The mask was still rocking on the sideboard and the cloak was still settling it’s crumpled pile on the floor when the couch made a complaining groan which was swiftly followed by a distinctly human heavy sigh. The reddish-blonde hair spilled over the arm and down the side of the soft furniture. The legs had still got the boots they came in with on, the feet hanging over the other sofa arm. One hand rested, palm up, on the floor. The other pulled a cushion over the head of the now prone female figure.
It had been a very long night.
Jess had spent day studying, as she always did. There was always something new to learn about demons and their kind. She had not been scheduled to go out that night but someone else had called in sick, one team had to go out and deal with that demon while the sick person’s team were left a man short. Step up Jess. The DSL had been trying to get her out of the office and into field work for a while but this had been their first successful attempt. It wasn’t as though she hadn’t gained all the necessary training, in fact she had been near the top of her DSL intake class. It had just been statistics and human resources issues that had required her to stay inside.
The problem with the way things had turned out was that Jess was a little rusty and certainly unwilling to head out into the field. She liked her desk, her books, her pen collection, the cloak and mask she had for fieldwork was just for show… she hated mud and dirt and blood. Given the choice a few years ago and she would have jumped at the chance to head out and take on the demon problem directly, now she had become comfortable in her role and was uncertain about the sudden change in direction. Now she would have to write the report instead of extracting relevant information and filing it.
The demon in question tonight had been a succubus, great fun indeed when the rest of the team was male. Three of them, completely under her spell by the time she had sorted herself out and followed them. Jess would have quite happily turned and left them to be eaten, she would have happily admitted to anyone that she was as close to needing a change of underwear as she had been since she had been in diapers. Despite all the shouting from her conscious mind to turn and run the subconscious and training took over and by the time she knew what was happening the demoness was dealt with and the men were slowly returning to consciousness.
Jess had sat silently in the back of the van on the way to the office. She was covered in something smelly and distasteful, presumably from the succubus. She wanted to slap the men and tell them how stupid they were for running straight in and not waiting for her. She knew they had had their doubts about her but what they had done was dangerous. They had risked themselves and her through their stupidity. Thankfully it had all turned out well this time and she thought they might have realised that the pen-pusher had a secret side too.
Back at the office she had been decontaminated and given a fresh set of clothes to go home in. She was sulking, tired and fed up. Home and sleep were the priorities right now, coffee and breakfast could wait for a few hours. Jess had been told that she would not be expected back in until 2pm the next day, any other time this would have been appreciated but she just gave her boss a glare as though to tell him that she was not impressed and she wasn’t planning on being until then anyway. She said nothing, talking would have meant expending energy she didn’t feel like she had.
The pillow had blocked out the light of the room, dawn was approaching but all Jess wanted to do was sleep. The persistent and invasive buzzing of her phone permeated through to her ears. The hand from the floor lifted and reached to the coffee table where she had left it, she knocked it at the first attempt and had to pat about to find it again, all the while blankly refusing to look. Finding it she pulled it under the pillow to her head, “Hello?” Whoever was on the other end would certainly have thought for a moment that Jess had been locked in the boot of a car.