Jack and Skye entered the cafeteria
and found Bogo nursing a cup of coffee. They went up to the counter, grabbed
some for themselves, and then sat down to join him. Bogo greeted them with a
“So,” Jack began after a protracted
silence, “do you have any ideas for interrogating the supposed ancient kung-fu
masters residing in the cell block?” Bogo regarded the bunny tiredly and
“The basic routine.” He replied
wearily, taking a sip of coffee, “There’s no real way to prove who they are
yet, so we should stick to the basics: verifying their story and seeing if
there’s a match in the database.”
“Actually,” Jack said uncomfortably,
“there may be a way to get at least some proof.”
Bogo raised his eyebrows and appraised the nervous bunny.
“And what might that be?” He
“Well, they claim to be from ancient
China right? So we can quiz them on the time period they claim to be from. It
wouldn’t be conclusive, but it could still help.”
“Yes Savage, but we’d also need an
expert in the history of the time period to verify what they’re saying is true!”
Bogo snapped at the bunny, his exhaustion and annoyance growing by the minute.
“I may, uh, have some experience in
that field.” Jack replied sheepishly.
“Oh Jack, you’re too modest!” Skye
said gleefully, wrapping an arm around his shoulders, “Jack here majored in
ancient Chinese culture and history while he was in school. In fact,” She
continued as Jack began to blush furiously, “one of his favorite subjects was
the legend of the Jade Palace and its heroes.” Bogo let out a bark of laughter
and Jack glared at his smiling wife.
“She left out that I double majored
and that my other one was math and advanced data analysis.” Jack muttered
“Well then Savage,” Bogo said with a
smile, “it seems that we do have a plan.” Bogo got up and left the cafeteria,
tossing his coffee cup in a trash bin on the way out. Jack remained sitting at
the table, sipping his coffee, emitting an air of wounded dignity.
“C’mon Jack, don’t be so sensitive.”
Skye teased the bunny, “It’s actually turned out to be pretty useful
information, especially with Asha.”
“Yeah.” He said with a sigh, “I just
wish it didn’t sound so nerdy.” Skye chuckled as the bunny stood up.
“Well, you’re my nerd.” She said affectionately, “Now how about we go interrogate
the panda? I heard he may know something about ancient China.” Jack smiled at
Skye and the pair walked out of the cafeteria and headed for the cellblock.
Po was awoken by the sound of
footsteps outside his door. He yawned and sat up as best as he could in the
straitjacket, surveying the cell around him groggily. The door swung open and a
fox, bunny, and buffalo filed in and regarded him warily.
“You guys should really invest in a
better bed.” Po said with a yawn, earning puzzled glances from the assembled
“Mr….” Bogo began.
“Po.” Po replied, “Just Po.”
“Ok then.” Bogo remarked, “Po, I am
Chief Bogo, the chief of police for Zootopia and these two are Jack and Skye
Savage, they work for INTERPAW. Now—”
“So you don’t work for Asha.” Po
clarified, sighing in relief, “Well that’s good, I was a little worried that—”
“Please. Be. Quiet!” Bogo
interrupted tetchily, causing the panda to close his mouth. “You were detained
in the company of Officers Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps, who work for me
incidentally, as well as an unknown tiger. Would you care to tell us how you
came to be in such a situation?” Po regarded the chief dubiously.
“Chief Bogo, the tiger that these
agents captured is named Tigress. We are both from ancient China. We came to
this time in an accident involving chi that was engineered by Asha. We escaped
her attack and hid in a cave, where we were quickly assaulted by other mammals,
captured, imprisoned, and placed in whatever this is.” He said angrily, tugging
at the straitjacket, “That’s the short version.” Bogo sighed and turned to
Jack, who cleared his throat and addressed Po.
“Po, I am an expert in the history
of the time period you claim to be from. If you are really from the past, you
should be able to answer my questions with ease.”
“Or,” Po responded, “you could let
me show you that I’m telling the truth.”
“And how do you propose that?” Jack
challenged the panda, “Are you planning on time travelling out of here?”
“No.” Po retorted, “Bring me a
flower that’s dead, take off this thing, and I’ll show you.”
