I’m still not quite sure how I’m handling Angie, since her and Peggy’s relationship weren’t really originally intended to be part of the main story, I just wanted to be sure they got a mention. Now I’m trying to figure out WTF to do.
Peggy and Angie are in a different situation to Steve and Tony – Angie knows kind of what Peggy does, but they’ve skirted the official “you have to sign an NDA so I can tell you what I do” thing. Angie and Peggy started out as a casual relationship, they were just having fun and occasionally having sex, and it’s developed into something more for them but still open – they’re in deep with each other now but still like to have fun on the side.
Angie knows Peggy does something dangerous and secret for the government. She has no idea what and hasn’t really wanted to know because she’s aware it would freak her out. And part of that is that she’s wary of meeting Peggy’s friends, who ALSO do dangerous and secret things for the government. So, much like Tony, she hasn’t usually gone to the weekly brunch, but for different reasons. Also, unlike Tony, Angie has more of a life of her own – not that Tony doesn’t, but Angie’s world isn’t as intimately knitted to Peggy as Tony’s is to Steve. So Angie doesn’t…need to hang out with Peggy’s friends. Whereas Tony loves to be loved and most of his friends are now Steve’s friends’ friends, so if he doesn’t go to brunch it’s a little weirder.
Angie knows she has a standing invitation; she knows Peggy would tell her everything if she asked. But knowing that is enough for her – she doesn’t need to take advantage of it.
In a Doyleist sense, outside of the story, I’m already having trouble tracking everyone because the cast of characters is vast. So I have to sometimes decide to sideline a character, and it’s easier, if not necessarily correct, to sideline characters who have less established footholds in the canon to begin with. I love Angie to bits but it’s a little easier to mention her in passing and give her side-stories, rather than bring her into the main story proper.