A fifteen minute drive from the police department in London stood a five story white buildings with windows for every floor of the building. When walked inside you’re greeted with luxurious marble flooring, beautiful brown walls, black comfortable chairs and couches in the waiting area and a lovely desk clerk sitting at her curved white desk; ready to greet you.
On the fifth floor; where five of the top lawyers worked at in their own fully furnished private offices; one was not only the boss, but owner of Cain & Co. Sitting at his desk was a young looking man, though he was closer to his forties than twenties; staring out his window as his assistant; a young woman in her late twenties came in. Pushing her glasses up to her nose as she saw the state her boss was in.
“Sir? Your last client just finished paying off what he owes from that divorce case….shall I got ahead and deposit into the company account?”
“Yes, yes….go ahead” The brunette haired boss said as he waved her off.
“Moriarty...Mr. Cane, is something wrong?” She asked with concern in her tone
He sighed as he turned. His blue eyes looking in her direction as he pushed his hair back and out of his grey furred face. “I’m bored! It’s quiet. No clients, no pathetic cases to come in and at least give me something to do.” He said as she gave a sigh of relief.
“Mr. Cain, sir...why don’t you text your little boyfriend and see if he’s available?” She smiled as she’s seen her boss with a certain short detective and found them to be adorable.
“I have….six times!....he’s not answering me….I think he’s either finishing up a case or he has paperwork and doesn’t have time.” He pouted as he bounced back and forth in his chair.
“Then maybe….you should indulge yourself in….one of your hobbies….” She suggested as he glanced at her and smiled.
“Great idea, Penny…..and I think i just got an idea….Penny, do i have any meetings this week?”
“Good….I got some calls to make. I’ll let you know what’s going on with me in an hour.”
The next morning at one of the more high class jewelry stores; yellow caution tape around the front and around the broken glass displays; a certain detective arrived to the crime scene along with his friend.
“Detective Rathbark! I’m so pleased to see you made it.” Said the jeweler as the police had stood by waiting.
“Yes, i was called in for your case. Now please explain what happened when you got here this morning?”
“I arrived here ten this morning to find my windows and glass door broken in. I carefully went in and saw all my glass displays where i kept my newest and best jewelry for show. I noticed that none of the jewelry in the display was missing, just pushed around. I checked my office; where i kept the safe for the money, but it wasn’t broken into.”
“Odd...so nothing was taken?”
“I didn’t say that. One thing was taken and unfortunately I’m going to have to call my client about it; A diamond and emerald necklace I was putting together for my client. She came in yesterday and saw my silver necklace with small diamonds and at the time large sapphires. She asked if there was another one i could use and replace the sapphires with emeralds. I was happy to comply and had finished it before closing last night. So when i went to my locked drawers where i keep certain jewelry for clients that one was gone.”
“So this wasn’t a normal robbery, this one was looking for a specific jewelry….tell us, who was the client?”
“Well she was buying it for her boss, but her name was Mrs. P. Smith….sorry I can’t be more of help.”
“Did she say where she works at?”
“No unfortunately, but I’ll tell her to contact you when i get a hold of her.” The jeweler said as as Rathbark started looking around for clues.
“What do you think, Basil?”
“I believe that whoever stole it had been watching our mystery client purchasing the necklace….hmm….excuse me, sir….do those cameras work?” Rathbark said as he pointed to one of the security cameras up in the corner.
“Oh yes! I was so startled about all this, i forgot to look at the camera. Here, i’ll pull up last night’s footage…”
“As well as yesterday’s footage. I believe that whoever stole it might have been watching your client.” Rathbark said as they followed the Jeweler to the office to pull up the footage.
They watched the four little black and white squares of footage. When the jeweler pointed out to the woman that was buying the necklace, Rathbark noticed something.
“She’s avoiding having her face shown on the cameras….as if she already knew where the cameras were at.” Surprised as the woman also wore a hat to cover her hair and a portion of her face when she’d turn. It was when the jeweler in the video turned when the woman looked up at one of the cameras and smiled before she turned back to the jeweler. “Did she just-”
“Acknowledge that someone might be watching this? I believe so, Basil.” Dawson said
“Sir, did that woman pay for that necklace?”
“Yes, in cash and in full.”
“Well...including tax….and having to customize it….it came to 360,000 dollars.” the jeweler said as Rathbark almost choked on what he just heard.
