Jaws Fanfiction: Jaws, The New Generation - 5. Chapter 5
DISCLAIMER: I DO NOT OWN JAWS ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM
When the group arrived back at the docks, they were surprised to find what looked like a media circus waiting for them. Among them was her own husband.
“Hey honey,” he said running up to the boat, “What did you find…,” He stopped in mid sentence when he saw the shark that was hanging from the back of their boat.
“What do you think Joe?” asked Nick.
“That’s got to be one of the biggest sharks I’ve ever seen!” said Joe, “So is this the one that supposable killed Hammer and the divers?”
“You know about the divers already?” asked Carline surprised.
“Word can get around real fast in this town,” said Thea as she went and jumped onto the dock form the boat, “And in answer to your question we don’t know yet if this is the shark that killed those people. We won’t know until we do an autopsy.”
“Chief, are suggesting that there’s a bigger shark out there?” asked another reporter.
“I can’t say for sure at this point. Like I said, we have to do an autopsy on the shark,” said Thea.
“Hey Chief is there anyway I can get in on that?” asked Carline a little bit timidly.
“Sure,” said Thea, “If you got the stomach for it, if this is that shark that killed those people.”
“If this isn’t the shark, what do you think you’ll do chief?” asked Joe, “Do you think you’ll have to close the beaches?”
“No, no we won’t have to do anything that dramatic,” said Thea, “Just make sure the people know to be cautious for now alright?”
“Yes Ma’am,” said Joe, “So then who actually killed the shark?”
“I did,” said Thea softly.
“Chief did you just say you killed this shark?” asked another reporter.
“Yes, yes she did,” said Carline. Nick looked over at her.
“You okay?” he asked.
“She didn’t have to kill it like that. It’s not like it was purposely trying to kill her,” said Carline. Thea turned her head at that comment.
“What did you say?” she said.
“I said you didn’t have to kill that shark. It’s not like it was trying to kill you purposely,” said Carline.
“Hmm, that’s what you think,” said Thea before walking off.
“What’s that suppose to mean?” said Carline.
“Well it’s like I said. The Chief’s family has had a nasty history with sharks,” said Nick. He looked over at Carline and realized she was still upset about it.
“Hey why don’t you let me take you out to dinner tonight?” he asked.
“You’re asking me out?” asked Carline.
“Yeah you can call it that. Want to meet me at Benchley’s tonight at six?” asked Nick, “You can sort of call it your welcome to the town dinner.”
“Thanks,” said Carline, “I better go and help cut up that shark.”
“It’s not like it was trying to kill you purposely,”
Thea sat at her desk thinking about what Carline said.
‘That’s what she thinks,’ she thought, ‘I bet she’s never even seen a real life great white in real life. Stupid college students like Carline Hooper. Wait a minute, that name, Hooper. Where have I heard that name before? It sounds familiar all of a sudden.’
“Hey Chief?” said Eric bringing her out of her train of thought.
“Yeah?” she said.
“That college girl’s one the line about the shark,” said Eric.
“Oh,” said Thea as she grabbed her phone, “Hello Miss Hooper?”
“Hi Chief, we just wanted to let you know, we found no human remains in the shark’s belly,” said Carline.
“You didn’t?” said Thea, a little bit disappointed about that, “Did you find anything interesting about it?”
“Just that it’s really big and I also think it really was a baby,” said Carline, “Or at the very least really young.”
“Really?” said Thea, “So there is a bigger shark out there huh?”
“I think so. Hell this thing’s teeth aren’t even the same size as the one you pulled from Mr. Hammer’s boat,” said Carline.
“Oh that’s great! That mean’s there’s an even bigger shark out there right now!” said Thea. All of the different cops in the office looked over at her scared.
“I’m pretty sure there is,” said Carline, “You’re not going to go out and kill it now are you?”
“If it comes after me I will!” said Thea.
“You really think that shark’s going to come after you Chief?” asked Carline, “I hate to break it to you but sharks don’t do that.”
“Miss Hooper, I don’t tell you how to do your job so don’t tell me how to do mine! If I feel I have to kill that shark then I am going to kill that shark understood!” said Thea slamming her phone down.
Carline flinched a little at the way the Chief had snapped at her about that.
