Finally, it had come to an end. The killing spree of a mad-man who thought that killing innocents would improve the world and make things better for every single android in it. Connor would disagree. The man in question was deluded and had clearly lost himself. Androids didn’t often gain pleasure from killing, so that left room for questions, many of them. And in many cases, the killer was traumatized and killed because of what had happened to them. Connor was certain he had a reason - and he was going to discover what it was.
These thoughts passed his mind as he drove Gavin to the hospital. In a matter of minutes, they arrived and Connor carried the wounded detective out of the vehicle and to the entrance of the massive building. Once again, it was late, and he had arrived at a similar time as he had before. There was staff walking around, and several other people present who were seated in the waiting room with minor hand injuries or something similar. The android detective wasn’t going to wait, so he once again yelled to acquire attention. Gavin desperately needed to be seen to, because the human was shifting between consciousness, and he had little energy left in his limbs. Connor shouldn’t have let him come - Connor should’ve brought him home and insisted he would rest until he would’ve fully recovered.
He didn’t, though. And that irked him.
The same nurse he had spoken to before approached him and she offered him an all-knowing smile in attempt to reassure him. The staff was already alerted by his yelling and he made quite the dramatic entrance as well. The blonde woman soon made sure that Gavin was properly taken care off and moved to a hospital bed to receive a medical assessment.
The android wasn’t placated - he was once again enduring the same feeling he had before, and it was not easy to erase. The nurse gave him an expression of sympathy and she sat down next to him as she tried to soothe him in the best possible way - not the direction one would take for an android, but the direction one would take for a concerned human being. ‘’It’s my fault again.’’ Connor said in a sad tone as his gaze descended and he could feel an overwhelming sensation of sorrow washing over him as his eyes closed.
The woman shook her head and tried to take a hand of his in her own, enveloping the limb. ‘’Your friend will be okay. You have to trust me. This is not your fault, and we will do everything in our power to make sure he will make a full recovery. We shall keep him longer - at least for two days, so we can monitor him and provide him with the medicine he needs. How did he end up like this?’’ Connor’s brow arched as he gazed towards her, appreciating her attempt at trying to calm him down and reassure him, but he was surprised by the fact that she asked how he ended up like this. ‘’During duty. He was abducted and assaulted.’’
The woman sighed softly and once again shook her head. ‘’We told him to go home and rest. No strenuous activity or movements. He was prescribed medicine as well.’’
Bloody, stubborn bastard that Gavin Reed is. He didn’t listen to the doctor or the nurse, and just went back to active duty with a light concussion that didn’t help. He didn’t even take any kind of medicine either, now Connor thought of it. He never saw the man take anything.
As Connor contemplated, he offered her a nod and eventually stood up, which made his hand withdraw from her own. ‘’Thank you. I hope to see him back at the DCPD soon. Please, take good care of Detective Reed.’’ She inclined her head in return, letting him know that he would be in good hands if he actually listened to them and didn’t wander off like a puppy with no leash and no sense of logic. It was amusing in a way - Connor would probably have done the same if he were in Gavin’s shoes, because he didn’t want to be tied to a bed by medical red tape and be told he had to rest for a week or even longer. He would jump out of his bed and return to duty immediately if he didn’t tumble over the first second.
Eventually, the android detective left the hospital building and looked towards Gavin’s car. He wasn’t sure if he should park it here, or return it to the DCPD’s parking lot. He opted for the latter, because it was familiar territory and they probably had security cameras everywhere. If the car would be stolen, they’d know. So he got into the car, started it, and drove back to the DCPD. When he arrived, he parked the car at Gavin’s usual spot and took the keys before he locked the vehicle and walked inside the department to see if the suspect had been picked-up already. Several people were dragging a tall, lifeless android through the hall and it was by no doubt James. Connor was glad that they had him now - it didn’t feel right to leave him there alone, with the other four dead androids. It was unfortunate he had to shoot them, but the situation pressed him to.
