Saturday, April 9, 2011

When Luck Runs Out (3/11)

Chapter 3

San Francisco, California
Madison’s Apartment
(13 Weeks)

Sam shut the driver’s side door to the Impala as he followed Jo out of the car. Sam and Jo had decided to talk to Madison, the woman who found the lawyers body, alone. So Dean was left extremely irritated and pouting back in the motel room.

They walked up the sidewalk, into the apartment building, and knocked on her door. When she opened it Jo saw Sam take in the woman before them and she had to hide her grin. They’ve been on the road for a while and she’s seen Dean get hit on time and again at different bars, but she noticed Sam pretty much stuck to himself.

She hadn’t seen him bring home a girl since she was on the road with them and she wasn’t sure if that behavior was normal or for her benefit. But with the way he was looking at Madison she was positive that his no sex streak was over. Sam cleared his throat and he told Madison they were from the police department.

“I don’t understand. I already gave my statement.”

Sam nodded.

“Right, well, we just need to verify a few things.”

A bearded man wearing a ‘Mission Church’ t-shirt moved towards the door and Madison glanced at him. She motioned in his direction.

“This is my neighbor, Glen. Glen, this is Detective…”

She trailed off when she realized she hadn’t gotten their names. Sam spoke up.

“Landis. And this is my partner, Detective Dante.”

He smiled and Glen glanced between the three of them before addressing Madison.

“Well, I guess I’ll leave you to it.”

She gave him a warm smile and opened the door wider so he could leave.

“Okay. Thanks for the casserole.”

Jo watched Glen leave and she felt a chill go up her spine. She shook it off and put on a fake smile before speaking.

“Oh, how thoughtful.”

Madison nodded as she moved aside to let Sam and Jo come inside.

“He’s sweet. He came over to check on me. Have a seat.”

They made their way into the kitchen and sat down at the table. Sam took out his notepad and spoke in a voice full of understanding.

“You must be pretty shaken up. You were Nate Mulligan’s assistant, right?”

She nodded.

“For two years, yeah.”

Jo raised an eyebrow and cut Sam off. Her voice was soft.

“So, you knew all about him?”

“Probably knew more about him than he did. Nate was…he was nice.”

Sam smiled slightly. He could hear the ‘but’ in her voice.


Madison shrugged and looked away from them and at her hands.

“Nothing, really. He had a few scotches in him, and he started hitting on anyone in a five-mile radius. You know the type.”

Jo snorted lightly and nodded.

“Yeah, I do actually.”

Madison gave Jo a small smile and Sam had to keep himself from laughing. At least Jo saw his brother for who he really was and cared despite his faults. The smile left Jo’s face and she spoke in a serious tone.

“Did he have any enemies?”

Madison frowned and glanced between them.

“What do you mean? It sure looked like an animal attack.”

Jo swallowed hard and nodded.

“No, yeah, we’re just covering all the bases. Anyone that might have had a beef with him…a former client, an ex?”

Sam watched the look on her face change as she thought. He could tell the minute she thought of someone. His voice was calm and soft.


“Well, this is embarrassing, but my ex-boyfriend, Kurt…”

Her voice trailed off and Jo spoke.

“Kurt have a last name?”

“Mueller. After we broke up, he went kind of nuts. He’s…well, he’s kind of been stalking me. He got it in his head that something was going on between Nate and I. He showed up at my office.”

Sam frowned and Jo could see the concern flitter across his face as he spoke.

“What happened?”

“Kurt got into it with Nate, threw a punch before security grabbed him. I was lucky to keep my job.”

Jo spoke before Sam could.

“When was the last time you saw Kurt?”

Madison gave them a thoughtful look before answering.

“A few nights ago. Actually, the night Nate died. We were all grabbing drinks at this bar, and Kurt showed up.”


She shrugged.

“Nothing. It was like he was watching me. Then he was gone. To tell you the truth…he scares me.”

They thanked Madison for her time and as they were walking out to the Impala Jo nudged Sam and he raised an eyebrow at her.

“So, what do you think?”

“Stalker ex-boyfriend? He hates the boss. And he was there that night.”

“You think he’s our dog-faced boy?”

Sam glanced at her with half a grin on his face and Jo frowned.


He shook his head.

“Nothing…you just…you sound so much like Dean, but in girl form.”

Jo grinned and punched Sam lightly in the shoulder.

“Don’t compare me to your stupid brother. Besides I’m better…and slightly hungry. What do you say we swap off? Bring me back to the motel and grab Dean so you guys can get your B&E on.”

Sam chuckled and nodded as he opened the car door. They got in and as he started the car he glanced at Jo and spoke.

“So, we good with this theory?”

She nodded.

“We’ve had worse.”


They made their way back to the motel and as Sam pulled into the spot Dean was walking back toward the motel room with an armful of vending machine snacks. He noticed them pull in and as soon as Sam turned off the car Jo jumped out.

Dean grinned when he saw her eyes twinkle at him. There was a cocky tone in his voice when he spoke.

“Hey there princess…see somethin’ you like?”

Jo gave Dean a saucy smile as Sam leaned against the Impala and watched them with amusement on his face.

“I sure do.”

She came closer to him and his smirk widened. He leaned over to place a kiss on her lips, but she turned her head and faked him out. Her hand jerked out and stole the bag of peanut M&M’s from his arms. Dean frowned and glanced down as she pulled out a pack of pop tarts too.

He raised an eyebrow and she gave him a toothy smile.

“Mmm my favorite! M&M’s and strawberry pop tarts…I don’t just like ‘em…I love ‘em. Thanks Deano!”

She turned, slid the key in the door, waved at the Winchester boys, and made her way inside. Dean watched her go with confusion on his face and Sam laughed loudly. Dean turned to him and glared.

“Where is she going?”

“She’s gonna hang out here while we go break into the ex-boyfriends apartment. I’ll explain on the way.”

Dean sighed and walked towards the Impala. He dumped the chips and other junk into the backseat. Sam just looked at him and he shrugged as he opened the driver’s side door.

“What? I don’t know about you, but I’m hungry.”

“You’re always hungry Dean…let’s just get this over with.”

Dean turned on the radio and ACDC rang out through the speakers. Dean grinned at Sam before they headed off down the road to go check out Kurt's apartment.

Chapter 4

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