A police officer and an arrested criminal manage to survive the apocalypse in their police car, the officer is conflicted about trusting and freeing the criminal as they struggle to survive.

“You ever hear the story of the scorpion and the frog?”

“What? Y’all crazy. World’s gone kaput and you’re hearing yappin’ on about a frog.”

“My momma told me it, long time ago. Shows who people really are.”

“I ain’t no frog man!”

“It’s a metaphor.” The office shifted in the car, turning in his seat. “Anyway, you’re the scorpion.”

“Yeah, yeah, I get it. I’m a scorpion, that’s better.”

“So this scorpion, it wants to cross a river.”


“So it can buy some crack, doesn’t matter. The scorpion gets to the river edge and asks a frog if it will carry it across the river.”

“Why don’t it just swim?”

“Christ!” The perp lent back in the seat, cuffed hands raised in defence. “The scorpion can’t swim, the frog can. Get it?”

“I get it.”

“The frog’s like, ‘Why should I take you? You’re just gonna kill me.’”

“What if the scorpion just wanna get across the river?”

The officer sighed. The perp zipped a finger across his mouth.

“The frog finally say alright, the scorpion hops on its back and it begins swimming out across the river.”

“See my man, this is us! You’re the frog and you can get me outta here!”

“They get to the midpoint of the river, the deepest bit…”

“Enough with the fucking story!”

“And the scorpion stings the frog.”

“What? That dude crazy. They’re both gonna drown now. Why he gone done that?”

“The frog stops kicking, it’s body dying and they both start sinking. And the frog says to the scorpion, ‘Why did you do that? Now we’re both going to die.’”

“You’re not gonna let me go are you?”

“And the scorpion, it turns to the frog and it says, ‘It’s in my nature. I can’t help it.’”

“They both die?”

“They both died.”

“Why’d the scorpion do that Officer? He coulda waited ’til they got to the other side.”

“It’s always the same Lenny. It’s in your nature.”

Prompt originally posted by Unknown on reddit and received 47 upvotes.

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