One Small Victory
Jenny Jasik has a secret she can tell no one, not even her family, and if anything goes wrong, it may get her killed.
Life can change in just an instant. That’s the harsh reality that Jenny Jasik faces when her son, Michael, is killed in an automobile accident. She is a single mother with two other children, Scott and Alicia. Ralph, her ex-husband, left her six years ago for a younger woman. He moved to California and has all but abandoned them. When Jenny sees an item in the newspaper about a special task force forming at the local police department, she goes to the station and demands to be part of that team. She stands firm in the face of objections from Chief Gonzales. He finally agrees to let her work with them as a Confidential Informant if she passes a physical fitness test and a psychological screening. He also tells her that if she works with them it will be in the strictest confidence. She is to tell no one. Not her kids. Not her mother. Not her best friend. Not even her dog.
As the weeks pass and Jenny gets deeper into the drug scene, hiding what she’s doing from everyone becomes harder and harder. How many more lies can she tell to explain why she stays out half the night? Then there’s the problem of Ralph. Scott has been dumping his frustration on his father, and Ralph threatens to start action to get the kids if Jenny doesn’t stop whatever it is she’s doing.
Further complications arise when Chico, the dealer Jenny has been buying from, disappears. The DEA agents report that unusual things are happening at the ranch where the Main Man does his business. There is concern for the safety of all involved in this sting and Jenny is offered a chance to get out, but she stays.
A plan develops to take down the Main Man, and for Jenny, that moment can’t come soon enough. All she has to do is get the details of the big buy recorded, and then the police can arrest the Man. That scene unravels quickly, and Jenny is forced to shoot a man who is turning a gun on her. This was not part of the plan and definitely not something that Jenny wants to tell her children or her ex-husband.
Maybe Michael will understand.