Challenge: ds_snippets#7: "Bent" - as in corrupt
Characters: Ray Kowalski, Fraser, Stella
Summary: A moment out of Strange Bedfellows.
Rating: PG-13 for language
Length: 290 words
Disclaimer: Alliance/Atlantis own the characters and the dialogue. We're just coloring in the space between the lines.
Thanks to: slidellra for a speedy beta.
Me: "Corrupt politician? What a surprise."
Stella: "It was to me, Ray."
Fraser: "As it should be. You know, Ray, a cynical acceptance of the betrayal of public trust, well that's the road to ruin in a democracy."
Why does he do that? I glance at Stella, to see what she thinks. Stella and me, we share a moment. A "what the fuck is he on?" moment.
This is Chicago, home of Emperor Daley, organized crime, and machine politics. Back in the 80's, the Sun-Times ran a weekly column of local political and police scandals. We kept track of them like baseball stats. It was funny, until it got depressing.
Only thing surprising about Manor Point is that Orsini's bunking with the little fish in the concrete Hilton tonight. 'Cynical acceptance?' If there's a single big money project in this city that's squeaky-clean, I'll eat my badge.
If Fraser was a civilian, it'd be sort of cute that he's so innocent. But a cop? A cop has no business acting that way. It has to be an act, right? I mean, Fraser isn't stupid. And he may be Canadian, but he's been doing the job, here in Chicago, for two years now. Doesn't take more'n a few months for a rookie cop to get the picture.
His dad had been killed by a dirty cop, for fuck's sake!
So where does he get off walking around like some bright, shiny new penny? And why does it make me feel like I just spent the past few years stuck to the bottom of somebody's shoe?
Stella turns to leave. She makes me feel like shit too, but at least we're from the same fucked-up planet. I offer her a ride home.