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The Past | The Future


Title: Wet
Author: berryblue_girl
Rating: G
Genre/Warnings: Thoughts on past character death
Summary: Danny visits the WTC memorial.
Disclaimer: Don't own the show or McDanno. *sadface*
Author's Note: I mean no disrespect to anyone who lost friends or family on 9/11. This is simply a work of fiction, based on another Pon and Zi comic.

Kathleen Grace Williams

To anyone else who looked down, it was just another name, a faceless person that died that day. But not to Danny. To him, it was his sister, his best friend. She had a smile that made him feel happy just because she was. She gave them haircuts when they were little after they watched Grease and she decided that she wanted to be a beautician like Frenchy. She was the one he came out to and who held him, promising everything would be okay. She stayed up with him night after night, reassuring him that he could get through the academy and be a great cop. They shared everything between each other, the good, the bad, and the very ugly.

Danny looked across the large expanse of the fountain and studied the people along the border. He wondered if they lost family that day as well. He remembered feeling sick when he heard the news. His partner Mike Gavin looked at him with sympathy when the newscaster explained where the plane hit. His phone vibrated on his hip and his eyes flooded with tears when he saw the Caller ID.

"Danny, I'm so scared. I-i think I'm trapped."

He stayed at his desk for that entire one hundred and two minutes. They talked on her cellphone until it lost service. After that, they talked on her office phone. He coached her, telling her all the things their father told her when they were kids. Her voice told him she was starting to lose faith that firefighters would get to her floor. He buried his face in his hand as she began her goodbyes. He cried that he loved her, that his future kids would know how brave their aunt was. The line went dead and he broke down when he saw the tower collapse minutes later. His captain sent him home, told Gavin to drive him. Danny told him to take him to his parents' house. His mother was on the front porch with his youngest sister Aimee. Their eyes connected, and his mother began shaking her head, breaking down in his sister's arms.

Thunder rumbled in the distance, and Danny ran his fingers over the chilled metal. He was the only member of his family that came back to this place. His father refused after he spent months in the rubble, hoping to find something of Kathleen. They spoke on the fifth anniversary and his father cried, saying that he felt guilty that he couldn't bring Danny's mother some closure. His mother was never quite the same, and his other siblings grieved in their own quiet ways.

The rain started to come down, and right as he thought he would have to leave or risk getting soaked, an umbrella appeared over his head. He looked to his side and saw Steve standing in the rain. Danny cleared his throat and asked, "What are you doing?"

"Don't want you to get sick," Steve shrugged, his clothes and hair steadily getting soaked.

"And what about you?"

Steve shook his head. "Today isn't about me."


( 23 Hearts Given — Give Me Your Heart? )
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Jan. 12th, 2012 01:24 am (UTC)
Awwww...*hands you tissues and a kitten* Thank you for R&Ring.

Peace, Love, and Happiness to You...Sarah
Jan. 12th, 2012 01:14 am (UTC)
This is always going to make me tear up.
Jan. 12th, 2012 01:25 am (UTC)
And I am a sick person for being pleased with that fact. Thank you so much for your cheerleading, honeybun!

Jan. 12th, 2012 01:19 am (UTC)
Jan. 12th, 2012 01:28 am (UTC)
Thank you for saying so.

Peace, Love, and Happiness to You...Sarah
Jan. 12th, 2012 01:38 am (UTC)
Wow...speechless over here.
Jan. 12th, 2012 01:52 am (UTC)
*blushes* Awwww shucks, thank you for reading and reviewing.

Peace, Love, and Happiness to You...Sarah
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Jan. 12th, 2012 01:54 am (UTC)
Awwww, thank you!

Peace, Love, and Happiness to You...Sarah
Jan. 12th, 2012 02:41 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for this, it was beautifully written. I worked in the Towers when they were young, and lost a friend on that fateful day, plus I have another friend who was supposed to be at work that day, but was sick so she stayed home. It's about the only time I would give thanks to a flu bug, because if she had gone to work, I would have lost her also.
Jan. 12th, 2012 02:50 am (UTC)
Oh my, I'm sorry about your friend. I was nervous about posting this because of the subject matter, so I tried to cover all my bases. This is a little bunny I've been nursing for a while and finally decided to do something about it. I'm really glad and relieved that you liked this, thank you for sharing your story.

Peace, Love, and Happiness to You...Sarah
Jan. 12th, 2012 05:03 am (UTC)
Jan. 12th, 2012 05:08 am (UTC)
Thank you, I'm glad you liked the story!

Peace, Love, and Happiness to You...Sarah
Jan. 12th, 2012 06:06 am (UTC)
Heartbreaking babydoll
Jan. 12th, 2012 06:31 am (UTC)
*huggles* I know, bebe, but thankies for reading.

Jan. 12th, 2012 12:11 pm (UTC)
Beautiful, and so heartbreaking....*sniffles* This is one of my favourite pics from Pon and Zi and, despite being a sad fic (amazing backstory, btw), the last bit made everything right :) I just love that image of a soaked Steve with the umbrella, taking care of Danny without thinking of himself. Thanks for writing a fic that it´s so moving with just a few words, and thanks for sharing it :)
Jan. 13th, 2012 12:42 am (UTC)
Awww, *hands you a tissue* thank you! Yeah, when I started writing it, I knew that Steve would be there for Danny. Thank you so much for your kind review. I'm really glad you liked the story!

Peace, Love, and Happiness to You...Sarah
Jan. 12th, 2012 01:17 pm (UTC)
This was lovely!

I could see Danny and pretty much all of the police/fire people in the NJ/NY area being affected by 9/11, but to have his sister die is especially painful.

Good for Steve for being there for Danny when he needs him most.

And just as a side note, Kathleen is my first name and I like that Danny gave his daughter his sister's middle name--truly lovely :)
Jan. 13th, 2012 12:46 am (UTC)
I had his sister's middle name be something else, but as the story developed, I changed it to Grace. I had wanted to write a story for a while about Danny and his feelings about 9/11. This plot bunny sort of just fell into my lap. I'm very pleased that it was so well-received. Thank you for your review!

Peace, Love, and Happiness to You...Sarah
Jan. 12th, 2012 05:43 pm (UTC)
Don't ever apologize for writing something that may bring happiness to victims of 9/11. Lost so many people but so many more were able to survive. Thank you.
Jan. 13th, 2012 12:48 am (UTC)
Thank you for saying so. I was just nervous that someone might think I was trying to be disrespectful. I can see now that my worries were for naught. Thank you for your encouragement and for reading and reviewing!

Peace, Love, and Happiness to You...Sarah
Feb. 6th, 2012 09:24 am (UTC)
That was very touching and beautiful. I could feel the pain Danny and his family felt.
I loved the ending with Steve coming to Danny with an umbrella while he himself is getting wet,and his simple,heartfelt expression of love when he says,"today isn't about me."
Feb. 6th, 2012 04:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you for saying so! I'm glad that you liked it and was touched. Thank you for r&ring!

Peace, Love and Happiness to You...Sarah
( 23 Hearts Given — Give Me Your Heart? )

A Little More About Me

Random Girl and her Beast
Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.

Let me tell you a riddle...

You're waiting for a train, a train that will take you far away.
You know where you hope this train will take you, but you don't know for sure.
But it doesn't matter.
How can it not matter to you where that train will take you?

Because you'll be together.


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