Abby Scioto, the forensic specialist in the TV series NCIS played by actress Pauley Perrette, is one of my favorite characters in television fiction. She is described as holding a PhD in Chemistry, a subject I’ve been interested in all my life which adds to the attraction.
Abby has chosen a Gothic manner of dress including Goth jewelry and tattoos. One of her fictional co-workers describes her as "a paradox wrapped in an oxymoron smothered in contradictions in terms. Sleeps in a coffin. Really, the happiest goth you'll ever meet.”
Even though I am not now nor have I ever been into the Goth scene there is something so enchanting about Abigail Sciuto that her Goth-ness doesn’t subtract anything from her appeal.
From little on up I was intrigued by Lewis Carroll’s Cheshire Cat in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland — “appearing from nowhere and disappearing just as quickly often leaving behind only a grin.” Alice remarked that, “she has often seen a cat without a grin but never a grin without a cat.”
Well, I have met a Cheshire Butterfly. She tantalizingly flits about seeming to appear magically and then evanescently disappearing but leaving behind the memory of the smile on her face and an actual smile on mine.
Amazing then that this Cheshire Butterfly should have chosen for a Halloween persona one of my favorite fictional characters, Abby Sciuto, and, like Abby, she works with chemistry. I look forward to many happy atoms and molecules.