Excerpt from Chapter 8 of the fan novel now available on Wattpad:
Saturday afternoon, Detective McGee showed up at the old factory building and interrupted Duncan and Josh in a discussion over whether to put a half-wall in the front room of the clinic, or whether to put a service window in the wall. Neither one knew the man was there until he asked them where he could find Darcy.
"Hello, Jack," Josh said. "Darcy? I think she's in the office, if she's finished with the dishes. What's up?"
In answer, McGee dug in his pocket and brought out a clear plastic bag. Inside was a silver, heart-shaped locket. Engraved on it were the words: "Darcy, Sweet Sixteen. June 30, 1991."
"Where did you find this?" Duncan asked, when Josh seemed to go pale, and his fist clenched around the bag.
"On the body of one of those street punks who beat up on her yesterday," the detective answered.
Duncan went with Josh and Geneva, accompanying Darcy downtown to identify her assailants in the morgue. Because it was Darcy's locket, McGee needed her testimony, not just Josh and Duncan's. Their word was needed too, since they had fought with the gang members.
The morgue attendant only tugged down the sheets far enough to show the faces of the three dead youths. Shock was still visible. They looked very young in death, under the grime and smears of blood.