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dS snippet: Pigs in a Blanket

Fandom, Character: due South, Detective Jack Huey
Rating: PG
Length: 292 words
Spoilers: Juliet is Bleeding
Disclaimers: Alliance/Atlantis owns the characters, concepts, and plot lines of due South. Everything else belongs to the Muses.
Challenge: Written for the ds_snippets Rapid-Fire Challenge, with the prompt "bitter"

Thanks to brynnmck and zabira for noctural beta-duty.

Jack sat clutching the steering wheel of his car in the dim-lit parking lot of the 2-7. He should get home. Helen was expecting him.

Louis was dead.

Well, obviously Louis was dead. He'd heard the explosion, felt the heat of the flames before Vecchio pulled him away. Read the forensic reports. The coffin had weighed heavy on his shoulder.

Fraser'd worked Louis' murder like it was any other case, with his weird science facts and cute little stories. It had made Jack angry. The anger felt good at first. Warmed him up. But then the Mountie just kept digging, and digging, and digging, until the stubborn bastard actually found evidence corroborating Zuko's alibi. And that was … Jack owed the Lieutenant. Welsh had called him into his office and kept him there long enough for Fraser to get out of the building. Kept him there until he agreed that they needed to make sure they arrested the right scumbag. Because Detective Louis Gardino deserved justice.

Yeah, justice.

One good dead cop. One sweet dead girl. Jack ran into the Zuko place with his weapon drawn, shots fired, an officer at risk, Louis' killer in his sights; all the excuse a cop might need. And then he'd cuffed Michael Serento and read him his rights. So tonight his partner's murderer was sitting in a holding cell with a high-priced lawyer trying to sniff him out a deal. And tomorrow Zuko would be back at Scarpelli's drinking $300 bottles of wine.

That wasn't justice. It was just the best he could do.

The worst part was watching Fraser gently guide Vecchio, hurt and grieving, out of that press conference. Because that's what partners do.

Louis never even got his pigs in a blanket.

Comments

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sdwolfpup
Sep. 13th, 2007 05:40 am (UTC)
Really excellent snippet. I especially love the exploration of Jack's response to Fraser's digging into the case.
keerawa
Sep. 13th, 2007 01:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It was a complicated and ugly situation.
exbex
Jul. 1st, 2009 06:38 am (UTC)
Really excellent (and in-character) exploration of a character who was left mostly two-dimensional during the series.
keerawa
Jul. 2nd, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you exbex! That's one of the things I love about fanfiction; the ability to look away from the spotlight. And in the show, Jack Huey is the one who cuffs his partner's killer, brings him in.
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