ON THE LIFE OF OTHERS 02/20
About: The Walkers and a few others.
Disclaimer: They don’t belong to me. Written with love, not for money.
Summary: The effect that Kevin has had… in the life of others. Elizabeth - Future-fic.
Written for the Love-Bingo prompt: Mutual love*****
CHAPTER TWO: ELIZABETH : MUTUAL LOVE
Elizabeth nervously watches how the train enters the station. In the reflection of the window she sees herself. A twenty-two year old with curly hair and beautiful blue eyes. Her father’s eyes. Not Tommy’s, but Kevin’s. She sighs and tries to deal with her anxiety of being back in Los Angeles.
They’re there. Kevin and Scotty. Older and greyer, but what a beautiful and distinguished couple still. The train slowly rolls its last meters and Elizabeth and Kevin make eye-contact. He finally sees her and the smile on his face betrays his deep love for her. She smiles as well, too many memories coming back to her.
Kevin had always held a special place in her heart. She had often wondered why, at a certain point, Tommy Walker had stopped to try to get her back. Elizabeth had first blamed Rose, because Julia hadn’t liked Rose and she had stopped all meetings between Tommy and Elizabeth, after Tommy had gotten in a relationship with Rose. So, to Elizabeth, it had seemed that Rose had made things change.
Tommy had returned to Pasadena and from there he had moved on to Phoenix and then to Baltimore and then… she had lost track. Tommy’s relationship with Rose had been on and off, but had resulted in marriage after all, that had only lasted two years. However, by then, Tommy had become more and more a face in a picture, a name on a post-card.
She heard about him from the other Walkers, with whom she had been allowed to stay in touch. He’d call her every now and then, but he had never returned to Seattle. In fact, by the time she had become 14-15 years old, he had become just a memory. On the other hand, her relationship with Kevin and Scotty had grown.
Kevin had always understood her. Talking to him had been easy. He had always been there for her, no matter what. Julia had always trusted Kevin with Elizabeth and Elizabeth had always felt that she was ‘more special’ than Paige. And then, one day, a Thursday, not long after her 16th birthday, her entire world had come tumbling down.
On that fateful day, she had sat in her favorite booth in her favorite restaurant, waiting for her best friend to arrive, when she had seen two women enter the restaurant. She had immediately recognized Rose from the pictures she still had from Tommy. Older, more wrinkles, but that same voice she could remember from long ago.
“Oh, my God!” Rose’s friend had sat down in the booth right behind Elizabeth. “What a complete moron! I keep telling you, gal, you shoulda stayed with that Tommy Walker. At least you’d know what you had.”
“Yes, a guy who didn’t know where to park his ass. Completely restless…” Rose had sighed.
“Still…” The friend obviously doesn’t want to drop the subject.
“… Besides my biological clock was ticking. I wanted kids, you know that, and I didn’t want to go through all that hoopla, with IVF programs and such. Just my stupid fault for marrying a guy who’s sterile.”
“But he had a kid.” The friend nags.
“Yeah. She’s a Walker alright, but she wasn’t Tommy’s. Her gay uncle is her real father….” After that, Elizabeth hadn’t heard another word of the conversation. Her entire world had just stopped turning.
The clash, between her and Julia, that had followed, had been ugly to say the least. Angry, hurt and confused, Elizabeth had taken money from her account and gotten on the first train to LA, ready to confront Kevin as well. She blamed him and Julia for a lot of things, including losing Tommy and not understanding why.
But the journey to LA had been long and d she had been alone with her thoughts for a long time and by the time she had reached LA, she had let Kevin know that she was on her way and, upon seeing him standing there, sheepishly wondering how she’d react, she could only react in one way. She threw herself in his arms and sobbed like a baby.
Her relationship with Kevin had always been close though she never knew why. But now, it all started to make sense to Elizabeth. His love for her had been the love of a father for a daughter, not the love of an uncle towards his niece. He had kept it quiet for the longest time, but now there was no further reason to.
They had sat at the restaurant, at the train-station, and they had talked for hours. Her love for him had only grown that day. With each word he had said, with every time he had looked up at her, with every smile he had offered her, he had become more and more her father. Pieces of the puzzle had fallen into place.
And now, six years later, her trains rolls in, and Kevin is waiting anxiously for her to get off the train. She smiles at her husband, sitting opposite of her. He stands up and picks up their suitcase. He’s the first one at the door, while Elizabeth firmly holds on to the bundle in her arms. She sees Scotty take over the suitcase, so her husband can help her off the train.
And while Scotty and her husband greet each other, she turns to Kevin and lifts up the baby-carrier she’s holding on her arm.
“There he is. Your grandson, Lucas.” Elizabeth smiles and Kevin looks down on his first grandchild, who looks back at him with big blue eyes, first curls are starting to form on his head.