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15 June 2014 @ 12:12 pm
Five Father's Day Calls Angel Never Got  
Title Five Father's Day Calls Angel Never Got
Author xlivvielockex
Rating G
Word Count 5x100
Characters/Pairing (if any) Angel, Connor
WARNING: Not comics compliant. NOT A HAPPY ENDING
Summary: Five things fic (drabbles). Connor calls Angel. Not comics compliant. Post-NFA. THIS DOES NOT HAVE A HAPPY ENDING!



The first phone call catches Angel completely off-guard. He didn’t even realize the office phone worked, that the lines weren’t completely obliterated in the battle for Los Angeles. He had to dig through the dust and debris to find it. Answering it, he was hesitant.

“Angel Investig—" He didn’t finish, cut off by the voice on the other end.

“Hey…dad.” Connor’s voice was unsure, unsteady.

“Connor?” Angel said the name as if a burden was being lifted from his shoulders.

“I just wanted…well I wanted to wish you Happy Father’s Day.”

Though Connor couldn’t see it, Angel was smiling.

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The second year comes easier, as Los Angeles had begun to rebuild itself in the aftermath of the battle. It wasn’t business as usual but they were getting there. The phone rang consistently and he assumed this call was another person in need of help.

“Dad…Happy Father’s Day.”

“How are you?”

“Good. We’ve secured most of Burbank.”

Angel frowned. This is never the life he wanted for Connor. “I wish you’d reconsider leaving, going to an East Coast college.”

“Not this again. Listen, I’ll come over for dinner this week.”

Angel gives an unnecessary sigh as the phone hangs up.

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By the third time Angel expects the call. He sits by the phone, calculating the time difference between here and Ohio. Picking it up on the first ring, he tries not to sound too eager.

“Hey dad. Happy Father’s Day. How’s LA?”

“Still here. How is Notre Dame?”

“Still here. Summer classes are going good. You still gonna visit in the Fall?”

“Wouldn’t miss it for the world.”

Angel doesn’t even notice that two hours have passed until Connor begs off, blaming homework and a paper to write. It takes another two hours for the smile to leave his face.

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It’s fifteen years worth of phone calls before Connor forgets a Father’s Day. Angel dials the number, listening to it ring. Finally a voice answers, sounding exhausted.

“Oh hey, dad. Sorry about not calling for a few weeks. Liam’s got us running around in circles. He’s doing this thing where he won’t wear any clothes.”

The thought of his grandson running around, happy, being a child, makes him happy. “I guess I should be wishing YOU the Happy Father’s Day.”

“Is that today? Sorry. Again. Happy—LIAM! NO! Dad, gotta go.”

Angel finds himself saying goodbye to a dial tone.

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The phone doesn’t ring anymore. His grandchildren have long since grown and died. His great grandkids and great-great grandkids don’t know about him. They lead normal lives as doctors, lawyers, janitors, a football player. None of them know about vampires or demons or the dangers Angel faces every day. None of them realize how close the end of the world has come over these past decades or who stopped it.

As he stares at the dust covered phone, he knows he would trade it all, let the world be sucked into hell, if Connor would call just one more time.
 
 
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Kiki Maykikimay on June 18th, 2014 01:14 pm (UTC)
Ouch, so bittersweet. I like the thought of Connor always calling Angel on father's day. That would really make him happy.
Kelly: ATS: Team Angelxlivvielockex on June 20th, 2014 02:10 am (UTC)
But not TOO happy luckily. :)
dancing till the world ends: connor: shanshulynnenne on June 18th, 2014 01:33 pm (UTC)
Awwwww.
Kelly: ATS: Team Angelxlivvielockex on June 20th, 2014 02:11 am (UTC)
Good Awwwww or bad Awwwww? Well either way, I always appreciate emotional responses!
zanthinegirl: Angelzanthinegirl on June 18th, 2014 03:48 pm (UTC)
Ouch. Oh, that's gorgeous!
Kelly: ATS: Team Angelxlivvielockex on June 20th, 2014 02:12 am (UTC)
Thanks! I can't help it, I like causing pain.
samsom: all this lovesamsom on June 19th, 2014 01:43 am (UTC)
This is what I GET for not signing into my account for over a week!

Girl, yum. Just yum. I ate it up, every word. Poor Angel, eternal life is never more than the death sentence as when you begin to outlive those you love. :(

Angsty in the most understated way. Love it. :)

Now, how about MORE? :P
Kelly: C/A Golden Couplexlivvielockex on June 20th, 2014 02:13 am (UTC)
So I actually started another Father's Day story where Connor never came back. It was really Cangel-y and got way too depressing. But I think I might tweak it to make it happier and finish it.

I finally got the ATS muse back. I've been writing in other fandoms and just posting it to AO3.
Deb: Angel Alone Againdamnskippytoo on June 19th, 2014 04:32 pm (UTC)
Got a tear here. I didn't think I could still well up at this stuff, but there ya go. Angel all alone in the world gets me every time. Thanks for reminding me I still love this guy (even without Cordy).

[Btw, the beta in me was going to say the University of Notre Dame is in Indiana and then I Google and, lo and behold, there is a Notre Dame College in Ohio. Who knew? And I live in Ohio! Thanks for the education. :)]

Edited at 2014-06-19 04:33 pm (UTC)
Kelly: ATS: Team Angelxlivvielockex on June 20th, 2014 02:15 am (UTC)
HA HA! I got you. Do I get some kind of award for making you get the feels again after all this time?

So funny that you caught that. I was googling cause I couldn't remember where University of Notre Dame was and I found this Notre Dame college in Ohio. And I was sort of playing with it in my mind. Like what if Connor got confused on which one Angel wanted? Or if his grades weren't good enough for the University? I threw it in there as sort of wink and nod to myself but I am so tickled someone else was like wait...University of Notre Dame isn't in Ohio!
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