Internal Affairs Chapter 18
Kevin was conflicted. On one hand Derek Morgan’s death would solve so many problems for him. He was the only witness to his crime, the only person who actually saw him during his kidnapping. On the other hand, he’d never been an evil person, never even thought of killing anyone including Morgan. Somehow he’d gotten caught up in Savannah’s insanity. The case against him was ironclad and he knew it. Penelope would never forgive him and no matter what he said his chances with her were history.
He peered through the small window while the guard fished the keys from his pocket and unlocked the door. He didn’t recognize the well-dressed brunette at the table and he had no idea who would have hired her on his behalf.
“I’ll be right outside the door. Let me know when you’re finished.”
Kevin nodded and stepped into the room. The door slammed shut and the heavy lock slid into place. The woman slowly looked up as he sat across from her.
“My name is Amanda Portlock and I’ve been retained as your attorney.”
“I assumed I’d have a public defender. I can’t afford an attorney.”
“No worries my fee has already been taken care of.”
“Let’s just say, a very interested benefactor.”
Kevin adjusted his glasses, not sure if he should question her further. He watched as she pulled a file from her very expensive briefcase.
“Now tell me what happened. How did you get mixed up in this business, Mr. Lynch?”
“I didn’t mean for any of this to happen. I just got so angry, so…incredibly angry! I didn’t mean to…to hurt him really.”
“So are you saying that you were involved?”
“I’m saying that when you love somebody you do some crazy things.”
“Mr. Lynch, you’re facing some very serious charges. If you’re found guilty you could face life in prison. I need to know what you did.”
“Penelope was my girlfriend. My girlfriend! We were supposed to be together forever. I asked her to marry me, to move to a farm and raise sheep together, you know, the ones with the black faces?”
“Mr. Lynch, please.”
“She said, no. Just like that, no! I knew she loved him, even though she’d always deny it! She loved him!”
“Mr. Lynch, I’m sure if you were to help the prosecution put Ms. Hayes away they’d take that into consideration and maybe you’d get out of jail before your AARP card expires…”
“What? I didn’t think those things ever expired…”
“Mr. Lynch, let’s stay focused. Help me help you otherwise you’ll die in jail while Agent Morgan and Ms. Garcia live happily ever after.”
“No…no…I can’t go to jail! I’m not made for jail! I’m a soft hands kind of guy and…and…”
Kevin began to panic. The thought of living the rest of his days behind bars slowly began to sink in. The woman across the table grew weary of dealing with him. Her associate, the one who thought defending the younger man was just the challenge she needed owed her more than her six-figure retainer. Still, she waited for the clueless geek to decide that it would be in his best interest to start talking.
“She’s going to kill him!”
“Savannah, she’s going to kill Agent Morgan!”
“Savannah is locked up in the next building…”
“No, no, listen!”
Kevin, remembering the guard was just outside, looked around as if someone was watching and listening. Then leaning in close he whispered to the woman who was still a stranger to him.
“One of the guards has a thing for Savannah. He’s sneaking her out tomorrow and she’s going to kill Agent Morgan!”
“What, are you serious?”
“Shhh! The guard who brought me in here told me! Now please you’ve got to do something! I want a deal! You hear me! I want a deal!”
The woman stared at the desperate man. She wasn’t sure whether she should believe him or not.
“Why are you telling me this? Agent Morgan is the only witness against you. If he’s killed then…”
“Look, I know you don’t think much of me and right now I don’t care. I’m telling you, Savannah Hayes is going to kill Agent Morgan tomorrow!”
“Great! Just great! This just gets better and better!”
Amanda began stuffing the file back into her briefcase and then stood to leave.
“Wait, where are you going?”
“I’m going to fix this, that’s where I’m going!”
“But…but you will tell them I cooperated, that I’m the one who told, right? I deserve a deal, right?”
Amanda exhaled as she looked down at the pitiful excuse of a man. Then she leaned in as close as she could without their noses touching.
“Oh, I’ll tell them alright. But you listen to me and you listen good. Don’t breathe a word about this! I’ll take care of everything, you’ll get your deal and maybe even something extra, but you’ve got to keep your mouth shut, understood?”
“Yes, yes! I won’t say a word! Thank you! Ms. Portlock…”
“It’s Mrs. Portlock! I’ll be in touch.”
Then without so much as a glance back the woman headed to the door.
Home of Derek Morgan –
Penelope had forgiven Derek and now the two of them sat peacefully on the couch watching a movie. Derek was desperately trying to stay awake, the pain meds finally fully in his system. She looked over at him and smiled as he finally, after a valiant battle, drifted off to sleep. She placed a large comforter over him, he needed the rest and she needed to think so, she quietly left the room and headed to the kitchen to let Clooney out.
She loved sitting in the large swing on the back porch. It was a great place to think and so while Clooney ran around the yard chasing birds, she thought about her life; the last few weeks, the baby and the fact that now she had the man of her dreams but she was still too afraid to believe she could actually have it all.
