AN: Any changes to the lyrics were purposefully done to fit the character thoughts and feelings. I may do other songs for other people and their relationships. Please tell me what you think. It's a quick piece that came to mind, but it's my first Mediator fic.

Everybody's Fool


Jesse couldn't read the pages in front of him. Maria had dared threatened his Susannah. She had threatened to take his only reason for being. Ordering the attack on his life hadn't been enough for her. Whatever Maria's game was now, she wouldn't succeed. Maria had had everything catered to her on her every whim, thought to be perfect by most of society during her lifetime; it was about time that the truth came out in her death.

Perfect by nature
Icons of self indulgence
Just what we all need
More lies about a world that
Never was and never will be
Have you no shame? Don't you see me?
You know you've got everybody fooled

He remembered he saw her once at a dance. Jesse couldn't deny that she was beautiful. Maria had had nearly every member of the male gender staring at her and glancing around the room as so to size up competition. She had seemed flighty, innocent and rich. Nothing about her had suggested an ability to take a life. And later when his father and uncle had come to him to speak of the arranged marriage, he could think of nothing that would satisfactorily get him out of it. Indeed, combining the ranches in order to keep up the de Silva name was too important to his uncle – and by extension, his father. And nothing (other than his own expectations and desires) said that Maria wouldn't be a good wife. Pressured by the heads of the family, he had had to agree.

Look here you come now
Bow down and stare in wonder
Oh how we love you
No flaws when you're pretending

But the rumors of Diego the slave-runner had been the last straw. He could somehow overlook that all Maria cared for were hoopskirts and bonnets. He could somehow overlook that, judging by her horrible spelling, education and intelligent conversation meant little to her. He could somehow overlook that fact that she was a spoiled, self-centered brat. But not Diego.

But now I know your honor
Never was and never will be
You don't know how you've betrayed me
And somehow you've got everybody fooled

So with the confusing emotions of betrayal of Maria's attentions and relief that he now had a way out, Jesse rode to her father's ranch, letters in hand. He had let this arrangement go on for too long. His uncle had to know about Diego and he had to know that his nephew absolutely refused to play babysitter/ husband for his wayward ex- bride- to- be. Maria could no longer play the role of a rich innocent daughter of a de Silva.

Without the mask
Where will you hide?
You can't find yourself
Lost in your lie

When Maria had somehow gotten word of his message however, she had reacted in the last way he expected. She had him killed by her lover. Instead of him breaking off the engagement (and embarrassing her), she would have him mysteriously never show to the wedding so that the shame would be on him. And Jesse, shocked, hurt, and angered beyond what he thought possible, would pay for her actions. Their family would pay for her actions! She had not only deceived him, but the whole de Silva family. With his murder at her and her lover's hands, their family had died out. And the pain he had watched them go through was unbearable. He could not give them any comfort in knowing that he hadn't abandoned them. Staying at the scene of his murder was more peaceful than the seeing his family torn like that.

I know the truth now
I know who you are
And I have never loved you

Maria had been catered to her whole life. For her the world was centered around her and her subjects were meant to please her. To her, she deserved her fairy tale ending. Too bad the Diego line was weak. Her parenting skills were worse than her spelling (and that was saying something). And Maria de Silva Diego's happily ever after died out quickly. The Diego line was under the scum of cowboys and bandits. It was better than she deserved.

It never was and never will be
You don't know how you've betrayed me
And somehow you've got everybody fooled

From their window seat he glanced at the beautiful young mediator who had finally fallen back asleep and his resolve strengthened. Maria had condemned him to a century and a half of pain. He had had his life ripped away from him at his prime and could not find his way to move on. He had numbed himself until he was literally nothing, nothing but thin air. Susannah had changed all of that. Not only could she see him, hear him, touch him, but she could make him feel emotions that he hadn't even felt while he was alive. Because of Susannah, he was feeling alive once more. He would not let any harm come to her, least of all by Maria's hand. Susannah was his life. Maria would not take his life again.

It never was and never will be
You're not real and you can't break me
And somehow now you're everybody's fool

Despite himself, Jesse could not help but grin. In a fair fight between the two girls, he held no doubt of who would win. Even Maria seemed to know; she had been the coward who snuck up on Susannah with the knife. But that had been a mistake. Not only would he protect Susannah from Maria, but Susannah would fight back. And to anger Susannah Simon and Jesse de Silva truly showed that Maria de Silva Diego was a fool.