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San Francisco, days later…
Working a case off-book was tricky. Not only did it take a considerable amount of time, but it also required resources and often access to restricted law enforcement files and data systems. Bette, Eric, and Tina each had to go about their daily business, working their official caseloads, while surreptitiously collecting every piece of information on Diego Rojas, Kiss, and Los Dorados. And they were about to start that slow, tedious process.
Bette waited in her car until she spotted Eric pull into his usual section of the parking garage, then called him on his cell. “I’m in my car a few rows over. Let’s talk.”
Moments later, Eric opened the passenger door and slid into the front passenger seat. “Are we ready to do this?”
As much as Bette appreciated everything Eric had done and was willing to do for her, if anyone was going to risk their job to track down Diego’s burner phone, by the time she got to the parking garage at work this morning she decided it was going to be her.
“I am, but I don’t want your fingerprints on this, Eric. You’ve done enough by holding Diego’s number back. There are a lot more rules that need to be broken, and I’ll be the one to do it. Tina and I can take it from here.”
Eric didn’t appear all too happy about Bette’s decision, but he understood it. “Alright, but promise me you’ll bring me in when you get close. I know Tina is good, but you know I’ll always have your back.”
Bette knew it was hard for Eric to take a back seat in this and she respected him even more for him doing it. She stared him square in the eye and said, “I promise, my friend.”
Like many law enforcement data systems, any information search required a secure login and a criminal case number to associate the search. Each search was logged and tracked so Bette would have to be careful. She waited until Eric went into the field to make sure anything she did couldn’t be linked back to him, then sifted through the case files he had her catch up on during her first day back to work and selected one at random.