Welcome back to another chapter of Random Branches! In the last chapter, the Rands learned that Wolfgang’s family was put under the protection of the criminals in Storybrook County as a ploy to throw off Darius, they also learned that Sion had been trapped in Evansdale County after the reactor blew up. Also in the last chapter Obi began dating Mindy Foss and Mira Rand passed away of old age. And now, on with the story.
Sinbad visited Mira’s grave in the backyard daily. He couldn’t believe he got to live longer than Mira. Mira had been a good person in life. Sinbad had done horrible things in his past. Yet fate ended Mira’s life first. It wasn’t right.
He had still been in the process of coming to terms with the fact that his youngest child might very well be dead when Mira passed away. It had been a hard blow to Sinbad’s psyche. If he was honest with himself, he was depressed.
He had snapped at Revan’s right hand man Zachariah before hanging up on him after he had called the afternoon after Mira died wanting to discuss plans.
The family grieved. And even though Bailey had a strained relationship with her children that still lived in the house, they still went to her for comfort. And Mission leaned on her uncle some more.
But Sinbad couldn’t even seem to get past it.
Sinbad called Obi into his bedroom one evening and said, “You need to take the reigns for the preparations against Darius. I’ve already given word that you will be taking over for a while and that your word is as good as mine.”
“Me?” Obi asked.
“You’re observant. You seemed to take the news of the divorce of your parents as something you expected. You’ve always been perceptive and quick to grasp things. Your father is well, your father. His personality will not get what needs to be done done. And we both know it. Your mother. She’s not a blood Rand and with her drinking problem, I don’t trust her. Wolfgang’s in Storybrook County working with the cops. Canderous has a different first priority at the moment and is unavailable even if he didn’t. And I’m too hung up on Mira.”
After taking a few days to think about it, Obi agreed to help Sinbad. Though he came to a compromise with Sinbad after discussing with him what he was having a problem with. Sinbad just couldn’t keep everything straight being so distracted by grief. So Obi listened in on the phone calls and took notes.
Obi also did some of the leg work. He loved trying to figure out the deep dark secrets of people and he was pretty good at it, too. He had been unsure of what he had wanted to do when he grew up, but he began to think he might want to be a detective one day. But he didn’t want to do it after years of being a cop on the streets. He wanted to be a private investigator.
He told Wolfgang about it one evening while on the phone with him on a bad day for Sinbad.
“We’re a bit back logged at work. I’ll talk to my boss and see if we can’t throw you a case to work on. After giving you thorough explanation of what you can and can’t do as a contractor. We don’t have the man power or the time to scour the internet trying to dig up dirt on people. You seem to be pretty darn good at it. We’ll pay you of course and there is a chance you’ll have to go to court. So make sure you get Dad’s permission to do this. You can tell me what he says when I figure out what my captain says.”
It took a couple of weeks for all the paperwork and training to be completed. Soon, Obi had his first set of files to try to find information on. And he loved it.
Occasionally, the details of the case would send Obi to the library to get resources. Typically that was when Obi suspected that there was some occult touch to the crime. And well, non-occults tended to post a lost of falsehoods about occults. Such as how sunlight will instantly vaporize a vampire or that dumping water on a witch will melt them. The library in Moonlight Falls had books with true facts about occults in them.
“What are you working on?” Mindy asked having stumbled upon her boyfriend.
“Just some work,” Obi said.
“I can’t tell you. It’s not that I don’t want to, Mindy, it’s just I legally can’t. I’ve taken on a contracting job with the SBI. I do the research that their people have little time for. And as it’s for crimes, they do have to be careful with what gets out to the public and all.”
“Well, I was coming here to find a book to read as I have nothing better to do and it beat listening to my parents fight again. Want to head to the summer festival?”
“Yea, sure, I just need to drop the laptop off at home and then we can head. Can’t risk it being stolen.”
Obi and Mindy had a blast at the festival.
The pair skated on the skating rink. Mindy had had some experience, but this was Obi’s first experience and so Obi caused the pair to fall a fair amount.
When they tired of skating, they moved on to a water balloon fight, but they didn’t do that long since it was dark and not too many others were around. It wasn’t all that fun to just chuck balloons at just one opponent.
The fireworks went off that night and Obi and Mindy got down on the ground and watched them.
After the fireworks display, Obi and Mindy talked some before Obi decided to just go for it and kissed Mindy. Luckily, she felt that moving the relationship on was the right thing to do and gave Obi a proper kiss back.
They talked and flirted for a few minutes before they ran off for home before the curfew police caught them.
After Obi said goodnight to Mindy he headed back home. When he walked in he saw his father and grandfather crying. “Hey, I’m home. What’s wrong?” he asked.
Sinbad looked at his grandson and said, “Aunt Kreia went into labor this morning. She’s a couple months early and it was done by c-section. Both Kreia and her new daughter are currently fine. but the complications that caused the premature labor on top of the c-section have rendered Kreia unable to carry anymore children. Kreia’s in a coma at the moment and Eva, her new daughter, is in the NICU.”
“Oh my. I’m sorry, Grandpa,” Obi said, “Are they going to be alright? I mean I know you said they’re currently fine, but do we know if they are expected to live?”
“Wolfgang said he was going to try to get that information to us. But that could take some time,” Sinbad said.
The information came in a few hours and it was good news all around. Both Kreia and Eva were expected to make it. Miranda was going to have a baby sister.
A few weeks later Obi’s cell phone rang. It was Wolfgang. “I hope this isn’t bad news about Kreia or Eva. Hi, by the way,” Obi greeted.
“Hi to you, too, little brother. And no it’s news about those two. They’re doing fine, by the way. Eva is set to come home in a couple of days. Operation Take Down Darius is a go. I hope Grandpa can stuff his grief for this. I’ve already called the Immortal Council.”
“And I can’t come because I’m too young. I’ll tell Grandpa,” Obi said.
“Damn right you’re too young. This is going to be dangerous enough for us adults. And I don’t want to lose you, bro.” Wolfgang said, before giving the meeting location and saying goodbye.
“GRANDPA!” Obi yelled.
“And what’s with the outside voice, young man?” Sinbad said.
“Operation Take Down Darius has been given the go ahead. You’ll be meeting the group at the pre-arranged meeting place tomorrow at noon.”
Sinbad smirked and said, “I’ll see you guys in a couple of days then.” He said his goodbyes, packed a small bag, and headed off for the outskirts of Bridgeport.
And that’s it for this chapter! Will Operation Take Down Darius go off without a hitch? Has Sinbad moved past his grief over Mira enough to not lose it during the battle? Find out in chapters to come!
Progress toward’s LTW’s
- Sinbad – Master Thief: Master Thief – Level 10 – MET Chapter 2.7
- Atton – Hit Movie Composer: Hit Movie Composer – Level 10 – MET Chapter 2.14
- Bailey – Alchemy Artisan – 4 potions thrown, Level 10 Alchemy
Some of you probably have noticed that the picture sizes during this chapter changed. That’s because I got a new monitor! New monitor has a better resolution than the old one.
Next chapter will be a few days out. It needs to be released the same day as the next Random Paths chapter is released. It’s a cross over and each chapter will be the same content but from different points of view.