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Rainy Day Memories

Syd Angst

Title: Rainy Day memories
Author: Kat
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: I don't own
Note: A completely AU world, lmao

The sky was full of dark grey storm clouds, the rain starting to turn into a slight drizzle. A woman walked out of the café, turning her head up to the sky. The light rain washed over her face and she smiled sadly, recalling a happy memory.

They had been a happy couple, living life to its fullest. When they frequented the cozy little cafes, they would share a seat even though there were plenty of other chairs available. Evenings at home were spent feeding each other takeout with plastic sporks or even their fingers.

She could still picture the day they had found the little cottage near the lake. An impulse buy, they had never once regretted it. They would sit on the porch swing, content to just watch the breeze blow.

One rainy evening they had toasted the swing, drunk on a little too much champagne. Kisses had quickly turned to hands removing clothing, eager to be lost in the feeling of each other.


The smile vanished as soon as it appeared when she caught site of the man walking towards her. She turned away, quickly walking in the other direction. Of all the times he had managed to track her down, this was the worst. This day was always hard on her. She just wanted to be left alone. She didn’t want any reminders of her past life. She was finally starting to cope with her life now.

A hand grabbed her arm and she turned angrily. He stared at her face in horror. Jagged, red scars ran across her cheek “Sydney, what happened?”

She flinched, realizing what she looked like. She steeled herself, not wanting him to see how lost she truly was at this moment. “It’s nothing. What are you doing here? Why now?” She stared at him, her eyes icy.

“Sydney, this is the first time I’ve managed to find you before you left. I just want to help you.” He reached out to her and she flinched. “Your face…who did this?”

Tears began to well up in her eyes and she mentally berated herself. “It’s too late for you to start acting like a father. All of those years…”

“Sydney, you know I love you, dammit! I hate seeing you in pain. You need to come home. Sloane is finally gone.” He pleaded with her, but she didn’t want to hear it.

Sydney stilled, glaring. “What does it matter? He still managed to ruin my life. He took away the most precious thing in the world to me.” She shrugged his hand off of her arm and attempted to walk away. Jack’s hand grabbed her wrist and spun her around.

“You’re not leaving like this, Sydney. I know you. I know you’re going through a rough time. I’ve tried everything to find you but you didn’t want to be found. Now, it’s time for you to listen to me.” She stared at him, her energy sapped. She was tired of running, she was tired of being alone, and most of all, she was tired of living a lie.

She attempted to speak, but her voice broke. “Daddy…” He gathered her in his arms, holding her as her body shook with sobs. Her hands fisted the material of his coat, clutching it as if it were a lifeline.

“He’s gone and I don’t know where to go or what to do.” She sniffled. “I had it all planned. We were going to do so many things…”

“Sydney, I know I wasn’t always supportive of your life with Vaughn, but I know he meant a lot to you. I also know that he was the one constant in your life. I’m sorry that he’s not here anymore, but all you can do is remember the good times. I know that coming from me, it’s hypocritical. I’m not the most accurate source of how to keep sane, but I’m here for you. If you need me to be.” He placed his arm around her shoulder and they slowly walked along the sidewalk.

She leaned her head against his shoulder, quietly composing herself. “Dad? Thank you.”

He nodded, leading her towards a small bench. “Do you want to talk?”

She sighed, looking down, her hair falling to frame her face. “It’s not what it looks like. It’s my own fault. I was in a hurry one day and I wasn’t paying attention to where I was walking. It’s embarrassing.” She met his gaze and sighed. “Life just hasn’t been the same since…” Her voice trailed off and she smiled wistfully.

“Today would have been our fifth anniversary. April Fools Day. He would always play a joke on me every year and I looked forward to them, even if they weren’t the best. They made me laugh. One year he wrapped seaweed around an old sheet and swore we needed to clean because of all the mold. It didn’t matter that he did it on March 31st because he didn’t realize it wasn’t April yet, all that mattered was that he tried.” She closed her eyes, a smile gracing her features.

Jack pulled her closer. “He made you happy. I understand that now.”

“He was the best thing to ever happen to me.” She grabbed her father’s hand and stared up at the sky. “It’s just so hard to believe that I’ll never see him again.” She looked at her watch and gasped. “I need to get home soon. Donovan will start to miss me.” She stood and glanced at Jack. “Would you like to see our home?”

He smiled. “I would love to see where the two of you made your life. I’m sure it’s beautiful.”

“It is. And it’s full of so many happy memories for me. I can’t walk into a room without smiling. But then I remember.” She paused. “I’m so glad you made me listen. The way I was headed, I would have done something crazy sooner or later.”

Jack stopped her. “Sydney, you’re strong. You would have made it through this. I’m proud of how far you’ve come. And most of all, I’m proud of the choices you’ve made.”

She grabbed her father in a hug, squeezing tightly. “Thank you.”

Written for the SD April Challenge. Placed 3rd.  Angel helped me to plot an AU world where Vaughn died.  (Freaky how only a month later Syd was thought dead after being missing two years, lmao)

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