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Victor absently massages right above her knee, around one of the points where the brace presses into her leg leaving permanent bruises on her body. It has to be tight, though. If it isn't tight, it doesn't work. She basically wears them all the time now, except when she has to go out on her world, then it's just a cane, because the braces are too recognizable. Well-oiled, shining and brass, a little bulky but still beautiful. The media assumes they're to make her stronger, not to keep her functioning. To make her more meta, not to let her get around. They don't realize she can hardly walk without them anymore.

Cole keeps her on top of her physical therapy, even though she hates it. And she's more active than ever now that Giddy is running and... she thought being a superhero was hard. Potty training makes patrolling seem like a breeze.

Except for right now. Except for this killer. The papers don't even have a name for this guy (or girl, but statistically more likely a guy), because he doesn't stick to any recognizable pattern. All genders, ethnicities, ages, manners of death. No similarities to tie the victims together. Some abducted from their homes. One from the park. One from their work. No one saw anything. He's like a ghost. He doesn't showboat or write notes or brag or leave clues, so it took months for the police to even work out that it was the same killer. Actually, it was finally the lack of all clues that became his signature. Everyone messes up, leaves evidence, a trail. Except him. Public terror has gotten so bad that Doc and Surge are openly working with the police, instead of quiet, shady meetings in back rooms.

And nothing. Solving a murder like this isn't like the procedural cop shows. You can't put evidence in a mass spectrometer and get a magic answer. You can't look at bug larvae in the treads of the shoes to find the location of the murder; newsflash, bugs have legs and wings, they move around. No holographic computer displays, floating touch screens, universal fingerprint database (not that he ever leaves any fingerprints). Old equipment that's at least ten years out of date, sometimes more.

There's nothing to do but wait for another body to drop. So when she gets the call from the morgue, she calls Clark and suits up. This has to end now.

Date: 2016-03-24 02:53 am (UTC)
kalel_ofkrypton: (On the phone worried)
From: [personal profile] kalel_ofkrypton
Clark has been busy, helping to raise his three children, working his day job, working his other job. But he always has time for Victor.

She won't have to wait long before Superman responds to the call. "What do we have?" he asks. It's rarely a good sign when you're summoned to a morgue, after all.
Edited Date: 2016-03-24 02:54 am (UTC)

Date: 2016-03-24 03:12 am (UTC)
kalel_ofkrypton: (Superman: The cape)
From: [personal profile] kalel_ofkrypton
It doesn't take any superpowers to see how uncomfortable Doc is with this particular task. "Mind if I take a look first?" he asks the mortician. "No cutting necessary."

Date: 2016-03-24 03:26 am (UTC)
kalel_ofkrypton: (Microvision)
From: [personal profile] kalel_ofkrypton
Out of respect for her privacy, he isn't looking at Doc, and a part of him wonders how long it's been since things like this stopped bothering him on such a visceral level. It does bother him emotionally - no one should end up like this, no matter who they are - but it doesn't affect him as deeply as it does with Doc.

Superman focuses through the sheet over the body, looking through it at the unfortunate woman beneath it. Then deeper, through the surface of the skin to look at what lies beneath, and any additional clues that might tell them more about how she died.

Date: 2016-03-24 01:49 pm (UTC)
kalel_ofkrypton: (Superman: Supes)
From: [personal profile] kalel_ofkrypton
"If he's overcompensating, he's doing a good job," Superman says, frowning. "She definitely has a fractured skull, but the head injury wasn't something that killed her instantly. I don't see anything on her skin, but he wouldn't have a reason to do that unless there was something there. Something beside the head injury."

Date: 2016-03-24 03:38 pm (UTC)
kalel_ofkrypton: (Superman: The cape)
From: [personal profile] kalel_ofkrypton
"Also scrubbed clean. Hard. Either he was in a hurry, or he was being very thorough." It's easy to tell that this isn't the killer's first time. He's had a lot of practice, or he's put a lot of thought into disposal.

Date: 2016-03-24 11:26 pm (UTC)
kalel_ofkrypton: (Superman: Supes)
From: [personal profile] kalel_ofkrypton
"Superman," he says, when the mortician stumbles over his lack of name. It's become really easy to say that name with a straight face, though once he thought it sounded ridiculous and unoriginal. It's grown on him.

Superman listens to the rundown of what they already know. "How well were the scenes examined? Her apartment, and the bench where she was found."

Date: 2016-03-25 09:48 am (UTC)
kalel_ofkrypton: (Superman)
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Probably indeed. He nods slightly. "I'd like to take a look myself, if that's all right."

Date: 2016-03-28 02:03 am (UTC)
kalel_ofkrypton: (Superman: Final uniform)
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It's not the first time he's been in a cop car, but it does seem kind of silly to cram himself into the back seat. He does it anyway, though, out of respect for their need to follow procedure. Discomfort isn't nearly as important to him as making sure things go smoothly, especially given that he's a guest. So he sits, and keeps a sharp eye out, just in case there's any trouble on the way.

"Which site is closest?" he asks the cop who will be driving them there.

Date: 2016-03-29 02:46 pm (UTC)
kalel_ofkrypton: (Superman: The cape)
From: [personal profile] kalel_ofkrypton
Superman nods in agreement. "I agree. If it isn't the weather, it's people walking through the scene."

