"What about this Janet person. Maybe she was
implicating Laura to take attention off of herself." Lindsay nodded.
"She did seem to be a little vindictive, although I
don't know why."
"Why don't I have a little talk with Janet."
Their expressions showed that they didn't think that this was a good idea.
But, what could they do, he was the case manager.
Matt found Janet in her dressing room putting on her
"May I come in?" Janet turned around and
"Yes, come in and sit down." She was
smiling at him too much.
"I'd like to ask you some questions if I may? First
of all, did you know Marcy or Michelle well?" The smile suddenly
changed to a scowl.
"They both thought that they were so much - getting
the lead, getting the best boyfriends, everything." This was one
disgruntled girl, Matt thought.
"What about Laura? Do you have something
against her?" The little nerve in Matt's necked was throbbing. Janet
rolled her eyes and continued her story.
"Have you seen the way she carries on with Brad?
No wonder she got the lead." Matt became angry.
"Well, thank you for your information." Matt
rose to leave.
"Will I see you later? Maybe we can get
together." Matt smiled devilishly.
"I don't think so. I'll be seeing Laura
later." Matt had to get that little dig in before he left.
No matter how much it hurt, Matt would have to go and
talk to Laura. She was finished on stage now and was in her dressing room.
"Laura, can I come in?" It was Matt,
Laura thought. He's come to tell me that it's over.
"Y-Yes I guess you can come in."
Matt came in and found Laura sitting in her robe with
her hair down. Matt was again reminded of how beautiful she was.
"Where's Brad?" Matt asked
sarcastically. Laura was surprised.
"I thought that you wanted to speak to me."
Laura didn't look angry. She just looked surprised.
"Tell me about college." Again Laura was
"Well, Michelle, Brad and I were friends. Everyone
called us the three musketeers. We were, at least, until Michelle and Brad
started going out."
Matt interrupted her.
"Wait a minute. Michelle and Brad?"
Laura quickly put two and two together.
"Wait, did you think. . . ?" She didn't
have a chance to finish for Matt took her in his arms and kissed her. Laura
hesitated at first no believing that it was true. When she finally pulled
free, she said, "You still feel the same way about me? I thought. . .
Matt was smiling and laughing.
"I thought that you and Brad were together."
Laura shook her head.
"Brad is just a good friend. He and Michelle
were very close. He was devastated when she died." Matt took
"What do you think about Janet?" Laura
"You think that Janet is responsible for all of
this? She has always liked Brad. In fact, Brad felt sorry for her
and gave her a part in the show."
At that moment, Matt smelled smoke.
"Do you smell that? It's smoke." He
ran to the door and tried to open it. It wouldn't budge.
"We're trapped." Laura was frantic.
Matt wasn't quite as panicked.
"Pete. Pete are you there?" Matt
called into the comm unit they used to stay in touch with each other.
"Laura and I are locked in her dressing room.
Something's on fire."
A few minutes later, there were sounds of running feet
and shouts. The next thing they knew, someone was chopping at the door.
In just a few minutes, the rest of the team burst through the door.
"Are you guys okay?" Pete asked
breathlessly. There was no damage except that Laura was coughing a little.
"Did anyone see anything?" Matt wanted
to know. Of course, no one had.
"Where was Janet?" They all looked at
each other. No one knew.
"Pete can someone set a fire using
telekinesis?" Matt had meant it in a sarcastic way.
"Well, I've heard of people - fire starters - that
could make things spontaneously combust." Matt made a face like ‘ I
had to ask'.
After this very stressful day, Matt asked if he could
take Laura home. Laura hesitated. She wanted so much for Matt to
tell her how he felt. This would be a good opportunity.
When they were finally alone that evening, Laura wanted
to get right to her questions. Matt, on the other hand, had other things
on his mind.
The first thing that Matt did was to take the clip out
of her hair which caused her hair to fall gently around her shoulders. He
plowed his fingers through it and was amazed by the play of red and gold in the
light. He took a deep breath.
"You're beautiful." He whispered huskily
into her hair.
His hands started to roam over her body and she was
afraid that she would be lost before she could get hr questions answered.
"Matt, I want to ask you something." Matt
wanted to go much further with her than she was willing to at this time.
"Matt, we need to talk about us." Matt
stopped. He remembered similar conversations. It always boiled down
to the same thing: The assumption that he wasn't willing to commit to a
"I just think that if we had talked more three
months ago, this misunderstanding wouldn't have happened." Matt
nodded. She was right.
"What should we have said?" He was more
"Well, do we plan on continuing to see each other,
or did we plan on seeing other people?"
Matt looked right at her.
"I don't want to see anyone else." Laura
smiled. It was as if a great weight had been lifted from her shoulders.
"I don't want to see anyone else either."
She kissed him shyly on the cheek.
"What happens next?" Unlike Matt, Laura
had never been married, or close to it.
"Well, anything that we have is going to be long
distance." Matt wanted to make sure that she understood that he was
going to keep his job.
"I don't mind the long distance romance as long as I know
you love me." Laura looked at Matt imploringly. Matt stroked
her cheek with his hand. He did love her, but it was hard for him to love.
Something always happened to the people he loved.
"It's hard for me to say. I feel it, but it's
hard to say it. Do you understand?" She did understand. She
now knew how he felt. He didn't have to say it until he was ready.
She kissed him deeply on the lips. It took
everything he had not to take her right there.
"You don't have to tell me you love me if you're
not ready." He looked into her eyes. She was so kind and loving
and she did love him.
"I've never met anyone quite like you before.
Why do you care about an old cynic like me?" Matt was joking
now, but he had asked a serious question.
