Author: Nubiangeek (with help from Kelticgeek)
Summary: Matt gets a call from a long lost love
Disclaimer: I do not own the Psi Factor characters, but it would be so fun to
own Matt Praeger!
The last three months had flown by so fast for Laura.
When she left Matt three months ago, it was as if her heart had been
ripped out. IF anyone had asked her if she were in love with Matt, she
probably would have said ‘no'. But, the more she analyzed it, the more
she knew, yes, she was in love with him. He was more different from any
other man she had ever met. He was moody, sarcastic, and strange. She
loved that about him. Deep down he was very loving and caring, but most
people didn't see that part of him. She felt very happy and privileged to
be one that he showed that side to.
Now, being in New York, Laura thought about Matt every
day. She was very excited about dancing in a New York theater. Her
friend Michelle from college was the one that told her about the audition.
Now Michelle was dead. She was not the first to die, however, a
piece of scenery fell on another girl named Marcy Freeman. Each of the
girls was the lead dancer in their current production. Everyone in the company
was saying that it was the ghost of the theater. Laura didn't buy it.
She had made the decision to call Matt for one reason and one reason only:
She was now the lead dancer.
"Hello, Matt. I need you." The
words and the voice both stunned him.
"Laura. Is that you?" He knew that
it was, but he couldn't believe it.
"Yes, it's me. I need you to come to
New York. Something has happened here. There have been some
deaths." That really got Matt's attention.
"I-we'll be on the next plane to New York."
Matt's briefing with the team was short and sweet.
"She said that it might involve poltergeists."
Peter rolled his eyes.
"You have something to say Peter?" The
adversarial relationship between the two men was quite apparent to everyone in
"Is this just you chasing after a lost love, or is
this an actual case?" Matt wanted to smack his smug face. Matt
answered through his clenched teeth.
"It is an actual case. She called me because
I am OSIR."
The tension was thick enough to cut. Lindsay and
Anton were very uncomfortable.
"If there's nothing else, we will leave on the next
plane for New York."
Matt had given orders to have the mobile unit meet them
at the theater while the rest of them flew there.
Matt sat with Lindsay on the plane and she could tell
that he was filled with anxiety.
"So, are you nervous about seeing Laura again?
Matt tried to laugh it off, but she could see the pain in his eyes.
"Well, as you know, I'm not very good at
relationships." Matt laughed nervously.
"I mean, it's been three months. She probably
doesn't feel the same way about me anymore. Besides, she's probably got a
Lindsay felt really sorry for Matt. He seemed to
be so lonely. No one really knew him at all - not really.
"Haven't you kept in touch at all?" Matt
"Well, we did at first, but you know how it is with
long distance romances. We fell out of touch." Lindsay knew that he
was just making excuses. She knew that he was in love with her and that
she was in love with him. Why was it that something like that was always
apparent to everyone else, but not the people involved?
"I don't believe you. You're in love with
her, aren't you?" Matt just smiled and didn't answer.
When the team arrived at the theater, they were met by
Laura. She had let her hair grow out and she was a bit thinner, but
to Matt she was beautiful.
"Hello." It was very awkward.
Matt wanted to take her into his arms and kiss her incessantly. But,
such was not to be. Laura wanted to cry because she wanted him so badly.
Lindsay and Peter could sense the tension.
"Well, suppose we get started."
They went into the green room and sat around the table.
"Laura, tell us everything from the
Laura composed herself before going into the story.
"It all started about two weeks ago. Marcy
was the first. She was on stage and one of the big scenery pieces fell on
top of her and killed her. Matt interrupted her story.
"Now, you told me something about her being the
lead dancer." Laura nodded and continued her story.
"Yes, she was the lead dancer. Then Michelle
got the role as lead dancer." At this point, Laura started crying.
This was too much for Matt. He took her into his arms and held her.
Lindsay took out a Kleenex and handed it to Laura.
"Michelle was my roommate in college. She was
the one that told me about the audition. She was my best friend."
They gave her a few minutes to calm down.
"Everyone kept saying that it was the ghost that
did it. It was the first time I had heard about the ghost. I mean,
every theater has one, so I wasn't surprised. But, I never heard of a
ghost killing anyone." Everyone looked at Peter the resident expert
"Yes, well I guess I'd better go and get some
readings on our ghost." They smiled at him as he left.
"What happened next, Laura?" Lindsay
"Well, the police came down and investigated.
They asked everyone questions about it. But, as far as I know, they
didn't find out anything yet."
"How did Michelle die?" Matt asked.
"She was taking a shower after rehearsal. Someone
threw a radio into the shower. It was still plugged in." Laura
started crying again as she recalled the grisly incident.
"It's alright. I think that we're done for
now. Lindsay, why don't you start interviewing the rest of the
troupe." Lindsay nodded and went off to interview.
Matt felt so awkward. He wanted to hold her
forever - never to let her go. But, he couldn't help thinking that she
probably had a boyfriend.
"So, do you want to go and get something to eat -
and talk?" Laura looked at Matt. Oh, no, she thought. He
wants to break up with me. I can't take this - not now. He's found
"Uh, I can't right now. I need to rehearse.
