Who is brutally murdering the male residents of the Hourglass Heights apartment complex?
Tell us a little about yourself. Who are you? What’s your role in Hourglass Heights?
I’m a police captain on paper, and outside of my professional career I don’t have much going for me. I’m single, with no prospects on the horizon in that department. But I have enough on my plate on a day-to-day basis to keep my mind and body busy and alive.
I was Marcia’s father’s partner back in the day, and a close friend of the Tanaka family. I was devastated when my partner was killed when Marcia was only sixteen years old, and every day since I have tried to fill the void her father’s death left behind: father figure, best friend, confidant and mentor to name but a few.
What’s the challenge you are trying to overcome in the story?
From a professional point of view, I want to catch a serial killer who has been brutally murdering the residents (the husbands) of the Hourglass Heights apartment complex. A little over fifteen years ago, I made a promise to my partner, Shinji Tanaka. He had a daughter who was fifteen years old at the time, and we made a pact that we would make sure our respective families were okay in the event the job took us away from them.
I never did end up with a family, unless you included little Marcia Tanaka. When her father was killed I made good on that promise to the best of my ability. Maybe my best wasn’t good enough, but I tried. I was always available to both Marcia and her mother over the years, and I guess you could say I sacrificed a lot in order to make that happenbut it was something I would have done a thousand times over.
I helped Marcia realise her ambition of becoming a police detective. I didn’t make it easy on her, but if I was to stay true to the ‘protect’ part of the pact, then I would need to make sure she not only became a detective, but that she became a strong, competent one, too. I am proud to say I lived up to my word, and she has the potential to go all the way to the top. If only…
If only I’d been able to protect her from herself. If only I could have helped her grieve and manage the guilt she clung on to over the death of her father. If only… This dark and noisy barrier is still tormenting my Marcia. It won’t let her go without a fight, but I will be here for her when she needs me, and even when she doesn’t.
She isn’t dead. I still have time to make her happy, and I will not stop until my final breath.
Name one thing that you want and how far you are willing to go to get it.
I want Marcia to lead a happy and fruitful life, and there are no lines I wouldn’t cross to make this happen.