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User: tww_minis (posted by amy_vic)
Date: 2006-08-24 06:05
Subject: (no subject)
Security: Public
Mood:cheerfulcheerful
Tags:*amy-vic, andrea wyatt, molly wyatt-ziegler, rated: g
Title: Family Histories
Rating: G
Pairing: Andy and Molly
Spoilers: None
Word Count: 801, or so MS Word says.
Disclaimer: Oh, if wishing made it so...

Warning: Since nearly everyone who's read this so far has commented on it, I'm editing this in. Here be mentions of character death. It might make you very sad. *passes out blankies and tissues* (Just know that I had to do what I did. It hurt me almost as much as it'll hurt you.)

A/N: This was written for black_eyedgirl, who wanted Huck and/or Molly, and argument, the kids old enough to be arguing back (but not necessarily be teenagers), and meal time. All she asked not to have was Toby being the villain of the thing.

Huge thanks to soaked_in_stars for the overnight beta delivery; she was absolutely right about everything that needed to be fixed. If there are any lingering spelling and/or grammatical errors, those are my fault, not hers. Point them out, and I'll edit this accordingly.



When the principal calls, all she says is that Molly was in a fight with a classmate in the middle of the cafeteria during lunch. Andy expects the worst; when the kids were 7, Toby taught them both how to throw a punch if they needed to defend themselves, and Molly had picked it up faster than Huck had. (She prays that Toby never got the chance to show them how to hold a roll of dimes in their tiny fists.)

"How you doing, sweetheart?" Andy pushes open the office door, and steps in quickly. She hasn't spoken to the principal yet, but since Molly's here in this office instead of with the nurse, it can't be too bad.

Molly shrugs and picks at her sleeve. "I'm okay."

Andy sits down next to Molly on the couch, and looks her over. There are faint tear-tracks on her cheeks, and Andy knows her daughter well enough to know that Molly waited until she was alone to cry. She holds out her arm and Molly launches at her, not crying, just needing to be held for a moment. "Want to tell me what happened?"

"Billy's a jerkface," Molly says, her voice muffled by Andy's sweater. Her breath hitches, just once.

"Okay," Andy concedes slowly, rubbing Molly's back in wide, slow circles. She passed Billy and his mother in the hall, and he'd stuck his tongue out at her, so Molly's probably not wrong. "But Mol, that's no reason to hit him."

Molly sighs and sits back on the couch. "I know."

"So why'd you do it?"

Molly fidgets with her sleeve for a moment, and Andy has to ask her again. "He said that you and Daddy..."

"Me and Daddy what, Mol?" Andy prompts her gently. She's got a pretty good idea of what the kid said, and she's not sure she wants to hear it, but this is still better than getting the story secondhand from the principal. The more people a story passes through, the more twisted it becomes.

Molly stares down at her hands. There's a little red mark across her right index finger where Billy scratched her. When Andy asks her again, Molly sighs again and absently rubs at her forehead before she answers.

"He said that you and Daddy weren't married when Huck and I were born, and that means that we're all bad people. Really bad people," Molly emphasizes. She looks up at her mother, and waits. When she doesn't get an answer immediately, she continues. "He said...he said that's why Daddy died. Billy said that only bad people get cancer, and only the really awful ones die cause of it."

Andy mutters a curse before she can stop herself, and Molly gapes at her. "Mommy, you swore."

"I did, honey, I'm sorry." Andy says, and turns on the couch so that she's facing Molly. "You know how your daddy and I were married, until a few years before you were born, right?"

Molly nods. She found a picture from their wedding in the attic a few months ago, and used the last of the birthday money Aunt C.J. gave her to buy a pretty frame for it. It sits on the little table next to her bed, and every night before she goes to sleep, she can look at her mom, barefoot and with her hair down, smooshing a piece of cake into her daddy's face.

"Just because we weren't married anymore, didn't mean that we didn't love each other, Mol. Daddy loved me, and I loved him right back. And nothing that Billy can say will ever, ever change that," Andy says. Molly looks up at her with a serious expression, and Andy nearly breaks. Molly may have inherited Toby's dark eyes, but Andy will be damned if she'll allow her children to his sadness as well. "Honey, no one deserves to get cancer, and the kind of person you are has absolutely nothing to do with it. But, Molly, there's one thing you have to promise me."

