Set two months after the wedding, Miranda and Bonkers get a visit from Miranda's father. Enjoy.
The warm California sun shined bright in the sky as a motorcycle came whizzing down the road, palm trees on either side. A police car followed blaring it’s siren and flashing its red and blue lights. “Stop in the name of the law.” Came Bonkers voice over the horn. Andrew the red haired officer beside him smiled but kept his attention on the task at hand.
Andrews eyes widened as he saw the motorist drive close to an intersection. Andrew grabbed his police cap as if to stop it from falling off. “Bonkers he’s heading left on the South side.” The cars engine revved up and the car sped up faster down the road.
“There’s not much cover there. We’ve got him now.” Bonkers said then slammed on the gas. They sped off after the motorist but just a few miles down the road the motorist swerved into a side street. Bonkers and Andrew both gritted their teeth as they were forced to slow down.
“Oh no. He turned into a residential area. This is going to be difficult.” Andrew said as he squeezed his cap that he now held in his hand.
“Don’t worry, I’ve done this a bunch of times. We’ll get that thief in no time flat.” Bonkers turned into the side road and dropped his speed to the required amount for the area. He scanned the street, suddenly he spotted a few streets and houses over the motorist they were looking for. “There he is. We have him now.” The police car took off and soon the motorist was close and in sight.
Soon Andrew saw the motorist just a head. “There he is.”
The motorist stopped as the motorcycles engine started to malfunction. They saw him trying to get it started as they stepped out of there police car.
Bonkers and Andrew saw the motorist who was really the suspect of a grocery store robbery getting really annoyed. He saw the two officers near by and his youthful brown eyes widened. The young man took off abandoning the bike.
Bonkers and Andrew looked at each other. “At least one day without a chase would be nice.” said Andrew.
“Aw, then life would be boring.” Bonkers smiled, then took off after the suspect as Andrew shook his head then followed his partner.
The young man ran into an alley tripping over some garbage cans. Bonkers found the young man, his back plastered against a brick wall. Bonkers simply stood there, a pair of handcuffs in his hand. “I believe I asked you to stop in the name of the law.” the tall Toon bobcat said calmly his tail swaying slowly from side to side. Andrew came running, nearly tripping over his stiff uniform shoes.
The young suspect was confused at seeing a large Toon bobcat in a police uniform standing there. The young man breathed out and tossed the bag of money on the ground and put his hands up.
“My boss isn’t going to be happy. He runs this part of town you know.”
The young man said as Bonkers cuffed him.
Andrew narrowed his eyes at that. “Don’t worry, we’re working on getting him too. Then there will be one less gang in this town.”
Bonkers smiled at Andrews enthusiasm.
Miranda set hand on her hip as she pulled the photo away, shifting her weight from one foot to the other. She could feel the impatience rising in her but she puffed her breath out through her blonde bangs.
The man behind the counter stared at the female detective. The man in his mid fifties put his large hands up in an apologetic motion. “It’s true detective, I’ve never seen the guy.”
Miranda gave the man one last look, it was the same look even Bonkers didn’t like to be on the other end of. Then she breathed out and gave the man a half smile. “Alright. Sorry to have troubled you. But here’s my number in case you hear of anything.” Miranda said giving the man her business card. “If anything comes to mind, give me a call.”
Miranda stepped out of the laundry mat. She walked past a group of young men that loitered at the end of the sidewalk. “Hey lady, I’d love to give you a call.”
Miranda smiled, for these were the same three guys that hung around and annoyed her for the last three years. “Brush off guys, you’re talking to a married woman.” Then she turned and faced the oldest in the group whose smile faded when she looked at him. “And Johnny, you should focus your efforts on keeping your pool hall up to code. I hear the fines are extremely high these days.” The man gave her a serious look and the men all stayed quiet. “Yeah, sad isn’t it. Have a nice day gentlemen.”
Miranda walked back to her car where her partner waited. She ran a hand her blonde bangs before opening the drivers side door and sat down.
“You didn’t get the sodas did you.” came a young woman’s voice.
Miranda looked at the brunette beside her, a petite girl hair tied in a bun, a loose gray blouse over black pants. “Sorry Angie. I’ll spring for coffee when we get back to the precinct.”
The petite girl smiled but crossed her arms. “You said that last time but you ended up rushing to clock out.”
Miranda started the car. “I’m sorry.”
“Hey don’t worry, I get it. You couldn’t wait to see the new hubby.” The girl said with a smile. “So how is it?”
