Author: Kat Lee
Character/Pairing: Angel/Wesley, mentions Angel/Cordelia
Challenge/Prompt: slashthedrabble 486: Champion
Word Count: 400
Date Written: 27 April 2018
Disclaimer: All characters within belong to Whedon, not the author, and are used without permission.
Wesley twitches as the bookstore’s proprietor returns just in time to completely ruin what he’s been trying to tell Angel. He has three of one of a kinds. Maybe that is true in some cases, but not in Angel’s case. In Angel’s case, in their case, there is only one Angel, only one real champion.
Yet when Angel glances at him, Wesley looks away. He cannot bring himself to say more than he already has. He cannot bring himself to say the words that are both needed and unwanted. He cannot tell Angel just how much he truly matters. He cannot tell him that he saved him, that he owes his life and his soul to him, that he is more than just a champion. He is his champion. He is his love.
But to Angel, Wesley knows, he’ll always be just another person to protect, not even a true companion but just another soul in his way that needs his protection and help. He’ll never matter more than that. Groosalugg could replace them, any of them except Angel and Cordelia. They are the ones who truly matter while Wesley . . . Wesley’s just another piece in the puzzle who could be replaced by anybody.
He closes his eyes against the tears that well inside of them. He can hear his father’s voice even now. He doesn’t matter. He’ll never matter; he’ll never make a real difference. When he reopens them, he finds Angel watching him. He smiles, hoping he doesn’t see the tears behind his spectacles.
Angel gives him a small smile back, and that tiny smile warms Wesley from head to foot. It banishes his tears and gives him hope again. Maybe he will be somebody one day. Maybe he will be important to someone one day. Maybe he’ll even be important to Angel.
Regardless, no one can replace the true Champion amongst them. Returning his attention to the task at hand, Wesley makes a silent promise to them both. One day, he’ll find a way to make Angel understand just what he means to them all and the world at large. He’ll find a way to make him understand that he is the important one, the true champion. Maybe that’s his own destiny after all: to see the champion for who he is and to guide him to accepting that person. Wesley smiles; that’s an important destiny after all.