Six days earlier, Joshua Johnson called detective Iris into his office. Classified files were on the left side and his laptop on the right side. There was no photograph or evidence of a family picture on it. He did not have a family yet. At his age, he had reasons best known to him to be unmarried. Iris knocked on his door. She gracefully entered. Iris was dressed up in a Kasper trouser suit, with a long ponytail hairstyle looking very pretty. He told her to have her seat, which she did."You sent for me," she said with a smile. "I hope there's no problem, sir?"
at all," he said with a radiant smile. "I need to speak to you about
something important. You have been in this bureau for some years, and I will
not lie to you, you are among the best here."
"Conversely, investigating murder cases alone can be tiresome and time-consuming. Right now,
believe it's time for a new change."
she asked in a puzzled tone. "What do you mean?"
"I'm assigning you with a partner."
opened her mouth in shock and glowered at him. Joshua did not say a single
word. He stared plainly at her. What altered was the smile on his lips that
vanished away. He knew she was not going to agree to it. He contemplated on it
and finalized. Nothing on planet earth could change it, nothing. At last, Iris
spoke with a frown.
"You are joking, right?"
He answered her. "No. I'm not joking."
Detective Iris uttered. "I can't agree with that, and you know it."
"You have to agree to it, detective Iris."
"But I have been working alone without complaining. I certainly don't need a partner!"
if you do not need a partner, the person I am assigning will be of help to you.
It will help reduce the workload and..."
surprisingly cut him short. "But I wasn't complaining of excess workload.
If I wanted a puppy, I know where to get one."
breathed. He knew she was going to be very difficult. She was comparing a human
being to an animal. What a character!
not what you want but what you need detective Iris," he said with
seriousness. "Your new partner is through with her youth service. I admit
she is young and naive in your area of specialization, but I must tell you, she
is brilliant. The person that will be working along with you is a
"A what?" she asked. "What do I need a fresh graduate and a psychologist for?"
He explained to her. "She will help study the mind, behaviour of suspects and interpersonal relationship between the family, friends, in point of fact, anyone close to the victim involved in any case appointed to you detective Iris. You have to trust me on this."
could not hide her emotion. She rose on her feet and began to pace around the
office. Joshua kept his gaze on Iris and told her to sit down and come to an
agreement. She halted and glared at him and shook her head. Iris obeyed her
boss and sat down.
"Yes," he said uncertainly. "Do you know her?"
She shook her head. "No. Is she by any chance related to Perry Thomas?"
kept quiet for some seconds. He didn't want to lie to her. He cleared his
throat before he offered an answer.
"She is the daughter."
"What!" she exclaimed. "This is a bad dream. Why do you want me to work with the daughter of someone that the bureau accused of killing an innocent and unarmed detective?"
Joshua stood up in anger and pointed a finger straight at her. "Don't ever say that again! What is the matter with you, Iris? That's a wrong statement." He put his hand down and continued. "How could you say such arrant nonsense? You're impossible to handle!"
His words stunned her. She had never seen him like this. He was very angry with her.
"I'm very sorry." He apologized to her. "I'm truly sorry for raising my voice at you."
She rose. "No, I should be the one to apologize. I am sorry, sir, for what I said. Everybody around here knows the relationship both of you had. You two were very close. I shouldn't have said that in front of you and also not even at your back."
Joshua was not happy with her. With a straight face, he sat down and said to her slowly.
"It's okay. You can sit down."
"No. I'm sincerely sorry about what I said about Perry Thomas," she said with a concerned expression on her face. "I didn't get to know him personally or was close to him, but he was nice to me a few times we met. Someone might have framed him. He could be innocent."
felt he should not have lost his temper by raising his voice at her. He closed
his eyes and opened them.
Iris sat down. "You don't need to apologize to me, I understand. I have been so rude to you. I should never take our friendship for granted. I am genuinely sorry."
knew she had been disrespectful to her director from the beginning. He was her
boss despite being good friends for some years. Joshua nodded. He knew she was
under stress because of what she was going through at the period. Rumour has it
that her marriage was on the rocks. He was not going to ask her how things were
working out with her and Moses, at the appropriate time she would confide in
"When am I meeting the psychologist?" she asked. "When will she resume work?"
Monday." He replied. "I promise you, Iris, you won't regret it."
"That tells me you are not ready to share yours with her," he said. "You are lucky no one shares yours with you.""My office is the smallest. I call it my mini cubicle."
Joshua laughed and said. "Are you for real?"
shook his head. "Can't you share it with her?"
"Another desk won't fit in my office."
"At least a small one will but for now she doesn't need one." He said. "She's a new employee, and it's not necessary now. There is an arrangement with the Head Office at Abuja to expand this building so we could have more space. I'm working on it."
"So she will hang around?"
will arrange something," he said. "She doesn't need to come to work
from Monday to Friday except a case is assigned to you. Whenever you need her,
she will be there to answer without excuses."
understand," she said and nodded. "Since I can't change your mind,
I'm ready whenever she comes."
you, Iris. You need to do me a favour."
is it?" she asked.
"I don't want anyone here to know she’s related to Perry Thomas.”
not a problem, but why?"
"It's complicated," he said. "Some of the detectives here still believe he was guilty. If they find out she is his daughter, they may give her the cold shoulder or even protest her employment here. I want Savannah Thomas welcomed."
should know me by now that I do not indulge myself in groundless conversations.
You can trust me on that."
"Good to hear that," he said with a smile. "Savannah is a bit young, but I have known her since she was born. I have my reasons for choosing her to work with you. She is gifted, you will see for yourself. I thought about it a thousand times before I concluded on it. I know you, Iris; you will not like it if I had decided to choose another detective as your partner. Would you?"
course, I won't accept a detective as a partner," she said. "I'm okay
with the psychologist."
Iris did not have the strength to argue with him anymore. She did not want to jeopardize her friendship with him. She saw Joshua Johnson as an elder brother.
"That will be all for now." He said.
Iris stood and hesitated. Joshua noticed her demeanour and requested if she wanted something. She looked at him and was about to speak when his phone rang. Iris shook her head, and left the office even though she needed to talk to him.At the right time, when she was ready to pour out her mind, Joshua, her friend, would listen to her.