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Title: Safety Tips for a Woman Jogging Alone at Night
Fandom: Elementary
Rating PG
Characters: Joan Watson
Length: 100
Alternate Link: AO3
Author's Notes: Written for the watsons_woes JWP Prompt 2015 #23: Improvised Tools. Unbeta'd.

Summary: When Joan got her first job, her mom gave her an article that included 15 tips for women out in the city at night. Tonight, one of those tips saved her life.

"- you'll be too dead to care," the suspect sneered at Joan, aiming a handgun at her.

He was 30 feet away. Too far to run before he pulled the trigger. There was no cover. No time. Joan sprinted down the sidewalk at him, keys clasped tightly in her hand. Half-way there, she threw them at his face as hard as she could.

He ducked, yelping, and then Joan barreled into him, knocking the gun out of his hand.

"Bitch bwoke my nose," he later complained to the arresting officers.

"This 'bitch' played two years of fastpitch softball," Joan informed him.

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( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
capt_facepalm
Jul. 24th, 2015 02:46 am (UTC)
Yeah! You go, girl!
Good thing women's rugby hadn't caught on back then.
keerawa
Jul. 25th, 2015 09:47 pm (UTC)
Hah! Or roller-derby. Well, luckily, all the girls who would now play rugby were playing softball back then. Have you seen how physical those games can get?

Thanks, captain!
kitmerlot1213
Jul. 24th, 2015 01:42 pm (UTC)
I love how badass Joan is--WOO HOO!!
keerawa
Jul. 25th, 2015 09:48 pm (UTC)
Me too. Thank kitmerlot1213!
road_rhythm
Jul. 28th, 2015 07:54 pm (UTC)
YES. JOAN SPRINTING RIGHT AT THE MOTHERFUCKER INSTEAD OF AWAY BECAUSE IT'S THE ONLY LOGICAL THING TO DO. YESSSSSSSSSSS.
keerawa
Jul. 28th, 2015 10:51 pm (UTC)
*grins* It really was. Holding keys in your hand as a weapon is advised in many articles. But throwing them, that was Joan's genius idea, to give her that extra second she needed.
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