County Jail –
Savannah could hardly contain herself. She’d wanted things to work out differently. Derek had been her dream man and so no one could blame her for wanting him dead. He’d taken her future and her plans for a family. He picked the one woman who Savannah never considered competition. It didn’t matter now; tomorrow she would have the last word and she would relish in taking his life. She refused to let Penelope Garcia have what was hers.
She heard the familiar footsteps and a smile crept across her face. He’d developed a craving for her and she for him. Making him feel good had paid off well for her and so as he rounded the corner with his big bright grin she stood and waited for him to open the door.
“Hey lover, you’re early.”
“Yeah, well it’s not what you think, gorgeous.”
“What do you mean?”
“You have a visitor.”
Savannah stepped out of the cell and waited for him to cuff her.
“No need for that, right? Besides, tomorrow you’ll get a chance to breathe fresh air again.”
Savannah ran her hands up his chest and kissed him lightly on the lips.
“No need at all, baby. Tomorrow will be one of the happiest days of my life and I owe it all to you.”
She kissed him again and followed him down the hall and out the door. A few minutes later, Trent stopped outside one of the small visitor rooms and unlocked the door and without a word let her in. Savannah smiled at the familiar face as the door closed and locked behind her. The woman’s eyes were filled with anger. Savannah had seen that look countless times over the years. So, without a word she sat and waited for what was about to come.
“Are you crazy!”
“Amanda, it’s good to see you too!”
“Savannah! What has gotten into your head? Just when I think you’ve finally hit rock bottom, you find a way to dig a deeper hole!”
“What on earth are you talking about?”
“I’m talking about Kevin Lynch! You remember him, right? He’s the man you hired me to defend?”
“Of course! Dear Kevin…dear, lovesick Kevin…he was easy…”
“Well, I saw him earlier…”
“And he told me about your little plan.”
“What plan? Everybody knows my plan, that’s why I’m in here! My plan didn’t work!”
“No, Savannah. It seems your little lover boy is telling everybody that he’s screwing you and that he plans to sneak you out tomorrow so that you can kill Derek Morgan!”
Shock replaced the confident look on the younger woman’s face. Amanda sat and waited for a response. There wasn’t one and so Amanda began again.
“Well, what do you have to say for yourself?”
“That horny son-of-a-bitch! I can’t believe he opened his mouth!”
“And I can’t believe you opened yours! When are you going to learn that sex doesn’t buy you loyalty! It just gets you screwed!”
“Please, Amanda, I don’t want to hear another one of your sermons!”
“Well you’re going to! Savannah, you can’t go through with this!”
“Why not? Derek Morgan was supposed to love me, forever! He lied and he broke my heart and he got that…that…cow pregnant! I was supposed to have his babies, not her!”
“You can’t go around killing people just because you got your heart broken! You can’t always get your way. That’s how life is.”
“That’s easy for you to say, you’ve always been perfect! You have a perfect life with a perfect husband and our parents always loved you more…”
“Savannah, please just stop this! You are not going to kill Agent Morgan, do you hear me?”
Savannah did not respond. She sat fuming and trying to figure out a way to make her understand. She had to kill him. He had to learn, they all had to learn that there were consequences to what Derek and Penelope had done to her. Tomorrow she would teach them…teach them all.
“Savannah! Savannah, do you hear me?”
“Yes, yes I hear you, Amanda.”
Then Savannah gently grabbed the woman’s hands and the two shared a brief moment of silence.
“I loved him.” She began her voice trembling with emotion. “Do you understand? I loved him with my whole heart and he betrayed me; he humiliated me.”
“No. Just listen, please. I didn’t deserve that. I did everything right…I didn’t deserve that!”
“I know you didn’t and I’m sorry, but…”
“No but’s. I…didn’t…deserve being made to feel like garbage, like I was nothing…I didn’t matter…I was a joke to him.”
“I feel for you, I really do.”
“You’ve never been able to say, no to me. All our lives you’ve taken care of me, bailed me out of trouble.”
“Yes, I know…”
“I need you, Amanda. I need you to help me feel whole again. Don’t deny me this, please.”
“What are you asking?”
“I’m asking you to be my big sister! Like you’ve always been. We’re family, Amanda! I’m asking you to not stop me, to not tell anyone what Lynch told you…please.”
Amanda pulled her hands from Savannah’s and stared at the woman in front of her. She couldn’t believe what she was saying, what she was asking. It would mean risking everything, her career, her marriage…even her freedom but Savannah was right, she’d never been able to deny her anything and she supposed she wouldn’t be able to start now.
“You’re right, I’ve never denied you, never said, no to you…ever! Look where it’s gotten you, behind bars for kidnapping and attempted murder. Maybe if I had said, no to you, even just once you wouldn’t be here now.”
Amanda stood and headed toward the door. Savannah stood and watched her desperately.
Amanda turned slowly with tears in her eyes and looked at the woman who’d she raised after their parents died. She looked different, nothing like the little girl of their past. She had so much potential and promise but now here she was begging her to be an accomplice in her madness. Amanda wiped away the lone tear that had escaped down her face.
“Don’t worry, little sister…your secret is safe with me.”
And then she was gone. Savannah felt giddy with relief as she exhaled and whispered to herself.
“I knew you wouldn’t let me down.”