"Stay calm, Mac. Just stay calm," she told herself, trying to remember what had happened last night. She'd had a lot to drink and she'd been really upset. Maybe she'd done something spontaneous and wild like.. oh... I don't know... winding up in a completely deserted town!
"Okay, so much for staying calm," she told herself. "Next step. Find someone that can tell me where I am."
Mac reached out and pinched his arm.
"Ow! That hurt!" he said, pulling his arm to his chest. "What'd you do that for?"
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH! she screamed before she could stop herself.
The young man watched her worriedly. It wasn't every day a newcomer came to Dragon Valley, especially not one like her. He glanced back towards his captain and he nodded his head.
"Perhaps Captain O'Shea can help you," he offered. "He's right over there."
The young man nodded helpfully. "I'm sure he can help you. Captain O'Shea is real good about solving problems."
The young woman smiled sadly and shook her head. "I'm not sure meeting someone new is going to fix this," she muttered as she walked away. He thought he heard her add, "Unless he's a psychiatrist."
And yet, when she reached out to shake his hand, she felt tingles in all the right places.
"Hello, miss. I noticed you seemed to be in some distress," he said as he greeted her.
"My name is Captain Breandan O'Shea. Can I help you?"
"Mountain?" Mackenzie asked, following his gaze. When she saw the huge mountainous landscape, she swallowed a thick lump in her throat. There weren't any mountains anywhere near Bridgeport.
Breandan straightened as he listened to her story. "You were kidnapped?" he asked seriously.
"I don't know!" she replied. "I.. I don't know what's going on!"
Captain O'Shea opened his mouth to speak, but was interrupted by the young Sackholme recruit.
"Yes?" she asked.
"Ma'am. When you're finished, feel free to come see me at the police station. I'll take a report. Mason can show you were it is," the captain said, taking his leave.
"Oh! That is very thoughtful," she told him, blushing. "I'm sorry, I didn't catch your name."
The young man opened his mouth to tell her when he was interrupted.
Holy crap, what do they put in the water? she thought to herself. The men here were gorgeous, well, you know, once you got past all the pastel skintones...
"Umm, and you are?" She was starting to feel overwhelmed.
"The name's Teague McMillan. I'm with the town paper."
Teague chuckled. "You're all the town is talking about!" he told her. "You're different! So, can I get you on record? What's your name? Where do you come from? And are you single?" he asked rapidly, winking at her on the last question.
"I'm sorry, I think I need to go meet the Captain," she said, "Excuse me!" Mackenzie hurried away.
"Ma'am! Ma'am!" The first young man called out after her. "It's the other way!" he said, pointing to the building across the street.
She smiled tightly, avoiding the journalist's stare and hurried the opposite direction.
Taking a deep breath, she went inside, ready to meet with Captain O'Shea.
The receptionist looked up with a dismissive glance. "He's not here," she said, bored.
"He's not here. But he said to meet him here," she explained.
The girl just shrugged.
"Well, do you have any idea when he'll be back?" Mackenzie pressed. What was she going to do?!
The girl just shrugged again, shooting Mackenzie a smug look that told her that this pretty, little thing considered Captain O'Shea hers.
You're welcome to him, sweetheart! she thought snidely. I just want to go home! "Look, this is important. Could you tell him that I'll be at that abandoned house. I need to speak with him."
"Sure," the girl said, dismissing her.
Now the only thing left to do was to head back to the house and wait.
Mackenzie kept glancing out the window, watching for the captain. Maybe I should've asked to talk to someone else, she wondered. He couldn't be the only police officer in town, could he?
Wait, what was that? she thought, glancing back out the window. Her heart started beating fast with elation. There he was!
Captain O'Shea looked at her curiously. "I came by like you said and the receptionist said you were gone and I've been waiting hours for you to come see me!" she said in a rush.
A dark look came over his face. "She did not tell me. I am sorry. We obviously need a new recruit."
"Well, it looks like I'm stuck here for awhile," she joked, "Hire me!" She expected him to laugh and turn her down, but instead he gave her a considering look. That made her heart beat even faster.
"Um," she said, suggesting an outing, "Maybe we can go get dinner? And talk about my problem? I haven't eaten all day!"
"Really? You're right next to our local grocer!" he said with surprise.
"Hello! Not from here!" she teased.
"Ah, I was wondering what his name was!" she said, "Jealous?"
Breandan scoffed, "Of young Mason? Never!"
Breandan glanced back at her, "No, because it once belonged to the Humble family, who have now all passed away. This is why it stands empty."
Without hesitation Breandan assured her that she was welcome to stay. "We can call it the Foster home, now."
Mackenzie laughed. "Back where I come from, a foster home is something completely different," she said.
"Tell me," he said, intrigued with her stories of large sky-scrapers and concrete cities.
Mackenzie smiled sadly. "Maybe another time," she told him. "Um, would you mind checking the place out and making sure there aren't any killers or rats?"
Breandan chuckled. "Of course, should I scare away the spiders, too?" He placed his hand on her arm and lead her through the nearby door and into the bedroom.
She was working herself up into a steam, when he just smiled and patted the bed next to him. "Come, tell me about your Bridgeport," he said. "You are safe with me."
And the funny thing was, she felt safe.
Wishes Completed: Join Law Enforcement, Meet Someone New, Ask Breandan on an Outing, Have a Wonderful Outing
Wishes Pending: Get married
*notes: I wasn't sure how to handle the outing, so I let them autonomously interact, occasionally having her chat with him to make sure it was a good outing. Not sure if that's legit or not!