Life is a jigsaw puzzle, we attempt to fit the pieces together to create happiness, not everyones complete puzzle looks the same, sometimes ppl are born with pieces of the puzzle missing, for others the puzzle is damaged along the way, leaving them with Broken pieces. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Chapter 1 A beach front pad in Malibu would seem like a pretty nice place to live, but for detective Matt Drake it was merely a place to sleep. He stood in the shower staring at the floor, the water ran down over his dog tags dancing with the scars on his back. Matt had been a Marine from being 18, at 24 he was pulled aside and asked to do special work for the government due to his showings of bravery and skill in the field. No one knows for sure what he actually did or where he had been. 5 years later and he was a member of the L.A.P.D and had been for over a year. His partner NDX picked him up in his Ford Taurus and they headed off for another day in the City of Angels, NDX was a man in his 50's, a lifelong member of the L.A.P.D who had never aimed to get higher than his current detective rank, he was a salty veteran of the street and knew how to play the game, this mornig they had a homicide to go to in down town LA, nice way to start the day. When they arrived at the back alley where the body was, the CSI team were already at work, Tzarinna was taking samples from under the nails and her photographer FA was snapping away furiously. NDX: " So what we got ? " Tza: " Nasty one, girl, name of Ellie Watson aged 18, beaten to death, her face is a complete mess " Matt: " Let me see " Tza moved out the way and Matt knelt down next to the body, a slim, almost waif like girl lay on the ground, her blonde hair stained with blood, her face barely distinguishable with all the blood and swelling. Matt looked for a moment with an emotionless stare and then got up. Matt: " So she's a hooker, anything else you have determined ? " Tza: " Erm, not yet, we'll need to clean up her up and do more tests, doesn't seem she put up a fight " Matt: " She didn't have a chance to, looking at the ferocity of the attack, i'd say she was dead long before most of the damage was done, and she was most likely out from the first blow " NDX: " Girl that size wouldn't take much knocking out and it could be a man or a woman that did it " Matt: " It was a man " NDX: " How can you tell ? " Matt: " She has no panties on, they are over there next to the trash bag, the beating started mid sex act " Tza: " Jesus, what kinda freak does that ? " Matt: " Who knows, the thing about monsters is they don't come in the forms that fantasy tales use to identify their evil " The radio in NDX's car sounded NDX: " I'll get it " Tza: " So, how you doing Matt ? " Matt: " I'm fine thanks, you ? " Tza: " Well this job doesn't get any nicer heh, but i'm ok, i was wondering if maybe you'd like to come over for dinner, A few of us get together on a Wednesday, have a meal and play some cards " Matt: " No thanks, But i appreciate the offer " Matt noticed a blond girl with porcelain white skin in a summer dress and flip flops watching them, he made his way over towards her, passing NDX on the way. NDX: " Matt we gotta go buddy " Matt: " Hold that thought " Matt headed out the alley and across the road towards the girl, who tried to look away. Matt: " Hey, whats your name ? " The girl looked like she wanted to walk away but something stopped her. She told him her name was Sapphire Matt: " What's your real name ? " Sapphire: " These days, Sapphire is my real name " The cynical air to her put Matt at ease, he studied her closely. Matt: " So how well did you know the girl in the alley ? " Sapphire: " What makes you think i knew her ? " Matt: " You've been standing there watching us in the alley, now unless you just have a weird idea of entertainment I'd say you knew her, was she a a co-worker ? " Sapphire: " F**k you!....Yeah...why you looking to make an arrest or a deal ? " she looked at him with disdain in her eyes that faded as he cracked a slight smile. Matt: " Neither, i just was hoping you could fill me in on her " Sapphire stared for a moment. Sapphire: " Ok....sure " NDX: " Yo! Matt, (he called from the car) We gotta go, we got another one up the other end of town " Matt : " Meet me here tomorrow at this time and we'll go for a coffee and a talk " Sapphire nodded and Matt headed to the car. Matt and NDX headed to the Hilton in Beverly Hills, when they arrived a rather nervous looking man ushered them in and took them upstairs to one of the fancy suites. When they got there a curvy latina girl in her early 20's lay on the bed with her neck at an odd angle, she was staring blankly into space. They looked over the body for a few minutes, it was easy to tell she was a hooer or "escort" as girls at this end of the food chain liked to be called......Tza arrived. Tza: " Damn, i hope this isn't gonna become a regular thing, at least this room is warm. " NDX: " So, you think we got a serial killer ?...I mean two dead hookers in one day " Matt: " No, they were killed by different men, the first is an act of rage, a spur of the moment thing, the state of her face indicates this, the girl on the bed was dead long before she came into this room, she just didn't know it.....The man that killed Ellie was a regular guy lashing out at the world, the guy that killed this girl wanted to do it, her neck was snapped clean, no mess " NDX: " Jesus Christ " Matt: " Don't waste your time dusting for prints Tza, this guy is a professional " Matt walked out of the room as NDX looked worriedly at the body on the bed. To Be Continued.