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Character Guest Post: Vangie Vale, from the Matchbaker Mysteries
A part-time baker who solves crime. Sounds like something from a Hallmark movie, right? But I must admit, I don’t think of myself as a crime solver. I think of myself, first, as a pastor, and second, as a baker, and third, as a human, being involved in people’s lives because I care about them. And when something happens to someone I care about, you can bet your hat I’m going to get involved.
I was always one of those kids who had a hard time sitting on the sidelines when kids were getting bullied on the playground. Even as a young person, I had an overdeveloped sense of right and wrong—which is probably what made me want to be a pastor—and there was nothing that bothered me more than injustice. I want people to pay for their crimes, and I don’t want innocent people to have to pay for things they didn’t do.
Naturally, this has led me to run-ins with the police on more than one occasion. A couple of times back in North Carolina, before I moved to Montana, and then a couple of times here in Saint Agnes. But every time I get invested in an investigation, it’s because there’s some kind of justice that isn’t being done. Yet.
And if I’m honest, of course, part of the reason I get involved is to make sure that the people who are under my care—the people in my parish—are treated fairly, because their lawyers or the law enforcement or even their own families, sometimes, don’t have fairness on top of their radar.
They should, though. Fairness should be priority number one.
Injustice bothers me on a cosmic scale, of course, in addition to a personal one. But in general, I like for people who do bad things to get what’s coming to them. This is why I don’t believe in karma. Because rarely do people who do bad things actually have to pay for what they did wrong. Almost always, the people who have to pay are innocent of those wrongs, and the evil person skates by with no consequences. Someone else is paying the “karma bill” for their wrong-doing. But I consider it my job to see that justice is done.
Especially where the law is concerned, because as much as we’d like to believe it is, justice is never blind. Never. It should be. Idealists want to believe it is. It is not. Someone has to stand up and make the injustices of the world right. And if I’m the only person ever doing so, I will do that until the day I die.
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