Cordelia once dragged me to this Streetcar Named Desire play, something about the lead actor, I don’t know. I…didn’t like it much. Oh well. But that one line did stand out.
The kindness of strangers. Yes. Now there’s a thing that’s very rare, I must stay. Usually people look at each other with suspicion As if they expect the other person would want something from them if they’re kind. I mean that’s usually the first question asked when doing an act of kindness, even if it’s said in a joking manner. ‘What do you want?’
Cordelia and Angel weren’t exactly strangers. But we hardly knew each other. Sure, Cordelia and shared some semi intimate moments in Sunnydale and a very bad kiss. But we never really took the time to get to know each other. And all I know about Angel was that he was a vampire, has a soul and…fought for the so called white hats.
So technically that makes them strangers in a way. And yet, they still took me in.
Angel invited me in, offering breakfast, a job, a place to belong. He made me feel as though I was appreciated for what I did. And he let me do what I was good at and enjoyed. Saw an opportunity and took it. Learned me how to fight, showed me what weapons would be useful for me, encouraged me to be… well, me.
Cordelia taught me the meaning of friendship at first. Family later. We grew close, always watching out for each other, despite our heated…errr…discussions. Sure, she snipped at me and made lame jokes, but I didn’t realize it until later that she was also slowly boosting up my self esteem. Made me feel so much at ease I wasn’t afraid to be myself around her.
They were strangers and showed me kindness, even if it was in their own way. Like no other they had a rather large influence in who I am today, whom I’ve become. No longer the bumbling fool no one took serious in Sunnydale. No longer the stammering klutz who fell over his own feet as I’ve done when I first arrived her, trying to hide it under a layer upon layers of lies.
I still have a long way to go. Self doubt still coming in to play now that I’ve somewhat lost touch with them both. And the rest of my family. But they were strangers and showed me kindness.
For that, I’ll always be grateful to them.
Muse: Wesley Wyndam-Pryce
Fandom: Angel: The Series
Word Count: 1767