Helping the Boys in Blue
(Directly continued from Mike's Request)
Jake stood by the picture window in his office and watched the boats in the harbour. He took a drink of tea as he gazed out on the view twelve floors below and smiled. The wedding had been great, and he'd managed to undertake his best man duties without a hitch. Mike and Tori had flown back to the States after their Aussie honeymoon, and Darren was due back any day.
Finishing his tea, he walked back to his desk and was about to sit down when there was a knock on the door. "Come in," he called, wondering why Jenny didn't come straight in.
He grinned when he saw who was standing in the doorway. "Dazza! Welcome home, mate."
Darren walked over and gave Jake a hug. "Man, it's good to be home. Did ya miss me, boss?"
"I think we all did, mate. How did you get on?"
Darren had been over in the Chicago office covering for Mike while he was on honeymoon. He grinned at Jake. "It was great. Good experience, but I have to tell ya, I'd like to spend a few days out of a suit."
Jake laughed, knowing Darren felt more at home in his camo pants and army boot than he did in a smart suit.
The door opened and Jenny came in with a tray. "Thought you might like a decent cuppa now you're home, Darren...and a fresh banana muffin."
"Jenny, you're an angel. Yanks don't know how to make tea, and there's nothing like a Sydney muffin."
Just as they were about to sit, the phone on Jenny's desk rang and she walked across to answer it. "Jake, Inspector Thomas would like a word with you. Shall I ask him to call back?"
"No, Jin, you can put him through...just keep Dazza away from my muffin," he winked as he walked to his desk to pick up his phone. He was smiling as he ended the conversation and walked back to the sofas.
"I've got a job for you, mate...and you won't need your suit. Ian Thomas wants our help. They're starting up a new training course for hostage negotiators, and he wants us to run it."
"Wow, they fed up with calling you in to sort things out, then?"
"Sounds like it, mate. Are you up for it?"
"Hell, yes. I'd love to get my hands on the boys in blue."
Just remember, they aren't raw recruits. They'll be seasoned officers. They have to be."
"No worries, Jake. When do we start?"
"Next Wednesday. Ian will send all the paperwork over tomorrow, so we'll have a week to organise the first session. Bet you're glad you're back."
"I sure am. Beats sitting behind a desk in the Windy City."
"Ripper. Go home and get over your jetlag, and I'll see you in the morning."
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