“That is quite on the expensive side. Who has a secretary that would carry that much money on their person?” Dawson said.
“Possibly quite a few, but one does come to mind-” Rathbark started before one of the officers came knocking on the door.
“Sir, we just got another call….another robbery three blocks from here.”
“Another one? Fine. Sir, if you would cooperate with our officer and hand the footage over to him for evidence.” the Jeweler agreed as Rathbark and Dawson left; heading to the store they were told at and surprised to see what type of store was robbed.
“A lingerie store? That’s….unexpected.” Dawson said as they walked in. Same as the jewelry store; broken windows and door. Display a mess, clothes thrown around. No money was stolen. Only thing that seemed missing was a light blue baby doll lingerie set with thong and stockings as a hanger set was left on a display that wasn’t destroyed. Rathbark got a good look and smiled.
“This is so cute….” Rathbark whispered as the owner of the store smiled.
“I know, it’s adorable….they’re new too. I just put them out yesterday and had a woman buy a set from me, though i don’t think she bought it for her.” She said as Rathbark had blushed a little that he was overheard.
“We’ll...honestly i don’t think it was her size. She was tall and no curves. These are best on those that are petite with nice hips…like it would look good on you, if you got one.” She smiled as Rathbark blushed,
“I...i wouldn’t...I don’t wear this kind….of stuff….” Rathbark said as Dawson chuckled.
“It is a good color on you, Basil. Moriarty would probably love it on you.” Dawson said as Rathbark fumed while blushing.
“Madam, do you have footage of this woman and possibly last night’s robbery.” Getting back on track, the store owner nodded and brought them to the back where the footage is recorded and seen.
It was the woman again as they watched her walk in and again avoiding the cameras. Only looking up for a moment just enough to not only smile, but to blow a kiss at it as well; making Rathbark fume.
“I feel like I’m being mocked.” He said as they were about to get into last night’s footage when once again one of the officers came in and told Rathbark and Dawson there was another robbery. Rathbark groaning as he can’t seem to finish watching the footage. Having the officer take the footage back to the department as Rathbark and Dawson went to the next robbery.
The last one was a shoe store. Same as the last two stores; where the only thing that seems to be missing is a pair of shoes; leaving only the box with the paper stuffers inside. Only difference was that the cameras haven’t been working so there was no footage, but by the description the employee that worked yesterday gave, it was definitely the woman again that had bought the shoes with cash.
“Now what? Do you have any suspects?” Dawson asked
“There’s one i want to go get an alibi from….just so I can get him out of the way….” I hope it’s not him….he said he gave up crime….Rathbark thought as they head to their destination.
“Sir? Detective Rathbark is down in the lobby; requesting to come see you. Shall we have him come up then?” Penny said as Moriarty seemed pleased.
“Yes...oh but how should i look when he comes to my office? Leaning on my desk? Sitting on my desk, standing?....laying across my desk in a provocative way?”
“Sir, you’re trying too hard. Just sit at your desk and look like your busy.”
“Aww….but I wore my fitted jeans….”
“Trying too hard, sir.”
“Right….alright, have him come up….wait is he alone?”
“No…but i can have his associate wait out here with me while Rathbark speaks with you.”
“Thank you, Penny.” He breathed as Penny left his office. After a while a knock came the door while he was on his computer. “Door’s open” Moriarty shouted as the door open and Rathbark came in. “Hi, dear. What brings you here?” Moriarty said as he stood up and came around. Leaning against his desk so he could talk to Rathbark more comfortably; causing the detective to blush as he saw the jeans Moriarty was wearing
“Hi, dear….I’ve been on a case that involve a string of robberies….” Rathbark was trying to concentrate as he tries not to look down from Moriarty’s eyes. “And all of them have something in common…..a woman that happens to know where the cameras are, covering her face enough you can only see her mouth….and seems to look at the camera and smiles….paying in full with cash.”
“And what’s wrong with that?”
“The first store was a jewelry store where the only thing that went missing is a 360,000 necklace that she paid for in full.”
“She sounds rich.”
“She's a secretary. She bought the necklace for her boss”
“Risky….her boss could be married.”
“Morty…..where were you last night?” Rathbark looked at Moriarty; hoping it wasn't him.
“I was here finishing paperwork with my assistant till 7:30. My desk clerk can prove we were here.”