Date: 2016-03-31 04:05 am (UTC)
kalel_ofkrypton: (Superman: Supes)
From: [personal profile] kalel_ofkrypton
Superman has never once had to wear this kind of gear at a crime scene, but he's usually not the one doing forensics. Even as he sorts that out, he's already looking at the scene, ignoring the crowd for the most part. Being at a distance doesn't make much difference when you have telescopic vision on command, after all.

"Quite a large area you have cordoned off," he notes out loud, not loud enough that the bystanders will be able to hear.

Date: 2016-04-05 01:35 am (UTC)
kalel_ofkrypton: (Superman: The cape)
From: [personal profile] kalel_ofkrypton
"Grass is better than pavement," Superman replies, looking closely at the scene. He's never been a particularly skilled tracker in this sense, but there are signs that even he can't miss. "The killer wasn't strong enough to carry her. There are marks where her feet dragged when he was moving her," he says, following that trail with one finger, although he doesn't touch it.

Date: 2016-04-07 02:43 pm (UTC)
kalel_ofkrypton: (Superman)
From: [personal profile] kalel_ofkrypton
"I'd be willing to bet that he drove here, as well," Superman adds. "It might be difficult to ID the vehicle, but at the time he would've been here, it's likely there weren't many other cars around."

Date: 2016-04-07 03:09 pm (UTC)
kalel_ofkrypton: (Superman: Supes)
From: [personal profile] kalel_ofkrypton
Superman nods as he visually follows the faint trail. "I don't think we'll be able to track him from here. Did you use dogs to see if there were any more clues around?" he asks the officer.

Date: 2016-04-14 12:54 am (UTC)
kalel_ofkrypton: (Superman: The cape)
From: [personal profile] kalel_ofkrypton
Superman nods, taking one last look around the scene to see if there's anything he missed. He rather doubts that there is, but you never know.

"Hopefully there will be more clues at her apartment." He really doesn't want to have to set up some kind of sting operation to get this guy. Using anyone as bait is horrendously risky at best.

Date: 2016-04-18 11:47 pm (UTC)
kalel_ofkrypton: (Superman: Supes)
From: [personal profile] kalel_ofkrypton
Superman's known her long enough that even without the help of supersenses, he'd notice her nervousness and discomfort. She's trying to put up a brave face, which he can respect, so he doesn't quite hold her hand or give her knee a gentle reassuring squeeze. He does, however, let his hand drop 'naturally' to touch hers as she sits next to him in the squad car.

"Are there any details you haven't told the public that you'd be permitted to share with us?" he asks the officer on the way there.

Date: 2016-05-03 06:54 pm (UTC)
kalel_ofkrypton: (Superman: The cape)
From: [personal profile] kalel_ofkrypton
"I wonder," Superman says slowly, considering the facts, "if it might possibly be more than one perpetrator. If there's nothing tying the victims together and no motive from friends or family, they still have to have been chosen for some reason, even if we don't know what it is. And the different disposition of the victims must mean something. Whether it's a cult doing some kind of blood ritual, a gang initiation, some reason why they might've simply chosen people at random."

Date: 2016-05-22 09:12 pm (UTC)
kalel_ofkrypton: (Superman: Final uniform)
From: [personal profile] kalel_ofkrypton
Superman looks at the building, getting a sense for the type of neighborhood this is. It's definitely not an area that falls under stereotypical crime, but then, this is no ordinary crime that was committed. "Which floor is her apartment on?" he asks the officer.

Date: 2016-05-23 01:51 pm (UTC)
kalel_ofkrypton: (Superman: Looking to the stars)
From: [personal profile] kalel_ofkrypton
"Kidnapping someone on the sixth floor had to be no easy feat..." Superman wonders if perhaps there was a witness; one of her neighbors should have at least heard something, he'd think.

Either way, there's one thing he can check. "Well if the fire escape is dusty, it probably wasn't used as the perpetrator's avenue of escape."

Date: 2016-07-31 03:13 pm (UTC)
kalel_ofkrypton: (Superman: Final uniform)
From: [personal profile] kalel_ofkrypton
Superman nods a little. "It's what Batman would do." Superman doesn't have a huge history of investigating things like this, so he's taking a page out of Batman's book for this case.

((Hey no problem. Life's kind of gotten away from me lately too.))

Date: 2016-08-18 06:06 pm (UTC)
kalel_ofkrypton: (Superman: Supes)
From: [personal profile] kalel_ofkrypton
Superman's scan of the apartment is a bit more in-depth, naturally, though finding clues can be difficult at the best of times. "It also might depend on the atmosphere here before this happened. When people feel safe, they tend to take more risks. If someone asked her for help carrying something upstairs, for example, she might not have questioned it if she didn't feel threatened at the time."

Date: 2016-09-28 10:36 pm (UTC)
kalel_ofkrypton: (Superman)
From: [personal profile] kalel_ofkrypton
Superman frowns a little. It's not exactly hard to tell that she's frustrated, and if he didn't have practice at appearing so stoic, he'd be right there with her. "What I wouldn't give for the power to view the past."

Date: 2016-10-13 06:53 pm (UTC)
kalel_ofkrypton: (Superman: Final uniform)
From: [personal profile] kalel_ofkrypton
"We're going to have to. Whoever's behind this is very good at not leaving much physical evidence," he agrees. "Do you want to split up? We'd cover more ground." He trusts her to get the job done, but he's also aware that two sets of eyes and ears might notice something that one pair doesn't. There are pros and cons to both.

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