DB didn't like crime scenes much, which put him in totally the wrong line of business. As a private investigator he wound up at a lot of them. He was often the guy calling the cops--like this case, where he'd had to work on talking Benny Supalo out of shooting the woman Benny'd taken hostage in the head while DB waited for the cavalry to show up.
Two minutes after the official negotiator had turned up, Benny Supalo had jumped out of the second floor window. DB was sure Benny'd been going for offing himself, but instead had only managed to cause grievous harm. The important thing was he was now in custody and the woman he'd taken was safe.
DB had to stick around, though, and answer all the usual questions about how he'd gotten there so fast, how he'd known what was going down. There'd be the usual finger pointing and suspicions that he couldn't allay, because the truth would just get him thrown in the loony bin, and he had plans for later tonight, thank you very much.
That wasn't the real reason he didn't like crime scenes, though.
And it wasn't about all the lights and noise and usually-copious amounts of blood.
No, DB didn't like crime scenes because they attracted a ton of people, drew crowds in like the horror shows they were. Gawkers. Tons of them. Human and ghost alike, and there was his problem.
DB couldn't tell which ones were real and which ones were ghosts. Or at least he couldn't until someone walked through someone else, and then he knew. But that happened much less often than you'd think.
He had to be careful who he talked to because nobody else could see the ghosts, and he'd be looking at that trip to the loony bin again if he was found holding conversations with himself.
So he leaned against the side of a car, wishing he had a coffee and watching the chaos unfolding in front of him. Unfortunately, just going home made the cops cranky; someone would be over to the car to question him eventually.
"Come on, DB." There was a hint of whine in the voice. "Can't you just ... you know. Walk away? They know where to find you." Jesse was pacing a little bit, worked up enough that when he turned too fast, his hip slid through the trunk of the car. "Let's go home, okay?"
He didn't answer. Without that coffee cup to hide his mouth behind, he was back to looking nuts if he talked to himself. He did sigh, though. It wasn't like he wanted to stay--he was wound up, too, and going home with Jesse to get it on as best they could ... well, that appealed a whole lot more than standing around waiting for Joe Friday to finally show up and grill him.
"I hate this part." Jesse was talking with his hands, gesturing as he paced. "The rest is cool enough, you running around like a big damn hero with your big damn gun and talking away trying to save the day--which you do, don't get me wrong!--but this part bites. When's he gonna come and talk to you, anyway? We don't have all night, here!"
DB shrugged. He didn't know. And, frankly, he wasn't feeling hugely heroic. He caught sight of the little brunette Benny had taken, walking away from the ambulance where they'd been checking her out. Okay, maybe he was a little heroic.
"Oh, oh, oh!" Jesse bounced. Man, he was really riled up. "Here he comes. Talk fast, okay?"
A cop was making his way over, his suit rumpled and his eyes tired. He had coffee, two cups of it, even. "You Black?" he asked when he got close enough to talk to DB.
DB nodded. "But you can call me DB, everyone does."
One cup was held out to him, steam rising up. "Donners. Detective Joe Donners. Had an exciting one this time, did you?"
Jesse slid a bit closer. "Don't be fooled by gifts of coffee. He's a cop and he's keeping you here too long." Jesse was a little focused sometimes.
DB managed a smile and accepted the cup. "Nobody died. That's always a plus." Though he imagined Benny was wishing he had.
"People die on you often? Nah, they don't." Donners shook his head and sipped his coffee. "I hear you usually get there in the nick of time."
Jesse hissed something under his breath, but thankfully moved a foot or so away.
DB kept his smile in place; getting worked up would just make Donners suspicious--more suspicious. Besides, he wasn't doing anything wrong. "I try."
"Yeah, I hear ya. So do we, but you're faster. You've got really good intel or some wicked sixth sense." Donners gave him a piercing look and then gestured around them with his coffee cup. "So, tell me about this one. How'd you get here, what did you know, and then how did it go down?" He winced. "Pardon my choice of words."
"I got a tip Benny was in a bad way. I was on my way to see him when I saw him grab the brunette. I called you guys as soon as he dug in at this place." He'd learned to keep the details to a minimum. The less the cops knew about how he really operated, the better.
"Want to tell me about that tip?"
"My sources are confidential." Actually, officer, I talk to ghosts. One of them is my unofficial partner. Yeah. That would go over a treat.
"You're no priest, doctor, or reporter." Donners' voice was mild, though, like he wasn't going to push too hard. This time. "Your source must be golden. Or invisible."
DB laughed that off. "Yep, you got me. He's invisible."
"Well, he's kind of got to be." The piercing look was back. "At the station we got a list of scenes where you've turned up in the last two months. Funny thing is that no one, not one single witness, has been able to shed any light on your mystery informant. Do you know how odd that is? No one. Eight scenes and not one person sees anything before you."
"Oh, oh." Jesse came back, looking wary.
DB managed a loose shrug. "It's not so odd. People don't like getting involved, don't like coming forward as witnesses. If there isn't anything else..." He stood away from the car, making I've-got-to-go motions.
"I've got a theory."