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Title: And So the Future Marches On
Author: Aenaria/io_aenaria
Rating: PG
Pairing: Gene/Alex
Summary: What if it were all real? If it were real, how would someone who was left behind with a certain knowledge feel? A small trip through the thoughts of Evan White right after he picks up Molly. Spoilers for eps. 1, 7, and 8.

A/N: This is a bit of an experiment, far more stream of consciousness than I usually do, but the desire to get into Evan's head in this 'what if' sort of situation was so tempting I had to follow it. Strange where the muse decides to strike, but what can I say? I hope you readers out there give this odd little story a chance (because it does get strange, I admit. Wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey so to speak, in the words of another famous time traveller), and all comments are welcome. Thanks for reading!

Evan resisted the urge to discipline Molly for putting her shoe-clad feet on his brand new leather settee. Really, though, that was the last thing she needed today.

“Evan, when mum gets home do you think we could get some chocolate ice cream to go with the cake as well?” Molly asked, reaching for the television remote and bringing the high-tech flat panel screen to life.

“I don’t see why not,” he replied, pushing a painted white door open and heading into the kitchen. For a girl who had just had a traumatic experience Molly was handling it remarkably well. Or maybe she was just blocking it out. Alex was the psychologist though; he’d have to wait for her more professional opinion. He sighed heavily and got himself a glass of water – he wanted a whisky, really, but suspected it may have been a little early in the day for him to handle that.

Leyton was back, and now Evan was having one hell of a hard time shaking that feeling of foreboding from the pit of his stomach. He’d been dreading this day for twenty-seven years now, when the actions of three people in one private, darkened office would finally be brought to light. What did the bastard want from Alex so badly that he was asking for her? Money? Notoriety? Or did he just want to see them squirm?

Maybe the goal was pure revenge. Maybe he wanted to shatter the happy life that they were living in retribution for his lost empire. That was the price of keeping secrets, he supposed. After all, two people can keep a secret if one of them is dead. It felt like he’d spent half his life keeping something secret. Not releasing his grip on his water, Evan walked over to the cluttered sideboard. There was a picture there of he and Alex, taken the day she had left for university.

It wasn’t until she brought one Jonathan Drake home from uni one weekend did he connect little Alexandra Price with DI Alex Drake, the woman who had tried and ultimately failed to save Tim and Caroline. Looking back it made sense. Who wouldn’t want to try and save their parents, futile though it was?

Evan considered himself a logical man. He didn’t always make the best decisions, as his affair with Caroline could easily prove, but he was most certainly an A-to-B-to-C logical sort of person. He shouldn’t have been able to accept two different versions of Alex in the same place at once, one his goddaughter and the other the DI who was alternately asking him for help or almost mentally losing it (at least, that’s how it appeared to his eyes at the time. He suspects now that she may have been more right than everyone believed). But as he grew older and time marched on, he began to believe it more and more, and tossed yet another lock onto the mental box of secrets he was keeping.

How do you tell a child that someday she’s going to grow up and end up getting…well, lost in time for lack of a better word? For that matter, how do you tell that child that the person who planted the bomb in their car that day was none other than dear daddy himself?

You don’t. The answer was as simple as that.

Molly poked her head into the kitchen, pulling Evan out of his inadvertent trip to the past. “Evan?”

“Yes, Molly?” he replied, turning to face her and making sure that a steady smile was locked into place so as not to alarm her.

“Do you know when Mum’s coming home?” she asked, nearly breaking his heart with that hopeful look on her face. “I really don’t want to wait for that cake,” she grinned, bouncing up and down on her toes in the doorway.

“I’m sure she’ll be home at her regular time,” Evan said. “She does still have to work today, unlike you who were lucky enough to get the day off from school.”

Molly’s face fell just slightly. “I know. I miss her though.”

Evan left the glass of water on the sideboard and went over to give the little girl a hug, wrapping her tightly in his arms. “I know you do. She’ll be back soon.” But even as he said the words that sick feeling of foreshadowing rose up in his stomach again, and he swallowed roughly. “Why don’t you pick out a movie, how does that sound? We can watch movies all day until your mum gets home.”

Molly nodded against his stomach and untangled herself from his hug. “Okay. Can I pick anything?” she asked, a certain gleam coming into her eye.

