Detective McDougal Quindici
“Come on into the back, I am gonna call Bebe straight away she would love to hear you okay. Come, come.” Her hand grab hold of McDougal and drags him behind the counter into a small office. Susan followed quickly behind them, still not having received an answer she give McDougal a yank on the other arm. A comforting tap of a hand relaxes her, the gaze of his eyes tell truth that it will be okay and there is little to worry.
“Hey Bebe, guess what, You would never guess who just walked into the Hotel. Seriously. I mean Jerry bear is back. No I am not kidding you…, Bebe he is right here…, I am booking him room now, he is with some chick and I guess in some kind of trouble…, I know right… ,is it okay I use your name. yeah I love you to, ooh you are better. No you are better… Okay I got to go, I am better. I got you.. I love you See you soon okay.” The phone is slammed down and a few jolted down pen strikes has Pengui all lighted up with a big smile though her eyes are all messed up from the mascara that ran across her cheeks. “Got a room for you Jerry bear, top floor. No neighbours. You ot a tell me what happened.”
-“You and me both.” Susan sounded a little agitated as she hardy got a word in between. “Thank you for helping us or Jerry here. I wanted him to be more but my sister ruined that by shooting him. I can be blamed for his so called death and also the one who resurrected him, now he is my bodyguard. I mean to start of with the story telling of what is going on. I am Susan, Susan Fratelo”
“What the fuck Jerry bear. is she for real?” her eyes look away at McDougal who is nodding agreeable. “The name n Penelope Quintama, Pengui for friends. Ever since Bebe my girl started calling me that it stuck around. I even started dressing like one. We met Jerry bear when he was still a young cop. He helped me stay of drugs and protected Bebe who was making money pleasing guys with a lap dance. Some of them would end up stalking her and harassing her. It was jerry who would stop them. He was our big brother, always nice and protecting us with his arms. We were like kids with a teddy bear who kept us safe if ever in trouble. But I guess If word got out you might end up with more trouble, right.”
Her demeanour changes once again. Like some flick of a switch the atmosphere changes. “You know Jerry bear, Bebe and I are not doing so good. I can’t protect her. I tried but failed. frustrated when there is so little one can do to protect the one you love. And even worse when you find her beaten up.”
Jerry moves up to Pengui an holds her, his eyes stare in the direction of Susan and signal with a simple slow closing and opening of his eyes. “I am sorry Pengui, I never wanted this to happen, and true I would be in trouble if word comes out But I think it already is. You go tell Bebe it’s okay to use my name. So you can protect her besides me. Deal. No longer a cop and that makes me even more dangerous.”