Can We Define 'New Blood'?
'As soon as I get my hands on Joe I'm going to kill him.' That's my first thought as I look into Adam Pierson's eyes.There's no way he is a new Immortal, those eyes have seen too much. I go over everything Joe told me about this guy. He's supposed to be a research wiz who used to be in charge of the Methos Chronicles until a few years ago when he suffered his First Death and became Immortal himself. I haven't shared that information with the others yet --I had wanted to give him the opportunity to explain things himself-- but now I think it is safe to assume that he was Immortal long before he joined the Watchers. The problem I'm having is that in light of this new information his actions as a member of that organization don't make sense. He obviously never used his position as a Watcher to hunt others of his kind --I doubt they would have allowed him to live if he had, and Joe certainly wouldn't have recommended him for such a sensitive position-- instead he avoided the field and focused on research. Not only that, he chose to work on tracking down a myth, the legendary oldest Immortal whom most assume is dead if he ever existed at all. That is the part that doesn't seem to make any sense at all. What was he doing in the Methos Chronicles in the first place? The most obvious take on that situation would be that perhaps he was merely bidding his time, hunting for the greatest prize of all, but something tells me that is not the case.
I try to imagine why would one of the most ancient Immortals choose to work on the Methos Chronicles and I realize that there is only one possible explanation: Methos is far from a myth... in fact he is standing right in front of me.
I feel it almost before the door is opened, the power, the energy surrounding this guy is almost like a living entity. It is ancient and different. In a sense it almost reminds me of what I felt when I first met Dawn, but it's not quite the same. In spite of that energy this guy is human... or at least mostly human. Of course that tells us nothing about his intentions. One of the most painful lessons I've had drilled into my head is that human and humane are two concepts that don't necessarily go hand in hand... and this guy is not merely human, in a sense he is more than human.
When he steps into the room I get my first look of the guy. He looks normal and he has obviously put a lot of effort into looking non-threatening... perhaps I would describe it as too much effort if it weren't because I can tell that it is something he does almost instinctively rather than something he has done for our benefit. While it makes me nervous I have to acknowledge that considering the power I can sense coming from him, such a defense mechanism is only natural. He may be a threat, but I can't be sure about that. I do know he is old, ancient even... far older than any human with a pulse has a right to be and yet the sun is shining and I know Jim would have warned me by now if he were a vampire, so what is this guy?
I can feel Tara's hand in mine as soon as the new research guy walks in. I have no trouble interpreting her silent question, she wants to know if I feel it too and I squeeze her hand back, letting her know that I do. I think it's almost strong enough for Xander to feel it... the only problem is I can't tell just what it is I'm feeling. I look around and I know I'm not the only one who's getting curious. There's more to Giles new research pal than meets the eye and I try to identify just what he is in my mind. In a sense I suspect that Tara may be doing better than I am here. I can handle shifting beings between dimensions, summoning the elements, casting major spells and so on, but auras are really not my thing. I guess I'm kind of aura blind... is there such a thing as aura blind? There must be 'cause I'm it.
I can get a general feeling of age that seems very, very, very odd, but not much else. I do know, however, that this guy is unlikely to pose a real threat, at least not here. Most Big Bads aren't really big on the whole direct confrontation thingy, especially not right from the start and certainly not alone anyway... and by now we don't really see anything short of a Really Very Big Bad as a serious problem. We also know that the fact that this guy is not necessarily human doesn't automatically mean he's evil. So far we've worked with a couple of vampires, a former demon and a werewolf... it's been enough to help us get rid of all our prejudices. Actually, come to think about it, the current incarnation of the Scooby Gang feels a little too human... I'm not quite convinced of the fact that this guy is not human but --whatever he is-- maybe this latest addition is just what we need to get things back to normal.