“So how was the luncheon?” Michaels smirked at his partner. Gabriel just narrowed his eyes. The mayor’s wife patted his ass. “I told you to spill coffee on the chief’s desk, but you didn’t listen.”
“I do not miss political functions.” Stephan shook his head and looked up at Gabriel.
“You had to go to a lot of them?” Michaels glanced at him.
“Only black guy on the force.” Stephan shrugged. “I got dragged along to all of them.” He looked over his shoulder. “Magda had to go to, until they hired…” He frowned. “What was her name? Pretty blond girl with the…” He gestured in front of his chest.
“Violet.” Ash supplied the name. Stephan smirked at him, and Ash rolled eyes. “They were very noticeable.”
“Yeah she was…” Stephan chuckled. “Almost out of uniform a few times. Good cop. She’d bat her eyes, bend a little forward, and next thing anyone knew the suspect had babbled every bit of information they had.”
“I seem to recall a certain someone walking into a pole the time she wore a mini-dress for a sting.” Magda grinned. She caught Gabriel’s arm as he tried to go past into the house. “Where are you going?”
“To change.” Gabriel glanced down at her.
“Sorry partner.” Michaels patted his arm. “They took a vote when they learned you were in dress uniform. You’re not allowed to do that.” He looked over at where Matthias and Ted were coming up the stairs. “Erilon voted on your behalves.”
“So, it was one to…” Gabriel turned to count heads.
“Nah, it was unanimous.” Michaels grinned. “I like picking on you.” He put his hand on Gabriel’s shoulder. “Remember, our job is to serve and protect for the forces of justice and democracy.” He turned back to the grill and started putting burgers onto plates for Matthias and Ted.
Gabriel started toward the door again, and Magda stepped into his path to block him. Daniel and Laura came up the stairs, and Daniel started snickering. Gabriel exhaled and looked up at the sky. “She showed him the photo?”
“She showed him the photo,” Michaels confirmed.
“What photo?” Matthias raised an eyebrow.
“Oh for…” Gabriel took a deep breath, then he shrugged.
Michaels nearly dropped the plate he was holding when Gabriel simply started unbuttoning the jacket of the uniform. “Uh, partner?” He blinked. “What are you doing?”
“Stripping.” Gabriel continued unbuttoning the jacket.
“Is anyone…” Gabriel looked around. “Going to stop me?”
“Hell no.” Matthias grinned, then put an elbow on Ted’s shoulder. Ted was running a hand down the front of his face.