Miranda looked at her a moment, before focusing back on the road. Miranda wasn’t use to having conversations like this, especially with a new partner she just got two weeks ago. She hasn’t even told her about Bonkers, just that she was married. Miranda knew she was never the girly girl, she was never one for chatter and gossip. “Um, how is what?” Miranda asked.
The petite woman beside her laughed. “Aw Miranda, you’re so funny. Marriage silly. He must be a real dreamboat for you to settle down.”
“Uh, he’s definitely the one for me.” Then Miranda started remembering that morning and how Bonkers had awakened her with a kiss on the nose. She smiled at the memory. “He’s everything I could have ever wanted.”
Angie looked at her. “Aw, you’re so lucky to have found a guy. All the guys I meet are weirdoes. I bet your hubby is a down to earth guy, real straight cut, the picture of normal right.”
Miranda remembered how she accidentally pinched Bonkers tail in the door the other day, a long yowl escaping him. “Um, I think normal is boring.”
“Yeah you’re right.” Angie replied.
Then the car continued on its way down the road.
At 6:20 pm, Miranda’s old dog Charlie barked as he heard someone at the door. The door opened and Bonkers pulled his key free of the lock and bent down to pet the old dog. “Hey the there buddy. Yeah, I’m a little late. Thought I’d stop by the market before coming home.”
The tall Toon bobcat tossed his keys in a bowl on the dresser by the door. The bobcat swayed his tail as he stepped around the dog. “Come on now, I have to put this bag down.” Bonkers made his way into the kitchen and set the bag down. He saw the light on the answering machine. “Oh, a message.”
Bonkers pressed the button before taking out the groceries.
-Miranda, darlin I’m sorry it’s been a while. I just had a hard time imaging you a married woman. Especially since-well I just thought I’d give you a call. Give me a call darlin. I love you.-
Bonkers stared at the answering machine. He recognized the voice but barely. It was Miranda’s father. Bonkers remembered the man had come to the wedding but said very little. Miranda had said her father was an old fashioned rancher and new things, new ideas were hard for him to understand. Bonkers knew Miranda’s father wasn’t thrilled at the idea of his daughter marrying a Toon. But he came at Shirley’s encouragement. Also he had promised Miranda’s mother he would be at both his daughters weddings. He had to play his part as promised.
Bonkers breathed out and stared at their wedding picture on the fridge.
“Don’t worry Mr. Wright, I promise to make Miranda happy.”
Miranda waved at the Captain after clocking out for the evening.
“Night, see you Monday.”
Then she left the station made her way towards her car. She glanced at her watch. “Wow, I’m really late tonight, I’d better call Bonkers so he doesn’t worry.” She shoved her hands in her pockets but she realized she left her cell phone at home. She found a quarter and jogged over to a public phone. Suddenly she saw a familiar looking man sitting at an outside café across the street. The brown hair and graying mustache and broad chin were definitely a clue to who see thought it was.
“It couldn’t be. Dad!” She waved then went to cross the street. “Dad!”
She made it across just a car passed behind her.
The man turned at the sound of the call and when he was the familiar blonde woman, he smiled and stood up catching her in his large strong arms.
“Miranda, my little girl.” Miranda was lifted off her feet. He set her down and looked at her. “Did you get my call darlin?”
“No Dad, I’ve been at work, I was just heading home now. What are you doing here? I haven’t you since the wedding.”
The older man turned his head sadly, and ran a hand through graying hair. “I know darlin it’s been a while.”
“Going on two months.” Miranda a hand on her father’s shoulder. “Dad, I miss you. I really do. And I wish you could understand.”
“I wish I could too. But darlin for me, to know my baby girl is married to a Toon. It’s just hard.”
Miranda took her father’s hand looking at him kindly. “Dad, Bonkers is a good person, and he makes me happy.”
“I know that. I have no doubt he’s a nice guy. But Darlin, he’s a Toon.” They stared at each other across the small table. “When you were little, I knew you were not a delicate girl. You helped me on the ranch and could pitch a ball further then any boy in town. That’s why I wasn’t surprised when you told me you joined the police academy. You were definitely my girl.”
Miranda smiled at him. She knew how much her father loved her, but she also knew she had to find a way to make him understand how much she and Bonkers were meant to be together.
He took her other hand, looking into her eyes, she could feel the concern and love in his warm brown eyes. She knew she was so much like her father, so there had to be a way for him to understand.
