partner isn't bad, but when it is done without said partner's knowledge or approval…
I guess I can't complain too much… it is our Anniversary. If we're really needed someone will come and get us but it would seem Case and I are destined for a nice romantic weekend away from everything… especially pocket secretaries, pagers and hopefully kidnappers.
Second Honeymoon - you think I'm going to write?
If you can't figure it out by now… I'm sure someone will explain.
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