Don't touch that dial. You've landed on Lisa Burton Radio, coming at you with 1.21 jigawatts of power all across the cosmos, and beyond the veil. I'm your host, Lisa the robot girl, and on the air with me today is Max. “Welcome to the show, Max.”
“Pleasure to be here.”
“Now, Max, you aren't like any other guest we've had on the show before. Can you tell our readers why?
“I’m a German Shepherd.”
“You have a very special job. Can you tell our listeners what that is?”
“I’m with the K-9 unit of the Cathedral Lake Police Department. I’m happy to say that most of my time is spent on patrol with my human partner, Carter Emerson. We often do school assemblies to talk to the kids about law enforcement. But sometimes my unique skillset is necessary. My specialty is detecting explosive devices. Usually when I’m called in, it’s because of a prank bomb threat, which is great, except I don’t understand why humans would joke about something like that. The really bad times are when there really are explosives. I’m proud of the work I do. Very proud to work with the police. And Carter’s great.”
“You might be surprised to know that I did a little police work myself. I even got to defuse a bomb once.”
“Sounds like you and I have a few things in common. I’d love to hear how a radio host defused a bomb.”
“Maybe another time. I’d like to hear more about you. You're calling in from the hospital today. Can you tell us what landed you there?”
“There was a terrorist attack in Cathedral Lake.”
“That’s awful! Is that how you got hurt?”
“No. Actually, Carter and I were first responders. He found a suspect, who happened to be a veterinarian. Faith Keller. She has a good reputation in town, but her family has some suspicious history. That’s what got Carter’s attention. We made several visits to her office for different things, but I disagree with him. I think she’s innocent. She’s really nice. Helpful, too. She found a problem in me that Carter and my regular vet missed, and she cured me. And she lets me play with her pet, Ruby, a beautiful Golden Retriever. I like Ruby.”
“So, you’re in recovery from that health problem you mentioned?”
“No. I got hurt in the line of duty. I’ll be okay, though.”
“Can you talk about it?”
“Probably best I don’t. Not until the perp is caught.”
“Okay, well, it must be hard, taking leave like that. How are you holding up?”
“I hate being off the job, but like I said, I’ll be fine. It’s given me more time to think about the case. Carter is wrong to be investigating Faith. But I think he does it more to spend time near her than because he actually believes she’s guilty of anything. No one who knows her would suspect her of a crime. I think he’s got a thing for her, and I think she likes him, too. Ruby and I are trying to come up with ways to have them bump into each other.”
“You and Ruby are just little matchmakers, aren’t you? And I’m sure you don’t mind spending time with her if it all works out, huh?”
“Well, she is a good conversationalist.”
“Uh-huh. If I were there, I'd give you a big old hug. So, back to the topic at hand, does that leave you without any suspects at all?”
“I have my suspicions. But like I said, I don’t think I should talk about the case until we have the perp in custody.”
“So when you get out, will you follow up those suspicions? What about the terrorists? I would think they have to be top priority right now.”
“Carter’s mentor, Tony Cooper, is lead on the terrorist attack. And he’s the best at what he does. Carter’s been taking point on the drug case. He doesn’t see it yet, but the two seem to be connected. When I get out of here, I’m going to convince Carter he’s been barking up the wrong tree with Faith.”
“Of course, just a little canine humor.”
“Canine humor? Remind me to tell you about the time a dog ate my swimsuit. So Faith is one of the Keller family. They're pretty prominent around Cathedral Lake, aren't they? What can you tell us about them?”
“Faith’s dad is Royce Keller, one of Cathedral Lake’s best doctors. Town residents will remember a scandal involving him and a drug theft close to a decade ago. Another scandal last year, too. Tony Cooper exonerated Royce of the first series of charges. The second was just a set-up from the beginning. But humans never seem to let go of prejudices. I think that’s why Carter suspected Faith. Family rumor. But really, the Kellers are all great people. A lot of tragedy in their lives, but they’re rising above it all.”
“Okay, so a normally peaceful community suddenly draws attention from terrorists. Other cases are ongoing, like the drug ring. Those all sound really good, but I want to know if you can get Carter and Faith together. Squee!”
“Max, you're a good boy, and a good cop. I'll get your address off-the-air so I can send you a pumpkin ball. All the cool dogs are playing with them this year.”
“Thanks, Lisa. I do like pumpkins.”
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