Serenade Part 5


The phone woke them both up. Lennie picked up the receiver. Anita went back to sleep. 

“Briscoe,” he said sleepily. 

“Len? You’re in bed?” Mike replied. “Oh. It happened. How was it?” 

Lennie looked at the still sleeping form of Anita lying next to him. “She’s still here, Mikey.” 

“Did you think she wouldn’t be, Len?” Mike said jokingly 

“Actually, no, I didn’t. She’s still sleeping. Mike, I can’t describe it. I have never felt like this before--certainly not with either of my ex’s. It’s like we’ve known and loved each other forever. Can you understand what I’m trying to say? 

“Yeah, I do...and I’m jealous of you!” Mike replied. “Katie’s the closest one I’ve found that makes me feel that way. Did you and Anita talk about going out to eat with Katie and me?” 

“Well...not quite. We, ah, didn’t talk much,” Lennie said sheepishly. 

“Lennie Briscoe...You STUD!!! You mean--YOU DID IT???” 

“Can I plead the 5th?” Lennie replied, grinning. 

“NO! I have to have details of this!” 

“Not now, Mikey. Maybe later. I gotta go. Talk to you later, OK? Bye.” He hung up the receiver and looked for a long time at Anita sleeping next to him. Shaking his head, he thought, My God. I’m old enough to be her father, and yet I love her. She’s the part of me that I’ve been missing for so long. Just then, Anita turned over, stretched, yawned and 
opened her eyes. For a moment, panic went through her mind and body because she woke up in unfamiliar surroundings. 

“It’s OK, sweetheart. I’m here,”Lennie said soothingly. 

“Ohhh...Lennie. I’m so glad I’m here with you. I had a bad dream. Would you mind holding me?” 

Lennie reached over and took her in his arms. “I’ll hold you forever, my darling Anita!” He said. She sighed as he gently caressed her face and kissed her. 


“Have you found out anything at all, Mikey?” Lennie questioned. He had woke up to a doorbell ringing incessantly. It was Logan. 

“ snitch knows anything. It’s like, snitch on the Mafia, you’re dead!” Lennie got up and paced the floor. 

“Someone’s gotta know something!” 

Just then, Anita called through the shut bedroom door. “Lennie? Who’s there?” 

“It’s just Mikey, honey. It’s safe,” he replied. The door opened and Anita came out wearing one of Lennie’s white shirts. “The rest of my clothes are back home. I didn’t think I would be staying,” she said sheepishly. Lennie grinned at the sight. Logan said, “Hey, Len, she’s going to put bumps in your shirt, you know!” 

Lennie replied quietly, “At least they’re nice bumps....” Anita quickly changed the subject. “Mike, do you want some coffee?” 

“Sure,” he replied. “I’ll take a cup.” She went into the kitchen and Lennie watched her go. Seeing the byplay, Logan commented, “ Lennie...she’s become someone very special, hasn’t she?” 

“Mikey, my very good friend,” Lennie replied, “You have no idea how special. Do you know, there was a part of me I never knew existed--until she came along. I don’t know how I got along without her as long as I did!” 

At that point, they heard a gunshot, breaking glass, and Anita screaming. “HIT THE FLOOR!” Lennie bellowed as Logan tore out of the apartment and ran down the stairs. Lennie drew his gun, flattened himself against the wall and peered out of the window, only to see a black Lincoln 4-door driving away. He then knelt down to check on Anita. 

“Are you all right? Anita?? SPEAK TO ME!!!” He pulled her into his arms, looked her over and saw blood on the sleeve of her right arm. 

“L-Lennie?” she whispered. 

“Oh, God---Anita! I thought...” 

“I’m Ok, I think. There’s pain in my arm, but otherwise, I’m all right.” 

He hugged her close and kissed her forehead. Logan came back in, saw them on the floor, and was immediately concerned. 

“Is she all right?” he asked. 

“Yeah,” Len replied. “She’s got a cut on her arm from the flying glass. Did you get a plate on that Lincoln?” 

“Yeah,” Mike said. “ I’ll run it through DMV. Does she need to go to the hospital?” Lennie looked at Anita, who was shaking her head . “No, I’m all right. It’s just a little cut. I’m more scared than anything.” 

“You’re sure, honey?” Lennie questioned. 

“I’m sure. As long as you and Mike are close by, I’ll be fine...nothing’s going to happen!” 

Lennie grinned. “I appreciate the vote of confidence, honey! We have to keep you safe. I don’t want ANYTHING happening to you!” 

Mike said, “I’m going to go run that plate, Len. Call me if you need anything, OK?” 

“Sure, kid. Talk to you later.”Mike left and Lennie immediately turned his attention to Anita. 

“Let’s take a look at that cut, ‘Nita,”he said. 

Anita did a double-take. “What did you just call me, Lennie?” 

Lennie stopped. “ I called you ‘Nita. Is that all right?” 

She got up unsteadily and hugged Lennie. “Honey, I don’t care what you call me, as long as you still love me when you say it!” 

He reached out and caressed her cheek. “To think I could have lost you today...I....” 

She placed a finger on his lips. “Don’t say it. Don’t think it. I’m not going anywhere and neither are you. Now that I’ve found you, you’re stuck with me, Lennie. I love you.” With that, she removed her finger and replaced it with her lips. Afterward, Lennie said, “I love you too, ‘Nita. I think I have forever. Let’s take a look at that cut...I don’t want it to get infected and leave a scar!” 

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