Kram leaned back on his plastic stool hooking his feet on the table base to keep his balance. Leaning back away from the heat of the hot pot on the table, he took a swig of his beer ice brushing his lips, and clinking on the glass.
”Kram! Kram! Im talking to you! ” A mans voice cut in from his left.
”What did you say? ” Kram said, looking at detective Love.
Love shook his head in mock annoyance, before kicking his foot into Krams knee making him lose his balance. His stool flopping down on all four legs splashing beer out of his mug and onto his hand and down the front of his shirt. Gasping he let out a sputtering cough the sip he held in his mouth now in his nose and throat. The other guys on the team burst into laughter. Love and Kram were like brothers always messing with each other but they made a good team. They had joined the DSI together after they solved a famous case while on the Bangkok police force.
”I asked, oh genius detective, if you had any other ideas about who might have killed our victim because the boyfriend has an air-tight alibi, ” said Love.
”No, I don have any others Ideas because Im sure he did it! I just don know how he did it. ” Said Kram, slamming his mug on the table in frustration slopping more beer on his already wet hands. The others Jumped at the sudden noise. Kram smiled sheepishly in apology.
”Don worry Im confident we will figure it out. Thats why Noh picked us right? We are best, like Thailands own avengers ” Kram said, raising his beer for a toast with the others. Love laughed.
”Does that make you Iron man? ” he asked.
”No, Tan is an engineer and not afraid to break the rules, he also builds our gadgets so clearly he is Iron man. ” Kram raised his beer to Tan who nodded as though he were taking a bow on stage, before clinking his beer with Krams. Tan pointed at Noh.
”That makes you Nick Furry.
”Nick Furry or Agent Colson? ” Love said narrowing his eyes as though scrutinizing Noh.
”Definitely Nick Furry, He assembled us, he cusses too much, and hes old. ” Said Tan laughing as he ducked away from Nohs punch. The others laughed.
Noh was the oldest member of the team and the leader, everyone trusted his judgment. He was tall and lean, in his mid-thirties with black chin-length hair, a goatee, and a leather jacket. Youd never peg him for a cop. He often let the younger members take the lead, in questioning or testing theories, it was his way of teaching.
”Fine if Im Nick Furry who is Xavier. ” Asked Noh.
Everyone turned to look at Xavier. he was the second newest member of the team, tall and good looking he stood out in any crowd. Half American, half Thai he had been hired for his language skills, but he was also a skilled investigator his background in linguistics and psychology proved useful at every turn.
”Thats easy hes clearly Captain America, said Kram nonchalantly.
The whole table erupted into laughter. Xavier nodded and flipped off Kram.
”Wow just because Im half American? ” He asked emphasizing the half with a smirk.
”No, not just because you are American. Its because you are gay, you don get our jokes and….your American ” Said Kram.
”I get your jokes. You just aren funny and what does being gay have to do with anything, you
e gay too. ” Shot back Xavier laughing.
”True but for me, it isn a superpower, ” Kram replied.
”Wait, wait does that make you Super Gay? ” Chimed in Love. who quickly had to dodge a smack to the back of his head from both Kram and Xavier.
Ok, Ok Ill be Captain America ” Said Xavier but who is Love.
”Vision ” Said Tan and Kram at the same time.
”He can find you anything, hes full of useless information, is surprisingly deep, but awkward at social gatherings. ” Tan and Kram took turns listing Loves attributes.
”That just leaves you then ” Said, Love.
They all looked at Kram.
”Me? Im obviously Dr. Strange. Mysterious and full of wisdom. ” Said Kram.
e full of something alright, ” said Noh.
”Definitely cocky enough. ” Said, Love.
”And absolutely Strange. ” Added Xavier.
”Wheres your cape? ” Asked Tan narrowing his eyes as though he were looking at an imposter.
”First of all, its a cloak! I won tell you where I keep it, is private information. Kram said in mock indignation.
”Alright, alright enough, what do you think Noh? Is there another angle we are missing or do you think we missed something with the boyfriend? ”Asked Kram.
Noh took a sip of his beer, sitting quietly for a few moments before speaking, the whole table sat in silence waiting to hear his thoughts.
”I agree with Kram. No one else had the motive. The boyfriend has a history of violence, thats why his first wife left him. What really bothers me though is how calm he is. We interviewed him twice and hes not angry or upset hes confident like he knows we can catch him. Thats what makes me feel like we are right. ” He yawned.
”Come on guys thats enough for tonight, we need to have clear minds and fresh eyes in the morning and at this rate all we are going to have is hangovers. Get some rest and Ill see you early. ” Said Noh.
With that, they all stood up stretching and groaning, keys jingling as they dug out their wallets and phones to pay the bill. One by one the team went separate ways, taking cabs back to their homes. It was late most of them would sleep but Kram would put on a fresh pot of coffee and think, obsessively running through the details once more. When something held his attention sleep was elusive till he solved it like picking carefully at a complicated knot till all the strings unraveled.
Were they being biased? Were they looking for ways to make the boyfriend fit because they wanted him to be guilty? Kram sipped his coffee and looked over the board he had built at home. One of the teams rules was to follow the evidence and facts no matter where they led. They had to be clear and clinical like a surgeon cutting out cancer wherever it spread they had to follow despite any personal feelings.
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