Jaws Fanfiction: Jaws, The New Generation - 2. Chapter 2
DISCLAIMER: I DO NOT OWN JAWS ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM
Thea Anderson groaned as she reached over and hit the snooze button on her alarm clock.
“Was the alarm?” asked her husband Jo.
“Yes,” said Thea right as a huge cry started to fill the house. “And there’s the other alarm.”
Thea immediately got up and headed over to her baby’s Christopher’s room. “Morning sweetie how are you doing today?”
“Wha,” was the only reply she got from her son.
“All right all right,” said Thea picking Chris up and walking him around. She rubbed her son’s blond fuzz on the top of his head.
“Did you sleep ok sweetie?” she asked as she finally laid him down to change and dress him.
When she came to the kitchen with her baby in her arms Joe was all ready there, drinking his coffee and reading the news paper/
“Did you want me to make you something?” Thea started to ask as she put Chris into his highchair, only to be interrupted by the sound of her phone going off.
“Hello?” said Thea answering it.
“Hey morning chief,” said the young voice on the other end.
“Morning Nick,” said Thea, “Always nice to hear from the harbor master so early in the morning. What’s up?”
“Nothing special, Just Old Man Hammer didn’t come in again from last night,” said Nick.
“Of course he didn’t,” said Thea, “I’ll be down as soon as I can.” She quickly started to get her things together.
“Something wrong?” asked Joe.
“Nothing special, Hammer probably out stranded on his boat. Either way I got to go and handle it,” said Thea.
“Well wait what about Chris?” asked Joe looking over at the baby.
“You can watch him right?” asked Thea.
“No I can’t, I have to get to the office right away this morning,” said Joe.
“Seriously, you can’t do it from home?” asked Thea. Joe was a journalist for the town paper, though lately he had been trying to do more of his work from home so he could watch Chris.
“No they need us all in a meeting today,” said Joe.
“Well then who’s going to watch Chris?” asked Thea.
“We could ask my mom,” said Joe.
“Do we have to?” asked Thea, knowing what her mother-in-law would do should they ask. She’d start guilt tripping Thea about how she was already there for her kids while they were growing up and she didn’t need a baby-sitter during the weekday and things like that. It was obviously Miranda her mother-in-law didn’t like the idea of Thea working out of the home and had knag her a lot when she was pregnant with Chris and right after he was born to quite her job as the chief of police and just be a stay at home mom like she had. So far though, Thea had been able to stay strong and not give up her job.
“Well who else can we get to watch him?” asked Joe.
“All right, but can you do it? I should really get down to the docks and take care of the Hammer problem,” said Thea picking up her son and handing him to his father.
“All right,” said Joe. He leaned over and kissed her, “Have a good day. I’ll make sure to pick him up as soon as I can.”
“Thank you” said Thea. She hurried out of the house to her squad car and hurried down to the docks. As she drove through the little town of South Palm Florida several people she passed would wave to her. Thea waved back politely smiling. She really liked the small town vs. the big town of Miami where she had just been a detective and was a lot busier then she seemed to be now at South Palm. Plus if she hadn’t come here she might not have ever met Joe in the first place and found the love of her life.
Soon she arrived at the harbor. She headed toward the harbor master’s office but didn’t find him there.
“Nick, Nick you around here?” she called out.
“Over here,” she heard him call out from a big boat.
“What are you doing in the professor’s boat?” asked Thea walking over to the boat and looking at the tall rouged man who was busy checking over the boat.
“The new grad student’s suppose to be coming here today to do their new research,” said Nick referring to one of the oceanographer professors from university in a nearby town that usually sent his grad students down to their town to do their research for their final thesis.
“Ah I see,” said Thea, “Do you know who it is this time?”
“Not really, I just got the letter from the professor to see that his boat was ready for them, I think it’s a girl though. Which means she’ll be one those dorky girls with glasses, oversized sun hat, and suntan lotion on her nose. A complete nerdy looking girl,” said Nick.
“Oh you sure know how to a charm a girl,” said Thea.
“Sorry Chief,” said Nick.
“Um excuse me,” said a gentle sounding voice.
“Yes?” said Nick as he got up from the boat. There standing on the docks was a tall lightly tan skin girl with light brown curly hair wearing a white bikini top with red flowers and cut off jean shorts standing there.
“Hi,” said Nick looking the beautiful woman.
“Can we help you?” asked Thea.
“I’m Carline Hooper, I’m here from the university,” she said.
“Oh you’re the new grad student,” said Thea.
“That’s right,” said Carline, “and I was suppose to check in with someone named Nick…,”
“That’s me!” said Nick running over to her, “I’m Nick the harbor master. It’s very nice to meet you.”
