Hunted downThe days after finding that poor man beaten to death dragged for us. Patti would pace up and downthe hallways, thinking about her next move. Knowing Patti was at times like trying to watch a butterfly and at others like trying to out run a whirlind. Today was going to be a whirlwind, the precinct could tell that, she looked wild and yet determined.
Patti yelled as she turned passed the drinks container, almost knocking it down in her excitement.The Sarge still reeling from her last wave of ideas about the Colderone's and Witchborough held hishands over his eyes as he said “OK, Patti, what are you up to this time!”“This plan will take time to build and has to be kept quiet. The fewer know the better.” Not really wanting to ask the question but feeling somebody should Kal asked“What are you up tonow, Patti?”Patti stopped in her tracks for a moment as the room went silent. “I haven't got it fully worked out yetguys, this will take some planning.”As Patti walked over to the drinks container, the Lieutenant came out of his office, “Patti can I have aword with you?”“OK, be right with you sir.”As Patti walked out of the squad room and into the Lieutenant's office, the air calmed and you couldfeel the tensions mount. Was she being taken over the coals for over stepping the mark and shootingwithout questioning the suspect? Or was she being commended for taking the inituative? We didn'tknow.The door closed on the room, all we saw was the shadowy images moving back and forth. After aboutfive minutes she emerged with a grin and a wink.“OK, give it up. We can see you weren't hauled over the coals, so what gives, Patti?” Jim asked.“The Lieutenant told me he cannot spare the manpower or sanction my plans. That I expeced but hedidn't say I couldn't go ahead with it, if I could find a way either, Jim.” Patti replied. “He did say, hewanted me up here now, not stuck in that musty old hell hole.”Without a break in the talking, the room erupted in a cheer.The Sarge asked “Which office do you want, Patti?”Looking down the hallway Patti said “How about the last on the left.”Silence fell on the squad room as men fidgeted with pencils and tried not to make eye contact.
What gives. Let me in on the secret!” Patti asked, not looking at anybody yet makingeverybody feel they were being looked at.