Isaac looked around his new office at the station proudly. It shouldn’t be too hard to settle in here! The chief of Newcrest – he has officially made it.
Of course, being the chief meant he would now get the most interesting cases. The first case file that landed on his desk was more than intriguing. An evil conspiracy at the heart of Newcrest! He went over all of the evidence, fascinated. He couldn’t wait to get home and tell Ruby all about it.
Sadly, he didn’t really get the chance.
Isaac: “No, no, no, no… Ruby! You can’t leave me… please!”
Ruby: “Isaac… don’t let me be a ghost again. You need to set me free! I won’t… I can’t…”
She didn’t get to finish her sentence.
Isaac: “Grim! Why do you have to take her away from me?”
Grim: “I bet you wish you haven’t wasted your plea on Juanita now…”
Isaac: “What am I supposed to do without her?”
The only thing he could think of was burying himself in work.
The twins got a call from their father in the middle of the day. Surely he was supposed to be at work? He was probably not taking their mother’s death too well. They agreed to come over to see him.
Looks like he was doing worse than they thought, just crying at his desk.
Gretchen: “Dad… you haven’t said a word since we got here… Why are we in the office?”
Isaac didn’t look at her, he just kept staring at the file in front of him.
Isaac: “Why don’t you sit down girls…”
Isaac: “I know everything. About the Lollipop Lair, the chaos potion, the entire operation.”
Gretchen was panicked and speechless. Charlotte, on the other hand, was immediately thinking about survival.
Charlotte: “So… where does that leave us?”
Isaac: “I’m going to do a raid on the Lollipop Lair within the next hour. You can’t go back and get your things, and you can’t warn anyone. You must leave Newcrest immediately. And… you can’t ever come back. You’d be arrested the minute you show up.”
Gretchen broke into tears. As always in difficult times, she looked to her sister to take the lead. Charlotte didn’t seem emotional about any of it.
Charlotte: “How do we know we can trust you?”
Isaac: “I’m your father. If you really need me to answer that question, I’m afraid there’s not much else I can say.”
Isaac: “You need to go now girls.”
They walked out of the room and out of his life. Gretchen was distraught, and turned around briefly to catch a last glimpse of their father. Charlotte nudged her sister to carry on. They better act quick!
Isaac: “What else was I supposed to do?”
He knew he should head to the lair as soon as possible, but he needed a few moments to compose himself. Did he do the right thing? If anyone at the police station found out he let the twins get away, he could end up arrested himself. But he couldn’t let his daughters rot in jail!
He approached Lollipop Lair and looked at the entrance with disdain. It was all Cassiel’s fault!
Side note: This had me thinking – how come that when you go to a crime scene, there is a million co-workers there to get in your way, yet when you are apprehending a potentially dangerous criminal, you’re on your own?
Isaac located the secret lab soon enough. There was plenty of evidence here. If only he could be happy about it.
He made his way to the one that started it all.
Cassiel: “Oh plum!”
Cassiel: “Isaac, what a pleasant surprise! Very unlike you to make house calls…”
Isaac: “Shut it Cassiel! I’m not in the mood. I know what this place is, and I know you’re the one in charge! You’ll spend the rest of your life in prison!”
Isaac: “Cassiel Perrin, you are under arrest!”