Chapter Number: 06/07
Story Summary: SWIC gets angry when one of their girls is killed by something not supernatural.
Chapter Summary: Kate left a lot of letters.
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Date (Upload Date): 03/18/11
Date (2011 Calendar Date): 03/18
One chapter left after this one. Willow’s and Fowler’s letter scenes came before Willow came into the FBI in the chapter before this one.
───────────────────────────────────────────To Whom It May Concern,
I don’t know who is coming to investigate the explosion, and I hope not to irritate you too much with this, but my death was of my own design. In order to ensure Neal Caffrey’s happiness in the long run, I will be hurting him greatly now, but I can’t stand between a stronger love just because I’m in love with Neal. And if there’s even an inkling that I’m alive, he’ll never stop looking.
Please, destroy this letter when you’re finished reading it, to hide the evidence. Neal’s future happiness depends on him thinking I was killed by someone else. If he finds out I did it to myself, he’ll never forgive himself, and never be happy. Two of the other letters must be destroyed too: Peter Burke’s and Elizabeth Burke’s. Please ensure their destruction. None of the other letters will let on that I killed myself, but those two will.
While the man will have nothing to do with my death, Vincent Adler is the one who wanted the music box. I’m not sure why, but knowing the man as I do, it’s probably nothing good. And if he thinks claiming my murder will help him manipulate Neal, he’ll do so. Still, it’s the FBIs job to figure out what the music box is for. SWIC is only required to investigate my death.
My only request is that SWIC watches over Neal for the rest of his life. He is in no danger from the demonic community at this time, and likely never will be in the future, but he is very important to me. Watch over him, and ensure his safety. Thank you.
Willow folded the letter closed, and grabbed the rest of the letters. She’d deliver them one by one, starting with Fowler.
We’ve only met three times, and I could tell by the first that you weren’t doing this willingly. I suggest going to Peter Burke. He’ll listen if you ask, even if he keeps you at gunpoint the whole time. While I don’t know the name of the exact man that’s blackmailing you, I do know it leads back to Vincent Adler.
Be careful if you decide to go after him. He’s as smart as Neal, and has the resources to get himself some considerable muscle. Don’t go after him alone, and ensure someone knows where you are, preferably Peter. He’ll likely be going after Adler soon. Good luck.
Fowler closed the letter, and glanced up at Willow.
“I’ll be speaking with Peter about him later in the morning.”
“I want to help.”
“I’ll call you as soon as I’m sure neither Peter nor Neal will kill you on sight.” Fowler nodded.
First things first, don’t let Neal blame himself for my leaving. I made this decision a long time ago. I’ve tried to follow through with it twice, but Neal hasn’t let me. This time, I’m making sure he doesn’t follow me.
Second, don’t let Neal blame Garret Fowler either. He was being blackmailed by someone. I don’t know by who or with what, but he was an unwilling accomplice in this. I do know it leads back to the music box and Vincent Adler.
I’m not sure why he wants the music box, but Adler’s willing to do anything to get it. Keep Neal safe, even if you have to work with the FBI to do so. Goodbye Mozzie.
Mozzie wiped away a tear from his eye.
“Must have dust in it. Stupid allergies,” he said. Willow smiled sadly as she handed Neal his own letter, and left June’s home.
Hello again. I don’t owe you an explanation, but I need to give it to you anyway. I want you to destroy this letter after you’ve read it. Its obvious Neal’s going to follow me forever, so I’ve made sure he won’t be able to this time. You have to make sure he really doesn’t.
Neal gets quiet when he’s depressed. Pull him out of it before he does something monumentally stupid. Nothing has changed since our last conversation. I still want you to take care of him. He’ll need it. I’ve told him you know about him loving Peter. He’ll probably come to you about it soon. Keep him safe.
El smiled sadly, as she folded the letter up, then handed it to Willow. Willow lit her letter, along with Peter’s and Willow’s own, on fire, letting a bowl catch the ashes.
I love you. I really do. But you won’t be coming with me. If you come to the plane, I’ll be sending you away. I’m sorry. I can’t share you. Even if you did come with me, and tell me you heart only belongs to me, you’d never really mean it. So, I’m letting you go.
Peter’s better for you than me. And Elizabeth, well, she’s awesome. You’ll love her just as much as you love Peter, far more than you ever loved me. Don’t let my leaving hold you back. I’m going to work with SWIC. I’ll list you as next of kin. You and Mozzie are the only family I have left. If nothing else, it’ll mean SWIC will always watch over you.
Elizabeth knows you love Peter. She’s known since before you were caught. I tried to leave then too, but you were too stubborn. Don’t be stubborn this time. The two of you will be good together, well, three if you count Elizabeth. It’s time for us to move on Neal. Don’t follow me. Goodbye Neal.
Neal folded the letter back up as tears streamed down his face.
“Okay Kate.” The letter went inside a box of mementos, never to be forgotten, but never to be seen again.
To Be Continued
Next Date (2011CD) for this Story: 03/25