Bellwether had been sitting in the interrogation room cuffed to the metal table for near twenty-five minutes and she was starting to feel rather nervous, the ewe kept telling herself that she’d remain strong and wouldn’t give the ZPD what they wanted, but the longer she waited the more nervous she was getting, It didn’t help having a large Lion standing silently behind her with a stoney expression.
The small ewe finally spotted movement through the small window of the rooms only door, waiting anticipating the door to open only for it to take five agonisingly long seconds, in the doorway stood the towering form of Chief Bogo, Bellwether gulped as she watched the huge cape buffalo stand at the door for a second before closing it, Bogo slowly yet purposefully made his way towards the chair seated across from the ewe taking a seat, the entire time his stern brown eyes never leaving her, making her feel small and weak.
“I’ve got nothing to say to you, so don’t waste your time.”
Bogo’s glare was intimidating to the small ewe, he still had not said a single word or made any noise at all, he had not even blinked. This had caused bellwether to look around and fidget nervously, until she couldn’t take it anymore.
“Ok! Yes I framed Lionheart so he would be put in prison and I could become mayor but it was for a good cause!”
“What!?......You think I’m part of some conspiracy to subjugate predators? Well your wrong!”
Bogo’s eyes never left the sheep not even to blink, the only noise was the creaking of the chair as he leaned slightly forward. This was the final straw for Bellwether.
“......Alright fine yes I did it, I tried to kill Officer Hopps! I tried to frame that blasted fox! I was behind all those filthy Preds going savage! Everything! It was all me! OK!”
Bogo's ear twitched, the only discernible sign he had shown the entire time before he snorted and stood from the table. Glaring down at her for a moment, letting her cower under his gaze, he finally turned and headed out of the room.
Dawn visibly relaxed just as the Officer walked up behind her.
“C’mon let’s go, it seems you’ve been a very baaaaad sheep.” The joke causing Bellwether to groan in disgust.
A tall grizzled black grey and white timber wolf found himself looking around the atrium of the ZPD’s Precinct one a sense of Nostalgia making itself known, it had been many years since he had last set foot in the building and aside from some minor upgrades it hadn’t changed all that much, in the center of the room he could see several news crews from different stations setting up their equipment, continuing on the wolf made his way up the stairs leading to the second floor, his sharp golden eyes spotting his target.
“Idris Bogo you old Bull! What kind of trouble have you gotten into now.”
The Grizzled Wolf watched in amusement as the large cape buffalo’s ears twitched as he turned with a raised eyebrow to greet the voice from his past.
“Hmpf, Logan Wolfson, what brings the old dog down from his cozy office at city hall?”
The tall thickly built Timber wolf found a small smile tugging on his muzzle.
“Apparently someone arrested our most recent mayor and the city council decided to name me as the temporary Mammal incharge.”
With an amused snort Bogo replied, “You? They must be desperate, to put an old dog like you incharge.”
“Oh I don’t know, I think I did a pretty good job keeping your sorry tail out of trouble for all those years.”
A small smirk appeared on the cape buffalo’s muzzle, “Hmm, that you did, I couldn’t have had a better training officer. I’m honestly glad they put you incharge, Bellwethers created quite a bit of chaos, and the city could use some strong leadership to pull it back from the brink.”
“So i’ve heard, care to fill me in on what’s happened.” The old wolf said, the mood turning serious.
“Bellwethers been the one behind predators going savage, our first rabbit officer Judy Hopps with the help of a fox named Nick Wilde found her lab and managed to get a confession out of her, it’s on this pen.” Bogo revealed the small carrot shaped pen.
“I’ve given the serum to our head forensics scientist hopefully we’ll have a cure in the next twenty-four hours.”
Logan nodded in approval, “So Hopps stopped Bellwethers plot, huh, she’s quite the determined little bunny isn’t she.”
The large buffalo snorted, “That’s an understatement, she has more than proven herself as a capable officer.”
“And what of this fox...Nick Wilde did you say? I didn’t realise we had any foxes in law enforcement.”
“He’s not law enforcement, in fact there is very little on him in our database, but I believe he is a small time con artist.”
“Please tell me you don’t think that because he’s a fox.”