‘She must really not like sharks,’ she thought as she walked back over to the operations table where the dead shark was laying.
“So what’s going to happen to it now?” she asked.
“I would assume we could get it stuffed and hanged up on the docks. There are a lot of people who wouldn’t mind getting to see this thing!” said coroner.
“Hmm,” said Carline, “Have you ever seen a shark this big before?”
“No, not this big before,” said the coroner. I think the chief said something about seeing one this size before.
“Yeah that’s what Nick said,” said Carline, “Oh right I have to meet him.”
“You got a date with the harbor master?” said the coroner surprised.
“Yeah so?” asked Carline.
“Well its just he usually doesn’t date and trust me he’s quite the catch around here,” said the coroner.
“Oh, well then better not keep him waiting huh?” said Carline as she hurried off.
Thea looked up at the all of the other officers looking over at her.
“Don’t you all have work to do?” she asked.
“Um Chief, did you say that there’s still a bigger shark out there?” asked Eric.
“That’s what’s going around,” said Thea.
“Is that going to be a problem?” asked Eric.
“No, the people in this town aren’t stupid. They know what to do to not become shark lunch,” said Thea, “Just get some warning signs up at that beach pronto.”
“Sure thing Chief,” said Eric, “Hey uh Chief?”
“What?” asked Thea.
“Are you okay? You seem a little bit upset today,” said Eric.
“Well considering that we got at least four dead people on our hands and a possible monster shark out there it’s got me a little bit rattled,” said Thea.
“You know Chief you want to go home early you can. We can handle things here,” said Eric.
“Maybe I should. Give me more of a chance to really clear my head of all this shark bullshit,” said Thea as she gathered up her things, “Call me if anything really big happens got it?”
“Sure thing Chief,” said Eric.
“Well look who actually managed to find some time for her son,” was the greeting Thea got to her mother-in-law’s house. The house was actually a house boat that sat right on the water.
“Nice to see you too Miranda, Where’s my son?” asked Thea walking into the house.
“Playing in the living room,” said Miranda, “We were having so much fun playing like a mother should with her son.”
“Oh brother,” said Thea as she picked her baby up, “Hey honey, how are you doing? You ready to go home?” Thea looked out the big front window that looked right out to the water.
“Did you hear about the shark?” she asked.
“Yes, something about a monster shark attacking and killing people. But I thought you caught it,” said Miranda.
“We caught one, but it turns out it wasn’t the one that killed the people,” said Thea.
“Oh?” said Miranda, “Well still though it shouldn’t be too big of a deal. I’ve never heard of a shark attack us house boaters. But thank you for your concern dear.”
“Sure,” said Thea. Though really she was nervous about Chris being here now with the shark on the loose, “Well thank you for watching Chris again. I’ll see you later.”
“Sure see you later,” said Miranda smiling sweetly and waving as Thea walked out with Chris, “I’m happy to let Chris know what it’s like to have a real mother.”
“Oh brother,” said Thea as she buckled Chris into his baby seat, “There’s only one kind of mother your grandmother is, but I won’t say in front of you.”
“Boy is sure seems that a lot of people are against me today,” said Thea as the two of them drove home, “Both with Miranda and that Carline Hooper. Hmm there’s that name again Hooper, where I have heard that name before? Eh, I’m sure it’s no big deal.”
“Hi honey,” said Joe when he got home, “I swung by the station but they said you had gone home already. Everything alight?”
“Just upset about the shark attack and those four dead people,” said Thea.
“So did you find out if the shark you killed was the one that killed everyone?” asked Joe.
“No, according to the cornier that wasn’t the thing that killed them. In fact that shark was really a baby,” said Thea.
“A baby huh? They come in that size?” asked Joe.
“Apparently, and apparently we still have a bigger shark out there,” said Thea.
“Oh wow that’s great! That will make a great story,” said Joe.
“For you maybe,” said Thea.
“Oh don’t tell me you’re getting all upset about sharks again,” said Joe.
“I’m defiantly staring to get terrible childhood flash backs,” said Thea.
“You going to be okay with all of this honey?” asked Joe.
“Yes, yes I am. This shark’s not going to do me in! It can try all it wants but it’s not going to get me,” said Thea doing her best to convince herself that was true as well.