Newly appointed chief of police, Denise Marmalade, had been appointed with a difficult task of capturing Glyde without force. Will she be able to fulfill her task? Or would something else stop her ...
Story (c) to me, Steffie
Marmalade Roses: Chapter 4
Half an hour later
Denise frowned to herself as she noticed that the cop, Arthur, had kept a huge distance from himself and Glenn ever since he came for his shift. While the blonde wasn't bothered, the auburn-haired woman was.
"Arthur, why are you keeping such a distance from Glenn?" Denise asked the man when they were out of her guest's hearing range.
"W-well...erm...I was told to keep a safe distance from him as he might feel that I am invading his personal place. Yes, yes. That's it. There's no other reason why I would do so, ma'am."
"...As long as you watch him while I'm out, I'm happy. For a moment there, I thought you were scared of him."
"Me scared of him? No way, ma'am. In fact, I am much taller and heavier than him. He won't stand a change against me if he were to do anything stupid."
"Wait, do something stupid? What do you mean?"
"Sorry ma'am, force of habit."
The chief of police scratched the back of her head as she wondered why she kept having a nagging feeling that the cops were keeping something from her. She never mentioned anything about Glenn being the twin of Glyde as she feared the idea of them roughing the poor innocent man because of mistaken identity.
Wait, that reminded her of something that she had meant to do for awhile, yet she never came around to it.
"Oh Glenn, I have a favour to ask you." Denise stated as she scratched through her bag for her Latent Fingerprint Kit.
"Oh, and what's that?" Glenn asked as he turned around from the couch he had sat on to face her. He had shot her a distrustful look before it turned into something more neutral.
"I would need to your fingerprints for record purposes. If we were to ever catch your brother, we can prove that you had no choice but to be under witness protection as your DNA and prints are exactly the same."
"But, you do have my brother's fingerprints already, do you not? Why would you need mine as well?"
"The judge and jury wouldn't be satisfied with just a verbal statement."
Even though he was reluctant, Glenn had allowed Denise to take his fingerprints so that she would stop nagging and bugging him.
"Oh yes, I forgot to tell you earlier, but I will be a bit late tonight as I'm going to the doctor after work for a annual check-up." the chief of police stated to Arthur and Glenn just before she got out of her house.
Later, Denise's office
"Chief, there's a phone call for you from Kattelox Island. They say that it's urgent." The officer stated as he peered inside Denise's office.
"Oh? Okay, you can put them through." the auburn-haired woman nodded her head as she placed her hand over the receiver of the phone. When her phone rang, she picked the receiver up and swiftly placed it to her ear.
"Good day. Chief Police Officer Denise Marmalade speaking...They'll be arriving at Rhyship Island within a week to come visit us? That's great. Mayor Light would be so happy to see them again...I mustn't tell him anything because it's a surprise visit? Oh, I get! It's also his sixtieth birthday next week. Don't worry, I won't tell him anything...Thank you for the call. Good bye."
Later, Denise's officer
"Chief, we had checked the gentleman Glenn's fingerprints with that of his twin brother Glyde. They are definitely a one-hundred percent match." the detective and forensics scientist confirmed as they showed the hard copy of the results.
"That's great. Thank you, gentlemen." Denise smiled to herself. Now she has solid proof.
Much later, Doctor's office
"Well Denise, you are indeed still in perfect shape. We will send the blood samples to the lab for testing and we will give you the results by tomorrow afternoon." the doctor smiled as she stared at her patient in the eye.
"Doctor Smith, can I ask you a question?" the auburn-haired woman asked as she cleaned the lenses of her spectacles with the bottom edge of her top.
"Of course you may. What would you like to know?"
"Do twins share the same DNA and fingerprints?"
"Fortunately no, they don't. Even when they came from the same egg, their fingerprints and DNA aren't exactly the same. I can just imagine all the drama and confusion that could cause."
"... ... ... .... ... ..."
"Denise, are you alright? You look quite pale..."
"I-I-I am alright, doctor. You will phone me tomorrow with the results, right? I-I need to go now, bye."
Later, Denise's home
The front door of Denise's home swung wide open as she barged into her house. Extreme fury was plastered on her face as she charged into the living room where Glenn sat and watched television while Arthur sat a few feet away. The cop cowered in fear when he saw that his superior was in an extremely foul mood. Glenn, on the other hand, only looked mildly confused. His expression didn't even change when the chief of police stood in front of him with her arms crossed in front of her chest.
"Did you have a bad day at work, Denise-dear?" Glenn asked as his cocked eyebrow rose higher. Denise turned her attention to the cop.
"But Captain, I must still discuss with you what had happened while you were out."
"Arthur, you can tell me tomorrow morning first thing. I need to speak to 'Glenn' here in private. Understood?"
"Understood." Arthur squeaked. The cop sneaked out of the house, but not before he whispered that he wished Glenn good luck.
