Found a short story entry that I haven't put up here yet. The theme for this one was a single panel from a Dredd story featuring Judge Joyce from Shamrock City, and the Sov Judge defector Pax out on assessment with Dredd. The idea was to tell the story of this one panel. I took aim at the easy target of Irish mothers everywhere. Sorry, Mum!
Mrs Joyce's Boys.
"Listen, Ma, I've really got to go now ...
No, Ma, of course I love you but I'm incredibly busy just now. If Dredd knew I was talking to you he'd have my guts for garters. No, Ma, you can't speak to him. That wouldn't help.
Wait a minute...
No, Ma, I didn't say 'hurrufh' at you. I was jumping.
Yes, jumping. I'm at work right now, Ma.
Yes, I did get the parcel. Thank you, Ma. What? No, I'm not wearing them now, they wouldn't go with the uniform. Yes, of course I liked them. I wear them when I'm off duty, Ma.
Excuse ... huff... me just a sec, Ma.
No, Ma, I'm not being rude. I'm running.
What's that? Yes, of course I'm wearing clean underwear. Yes, I know I could get in an accident and have to go to the hospital. No, I'm sure they won't think that, Ma.
Wait ...hurrughh ... Got it! Thank Grud for that. Give me that control stick.
Sorry, Ma. Yes I know I shouldn't take his name in vain. But I jumped onto an out of control flier and I ...what? Yes, I will, Ma. Yes, this Sunday I promise.Yes, twice.
Oh, Ma, don't be like that. Look I'm landing on the ramp now, Ma. Dredd and Pax are waiting for me ...
Yes, you do know Pax. She's that East Meg Judge I told you about.
No, Ma, I don't think she's the one. She's a colleague, Ma. I work with her and they are very strict about that stuff here. Yes, Ma, I'm sure she is very clean.
Ok, I'm going to sign off, Ma. I'll call you tonight. I've got to report to Dredd now.
No, I won't tell him that, Ma. Goodbye now."
"Quite finished, Joyce?"
"Unconventional aerial approach but effective. Next time use your safety line, that's what it's for. Sentencing?"
"Well they're just a couple of lads, Sir. Just larking about really. I'd say a couple of months juve community service."
"Piloting a poorly maintained flier. Reckless endangerment. Four months juve cubes. Adjusted to three months with DOC correction factor."
Joyce, you will retake the sentencing module when you get off duty tonight. No more stunts like that without the safety line. Can't afford to lose any more Judges."
"And instruct control not to put any more personal calls through while you're on assessment."
"I already did that, Sir. She still gets through. You know what mothers are like."
"No, Joyce. No I don't."