CHAPTER 12: ENOUGH RUTHLESS OBSCENITY
Walking up the dung brown staircase of Precinct 5-O was almost like coming home. Pigs the universe over share a love of senseless violence and no taste in interior decorating. Shapeless meter maids, their assets like the back of a Greyhound bus ambled by on their way to traffic court. A black kid flanked by two white uniforms got bounced along the corridor. Like a john caught red-handed I wondered why I came in the first place.
My mind drifted to the days of wayback, when Mars was a wide open planet and The People really needed us. Rescuing fresh faced innocents from nuclear gang rape, keeping the press free of bomb planting goons...I even helped an old lady cross a minefield once.
Then she came along. Six feet of sub-atomic gash on spiked heels. That's when the nightmares started and the reel and rock and the methedrine I.V.'s. But she never got my soul, and when push came to shove I pulled the plug like a good little soldier. Only bad dreams don't die. They multiply like rats. And I'd been running so long I wasn't getting anywhere fast.
I had to find Suzy, and not for my soul, damned as I was. No, just for the fukk of it. And if these earthling flatfoots could help me, so help me, I'd use them.
I came to a door that said 'VICE' and opened it wide. Caught in the heat of conversation these rookies didn't even notice me. I heard the tail end of a bad joke and the roar of nasty laughter.
"Alright you clowns, enough ruthless obscenity. How goes the homo hunting?"
This loaded query was posed by a crew-cut mastodon of a man, three-hundred pounds if he was an ounce, with a dull glint in his eye that said--touch me, I'm sick.
A beat cop with stubble peeking out from under pancake makeup finished daubing at his lips with 'Queen Crimson #5' and said in a gutteral Brooklynese--
"Just peachy, Lieutenant. This little Halston number you picked up for me catches more queers than a douche full of vaseline."
Now I've worked undercover, even under the influence, but these nuts were so caught up with fruit baiting they still hadn't noticed me. I wondered how the guy in the mini-skirt pulled any johns at all with a badge pinned to his blouse and a big yellow happy-face sticker that read--'Hi! my name is Sgt. X.' He looked up at his partner.
"I just wish I could get some help from the Sarge here. Every time I need him he's in the latrine."
A squinky little termite in white labwear looked up from a reeking microscope, pure venom on his face.
"How many times must I tell you, idiot, I'm collecting samples!"
The Lieutenant and Sgt. X snickered like they knew what was coming next, but the funky doctor just kept yakking onward.
"The Scatology department is grossly understaffed and underappreciated. I'm about ready to wash my hands of the whole operation. And where is that lab assistant I was promised? Must I labor alone like Sisyphus forever?"
"Hey, you said I was in charge of Sisyphus this week, and gonorrhea too, Lieutenant."
I'd heard just about enough of this internal combustion, so I entered stage left.
"Simmer down ya milky meat-toasts. I'm Doolan--VVK."