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"The Annual Fear" (15) © Rolly A. Chabot
Be prepared should you visit tonight. We are chilly here if you are outside. Inside it is nice and cozy and the light smell of smoke is in the air. The Fireside has a fire burning and waiting for you to settle in for a visit.
Listening to the news again tonight and tracking the storm forming along the eastern coastline creates the need for concern for all along the path. Know that many Canadians have you on our hearts.
It is time for another chapter in the ongoing saga of Sheriff Dan Sidon and the growing tension in his small town and the lawless element of society that managed to infiltrate their ranks. Gather around and take up a place and take comfort in the warmth here. If you take nothing else away from this visit please take the fact that you are loved.
Chapter Fifteen: “The Fed Invasion”
Just as he stepped into the his Mayor office his cell rang and it was the pilot of the plane carrying the experts. “Special Agent Barns here, we are about 15 minutes out, can you meet us.”
“Be right there, how many are you as all I have is a blazer and we can squeeze five in. Limited on resources here in comparison to the city."
“We have four and some gear, the plane will stay as we will only be a few days. Can you book us some rooms if you have any in town, want them all separated in case we have trouble.”
“Already taken care of, you have two double rooms set aside at the Sleepy Valley Motel. Both are separated so you should be safe. I booked them earlier, so you can register when you arrive. They are just booked in as Jone and Parsons. People will know soon enough you are here for something other than visiting. For now those are the names listed."
He just stopped at the small terminal of the airport when a twin engine Beach touched down and taxied to a stop at the main hanger. An FBI crest was on both sides. "Nothing lie keeping a secret," he laughed to himself.
“Barns is the name a tall lanky man stepped off the wing, we will take over the case now and anticipate that you will help when called upon.”
“Nope be right there with you the entire time as this is my town and I want to ensure that all is carried out according to standards as well, that is if you do not mind my watching.”
The tone had been set as Barns took off his wrap around mirrored sunglasses, folded then neatly into his suit pocket. He looked Dan in the eye and Dan supposed he got the sense arguing would be a waste of time.
“Suit yourself, all the drugs located on the site now belong to the FBI, the crime scene has been secured I assume.”
“It has, I have a local security company manning the gates and three men standing guard on the grounds. They are locals and they are very trustworthy, I assume the tab for their time and the meals they are going to have will be covered by your department.”
“Done, is there anything else you would like to charge to our tab Sheriff, how about the ride to town.”
“Ride is free, if you like I suppose I can turn the siren on for you if that would make you happy.” as the remainder of the men loaded their gear into the back of the Blazer.
With the tone set and he was feeling his oats, yes this was his town and the Hollywood producers had written this script so often the Feds assumed it was the way it should be where ever they went. There purpose was to take over, his was to stand his ground.
Just as they drove up to the motel Dan noticed Wanda walking back to her room, baggy clothes, hair a mess. She turned when he drove in and she watched the men get out, quickly disappearing into her room.
It took about a half hour for the men to get checked in and a command center was created in one of the rooms. Radios, computers and all kinds of equipment were set up.
It was getting close to 5 PM and Barns said, “Meal time men. Sheriff can you take us to the scene and then show us where we can get a meal.”
"Of course, the best burgers in town at Sam's Burner. Come along and I will show you where it is. All within walking distance. As they were coming to the blazer out came Wanda, all dolled up. She waved at them and smiled that plastic smile. She lowered the top on her car, making sure to show the boys all she had to offer. The suits just stood there.
Wanda pulled up beside them and said “Mr. Sheriff/Mayor or what ever title you have placed on yourself are you going to introduce me to these men?
“Feds” is all he said as he got into his Blazer, gents we had better get started, you will be seeing more of her soon enough. She is like a local attraction here” as he laughed.
“Some broad that one is, Barnes said as they drove from the parking lot. Wanda had pulled over to allow them to pass and followed a safe distance away. Dan watched in his mirror knowing she would be following these men around as long as they were in town. They pulled up she drove slowly past waving at all the men and scowled at Dan.
“I can bet there is a story there with that one, seems to me as I was reading there was a Mayor here that was tossed out of office, is that her?
“The one and only and better watch your boys while you are in town, keep close tabs on them as she is like a tiger. She eats men like they are snacks.”
“Looks that way, Barnes said, as we were driving up I saw her dressed like a slob then all of a sudden she looks like that. Quick-change artist I would say.” He turned to all his men and said, "stay clear of that one boys, we do not need a smear campaign happening, and do you all understand? She is one of the people here under investigation.”
“Yes Sir” they all answered in unison knowing he had spoken a stern warning.
