Berena Appreciation Week - Day Four: Alternate Universe
Police Investigators AU
DCI Campbell moves into town after a particularly arduous divorce, hoping to leave behind one jerk of a husband and the jeering of her colleagues in her previous precinct- seems like everyone had known about her husband’s philandering except for her. On her first day she gets assigned with the infamous Bernie “Big Macho Detective Inspector” Wolfe. Expecting a large, gruff man to follow up on that nickname, she’s surprised when she meets a lithe blonde in a fitted pantsuit. However, she is no less infuriating for it, not giving Serena even an inch to operate in and getting under her skin, always and instantly. Serena now understands why DI Wolfe’s reputations exceeded her. But after a particularly grueling night of obs where Serena feels like no amount of Shiraz could ever exorcise the cold from her bones, she starts to understand her colleague. She finds out Berenice Wolfe is also an honorary member of the ‘Club of Embittered Ex-wives’; her husband being responsible for her demotion to being a DI in West-Yorkshire after not being able to accept the fact that his wife of 20 years had turned out to be a lesbian. He was still warm and cosy in what once was their London townhouse, while she was cryofreezing her bones in Yorkshire. They become close friends after; Serena finally finding a colleague whose advice is worth listening to and not meant to knock her down a peg or two, Bernie finally finding a colleague whose respect is worth earning and who doesn’t care about whatever rumours might be floating about. Solving cases with new found efficiency they soon become a force to be reckoned with. When they are asked for help on the case of Tommy Lee Royce- wanted for kidnapping and multiple incidents of voluntary manslaughter, amongst which a police officer- they meet up with Bernie’s old friend Catherine. When Catherine gets heavily injured after an incident with Royce, Bernie cannot help but blame herself as they sit besides her bed. She should have known Catherine wouldn’t wait for reinforcements and she should have just gone there, been there for her friends. Serena tries to console her and somewhere between well meant words and soft caresses their lips touch. Only breaking apart when Catherine’s sister Clare enters the room.
“Seems like I owe Catherine 10 quid.”