"What, Mom?"

"No more hitting people, okay? If something like this happens again," Which it will, Andy thinks sadly, "just go tell your teacher about it, okay? No more fighting."

Molly nods solemnly. "Okay."

"And I want you to apologize to Billy before we leave. You really hurt him."

"I will, Mom. But he has to promise not to say any more mean stuff about us," Molly says.

Andy rises from the couch. "I can't make him promise that, but if he says anything else, I'll talk to his mom. How's that sound?"

Molly thinks for a minute, and finally nods. "That's okay, I guess. I'm still in big trouble, though, aren't I?"

"Yeah, kiddo, you are. Nothing but school, homework, and music lessons for a week."



~end
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if I seem a little strange, that's because I am: Andy: liiiippps
User: raedbard
Date: 2006-08-24 10:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Andy: liiiippps
Ohhh. OUCH. (I can't believe you did that. *pouts* ;))

But objections to the death of certain people aside: that was fantastic, honey.

when the kids were 7, Toby taught them both how to throw a punch if they needed to defend themselves, and Molly had picked it up faster than Huck had.
YES. (Huck's not a fighter. *nods*) But Toby would completely do that, not realising that his kids are not growing up in Brooklyn in the 50s. *hearts him*

"He said...he said that's why Daddy died. Billy said that only bad people get cancer, and only the really awful ones die cause of it."
Left me breathless. Of course. But god, poor Molly. (And Andy too.)

Molly may have inherited Toby's dark eyes, but Andy will be damned if she'll allow her children to his sadness as well.
*wipes tear away* Hurt in all the right places. PERFECT Andy.

Molly thinks for a minute, and finally nods. "That's okay, I guess. I'm still in big trouble, though, aren't I?"
"Yeah, kiddo, you are. Nothing but school, homework, and music lessons for a week."

:) (And dancing. ;)) *sigh* Andy's the best kind of mom. (Duh.)

This is such a gorgeous vignette of the ouchy kind. Which is really what I like best about this family. Spare prose and just everything that *needs* to be there and nothing that doesn't. I lovelovelove Molly as a fighter, and Andy's gentleness after. ♥
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amy_vic: Smug Little Smirk (Andy)
User: amy_vic
Date: 2006-08-24 21:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Smug Little Smirk (Andy)
I can't believe you did that. *pouts*

I know, and I'm very sorry for any despair that may have caused you. *snuggles*

when the kids were 7, Toby taught them both how to throw a punch if they needed to defend themselves, and Molly had picked it up faster than Huck had.

YES. (Huck's not a fighter. *nods*) But Toby would completely do that, not realising that his kids are not growing up in Brooklyn in the 50s. *hearts him*
- You know, the whole 'not growing up in Brooklyn thing' never even occurred to me. It was just, "...okay, this is going to be something that Toby teaches his children."

Molly thinks for a minute, and finally nods. "That's okay, I guess. I'm still in big trouble, though, aren't I?"
"Yeah, kiddo, you are. Nothing but school, homework, and music lessons for a week."
:) (And dancing. ;)) *sigh* Andy's the best kind of mom. (Duh.)


Well, yes, the dancing just comes with the territory. :) And I want Andy to be *my* mom.

I lovelovelove Molly as a fighter, and Andy's gentleness after.

Yeah, me too. I had so much fun writing this, because getting the balance between 'Andy the All-Powerful Congresswoman' and 'Andy The Mom' was difficult. Molly, on the other hand, was easier; in my head, she's this little powerhouse, sort of a mix between Andy, CJ, and-believe it or not-Donna. I can't wait to see what happens as she grows up.

