CHAPTER THREE

The next day TC did the same thing he did everyday at work. He would look up from the work on his desk and just stare at Chris. A few days ago she caught him staring and it took a prayer to convince her that he was daydreaming in her direction. Tony had him and her down for patrol together next week and he knew that wasn't going to be nice. TC was having a hard enough time concentrating around her in the office. Putting them on patrol together would only make it worse. He and Chris had done plenty of patrols together, but that was when Chris was just Chris to TC. Victor came up behind TC and scared him back to reality.

"You better not let Palermo catch you staring at Chris like that." Victor warned his friend.

"I don't know what I am going to do Victor. I want to tell her so bad how I feel about her." TC said.

"You know what you should do?" Victor asked

"Shot myself," replied TC.

"No. You should tell Chris how you feel without you actually telling her." Victor said.

"How the hell am I suppose to pull that off Del Toro?" TC asked a bit exhausted over the whole conversation that looked like it wasn't going anywhere.

"You know, like slip a note under her door or give her a fortune cookie with a special message in it," replied Victor.

"This is not high school Victor." TC stated.

"You're the one with the school boy crush. Listen, I am not saying to take that route exactly. I am saying to find a way for Chris to find out how you feel without "you" saying it directly to her." Victor said. TC let Victor's words register through his head and he came up with a plan.

"Victor, have I ever told you that you're a genius?" TC asked happily.

"Yeah, but I don't mind hearing it every once and a while," replied Victor.

"You're a genius." TC said as he walked away from Victor. Victor didn't know what exactly he said to inspire his friend, but he could see the wheels in TC's head spinning. He knew that TC was brewing up something. He just hoped that it didn't back fire on his friend. The day went by pretty regularly. There was no real action going on near the boardwalk besides the everyday pickpocket or taking some girl's bikini top off and running action so Tony let them all go pretty early. By the time TC came home and got settled in it was 7:30. He was starting to get bubble guts about his plan but he knew that the only way he was going to get the girl was if he had the courage to go for what he wanted. He cut the radio on and waited to her Storm's voice. TC was just praying that Chris was listening as well because if she wasn't then his plan was not going to work. Storm came on at about 8:00. She usually didn't open up the phone lines until she played a few songs to get her audience in the mood.

I HOPE EVERYONE IS HAVING A GREAT EVENING OUT THERE IN LOVERS' LAND BECAUSE I KNOW THAT I AM. I AM GOING TO OPEN UP THE PHONE LINES A LITTLE EARLY TODAY BECAUSE I AM IN SUCH A GOOD MOOD AND I WANT TO SHARE IT WITH EVERYONE. WHO KNOWS, MAYBE SOME OF IT WILL RUB OFF ON SOMEONE WHO IS NOT FEELING ALL TO GOOD. SO IF YOU HAVE STORIES OF LOVE OR PAIN OR MAYBE YOU HAVE A DILEMMA FEEL FREE TO CALL IN. UNTIL THEN HERE IS THE LATE GREAT MARVIN GAYE WITH HIS SMASH SONG, 'SEXUAL HEALING', ENJOY. THIS IS WXYK ON 92.9 AND YOU ARE LISTENING TO STORM.

TC tried a few times to get through but kept getting a busy signal. He told himself that this would be his last time trying. He dialed the number to the station again and this time he got through. A man came on the phone asking him a few questions about himself and his situation. TC figured that he was just screening the calls for Storm. He told TC that as soon as Storm gets back on the air she would be taking his call. TC almost lost his nerve but decided to stick it out. He knew that no one was going to know who he was and that was all that mattered. TC cut his radio down and waited for Storm's voice to come over the phone. Sure enough, as soon as they came from commercial break TC was on the line with Storm.

WELCOME BACK EVERYONE. YOU ARE LISTENING TO STORM AND I HAVE ON THE LINE SECRET ADMIRER. HOW ARE YOU DOING THIS EVENING SECRET ADMIRER? TC almost didn't reply but dug deep to find the courage so he could.

Under the circumstances I am fine, and you?

I AM DOING GREAT AND FEELING GREAT. WHAT CAN I HELP YOU WITH TONIGHT?

can you help was a mistake.I am such an idiot.I am sorry to waste you time Storm, please forgive me. TC said before he hung up the phone.

, SECRET ADMIRER YOU STILL OUT THERE? IF YOU ARE, WILL YOU PLEASE CALL BACK? I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO TALK TO YOU. YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE EMBARASSED BECAUSE YOU CALLED. MAYBE I CAN GIVE YOU SOME ADVICE ON YOUR SITUATION. PLEASE CALL BACK.

TC listened as Storm pleaded with him to call back. He ran it through his head over and over again and decided to call back. The same man that answered the phone last time answered the phone again. TC told him who he was and he immediately put him through to Storm.