“No! We’re not going to just—”
“Jack,” Skye interrupted, “I’ll go
get a potted plant, and Bogo can take off the straitjacket. You can keep a
tranq gun on him the whole time, and if he can actually prove anything, our
jobs will be a lot easier.”
“You two can’t possibly believe that
this panda can do anything special can you?” Jack asked stridently.
“I trust my officers.” Bogo said
simply, “And your wife is trying to keep me happy so that I won’t go to Max to
ruin your careers.” Skye looked down at the floor, embarrassed that Bogo had
figured out what she was doing so easily.
“And just so you know Ms. Savage,”
Bogo continued, “I wouldn’t do that to either of you. That being said, I would
appreciate you and your husband’s continued cooperation.”
“Of course Chief Bogo.” Skye
replied, “But being perfectly honest, both of us would appreciate if you let us
take the lead from this point forward.”
“Fair enough.” He said gruffly. Po
cleared his throat and the three mammals turned to look at him again.
“I’m still here you know.” He
interjected, causing Skye to leave the room to retrieve a plant. Jack pulled
out his tranq gun and trained it on the sitting panda while Bogo approached.
“I’m going to take that jacket off
Po. I would advise you against trying anything because either Agent Savage will
shoot you, or I’ll knock you out myself.” Po merely nodded. Bogo undid the straps
binding Po’s arms and quickly stepped away, clearing Jack’s line of fire. Po
shrugged off the jacket and shook his arms around, wincing as full feeling
returned to his muscles. Po moved to stand up but was stopped by Jack.
“I don’t care.” Jack said flatly,
“If you would like to stay conscious, stay seated.”
“Fine.” Po grumbled under his
breath, “It’s not like I’ve been bound in a cell for a day and a half.” Jack
and Bogo remained silent to the panda’s quiet protestations until Skye returned
carrying a shriveled orchid.
“Is this fine?” She asked Po, “It
was the only one I could find.”
“It should work.” He replied with a
nod, “If one of you will bring it over here, I can prove my story was
possible.” Skye approached Po’s bed, staying clear of Jack’s line of fire, and
placed the dead flower next to Po, quickly retreating back to the entrance
where Bogo and Jack were. Po looked expectantly at Jack.
“Now may I stand up?” Jack nodded
“If you try anything, I will shoot.”
He warned. Po stood up from the bed and faced the orchid, clasping his paws in
front of his heart. He closed his eyes and focused, searching for his chi,
which was still sorely depleted. After a few moments, he extended his paws
outward, towards the shriveled orchid, and pushed his remaining chi through his
paws. Bogo, Skye, and Jack watched in awe as Po’s paws began to glow and motes
of golden light infused the orchid, restoring it to its former glory. Po
lowered his paws and slumped to the bed, exhausted. Jack’s gun fell to his side
and his mouth fell open as he looked at the orchid, which had gone from a
fragile, shriveled, stalk to a vibrant and supple flower, with the bloom a
breathtaking blue and yellow.
“Believe me now?” Po groaned from
the bed, utterly drained.
“Oh my God.” Skye whispered, “That
shouldn’t’ve been possible.”
“It seems that my officers were
telling the truth.” Bogo said, a similar look of wonder on his face, “Though it
hardly seems believable.” Jack walked over to the bed and picked up the flower,
touching the petals in disbelief. Po sat back up and glared tiredly at all
three of the shocked mammals.
“Does this mean that I’m free?” Po
questioned expectantly, “Because now I could really use some rest.” Jack
exchanged a glance with Skye and Bogo shrugged.
“You’re definitely not free.” Jack
began, “But I don’t think we need to keep you in a cell anymore. Or for that
matter, Nick and Judy.” He directed at Bogo. Po smiled and rose to his paws,
still somewhat shaky from his exertions.
“Jack why don’t you take Po upstairs
and show him where the bunks are.” Skye suggested, “You can probably release
Nick and Judy as well. Bogo and I will interview Tigress and then join you up
“You guys are going to let her go
too, right?” Po asked anxiously.
“Provided she doesn’t give us a
reason not to.” Bogo replied, “I trust Nick and Judy, and you just proved that
their story is possible, but if she’s dangerous, we’re going to have to keep
her in the cell.” Po frowned and thought for a moment.
