Ch. 3

“I’m sorry, John, I thought I had answered all of your questions earlier.”

“I know that you said whoever brought Evangeline in found her behind Jimmy’s garage, but do you know who that person was?”

“Umm…,” she said as she stared off into nothingness looking for an answer that would satisfy John.

“Did they leave their name or number? Did anyone get a good look at them?”

“You have to slow down I can’t answer all these questions. I don’t know who brought her in. They didn’t stick around long. I wasn’t here when they brought her in so I won’t be able to describe them for you either.”

“Well, I need to speak to anyone who was on duty when she was brought in. If there are videotapes I would also like to review those.”

“I’m sorry but you’re going to need a warrant for the videotapes. Everyone that was on shift when she was brought in has already gone home for the night. I’m not allowed to give out their personal information, so you will have to wait until tomorrow to question them.”

“Well can you at the least give me their names? The longer we wait the harder it will be to find these guys.” John was more than agitated now. What was Dr. Miller’s problem? She knew enough to call him when Evangeline had been brought in, but she didn’t seem like she was really cooperating right now.

“Yeah sure let me get those names for you.” Dr. Miller turned toward the nurse’s station and looked through a few papers before she responded. “Here they are. You can just take this paper with you. I hope that this will help catch whoever did this to Evangeline.” Dr. Miller assumed they were finished and started to walk away.

“I’m sorry. I still had a few more questions to ask.”

Dr. Miller was starting to get annoyed to. ‘Don’t worry stay calm. He’s a cop. He is just being thorough,’ she thought to herself. ‘You don’t want to act suspicious now. He has no clue of how you are involved in all this.’ “Oh, I thought you were finished.”

“Almost. How did you know to call the station?”

“You and Ms. Williamson are dating, right. I just thought that you would want to know since her family doesn’t live in Llanview.”

“Okay, thank you. I’m sure you have patients to get back to now.”

Dr. Miller gave a half smile to John as she turned and walked away. She walked down a few more corridors before ducking into an empty room. She looked around the room before taking out her cell phone and dialing a number. “We have a problem.”

John looked into the window in Evangeline’s room before leaving. Her mother was holding her hand and seemed to be praying at her bedside. John sighed in relief. Now that her mother was here he could find who did this to her without having to worry. Just be sure he had an officer in uniform sit outside her door just in case whoever did this to her wanted to finish what they started.

Upon leaving the station, John decided to head back to the station to see if there were any new leads on who would do this. On his way, John saw into Bo and Paige. She seemed angry. John figured it was some sort of lovers quarrel and decided to avoid them all together. He reached his office and sat down in his chair.

He saw a picture of him and Evangeline on his desk. It made him think of happier times. He grabbed the picture and ran his finger over Evangeline’s face.

“I’ll find who did this to you. I promise whoever did this will pay for what they did.” A knock on John’s door interrupted him. “Come in.” Bo entered John’s office and closed the door behind him. John recognized the look on Bo’s face. He was about to lay into John about something, but John wasn’t sure what he could be angry about. Maybe it had something to do with the way he treated Natalie earlier. He was sorry he had yelled at her, but it seemed to be the only way to get through to her.

“I just spoke to Dr. Miller. She said that you were grilling her like a suspect down at the hospital.”

“Is that so?” Now John was sure Paige was involved somehow. “I was just asking questions. I need to know what happened to Evangeline and she is the only person that I could ask. If anyone else was available I would have asked them the same questions.”

“You are too close to this case, maybe I should reassign you.”

What was going on with Bo? He knew why John was so intense with this case. Evangeline had gotten hurt, and there were no obvious answers why. First, Cris says that somehow Gov. Brooks was involved with his kidnapping, and the next thing he knows Evangeline is fighting for her life in a hospital.

“I’m sorry if I came on to strong with Dr. Miller. It’s just that I don’t know anything. We’re trying to track down the nurse that was on call when Evangeline was brought in, but is seems like she disappeared too.” There was a knock on John’s door and a uniformed officer entered shortly after.

“I’m sorry to interrupt, but I got some news.”

