Caught (Drabble)   Leave a comment

Title: Caught
Author: Califi
Rating: R
Category: Angsty drabble
Content: C/A
Summary: Cordy POV. Waiting to be saved-?
Spoilers: S2. Epipheny
Disclaimer: The characters in the Angelverse were created by Joss Whedon & David Greenwalt. No infringement is intended, no profit is made.
Notes: Screencap used at Worth 22 for a challenge [ficlet: 500 words or less]

“Why am I not on the floor?”

I turn my head and realise exactly why. Big whoot. My far from White Knight in tarnished armour looks back at me with a hesitant expression I haven’t seen in a long time.

“I caught you.” A million times too late, honey.

Me? I’m far from impressed- although my poor human body is forever grateful. Rainbow bruises clash with my wardrobe and I haven’t quite got over the last set yet.

I peer discreetly though my lashes and see my two heroes shifting uncomfortably and. …Waiting. Waiting to see if I am on board with having the betrayer, deserter, shit scumbag back in our miserable lives, and for a moment I just wanna snort and say “Yeah- on a cold day in hell!”

But then I think about it, as you do; and that still pisses me off. Thought should stay the hell away when you’re angry, hurt and resisting the urge to turn around and kick my saver-from-the-floor hard in the shins. Then I glance back at his face once more.

Oh, God, my heart is fucking clenching as I take in the bruises and the blood….and the puppy-dog look, and I really hate him right now. The way he still manages to make me feel… Then I look back at my friends- my family.

How long before one or the other doesn’t come back from one of my Missions from hell? If I turn away and tell Broodboy to shove his olive branch where the sun don’t shine, and then lose Wes or Gunn – or both, to a fight that isn’t really meant for them…? But we can’t not save the hopeless.

Crap. Crappity crap. Choices are too few in our crummy lives so I’ve found. So I straighten up and pull away from strong hands supporting my shoulders.

“You can drive.” Olive branch accepted; don’t bother waiting for your change, buddy. Time to work towards saving yet another piece of the world.

Maybe our time for being saved will come later.



Posted July 14, 2018 by califi in Complete

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