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You might wonder what happens during the course of the day with a profiler. I'm known as the watcher. Little insignificant things can make the difference in cracking a case. A subtle glance, a dilated pupil the tightening of a jaw. Let me take you back to yesterday so you will understand.

"Rick I need you to come in here." "Alright captain, what do you have for me?" "We have an Arson on our hands, Rodrigues is interviewing the family now." "What do we know about them captain?" "Husband and wife are separated, the daughter was living with the mom in the family home. Nothing left of the home, burnt to the ground." "Do we know where the fire started?" "Yes it looks like it started in the girls bedroom. Enough talking Rick lets pay attention to what's going on."

Captain Branson is an impatient man, he thinks this watcher stuff is a pile of bullshit. He's all about old fashioned police work. Still here I am detective first class with a pile of successes under my belt. So the upper brass have thrust me upon him.  He tolerates me, in private he tells his buddy's I'm a lucky sh*t and one day my luck is going to run out. 

I looked through the one way glass into the interrogation room. The dad was sitting furthest away. He is dressed impeccably dark blue suit, white shirt and a red tie with matching handkerchief. He also sports a hundred dollar haircut and speaks with controlled precision. While he speaks he looks at Rodriguez with a certain disdain. His arms are folded and he keep looking down at his watch.

The daughter is a contrast in opposites, unkept purple hair and wearing a black loose fitting dress. There are scratches on her arm that she is picking at. Several piercings adorn her lips nose and eyebrows. On her shoulder there is a broken heart tattoo that says Daddy's Girl. 

The wife is a thirty something beauty with long blond hair. She is casual yet elegant, a natural look that has taken hours to achieve. She is on the opposite side of the table from her husband and somehow it does not seem far enough. As her husband speaks her left eye has a subtle twitch. 

Rodriguez fidgets with the earbud as he asks the dad if he wants something to drink. The dad snaps back " let's just get this over with I have to get back to work." Rodriguez just smiles and asks the wife and daughter if he can get anything for them. The daughter continues to pick at her arm. The wife politely says "no thank you." "Well then we can get started." Rodriguez gets up opens the door and a large matronly officer enters. Rodriguez asks the daughter and mom to accompany her. The daugter rises and walks with a slow detached gait, her mom follows with a practiced elegance.

Rodriguez looks at the man and says, "let's start with what we know, we know the fire wasn't accidental. There was an accelerant used in your daugters room." The dad looked Rodriguez in the eye and said "so why are you talking to me? I don't even live there anymore." Rodriguez asks the dad where he was between nine and eleven that morning. The man quickly responds that he was working at the office with his assistant. Rodriguez asks if anyone else may have seen him that morning. He says not that he's aware of.  Talking through the earbud I ask Rodriguez to end his questioning for now.

Captain Branson says, "we checked the Navigation on his BMW, it shows his vehicle didn't leave the parking lot till three this afternoon. Personally my money is on the crazy daughter, I checked and she started a fire a few years ago behind their neighbors shed."  "Ok captain we'll start with her next. I'll be back in a minute I need a cup of coffee." I leave the room just as the dad leaves the interrogation room. Rodriguez motions for him to sit down. As he sits he crosses his legs and I notice he is wearing a new pair of shoes and there is a small white stain on his cuff.  Once again I notice him looking at his watch. I walk by him to the coffee machine  without him even giving me a glance.

Back in the interrogation room Rodriguez is sitting with the girl, she has yet to make eye contact with him. I tell Rodriguez to start the interview. He does the usual attempt at rapport building but it garnishes no warm and fuzzies. Enough of that he asks her where she was this morning. She says she was out behind the bleachers at school. He asks if anyone can verify her being there. She says no, she was by her self. He asks about the fire behind the neighbors shed. She says "it looks like you have already made up your mind. Why don't you just lock me up?" This is the first time she looks him in the eye.  Rodriguez says he just wants to get to the truth. "The truth? No one cares about the truth, why would I burn down my own room?" She looks defiant and hurt, the look of someone who has been accused of many things. I tell Rodrigues enough for now. The captain says "what? Is that it?"  "Relax Captain she's not your girl. Rodriguez bring the wife in."

