The Barrier: Case Two- Chapter Three

Riley and Emily sat in the van and watched as Ethan paced around talking on his phone. “It’s my fault,” Riley said quietly. “No, it’s not.” Emily was surprised. “You guys took so long on the case because of me, not only that, but he only took the case in the first place because Jack wanted us to meet.” “We took like an extra two … Continue reading The Barrier: Case Two- Chapter Three

The Barrier: Case Two- Chapter Two

When they were further down the road, Emily leaned forward from the back to talk to Riley. “So I added a few programs. There is a digital library that will help us with research when we can’t be online. We use a cell phone hotspot and a booster, but while traveling, there are still certain limitations. I also added a program for you to use … Continue reading The Barrier: Case Two- Chapter Two

The Barrier: Case Two- Chapter One

Riley glanced out the window from the backseat as they drove away from the bookshop and took a fortifying breath. She was happy with her choice, but she would miss Jack so damn much. Ethan watched her briefly and wanted to say something, anything, but realized that all that would help would be time. He was surprised how quickly he was becoming attached to her … Continue reading The Barrier: Case Two- Chapter One

The Barrier: Case One- Chapter Eleven

Emily was practically bouncing off the walls when Riley walked into her room. “I am so excited you are joining the team!” Riley laughed a little, she was happy too, but the bittersweet feeling made it hard for her to mirror the enthusiasm. “So our best bet is for you to pack a suitcase or two with enough stuff for a few weeks, then we … Continue reading The Barrier: Case One- Chapter Eleven

The Barrier: Case One- Chapter Ten

Emily didn’t last long, not that Riley was surprised. Emily had gotten even less sleep than herself, and if it weren’t for her anxiety over what to do, Riley would likely also be in bed. It was fairly late when Riley heard the two men stumble in. They were a bit noisy and had clearly not heeded her advice not to have too much fun. … Continue reading The Barrier: Case One- Chapter Ten

The Barrier: Case One- Chapter Nine

When the two women made it back to Jack’s house, Emily quickly volunteered to take her shower second. They both knew Riley would take longer, but she also clearly needed it more. Riley was grateful and could feel her emotions starting to settle a bit more as the dirt and grime from the night before washed away. She also allowed herself some emotional release with … Continue reading The Barrier: Case One- Chapter Nine

The Barrier: Case One- Chapter Eight

Riley was crying on the floor as she felt both physical and emotional pain move through her. “Oh, Riley,” Emily said softly and began to move towards her. Josh quickly grabbed her and pulled her back with him to give Riley more space. He noticed that she relaxed a little as he moved them back and was grateful he read that right and stopped Emily. … Continue reading The Barrier: Case One- Chapter Eight

The Barrier: Case One- Chapter Seven

Riley felt herself slowly fading in and out. Her head was throbbing and ached, and there was a ringing in her ears. There were noises around her, and she was fairly certain she could hear people talking. But it felt like she was underwater. She was trying to focus, trying to settle herself. She slowly rolled up on her hands and knees, fighting the dizzying … Continue reading The Barrier: Case One- Chapter Seven

The Barrier: Case One- Chapter Six

“Ethan!” Emily called. Riley had jumped up and leaned even closer to try and see if she could pick up any detail. Ethan moved over and leaned by her when another camera flickered. Then the next, and the next. “Beautiful,” Riley whispered. Ethan looked over at her and saw her enraptured by the movement. He fought a smirk, and felt a little tug in his … Continue reading The Barrier: Case One- Chapter Six

The Barrier: Case One- Chapter Five

Once they had settled a bit, Ethan turned to Riley. “Normally, we start our cases with a brief intro given by Emily, so everybody is caught up. However, since we did that, I would like for you to present your knowledge of the location and your thoughts.” Riley was a little surprised but happy. She pulled out her notes. “The current library that we are … Continue reading The Barrier: Case One- Chapter Five