Bogo shook his head in the negative “No that’s not why, but whether he is or not he was a huge help to Hopps an according to her he saved her life a few times.”
“What are you thinking Idris?”
“I can’t believe i’m saying this but, I think he might make a good officer, and I swear Hopps is going to request that he be made her partner if he joins, I think they might even have feelings for each other.”
“Hmm and what are you going to do about it?”
“I’ll have to see how he does but….If he passes with top grades i’ll allow it, they’ll probably work better together than with anyone else.”
The tall black white and grey timber wolf nods “It’ll be good for the force to get new mammals big and small, and if everything i’ve heard is true we’ll need all the good officers we can get. I don’t know how long I’ll be the Temporary Mayor but I plan on making it count. Anything else I should know?”
A grim expression fell across Bogo’s muzzle “Two officers from Precinct one willingly assisted Bellwether in her plot, and the creator of the serum is still at large.”
A growl emitted from the old wolf’s muzzle “Who?”
“Know one you know, thankfully they were the only ones.”
“Are you sure?”
Bogo nodded “I got a confirmation from the ram we arrested with Bellwether.”
“This isn’t good Idris, this makes the ZPD look bad. I’m going to make a few changes around this city including the ZPD, I’m not going to tolerate prejudice it’s killing our city.”
“Believe me when I say I will not tolerate prejudice from any of my officers or any directed to my officers….not anymore.”
Logan gives the large buffalo a curious look but before they could continue a female pig in a ZPD uniform approached them drawing their attention.
“Chief Bogo, Mayor Wolfson their ready for you down stairs.”
With a nod of acknowledgement the wolf and buffalo made they’re way down stairs.
Chief Bogo made his way to the podium, facing dozens of reporters and camera crews from different news stations, all waiting to hear what’s happened.
“Ladies and Gentlemammals, this afternoon Mayor Dawn Bellwether was arrested for attempted murder, multiple accounts of assault and Conspiring against the Citizens of Zootopia. Dawn Bellwether was found to be the mastermind behind the savage attacks, by using a rare plant known as Nighthowlers to turn predators savage, this discovery was made by Officer Judy Hopps who was assisted by a Red Fox whose name will remain anonymous at this time.”
“Chief Bogo! Chief Bogo! Gabby Swine ZNN, are predators still at risk of going savage?” A female pig called from the crowd of reporters.
“All mammals who come in contact with Nighthowlers including prey are at risk of going savage, all mammals should avoid coming into contact with this flower.” a picture of a beautiful purple flower filled the monitor behind the Chief.
A male sheep raised his hoof “Chief Bogo! Kent Flockman Channel 9 news now, didn’t officer Judy Hopps resign from the ZPD under a month ago?”
“Officer Hopps ‘resignation’ was part of a deep undercover op to discover the culprits behind predators going savage.”
Bogo was about to point to a leopardess reporter when a female bunny started shouting out a question “Chief Bogo! Babs Conny Channel 2 News. Should the ZPD be trusting such vital operations to a fox!?”
Bogo frowned at this rabbit’s question. “The ZPD does NOT discriminate mammals based on their species, this fox whose identity is being withheld for their safety was a great help to Officer Hopps investigation not only in the Nighthowler case but in the Missing Mammals case also.”
His glare caused the rabbit doe to shrink away in embarrassment, “Now I will turn the floor over to our new temporary Mayor Logan Wolfson”
The large cape buffalo stepped back allowing the wolf to take the podium.
“Ladies and Gentlemammals, I hope that with the arrest of Dawn Bellwether that these attacks against predators will come to a swift end! Zootopia is supposed to be a city of unity and friendship but these past few months have been the opposite of what our city stands for, I say this now that prejudice and hatred against your fellow mammals is not tolerable, help and befriend your fellow mammals just as you would wish to be yourselves. I make this my goal to unite predators and prey just as the great chieftains did in eons past, but I need your help to do it….Zootopia needs your help, if we are to return to being the great city we once were. Thank you.”
“Keep the change.” Nick said as he climbed out of the zuber car, before turning to help the injured bunny out behind him.
“You sure Fox? The ride was only worth 20 dollars.” said the driver as he eyed the thirty zootopian dollars currently in his paw.
Nick didn’t reply he simply waved the driver off as he helped Judy ready herself with her crutches.
