Annie is highly sensitive and compassionate, but also easily overwhelmed by the outside world and its stimulations. She cares deeply about people and is impacted by anything that is hurtful or unkind. She has a gentle, compassionate way about her, often puts other people and their emotional needs ahead of her own, knows how to tailor her language to other people so they will accept what she has to say, but is also firm on her convictions (she tells Valarie there is not much else she can do for her, other than to tell her to leave the bastard who beats her up for good). When her son asks her what the f-word means, she even tailors it into polite terms (“it’s a very bad word for something nice, making love… how your daddy and I made you”). She makes time for people even when she is short on it herself, and finds it hard not to care about them or their needs. Annie calls her intuitive impressions a “gift” she inherited from the women in her family. She receives flashes of things, incomplete pictures and symbols (such as seeing Jessica floating in her tree, wrapped in chains and half naked), has prophetic dreams, and it takes her a long time to piece together her impressions into a coherent whole. She has an especially hard time focusing when there is more than one person in the room, since she is trying to pick up very specific things off the vibes someone is giving her, and interpret them through her cards. She just knows things about people (have you been bleeding recently? You need to go to the doctor… it isn’t serious, but it will be unless you do something about it…). Even though all the evidence points to her nemesis being responsible for a woman’s death, Annie knows he did not do it after a time, and stakes her reputation and her life on it (she says “I see it,” his innocence). She poses a lot of her insights as questions to prompt people to think, and becomes so focused on Jessica’s murder and the trial that she fails to put together the pieces around Buddy in order to prevent him from having a violent nervous breakdown. Annie had a bad feeling about her husband going to work, after she had a dream about her being alone in his absence, but could not prevent him from leaving the house—and he died as a result. Annie has cleverly gotten around the laws against fortune telling in her state by asking for donations instead of charging them a set price; it keeps her poor, but also helps her pay the rent. Annie tends to be easily distracted in her environment and has poor sensory awareness; she does notice strange things about her house that cause her anxiety (she knows someone has broken in, and who did it), but she fails to notice her child eating an entire tub of frosting, and slips and falls in paint that has been spilled in her front room, as she runs to the door to make sure a woman who has been dragged out of her home by her abusive boyfriend is all right. She makes a clumsy attempt to get away from a murderer, and might have failed if not for supernatural intervention.

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Annie has a warm and generous heart and expects nothing in return for her good deeds; she makes time for Buddy even though he frequently scares her with his violent outbursts and fits of tears. She becomes clearly anxious around him, nervous about how upset he is, and eager to calm him down, and often succeeds. She wavers between being too trusting and suspicious of people she knows to be dangerous—she allows Donnie into the house to “talk to her” despite her better judgment because he asks politely, but then threatens him to get out of her house after he calls her a witch and threatens her children if she does not stop talking to his abused wife. When he arrives home to find the police combing his pond, she is visibly afraid of his temper. She hates being the center of attention and is so distraught after an intense trial scene, she rushes out of the courthouse back to her car. Annie needs to recalibrate herself so much, she ignores Buddy’s very real need to talk to her and have her figure out a serious problem in his mental life. She often reassures people and tells them that it is “okay” even when it is not, and both tries to abide by their wishes and finds it hard to tell other people no. Annie doesn’t want to be seen as doing the wrong thing, for her kids to think of her in a negative light, or to have shirked her responsibilities to other people. She is crushed to think that her distraction has allowed a man to snap and hurt someone else.