The Lockwood House
Gabe walked the doorstep and knocked. He’d been to the police station, but they had refused to release his daughter. A few minutes later the door went open and a middle age woman appeared. She was wearing an apron. “Can I help you, sir?” “My name’s Gabe Lindy, Mr. Lockwood knows me. I have to speak to him” Gabe said. “I will see if he can make some time” the Maid answered. “Tell him it’s important” Gabe added. The Maid nodded and turned around.
A few minutes later the Maid returned with Mayor Lockwood. As soon as they arrived at the front door the Mayor turned to the Maid. “Thank you, Leah, toi can go back to your work now. I think my son’s room is a mess”
“Yes, sir” Leah replied and she walked away.
“Gabe, why don’t we go to my office so we can talk plus private?” the Mayor suggested. He pulled Gabe inside and brought him to his office. “So, what is this about?” he asked while he offered Gabe a cigar which Gabe declined. “Okay, suit yourself”
“I’m here because of my daughter Kelsey. She’s been arrested for a hit and run” Gabe started.
“Yeah, I heard about it. Tragic accident” Mayor Lockwood nodded. “But, tell me Gabe, what do toi want me to do about that?”
“You are the Mayor” Gabe said. “If toi say they have to let her go, they will”
“What makes toi think I would do such thing? plus importantly, why should I?” the Mayor asked.
“Come on, Richard, we’ve known each other since high school. I’m asking toi this one favor” Gabe reasoned. “I will take her out of Mystic Falls and I will make her stay away”
“I can’t make any exceptions, Gabe” Richard said. “And our friendship died the moment I confided in toi about my little secret. So now’s not the time to come ask me for favors”
“Richard, please” Gabe a dit desperate. “She has your son’s condition. Your condition”
That made the Mayor reconsider Gabe’s request. “You will take her away?” “Yes, like I said” “She can’t come back” “I know”
The Mayor picked up the phone. “Let me make this phone call and everything will be arranged”
An heure later Kelsey was back on the street.
“How are toi going to explain what happened?” she asked her father. “You’re not going to let someone else take the blame, are you?”
“No, no one’s getting the blame for your fatal actions” Gabe explained. “There’s going to be a statement which says the driver was drunk. He Lost control over the wheel and he collapsed. There were no witnesses”
“That’s disgusting” Kelsey a dit upset. “You want this man to be remembered as a drunk? Have toi thought about his family?”
“Have you?” Gabe shot back. Kelsey blinked and her eyes became watery. “Get in the car. I got your bags in the trunk”
“I want to go home” Kelsey sobbed.
“You have no home” Gabe a dit heartless. “You Lost it the moment toi killed that man”
“It was an accident!” Kelsey exclaimed crying. She got in the car angry and hurt. She looked at her father. “Please, can we go home? I want to say goodbye to mom and Amber” she begged softly.
Gabe put the keys in the connection. “You a dit goodbye to your mother yesterday” he said, avoiding Kelsey’s look. “And Amber’s gone”
“What do toi mean she’s gone?” Kelsey asked upset.
“She’s left for summer camp” Gabe replied. He turned the key and started the engines.