Chapter 0: Prequel (Part 3)

It is almost eleven when Remco and Ramona park the car in the parking lot next to their block. They live in a car-free block, so parking in front of their house was not an option. "So, what do you think?" Remco rubs the steering wheel. "Isn't she a beauty?" He doesn't seem to notice the crack in the mirror, the cuts in the backs of both seats and the many, many cigarette burn-holes in the back seat. "She?" Ramona laughs out loud and with joy. "It is a car. It drives, which is nice. It is big, which is also good. But it is not a woman. And it is for sure not a beauty!" Someone is lurking in the back of the parking lot. The unknown creature keeps a keen eye on the twins in the car, bur from a safe distance. Even if the twins would look straight this way, they would probably not see anyone. This person is dressed in all black and has a dark scarf in front of their face. "Are you ready to go inside?" Ramona is almost done laughing at her brother. "Or do you want a moment alone with your new girlfriend first?" "You laugh at me?" Remco can hardly hide his frustration. "You are the one in a clown costume. A rather creepy one as well." He really thought she would be proud. Or at least pleased they don't have to ride the bike to the university anymore. "Oh come on..." She finally gets herself together and stops laughing. "Listen, having a car is nice. But you can't call 'her' a beauty. You understand that, right." A police car rolls up. The twins won't even have noticed, if the cop was not shining a large, very bright light in and around the parked cars, but that is exactly what the cop is doing. "What are they looking for?" Ramona points at the cop car, as if Remco would be confused about who she is talking about. "Or... Or who!" She shakes his arm and shoulder while she yells, in a poor attempt to freak him out. "I don't know." Remco ignores his sisters Halloween spirit. "Buster probably sends Robin on some bullshit mission again." _ Remco has a point there. Buster and Robin used to be partners. Two detectives against the non-existing crime spree of Marterdam. There was never a murder to solve, or an attack to prevent. Their jobs were pointless and boring. Buster and Robin both agreed on that, but the pay was good. City hall noticed this aswell. They payed for two expensive detectives while there were no murders to solve. After a vote, city hall ordered the sheriff to reposition the detectives. They both became police officers. Three months later, the sheriff retired. The deputy was the most logical successor. When Robin found out the deputy sheriff would be promoted to sheriff, the decided to apply for deputy sheriff. It happened so fast, he went in the office an officer, and he came out a deputy. Nothing was official yet, but he pretty much get cheers and applause when he announced his candidacy. Soon everyone in the station knew: Daisy is going to be the new sheriff, and Robin would take her place as deputy. Everyone knew, except for Buster. That all happened seven years ago, but Buster is still pretty upset about it. He gets payed half as much as he did as an detective, while Robins salary has doubled. But Buster is mostly upset his partner didn't tell him he was running for deputy. _ Remco and Ramona know all this. Robin used to date their mother for years. And Buster was always wherever Robin was. "Why do you think Robin keeps riding out for those fake calls?" Ramona can't see which officer is in the car, but she just assumed it was Robin. He might be the deputy now, but if you saw a cop in patrol in Marterdam, is was pretty much always Buster. "He feels guilty, of course!" Remco grins. "He never meant to screw his buddy over. He simply didn't think about it and applied for the job in an impulse." "Oh poop! He's coming this way!" Ramona quickly puts her bag under her chair as if it contains a gun. "What are you doing?" Remco asks. He shakes his head and laughs. "You got weed in your bag or something?" "No..." Ramona seems a bit confused. "I panicked. I don't know. I guess I saw that in a movie?" "I do!" Remco opens the gloves compartment. Inside there is a little plastic seal bag with a big top of weed. Ramona screams. "Put that away, you idiot! What? Why are you laughing?" "Relax! Don't poop your pants in my car! We're eighteen now, remember. We are allowed to have weed." Remco closed the gloves box and laughs loudly. "Too bad you wear a mask... I would have loved to see your face!" --To be continued--