#14 - Little Girl Lost
Written by Christopher Golden & Tom Sniegoski - Pencilled by Erik Powell - First released on December 13, 2000
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The Short: What do a rash of deaths by spontaneous combustion, a
teenage girl on the lam, and a demon spell caster all have in common? If
Angel wants to prevent any more deaths by fire, he'd better figure it out.
As Angel and crew investigate, he discovers that even he may have a
connection to this case.
The Long: The issue opens with a dream sequence of Angel returning
from the dead as a vampire and attacking his little sister. Angel wakes up screaming in
his bed. He goes upstairs where he finds Cordelia and Wesley talking about
a rash of deaths by immolation. Cordelia has a vision of a girl in trouble.
In an alley a little girl is running. A beat up bum tries to help and
offers to get her to the police so they can take care of her, but she tries
to keep him away. When he gets close his hand bursts into flame and he is
burned alive. Later police investigate the crime scene. Detective Kate
Lockley is trying to figure out what happened when she spots Angel in the
crowd. A witness says a little girl caused the man to burst into flames.
They agree to share any information they come across.
Elsewhere a vampire is chasing a woman in the streets. She rounds a corner
and yells ''incoming'', causing Charles Gunn and three of his men,
all carrying crossbows, to jump out and shoot the vamp, dusting him.
Angel applauds them. He informs Gunn that he's looking for the girl. Angel
doesn't want Gunn or his men approaching the girl, but if they see her to
Two days later the girl sneaks into the back of a crack house where she
is staying. Angel comes out of the shadows and talks to her. He calms her
down and says he wants to talk. She says her name is Bethany. He asks
how she makes people burn and she says someone did it to her. She then
recounts how her abusive stepfather, who is also an amateur spell caster,
got drunk and cursed her so that anyone she got near would burst into
flames. Her mother was killed by this curse.
Angel breaks into her stepfather's, Philip Westford's home, followed by Cordelia and Wesley. Wesley
recites an incantation that paralyzes Philip, then they let Bethany in.
She threatens to touch him unless he removes the curse. He does so. Bethany
touches her stepfather to test and discovers she can touch people again.
Wesley takes several of the man's spell books. Wesley and Cordelia burn the
books with Bethany as Angel asks to be alone with Philip for a few minutes.
Later Angel comes out of the room and says he didn't touch Philip, but
he did hurt him. Philip sits cowering in the corner as Angel, Bethany and
the crew leave together.
Philip Westford is a spell caster who somehow got access to some volumes of
magic which allowed him to successfully cast a curse on his stepdaughter.
- The opening dream sequence happened in Galway Ireland, 1753. The death
of Liam's sister took place off camera between two flashbacks in The Prodigal.
- The main story of this issue is said to take place in season 1 of the
television series. Because Angel knows Gunn it must happen after War Zone, and since Angel is still working out of
Angel Investigations first building it must happen before To Shanshu In L.A.
Note: Although Angel seemed to break in uninvited to Philip's home, it is
possible that Bethany was still considered to be living there and invited
him in before he broke down the door.
- It would seem that Angel is invited into Philips house.
Note: Angel's sister died after the scene we saw in his dreams. According
to the newspapers three other people were killed by Bethany's curse, but
it is uncertain if this includes her mother or not.
- Bum: In an alley, burned to death by Bethany's curse.
- Anonymous vampire: On the street, staked multiple times by Gunn and his men.
- Bethany's mother: In her stepfather's home, burned to death by Bethany's curse. (In a flashback.)
Angel - Cordelia Chase - Wesley Wyndam-Price
Charles Gunn - Detective Kate Lockley
Bethany - Philip Westford - Bethany's Mother
Points Of View
Well, standing on it's own the plot is acceptable, but the bizarre
similarity to the plot in Untouched cost it a few points. I have no idea
which came first, but having a runaway with uncontrolled powers named
Bethany is too similar to be an accident. The whole idea of the curse
was a little far fetched. Making someone you hate kill anyone who they
touch? Couldn't he think of anything besides that or was that all his
big nasty books had in them? Why did Wesley burn the books?
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