“Miranda, I just want to know if this is what you really want. You’re still young and-” He ban but she didn’t let him finish.
“Daddy, we love each other, this what I want more than anything in the world.” She smiled gently at him. “Listen, it’s getting late, Bonkers will be worried. Why don’t you come over for dinner. He’s been asking when you would visit. Today is a good a day as any. What do you say?”
Miranda’s father leaned back in his seat. The older man, hair graying with age, his mustache heavy beneath his nose, he thought about how much he loved his youngest daughter and how he promised his late wife to be civil to the man that she married. A quirky smile came to the mans handsome face.
“Sure Darlin, why not. I guess it’s time I got to know the guy that’s captured my girls heart.”
Miranda smiled and tossed her arms around him. “Oh Dad, you’ll see it will be great. I’ll call him and tell him you’re in town and coming over for dinner.”
Bonkers heard the microwave timer and slid into the kitchen. His fuzzy toon slippers giggling. “Oh come on, I just dozed off, it’s been a long day.” He took the bowl out of the microwave and heard the phone ring. “Oh, I hope that’s Miranda. It’s getting late.”
The tall Toon bobcat slid over to the phone. “Next time I won’t wax the floors.” he grabbed the receiver. “Miranda, hey Sweetheart where are you? It’s really late.” Bonkers listened then dropped the receiver. Then he picked it up again when he heard her calling his name. “Uh yeah, that sounds great. Don’t worry about a thing. I will have everything under control here.”
Bonkers squeezed the phone cord as he spoke. “Uh huh. Yes, don’t worry. I’ll see you soon Sweetheart.”
Bonkers hung up the phone then shouted in the kitchen, pulling on his honey blonde hair. “I can’t believe her father is coming over and this place is a mess. It’s bad enough he doesn’t like me, now I have to get dinner ready and clean up and make everything look normal so her father won’t worry about her so much. This won’t be any fun.” His tail dragged behind him as he slowly walked out of the kitchen.
The tall Toon bobcat went to work cleaning up the apartment and starting dinner. Bonkers quickly seasoned a chicken and tossed it in the oven on high. Then put some potatoes and vegetables to simmer on low. He opened a kitchen window to air out the apartment then went to work picking up the laundry and emptying out the garbage cans.
He shoved the laundry in the hamper but it was full. “Oh great, we forgot to do laundry last weekend. Why did we forget the laundry?” Then he remembered the last weekend and a smile came to his fuzzy face. “Oh, right.” He blushed at the memory but worked to squeeze the clothes in as much as the hamper would hold.
Bonkers ran into the bathroom to clean it but he tripped on the rug and went head over tail and landed on his back. His toon slippers laughing. “Not funny.” He got up stiffly. “I have to get this place in order before they get here.”
He worked quickly as possible, glad he still had much of his Toon ability. “Desert!” He grabbed some eggs and flour and started preparing the cake mixture. He caught sight of his reflection in the toaster. He blonde hair standing on end, his fur all bristly, his house clothes all dingy. “ I’d better wash up.” He checked the food, it had more time, enough for him to wash up and get all dressed.
But he jumped as he heard keys in the door. “Oh no. They’re here already.”
“Bonkers?! I’m home. Sorry I’m late Honey.” Miranda smiled as she smelled the food cooking. “Wow, are you cooking? Smells great. Bonkers?”
Mr. Wright looked around and saw the apartment was in good shape. He smiled at his daughter. Didn’t know he could cook.”
“We both needed to learn.” She smiled.
“So where is my son-in-law.” Mr. Wright sat himself on the sofa.
“Maybe he’s in the room. I’ll get him.” Miranda hurried into the bedroom and found Bonkers laying on the bed with the sheet over his head.
“He hates me I know it.”
Miranda came and sat down next to him and pulled the sheet away. “Bonkers, you’re being too hard on yourself. My Dad likes you, it just takes time for an old rancher like him to get use to the fact his youngest daughter is a married woman.” She leaned in a kissed him. “You’ve done great so far, the place looks great and dinner smells wonderful. “Come on, he wants to see you. You asked me when he would visit, now he’s visiting.”
Bonkers covered himself with the sheet again. “Is it too late to tell him I’m sick?”
Miranda smiled and tugged the sheet away. “Yes it is. And besides, one night won’t kill you. Besides I think you and Dad will find you have a lot in common.”