“Go ahead,” Bo said.

“The security tapes at the hospital are all blank.”

“What! How did that happen?” John was steaming. Whoever did this to Evangeline was covering their bases now. Without the tapes they wouldn’t be able to find the person who brought her into the ER, and right now they were the only person who could give them any clues about what may have happened.

“Let’s not start to get all upset John. Officer Hanks, I want you to get me a list of everyone who has access to those tapes. Also, grab Officer Davis and start asking around if anyone saw any suspicious activity around the hospital.”

“Yes sir.” The young officer left the room and closed the door behind him.

“Don’t worry John. We are going to get who ever did this to Evangeline. How is she doing by the way?”

“Her mom is her now so I’m sure that’s making her feel a little better. She has a concussion and a couple of bruised ribs, but other than that she’s going to be fine. I have an officer sitting outside her door right now. I don’t want to take any chances.”

“That’s good. Hey, look I’ve got some guys that are trying to trace the IP address of whoever sent the email. They say they should have an answer by morning. Maybe you should go home and rest for a while.”

“No thanks, I’m going to head over to Jimmy’s garage and ask a few questions.”

“Okay, be careful, and if you see Evangeline tell her I hope she’s feeling better.”

“I will.”

“So, tell me more about John McBain?”

“What do you want to know?” Evangeline moved around in her bed gently trying to find a position that didn’t send a sharp pain up her side every time she moved.

“What kind of man is he? What attracted you to him? Is he anything like Dennis?”

Evangeline rolled her eyes at that. Luckily, John was nothing like Dennis. Sure she liked Dennis, but he was not a man she wanted to spend the rest of her life with. He was a bit of a brown-noser. He liked the same things she liked, but she always thought that he saw her as sort of a trophy and not as a girlfriend.

“No, mom John is not like Dennis. He’s really not like anyone I’ve met before. He is really quiet and sometimes likes to keep to himself. I don’t know what attracted me to him, but I’m glad it did. I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with him. I’m so glad we found each other.”

Evangeline knew those weren’t the answers her mother was looking for, but she didn’t know how to explain it. John had always been quiet, and it took him some time to admit to himself that he loved her. She knew it was Caitlin’s death and the fear of losing her that kept him from saying it, but when he did she was glad it was on his terms.

There was a knock at the door and the officer guarding the door entered.

“I’m sorry to bother you Ms. Williamson, but this man says he wants to speak with you.” Michael waved from behind the officer.

“Oh, yes you can let him in.”

Michael walked in past the guard and went to Evangeline’s bedside. He kissed her on the cheek.

“So, how’s my future sister-in-law doing?”

“I’m fine Michael, really. You don’t have to keep checking in on me.”

“Yes, I do. If I didn’t I’m afraid to think of what John would do to me. I’m sorry I didn’t mean to be rude. Is this your sister Evangeline?” Michael smiled at Evangeline’s mother as he stuck his hand out to greet her.

“No, I’m her mother and you are.”

“I’m Dr. Michael McBain. John’s little brother.”

“Hey, I’m looking for Jimmy.” John looked around the garage. It was a mess. There were auto parts everywhere. He wanted to ask if he could look around the shop without having to get a warrant.

“I’m Jimmy. How can I help you?”

“I’m Lt. John McBain. I was wondering if…” John was cut off before he could finish his sentence.

“You’re here about that woman they found behind the shop. It’s a shame. A woman shouldn’t have to be afraid when she goes out at night.”

“Yeah, that’s what I’m here for. I wanted to know if I could look around the place.” “Sure, be my guest, but before that I have some things you may want to look at.” The old mechanic led John to a secluded room in the back of the garage. “See, we’ve had a lot of vandalism around here, so I put in some security cameras. When they first found the lady, everyone was so concerned with whether or not she was alright that I didn’t have a chance to show them the tape.”

John said nothing as the old man pushed the tape into the VCR. He rewound the tape for a while.

“Slow it down right there.” John couldn’t believe what he was watching. He recognized the face from the tape immediately. He had to get to her now she could be in grave danger.