named: David Quinn, Alex Richetta
when I said this was a boring assignment? . . . I lied!" - Alex to Simon in Reunion~
The CIC agent with a heart of gold & only one directive. As Alex, himself, once described
it, "I keep magic alive - indirectly."
Not much is known about Alex's life. His birthday is May 1st. He was
born & raised in a rough New Jersey neighborhood, which didn't allow him
much of a chance to play. As he once told Simon, "Where I come from
you play hide & seek just to get home alive." At some point
during his childhood, his parent's divorced. The split was anything but
amicable & left Alex feeling "like the rope in a tug of
war." All of this reality was a bit too much for him, & Alex gave
up on imagination & trust.
should never trust food. I never trust food unless my mother makes
it. And even then I feed some to the dog first." - Alex to Linden in El
But underneath that carefully guarded & always fashionably attired exterior beat the heart of a chivalrous lion. He took his job of personal
security seriously, whether he was guarding a glamorous opera singer or trying
to keep up with the force of nature known as The Wizard. Although they would
eventually become the best of friends, Alex & Simon did have a rough start.
Trying to act as personal security for Simon McKay is like trying to act as
personal security for a tornado or hurricane. Everything Alex accepted as
reality was put into question by this man from the moment they met. Simon
wasn't going to stop living his life & helping others just because Alex or
the government (or Troyan) said so. Alex found himself on one fast-paced
adventure after another & would eventually accept that he was but a follower
to Simon's lead.
Simon would teach Alex to trust again.
He would also teach Alex to use his imagination. Especially when it came
to the bureaucratic red tape of paperwork that Alex would have to fill out after
each adventure. The question 'How do I explain this without ending up in a
straight jacket?' became a staple in
Alex's repertoire. Simon would also teach Alex that guns are not the
answer to solving all problems.
Alex, in turn, would teach Simon a thing or two, himself. Alex was always
surprising Simon by opening up little by little. Simon would realize that
there really was much more to this government agent than he let on.
When it came to dealing with the opposite sex, Alex often wore his heart on his
sleeve. This didn't mean, however, that he was a push over. When it
came to dealing with a piranha-like foe, such as Katrina Gorachen, Alex could give as good
as he got.
Tillie Russell was as great an influence in Alex's life as she was in
Simon's. Tillie would help Alex see beyond the limits of accepted reality
to the unknown. She would tell Alex of all the unexplained happenings she
had been witness to out on the high seas. UFOs, ghosts (people &
ships), etc. Although Alex never really saw eye to eye with Tillie on the
subject, he would listen intensely to all of her stories.
written by The
June 3, 2007
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