As soon as the cop was out of the house, Denise turned her attention back to her guest. If looks could kill, he would have been dead on the spot. But, the blonde was not fazed at all.
"How dare you?! I allowed you to stay here and even had you under police protection because I believed that you were a poor, innocent man that was in trouble. But, I had learned that it isn't the case at all. You had lied about who you are and even about having a twin. Isn't that right ...Glyde?"
The blonde stared at the cop for a few minutes before he shrugged his shoulders.
"Yes, that's correct. I must admit that I am quite surprised you had figured it out as soon as you did, my dear Denise."
"So, everything was a lie?" Denise asked as she was close to tears from anger.
"Of course it was all a lie, my dear. But, it doesn't explain why you are so upset about this. It's almost as if you took it quite personally..."
"... ... ..." the chief of police looked away in shame. Glyde's eyes widened in surprise then he cracked up laughing. When he had calmed down, he spoke to the woman in a harsh tone that made her flinch physically.
"All that sweet-talk and flirting was just to make my Glenn persona as different from my own as possible. That's right, it's just superficial flattery. Yet, you had fallen for him?! Just when I thought you couldn't be more pathetic, you had proven me wrong!"
After she wiped the tears from her eyes, the chief of police had taken the handcuffs from her pockets and held them fast as she approached her target.
"Glyde of the Loath family, you are under arrest. Anything you say can and will be used against you!" Denise stated as she jumped onto the man and tackled him off the couch and onto the floor with much force.
"ARGH, MY BACK! You witch! I will report you for police brutality!" the pirate screamed in pain as the woman pinned him down hard with her knees against his lower back and handcuffed his wrists together.
Denise forced the man onto his feet and led him to her police car as he winced in pain in every step.
"You can stop your acting, you know. I know you're just fooling around. The mayor will definitely not appreciate your acting." the chief of police stated in a harsh tone when he noticed how Glyde winced in pain as he sat in the passenger seat.
Much later, the mayor's office
"What is keeping that Ted so long? He was supposed to come already to explain why Bonne Bean shared the same name as that pirate group."
Mayor Light grumbled as he signed several documents when his office door suddenly swung open as Denise barged in with her prisoner in front of her.
"Denise, what's going on? Why did you just barge in with Glenn as if you own the place?" the elderly man demanded in fury as he rose from his desk to confront the young woman.
"I had captured Glyde of the Loath family and brought him here, just as I said I would."
"That's wonderful, Denise. It's good enough as an apology for barging into my office withour knocking. You may leave, Denise."
"But Mayor, won't you want me to be here too?"
"I will be fine. My guards aren't just here for decoration." Mayor Light grinned as he took the relic out of his pocket and pressed a button to charge it.
"Mayor Light, why are you charging that? I thought you just wanted to speak to him before I put him in prison." Denise felt nervous as the tip of the ray-gun glowed white as it was charged beyond its limit.
"Look Denise, all crimes need to be punished. Isn't that right, Mr. Glyde?"
"I knew I had recognized you from somewhere! Aren't you that Tom Light gentleman that Mr. Loath had troubles with when he wanted to buy the Sart Farm? I must admit that I'm impressed that you were appointed mayor, with your track record that rivaled Mr. Loath's..."
"Keep quiet, you brat!" Mayor Light cut Glyde off as he pressed hard on the lever as he aimed at the blonde.
"Mayor, what is he talking about?" Denise asked as she stared at both men in confusion.
"He's just talking nonsense. Isn't that right, Glyde?" the elderly man sneered as he suddenly shot at his target.
Glyde tried to leap out of the way, but his injured back made it impossible for him to get out of the way in time. The beam struck him hard in the head, which made him fall hard on the floor. Denise kneeled down to his side as she tried to wake him up.
"Glyde, can you hear me?" Denise asked as the man opened his eyes and stared at her with a blank expression. She spun her head around when she heard a low hum.
"Now Denise, I can't have anyone knowing my illegal activities. Even if that someone is the daughter of my friend." Mayor Light scolded her as if she was a small child. He stood in front of his office door as Denise helped Glyde up to his feet so that she couldn't escape.
"I don't know what you're talking about!"
"Stop fibbing, my sweetheart. Surely you can't be that stupid."
"Sorry for taking so long, Mr. Mayor. My sister's friend phoned because her grandfather was missing and she wondered if I knew where he was." the loud voice of Ted pierced the air as he suddenly slammed the door open with force, which knocked Mayor Light out cold. Seeing her chance, Denise pushed Glyde in front of her as she stormed out of the office. Before the bodyguards could chase after her, she slammed the door hard enough to knock them out as well.
"Ted, you must hide us in your storeroom! Quick. We have no time to lose." Denise screamed as she rushed outside with the blank-face Glyde and a confused white-haired manager behind her.
"Wait, what's going on? I was supposed to meet with the mayor."
"I'll explain when we get there."
To Be Continued...