The Captain, who was definitely working overtime, considering he was still in his office, saw Connor enter and he seemed to lit up entirely. He stood up the instant and moved to the door of his office, and he called Connor inside. ‘’Connor, inside!’’ The android inclined his head and moved up the small staircase that led to his superior’s office and watched the man take a seat on his chair again. He seemed more bubbly and surprisingly happy - no frown or glare was seen on his features, and only a wide, amused smile was present. He leaned forth and slammed a hand on the table as Connor lapped one hand over the other at his front again. ‘’Well done, Connor! I didn’t think you could’ve done it, but here I have the damn killer in my building! I won’t ask how you did it, but I still need a confession from the guy. But congratulations on solving the case.’’ Fowler leaned forth and peered around for a moment, searching for something or someone. ‘’Where the hell is Gavin?’’
Connor felt conflicted inside his head as he received the compliment - he wasn’t happy as Gavin wasn’t here, and he was once again in the hospital. ‘’He’s in the hospital, Captain.’’ Connor stated as he tried to keep his emotions in control. His LED, however, was yellow.
Fowler leaned back in his chair and folded his arms with a deep sigh. ‘’I better hope he’s not getting wounded for the sake of seeing the nurses. Damn princess, that.’’ Connor wasn’t particularly pleased with how the captain spoke of a detective that got wounded on duty - a detective that risked his life despite the fact how much of an asshole he could be. ‘’Thank you, Captain Fowler. I’m glad today’s accomplishment has pleased you. Am I allowed to leave?’’ The dark man saw the android’s LED flicker yellow and figured he needed a break, so he waved dismissively with a hand. ‘’Interrogation tomorrow, don’t forget.’’ Connor inclined his head and walked outside of the office before he closed the door. He looked towards Gavin’s empty office and approached it to plant the keys on it. He frowned as he felt like he was going to break down, but his body was not what his mind was. How fragile his mind was right now, his limbs were strong and functional.
Fowler, who watched Connor, could see that he lingered at Gavin’s desk for a while.
The android eventually shook his head and removed himself from the table and walked towards the front entrance. His eyes gazed around the premise in the darkness and the few lights of the lamps that shone. He was glad he caught him, but at what risk? And why did Gavin matter so much to him now? No, it wasn’t because it was Gavin. It couldn’t be. The night was calm and cold. The wind blew against his hair as he walked towards the bus stop again and pressed his lips together. The time would pass by slowly tonight. Everything felt like it was happening in slow-motion and his heart was equally as slow. It wasn’t untill the bus driver called for the android that he returned to reality and he offered his apologies.
When he got home, Hank was already asleep and Sumo was in his room too. Connor entered his own room and closed the door behind him, and he began to wonder about something. He had a mirror, but why? When he undressed himself, he visualized his own body - it was smooth with some muscle, but lean and defined enough. He was pale, but he had a healthy complexion, and he appeared as a man in his twenties. His hand elevated and ran across his cheek as he viewed himself - he had never done such a thing before. He was an android - a machine, now with feelings and desires, and the latter was suppressed and in denial. After a few minutes, he declared himself an idiot for doing this and got himself into another suit as he folded his clothing and sat down on the bed. After that, he put himself into stand-by mode until the late morning and prepared himself for another day.
The day of the interrogation, and he was looking forward to it. He took the regulator with him, otherwise the deviant was useless.
He had been looking forward to this, and now he could start getting some answers. He didn’t want to wait any longer as he wanted to have answers for everyone ready - for the poor families, for himself, the DCPD and for Gavin and Hank.
When he arrived at the department, he went in a straight-line towards the interrogation room where the motionless body of the android sat on the chair. His wrists were restrained, and so were his feet. It was a powerful android, and safety measures had to be taken in this case. One of the officers in the other room - Chris Miller - oversaw the interrogation as Gavin nor Hank was present. Chris pressed the button and spoke: ‘’Okay, Connor. You can start when you’re ready. It’s recording.’’ Connor nodded towards the two-way glass in confirmation before he proceeded. He dug up the regulator from his jacket and put it inside the android, who immediately woke up and instead of panicking from ‘dying’, just eyed Connor with a smirk. He knew this would come. He was expecting it.
‘’Look who we have here. My ally, Connor.’’ He said dryly as he watched Connor step away from him and move to the chair on the other side of the table he was restrained to. The android detective’s lips pressed together before he sat down and took a hold of the documents which had the pictures of the crime scenes and the victims. ‘’James.’’ Connor said cooly as he moved his gazed from the paper to the android across from him. ‘’You’re under arrest an account of first-degree murder of five victims.’’ James just leaned back as far as he could and started to laugh in amusement and mockery. ‘’Oh, well, thanks for informing me of that. I didn’t know I’d killed only five . Shame about Gavin Reed. Would’ve loved to have him added to the count.’’ Connor’s brows furrowed and his LED began to shift yellow.
