No One Mourns the Wicked
Disclaimer. Characters and ideas come from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Stargate SG-1, Glee, and Wicked: the Musical (and maybe the book) I don't own any of those.
This is part of my “Whole New World” story. It's background info on the Maggie Walsh in my story. Can be read in any order, but this goes with Chapter 19 of that story.
- - Are people born Wicked or do they have Wickedness thrust upon them?
- - (Glinda, Wicked: the Musical)
Maggie Walsh was on the forefront of cloning research. Until cloning was made illegal. Then she was the
forefront of cloning research. She didn't particularly care for a government that would deny it's citizens the advancements that could come from such research. She never liked being told what to do and she wasn't about to give up just because someone who won a popularity contest said so. Her research was far too valuable to the human race. Making it illegal simply made it harder to operate. On the plus side, it did get rid of the competition. Where some of her colleagues had been very close to perfecting human cloning, it took Maggie another three years before she was able to perfect it.
But perfect it, she did. Only days after she did so, her lab was raided. Apparently they had gotten her assistant on a pot charge. Not even a gram and they were going to charge the stupid kid with intent to distribute. She understood why he had squealed on her. She also understood the real socio-economic reasons behind those outrageous drug laws that even the fools that passed them didn't understand. Her understanding, however, didn't keep her 24 year old assistant from suffering a heart attack the day she got out on bail.
She was prepared to play hard ball with these assholes. With her assistant dead, they had a scapegoat to cast enough reasonable doubt on her case, her lawyer told her. But that was before he
Colonel Harry Maybourne didn't play hardball. The only name for the game he played was 'dangerous'. He was threatening her sister, Jean. The sole reason she went into genetic research in the first place was to find a way to cure her of Down Syndrome. And now she was being presented with evidence that she'd channeled money from her sister into her personal account. It was preposterous and completely fabricated. But it would be enough to take her sister out of her care and out of the home she was in and make her a ward of the state. Placed in whatever facility could break out a cot for her to sleep on. Maggie's lips narrowed in controlled anger.
Then Maybourne dropped the other shoe. Everything goes away. The cloning charges, the murder rap that they'd never prove, and Jean would be allowed to stay in her home. The government would even pay for it if she'd help them 'defend Earth', as they called it. There really wasn't any choice. She'd probably never see her sister again either way, but this way her sister would be safe and she'd get to call her everyday. And though she she swore to herself they'd never get her full cooperation, she'd signed on.
She'd dragged her feet ever since. Not that the idiots would ever realize it. It's not like they could recruit the best and brightest. The work here was clearly illegal. More illegal than anything she'd ever done. Well, anything she'd ever done in research anyway. And year by year she got angrier. If they had let her complete her research in peace, she might have found a cure for her sister by now. Or at the very least a vaccine to prevent anyone else from getting Down Syndrome. She swore to herself that they would rue the day they no longer had a hold on her.
A/N: Okay, yes this is a very different take on Maggie Walsh. But I love looking at things from a different view. (Thank you Dead Poet's Society) Which is why I love Wicked so much. In the movie version of The Wizard of Oz, the witch is pure evil. But in the musical Wicked, she's not evil. Just a person over her head but trying to do good. I also noticed a similarity (apart from murder) between Maggie Walsh and Sue Sylvester of Glee. That's where the sister with Down's Syndrome comes from. Hopefully after you've read this story, you'll no longer look at Maggie Walsh as “The Bad Guy” but more as a flawed human being.