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09.23.2012 , 02:23 PM |
Characters: the Captain and Malavai
“I’m not comfortable with that, Malavai,” the Captain said stiffly.
“I can’t keep calling you the Captain!” Malavai argued.
“No, it isn’t!”
“This conversation is over,” the Captain said flatly.
“That isn’t fair!” Malavai shouted angrily.
“Go tell it to someone who cares!” Quinn shouted back.
Malavai stared at the Captain with wide, tear filled eyes. He was being so mean about this. The little boy turned and ran before Quinn could yell at him again. His argument was sound for a four year old. He wasn’t part of the Captain anymore and they weren’t brothers so why couldn’t the Captain be his dad? After all, their father wasn’t really there and when he was he was manipulating him for his own ends. He tossed himself onto the cot in the Captain’s quarters. He didn’t even have a proper bed. He was just as unloved as he was the first time around. Quietly, he sobbed into his pillow.
“Malavai?” the Captain asked quietly.
“Go away!” Malavai shouted into his pillow. Most of his shout was lost to the fluffiness of the pillow, but he didn’t care. He was hurt and the Captain was a jerk.
Quinn sighed and sat down next to Malavai.
“I said go away!” Malavai mumbled sadly into his pillow.
“I’m sorry, Malavai,” Quinn said quietly. “You surprised me, is all.”
“You didn’t have to yell,” the boy murmured as he lifted his head from the pillow.
“I’m not good at this Malavai. I have no idea how to be a father, especially to a four year old version of myself.”
“Maybe, but we wanted nothing more than a dad to be there for us, right?” Malavai asked quietly. Quinn nodded. “So, I mean, you can’t go back to being a kid and get a dad, but a version of you can get a dad and you get to be that dad! You can be the dad you wanted when you were growing up!”
Quinn chewed his cheek in thought. It was true. He had wanted nothing more than to have his father care for him. He spent most of his life trying to prove his worth. He wasn’t just a failed experiment or a failed assassin. He was an intelligent man who had achieved much given the circumstances and he continued to grow by leaps and bounds. If he started being the father Malavai deserved, there was nothing that could hold him back.
“What if I fail?” Quinn asked quietly.
“You can’t fail if you don’t at least try,” Malavai said wisely.
“Very well,” Quinn said firmly. “I will register you as my child.”
“Can I call you ‘dad’?” Malavai asked hopefully.
Quinn turned to the boy and smiled. “I would hope for nothing less.”
A happy grin split Malavai’s face and the boy tackled Quinn to the floor. Happy laughter filled the room, whatever room, they were in for years to come.
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