The pair of detectives left the scene as the rain began to fall. Konan sat in the passenger seat and stared out of the window. Lilly sped toward the center of town but watched her partner from her peripheral vision.
“What’s on your mind?”
“Ah, I don’t know. Sometimes I wonder if I’m cut out for this brave new world.”
Konan gestured with his hands, and a deep frown caused his hazel eyes to darken. Lilly waited for him to respond. After all this time, she knew it would do no good to rush him.
“You know I like books, right?”
“Uh, yeah. You’re the only guy I know that has a library in a trailer.”
“I follow various book forums on social media. It’s my main reason to be on the sites. Anyway, this woman posted a picture of a book I’d read, and I commented on it.”
“Oh boy,” Lilly muttered. “You shouldn’t comment ever. What did you say?”
“I said it was a great read.”
“What book was it?”
“Maus by Art Spiegelman.”
“The Holocaust books? You thought it was a great read?”
“Yes. I thought the books were very good given the darkness of the content. Of course, someone had to get butthurt because I said it was a great read.”
“Konan, sweetie, you can’t leave things that open-ended. Okay? You have to explain what you mean.”
“Why? Can’t we all agree that the Holocaust was evil, and it should never happen again? Isn’t it enough to disagree vehemently with what occurred in these wretched places? How STUPID do you have to be to think that I thought the Holocaust was a good thing?”
“That’s not the world we live in anymore, Konan.”
“It makes me want to shove my sidearm into my mouth and blow the back of my head off, Lilly. Nothing matters anything anymore, and if that’s the case then why do we pursue murderers? Why stop pedophiles from harming children?”
“I don’t know, Konan.”
Lilly pulled into a parking spot near the elevator and shut off the car. Konan reached for the door handle, but Lilly put her hand on his shoulder. She embraced her partner and held him for a long time.
It was the first time she’d ever seen him so….faithless.