Can I take a raincheck?" She barely gave him time to answer as
she scooted off to her dressing room.
Matt didn't want to think about the way things were
between him and Laura, so he decided to go and see what Pete had found out about
Matt found Pete standing on stage where the first
"Well, anything so far, Pete?"
Even after all of this time at OSIR, Matt didn't know if
he really believed everything about the paranormal but, he had seen some very
"Well, I'm getting some very strong readings, but
it's not consistent with poltergeist activity, This is very strange."
Pete fell silent again as he continued his readings. Suddenly there
was an energy spike and Matt was calling out.
"Pete, watch out!" Pete got out of the
way just before a huge light fell to the stage.
"What the hell was that?" Pete asked.
Matt was still too shocked to answer.
"There was an energy spike and then this. It
looked more like a kinetic
force." Pete was thinking out loud.
In a few moments, others came running because of the
noise made when the light fell.
"IS everyone okay?" The director, Brad Snyder,
was asking. Laura was standing just behind him and she was visibly shaken.
She was holding onto Brad. Matt noticed this as he surveyed the
shocked looks on the actors' faces.
"It must have been Gladys." A
perky-looking actress said.
"Who is Gladys?" Asked Lindsay.
"Gladys is the name of the ghost. Her full
name is Gladys Wellington. She was an actress at the theater back at the
turn of the century. She was the leading lady. She died tragically
in a fire here at the theater. Since then, all of the leading ladies
were supposed to pay homage to her by leaving a bouquet for her on opening
night. They say that trouble befalls those who don't follow this
There was hushed silence as everyone took this in.
Matt was finding it hard to focus because he was thinking about Laura and
"I don't know. I'm not getting any readings
from poltergeist activity. I am getting readings from kinetic activity."
Then Matt added his two cents in a sarcastic tone.
"Besides, it's not opening night."
"So, what you're saying is that someone is
deliberately causing these accidents?" Director Brad said, ignoring
Everyone unconsciously looked at one another trying to
figure out who it was.
"Well, if no one objects, we'd like to get back to
the interviews if we could?"
Lindsay had been looking for a reason why anyone would
want to kill the leading ladies. She was focusing on whether they and worked
with anyone before and if that person were holding some kind of a grudge. So
far, the only connection was that Laura was Michelle's roommate.
Laura went with Brad into the green room. She was
still upset about what had just happened. She was thinking about how close
that light had come to hitting Matt.
"You're thinking about him, aren't you?"
She couldn't deny it.
"Yes, I was thinking about him, but I think it's
over." She said sadly. Brad took her into his arms and held her
"It's alright, my darling. Maybe it's
for the best."
Neither of them noticed the figure in the doorway taking
He had to get out of there, so he decided to take a
walk. Matt ended up at the corner drugstore where he bought a pack of
cigarettes. He had not smoked in over a year. Well, this warranted
him going back to it. It was better than getting drunk, which is what he
really wanted to do.
He stood outside the theater thinking about what
he had seen. He had been right, Laura did have a boyfriend, or someone
that wanted to be her boyfriend. Director Brad. He wondered if she
had to ‘audition' for her part. He was being malicious, he knew, but he
felt so hurt and betrayed that he didn't care what he thought of her. Deep
down, he knew that she wasn't like that. She would only take a part that
was offered because of her talent. Thinking about this only made things
"Hey Matt. I didn't know you smoked."
Pete said innocently.
"I don't." Matt threw the cigarette down
angrily and walked back into the theater.
Laura was on stage now doing a very sensual tango with
Brad. It turned out that Brad was also the choreographer for the show
Matt watched even though he knew he shouldn't. He
felt like he was a voyeur intruding on something that was very private. She
was a very good dancer. Matt especially liked her very long,
graceful legs that were being shown off nicely by the short, black, flouncy
skirt. Matt decided to call an update session as soon as Lindsay was
finished with the interviews.
"Alright, what we have, so far, is kinetic activity
instead of poltergeist activity. So, one of our little friends has a
hidden talent. Any ideas about whom it might be?" Matt looked
over to Lindsay for an answer.
"Well, I was looking for someone who might be
holding a grudge - like a Carrie thing. Some of the actors have worked
together before, but there wasn't any real connection there - except for
Michelle, Laura and Brad." Matt's ears perked up when he heard Laura
and Brad mentioned together.
"Okay, so how does Brad fit into this?" Matt
tried to sound as aloof as possible, but it wasn't working.
"Well, they all went to college together.
They were like the three musketeers or something. One of the other
girls, Janet, hinted that there might have been some jealousy there."
Lindsay watched Matt's expression.
"In fact, Janet went so far as to
implicate Laura in the killings." Matt could see where Lindsay was
going with this.
"Well, it doesn't make sense that Laura would call
us in if she were the one doing the killings. Besides, we've tested Laura
for psychic ability." Matt was trying to keep this very business -
like, but they could tell that he was having difficulty.
Irreplaceable Part 2