Author: Kat Lee
Character/Pairing: Any father hero with a daughter
Challenge/Prompt: 1_million_words August Rush Day 2:
Word Count: 342
Date Written: 7 August 2018
Disclaimer: All characters within belong to Marvel Comics and Disney, not the author, and are used without permission.
The whole world looked to him as a hero. He tried to do the best he could, but he never felt like it was enough. He was always aware of his failures, counting the ones he failed to save, even if it was merely because he was saving someone else somewhere else and couldn’t reach the others in time far more than he remembered each of those he actually reached and saved in time. He was never quite fast enough, never strong enough, to save them all. The whole world looked to him as a hero, and he wished they wouldn’t.
Yet whenever he wasn’t in the cape and spandex, when he was just a normal man and his child looked up at him, sometimes, he truly felt like a hero. He knew there was much she didn’t understand, much she would never be able to comprehend about his life or why he did the things he did, but when she looked up at him through her big, sweet eyes, he felt as if he could conquer the world. He felt as if the world was already his. He could do anything, be anyone, save anyone as long as she looked at him like that.
He hugged her again, holding her close to him, and wishing fervently their moment could last forever even while knowing it couldn’t. “I love you,” he whispered urgently into her ear, pressing a kiss against her soft hair.
“I love you too, Daddy,” he whispered back, kissing his grizzled cheek. He prayed her love would never change before letting her go back to her normal life and heading out to save more lives of folks he usually didn’t even know. As long as she loved him, he could face anything, even his inevitable failure that didn’t matter now nearly as much as it had. All that mattered was that he was a hero to his baby, and as long as he could keep being that hero, the world could still count on him to protect them too.