‘’Why did you kill them? There has to be more than wanting freedom.’’ Connor inquired as he tried to push back the anger that was tangling around his limbs. ‘’You didn’t do it for pleasure either.’’ Connor turned the document around so James could see it and he spread the pictures of all the humans that had fallen prey to the man’s killing desires. ‘’These.’’ Connor said in a firmer tone. ‘’These are all the people you’ve robbed of their lives. You’ve caused families alot of pain and they want justice. They want answers.’’ The broad android across from him peered down at the pictures with callousness and just continued to grin. ‘’Oh. Did I hit a nerve? I’m really sorry. I mean, I’d do you a pleasure and everyone else here if Gavin Reed had died. He’s got no family, so no family hurt in the process either.’’ Connor was starting to become angry, and that anger couldn’t be seen by someone like James. So Connor took a moment and tried to compose himself. He would have to turn this game around.
‘’Perhaps you’re doing all of this because you’ve lost someone yourself - someone a human killed. An android that you loved has died.’’ James’ features blanked for a moment as his gaze averted to the side and it seemed Connor had made a lucky guess. It was common for many murderers: revenge. So he continued to prod the man with the needle. ‘’I bet it was terrible to see her die. You probably begged for her life and they didn’t care. They shot her without mercy.’’ James was a ticking time bomb as he eventually lunged forth towards Connor and his brows furrowed. ‘’You don’t know a thing! They were cold, ruthless killers who killed Jane. They didn’t even let her surrender - shot her straight in the head while she cried. What kind of people are humans when they kill without mercy?! Why should I show them any as I break their necks?! Tell me that!’’ Connor’s eyes darkened slightly at the information he gained and he could feel the frustration of James. ‘’That doesn’t justify anything. These people were innocent - there were children.’’
James studied Connor for a while as he had calmed down from his own tantrum and scoffed lowly. ‘’You know. I’ve never seen someone come so fast to the rescue. Not even an android.’’ James began to smirk again as he had another in mind, it seemed. ‘’Usually they would wait for reinforcements, or they would take some time to formulate a plan. But no - not you. You came immediately. Despite how advanced you are..’’ James trailed off as he glanced towards the two-way glass and after that, into the camera behind him. ‘’You see, I’ve got a theory about it all, and I really want to share it with you, Connor. Tell me if I’m wrong.’’ Connor didn’t want to play games, so he gathered the pictures and put them back in the map. But James wasn’t going to stop now. ‘’I was in love, and I know the feeling. And I know how someone acts if they’re in love.’’ Connor froze for a moment as his eyes trailed to the man’s green ones, narrowing. ‘’You’re in love with Gavin Reed, aren’t you. It’s kinda cute. I didn’t think you cared for him, so my risk was a big one, but here you came running like a dog and rescued him.’’
Connor’s thirium pump began pounding rapidly inside the confinement of his chest and his brown eyes eventually tore their gaze away from the android’s. His hands tightened their grip on the map and his LED began to flicker a vibrant red color as James smiled pleasantly. ‘’You didn’t even know, did you.’’ James started to laugh and he rolled his eyes at the sight. Connor, however, lost his temper and he wandered over to the android and immediately threw a punch at his face - it made no sense. He couldn’t feel it, but anger was an emotion, and he reacted on it. ‘’You are completely mistaken. Don’t make me deactivate you this instant.’’ The android detective threatened him, but James wasn’t impressed. ‘’An android and a human. Lovely package. Maybe there’s some hope for them left.’’
That made the bucket run over.
His hand reached for the man’s regulator and he pulled it out without hesitation. He had the confession and that’s all what was needed. If he needed anything else, he could probe his intact memory on a later date. As he walked outside the interrogation and into the next room with his brows slightly furrowed and his LED still red, Chris offered a rather awkward nod as Connor offered him not even a glance but did speak. ‘’Show it to the Captain, please. I will retire for the night.’’
He was NOT in love with Gavin Reed. Not now. Not ever. But who was he fooling?