Officer Vantas sips his fresh coffee inside the police department, and then he spits it out. “Damn it Gamzee!”
His partner, Officer Harley laughs at his misfortune, “Another bad batch Karkat?”
The troll grumbles, “I thought I told him to buy a new coffee maker!” He dumps the liquid into a nearby trash can.
“You did, I guess he forgot,” she presumes. Karkat gets out of his chair. “Going to get another cup from here?”
“Yeah you want anything Jade?” he offers.
“No, but if you could hand me the document over the Beoma case, then that would be great.” Karkat grabs the file on his desks and passes it Jade. She thanks him as he walks away for some better coffee.
Jade looks over the file sighing, it has been a week since Aradia was saved, and things are just starting to go back to normal. They’ve been handling traffic jams, served speeding tickets, worked crowd control when Aradia was released from the hospital, and filed reports of course. Sadly her two closes co-workers are acting differently. Jade recognizes that Karkat must feel differently towards his boss; keeping that kind of secret really changes the outlook of someone. When her boss Chief Zahhak returned to work two days after the break out, well things were a little awkward around them. Karkat would never reveal in public the affair because the chief already has his strange blood color on him. As for Jade, she really isn’t the type to use black mail, but it still worries the chief to this day.
As for Jade’s other co-worker, she has been acting out of it. Vriska hasn’t had the same perky attitude since Aradia mentioned John. However the good news is Vriska is slowly recovering and getting over the whole ordeal, but someday Jade would like to know Vriska’s story that freaked her out so.
Speaking of Vriska, it is getting close to ‘checking in’ time for her. Officers Harley and Vantas came over early to get some late paper work done.
Jade looks at her watch figuring Vriska only has six minutes before she is late. The human requested that the spider troll tries to come in on time, but every time Vriska claims something kept her behind. Jade sighs, there’s only so much control she has over Vriska; especially with the control that troll has over the chief.
Karkat returns with his coffee, “How far are we?” Jade does a quick count of the files.
“We got almost a dozen more.”
Officer Vantas groans, “You’re kidding me. Why the fuck does this department need so much paperwork?”
Jade gives a light laugh, “It’s important for the organization of Skaia’s law enforcers. Don’t want to end up arresting the wrong person or something.”
The troll gives her a look, “What did you read that out of the fucking manual?”
“Some of us remember the manual from our training days,” she retorts. “Also you probably shouldn’t swear in here.”
“There’s hardly anyone around us, and like I give a fuck anyways,” Karkat says. He looks at his partner with some new interest, “How old are you?”
Jade continues to look over her paperwork, “Wow Karkat, you’re asking a woman how old she is. Are you going to ask me my weight next?”
“Like you’re old or fat,” he argues. “I just want to know. You came directly to Skaia after graduating from the academy right?”
“Yeah,” the woman looks around and abandons her papers, “I’m twenty-one.”
Karkat laughs disbelieving, “Wait seriously?” The troll sees Jade’s purse nearby so he quickly steals it.
“Hey that’s mine!”
“Calm down Jade,” Karkat says rummaging through her bag, “I just want to see your law enforcement license.”
Jade starts to freak out, “No don’t!”
The troll continues to laugh, “I think the theory of the new recruits’ photo is still accurate. We used to have a joke with my fellow classmates that the younger you are when the photo is taken, the worse it is. Dang Harley you have a lot of shit here.” Jade tries to steal the bag back, but Karkat keeps it out of her reach, “Found it!” He grabs the wallet out and opens it. “Oh fuck Jade what?”
Jade steals the wallet back, “My friend told me it would look natural!” On the license is a very orange-ly tanned Jade Harley.
“Dear Grub you- hahaha!” Karkat laughs at his partner; while Jade covers her face in shame.
“It was a mistake!”
“Pst, hey Jade,” a lispy troll calls from another desk, “Want to see Karkat’s first photo?”
Karkat remains calm, “Nice try Sollux, I burned the thing as soon as I got another one renewed.”
Officer Captor is unfazed, “I pulled it up in the police archives, I’m looking at it now.” Karkat turns red and finds Jade already running towards the computer. Her partner tries to stop her, but she’s too fast.
“Oh God Karkat! Is that eyeliner?”
Karkat drops his face onto his desk, “It was a fucking phase.”
Officer Harley and Captor are looking at a young emo Officer Vantas. “I think it looks a little cute,” Jade says to comfort him.
Then Vriska bursts into the room huffing, “I’m in!”
Jade checks the clock, “Vriska you’re on time!” The human runs up to her friend to give a hug.
“Personal space Jade,” Vriska commands. Officer Harley backs off smiling.
“I’m just so proud of you. No one thought you could do it!”
“Yeah first time in your whole career,” Karkat mutters into his desk.
Jade pulls Vriska’s arm towards Sollux’s desk, “I have to show you this picture of Karkat.”
But before the spider troll could consent, the secretary, Kanaya rushes in panicking, “Everyone please come outside immediately.” All officers run outside the department.
Outside of the department on the road is an adult troll lying on his back. He doesn’t move but he makes a few moans on the ground. Officer Harley and Vantas rush forward urging everyone else to stay back to give him air. The duo carefully turns the troll to his back having Jade hold his head up in support.
