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While it's common knowledge that I became second-in-command of the the Clan, I've never talked about the exact circumstances involved before.  I'm not exactly sure it's exciting, but I've been thinking a little bit more about all the strange twists and turns my life's taken.  Guess I just want to be able to remember it all when Hope asks about it some day.

It had been a little over two months since I'd become a Gargoyle and about one month since Hudson had convinced Goliath that he needed to officially appoint a second-in-command, in case the worst should happen.  Brooklyn, Lexington, and Broadway had been competing with each other the whole time, sometimes making total fools of themselves and keeping a running tally of what crimes they'd stopped and how many of each.  It was both funny as hell and rather sad to watch at the same time.  They were competent guys, but like any group of teenagers, competition just seemed to bring out both the worst and best in them.  I'd kept out of it, not even considering myself to be in the running.  I was too new to the Clan, to the whole "Defender of the Night" thing.  Besides, Goliath and I had only recently revealed our feelings for each other, just barely started a relationship.  It was more than dating, but less than being married.  Courtship.  The idea of me being a possible choice smacked to my mind of favoritism.

Not that that kind of thing would have been anything new.  Demona had been the Clan's Second before and she'd been Goliath's mate.  While I didn't doubt for a minute that she'd earned the position through skill, I wasn't exactly sure that I wanted to be following in her footsteps.  Bad enough, by her estimation anyway, that an "unworthy human" like myself had been given the "gift" of being a Gargoyle, worse that I had "stolen" Goliath from her, but becoming Second would have been like replacing her entirely.  Still, the thought of pissing her off did make me smile.

We'd just gotten back from dealing with an upgraded version of the Pack.  Jackal, Hyena, and Wolf had traded their humanity in for more power, becoming cyborgs and a mutated wolf-man.  This bothered me terribly.  I'd had mine taken from me, while they gave theirs up just to kill us?  Yeah, I know,  I probably had more humanity than they ever did, no matter what the outside was like, but still, it bothered me.  It made me sick.  Dingo showed more sense, opting only for power armor.  Together with a new Coyote robot, they formed quite the deadly quintet.

Goliath, Hudson, Bronx, and I had encountered them first, acting on a tip Matt brought us.  They took us completely by surprised and we barely escaped from their ambush.  Their enhancements almost made them too powerful, but while they were quite familiar with the guys, I was still enough of an unknown factor and added enough additional strength to give us enough of a break to get away,

Not wanting to risk another ambush, I headed up the task of figuring out how to take the fight to them.  With some daylight help from Matt and some computer help from Lex, we put together clues about where the Pack's hideout might be. Combing areas large enough to house the aircraft they sometimes used with sudden upswings in power consumption as well as information from Derek about warehouses the homeless were being steered away from yielded results.  We took the fight to them.  Though we had the weight of numbers on our side, with seven of us against five of them, it was teamwork and skill that won it for us.

So as I said, we'd just gotten back to the Clock Tower when Goliath announced that he had made his choice.  I'd figured he'd pick Brooklyn for sure.  This would prove to be one of the few times when I couldn't read Goliath like a book.  "After much consideration," he'd said, "I have decided that the best choice for Second-in-Command is... Elisa."

Stunned silence filled the tower.  Then Lex and Broadway began to grin and a knowing grin worked its way across Hudson's face.  Even Brooklyn seemed accepting.  Resigned, but accepting.  I, on the other hand, stood there with my mouth open like an idiot.

Finally, I found my voice.  "You can't be serious."

Goliath looked puzzled by this.  "But I am.  I would not jest about this."

I struggled to find the right words.  "Outside.  You and me.  Now."

Once we were outside, I was better able to put my thoughts into words.  "Are you crazy?"  See how much more articulate I became?

"What do you mean?"

"Goliath, I've only been doing this for a little over a month.  I'm not even a real Gargoyle.  I can't possibly do what you're asking me to."

He shook his head.  "You are wrong, my love.  You have been a a protector for far longer than this past month and I have come to recognize that you were always one of us in spirit, if not in flesh.  Further, you have always been a person of great skill and intelligence.  It was your deductive skills that brought us victory tonight.  You know this world far better than any of us.  To not put you in a position to best make use of that would be foolish.  And you will not hesitate to argue with me when you feel it is necessary.  I could ask for no less."

"You really mean that?  This isn't just about... us?"

"I have chosen based on merit, not on the passions of my heart.  Though I will admit my love for you has played a factor.  A leader must be able to fully and completely trust his second beyond all doubt.  It so happens that this is often his or her love.  A happy coincidence, I believe you would say."

I sighed and leaned into him, wrapping my arms around him.  This was another step, building another life as I said good-bye to my old.  Could I be that strong?  "Can I... think about it?"

"Take all the time you need, my love."

And, of course, I eventually said yes.  Been some bumps along the way, but I think I've done a damn good job.

Date: 2007-11-05 08:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tf-atalanta.livejournal.com
You know, I gotta admit I probably would have said no if it was me... I'm not leadership material.

Date: 2007-11-05 08:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elisa-garg.livejournal.com
The headache I put up with some days, I sometimes wonder if I shouldn't have reconsidered. But I've done a pretty good job; haven't gotten anybody killed or anything, so I'd say it all worked out.

Date: 2007-11-06 04:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tf-atalanta.livejournal.com
I guess I worry that I mess up... Funny, though, I've been told I could make a good leader.

Date: 2007-11-06 04:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elisa-garg.livejournal.com
I had those same kind of worries. But basically, I figured that if Goliath thought I was right for the job, the least I could do was try and prove him right.

Date: 2007-11-18 07:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tf-atalanta.livejournal.com
Hmm. I suppose if Prime chose me to be second in command, it'll be because he'd think I'd be a good choice too.

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