by Brit Columbia
Rating: Chapter 1 is PG, but this story will eventually get racier.
Timing: Set in August of Dee and Ryo's second year together, but the story is not about them.
Disclaimer: Drake, JJ, Ryo, Dee, Ted, Janet, the Chief and the Commissioner are characters who were created by Sanami Matoh. Annette is one of my original characters. I received no payment for writing this story and make no claim on FAKE or its characters.
Summary: JJ has an embarrassing experience.
Author's notes: This story was written for shelley6441 as a happy birthday fic. I know you're a Drake/JJ fan, my dear! You got Dee and Ryo last year, so it's time you got Drake and JJ. Thanks for being such a dear friend to me over the years. I'm really grateful for all your kind and funny emails, and for your support of my writing. Hug!
by Brit Columbia
"Where's JJ?" Drake hung up his rain-soaked overcoat on the rack and looked at his partner's empty chair.
"Suspended," said Ted with his mouth full. He didn't look up from the report he was reading.
"What?! What for?" Drake's wet shoes squeaked rapidly as he hurried over to Ted's desk. In the nick of time, he managed to stop Ted from taking another big bite of the submarine sandwich he was eating.
Ted pushed the other man's hand away from his food and looked up at him. "Don't get your panties in a twist, man. It's only for three days. But it's without pay."
"Three days! We've got a warrant to go pick up Cristoff Alvang tomorrow. JJ's way better at getting people to incriminate themselves in statements than I am." Drake snatched up one of Ted's paper napkins and swabbed his rain-soaked face. Jesus, first a freak thunderstorm in August, and now this.
"Don't worry, the Chief's assigned me to you as your temporary partner. We'll get Alvang." Ted quickly took another bite of his sub before Drake could stop him again.
"Why did JJ get suspended?"
"Grommeh Ghee," Ted replied.
"What? Dude, speak English."
Ted swallowed part of what was in his mouth and then pushed the rest of it into one cheek before repeating, "Glomping Dee."
"Glomping Dee? What the fuck does glomping mean?" Drake stared at Ted for a moment before it dawned on him. " Does it means for jumping on Dee for a hug?"
Ted swallowed. "Yup. Except Dee was too fast for him and he missed."
"But he's done that a gazillion times before. Why did he get suspended?"
Ted pointed at his sandwich. "Look buddy, this is my lunch and I'm starving. JJ's big glomp is the talk of the building. Why don'tcha go get the buzz from Janet so that I can eat?"
"Come on Ted, give a guy a break here."
Ted defiantly stuffed almost half of the sub into his mouth and bit down.
Drake gave up and left the CI room. Maybe Dee and Ryo were in. He peered into their office and found Ryo tapping away on the computer.
"Ryo! How ya doing? What's this I hear about JJ getting suspended?"
"Oh, hi Drake. How did you manage to miss that?"
"I went out to interview a witness. What the hell happened?"
"Well, I didn't see it," Ryo informed him. "I only heard it from Linda. But they had a big birthday cake down in the break room for Shelley about an hour ago. Dee naturally went down there to get some. JJ apparently arrived ten minutes after Dee and when he spotted him, he did one of those full body contact flying hugs that he does... You know what I mean." Ryo shook his head and clucked disapprovingly. "I always said someone was going to get hurt one of these days. It's all fun and games until someone loses a tooth."
Anyone else would have said that last line with a grin, or some appreciation of the humor in it, but apparently not Ryo. It must have something to do with his being a parent.
"What happened?" A sudden thought made Drake wonder whether someone really had lost a tooth. "Did Dee get hurt?"
"No, not this time," said Ryo. "Dee managed to duck, or jump aside, or something, and JJ landed smack in the middle of the cake."
"What? Oh, crap." Drake tried not to laugh at the mental picture his mind was making of that. He noted that Ryo was doing the same. "Did anyone get any photos?"
"I don't know. However, I'm sure if you ask around you'll find someone who got some shots of the aftermath, at least."
"So he got suspended for wrecking a cake?"
"I don't think it was the cake, although all those cake-loving people were certainly mad at him. It was more the unprofessional horseplay part." The disapproving look was back on Ryo's face. "JJ really ought to learn better control. Running in the halls and tackling people isn't even permitted in middle school. I don't know why he thinks it's okay to do it here." Ryo must have felt bad about saying all of that, though, because in the next moment he turned contrite and said, "I'm sorry you're left without a partner for a few days, Drake. I'm sure that's going to mess up your schedule. I'm kind of in the same boat, since Dee got suspended too."
"Dee did? Why?"
"Huh? But I bet everyone was laughing! I mean, JJ-- a goddamn cake!"
"Oh sorry, I forgot to tell you the part about the Commissioner."
"He was helping Annette cut the cake." Ryo's expression turned somewhat cynical. "He normally never comes down to the break room. Maybe he wanted to mingle with the rank and file."
"Maybe he wanted to look down Annette's top," said Drake, equally cynically. "Did you see that blouse she's wearing today? There's so much pressure on the buttons that if she so much as takes a deep breath, they might all go popping off her top like shrapnel." He had always been fascinated by Annette's physical endowment. Too bad he had nothing in common with her. "So did the Commish end up being a casualty? Don't tell me JJ crashed into him?"
"I'm afraid so. JJ and the cake slid off the table together. The Commissioner's suit took a fair bit of damage."
"Oh man." Drake put a hand up to his damp hair and pushed it back off his forehead. "JJ's lucky he only got three days, in that case. Jeez, what a mess."
.:.:.: End of Chapter One.:.:.:.:.
More next weekend!