“I can tell when there is something going on and I know there is something here. There always is.”
During her whole life, few things were as fascinating to Lucille as other people. Rather than losing herself into fiction about fantastic creatures and other worlds, she’d always sought out to learn more about people, real people, seeking to know the stories of those around her, gathering those for her own amusement and soon working on sharing it with everyone else. Her inquiring nature, however, often drove her to push or ignore some boundaries, especially those concerning a story she might have considered particularly interesting. Back in high school, her behavior was often considered stalker-like, even if Lucille herself had never considered that to be quite accurate. It also wasn’t like her to purposefully take advantage of the connections and relationships she made, but when presented with an opportunity to dig a little deeper for a piece of information, she knew how to use any leverage she happened to have or how to make people grow comfortable enough to tell her the right things. That ended up leading her to quickly assuming an “agree first, ask later” behavior, believing on experiencing as many things as possible in order to have stories worth telling in the end.
However, due to her almost compulsive need to stick to her journalistic integrity, quite a few relationships were broken along the way, being worn down by her inability to keep a secret and her tendency to push people to talk more than they wanted to. She often sought out people that were as curious as she was, thinking that surrounding herself with those of a similar behavior would make it easier for them to stay, but it didn’t work as well as she wanted it to, and Lucille soon found it easier to simply disconnect her mind from herself and focus entirely on other people, often getting out of touch with her own feelings due to the sheer effort of trying to sync up with others. That didn’t mean that she shied away from social situations, but she’d always been good at listening, and through the years, Lucille learned to only make her voice heard when it mattered. It wasn’t that she didn’t want to bring attention to herself, but that she understood the importance of good timing, especially given the job she’d been doing. Being one to catch onto things rather quickly, Lucille is one to follow her gut rather than reason most of the time, her stubborn quest to uncover whatever truth she is choosing landing her into trouble more often than not. She does try to get out of things with some sense of dignity, but she’s had relationships and opportunities ruined by that quite enough times.
In a sense, going to Tala Springs would seem like she was running away from all her problems back home. But Lucille is not a coward – rather, she’s simply following her instinct that tells her there is something just waiting to be uncovered there, especially taking in consideration the reason why Mary Ann went to her in the first place. If it means having a time away from people she pissed off, – accidentally or not – it’s just a bonus to the whole situation. Accompanied by Hazel, one of the few friends she managed not to push away, Lucille is going to use every trick up her sleeve to unravel the truth, as unpleasant as it might be.