“Yes, even Howl’s Moving Castle, even though you’ve seen it about, what, thirty times already?” Evan sighed, sounding appropriately put-upon.

As Molly ran back out of the kitchen, Evan’s face fell once more and he scrubbed a hand over his face. ‘You need to get back here now, Alex,’ he thought. ‘I can’t raise another little girl on my own.’

In retrospect it was a very good thing that he hadn’t been involved any deeper with Alex Drake. It would have been beyond odd. What had she said about him though, on that one night he had been for drinks at her place? His thoughts went back all those years as he leaned against the kitchen counter, trying to remember what she had said. Oh yes, that they had known each other in a past life, she was a damsel in distress and he was her knight in shining armour. If she was talking about her own past in that instance, well it was a bit of a lie then, wasn’t it? Yes, he had taken care of Alex as if she were his own daughter, but at that one crucial moment as her world was blowing up right in front of her eyes it wasn’t he who had taken her hand. Instead of the knight in shining armour it was the knight in the beat up, dented, and worn out armour, the tactless lifelong fighter who didn’t always do things lawfully but nevertheless tried to do the right thing.

Evan couldn’t help but wonder if something so big and bad was going to happen to her that she felt the need to be saved again, which is why grown up Alex Drake ended up back there at that specific time and that specific place. Maybe she hadn’t remembered the name Gene Hunt, but she remembered how he made her feel at that moment in time, that while even though things had gone suddenly black, she was still alive and safe. The feelings had just been…misplaced. Right onto him. Just another secret for the box about that day.

He snorted to himself, remembering even further. He’d seen quite clearly how Alex and Gene Hunt had looked at each other. They were two absolute and total opposites, and yet somehow they just worked, no matter how much they gave everyone else the impression that they could barely stand each other. Maybe it was different when the two of them were behind closed doors, away from the eyes and ears of everyone else and were allowed to just be themselves. For as much as they were constantly at odds in public, they always managed to have that spark of life about them. Evan had always wondered what had happened to them, to Gene especially. He hadn’t kept in touch with the police afterwards, preferring to focus on raising little Alex instead, but he’d managed to hear some rumours when he was in the courts. It was really a true mystery, why Gene had –

The phone on the sideboard rang, sending Evan’s stomach plummeting towards the region of his feet at a rapid speed, leaving an ominous feeling behind.

‘Here comes the future,’ he thought, swallowing down the lump in his throat as he reached to pick up the phone.



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Apr. 8th, 2008 02:15 am (UTC)
I'm not the biggest Evan fan either, although I do think that the last two episodes of the season pretty much drove a stake into that relationship, between Alex thinking about Gene right when they could have potentially had a romantic night in, and also with Evan getting custody of little Alex - I get the feeling that his priority now is raising her, not getting entangled with a mentally screwed up DI. ;) I'm very glad you like what I did with grown up Evan. :) As for continuing it...well, the reason I left it as a cliffhanger is because I have no idea what happens, LOL. I'm still of the firm belief though that somehow, in some strange way, it was Gene who 2008!Leyton was on the phone with in the first episode, so I've got some plotting and tinkering with timelines to do before this continues. If you'd like though keep prodding! You never know what'll happen. Thanks for reading! :)
Apr. 4th, 2008 03:39 am (UTC)
Oh, this was SO SO FABULOUS!! But, horrible, horrible cliffhanger!

You must continue it. You can't say things like "It was really a true mystery, why Gene had – [interruption]" and not finish it!! I also like the idea of a what-happens-after thing, since I really never thought Alex was going to get back to 2008. (I'm of the opinion she's already dead) Anyway, I can't wait to see where this takes you. Evan has so many secrets, both ones he knows and is unsure about, he really is an interesting character in the future.

I wonder if the older Alex and Gene will show up to Molly's birthday that night!!! It would certainly be a shocker for your mother to 'age' 25 years in a day, but with all of Alex's promising to herself that she wouldn't miss her daughter's birthday party, I imagine wild horses couldn't drag her away.
Apr. 8th, 2008 02:19 am (UTC)
I know, I'm a bad person for leaving it like a cliffhanger. See above post though for why I left it where I did. *g* Glad you liked it in any case though even with the evil cliffhanger!

