She used to smile

She'd crack a case and her face would light up in triumph

She'd see a woman carrying a baby and her eyes would begin to sparkle

She'd open her locker, her gaze would fall upon pictures her daughter had drawn

And she'd have pride written all over her features

But she has changed

A new job, responsibilities

A different shift, less time for family and friends

Being the boss, playing politics

All that has driven her apart

From her child

From her co-workers

Her family

A beeper goes off, informing her of a major break through in the current case

The corners of her lips curl up lightly

She doesn't smile