“I went home, curled up on the couch….watching cheaters” Moriarty said with a pout as Rathbark stared at him. It was the smile that told Rathbark not to feel too bad. “Kidding on the cheaters….but I did go home and binge watch Netflix. At 8:30 I ordered thai food. Got it at 9:30 and from ten till two a.m in the morning I was talking to my sister; Abby while she's in America for her fashion tour. You can check my phone records” Moriarty smiled as Rathbark breathed a sigh of relief.
Moriarty went over to him and cupped the cute detective’s face. “Dear….you don't have anything to worry….”
“I know…..it just….seemed like your thing. To look at the camera and smile….as if you know I'm watching.”
“It does seem like it, but dear if I’m going to commit a crime, it's going to be me only….and I told you I don't commit crimes anymore….except pick-pocketing my snobbish rich clients” Moriarty chuckled
“I know….I just….wanted to make sure” Rathbark looked down till Moriarty tilted his head back up.
“Don't worry about it. Listen, once you've solved it, tell your boss your taking time off and then come over. We’ll spend the next few days together. Just the two of us….and I can give you the pampering and loving you deserve.” Moriarty smiled as he pulled Rathbark closer to him. He leans down close and whispers something that made Rathbark turn completely red.
“Just let me know when you’re coming over, okay?” Moriarty smiled before kissing Rathbark on the cheek. “I’ll be waiting...my peach bottom.”
“D-don’t call me that.” Rathbark fumed as he blushed; making Moriarty chuckle as it was always cute to him when Rathbark blushed.
Moriarty smiled as Rathbark turned to leave; Moriarty watching as Rathbark walked away. Watching as how his hips and butt swayed as he walked. When Rathbark and Dawson was out of sight, Penny came in to see her boss smiling.
“I take it you’re pleased, sir?”
“For now…..oh the temptation to just pull him to my couch and have some playtime was overwhelming.” Moriarty sighed as he went to his window and watched Rathbark and Dawson start heading back to the station from his window.
“Honestly, I’m very glad you didn’t….last time you and your detective played, i had a hard time explaining to clients why their receipts were…..sticky.” Penny said as Moriarty chuckled sheepishly.
“My apologies, Penny…..next time my Basil and I play, we’ll do it on McDougal’s desk while he’s on vacation again.” Moriarty chuckled as Penny sighed.
“Or go home and do it. That’s what a bedroom is for.”
“Or i’ll just put a bed sheet on the couch….less to clean up”
“Just keep it quiet it then….i don’t want to hear you two…..and boss?”
“Hm? What is it Penny?”
“Please….do us all a favor….don’t wear your fitted jeans here again…..the droid on Mars can see your boner through those things.” Penny chuckled as Moriarty quickly untucks his shirt to hide it.
“Thank you, Penny. That will be all for now.”
“Yes, sir.” She chuckled as she headed out of the office to let her boss have alone time.
By evening Rathbark finally got through questions other customers that had the same M.O; secretary shopping for boss. Rathbark and Dawson reached their desks to find a few papers and DVDs. Rathbark was about to start looking through when a beige furred detective came through with her partner; smiling as she stops.
“Evening, Rathbark. How’s your case going?”
“Just fine, Miss Kay. Did you leave all this at my desk?”
“Yup. When the officers came over with those DVDs i took them an sat them on your desk. As for the papers they’re credit card records from some of your suspects and a phone call log of a certain one….i take it you visited that honey of yours first.”
“Just….getting the usual suspects out of the way first.” He blushed as Kay chuckled.
“Rathbark, when was the last time you spent time with him?”
Rathbark tried to think back to when. Other than today it had been a couple of months since they really spent any real time with each other. He’s had a lot of cases recently and Moriarty seemed to understand. It was a sigh from Kay that brought his attention back over.
“Rathbark, if you have to spend this long trying to think of when that last time was, then you know it’s been too long.” Kay pushed her light brown hair back as Rathbark rubbed the back of his neck sheepishly.
“I suppose it has been.”
“Listen….go home and spend some time with him. This stuff can wait till morning…” Kay suggested as Rathbark shook his head.
“No….i told Morty that when I finish with this case that I would ask for some time off and spend it with him….so I’m going to look over the records and watch the DVDs and hope that the criminal left a clue.” Rathbark started going through the records first.
