Characters: Dee, Chief Smith.
Setting: Early in the manga.
Summary: Dee’s late for work, but he has a good excuse…
Written Using: The dw100 prompt ‘Late’.
Disclaimer: I don’t own FAKE, or the characters. They belong to the wonderful Sanami Matoh.
A/N: This one’s a double drabble and a half, 250 words.
“Sorry, Sir,” Dee apologised when the Old Badger started in at him for being late to work. “I’d have been on time, but there was a bit of an incident on the Subway.”
“What kind of incident? And why am I only hearing about this now?”
“Uh, well technically it wasn’t a matter for the police, and it didn’t happen in our precinct anyway.”
“What exactly did happen?”
Dee plucked a feather out of his hair. “A pigeon got inside one of the subway cars and freaked out. Passengers were panicking even worse than the bird, screamin’ and carryin’ on; it was total chaos. Nobody seemed to know what to do about it, so I had to wade in there, throw my jacket over the damned bird and take it up to street level. By the time I got back down again I’d missed my train and had to wait for the next one.”
The Chief stared at Dee in disbelief. “Of all the lame excuses I’ve heard from you, that one takes the cake.”
“It’s all true, Chief, I swear.”
“Just get to work, Laytner.”
The next morning, Dee found he’d made the papers. There was a grainy black and white photo of him tossing his jacket over the bird and another smaller one of him releasing it on the street, along with a headline reading: ‘HERO COP RESCUES PASSENGER PIGEON’.
“Well I’ll be damned,” the Chief muttered, scratching his head. “Laytner was actually telling the truth.”