Noticing the doe struggling with her crutches the tod had her lean against him for support as they made their way to the apartment building in front of them.
Judy found herself gawking at the scenery around her, she hadn’t been sure what to expect from the area Nick lived in but this was a lot nicer than she thought it would be, In fact it was a lot closer to the ZPD than she thought it would be, the doe had expected a con mammals home to be as far away from the precinct as possible, not that she minded, this turn of events was fortunate it would make getting to work much easier.
She smiled up at Nick as he opened the door to the lobby for them as he helped support her into the building, her mood plummeted though at the next sight she saw.
“Nick there you are, where have you been? You’ve been missing for days.”
A beautiful blue eyed grey fox vixen stood before the duo, her paws on her hips and an annoyed look on her face.
Nick snorted at the vixen’s over worried attitude.
“I’ve only been gone for a few days, I...needed some time alone. Besides It’s not like I have to pay rent anymore.”
“That’s not the point, we were worried something had happened especially with these attacks happening lately we….” The Vixen finally noticed the small bunny glued to Nick’s side like he might disappear if she let go, which caused a smile to form on the vixen’s muzzle.
“Who’s your friend Nick?”
“Hmmm? Oh, this is Judy, she had a little accident earlier today, she’ll be staying with me for awhile.”
Nick looked towards the bunny clinging to him “Carrots this is Naomi Clawson, she and her mate own this building.”
Judy felt a wave of relief rush through her at hearing that the pretty young vixen in front of her already had a mate. Smiling Judy gave a friendly wave.
“Hello it’s nice to meet you Naomi”
“It’s nice to meet you too Judy.”
Naomi wanted to ask Judy a few questions but Nick cut her off.
“Naomi I’m sure Carrots here would just love to girl it up with you, but she really needs to rest her leg.”
“Oh, of course” the vixen smiled at the bunny.
“I’m sure we’ll have some more chances to talk in the future, I’d love to know how you two met.”
“That would be nice.”
The grey vixen watched with interest as the bunny and fox moved past her towards the stairs, and had to suppress a giggle when she witnessed Nick scoop the doe up bridal style and begin carrying her upstairs.
“Eeeep! Nick put me down you dumb fox!” the rabbit squeaked with a light smack to the fox’s chest.
“Sorry Hopps but Mama Wilde raised this tod to be a gentlemammal.”
Judy blushed and mumbled something that sounded something like ‘sly fox’ while burying herself into his chest, relishing in the warmth of it as her vulpine friend carried her up several flights of stairs.
Arriving at the third floor, Nick carried the bunny three doors down until he reached his, as he juggled for his keys he was thankful that Judy was light and that he was in Good shape otherwise he’d have had to set her down, something he wasn’t sure he ever wanted to do. The Vulpine quickly unlocked the door before opening it and carrying the injured doe inside.
Judy was stunned to say the least at seeing Nick’s apartment she had almost expected him to be living under the same bridge she’d found him under or or something relatively close to what she had.
“Welcome to Casa Da Wilde, Fluff.” he said as he closed the door with his foot before carrying her over to his couch and gently putting her down.
Nick’s apartment was a fully modernized apartment with a living room that had a kitchen attachment complete with Island and a hallway she imagined led to the washroom and bedroom, the doe blushed as she imagined what the sleeping arrangements would be, would she be sleeping on the couch or would he sleep on the couch while he offered her his bed, she couldn’t allow that, she wouldn’t have Nick sleep on the couch while she took his bed….maybe he’d share his bed with her. Judy quickly abandoned those thoughts and instead asked another question that had been pressing her mind since they arrived.
“Nick? How can you afford this place?”
“It’s all legal if that’s what you mean.”
“No! No! I didn’t mean it like that, it’s just well...the apartment I was living at was the cheapest I could find that was close to the ZPD and and even then it wasn’t cheap”
“Where were you living?”
“The Grand Pangolin arms.”
“Ooooh, ya that place is, well let’s just say given a choice between there and living under a bridge I would have taken the bridge.”
*Giggle* “To be honest Nick I half expected you to be living under a bridge considering where I found you.”
Nick didn’t laugh and his face remained emotionless as he quickly slipped his mask back on, but Judy had become quite skilled at being able to read through the fox’s mask.