Dan pointed out a few eating establishments as they passed on the way to the Green Wiener. You can order in if you like or our Wanda will haunt you no matter where you go in town. You will be wanting to stay clear. Should one of you get to close. The hospital is up that way. They offer free shots to anyone after contact with her."
“Men, lets get started, Sheriff, these men you have guarding are they available upon request. We will be working late into the night and will need some relief to come in and guard this while we are off site.”
“Wally can you cover, Wes is tied up doing guard duty.”
“Of course boss anything for the suits, mind if we slip home for a spell and get some supper and change?
“Go ahead boys, I will cover off and on till we call you back. Thanks for taking this on with such short notice. Nothing happening I assume?
"No not really, just a few who trolled past from the Green Wiener passing through going very slow then speeding off." With that said Wally and his co-workers left while Dan showed the Feds around and what they had found. One of them took a sample of the Cocaine and tested it saying it was “Columbian Pure.”
Barnes smiled and said that is the connection we have been looking for, great job Sheriff, great job.”
There seemed to be a new respect shown towards Dan and he appreciated it. Small town or not they had done what was called of them. He smiled and thanked Barns, offered to pick up burgers and milkshakes for everyone as they started to sort through things setting aside the cans that contained thumping sounds. “Looks like we have a major score here. Boys we need to check every can or container in the place. This could take a long while, looks like this is more than just some nightclub. No establishment this small needs an inventory like this to do business. Be great if you could get us some burgers, everything on them is good for us and make it five vanilla shakes, and we can live on that for the night, thanks again Dan for all you have done. Looks like this will be one long night.”
Dan stopped at Sams and placed the order just as his phone rang again. Las Vegas turned up on the call display.
“Dan Sidon here how may I help you?
“Well I have this problem, seems as though there is this fishing guide on my mind a lot these past several days wondering if you might be able to tell me a little about him?
“Lets see a man who enjoys what he does, actually even wearing the two hats he has to wear at the time. He loves the outdoors, feels at home most places and is thankful he has a God that loves him and a God that keeps putting good people in his life. Oh and a few other things. red is his favorite colour and he spends a great deal of time looking into the blue eyes that grace his computer screen. Is that any help to you?
“Sounds like an interesting man, any special ladies in his life right now?
He was taken aback by the question and stumbled for the words he wanted. “Ah well not all that sure how to answer that one.”
“Dan, that was very insensitive of me, sorry for making you uncomfortable." She laughed softly. "Sorry I was out of line. I do it all the time, just speak my mind you know."
“Nothing to worry about really Jennifer, just it has been a long while since Beth past away and I have not thought much about dating or getting involved. Well until now.” The words slipped out before he could stop them, what had he just said?
Only silence came from the other end of the line, all he could hear was her breathing. Finally she responded by saying “It has been a long while for me as well Dan, as bold as I may seem at times I have a great amount of fear with placing myself out there. Hurt has come to me a few times and it is hard to forget.”
“I understand Jennifer, we humans get hurt far to easily sometimes, try as hard as we do but the hurt lives deep inside even though we try to hide it.”
“I hear you on that one, I have given myself to Him above first, then my work but I do live a protected life in many ways, protected to a point where I find myself alone too often. Does that make sense to you Dan?
“Sure does”, he hesitated, then said “Sometimes we need to step out from the fear and take a chance as well when we sense trust.”
“That tells me a great deal about you Dan, thank you for being honest and open. Ronny and his wife talk so highly about you I feel I can trust you.”
“Good” Dan said, well that is the first hurdle we have had to cross, there will be others especially when you out fish me when you get here.”
They both laughed and then Jennifer said, better let you go Lawman as I know you are busy, was just thinking about you and wanted to say hello.”
“Thanks Jennifer, been thinking about you as well, have a good rest and we will be chatting soon as I think I have much to share with Ronny over this case. Looking foprward to you coming to visit. Leave all the bookings of rooms and all to me. You need to trust the locals who know. Thanks again for calling."
Dan stood waiting for the burgers and Sam leaned over the counter. Dan good to see you smile again. A man needs a lady in his life. You have been alone far to long my friend."
"Right you are Sam. How are the burgers coming?
"Be right up. I hear we have some special guests in town. Thanks for the business Dan. Anything you need just call on me. Good to know we have a man who looks after the town the way you do. Just like your dad Dan. He was a good man and I for one miss him."
Dan smiled and picked up the box of food. "Thanks Sam, means a great deal to placed on the same level of respect as him. Blessings to you and yours." He turned and walked out into the night. Wanda drove past and headed north again towards the motel. She would be busy with all these new men in town.
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