Episode 979: Hurts To Be Human“What do you have for me?” Phillip asked as the private investigator took a seat opposite his desk. Ordinarily he would have been inclined to hire someone more grizzled and male for the assignment. He knew that thinking made him old school, and probably worse than that in a lot of eyes, but it wasn’t as if he was unwilling to budge on that stance.
Shanti Lakshmi had come highly recommended and to Phillip, ultimately, the best would always trump gender or anything else, and he was told this woman was the best detective in town. In addition to that, it seemed slightly less creepy having a female rather than a male tail his granddaughter.
Phillip understood he wasn’t going about this the right way, but talking to Tansy hadn’t gotten him anywhere. He didn’t know why the girl seemed to have lost so much of her joy, and if he didn’t know what was going on, he couldn’t fix it. He wanted to fix it for her.
“Tell me you finally have some answers.”
“You know I questioned taking this case,” Shanti began.
“Is this your way of breaking the news that you didn’t find any answers.” Phillip didn’t bother to curtail the frustration in his voice. “I was told you’re the best. I should think the best would be capable of uncovering a child’s secrets, she’s not CIA for goodness sake, it shouldn’t be that difficult for a half way competent investigator. Are you telling me you aren’t half way competent?”
“I’m telling you I have questions because this isn’t really a case. This is digging into the life of a young girl. I can’t continue with this, I won’t.”
“We had this conversation already when you agreed to take the job. I’m honestly concerned about my granddaughter.”
Shanti nodded. “I know. I believe your intentions are good. But that doesn’t make it right to invade her privacy.”
“That’s your job,” he reminded her.
She nodded. “To some degree invading privacy is my job. And I was willing to do it when I thought Tansy might be in some kind of trouble, when I thought I might protect her from someone or something by digging. I’m with you, I wanted to fix this, help her get back to being as happy go lucky as every kid deserves to be. But digging around, I’ve discovered Tansy’s particular struggle is truly personal, something I can’t fix for her externally. It’s something she maybe just needs time to accept and she needs acceptance from her family.”
“You’re speaking in riddles!” Phillip slammed his palm on the desk. “What are you not saying?”