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For a moment, Olaf thought the world had stopped. He couldn’t hear the sounds of the cars passing him, the people talking in excited voices. Then he was shoved from behind and he could hear again, but too loudly, as if someone had turned the volume up extra loud.
“You’re standing in the doorway,” a man grumbled, then he was gone down the street and Olaf was back in the world.
“Olaf? Did you hear me?”
Olaf heard Bunch’s worried voice. “Yes, I’m sorry. How…badly is he hurt?”
“He’s got a skull fracture, a concussion and a broken nose, and his right arm is in plaster.”
Okay. Okay. Not serious. Skull fracture! Paul is fine. Deep breaths, Skandik. Focus.
“What happened?” he asked.
“A bloke got lively in the custody suite last night. He was hammered. He took exception to Paul’s pretty face.”
Last night? He’s been in hospital all this time and they tell me now? Then thank God I didn’t drink a pint.
Olaf knew Bunch was trying to make him feel better, but it really wasn’t working. He’d been shot when he first met Paul. Paul had watched it on the TV in Liam’s hospital room. They’d only just met each other at that point, but Paul had once confessed he still had nightmares about it. Now Olaf knew how he felt.
“Anyway, Paul wasn’t going to tell you, but you’re his emergency contact, and he’ll need to be picked up from the hospital if they discharge him.”
Of course Paul wasn’t going to tell him. Olaf clenched his jaw. He was going to kill his lover slowly and painfully, concussion or not. “I’m on the next ferry. When’s he going to be released? If it’s soon, I can get his mum to pick him up.”
“That’s great. And tell him not to think of coming back to work. The chief super has banned him from the building for the next two weeks.”
Olaf barked out a laugh. “I’ll bring him down here.”
“That’s a relief,” Bunch admitted. “You know he’s a nightmare when he’s bored.”
Olaf had an excellent way of occupying Paul, but he didn’t need to discuss that with his colleague. “Leave it with me, Andy. I’ve got to go. I’ve got a ferry to catch.”
“Thanks, Olaf. And don’t worry when you see him. He’s banged up but he’ll be fine and as annoying as ever.”
Olaf would reserve judgement until he saw his boy for himself. As for annoying, that was a given.
As soon as he disconnected the call from Bunch, he called Paul’s mom. He strode towards his car as he waited for her to answer. He heard a click, then he held the phone away from his ear as seventies rock was blasted into his ear, only to be turned off abruptly.
“Hi, sorry about that,” Mattie said breathlessly.
“Mattie, it’s Olaf.”
“Olaf, sweetheart. I was going to call you at the weekend about your new job. How are you?”
“Mattie, Paul’s in St Hughes.”
“Is he okay?” Fear infused her voice and Olaf hurried to reassure her.
“According to Andy Bunch, a skull fracture but not serious, a broken arm, concussion, and bruising on his face. I’m heading to my car, and I’ll get the first ferry over, but could you talk to the hospital and maybe collect him if they want to release him? He was taken in last night, but I’ve only just found out.”
Mattie let out an impressive stream of curse words. Olaf grinned. Paul was going to be in trouble with Mattie as well as him.
“Jim can pick him up. You said St Hughes?” Mattie asked.
It was the closest one to Darrow Road police station where Paul worked.
“We’re on our way. Are you driving up?”
“I’m in Ryde. I’ll head for the ferry now. Just let me know if I’m driving to you or the hospital. And when you see him, tell him I’m gonna kill him.”
“And will you tell Sam and the others?”
“I can do that,” she agreed.
Skandik and Owens, private detectives. Can they find a man who vanished over thirty years ago? Or will their first case break them apart?
With a new job as a private detective on a small island, Olaf has everything he’s dreamed of. A life as an openly gay man, a partner who adores every fuzzy hair on his body, and his adopted family and friends who love him. So why does he feel something is still missing?
With a promotion that’s his for the taking, Paul has everything he never dreamed of. His closeted cop is finally in the same country as him. His interfering family and friends are happy for him. So why isn’t he satisfied?
Then on his first day of business Olaf gets the worst possible case. To discover whether a sixteen-year-old gay boy who disappeared thirty-five years ago is alive or dead. As they delve into the dark history of the boy’s family, both Olaf and Paul are forced to confront their relationship.
Will Paul take the promotion? Will Olaf walk away if he does? Or will they face the fact that their relationship is more important than anything else?
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