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22 June 2006 @ 10:08 pm
Walking In My Shoes (7/?)  
Title: Walking In My Shoes (7/?)
Author: Kelly and Mike (collaborative writing team)
Posted: 5/13/06
Rating: Chapters range from PG-15 to NC-17
Chapter: Chapter Seven rated PG-15
Email: jjsoapchat AT yahoo DOT com
Content: Connor/Lillian, Connor/Cordelia bonding
Summary: Written for a challenge proposed on the Stranger Things message board. Challenge By rousedower. An AU/TT Challenge: Angel goes to another dimension, hence AU, somehow. And in this dimension he is married to Cordy and they have kids. But something happened to the other Angel (he's missing or dead), so there's mad tension and what not between this Angel and AU!Cordy. She knows he's not her Angel, but the kids (a boy and girl) are pretty young and think he's their father. I imagine a scene where their little daughter asks him to read her a bedtime story/tuck her in with Cordy trying to explain to her that he's not her father (really), and he does it.
Disclaimer: The characters in the Angelverse were created by Joss Whedon & David Greenwalt. No infringement is intended, no profit is made.
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Notes: While it might appear at first reading that we haven’t met the challenge, I promise that in later chapters, it will all become quite clear. Lillian is an original character based on the ‘verse. Her importance will be shown in later chapters.
Cast List: Kelly writes for Cordelia, Gunn, Lorne, Lillian, Kat, Ian, Illyria/Fred, Lilah, Eve, Faith, Gwen. Mike writes for Angel(us), Connor, Wes, random filler chars.
Feedback: Yes, please. Tell us how we are doing!

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Lillian Rogers sat in the back of the class at the Slayer Academy. She was trying very hard to pay attention to what her teacher was saying but her mind was drifting. All the notes and the diagrams in the world couldn’t keep her focused when Connor spoke. This was far more than a student/teacher crush. She would watch his mouth move, the way his body moved, and it turned her from a quiet girl into some kind of sex maniac. She tried to sit in the back of the classroom so that she could hide her wandering gazes of him. She tilted her head forward to allow her curtain of blonde hair to hide her eyes. She was worried that any of the other girls saw her eyes or any of the teachers did, the jig would be up. She'd be shipped back off to Michigan to live with her grandmother again. That was not what she wanted at all. She was having too much fun in LA, even if she couldn't concentrate in class.

She was so enthralled by her daydreams of the young man that she hardly noticed when the bell rang to end that day's lessons. She knew later tonight she was suppose to go out with the group to take care of a vampire nest but she was debating playing sick. She needed some time alone. Three seconds into the bell, she finally noticed it. She gathered up her notebook, pen, and purse, getting out of her seat. She headed for the front of the classroom, trailing behind the other girls who had jumped seconds before the bell sounded.

Connor had noticed Lillian's distraction as he spoke to the class. He was going over the weapons effective on different demons, not just vampires. When the bell rang, he reminded the class to look over the chapter on Byzantine adz. Just as a certain student tried to go by the desk with her head ducked, Connor called to her. "Lillian," he spoke, "will you please wait?"

When the girl stopped, he moved around and sat on the corner of the desk. "You were very distracted today." he said. "Care to share what the problem is?" As he said this a very slight smile crept into the corner of his mouth. That same one you could often see on the lips of a famous vampire (who also happened to be his father).

The barest hint of pink crept into Lillian's cheek as she was caught. She hugged her notebook tighter to her chest. Her eyes went to the still open door momentarily before she looked back to Connor. She wanted to make sure none of the other girls were lurking outside, waiting to hear this conversation between teacher and student. "Sorry...I just have some things on my mind. Not school things."

“Yes, well, I guess that means you can't tell me the difference between a Nyanzian adz and a Carpathian one and which one is used to kill a Klentu demon.” He just watched her as he talked.

She raised a brow as she looked at Connor. He was seriously giving her an after school pop quiz? Then an idea popped into her head. A wickedly wonderful idea. She tried to hide the smile on her face. "I am not sure. Maybe I could use a little...after school tutoring?"

“I think I have a little time before the field trip tonight. I might even show you my adz that were passed to me by my father.” He looked serious but his eyes were anything but.