Karkat finds the troll’s symbol allowing him to discover this troll to be a brown blood. “What’s your name?” he asks.
The troll moans a little, “Ta-Tav-Tavros . . Nitram.”
“Do you know what happened to you?”
“Uh . . I think . . a ca-car hit me.”
“Did you see the car?”
“N- Not really. I uh don’t th-think I rem-ember. But I sa-saw the driver.” Tavros squirms a little but Jade holds him tight. “I uh don’t think I can feel my legs.”
“Yeah that’ll happen,” Karkat says. Jade shoots him a disapproving look, “What?” He turns back to the victim, “What did the driver look like?”
“A sh-she I think. Also a troll.” The two officer share an unhappy look because the perpetrator is obvious to them already. “Oh and she had this ho-horrible eye!”
Karkat turns to the crowd, “Vriska get over here.” Vriska steps forwards shocked.
“What you don’t think that I di-“
“Get over here now Vriska,” Jade orders not amused. Vriska slowly walks over, and Karkat has her kneel next to him over Tavros.
“Is this her?” Karkat ask.
“I-I think so.”
Jade sighs, “Vriska.”
“What?” she says, “You wanted me to be on time.”
“Yes, but I didn’t want you to nearly kill someone in the process!”
“Well be more specific next time!”
“Fucking damn it Vriska!” Karkat yells, “You think there’s going to be a next time? You’ll get jail time for this, or he’ll sue the entire department!”
Vriska panics realizing what that would mean to her. She tries to think fast, “Uh hm.” She quickly brings a hand to her head before Jade or Karkat could stop her.
Tavros throws his own hand up to grab Vriska’s boob.
“Thank grub his hands and arms still work” she mutters. She turns back to the crowd of officers and a few pedestrians, “There! He grabbed my boob, sexual assault! You all saw it!” The officers on the sidelines mutter in confusion to their selves.
“W-What?” Tavros cries, “but I didn’t-“ Vriska throws a hand over his mouth.
“The damage has already been done you pervert. I hope you’re happy you sick fuck, I’m an engaged troll!” Tavros looks like he’s about to cry.
“Vriska, that’s not what you’re supposed to do,” Karkat shouts besides her. “You fucking ran him over!” Jade shakes her head unable to comprehend this entire incident.
The spider troll rolls her eyes. She then leans over to Tavros and whispers “You’re going to drop all charges right?”
He is really scared right now and would have craped his pants if he hadn’t already during the accident, “But you ra-“
She stares him down with her seven pupil eye, “Listen, who you think the fucking court will listen to? The sexually abused blue blood? Or an accidentally ran over brown blood?”
Tavros looks at her and soon turns his head up to look at Jade, “I think that I’m uh going to drop all charges now.” Vriska backs up and smiles at Karkat.
Officer Vantas drags the spider troll away from the victim. He turns to the crowd and tells them to get lost. Jade carefully sets Tavros’s head down and joins her companions.
“Vriska that was a fucking dirty move,” Karkat nags.
“Soooooooo? It’s over now, case closed,” she counters.
Vriska tries to leave, but Karkat grabs her by the shoulder and spins her around, “Oh no, you’re not getting out of this one.”
“What do you mean?”
“What I mean is for the next week you are going to help Tavros adjust while he recovers.”
Vriska is flabbergasted, “No way am I going to do that. I’ll talk to Eq-“
“I’m technically your boss, so no,” he interrupts. “You are not threatening the chief on this. You need to learn your lesson.”
“What!” She turns to Jade, “Come on he’s crazy!”
Officer Harley looks back and forth at her coworkers, “Vriska, I’m siding on Karkat with this one.”
Vriska stares at the human feeling betrayed. Karkat pulls her to Tavros who is still lying on the floor. An ambulance comes by the building to pick him up, and the medics carefully
lift him from the ground. In the stretcher, Karkat explains what’s going to happen to Tavros now, “Vriska here is going to care for you for a week. You just tell her what to do, and she better do it. If she doesn’t or you have any problems with her, then call the police and I’ll deal with her.”
“Uh wait what if I don’t want her to-“
“Don’t care,” the officer interposes. He then pushes Vriska into the ambulance, “Have fun you two.” And with that the ambulance drives off to the hospital.
Both officers return to their desk already too exhausted to finish their draining paperwork.
When the time came for lunch, and the two were discussing food options, a woman walks into the department. As the only remaining officers, Karkat and Jade walk up to the woman.
Kanaya paces in slightly annoyed, “Sorry Mr. Vantas and Ms. Harley, she just barged in. I tried to tell her that she needed to arrange an appointment with me, but she just wouldn’t listen.”
“That’s alright Kanaya,” Jade assures waving her away.
The woman pushes her short blonde hair behind her ear. She’s a nicely dressed woman with a light purple top and a black skirt. “Excuse me,” she starts, “I need the police’s help.”
Jade gives a little giggle, “Well you’ve certainly have come to the right place. Now what do you need?”
The woman returns a small smile, “Indeed I have, and well . . . there’s a corpse in the bookstore that I work at.”