I stood at the water’s edge with Cassi as the last crimson rays faded to the west. I took Cassi’s hand in mine and looked into her eyes, “Thanks for taking care of me last night. I guess I was pretty much a mess.”
Cassi waved it off, “Eh, it was nothing.”
I dropped her hand and turned back to the sunset and the gently breaking waves. Cassi looked out onto the water and joined me in my silence. Finally I said shakily, “I’ve been a cop for twenty six years. For the first time in my life I don’t know what to do.”
Cassi turned her gaze from the water and looked at me. She placed her hand on my face, pulling it up to meet hers, “He was just a messed up kid who fell in love with the wrong girl.”
“You talking about me or Roscoe?”
Cassi chuckled. I gave a half-hearted smile.
We stood in silence for another few moments. Finally, I bent toward her, kissed her gently on the cheek, then walked up to my truck, leaving her standing by the water as the last remaining light dropped below the horizon.