A comment fic written for fic_promptly and the prompt First line: "He didn't quite expect this.".


He didn’t quite expect this. It wasn’t what he’d been looking for when he’d walked into Dad’s office. He’d just wanted someone to be officially in charge.

He hadn’t expected it to be him.

“Make sure you do it right,” Dad had said, handing him Grandpa’s old Ranger manual. Handing Jake his trust as well. Jake realizes now that it’s something he never thought to have again. Not like this. Not with Dad knowing people will be depending on him.

He tilts the book the better to catch the light from the Coleman lantern as he reacquaints himself with the half-remembered contents. He might not have expected it and, he reckons, six weeks ago, Dad wouldn’t have expected it either. But Dad expects it now: expects Jake to do what’s asked of him, and do it well.

Six weeks ago, Jake might have expected to disappoint him. To fail, yet again. But he’s no longer the man he was six weeks ago.

He didn’t quite expect that, either.

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  1. mattyraincloud
    Posted October 14, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    nice look into what is going on in jakes mind at this time. thank you for this story, you never disapoint your readers. thank you matty

  2. Shadowflame
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    Oh – nice!

    Jake really must have been gobsmacked that his father trusts him again… especially after “the bridge”…

    Loved it! Thanks for that little insight! 🙂

  3. merryann
    Posted October 22, 2012 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    Very nice snippet!

    I don’t imagine things were turning out the way either of them expected them to . . .

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