Everyone’s alibi’s came through, including Moriarty’s. Everything he said was on the dot. So why does it feel off. Rathbark thought as maybe it just seemed too perfect to him. He started going through the DVD from the jewelry store; fast forwarding through the day and into the night after the store closed. He watched through carefully till one a.m on the camera recording came up and saw a shadow at the glass door. It was odd because the shadow seemed to stay there till the door open and someone dressed in complete black clothes and mask came in; carrying what looks like a duffle bag.
“Did he….pick the lock? But that doesn’t make sense….everything was broken…” Intrigued; Rathbark kept watching as the criminal went over to a locked drawer and picked the lock it seemed.
Opening the drawer; the man pulled out a square looking box that looked like it would hold the necklace the jeweler had told them about. He looked closer as the criminal seemed to be looking at a paper that’s with the necklace and held onto it. Sticking the necklace in the bag and then pulling out a large hammer. Rathbark watched as the criminal smashed the glass in the displays and messing up the jewelry inside.
“What’s the point of this? Didn’t steal anything else. Just the necklace.” When the criminal finished the display. He looked up at the camera and lifted his mask just enough so only the mouth showed and smiled at the camera. He then puts his hand to his mouth and blew the camera a kiss before pulling the mask back down and smashed the windows and glass door before shoving the hammer back in and leaves.
“No….no that can’t…..” Rathbark took the DVD out and puts the one from the lingerie store in. Fast forwarding through till about one-thirty a.m where there was a shadow and again it seemed like the criminal picked the lock as he walked inside.
Pushing clothes displays down and tossing clothes around. He got to the set where the empty hanger was found. He digs into his duffle bag and pulls out a empty hanger and puts it up in the display. “What? Th-that doesn’t make sense. Why go through all this trouble just to put a hanger back.” Rathbark watched carefully as the criminal walked up the the camera and once again lifted his mask up enough to only show the mouth. He puts a finger up as if saying to hold on as he digs into the duffle bag and pulls out a couple of pieces of paper.
He goes over to the counter near the camera and stands up on it and holds one of two pieces of paper as close to the camera as he could. “Rathbark paused it and started zooming in on it till he saw that it was the receipt from the jewelry store that also has instructions on it. “Item paid in full….customer picking up will be either…..P. Smith or…..M….Cain!...b-but how?! He has an alibi!” Rathbark fumed as he continued to play the video. The criminal put the small paper away and held another one saying: I’ll see you soon, dear. He smiled as he put it away and blew a kiss at the camera before hopping down and goes to break the windows and door before moving onto his next destination.
“I-I cant…..” Rathbark fumed as his face turned red. He hurridly gets the DVD out and leaves it on his desk with everything else before he starts to leave. Dawson speaking up as Rathbark storms past his desk.
“I can handle this, Dawson. You go home.” Was all Rathbark said as he left.
The house smelled amazing as Moriarty had been cooking all afternoon; making all of Rathbark’s favorites. From a slow cooked deer to even mushy peas; something Moriarty hated, but knew his Basil loved it and dessert he made both fruit tarts and a chocolate cake in case his detective was still not pleased and the tarts wouldn’t be enough. He had finished setting the meat and peas on the table along with mashed potatoes and a gravy to go with it when he heard some angry grumbling coming towards the door.
“Sounds like he knows.” Moriarty whispered as he went ahead and lit the two candles he had on the table and had three wrapped gifts on a clear spot on the table. He turned as he heard the door open and slammed close and saw a fuming detective coming at him.
“You said not to worry….that you don’t commit crimes anymore!”
“But dear….i haven’t committed any crimes…..not real bad ones anyway….”
“MORIARTY!” He yelled as he fumed.
Moriarty walked over and cupped Rathbark’s face. “Dear….I promise I didn’t commit any real crimes….the necklace….it’s not stealing since i bought it and the jeweler was nice enough to have called me and told me the necklace was done before he closed. I just simply went to pick it up. When he called me this afternoon about it, i told him i was surprised because i received the necklace this morning. When he told me what happened i told him how horrible that was and for what he did for me about the necklace, i told him i’d pay for the damage so he won’t have to worry about costs and would have people come in and fix his glass to stronger glass and his display tomorrow” Moriarty said as Rathbark stared at him in surprise.
“Y-you already paid to have his store fixed?”