“And to know you’re a complete dork,” Thea muttered under her breath before walking up to Carline too.
“Hi I’m Thea Anderson the chief, nice to meet you,” she said shaking the woman’s hand.
“Nice to meet you too,” said Carline.
“Hate to run off but I got to go and take care of a matter. Good luck with your work,” said Thea walking over to her boat. She wasn’t too surprise to see one of her deputies all there busy getting the boat ready.
“Are we all set up and ready to go Billy?” she asked.
“Oh yeah all set up chief,” he said.
“Go, let’s get it started up and head out. God knows what sort of idiotic thing Hammer is up to,” said Thea as she climbed into the boat and Billy started it up.
“Suppose he’s just passed out again?” asked Billy.
“Most likely,” said Thea.
“So I have everything set up and ready for you,” said Nick leading Carline over to the boat.
“Oh good thank you,” said Carline as she climbed into the boat.
“Do you want any help on learning how to run it?” asked Nick.
“Sure that would be great,” said Carline.
“No problem,” said Nick quickly climbed into the boat and started it up into the ocean.
“So what are you hoping to research down here?” asked Nick after they had gotten further out.
“Sharks, particular great whites,” said Carline.
“Really?” said Nick, “What the hell would make you want to do that?”
“My uncle, or more like my great-uncle, told me stories about how much he use to study sharks. It fascinated me so much I thought I’d give it try and now here I am,” said Carline.
“Oh yeah?” said Nick.
“Of course now I’m sure some of his stories were made up,” said Carline, “Like there was this one story he told me about going to this town over in New England where this huge shark kept attacking the people deliberately.”
“What do you mean?” asked Nick.
“I mean that he said that it would actually go after humans and eating them willingly, unprovoked,” said Carline.
“I didn’t think sharks usually did that,” said Nick.
“They don’t, like I said it was just an elaborate story my uncle tried to told me to probably scare me,” said Carline.
“So where did he get these stories?” asked Nick.
“Oh he as a marine biologist himself,” said Carline, “Study all over the world.”
“Cool, sounds like a cool guy,” said Nick.
“Damn it Hammer where are you?” muttered Thea as she and Billy kept looking around for his boat. She grabbed the radio, “Hammer, Hammer, Erik Hammer Please Come In!”
“Anything?” asked Billy.
“Nothing!” said Thea, “I am so taking his license for this.”
“Hey I think I got it on radar here chief,” said Billy. He immediately turned the boat and headed towards the signal.
“I wonder if he’s even awake,” said Thea standing on the edge of the boat.
“We’re getting closer,” said Billy.
“Good I’m don’t know about you but I’m ready to, oh my god,” said Thea as they came up to Hammer’s boat and saw completely torn apart.
“Shit what the hell did he do now?” said Billy when he saw the wreckage. The two slowly pulled up along side the damage vessel, and could see a big hole in the side.
“Erik, Erik you there?” Thea shouted as she jumped onto the boat and looked around. She carefully walked over to the cabin and saw all of the items knocked over and Hammer’s destroyed radio.
“Well that would explain why he didn’t respond to our radios,” she said before walking back out.
“Find anything chief?” asked Billy.
“His radio’s been destroyed. I don’t get it what the hell did he hit that would do this kind of damage?” said Thea.
“You don’t think he maybe hit some rocks and fell over and drown do you?” asked Billy.
“I’m starting to worry that’s what happen,” said Thea. “There’s no sign of him anywhere.”
“Should we just go ahead and pull it in?” asked Billy.
“Yeah go ahead,” said Thea, “We’ll have to get a diving crew out to help find the body.” She reached over about to take the hook from Billy to attach to Hammer’s boat she happen to notice something particular sticking in the hole of the boat.
“Hey Billy, there’s something in the hole can you grab it?” she called out.
“On it chief,” said Billy as he reached over and managed to grab the object.
“Is it some sort of rock fragment?” asked Thea.
“No it looks more like a tooth,” said Billy holding it up.
“A tooth?” asked Thea as jumped back onto her boat, “Oh my god you’re right. It’s a shark tooth. That has got to be one of the biggest teeth I’ve ever seen.”
“So Hammer was attacked by a shark?” asked Billy.
“I guess, we’ll still have to have to examine the boat some more and see if we can’t try and find the body,” said Thea looking over the shark tooth. She studied it for a long time.
“Chief you okay?” asked Billy.
“Yeah, let’s get this thing back to the shore,” said Thea. She held the tooth in her hand for a long time. Now that she thought about it, there was another she had seen teeth this size, a long time ago when she was just a little girl and nearly eaten by a shark.
‘It has to be a coinciding,’ she thought as she put the tooth away.