Toni collapsed onto her bed at a little after four-thirty in the morning, wondering if she had been just a little bit crazy to stay out so late when she had the early shift tomorrow... make that today.
A few hours later, as Toni walked, or rather stumbled, into the 2-3, she decided that she hadn't been just a little bit crazy. "I must have been out of my mind," she thought. "I just hope Joe doesn't notice how sleepy I am."
But as soon as roll call was over, Joe said, "Toni, come into my office."
"Yes, sir," Toni said.
They went inside, and sat on the sofa which Joe had added to the furnishings several weeks ago.
"So tell me what's wrong," Joe said. "You can barely keep your eyes open."
"I didn't get much sleep last night."
"Bad dreams?" Joe asked.
"No," Toni confessed. "I was out dancing."
"Toni, you knew you had to be in early today, right?"
Toni looked at the floor. "Yes, sir."
"Then wouldn't you say it was irresponsible for you to be out dancing?" Joe asked sternly.
"Yes, sir," Toni mumbled.
"Well, you're obviously in no shape for police work."
"I'm sure you are, but just to make sure this doesn't happen again, I'm docking you today's pay."
"That's fair enough," Toni admitted.
Joe stood up and said, "Now, Toni, I want you to lie down and take a nap."
"For how long?" Toni asked.
"Until your shift is over."
Toni stretched out on the sofa. Then she looked up at her captain and asked, "Is this also for punishment, or is it because you want me to make up the sleep I lost last night?"
Joe bent down and kissed her. "Let's just say it's for your own good, and let it go at that."