Beta'd by Xasphie. In the sequel to 'Coincidence', the female Sentinel-cop and her Guide meet Jim and Blair.
There are no coincidences in life.
It must be like that, or otherwise I wouldn't be sitting here waiting to be called into Captain Banks' office - on the first day of my new job in the Cascade police department.
I used to think that there was something very strange about me, a disease to be cured. Cascade is the place where I found out, almost two years ago, that my condition isn't so special anyway. I never got to talk to that man who could identify a person's facial expression from two blocks away, either -
But everything happened very fast after that; I met Steven, a guy with lots of weird ideas that somehow helped to get me back to work, and working with him raised my solve rate to a level even higher than it was before. Not good for my ego, I tell you, but we've become a good team. I like being around him.
Even though his lover, who is a real drama queen, resents me now for moving Steven to Cascade for the sake of this new unit. I didn't make things better by telling him to get real - my husband, together with my three-year-old girl, will stay back at home, too, as long as we've set the grounds for this new pilot project.
Here in Cascade, we'll work with -- guess who. The Sentinel and Guide pair, or that's what they're called, I'd seen before.
I'm curious to meet them, even if a little anxious, too.
What will it be like?
Will they be alright with us stepping onto their turf? Will they treat a female Sentinel differently? Scratch that, I've been treated differently in any unit I worked in at first - until I showed the guys how to shoot. Those senses are a great thing when they're working appropriately.
I look at Steven who gives me a grin, but I can tell by his elevated heart rate that he's nervous, too. Guessing my thoughts, he scowls at me. He's too damn good at this sometimes.
I turn around at the sound of his voice, and yes, it's him, the man I'd seen hovering over his partner as if he could keep his condition from worsening by the sheer power of his will, and maybe such a thing is really possible. Said partner - in a much better condition than the last time, indeed - is right beside him, giving us a friendly smile.
"I'm Detective Ellison, and this is my partner, Blair Sandburg," says the taller man. "We've been expecting you."
I take his outstretched hand and shake it firmly. "Detectives Russell and Lee. And you must be the other Sentinel," I say, not understanding the sudden alarm on their faces. What's with the taboo? I think, confused. In my unit in Santa Barbara, we always talked openly about my abilities, and how to apply them best.
"Maybe we should take this into Simon's office," Sandburg suggests hastily. He and Ellison exchange a look, and it's as if you hear someone talking in a foreign language that you don't understand, but you can still guess the emotion behind the words.
Uh-oh. I think it's official that they are not as excited about this new unit as Steven and I were.
Still are, actually. Maybe they're not as open-minded about the enhanced senses subject as everybody was in my old unit, but I guess they have their reasons. I'm still longing for the moment when I can sit down and have a long talk with someone who's gone through the same thing as I have, can see and feel the same things as I can.
Before we step into the Captain's office, I perform a little test.
"I'm glad everything turned out okay last time," I say.
Steven and Sandburg clearly don't understand what I'm talking about; my Guide wasn't around then, and Ellison's was barely conscious--
Ellison looks at me quizzically, but I can tell the moment when he remembers me. His smile is hesitant, but genuine. "Yeah, me, too. It's good to finally meet you."
I'm hopeful. Not just because we must be nearly invincible together - here, with these people, I'm going to get closer to solving the riddle of my life than ever before.