“Would you mind letting me go in
first and explain the situation?” He asked hopefully, knowing that Tigress was
probably going to attempt an escape. Bogo looked to Jack and Skye for their
“I don’t see the harm in it.” Skye
responded, “Jack, do you have any objections?” The bunny shook his head and Po
sighed in relief.
“Alright then, follow me.” Skye
said, walking out of Po’s cell and further down the hall. She stopped outside a
heavy iron door and looked at Po.
“When you’re ready to come out, just
wave at the security camera. It will be the thing with the red light in the
corner of the room.” Skye continued, answering Po’s question before he could
“Ok. But don’t come in until I tell
you to.” Po warned.
“Why?” Jack asked suspiciously, “Are
you planning something?” Po snorted.
“No. But there’s a pretty good
chance that Tigress is already out of the straitjacket, I think it was, and is
waiting for the door to open so she can escape.”
“WHAT?!” Skye yelled in alarm. Po
raised both paws in the air.
“Tigress is really good at getting
out of things. And if I’m the first one in there, she won’t attack you guys or
try to escape. That way, she doesn’t have to stay in a cell forever.” Jack
buried his head in his paws.
“Just let him go in Skye.” He sighed,
“We might as well have some mammal she trusts explain it and avoid an escape
“Are we even allowed to do this
Jack?” Skye asked in concern, “I realize this isn’t a normal situation, but
letting Po go into her cell when he claims she’s planning an escape, even
letting him out, seems like it could backfire.” Bogo cleared his throat and his
companions turned to face him.
“Ms. Savage, Max gave me oversight
of you two. I have no problem with letting the panda talk to his friend and if
something goes wrong, it is my responsibility.” Skye nodded, her bout of
uncertainty ended and opened the door for Po, quickly slamming it shut after he
Po slipped inside the door and heard
the door slam closed behind him just as Tigress’s straitjacket was yanked over
his head and he was thrown across the room.
“Tigress stop!” He yelled in pain,
“It’s me!” He pulled the jacket off his face and was then able to see a clearly
“Sorry Po.” She apologized, “I
thought you were one of Asha’s minions.” Po stood up and rubbed his sore
“It’s fine. In fact, I expected it,
that’s why I came in first.”
“What do you mean, ‘came in first?’”
Tigress asked warily, “Who else is about to come in?”
“We weren’t captured by Asha.” Po
explained quickly, “We were captured by something called INTERPAW. I’m not
exactly sure who they are, but they’re working with Nick and Judy’s boss.
Apparently, Nick and Judy already explained everything to them, and they
“Po,” Tigress began concernedly,
“why’re your legs shaking?” Po looked down and saw that Tigress was right. His
legs were shaking. He sat down immediately and sighed.
“I had to prove to these ‘agent’
mammals that what happened to us was possible. So, I used my chi to make an old
flower bloom again.” Po replied, “I guess I’m more tired than I thought.”
Tigress’s face filled with rage.
“They did this to you?!” She asked
furiously, “I’m going to—”
“Tigress,” Po interrupted, “It’s ok.
I had to do it to prove we weren’t lying, and I’m tired for now, but I’ll be
fine later. Don’t worry about me.” Tigress walked over to where he was sitting
and joined Po on the floor.
“I know.” She said grumpily, leaning
against him slightly, “I’m glad you’re ok though.” She added quietly. Po smiled
and put his arm around Tigress.
“I’m glad you’re ok too.” He added
warmly, “But I hate being knocked out by those stupid darts.”
“It’s cheating to use darts.”
Tigress agreed sulkily, annoyed that she’d been brought down by a pinprick. The
pair sat in silence for a few minutes until Po was capable of standing again.
With Tigress’s assistance, he staggered to his paws.
“You’re not going to attack them
when they come in will you?” Po asked dryly, causing Tigress to chuckle.
“I won’t attack them when they come
inside.” Tigress replied.
“Tigress…” Po began, “Will you
attack them after they come in?” Tigress glared at the panda.
“No.” She responded reluctantly. Po
waved at the camera that was emitting a red light in the corner of the cell.
“I’ll see you soon then.” He said
with a smile as the door opened. Tigress gave him one last smile before he
slipped out the door and a bunny and a fox entered.
