Something To Save
Title: Something To Save
Author: Jedi Buttercup
Disclaimer: The words are mine; the worlds are not.
Summary: Eli makes a difficult decision. 200 words.
Spoilers: Eli Stone 1.3 "Father Figure".
Prompt: For challenge #73 "favorite things" at tthdrabbles-- but not a crossover in itself; included here as foundation for future chapters.
"I'm going to ask you once," Jordan said, intently, "and if I find out you're lying to me, it will forever alter our relationship. Is there something really wrong with you?"
Eli stared back at his boss of eight years and opened his mouth-- then closed it again, torn between the answer he wanted to give and the one he knew he should.
Private Swain's son-- and Eli himself, once-- had lied to protect their families. But who would Eli's current lie protect? Eventually, his visions would have effects too obvious to excuse or ignore. Could he really put that kind of burden on Taylor-- and his brother, who had already falsified a clean bill of health for him? No matter how much they loved him, they deserved better than the kind of pain Eli's similarly "gifted" father had inflicted on everyone around him.
He took a deep breath and looked the man he'd hoped to call father-in-law in the eye. "Yes," he said. "I'm sorry."
So maybe he'd have to give up his career and his favorite, expensive toys. If this prophet thing was serious, something else would come along-- and in the meantime, he'd only be endangering himself.