“Yes. Same with the lingerie store and i didn’t even steal anything from them. I just simply wanted to return the hanger, but i did call the lingerie store thanking them for helping my secretary in picking an outfit for my….beautiful wife….and when they told me what happened, well out of good faith i told them i would paid for their windows and door to be fixed and the guys will be there tomorrow as well….and same with the shoe store. Didn’t want the box either, so i returned it. Also paid for them to not only have their windows and doors fixed, but told them about the security company i have for my office building and told them to give my name so they would get the best and with a discount so they wouldn’t get robbed again.” Moriarty smiled as Rathbark was just dumbfounded.
“You…but...why?! Why would you….why did you-” Before Rathbark could finish, Moriarty leaned down and kissed him deeply. Taking in the taste and feel of Rathbark as he kissed his slowly; holding him as Moriarty wraps his arms around him.
When they finally separated, Moriarty cupped his cheek gently as he looked into his eyes. “Because i missed you….I wanted to see you so badly.”
“You could have told me….a small warning that you were doing this….”
“But you’re so cute when you’re mad….besides….I like watching you run….the way your hips and cute little butt move….it’s hard not to watch.” Moriarty chuckled as Rathbark blushed as he pouted at Moriarty.
“You could have told me…”
“But dear...if I had then we wouldn’t have the next few days to spend together.” Moriarty smiled a little as Rathbark still pouted at him. “Come on….i have a very lovely dinner for us….I made a slow cooked deer…with a nice gravy for it and mashed potatoes….mushy peas.”
“You made mushy peas?”
“And…..fruit tarts and a chocolate cake for dessert….so you have your pick of dessert.”
“Well…..I am hungry.”
“And I do have gifts.” Moriarty smiled as he walked Rathbark to the table where it’s all set up. Grabbing the small box that Rathbark saw in the video. He opened it up to reveal the beautiful emerald and diamond necklace that made Rathbark gasp as he saw how beautiful it was. Moriarty took it out and goes to put it on his loving detective. “There….it looks beautiful on you.”
“Thank you….look better if i had a dress…” Rathbark said as he looked at it.
“Then we’ll go shopping tomorrow. You can pick whatever dresses you want….that is after i make breakfast and….give you a morning delight.” Moriarty smiled as Rathbark blushed. “Here, let’s eat dinner before it gets cold….then you can try on the rest of your gifts and i’ll keep to what i told you earlier…” Moriarty leaned down to Rathbark’s ear as he whispered. “About how i would….make sure you are pampered, loved….and pleasured completely.” Moriarty held Rathbark as he did before kissing on his neck and hearing a whimper come from his cute detective.
“O-okay…..i believe you….shall we eat then?”
“Yes, we shall.” Moriarty went and pulled the chair out for Rathbark for him to sit.
“I do ask one thing though….how did you do this? You had an alibi, but you still did all this...how?” Rathbark asked as he sat
“Now dear….if I told you, it wouldn’t be much fun anymore….” Moriarty chuckled as Rathbark pouted at him. “But….if you can figure out how, then i will honestly tell you yes or no….alright?” Moriarty smiled as Rathbark agreed.
Rathbark took his time to think while Moriarty fixed their plates of food to eat; handing Rathbark his first before his own.
“So the woman….P. Smith….is your secretary….she’s the one that had been buying the stuff for you and….doing those shots at the camera.”
“Yes….i told her to do that….i knew you’d would suspect me if she did that.”
“Is that why you wore those jeans? You knew i’d come to see you.” he pouted as the smile on Moriarty’s face was a sure giveaway. Moriarty sat down with his own food while Rathbark started eating while trying to think. “You talked to Abby till two a.m, but you were robbing...not robbing the stores….wait, when you said you went home, did you go home by yourself? Because if you weren’t alone, then you could have handed your phone off while you go do the breaking and entering….” Rathbark said as Moriarty smiled.
“Sounds like you got it….Penny, my secretary helped me out. She talked to Abby while i went and did the breaking and entering.”
“But you said if you were going to do a crime, it would be alone…”
“And i was alone….it’s not a crime to talk to my sister….thus I did commit the crimes alone….and i paid to make up for it and since nothing is missing and the jeweler’s customer got his purchase….can safely say there’s no case anymore and you can relax...and i still kept my word that i wouldn’t commit anymore crimes.” Moriarty smiled as Rathbark pouted.
“I suppose so….” Rathbark said as Moriarty chuckled and took his hand.
“Dear….you’re adorable when you pout….makes me want to lean over and kiss those luscious lips.” Moriarty smiled as Rathbark blushed.
“Save that talk for the bedroom.”
“Oh believe me, I am...and much more.”