“Ms. Tigress,” The bunny began, “I
“Master Tigress.” She corrected
under her breath, eliciting a frustrated groan from the bunny.
“Not again.” She heard him muttering
while the fox chuckled.
Tigress,” The fox began, emphasizing the word ‘master’, “I am Agent Skye
Savage, and this is my husband, Agent Jack Savage. We have spoken with both
Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps, as well as your friend Po about your current
situation. While we are satisfied that you are in fact from ancient China and
that you are not currently working with Asha, we do have some concerns over
letting you out of this cell.” Tigress motioned for her to go on.
“Especially given the conversation
you just had with Po.”
“How did you hear that?” Tigress
asked in shock, “It was just Po and I!”
“That blinking red light in the
corner,” Skye said, pointing towards the camera, “shows us and lets us hear
everything going on in this room.” Tigress stood, dumbfounded by the existence
of such a thing.
“Either way,” Skye continued, “You
are a potential threat.”
“So is Po.” Tigress countered, “I’m
no more of a threat than he is.” Skye chuckled.
“I’m fairly certain that’s not
true.” She said confidently, “Now—”
“Actually, Skye,” Jack interrupted,
“according to records, Po is as dangerous, if not more so than Tigress.” Skye
“I wasn’t saying that he wasn’t a
potential threat.” She clarified, “I was saying that he was less likely to
initiate hostility than Tigress. Who escaped her straightjacket and was
planning to ambush us, I might add.”
“I thought I was captured by Asha.”
Tigress said with a shrug, “I had no qualms about attacking her or her mammals,
and honestly, given the manner in which you captured us, I wouldn’t’ve felt
that bad about it being you either.”
“How is that supposed to convince us
to let you out of the cell?” Jack asked exasperatedly.
“It’s not.” Tigress replied coolly,
“I am simply being honest. At this moment, I don’t particularly like either of
you. But I do trust Po. So I give you my word, as a mammal and as a master at
the Jade Palace, that I will not attack you or anyone else here unless they
pose an imminent threat to the safety of myself, Po, Nick, or Judy.” Skye and
Jack exchanged a look and began walking towards the door.
“We’ll be back shortly.” Jack said,
opening the door, “We just need to discuss some things.” With that, the door
slammed behind them and Tigress was once again all alone in the cell.
Skye and Jack walked out of the cell
and up to the command center where Nick, Judy, Bogo, and Po were all sitting
around a large table.
“Where’s Tigress?” Po asked
anxiously, “Are you going to let her out?”
“That’s actually why we’re up here.”
Skye said with a sigh, “We don’t know.” Judy gave Nick a worried glance.
“Why wouldn’t you let her out?” She
asked angrily, “Po proved that our story was true and she’s done nothing wrong
other than being apprehended under false pretenses!”
“It’s not that simple.” Jack
responded, “Yes, she isn’t guilty of working with Asha, but she also planned an
ambush so she could escape the cell.”
“Yeah, and I stopped it!” Po shot
back, “Besides, she thought we were all being held by Asha! Are you telling us
that you wouldn’t try to escape if she captured you?!”
“If Asha got one of us, I doubt we’d
have the opportunity.” Jack said flatly, “Even though she thought we were with
Asha initially, Tigress freely admitted that she would have no qualms about
attacking us.” Jack smiled slightly as his last comment silenced their
protestations. That smile immediately faded when Bogo cleared his throat.
“Actually Mr. Savage,” he began,
“Tigress said that she wouldn’t’ve felt bad about you falling into her ambush,
given the manner in which she was captured. She also said she didn’t
particularly like either of you. But at no point did she say that she would attack
without a second thought.”
“Semantics.” Jack replied, glaring
at the cape buffalo, “She’s still a risk.”
“How about this.” Judy interrupted,
“You let Tigress out of the cell and either Nick or I will watch her and make
sure that she doesn’t attack anyone. If she does, you can arrest all of us
“Great idea Judy.” Skye replied
before Jack could argue further, “Jack, why don’t we go let Tigress out.” The
bunny let out a defeated sigh and followed his wife out of the room.
“I still don’t like letting her out
of the cell.” He grumbled while they walked towards the cell block, “Just
because they’re watching her doesn’t mean she’ll behave.”