The wife looks a lot more relaxed without the husband in the room. She sits back easily in the chair with her legs crossed gracefully at the ankles. She pulls out a lighter and cigarette and asks if it is okay if she smokes. Rodriguez apologizes and says there is no smoking on the premises.  She says "that's okay I'm trying to quit." She tells him she started again after the separation. Rodriguez asks her who she thinks started the fire. She says she has no idea but she can't imagine who would want to burn down their home. She loses her composure for a moment and starts to cry. She looks up at him with her big blue eyes filled with tears. Rodriguez passes her a tissue and asks if she is okay to continue. She says sure she just needs a moment to compose herself. He asks her to tell him about her husband.

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  1. Date: 11/9/2013 10:57:00 AM
    awesome and brilliant, xox~ LINDA

  1. Date: 11/9/2013 9:20:00 AM
    great story Richard...you captured my attention...congrats on your win :)

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/9/2013 9:53:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Sandra.
  1. Date: 11/8/2013 9:22:00 PM
    Richard,, CONGRATS ;) on your win... love ~SKAT~

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/8/2013 10:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks SKAT.
  1. Date: 11/8/2013 7:05:00 PM
    Richard, congrats on the win :)

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/8/2013 10:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Karen.
  1. Date: 11/8/2013 4:33:00 PM
    congrats on your placement.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/8/2013 10:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks.
  1. Date: 11/8/2013 9:30:00 AM
    wow congrats Richard xx

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/8/2013 9:55:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Mandy.
  1. Date: 11/8/2013 4:01:00 AM
    Congrats on the win, Richard

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/8/2013 8:38:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Dr. Ram
  1. Date: 10/22/2013 2:52:00 AM
    This sounds like a Law and Order show, very much liked reading it ;}

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 10/22/2013 7:51:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Good morning Debbie, thanks for reading my story.
  1. Date: 10/18/2013 4:48:00 PM
    a captivating story Richard enjoyed your pen keep it coming Shadow x smile hugs

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 10/18/2013 4:51:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Shadow.
  1. Date: 10/18/2013 1:29:00 AM
    You're developing quite an interesting case. Will certainly follow this one

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 10/18/2013 10:19:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Karen.
  1. Date: 10/17/2013 7:06:00 PM
    Rick; This is good stuff. I have to read the Part II. Later.... Lucilla

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 10/18/2013 10:20:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks for reading my tale Lucilla.
  1. Date: 10/17/2013 7:28:00 AM
    Man!!!!! Quite the author here..awesome!!!!!!!!! Perry mason style....

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 10/17/2013 8:01:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Ha ha! Thanks Donna.
  1. Date: 10/16/2013 3:14:00 PM
    leeched on..good stuff

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 10/16/2013 6:45:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Wilson.
  1. Date: 10/16/2013 3:06:00 PM
    I'm hooked also, need to go to part two... this is an awesome story....

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 10/16/2013 6:46:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Harry.
  1. Date: 10/16/2013 2:34:00 AM
    Hmmmmmmmm....very interesting. I need to know the end!!! Just one little observation....Do go back over the direct quotations and make sure you include quotation marks...Each new speaker...New line... ;) I know...I know...I'm a pain... This is an intriguing write....You have added to it...Last I read...it ended with a description of the wife! ;) Good going

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 10/16/2013 6:47:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Eileen, I added the quotation marks.
  1. Date: 10/15/2013 12:43:00 PM
    Geez, you have me hooked to this gripping tale already. Whichever way you're taking this, please keep what you already have. Meanwhile I'm anxiously waiting for more. Good going, Richard. Licia :-)

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 10/15/2013 7:21:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Licia, I have no idea where I am going with this one.
  1. Date: 10/15/2013 11:54:00 AM
    Well, look at YOU with this awesome Prose Piece!!! Some gripping stuff. Keep this up, sir! =D

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 10/15/2013 12:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks again Drake.
  1. Date: 10/15/2013 11:29:00 AM
    It will do something in the contest sure coz it's in work in progress. Nice style. Good luck. Loved always, bl

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 10/15/2013 11:48:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks bl
  1. Date: 10/15/2013 7:47:00 AM
    This is wonderful! This contest sure inspired your imagination. Can't wait for the conclusion.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 10/15/2013 8:53:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Monterey.
  1. Date: 10/14/2013 8:31:00 PM
    Is this the beginning of a novel Rick, coz I'm hooked already lol, a page a night for the next year will do nicely haha. I really hope we get to know who-dun-it. Take care, Richard

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 10/14/2013 11:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Richard, I have no idea where I am going with this one so we will both be surprised.