Revenge So Sweet

Dec 11, 2008 14:20

Title: Revenge So Sweet
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Sometimes karma is the best revenge. After a 2AM phone call from Sylar, Noah sees it for himself.
Spoilers: None
Disclaimer; Heroes is not owned by me, but by Tim Kring. I’m simply borrowing these characters for non-profit entertainment.

The third ring. Noah still fought to answer his cell. Who the hell would be calling him at two in the morning?

Claire didn’t need his help anymore. She had Gabriel for that and had now for almost twenty years.

The world didn’t need saving every other week anymore and he still got to see his daughter and her family nearly every weekend. Never mind the animosity he still had towards the man she had chosen to marry. It still sickened him, but if nothing else at least he knew Gabriel was able to keep her safe better than he ever could when she was a teenager.

Finally the ringing stopped, but only to start again.

“Aren’t you going to answer it?” Sandra asked him.

Noah let out a groan of irritation and grabbed his cell from the nightstand. “What?” he nearly growled into the receiver.

“Noah, it’s me, sorry to call so late but this couldn’t wait.”

Gabriel. He should have known. What had his son-in-law done this time?

“What couldn’t wait? Is it Claire? The kids? Are they alright?” he asked, beginning to worry. That could be the only reason he would call him this late. Or at least it had better be, he decided.

“Claire’s fine. Actually this is kind of about me,” Apologizing still didn’t come easy to the former killer, but after tonight he knew he owed it to Noah. “I know this sounds strange, but I’m sorry for having slept with your daughter.”

“What?” Was he drunk? No, but obviously shaken by something.

“I’m sorry that you had to live with knowing what was going on between Claire and me before, especially when she was still living at home.” Gabriel might have explained what had brought this on, but he couldn’t deal with those images again so soon.

“Gabriel, you’re calling me at two in the morning and apologizing for something you sure seemed to enjoy holding over me twenty years ago. Why?”

“Sometimes karma is the best revenge, I guess.”

Noah laughed. He knew now, there was only one reason in the world a man would call his father-in-law like this.

“Lily?” he asked, trying to contain his laughter. His eldest granddaughter, she was seventeen now, just as Claire had been when she and Gabriel became involved.

The younger man winced. It was still too soon. He wanted to believe his little girl was still just that. The idea of her moaning and writhing beneath her boyfriend was not something he had ever wanted to imagine. Or walk in on. It was then he had immediately sympathized with Noah when it had been him decades before. Granted Lily’s boyfriend hadn’t tried to kill him or Claire and wasn’t ten years older or ever once believed to be her uncle, but that only made Gabriel all the more understanding of how difficult it had to have been for the older man.

Noah took Gabriel’s silence as confirmation. He didn’t have the heart in that moment to laugh in his ear. He had been there and Gabriel was finally trying to make it right as best he could.

“Get some sleep, Gabriel. I can’t tell you it’ll get any easier to know your daughter’s growing up. But if nothing else hopefully she’ll be more careful about what you see. At least if she takes after her mother in that respect.”

Gabriel sighed. He knew Noah was right. Of course he was right, he was speaking from experience.

“Thanks, Noah,” he told him before they said their goodnights.

“What’s so funny?” Sandra asked as Noah laughed again while he settled back into bed beside his wife.

“I always knew how sweet revenge could be. I just never thought I’d be able to get it on Gabriel like this.” Seeing her curious expression, he added, “I’ll tell you in the morning.”

“Feeling any better?” Claire asked as she watched her husband come back into their bedroom.

“I hate karma,” he muttered as he climbed back into their bed.

The End


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