“Jack, right now, we’re outnumbered.
Bogo started interfering in the case and now Nick and Judy will too. Our best
option right now is to work with them and use them to our advantage.”
“You just said we were outnumbered
on our own case! How can we use that to our advantage?!”
“You heard their story. Asha brought
Po and Tigress here and then attacked all four of them. They want her just as
bad as we do. And more importantly, she wants something from them. We’ve been
chasing Asha ever since she started, and we’ve barely come close, but now, we
can draw her out.”
“You want to use them as bait.” Jack
stated, stopping in his tracks, “Skye, we can’t trick them into being bait for
a trap! Not only is it wrong, but they’re also not that stupid!”
“Not what I meant.” She replied quickly,
“I don’t want to trick them, and we don’t need to either. Luring Asha out into
the open is the best plan, and I’m willing to bet they know that. But we do
need to work with them because they will feel a lot more comfortable with the
plan if they trust us.” Jack nodded in understanding and resumed walking. The
pair approached Tigress’s cell and keyed in the code. They pulled the door open
and saw Tigress sitting on the floor in meditation. The tiger opened her eyes
and raised an eyebrow at the duo.
“Come with us please.” Jack said,
holding the door open for her. Tigress sprang to her paws and exited the cell, suppressing
the urge to smile.
“Just to be clear,” Jack began as
they walked back to the command center, “you and Po will remain under the
supervision of Nick or Judy at all times. If either of you assault anyone, all
four of you will be arrested again. And this time, you won’t be let out.”
“Understood.” Tigress replied as
they neared the room.
“Chief, it’s the best plan.” Judy
pleaded as Jack, Skye, and Tigress entered the room, “What could you possibly
have against it?”
“Are you joking Hopps? Your ‘plan’
has more holes than swiss cheese!” Skye cleared her throat and the four mammals
at the table turned to look at her.
“Perhaps you’d like to tell us what
plan this is?” Skye asked while Tigress slipped into the room and sat down next
“These geniuses,” Bogo began,
gesturing at Nick and Judy, “want to set a trap for Asha and be the bait.”
“Well, we wouldn’t be the bait per
say,” Judy interrupted, “Really we’d be more—”
“Hopps!” Bogo yelled, leaning
forward and slamming his fist on the table, “It’s a bad idea! It’s unnecessarily
dangerous and might not even work!”
“It’s not like we haven’t done
dangerous things before chief.” Nick replied angrily, “And we’d have you, Po,
Tigress, and a team of INTERPAW agents covering the area. If we play it right,
we can capture Asha.”
“Or,” Bogo responded heatedly, “you’ll
be captured or killed yourselves, we will have lost the element of surprise,
and Asha will have gotten exactly what she wants.” Bogo locked eyes with his
two officers and tried to stare them down.
“I agree with Nick and Judy.” Jack said
“What?!” Bogo said, whipping his
head around to face Jack.
“You’re too close to the situation.”
He continued, standing his ground, “They’re your officers and you want to
protect them, so you’re ignoring the best plan we have.” Bogo looked at the
bunny in bewilderment and leaned back in his chair.
“Are you sure it’s me who’s too
close to the situation Agent Savage!” Bogo spat furiously, “Because it seems to
me that you’ve been chasing the same crook for a long time and you’re
desperate! So desperate that you’re willing to risk the lives of two of my
officers for the slightest chance to capture her!”
“Quiet!” Tigress shouted, stunning the
fighting mammals into silence. “Stop fighting and think! We have something Asha
wants. We have the perfect opportunity to trap her! We need to do something!”
“Tigress is right.” Skye said, “We
need to do something. We can’t just sit around and wait for Asha to move. We
need to be proactive. I vote that we go forward with the plan.”
“Is that what we’re doing?” Bogo
interrupted, “Voting on it?”
“Seems like a fair way to do it.”
Jack replied, “I’m for it as well.”
“I’m for it on one condition.” Po
began, “Nick and Judy have already risked enough for us. I can be the bait.”
“Po, we’re not just going to leave
you by yourself as bait.” Nick protested, “What if she brings more henchmammals
with her?” Po shrugged.
“You already said there would be
backup there. All I’d have to do is hold out for a few minutes.”
