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Thursday, March 2nd, 2006
11:52 am
FIC: Anniversary Introspection
FIC: Anniversary Introspection

Rating: PG-13

Summary: Rivalry and office politics and introspection at the forensic lab.

Author's note: I've started trying to develop Arica's lab more because it seems like the thing to do and I'm inspired. If you'd like to see a listing of her personnel go to forensic_lab. I have absolutely fallen in love with Tom Anderson, so I had to write a fic of course... exploring his mind, thoughts and perhaps background.

Disclaimer: All Alias references belong to J.J. But Arica, Nadine, Tom, Michael, Aimee, Emily, Luke, Richard, James and Zach are mine.

Tom Anderson absolutely hated office politics. All they did was distract from the purpose at hand. They mucked up people's lives and less work was done. He was a scientist and if he'd wanted to be a politician, he would have gone into politics and studied that instead. He had thrived so far in the Massachusetts lab, unlike his last job. He had worked previously at another state lab and had been unfairly fired, but it had almost cost him his career because of the circumstances. As such, he had been loyal to Arica, to the lab and had done anything he could to make life easier for her. And that included stepping up as the interim director while she was out with the new baby.

Michael Whitmore had been hired about the same time he had been and had proven to be at best a complicated choice. Dr. Whitmore was great at his job, had been the golden boy at his last employment and had taken this job as a promotion. He wanted Arica's job and had made that clear from his first day on the job. Whitmore had even rained the bureaucracy on their heads more than once when Arica made deviations from some procedures because of common sense. He was a formidable man but Arica had kept him at bay this long. And was doing so now by putting Tom in charge. That had not gone over well and had been met with some criticism. Whitmore had tried to rally the lab's funding partners to protest but that hadn't flown either.

"We've got a new case," Emily Barr said, poking her head in and interrupting his thoughts.

"Thanks, I'll be right there," he replied, standing and moving to the lab. Not surprisingly, Whitmore was already there. As the senior pathologist, most of the caseloads at least went through his department.

After speaking with the authorities as necessary, he returned to his office, determined to push a little more paperwork through before the day ended but instead, found himself lost in thought. Tom wasn't a man given to a lot of introspection the job, but today had been a strange day. It had been a year since he and his wife had signed the papers and it just seemed impossible that it had been a year since. In some respects it had been his fault. He'd lost his job, watched his career crumble to dust, fallen into depression as well as a bottle on occasion and ultimately had destroyed everything he had left in his life. But on the other hand, looking back, they had not belonged together. Absently, he wondered if she had remembered the day. She already had a steady boyfriend, a new job, a new life. He was working on it, but it had been a long road... and but for the grace of God, he would not have made it this far.
Thursday, November 10th, 2005
10:16 pm
New Assistant Director
Arica stopped at the door of the Chemistry lab, hearing her Senior Forensic Chemist Tom Anderson, in full instruction mode. She smirked. Tom was a really good guy, down to earth and fairly normal, but when it came to chemistry, he could go on for hours. The other lab techs were listening intently, some jotting down a few notes.

One of the few differences in moving to Boston was that she no longer taught undergraduate students, something she did miss. However, the graduate students they got were very good. They had the knowledge to do the work and just needed experience before either applying for a doctoral program or continuing their work here or elsewhere, depending on their specific area within the forensic sciences.

The one thing the lab currently lacked was an Assistant Director and given that Arica was planning to be on sabbatical for a while, she needed to choose. Dr. Michael Whitmore, the head of forensic pathology wanted the position desperately. He was one of those people who knows just how good they are and in some ways, felt he deserved the position. The pathology department was the largest and carried a lot of weight in the lab. However, Tom actually had seniority.

She stepped inside the lab as Tom finished and sent everyone back to work. "Hi Arica. I didn't expect to see you here today."

"Richard had something he needed to show me, so I thought I'd stop by."

"No, you're here because you want to give me the Assistant Director position." He raised an eyebrow, looking at her. "I'm not looking for it. Dr. Whitmore wants it."

Arica said. "I trust you to run the lab while I'm on sabbatical."

"I'm not going to win this am I?" he asked, running a hand through his hair. "Whitmore will be pissed off y'know."

"If you really don't want to do it Tom, I'm not going to make you. But I'd really like it if you at least took the job until I get back. As for Whitmore, well, it's my decision."

Tom hesitated. "Alright, but only until you get back. Then you have to find someone else."

Arica smirked. This had been far too easy and the look on his face told her everything. "So who squealed and gave you a heads up?"

He shrugged. "I have my ways. Besides, your assistant is dating one of my techs, so gossip, I suspect, will get around."
Thursday, March 31st, 2005
12:04 pm
Welcome to the Forensic Lab!
What exactly do we do?

1. We have a variety of experts who work together to try to solve crimes and identify people for the police and other organizations.

2. We educate law enforcement on proper procedures on handling a crime scene, evidence etc.

3. We educate the public on what we do. We offer tours and seminars to this end.

4. We are affiliated with a university and teach several classes on various things (forensic anthropology, entomology, etc).

Anyway, feel free to drop in, or you might run into us at these nearby restaurants.
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