“It’s nothing fluff, really don’t worry about it, let me get you something to drink.” the Fox turned to make his way towards the fridge but he didn’t get far as a a small grey paw quickly wrapped itself around his larger one.
“Nick, talk to me….please.”
The Vulpine slowly turned to look at the small grey bunny, which was a mistake because the moment he looked into her beautiful amethyst eyes, he knew he could tell her no lie.
*sigh* “Alright fluff, you win….About 2 years ago that bridge you found me under was my home. Very few places had been willing to take a fox, oh sure I’d had a decent amount of money even if most of it I would give to my mother to survive on, I had to make sure she was comfortable that she had a place to live, and before you ask no she didn’t know I was homeless, although I think she suspected, she always had a sad look in her eye whenever I came by.”
“Nick, why didn’t you stay with her?”
“Two reasons, number one my mother didn’t approve of what I was doing not that I blame her, I practically had to threaten to rip my arm off for her to take the money, and two I was afraid that Mr. Big might send some of his Bears after me, I didn’t want to get her involved, and Mr. Big is an honorable mammal he wouldn’t have gone after her to get to me so I figured keeping away from her would be best…..I think i’ve seen her about five times in five years, Believe me I’ve wanted to see her more but...I just couldn’t risk it.”
“What about now? Mr. Big has forgiven you, you could go see her now….can’t you?”
“I wish it was that simple fluff.”
“Why can’t it be Nick?”
“Because I’m still just a con fox who doesn't deserve to have a mother as patient as her...or friends as wonderful as you.”
Judy felt like her heart was about to burst from her chest.
“Well, I was kind of hoping you might reconsider, maybe, I don’t know... being my partner.”
To say Nick was shocked would be an understatement.
“You, you still want me to be your partner?” The fox had a hard time keeping the emotion out of his voice.
“I wouldn’t want anyone else.” A wide happy smile was currently plastered on the bunnies muzzle.
“It would be my pleasure Carrots.”
“YES! Oh this is wonderful Nick we can go to the Precinct tomorrow and hand in your application.”
“Don’t you mean get a new one?”
A light blush made its way up Judy’s ears “Actually I..um still have your old one.”
Nick watched as the bunny in front of him released his paw and reached into her back pocket producing a folded piece of paper.
“You kept my application? Why?”
“I guess I was hoping I’d be able to find you and convince you to forgive, I wanted to prove to you I don’t care that your a fox and that I still want you as my partner.”
“Judy I-” Nick was interrupted as his phone began going off, reading the caller ID as Finnick he decided he better see what his friend wants, although he immediately regretted it as Finnick deep voice came booming through the speaker into his ear.
“WHUT DA HELL DID YOU AND BUNNY COP DO DIS TIME NICK!”
“Well Hello to you to Big guy, do you think you can shout any louder I can still hear in my one ear. Now what are you going on about.”
“Haven’t you seen da news Nick, you and bunny cop are famous, da fuzz chief says you guys found out who's been turning us preds crazy.”
“Carrot’s turn on the TV. What channel Finnick?”
“I don’t know dummy I’m looking at da big screen in downtown.”
Judy could hear the entire conversation thanks to the large ears her species possessed and figured that any of the news stationed would likely be airing the press conference. Changing the channel Judy watched as Bogo was stepping aside for the new acting mayor of Zootopia to make his speech.
Both fox and bunny’s eyes were glued to the TV screen as the Mayor of Zootopia made his speech. The bunny heard Nick give a quick goodbye to Finnick saying he’d explain it later, then watched as he made his way to the couch to sit beside her, despite her interest in what was happening at the press conference her mind wandered to the idea of snuggling up to the fox, would he be uncomfortable would he find it weird she wasn’t sure and right now she didn’t care, all she wanted was a quiet moment with the fox she cared so much for, but before she could do anything Nick brought himself closer and wrapped his arms around her allowing her to snuggle into his side, something she did without hesitation, once she had settled Nick’s tail wrapped itself around her legs bringing a warmth both to her legs and her heart.
The does attention eventually turned back to the TV and as she listened to the new mayors inspiring speech she couldn’t help but wonder what would come next, but she vowed that no matter what she would stay with Nick and together she knew they could make a difference.