“Po’s right.” Tigress said,
forestalling Judy’s protests, “You two have risked enough for us. I don’t love
the idea of Po being the bait, if he says he can do it, he can.”
“Fine.” Judy sighed. Jack looked
around the table.
“Final vote.” He announced, “All
those in favor of this plan, raise your paw.” Everyone but Bogo put there paw
in the air.
“Excellent.” Skye said with a smile,
“We’ve got some work to do.”
A/N: I’m alive! Sorry for the huge
gap between updates, I’m nearing the end of the school year so all of my
teachers decided to give me work. How dare they. Anyways, here’s this chapter, I
hope you enjoyed it. I tried to shift the perspective around a few different
characters and change it up a little bit so I hope that was good. As for the
next chapter, I can’t really make any promises on timelines, but what I can say
is that I will get to it. I may not always be the fastest, but it will get done.
That’s about it. Thanks for reading!
Grizz: *sneezes and doesn’t cover his mouth*
Panda: Grizz!! Gross! Use your arm next time!
*next time around*
Grizz: *sneezes and does the dab*
Panda: ….okay just go back to what you were doing before.
When Tyra introduces her new favorite song with a chorus that repeats the lyrics “Work that hallway like a runway,” I worried that it might foretell that the final runway show would literally take place in a hallway. Fortunately, things haven’t got that low budg - in fact, I’d say this year’s runway is a big step up from last year’s debacle. This show seemed real and some of the audience members even looked like they wanted to be there.
Thankfully, there’s also no domestic abuse theme for this year’s runway show, but Jourdan is on hand anyway. Jourdan is very pretty and… well, she’s very pretty, right? Look, what I’m trying to say is that she’s all sorts of dull. She may have annihilated the competition last cycle, but she also sucks all the fun out of the room each time she’s on camera. Maybe she’s more goth than she realized.
To open the fashion show, Tyra greets the crowd with some basic Korean words and then starts talking about her two favorite things - herself and food.
I got a little concerned about Tyra’s excessive kimchi consumption and decided to google to see if it might be a problem and before I could even finish…
DIARRHEA. Stay clear of the Tyra Suite’s bathroom, you hear?
My favorite part of the above gif is the woman in the bottom right corner whose excited look turns to an expression of horror. Something tells me she knows all too well what too much kimchi can do.
Okay, Tyra’s done talking to these peasants. Could her smile be any more forced and disingenuous here? It’s time for a musical guest: 2NE1.
I researched “2NE1” because I suspected it might be a fake band of ANTM’s creation. Tyra loves being self-referential (I mean they’re still doing those 2-1 hand symbols on the runway!) so I wouldn’t put it past the producers to make up a girl band named “21." I was wrong, though; they’re real! Real confusing…
What does that even mean? I feel like something’s lost in translation. As is the chorus of their song:
They love me ‘cause I’m hot They love me 'cause I’m cold They love me 'cause I’m real They love me 'cause I kill
Whatever. Any band that can get Will to dance like that is a band I’m willing to support. Adam’s dance is pretty fun, too.
As the band performs, Tyra comes backstage to make an "important announcement.” The finalists immediately tense up, aware that Tyra cut Corey right before the runway show last year. More so than being eliminated, Will is fretting the possibility of hearing the nonsense words “LGBT. Holla, holla, holla. Hero.”
We cut to a commercial break for suspense, but when we come back, Tyra drops her announcement: “Have fun!” Oh, Tyra! What a card! She’s so funny!!! Don’t believe me? Keep your eyes on Chantelle’s reaction:
Compare Chantelle’s overdone expression to Mirjana’s slight nod, and I’m starting to understand why Lenox thinks Chantelle is fake. Chantelle’s no panda, she’s a big mouth bass.
What is legitimately funny is Keith admitting that Tyra scared some literal shit out of him. Sounds like Keith’s been eating some kimchi, too. Remember, models: you should always keep a stick up your butt so accidents like that don’t happen.
Keith’s pants might be crappy, but most of the clothes they’re modeling are not. Granted, no real person is ever actually going to wear any of these Lie Sang Bong designs, but they’re fun to look and laugh at, and that’s all I want out of this show. Work that hallway like a runway, Top Models!