"Should I go shut the door then?" She gestured back towards the still open door. The last thing she wanted was to be disturbed during some special after school one on one time with Connor.

"Hmm...maybe." he looked at the door then back to her. "We should go to my office. I keep my best weapons there for special occasions." He stood from the desk. "Five minutes should give you enough time to put your books up and only bring something to take notes on."

She tried to hide the smile at the prospect of being alone with him in his office. "Yes, sir." She rushed from the classroom. Five minutes was more than enough time for her to drop her books off in her dorm room and get back to his office. Not to mention do a little makeup touch up, check her hair, and her breath.

Connor was in his office reading, yes, reading. He wasn't though, just looking at the book, waiting for Lillian to show up as he knew she would. She was so beautiful and everything he could want...but she was a student.

She knocked lightly on his office door before she opened it and slipped inside. She tried to suppress the giggles that were rising up in her. She leaned back against the closed door, looking at Connor. "I am here...for my lesson."

Getting up Connor, walked across the room to her. "Punctual, I admire that in a student."

She raised her chin up slightly when he came closer to her. She looked up at him. The anticipation was killing her. The way her heart was pounding out of her chest at his pseudo-compliment. "Thank you. I think punctuality is one of my best qualities."

He reached behind her and locked the door then flipped off the main lights. A corner pole lamp was all that lit the office. He then leaned down and kissed her hard and deep.

She brought her arms up to slide around his neck. Instead of pressing back against the door, she shifted her body forward to move against him. It was pure hell to have to spend all day avoiding and pretending, just waiting for this moment at the end of the day.

Connor wrapped his arms around her and picked her up, still kissing her. He could hear the quickening of her heart, smell her perfume...all of which caused his heart to race in turn. He didn't know how long he was going to be able to wait before he could declare he belonged to her but it was going to have to be soon.

Lillian was sick of keeping it a secret as well. She hated sneaking around. She didn't see the point. It was his school, really. His father funded it, the new Council approved it but it was still his. So what if he wanted to date a student? She broke the kiss, sucking in a breath. "Connor..." Her voice was soft as she was still recovering from that whirlwind of a kiss.

Carrying her over to the couch, he lowered her then leaned on her so she had to laid down. His hand came up to run his fingers in her hair. "Hmmm?"

She rested her hands against his chest to keep him from laying on top of her. "I want to be with you but we have to talk. This...this isn't working out for me." She realized how that sounded so she added quickly. "The sneaking and the lying, I mean. I am tired of your mom being the only one who knows about us. I want everyone to know."

He looked down at her. "I need that." Connor said. "I need to be able to hold you when I want without looking over my shoulder."

She was worried that he was going to tell her no. That other things were more important. She smiled brightly. "You mean that? You know what it means though...I will have to leave the school. I won't have any place to go."

"Move in with me." he said. "Live with me and train with me and my father." He looked at her, hoping her answer wasn't a no.

Her eyes searched his. She wasn't sure if he was being serious or not. "Are you sure? I...I would love that more than anything but I only want it if you are completely sure. I know we haven't been together long but...I love you."

"I've never been so sure about anything." he said. "All I do at night is think about you. My dreams are filled with you." Connor's blue eyes watched her to see if she was going to say yes.

Her face lit up once more. "As the head of the Slayer Academy, consider this my official resignation, sir." She pulled her body up so she could meet her lips with his in a kiss. While she loved the Academy, she loved Connor more. And Fred never had any real formal training. And neither did Connor's mom. Or Gwen. They all fought alongside the guys. Why couldn't she?

Connor grinned and then the kiss, he melted into it. He broke it long enough to whisper to her. "I want you."

Those long held giggles escaped now. "I can tell." But it was short lived as she shifted under him. She was hesitating.

He lowered and kissed her neck then shoulder to her collar bone, a hand slipping under her shirt. The feel of her skin excited him so.

She reached down to stop his hand from touching more than just her stomach. "Connor. We don't have to do this anymore. No more office couch. We can go to your place, be in a proper bed." It would be a nice change of pace from his office couch or desk or floor. Or the back of his car. Or seedy motel rooms where they checked in with a fake name.

