Reflections: ch 5

We've had a loss to the agency. Tiffany's decided to go back east. Perhaps California isn't for her. We had no time to find a replacement. So, on our next case, it'll just be me and Kelly. That'll be strange. I'm used to three and now we've got two. But I'm not afraid or anything. In the three years I've been here, a lot has changed. I've changed, too, I feel. I have proven myself to be far more capable that people thought. I am no longer just the little sister here. I know I'll probably always be that. It's fine as long as I'm also seen as more, and I think they finally do see me as more. For a while, I think I have been perceived as more.

I'm thinking that Charlie will find us a new Angel eventually. Until then, though, we can handle it—Kelly and I. I believe that, and that's not an insignificant change.

Well, we got a new Angel in a rather unusual way. We got a case, and it was just Kelly and me working it. It involved a modeling agency. Well, actually, we were hired to find a murderer, which we did. The guy was a client of the modeling agency. A lot of shady stuff was going down.[1]

As I said, in the end it worked out. So, yeah, about our new Angel, Julie Rogers. She was one of the models. She was actually working undercover with the police, but of course we didn't know that at the time. She was a potential suspect. Charlie ran a background check on her. She came from a down-and-out background and had brushes with the law.

But we ended up working with her to solve the case, and in the end, Charlie pulsed some strings to get her qualified to work with us. Not the most conventional way to hire an Angel, but it is working out well so far.

My past came back to haunt me.[2] Remember that woman I mentioned before, that I arrested for prostitution when I was with the SFPD? Well, her husband and children hold her suicide against me, apparently.

We were in Hawaii. Charlie opened a new office there, and we were there to get it started. The family lives on the island now, and I guess they got word that I was coming because they kidnapped me and were planning on killing me.

I was scared, but I kept my head and I'm proud of that fact. Anyway, I found out a lot. Mary Granger (that was who she was) did have a lot of problems, one of which was that her husband beat her.

I got away with the help of a psychic, if you can believe it. I know, it sounds weird. But I do believe it's true.

Eleanor Willard didn't know any of us, and yet she helped lead Kelly, Bosley, and Julie to me. She had a hand in saving my life, I know it.

Kelly got shot.[3] It was serious. For a while we didn't know if she'd make it or not. She did. I can't tell you what it's like to be in the position of not knowing whether someone you love will live or die. Awful doesn't even begin to cover it.

But she did make it. She's going to be fine. Saying that that is a big relief would be a huge understatement.

As I reflect on these past five years, I don't quite know what to say. It's been a joy being an Angel. I've worked with great people. I've had some great adventures. I can only hope that the next years are just as wonderful. I think they will be, but I can't know for sure, of course. All I know for sure is that whatever happens, I will be able to handle it. Sure, I'm the "little sister", but I'm also so much more than that. That's what being at the Agency has taught me. For that alone I am grateful, because it is a source of indescribable pride to me. It's worth a lot to know yourself, to really know yourself. And I do now.

The End ----------------------- [1] See Episode 94: Angel In Hiding [2] See Episode 95: To See An Angel Die [3] See Episode 109: Let Our Angel Live