SECRET ADMIRER WELCOME BACK. I THOUGHT I LOST YOU THERE FOR A MINUTE. WHY DON'T YOU TELL ME WHAT IS ON YOUR MIND AND DON'T HANG UP THIS TIME, PLEASE.

I won't this time. I guess I got cold feet there for a minute. I have never done anything like this before.

WELL THERE IS A FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING. WHY DON'T YOU TELL ME YOUR PROBLEM AND I WILL SEE IF I CAN HELP YOU? DOES THAT SOUND LIKE A PLAN?

Yeah I guess. I don't even know where to start. WHY DON'T YOU START FROM THE BEGINNING?

Okay, here goes nothing. Almost six months ago, the woman that I was with over a long period of time left me. It wasn't a bad break up or anything like that. Something happened in her life while we were together that caused her to reevaluate herself as a person. Our break up was mutual but it was still hard on me. We talk to each other all the time on the phone to stay civil, but it is officially over. I told myself that I would never find anyone that would measure up to her and I settled for being alone. Well about two months ago I started growing these feelings for one of my coworkers. She is more than my coworker; she is a good friend of mine. When my girl left, she was there to cheer me up and tell me everything was going to be all right. We started spending a lot of time together because she was trying to keep my mind occupied and during this time that we were spending together I started to grow feelings for her, but not just regular feelings. This woman brings out feelings in me that I have never experienced before, so I don't know how to control them. At first I thought that it was just lust for her because I really needed a woman in my life, but I realized that it was beyond lust. I think of her day in and day out. I want so bad to be with her but I know the chances of us hooking up are highly unlikely.

WHY IS IT HIGHLY UNLIKELY?

Well for one, we work together. Where we work at, dating among ranks is not tolerated. Secondly, she is my friend. She will never look at me as anything other than that.

WE CAN CHANGE THAT. HAVE YOU PURSUED HER SINCE YOU STARTED HAVING THESE FEELING?

No. I don't even have the courage to tell her what I just told you. I know that she listens to your show so hopefully she was listening tonight and she heard everything that I said.

YEAH, BUT SHE DOESN'T KNOW THAT YOU ARE TALKING TO HER. YOU COULD BE TALKING ABOUT ANY WOMAN IN THIS WORLD. UNLESS YOU SAY HER NAME, SHE COULD BE LISTENING TO YOU TONIGHT ON THE SHOW AND THINK THAT YOU ARE SOMEONE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT, NOT TALKING ABOUT HER AT ALL.

That is the way that I want it. I just wanted the opportunity to let her know how I feel without me telling her personally.

I DON'T THINK YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT I AM SAYING SECRET ADMIRER. THIS WOMAN HEARS A MAN ON MY SHOW TALKING ABOUT HOW MUCH HE IS IN LOVE WITH THIS WOMAN THAT HE WORKS WITH AND IS GOOD FRIENDS WITH, BUT IT IS NOT GOING TO REGISTER TO HER THAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT HER. SO TECHNICALLY YOU ARE NOT TELLING HER ANYTHING. THE ONLY WAY SHE IS GOING TO FIND OUT HOW YOU FEEL IS IF YOU CONFRONT HER.

I can't do that.

SECRET ADMIRER IF YOU LISTEN TO MY SHOW OFTEN YOU WOULD KNOW THAT I LIKE TO QUOTE PEOPLE A LOT. ANYWAY, VINCENT VAN GOGH SAID, "WHAT WOULD LIFE BE IF WE HAD NO COURAGE TO ATTEMPT ANYTHING?" DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT THAT MEANS?

Yeah. I know what you are getting at.

DO YOU WANT THIS WOMAN?

More than anything in this entire world.

THEN GO FOR HER. DON'T LET HER SLIP THROUGH YOUR FINGERS BECAUSE THE NEXT MAN WON'T. AS A MATTER OF FACT SECRET ADMIRER, I WANT YOU TO DO ME A FAVOR. I WANT YOU TO APPROACH THIS WOMAN TOMORROW AND LET HER KNOW HOW YOU FEEL, THEN I WANT YOU TO CALL ME TOMORROW NIGHT AND LET ME KNOW HOW IT WENT. WILL YOU DO THAT FOR ME?

Sure. I got no problem doing that.

GREAT. I AM GOING TO BE LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR CALL. YOU KNOW WHAT SECRET ADMIRER; I HAVE A FUNNY FEELING THAT YOU ARE GOING TO GET WHAT YOU ASKED FOR.

Storm said good night to TC and decided to dedicate the next song to him. She played R&B singer Joe's hit song, 'All That I Am'. With that said, TC hung up the phone feeling a bit rejuvenated. Storm was right, the only way TC was going to get the girl was if he put his fear to the side and went for what he wanted. He planned on doing that the minute he saw Chris tomorrow morning.