"Then," Connor said standing, his hand reaching down to her, "let's go home."

She slipped her hand into his so she could get up from the couch. She leaned over to kiss his cheek. This meant a lot to her and the fact that he realized it, meant even more. "Just let me go pack an overnight bag. I can get the rest of my things tomorrow. Think you can bear to be alone for fifteen minutes?"

Smiling at her, he spoke. "It'll be hard, but I'll manage." Pulling her to him again, he kissed her wanting to taste her lips.

The kiss lingered for several seconds before once more, she broke it off between them. She grinned at him as she slowly moved away from him. She unlocked the door, opening it. She looked at him for a moment before blowing a kiss at him and leaving his office.

Connor watched her leave and when the door shut he turned to his phone and called the hotel, or more specifically mom. He waited for it to be answered.

Cordelia was getting ready for her big date night with Angel when she heard the cellphone ringing. She had it practically glued to herself now, waiting for Wes to call her back. But it was Connor's ringtone. She answered it. "Don't tell me you are calling to cancel babysitting tonight?" There was a smile to her voice though. There was always someone eager to watch the twins when Connor couldn't.

"And I love you too, mom." he chuckled. "Actually, no. But I do have something to tell you because, well, you've had enough to deal with, with Dad and his swiss cheese brain the last couple days. I don't want you surprised."

"Oh god...you grew a tail didn't you? I knew this was coming. I told you that if you kept drinking those weird energy drinks, it was going to mess with your body." Obviously, a joke on her part. She always knew Connor had suffered enough so she tried to keep things as light as possible when she could.

"God, and you call Dad a dork all the time." Connor replied. He picked up a pen and doodled on his desk blotter. His father's art talent, he didn't get that gene. “Somebody is moving into the hotel with me.”

She paused in mid-curl of her lashes. She pulled back away from the mirror. She sounded a little more serious now. "Did you get another dog?" She had no idea what else could be moving into the hotel with Connor.

"No," he replied, "Lillian. She's quitting the Academy and coming to live with me." He was waiting to hear the lecture. He knew Cordy like Lilly but her quitting the Academy, that's a whole other kettle of fish.

"Just what we need. A blonde slayer around your dad." She chuckled though. She sat down on the edge of the tub. "I thought you said you didn't want me surprised?"

"Just what we need. A blonde slayer around your dad." She chuckled though. She sat down on the edge of the tub. "I thought you said you didn't want me surprised? I am not surprised at all. Its about time really."

Connor raised a brow. "You're okay with this?" he asked. "I mean her leaving school and all? I'd ask what Dad would think, but right now that's a moot point."

"Why wouldn't I be okay with you? Now you two can stop sneaking around. I won't have to find you necking in the back of your car." She paused for a moment. She felt as if she needed to reassure Connor. "I didn't go to any Academy. Neither did your dad. Or Gunn. Or Fred. Or Gwen. Or even you for that matter. And we all still kick ass. You'll just have to work double time to train her outside of the school. So she won't be a Council Approved Slayer. Did you really want her shipped off to where ever the newest Hellmouth is?"

He chuckled and put down the pencil. "No. I wanted her to stay. If she left, I'd probably follow after."

"This works out for everyone then. Lillian stays here. Teaches at the school with you. We get another member for the team. Your dad and I don't lose our son and the twins don't lose their big brother. I really don't see a downside here."

"Good, so we all win." he said. "We'll be home within the hour then to watch the rugrats. Where are the keys to the cage?" Connor grinned as he said this.

She laughed when he said that. She knew that he was just joking around. Kat was entertained being left alone and Ian was entertained with Connor war stories. Heck, Ian would probably want to be locked in the cage if Connor suggested it. "I love you too, you nut. I will see you two kids when you get home."

"How can you not love me?" he said. "Later." Connor waited for her goodbye before he hung up the cellphone.

“Bye.” Cordelia shook her head as she hung up the cellphone. She set it down on the bathroom counter so that she could finish doing her makeup. She was hoping that this particular outfit would jog Angel's memory. She was amazed she even fit into the short black skirt and low cut cami she wore on one of their first dates. Demon killing was definitely the best workout in the world.

-TBC-