Author: Kat Lee
Fandom: Wayward Sisters
Character/Pairing: Jody, Donna
Challenge/Prompt: tv_universe: Cancelled (If you join, be sure to tell them Kat Lee of Team Bunny Ears sent YOU!)
Word Count: 1,065
Date Written: 20 May 2018
Disclaimer: All characters within belong to Kripke, not the author, and are used without permission.
Jody pauses with her hand on the door to her squad car and looks up at the dark house they’re leaving. “Do ya think they think we know?” Donna asks from the other side of Jody’s car.
Jody smiles as she sees the telltale movement of the curtain in Alex’s window. “I have no doubt,” she says but with a grin as she pops open the door and slides in behind the wheel. Maybe she’ll let Donna drive her car one night, but not tonight. There’s been enough firsts already this week.
Donna gets in beside her and shuts her door before leaning closer and asking conspiratorially, “Ya reckon we should go back in?”
Jody glances up at the house in the rearview mirror. “No,” she says, starting the car. She hums quietly beneath her as she starts to emerge them further into the night which holds so much more than she would have ever guessed once upon a time.
“So we’re just gonna let ‘em break our rule?”
“Donna, we told them they couldn’t go out tonight when we were angry, upset, and most of all, scared for their lives. They’re kids, but their childhood has already been stolen from them. We can’t treat them like children all the time, because the sad fact is that they’re not. And they’re not going to sit at home no matter how many times we tell them or what rights we take away from them because they know what’s out there just as much as we do. They’ve lost just as much as we have, and they don’t want other girls to experience the same losses.” She glances sideways at her new partner. “Is that really something we can deny them?”
Donna’s quiet for a moment before answering, “Nah. I don’t reckon it is. And you’re right. Those little bugggers’ll sneak out no matter what we do. That’s why I attached trackers to their sneakers.”
Jody’s mouth falls open. She looks at the blonde through wide, shocked eyes. “You did what?!”
“I put trackers on their sneakers,” Donna confirmed. She lifted her cell phone out of her pocket. “That we can follow through here. I may not be totally up with modern technology, but I still know a few tricks. And I know I don’t want to risk losing the girls again.”
Jody looks away quickly before Donna can catch the tear glistening in her right eye. “Good idea,” she murmurs, “if it works.” She wouldn’t be at all surprised if Alex hadn’t already removed her tracker. She’ll know it in the morning, too, if she has; she’s sure the angry teenager will make her accurately aware that she knows one of the adults in her life doesn’t trust her. “It’s about a lot more than trust,” she mutters underneath her breath.
“You’re darn right it’s about a lot more than trust! I trust those girls, Jody-yo. It’s the creeps in the night I don’t trust, and not just monster, but man too. Those girls are growing up real beautiful. There’s going to be a lot of scum that wants to get their paws on them, and I’m not just talking Demons.”
“I know,” Jody murmurs softly as she speeds up.
“How’s it different?” Donna asks quietly after a long moment.
“Raising a boy versus raising a girl.” She shrugs. “I’m not a parent, so it’s not like I’d know.”
Jody smiles but keeps her eyes on the road. “They’re both a lot the same and a lot different. My son never challenged me as much as these girls. But now that I know what’s out there . . . Well, that makes a difference too. I used to think I could keep my husband and son safe whenever I was out here working the streets. That was part of why I would never retire or even consider going to any lower rank than Sheriff. I wanted the law in my hands. I wanted to be able to protect my family from whatever came along. And I thought I could do it too until those Demons came along.”
“I’m sorry,” Donna apologizes quietly.
“There’s no need to apologize,” Jody says with a quick shake of her head though her smile is gone. “I’m glad I know, Donna. Now I really can protect the people I love. Not knowing what’s really out here puts people into even more danger than when we finally find out. That’s one reason why I’d never wish the girls to pretend they don’t know what’s out here, and one reason why I can’t expect them to just sit quietly at home and behave although their grades had better not drop.”
She ignores Donna’s grin at that remark and keeps on, “If I’d known then what I know now, maybe my family will still be alive, but God’s blessed me with a second family.” She shook her head, silently amazed by all that He had given her. “I was angry with Him for so long, but now I’m thankful to Him. I’m thankful for the girls, and I’m thankful for you. And you’re wrong about one thing.”
“What’s that?” Donna asks curiously.
Jody’s smile seems to light up the dark night to her new best friend. “You are a mother.”
“Aw, shucks.” Even in the darkness, Jody swears she can still see Donna blush. “Hey, you wanna stop for doughnuts?”
“Don’t you know the rule about getting between a cop and her doughnut?” Jody asks with a grin.
“Don’t do it.” Jody smirks as she pulls up to a stop in front of the local deli that’s started keeping later hours just for them. Saving people from monsters did have a few perks, and very shortly, Donna and Jody are loaded with doughnuts not just for them throughout the night but enough to share with the girls in the morning as well. On the way back to the car, Jody looks around and realizes just how beautiful the night is -- and how lucky she is. She has a new best friend, a new family, and two very special girls who will be home before they are because they don’t want to be caught breaking the rules. Her life is fuller than she’d ever thought it would be again after the loss of her husband and son, and she’s thankful for everyone in it.