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Sunday, June 28th, 2009 04:04 pm
Jarod shook his head, slow and quiet, looking at the newspaper he was reading through with a long, thoughtful glance. 'Daddy issues' -- slang for the 'Electra complex', he knew from too many Pretends as some form of counselor -- this newspaper article was pressing all of his instincts that there was far more to the story of a fatal accident than anyone had found.

He hated the cases like these, the ones that threw in his face all of the ways that family can go so horribly wrong. They frightened him, always made him wonder if what he still dreams of could go just as wrong as some of these stories showed him -- and then he remembers the desperate scream of 'I love you' from his mother as she jumped back into the cab and ran, the single flash of his little sister's hopeful face, the way Sydney stepped into the path of the Sweeper team's car long enough to give them time, hears the longing in Kyle's voice again as he said 'have you found anything?' If they can still love this much, when they've been separated for so long -- he won't ever believe that when he finds them, it will turn out badly.

He's refused to believe that since the day he escaped. He won't change it now, no matter how many times the world -- and the life of people he loves despite himself -- has shown him that family can hurt each other far worse than strangers. He has to believe that his will be one of the ones that doesn't. He has to.

He took a breath, looked at the article again, and started planning just how he was going to make this one turn out... 'all right.' There really was no 'all right' for this, but... more true, maybe. And getting the young woman to the help that she would need, if he was right -- and he normally was -- would be worth it.
Monday, June 29th, 2009 12:45 am (UTC)
Nothing is greater than the love of true family...and nothing more tragic than family perverted and made wrong.
Monday, June 29th, 2009 12:47 am (UTC)
There are many things in the world that rivl the evils you have seen, Jarod, I admit.

I had to step in the way; I owe you far more than just that.