In the seven years Jess had known Matt she had never seen him like this before. Walking to his side she put her hand gently on his shoulder.
“Matt…” she said softly “Do you want to talk”
Matt lifted his head and looked deep into her eyes. So many times he had confided in her, so many times he had told her things he thought he would never tell anyone. He trusted her more than he had ever trusted anyone in his life. But this was different; this was about James, her colleague, her friend. This was something he couldn’t tell her. “Matt…” she said again. Matt nodded. A silent response to so many unanswered questions. “Shall we go in your office?” Matt nodded again. Jess hated seeing him like this, these cases always affected him the most and it broke her heart to see the usually cheerful man, walking round with his head down, barely eating and certainly not sleeping. Taking him by the hand she led him into his office, turning on the lights as she did so. Matt took the seat behind the over crowed desk as Jess took the one in front of it. She sat silently as Matt flicked through the papers; she didn’t want to push him in to saying anything so she just watched him. Finally Matt found what he was looking for, opening the folder, he placed it on the desk and spun it round for Jess to read. Leaning forward as Matt fell backwards, she picked up the folder and started to read, Matt eyes constantly searching her face for any signs of a reaction. “Where’s the tape” Matt reached into his draw and pulled out a small cassette. Jess’s face went a slight shade of red as her eyes searched the room. “I didn’t know you cameras in here.”