Alpha and Omega: The Adventures of Paul Blaisdell and Kermit Griffin


Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries
A.E. Housman

These, in the day when heaven was falling,
The hour when earth's foundations stay;
Followed their mercenary calling
And took their wages and are dead.

Their shoulders held the sky suspended;
They stood, and earth's foundations stay;
What God abandoned, these defended
And saved the sum of things for pay.

Detective Peter Caine stands outside the door of Detective Kermit Griffin's office, shifting his weight from one foot to the other. Kermit watches the younger man vascilate. Peter steps forward, then backward, then forward again and knocks on the door.

"Come in Peter," Kermit tells the reflection of Peter in his computer screen. He remembers the first time he met Peter, visiting Paul... Pete had been a young punk, but then, so had Kermit when Blaisdell'd taken him under his wing. "What's up, Pete?"

"Tell me about my Dad," Peter says, and Kermit knows he doesn't mean Kwai Chang Caine.

In a way, Peter and Kermit were brothers, both seen to the age of maturity by the same man. The man Peter so desperately wants information about now. Paul Blaisdell. Kermit supposes that Peter yearns for any information about the man who had raised him from the age of 15, and who now, had suddenly had to dissappear. Much of that information could put Peter in danger, some of it, Kermit would rather keep with the skeleton in his closet... but he guesses he can tell Peter some of it. "Okay," he sighs, "I'll start from the beginning.