(I'm so gonna write Molly again, Em. I *have* to write Molly again; I have a whole thing sort of worked out already, with her, Andy, CJ, and Danny. The Huck bits, I'm not too clear on, but...that's why you're here, right? :))
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if I seem a little strange, that's because I am: ZieglerWyatt family miniatures
User: raedbard
Date: 2006-08-24 23:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:ZieglerWyatt family miniatures
I know, and I'm very sorry for any despair that may have caused you. *snuggles*
*snugs* :) Seriously, I was reading at work and I had to stop and read it twice. And try not to be sucker-punched. Which didn't work, of course. *g* (Killing Toby off hurts in a very specific and very bizarre way. But you knew that. :))

Molly, on the other hand, was easier; in my head, she's this little powerhouse, sort of a mix between Andy, CJ, and-believe it or not-Donna. I can't wait to see what happens as she grows up.
She definitely has plenty of CJ in her, I think. Because CJ's the cool aunt. And there's no way she hasn't been giving Molly tips. *g* But I love that Donna's in the mix. (I starting to adore Donna. It's very strange! *g*) (And: 15 year old Molly-in-my-head is fantastic. I can't wait to see what you do. :))

See, you and Laura write Molly; I'll cover the boy. You two have already done more with her than it would ever have occurred to me to do. *happysigh* I love the twins. :)
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amy_vic: Sweet Flowers (Steph March)
User: amy_vic
Date: 2006-08-24 23:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Sweet Flowers (Steph March)
Seriously, I was reading at work and I had to stop and read it twice. And try not to be sucker-punched.

*sniffle* I wasn't even thinking of what that would do to you. I realized later that you'd be sad, but it was too late to come back and put up a warning. I'm so sorry. It'll never happen again., I promise.

She definitely has plenty of CJ in her, I think. Because CJ's the cool aunt. And there's no way she hasn't been giving Molly tips.

Get out of my head, Em! Honestly, While I was finishing this up last night, I had this little...flash-memory of Molly when she's older, about 14. And you're absolutely right, the girl is amazing.

See, you and Laura write Molly; I'll cover the boy. You two have already done more with her than it would ever have occurred to me to do.

Well, I don't know how you and Laura do it, but I'm mostly just making Molly into the little girl that I never got to be, and giving her the awesome mom that I never had. (It's not quite as angsty and emo as it sounds, honest.) But, yeah, I'm loving writing Molly. Give me a new prompt!
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amy_vic: Little Moments (Zoe/Wash)
User: amy_vic
Date: 2006-08-24 23:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Little Moments (Zoe/Wash)
I forgot to mention that Molly's going to pick up a lot from Annie. Because, well, she's Annie and we love her, too. (You know she'll watch the kids anytime Andy needs her to.)

And I'm sure I can make a case for Ellie being around the kids too, since, well, y'know...*G*
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Walking 'Round The Room Singing Stormy Weather: TWW | Quote | Funny jokes
User: privateuniverse
Date: 2006-08-24 15:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:TWW | Quote | Funny jokes
*Sobs*

That was tragic and brilliantly written.
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amy_vic: John Spencer has the Best Smile Ever.
User: amy_vic
Date: 2006-08-24 21:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:John Spencer has the Best Smile Ever.
*hands you tissues*

I'm so glad you liked it.
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Atticus (as if I could be anything else): it is such a secret place
User: thecolourclear
Date: 2006-08-24 17:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:it is such a secret place
(She prays that Toby never got the chance to show them how to hold a roll of dimes in their tiny fists.)
That is so Toby!

Billy said that only bad people get cancer, and only the really awful ones die cause of it.
I'd hit Billy too. Hard. And David killed himself over cancer ... *wibbles*

Andy will be damned if she'll allow her children to his sadness as well.
oh, damn. *cries*

this is so ... damn me for being trite ... good.
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amy_vic: Family (Toby+Molly+Huck)
User: amy_vic
Date: 2006-08-24 22:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Family (Toby+Molly+Huck)
Honest to god, I never even thought of David when I wrote that; in my head, Toby dies of lung cancer, due mostly from all the years of smoking cigars. But, yes, David. *sniffles*

And Billy...that snot-nosed little brat. *G* When I read this over and *I* felt like I wanted to smack him, I knew I had that part right. (Not that I condone hitting kids, of course. But, you know.)

this is so ... damn me for being trite ... good.

