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Steve 1

Steve 1

Nikki: Mom! I'm home!
Jet: Hi honey, did you have a nice day?
Nikki: Aunt Kate pounced on a guy. He had a gun and she pounced on him.
Jet: A gun? Where did this happen?
Nikki: At school. The guy came to see the principal and then aunt Kate shouted "Gun!" and the next thing we knew was that the guy was on his stomach on the floor and aunt Kate was on top of him and took the gun away.
Jet: What happened then?
Nikki: Aunt Kate told the principal to call the police and the guy said "I am the police" and aunt Kate told him to shut up.

Steve 2

Steve 2

Jet: So, was he a police officer?
Nikki: I think so. When the police came, they didn't put him in handcuffs or anything, like you see on TV. They just took him out and aunt Kate gave the gun to one of them, who wasn't in a uniform. I think he knew aunt Kate, because he said "you haven't changed a bit."
Jet: I think I know who that was. Well, that was certainly enough excitement for one day.
Nikki: Mom, how did aunt Kate know the guy had a gun? Nobody else saw anything. It was under his clothes.
Jet: It's because she sees some things better than other people. It's her job to keep you all safe and that's what she did.
Nikki: All the other kids said she's really cool.
Jet: I can believe that.

Steve 3

Steve 3

Gustav: Don't worry, the Captain is OK and she won't hold it against you. Still, what were you thinking?
Steve: I had so many things in my mind, I just didn't realize...
Gustav: Just don't do it again. They don't like anyone with guns in there, not even us, unless it's an emergency.
Steve: I noticed. Who is she? I mean, I know her name, I know she's a teacher there and she sounded perfectly normal, but how the hell did she do it?
Gustav: She's probably been to more war zones than your average general. She has learned to take care of herself and people around her.
Steve: War zones?
Gustav: She belongs to a some sort of an order. Charity work mostly, I think. They go to the worst places to help people.

Steve 4

Steve 4

Gustav: Honey, this is Steve and today is his first day as a detective.
Honey: Nice to meet you, Steve. And congratulations on the promotion. How was your first day?
Steve: Don't ask. I mean... I didn't mean to be rude... it's just...
Honey: Difficult start? Don't worry, it'll get better. Now, what can I get for you two?
Gustav: The special. I think Steve could use it.

Steve 5

Steve 5

Steve: So, how do you know Kate?
Gustav: She was involved in a case I investigated a few years back.
Steve: Suspect or witness?
Gustav: A victim... no, not really, she was never a victim, let's just say that some punk chose the wrong lady to mug.
Steve: Did he survive?
Gustav: Yes, although he didn't look that good in court. Kate said she wanted him to remember her each time he looks into the mirror in his prison cell. And maybe I should mention that one of his victims died, so he's not getting out in 20 years or so.
Steve: I've heard felines are vindictive, but that's...
Gustav: You don't know the half of it. Let me tell you about the last victim of that serial killer we caught, the one who survived...

Steve 6

Steve 6

Kate: I suppose you got the principal's message.
Jet: Yes, I did, and Nikki told me what you did. So the guy really was a cop?
Kate: A fairly young one and so used to carrying a gun that he didn't think where he was going with it. It was his first day out of uniform.
Jet: What happened afterwards?
Kate: Nothing much. After all, there was no harm done, except maybe to his pride. He's going to be the butt end of jokes for a while. What a perfect way to start his career as a detective.

Steve 7

Steve 7

Jet: Kate, do you think he's going to hold a grudge against you because of what happened?
Kate: Not at all. He called me when I was driving here and we had a nice chat. He said it's good to see we take security seriously.
Jet: That's a very sensible attitude. What else did he say?
Kate: He said: "Damn, lady, where did you learn those moves? I've seen a lot, but never anything like that." Hahaha!
Jet: If only he knew... What did you answer?
Kate: Changed the subject. Don't worry, he's not going to find anything even if he goes digging. My backstory is solid. That's the good thing about having the government set it up for you.

Steve 8

Steve 8

Steve: Hey, who's that?
Gustav: Venus, she's Honey's new employee. I thought you had a family.
Steve: It's just my little sister and me. I'm her guardian.
Gustav: Well, in that case... Don't know about her, though. Hard to believe a girl like that would be single.
Steve: You don't know? Are you kidding me?
Gustav: I prefer them more mature and less... conspicuous.
Steve: You don't like the hair.

Steve 9

Steve 9

Gustav: You know, I'd say you're a bit young to be your sister's guardian. For some reason, it's a lot harder to get custody of your siblings than your own child.
Steve: Her foster parents didn't want to let her go when I got the transfer, but my career so far convinced the judge that I'm a responsible person.
Gustav: Can't be easy, with just the two of you. Where do you live? Have you found a place yet?
Steve: We're boarding with an old lady who will look after Christy in the evenings, when I'm at work, but we need something more permanent.
Gustav: Ask Claudia. Her landlady prefers police officers and she may have something or know somebody else you can ask.

Steve 10

Steve 10

Kate: Nikki's already in bed and the others have gone home?
Jet: Yes. We're alone.
Kate: What did you want to talk about?
Jet: Retirement. Yours.
Kate: I've told you I'm not planning to retire any time soon.
Jet: I'm sure you've got quite enough money by now. Couldn't you just quit? Every time you go on your travels, I worry that you're not going to come back.
Kate: I've also told you that you shouldn't worry about me.
Jet: I can't help it. We need you here, Nikki and me.

Steve 11

Steve 11

Kate: You know you're not even supposed to know what I do. You're the only one outside the agency who knows and that's because I want you to know what happened, if some day I don't return. It was never my intention to make you worry about me by telling the truth, just the opposite.
Jet: Why can't you just be a teacher? You're so good at it and the children like you. I know it doesn't pay that well...
Kate: Money has nothing to do with it. It has never been about money. It's about the hunt. - Jet, don't look so horrified. They're bad guys and, after all, it is the most dangerous game, at least when you're after one of our kind. How could you resist that?

Steve 12

Steve 12

Kate: You know how it feels. There's no point trying to tell me otherwise. That guy, when Nikki was a baby, you could have stopped in time, had you chosen to do so. You know, I sometimes wonder where Nikki got her gentleness, considering that you're more like me than you'd care to admit and her father... well, he never had any problems about going after the enemy.
Jet: It was self-defense.
Kate: I'm not blaming you of anything, I just want you to understand why I need to go out and do what I do best.
Jet: You kill people. I've never really got my head around it. You're so good with children one day and then on the next you're this ruthless defender of national security...
Kate: Somebody's got to do it and it might as well be somebody who enjoys the thrill. I'll let you in on another secret. Most of us field agents are felines.
Jet: I guess the next thing you're going to tell me is that the order is a government setup.
Kate: Hahaha! It really is a pity you won't consider changing careers. But seriously, no, the order was there already before the modern-style government.

Steve 13

Steve 13

Jet: So I can't talk you into staying at home?
Kate: No, you can't, but I'm not going anywhere for some time. I told my boss I wanted a break to unwind a little, but I will be going back. I do enjoy teaching, it's just not enough. I need the foreign assignments or I'd go crazy.
Jet: I've never realized that. I'll try not to pester you about it too much.
Kate: Thanks.
Jet: And Kate, never let Nikki know any of it. No matter how old she is or how old you are, you're not to tell her anything. Not even on your death bed. Not ever.
Kate: It's bad enough that I told you and you can keep a secret.

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