Jul. 31st, 2008
Disclaimer: Not mine!
Nancy had wanted kids, once upon a time. John can still remember the screaming fights they'd had about it, where she'd screamed and he'd fought and they'd both ended up too furious with each other to speak. He wasn't equipped to be a father. He had no intention of passing his problems and issues onto some new, innocent life.
But Meredith was Rodney. And John has to hold onto the hope that he will be again someday, that they're going to find some miracle cure, something, anything, to get Rodney back. Until they do, though, they have Meredith, who is all huge eyes and blond curls, who sucks his thumb when he thinks no one is paying attention, who looks so goddamn scared all the time that it kills John a little bit every day.
So, when the IOA comes through with the decision they all knew was coming, when Woolsey awkwardly informs the team that they're going to be sending Meredith back to Earth to be placed with foster parents, John already knows what choice he's going to make.
Handing in his commission isn't nearly as hard as John had always assumed it would be.
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