Author: Kat Lee
Character/Pairing: Connor, Angel
Challenge/Prompt: comment_fic: Angel the series, Angel + Connor, “When You Dream” (Barenaked Ladies) requested by geckogirl89
Word Count: 300
Date Written: 13 June 2018
Disclaimer: All characters within belong to Whedon, not the author, and are used without permission.
When he dreams at night, he dreams of a man he barely knows, but whose lurking image he knows well. He’s seen him many times at night, standing out underneath the house, and something instinctively tells him, with each look, he is his real father. He’s come to love his adopted family, but he still wonders about his real dad and the woman he sees, sometimes, too, who possesses gentle hands and a musical laugh.
They are his real parents; yet, they stay away. He’s never once seen his mother since coming here, and his father . . . Well, the shadows wrap around him like they were made for him, but Connor believes one night he’ll come forward. One night he’ll come talk to him, if not take him away from here. He’s not sure he wants to go, but he’s equally uncertain he wants to stay with these people who are but are not his family.
There’s something about those shadows that call to him too. Are they his real home? What do they have to do with his life? Will his father ever come forward for him and take him away into them? What do they mean? He ponders each question every night he sees him watching him through his window. He never draws the curtain though he sometimes believes he should.
But when he dreams, he does more than see him. He knows him. He hears his and his mother’s laughter. He sees them holding hands, and sometimes he holds hands with him. Their world is bright and not full of shadows, and it’s his favorite place to be, sometimes the only place he really wants to stay. But after each dream, when he rises to look, his father’s always gone again. One night, Connor promises himself, he’ll stay.