"I guess that I see a side of you that no one else
does." She was probably right.
The next day, rehearsal started with notes given by Brad
from the previous day. The OSIR team listened in and watched several
people, especially Janet.
It was then that Matt devised a plan. He had noticed a
similarity of the physical characteristics of the leading ladies. This
also might have played a part in the casting of the parts.
"Lindsay, Pete, come here. I want to talk to
you for a minute."
After Brad was finished giving the notes, the team
talked to Laura and filled her in on their plan.
"So want you're saying is that you want me to
disguise myself as Michelle and ‘haunt' Janet into confessing?" They
had to admit that it was one of Matt's hair-brained schemes, but it just might
Laura found some clothes that belonged to Michelle in
her locker. They were about the same size and used to swap clothes all of
Lindsay had called Janet to the green room under the
guise of asking more questions. They were seated at the table so that
Janet was facing the open doorway.
Lindsay started by asking questions that she knew Matt
had already asked.
"Why are you asking me these questions? The
other guy already asked them." Lindsay offered some excuse that Janet
didn't hear because at just that moment, Janet saw a figure walk past the open
Lindsay was watching Janet very carefully. She saw all
of the color drain from Janet's face and knew that Laura had just walked past
"What's the matter, Janet?"
Janet was trying to say what she had seen, but knew that
it would sound crazy.
"N -Nothing. It's nothing."
When it was time for Janet to be on stage, the
team followed as she was singing her song, Janet happened to look into the
wings. She couldn't believe what she saw there.
It was Michelle. It had to be her. She was
sure of it this time. Brad noticed that she had stopped singing.
"Okay cut the music. Janet, what's going on? Where's
your head?" Brad was angry. They were behind in rehearsals as
it was with all of the changes of the leads and now this.
"I thought I saw. . . Did you see. . . ?"
She looked a little frantic, so much so, that the team thought she was
going to crack.
"We've got a show to put on. We don't have
time for this. Either pull yourself together, or you're out." Brad
then called for the next scene and she was dismissed to her dressing room.
Janet was crying as she ran to her dressing room and
flung open the door. In her dressing room, on a stand, stood a wreath that
read Rest in Peace. Janet gasped and turned to see Michelle standing in
the doorway. Janet screamed, the figure disappeared and Janet went
screaming from the room,.
She ran and looked behind her to see Michelle following
her. She was screaming as she ran out on stage.
"Stop following me. You're dead. I
killed you. Leave me alone." She was hysterical. Luckily,
the team had brought in Anton who had a sedative ready for her. Then they
called the police.
Matt and the team was very pleased. Matt was now
looking for Laura so that they could express their thanks to her for her part in
Suddenly Matt saw Laura running down the hall.
"Hey you did a great job. We got a confession
out of her." Laura was out of breath and looked confused.
"I was locked in the basement. I only just
got out. Suddenly the door wasn't locked anymore."
"Dr. Axon took more readings of the stage and areas
where ‘Michelle Walters' was seen. He was now getting readings that are
consistent with poltergeist sightings. Janet Ryan has confessed to using
her kinetic powers to kill Marcy Freeman and Michelle Walters. Praeger
"So, it looks like our friendly ghost stepped in
and helped us out." Matt was saying to the rest of the team.
"Kinda cool, huh?" Pete asked.
They were packing up and getting ready to head back to
Central Labs. As the team broke up to get ready to leave, Lindsay stayed
behind to talk to Matt.
"So, how are things with you and Laura?"
Matt was all smiles.
"We're working things out. In fact, I was just on
my way to talk to her. She's amazing." Lindsay smiled. He
was in love with her.
He found her in her dressing room.
"We're getting ready to leave." She knew
what he had come to say.
"Okay, what about us?" Matt took her
into his arms.
I want us to be together." He said. It was
barely above a whisper.
"First of all, let me tell you that a long distance
romance doesn't scare me. In fact, it should be good for someone who
doesn't like commitment."
She smiled. He smiled.
"So, what's the answer?" Matt asked
"The answer is communication. The thing that
messed us over is the act that we stopped talking to each other. Then, we
came up with all kinds of ideas about why. We need to promise each other
that we'll communicate and tell each other the truth." Matt nodded.
She was right. Matt had a hard time expressing his feelings.
Matt walked over to the corner of the room so that
his back was to her. When he didn't answer, she worried.
Then, she saw his shoulders gently lift and fall and
"I've always had a hard time expressing how I
really feel. I don't want to lose you." He slowly turned around
so that he was facing her.
"I love you." There was silence as they
stood looking at each other. He couldn't believe that he had said it and
actually meant it. Neither could she.
Laura took him into her arms and gently held him. They
had something really good. She hoped that they wouldn't blow it.
"Okay, so we've established that we both love each other.
That's a start, I guess."
It was a start. He felt as if his life was
starting over. They had both found out that they were both irreplaceable.
(Written by Michael Gavin, Ray St. James, Steve Siler and Tammy Trent)
You're the hope that I have inside
You're the joy that has changed my life
You're the passion that fills my soul
And a peace like I've never known
It's wonderful believin'
You'll never let me go
You are the heart of me
You are the breath I breathe
My all, my everything, my irreplaceable
your love has set me free
You're every song I sing
My all, my everything, my irreplaceable
Lord, you gave me a second start
Now I'm giving you back my heart
You were as close as a word of prayer
And in a moment I knew you cared
Lord, I just want to thank You
For this miracle of love
I don't deserve Your compassion
But, you washed my guilt away
Lord, Your mercy is everlasting
You never change, no
You are the heart of me