No, it's not trite. I understand what you're trying to say, and I appreciate that you took the time to leave a comment.
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black_eyedgirl
User: black_eyedgirl
Date: 2006-08-25 00:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
*hugs* I'm sorry, that may have been a little forward...

Thank you! I love Molly, and Andy's such an awesome mom.

Weirdly, I really liked the physical descriptions of Molly, the fidgeting, and solemn nodding, but especially -
"Molly sighs again and absently rubs at her forehead before she answers."
because it so reminded me of Toby, which may have been entirely unintentional, but still.

And in my head, coupled with: "Toby taught them both how to throw a punch" and "Molly may have inherited Toby's dark eyes, but Andy will be damned if she'll allow her children to his sadness as well. *breaks*

But (like Em) I can't believe you killed Toby! This family is so screwed up... And yet, in spite of this, Andy comes in and makes things better. Not perfect, cause she knows that it'll happen again, but better. Cause that's what mothers do. *loves on Andy* And thanks again.
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amy_vic: Wish & Hope (Andy)
User: amy_vic
Date: 2006-08-25 01:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Wish & Hope (Andy)
Nope, not at all. Hugs are cool with me.

Isn't Andy the best mom? *G* And that forehead rubbing was actually intentional; it's one of those little things that I wanted Molly to have picked up from her dad.

I know, I killed Toby, and I'm really, really sorry. But I had to, because...well, I just had to. Forgive me?

This family is so screwed up... And yet, in spite of this, Andy comes in and makes things better. Not perfect, cause she knows that it'll happen again, but better. Cause that's what mothers do.

You said it right :). I'm glad you liked it all.
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Jamie: toby filtered
User: jamie_dakin
Date: 2006-08-25 09:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:toby filtered
*reads, reads, reads, feels all warm and fuzzy at the idea of Toby teaching the kids to defend themselves Brooklyn style, reads, reads, reads, smiles at Molly rubbing her forehead, reads, reads....

"He said...he said that's why Daddy died."

...
........
Meep.
Now knows what it feels like to be hit by a ton of bricks.*

Absolutely gorgeous.





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amy_vic: Moonlight (Jorja)
User: amy_vic
Date: 2006-08-26 19:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Moonlight (Jorja)
Thank you so much.

(Also, there's now a warning on the story, so that people might be able to avoid the 'I just got slammed into by a Mack truck' feeling.)
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fluffybkitty: donna
User: fluffybkitty
Date: 2006-08-27 15:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:donna
I totally support Molly's actions and I hope Toby did have time to teach her the roll of dimes trick *glares at Billy*.

Very poignant and both heart-breaking (Toby died!) and heart-warming (Andy reassuring Molly that she and Toby loved each other very much).

I think my favourite line was this one:

Andy mutters a curse before she can stop herself, and Molly gapes at her. "Mommy, you swore."

That meshes Andy the congresswoman and Andy the mom perfectly for me.
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amy_vic: Strength (C.J.)
User: amy_vic
Date: 2006-08-27 15:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Strength (C.J.)
I totally support Molly's actions and I hope Toby did have time to teach her the roll of dimes trick *glares at Billy*

Well, I don't think Molly's carrying a roll of dimes with her to school, but I have a feeling that she's definitely going to remember this fight. It wouldn't surprise me that in a couple of years, she gets into a righteous scrap with Billy. And kicks his sorry butt, obviously *G*.

That meshes Andy the congresswoman and Andy the mom perfectly for me.

Aw, thank you so much! I really love that line, too, because Andy's so angry about what Billy said, that she doesn't take the time to censor herself in front of her daughter.
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not yet competent: sun didn't heal
User: littleloonlost
Date: 2006-08-27 19:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:sun didn't heal
Meep! I'm finding it very challenging to get past that stage of my response.

This is lovely, though, because of course Molly has her parents' fight in her, and of course Andy and Toby both want to protect the kids, but their methods clash. I love Andy's anger and her heart coming together. And it's all the more painful because this is the kind of casual cruelty Toby's always been terrified of for his kids. Oh, I want to grab them all up and never let them go.
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amy_vic: Brothers in Arms
User: amy_vic
Date: 2006-08-27 20:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Brothers in Arms
Meep! I'm finding it very challenging to get past that stage of my response.

