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Emma Miller Anderson ([personal profile] ipsam_custodem) wrote2014-10-28 02:01 pm

quis custodiet

Emma's parents take her news poorly.

"You're not done with your training!" her mother objects. "You can't just leave."

"Maybe not with my Watcher training, but I'm done with nursing school," Emma says patiently. "I have a job lined up in California. Phil also has a job lined up in California. We've lived near you for years; Phil wants to be near his family now."

"So this is his idea, is it?" her father asks darkly.

"No," Emma says, frustrated. "We decided. He wants to be closer to home. I can get better jobs there. I'm going to be an ER nurse, if we stayed on this coast I'd have to wait years for that. We're moving."

The argument continues for hours, but Emma's parents can't win this one. She's broken her lease, they've found a place in California, she's signed the paperwork for her new job. This is not something she can be talked out of, for once. There's more Watchers than Slayers, and there are never enough nurses. She's getting out of this weird, insular, magic-driven life and going to actually help people.

Two weeks later, she starts work at Sunnydale Hospital.

There are rather a lot of injuries, here.
cross_and_bow: (Default)

[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2014-10-28 06:12 pm (UTC)(link)
For example, here's a girl who looks like she was savaged by a demon.

There's a huge bite out of her right arm, which she's favoring, but not as much as she ought to; there are claw marks on her face and visible through the rips in her jeans.

She's arguing with the chief of police.

"Dad, I'll be fine, I'm walking wounded and there could be people in lethal danger in the ER, see, I'm walking - this is pointless - we have disinfectant and gauze at home, Dad -"

"Bells," says the chief of police, "you are getting medical attention from professionals whether you like it or not, and that's going to be the deal when you come home this beat up till you're eighteen, minimum."

"I'll be -" She stops talking when she double-checks the quantity of supervision. She sighs and sits down. "Fine."
cross_and_bow: (i ~ meh)

[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2014-10-28 06:45 pm (UTC)(link)
"Please don't drop anything on my account, this looks worse than it is," asserts the Swan girl. "Dad, I promise not to sneak out of the hospital at least until school's out tomorrow, you can go."
sundayfish: (n ~ disquieting)

[personal profile] sundayfish 2014-10-28 06:46 pm (UTC)(link)
"Right," sighs Chief Swan, and he kisses the top of her head and departs.
cross_and_bow: (c ~ smirk)

[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2014-10-28 07:17 pm (UTC)(link)
"I can take them off myself. Might be able to salvage the jeans if you have any peroxide for the blood, 'distressed' look is in." The girl takes off her shirt and her pants. "Only mammals get rabies, right? I'm good."
cross_and_bow: (g ~ perhaps)

[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2014-10-28 07:45 pm (UTC)(link)
"Nope. He didn't get hurt, obviously, but my dad turned up after it took a bite out of me," she shrugs. "Cops are allowed to have guns."

This is technically all true.
cross_and_bow: (h ~ okay)

[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2014-10-28 08:25 pm (UTC)(link)
"I mean, I'll take 'em." She takes 'em. "It just isn't really as bad as it looks."
cross_and_bow: (g ~ perhaps)

[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2014-10-28 08:37 pm (UTC)(link)
"...I didn't actually say that." Bella looks at the distinctive bite on her arm.
cross_and_bow: (f ~ level)

[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2014-10-28 08:51 pm (UTC)(link)
"It is conveniently already dead somewhere. Go home."
cross_and_bow: (c ~ smirk)

[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2014-10-28 08:55 pm (UTC)(link)
"I just bet. Please do not send demonic hordes to my house."
cross_and_bow: (e ~ checkout)

[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2014-10-29 01:48 am (UTC)(link)
"Cool, that's good of you. If I am bitten by something dreadfully venomous or whatever I will bear this in mind." Bella takes it.
cross_and_bow: (d ~ eyeroll)

[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2014-10-29 01:50 am (UTC)(link)
"I definitely needed help with that one."
cross_and_bow: (l ~ business)

[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2014-10-29 02:00 am (UTC)(link)
"We're working through the ones that are at least arguably in English as fast as we can."
cross_and_bow: (g ~ perhaps)

[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2014-10-29 02:03 am (UTC)(link)
"My sister's helping. Dad doesn't know any more than he wants to. I repeat, do not send demonic hordes to my house."
cross_and_bow: (c ~ smirk)

[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2014-10-29 02:10 am (UTC)(link)
"It's not that I particularly suspect you of wanting to send demons after me or having a bunch of them in your back pocket, it's just I usually don't go shouting from rooftops that there might be reason for this to cross anyone's mind in the first place."
cross_and_bow: (h ~ okay)

[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2014-10-29 02:15 am (UTC)(link)
"I decided 'it's not as bad as it looks' was just barely less flimsy than 'oh, the pain, the pain, but let me go tomorrow at the latest pretty please'."
cross_and_bow: (d ~ eyeroll)

[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2014-10-29 02:22 am (UTC)(link)
"What, do some non-mammals carry rabies? I was going to go with 'somebody's escaped pet alligator' if pressed on the point."
cross_and_bow: (f ~ level)

[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2014-10-29 02:25 am (UTC)(link)
"It's a better excuse than 'barbecue fork'."
cross_and_bow: (c ~ smirk)

[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2014-10-29 02:28 am (UTC)(link)
"Yes. Am I keeping you from more medically urgent situations and/or clocking out? I don't know how much time you have for small talk blocked into your day and you did sound like you wanted to go home."
cross_and_bow: (d ~ eyeroll)

[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2014-10-29 02:33 am (UTC)(link)
"Bella, please. And I'll do what I can. Can I get you to sign a note saying I did not sneak out, I am released good and proper?"
cross_and_bow: (i ~ meh)

[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2014-10-29 02:40 am (UTC)(link)
"If it's not too much trouble. He'll probably believe me, but I'd rather accumulate credit than spend it, considering."
cross_and_bow: (g ~ perhaps)

[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2014-10-29 02:47 am (UTC)(link)
"He probably wouldn't if he hadn't - seen things." She shrugs. "But yeah. I'm lucky." She puts the paperwork in her bag, along with Emma's phone number.
cross_and_bow: (c ~ smirk)

[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2014-10-29 02:51 am (UTC)(link)
"Night."

Off she goes.