Jonathan Wright smiled as he saw his daughters wedding portrait on the wall over a small side table. He never saw his daughter look more beautiful. He stood up and walked over the portrait. It was just amazing for him to realize his daughter; the little rough and tumble girl who didn’t even flinch at a bucking horse or get squeamish at a bucket of bugs, was a grown woman.
He knew the years had passed so quickly. It seemed one moment she was twelve, the next she moving out to be a police officer. But that made him proud. To know his daughter was up holding the law. Like her grandfather. Jonathan knew his father was a tough county ranger and he knew his daughters love of police came from him.
He stared at the portrait, he shook his head and smiled again, seeing his daughter in that beautiful white dress, hair all done up like a princess.
“Where did the time go?” He said to himself.
He thought about Bonkers and how sweet the Toon could be. But he still thought the toon would not be able to truly make his daughter happy. But there was nothing he could do but have a little faith and maybe everything would be alright.
“Hey, sorry, I was changing out of my work clothes.” Miranda said as she came out of the room in a shorts and a blouse. “I’ll set the table.”
Bonkers stood there as Jonathan looked at him. The toon bobcat had faced criminals less frightening then this tall human. “Hello Mr. Wright, I’m glad you could come.” Bonkers went to shake the mans hand but he was shocked when the man grabbed him gave him a big bear hug, and clapping him on the back. Bonkers was almost out of breath.
“I’m glad to be here. I know it’s been a while. I can tell you’re a good cook, that’s good to know my boy.”
Bonkers ears drooped past his shoulders as he stared at the tall human. A tough rancher indeed. “Uh, thanks. Can I get you anything?”
“No don’t worry about it, let’s just get dinner on the table. I’m starved.”
Bonkers went to Miranda, getting close behind her as she set the glasses down. “I didn’t know he was so--big.”
Miranda chuckled. “It will be fine. Just loosen up, you’ll be fine.”
But as the night went on, things didn’t go as smoothly as he hoped.
First Bonkers went to pour Jonathan a glass of wine but he was so nervous he spilled the wine. Then the cake Bonkers had in the oven burned and to top it all off Jonathan was allergic to Bonkers fuzzy toon slippers that kept rubbing on his leg while they drank tea after dinner.
Bonkers tossed his slippers in the bedroom and shut the door, but he shut the door on his own tail which made him jump and screech like an ally cat. Miranda ran to him while Jonathan stared wide eyed.
“Bonkers Honey, are you okay?” She knelt beside him.
“No I’m not.” Bonkers stood up and walked over to the living room window and stared out at the night sky. “Oh Miranda, I wanted everything to be perfect, but now your father will never like me.”
Miranda her arms around him.
Jonathan realized Bonkers was the sweetest, loyal, bravest little guy he had ever met. If anyone could make his daughter happy it was Bonkers.
Bonkers heard a hardy laughter come from Jonathan and his ears drooped even more. The man came over and set a hand on each of their shoulders.
“Bonkers my boy, nothing is ever perfect. I know you’ll always do the very best you can for my darlin here.” Miranda smiled. “I know you two will be just fine. Bonkers my boy, you’re fine in my book.”
Bonkers brightened up and smiled as he looked at him. “Really?” Bonkers jumped up and hugged the big man, surprising him. “Oh thank you Mr. Wright. I promise, I’ll make Miranda happy. I won’t let you down.”
Jonathan smiled as the toon bobcat stood on his own two feet. Miranda stood next to him, her arm around him.
“Miranda Darlin,” Jonathan started. “I’m sorry about all this. “I just wanted to be sure you were happy. And I see now you and Bonkers will be happy for a long time.”
“Yeah, Thanks Daddy.” Bonkers laughed.
“Call me Jonathan.”
They all smiled at one another.
“Say, I know a good restaurant that’s open late.” Jonathan started. “Come on, desserts on me.”
Miranda and Bonkers smiled then hugged for they knew everything would be okay. Bonkers and Miranda went to change their clothes while Jonathan went and stared out at the night sky.
“Our little girl is okay Honey. She has your spunk. So I know she’ll be fine. But keep an eye on them, just in case.”
Miranda and Bonkers came out of the room dressed and ready to go. “Hey Jonathan, did I ever tell the story of the time when Miranda and I went to Japan after defeating a ton called Zee-bot.”
Miranda rolled her eyes. “Maybe that’s not the best story to tell right now.”
“No, you haven’t.” Jonathan replied rather intrigued. “Never seen the place myself.”
Miranda shook her head, but smiled for she knew everything would be alright. As long as they were together, Bonkers and Miranda would always be alright.