Don't worry, you aren't the only one.

and of course Andy and Toby both want to protect the kids, but their methods clash.

I don't think they clash, really; it's more that they compliment each other, and balance each other out.

And yes, that casual cruelty. It's terrible, and no one-especially not kids-should have to endure it. Although, after this I'm not so sure anybody will want to start fights with the Wyatt-Ziegler kids...*G*
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User: celbalrai
Date: 2006-08-27 23:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You killed Toby. (That was to be expected. But still! How could you!) That is actually fairly forgivable because aw! It was a perfect mother & daughter story and realistically Andy too. And realistic Molly, if she's like her father.

"No more hitting people, okay? If something like this happens again," Which it will, Andy thinks sadly, "just go tell your teacher about it, okay? No more fighting."

Poor Andy, and poor Molly, having to deal with something like that when she's only ten (?) or so. :(
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amy_vic: Two Women You Don't Mess With (CJ+Andy)
User: amy_vic
Date: 2006-08-27 23:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Two Women You Don't Mess With (CJ+Andy)
(That was to be expected. But still! How could you!)

It was surprisingly simple in this; it seemed like a very organic thing to do. (I'm not sure "organic" is the wrod I mean, but...do you get it?) And also because I needed something mean for Billy to say; originally, the idea of saying something nasty about Toby's Judaism came to me, but I could not go there. So I went with the next-best mean thing.

In my head, she's actually just turned 9, so close enough. And yes, she's quite a bit like her father.

Just wait til you see what happens when she's 14. It's happy and good, I swear! *G*
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User: celbalrai
Date: 2006-08-27 23:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
No, no, I loved it. I understand what you mean with 'organic' - it just fitted in with the story. Would a nine year old completely understand anti Semitism? Probably, but I think the death insult is v. good.

Uh huh. Happy and good? You write death fic (though I'm sure it's unrelated)! I am not comforted one little whit.
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amy_vic: Bird singing @ Oscars '06
User: amy_vic
Date: 2006-08-27 23:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Bird singing @ Oscars '06
I'd like to think that Molly and Huck-by virtue of being their parent's kids'-would have a slightly better insight into the hurtful nature of anti-Semetism than other kids. But that's just me. *G*

Hey! I don't just write death fic! I'll have you know that I can write a pretty decent cheery fic. Not that I can think of one of the top of my head, but they do exist!
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User: celbalrai
Date: 2006-08-27 23:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Elisabeth
Oh yeah! Huck & Molly would. But the other kid? (Though I suppose insults don't have to be reason-based or sophisticated to hurt, so he could say anything.)

Cheery fic? Okay! I believe you. *crosses fingers*
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amy_vic: Sweet Flowers (Steph March)
User: amy_vic
Date: 2006-08-28 01:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Sweet Flowers (Steph March)
In all honesty, I'm afraid that Billy might have just overheard his parents talking about it, and that's the first thing he thought of to use as an insult; he doesn't really have a clue what any of it means. (That doesn't mean I dislike him any less, of course...*G*)

I can *so* write cheery fic! Here, look, I'll even give you a list:

- CSI NY
- NCIS
- some implied CJ/Toby
- Andy and CJ
- CJ/Josh

...well, frig. That's a terribly short list. Bah.
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Caitrin Torres
User: ctorres
Date: 2006-08-29 02:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Poor kid... I feel like reaching in and giving her a hug now.

This is great. I love your characterization. Kids aren't always easy to write, but Molly comes across as very real.
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Christine
User: christinekh
Date: 2007-02-07 16:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
::Sniffle:: Lovely take on the family dynamics. And I love seeing the kids (or kid in this case) as older. Much love for this.

(Oh, and it was Clr who sent me here, so you have her to thank. :))
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amy_vic: Mother and Child (Andy & Molly)
User: amy_vic
Date: 2007-02-07 19:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Mother and Child (Andy & Molly)
Thank you so much for commenting! And I'm glad you liked seeing Molly older, because I have more plans for her while she's growing up. *G*

(And I shall thank Clr immensely, for she is awesome.)
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