I haven't decided yet if I think she's really dead, or dying, or has gone mad, or has time travelled yet. I'm rather partial to the actual time travel theory (which this whole ficlet is based around) however I think I'm just naturally inclined to that (see icon for further proof). Once I figure things out maybe I'll write some more, but until then I've got a hell of a lot of thinking to do. :)

Thanks for reading, and I'm so glad you liked it!
Apr. 4th, 2008 03:47 am (UTC)
It's interesting to consider Evan's feelings once he realizes that Alex Price and Alex Drake are one in the same. Would he feel this huge sense of foreboding or dread, knowing that she'll disappear from his life somewhere in the future. As her guardian, I'm sure he would after watching her grow up.
Apr. 8th, 2008 02:21 am (UTC)
I get the feeling that as Alex Price grows up the pieces start to fall into place and maybe he's just spending life waiting for the other shoe to drop, so to speak. It really is a fascinating concept to explore through fic. Thanks for reading and for commenting!
Apr. 4th, 2008 05:03 am (UTC)
fab! ^_^
Apr. 8th, 2008 02:21 am (UTC)
Thanks! :D
Apr. 4th, 2008 08:54 am (UTC)
Okay this is fab and I demand more!

Oh yes I do and it's no good you thinking you'll get away with ending there because you won't. I have a sharp pokey stick and I'm not afraid to use it. .

*poke poke*


*poke poke*
Apr. 8th, 2008 02:24 am (UTC)
*arches eyebrow* Oh, poke as much as you'd like. I've been in fandoms for a good ten years now, I've got thick skin and can take it. (Bugger, I think I just dated myself horribly...) ;)

Like I said above though, I have absolutely no clue where to take this aside from a vague unsubstantiated belief that Gene was the person 2008!Leyton was on the phone with. Once I figure out something a little more coherent, then we may get more fic. Until then keep poking, you may get something good out of it. ;) Thanks for reading and for your comments! I'm so glad you liked the story. :)
Apr. 4th, 2008 09:17 am (UTC)
Loved it! (I'm a big fan of 3pov of ships)

Would definately like some more! I liked Evan anyway so it's nice to see something good about him.
Apr. 8th, 2008 02:27 am (UTC)
Oh, I love 3rd person POV on ships as well, it's so fun to write. :)

I didn't like Evan, but as I got to the later episodes in the series (6,7, and 8) I pretty much came to the conclusion that he wasn't evil and had something to do with blowing up the Prices' car like some people had been speculating, but rather just a putz (that's the Alex/Gene shipper in me coming out, LOL). In the end, he turned out to be just a man. Not perfect by the sheer nature of being human, but a man who is trying to do the right thing and I think does manage to do that by taking care of little Alex after the explosion. That made me like him so much more, especially since, at least in my eyes, it totally neutralized him as a threat to the ship. ;)

Once I figure out where the story could go we may get some more, so keep your eyes peeled. Thanks for reading and for commenting, I'm glad you liked it!
Apr. 4th, 2008 10:59 am (UTC)
I really like the different perspective, I've been wondering about the implications of Alex being in 1981...if she really is there. This ties up a few loose ends. Great fic!
Apr. 8th, 2008 02:30 am (UTC)
It was certainly interesting to get into Evan's head, that's for sure! And good lord, if Alex really did actually time travel to 1981, there's so much it could mean...(or it could just be me watching far too much Doctor Who.) The biggest thing for me is that if it really is time travel, it means that Gene Hunt is real</> and that just thrills the living hell out of me. :D Thanks for reading, I'm glad you liked it! :)
Apr. 4th, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC)
This is great! I really hope that there's more.
Apr. 8th, 2008 02:30 am (UTC)
Once I figure out where this story could go, then there could be more. Glad you liked it! :)
Apr. 4th, 2008 06:02 pm (UTC)
I was glad that Evan didn't blow up Alex's parents, because I was liking him against my will. When I saw episode two, I turned to my boyfriend and said 'What a cute guy, too bad he's evil!' I was convinced from the start Evan had done it, and now I see he was a red herring. So it's kinda fun to see fic like this one where Evan is sympathetic. The line where he thinks to himself You need to get back here now, Alex...I can’t raise another little girl on my own. it makes me feel he is a good man, and worthy of raising Alex. You've made Evan a bit of a hero for me now :)
Apr. 8th, 2008 02:40 am (UTC)
I was glad that he didn't blow up her parents because that seemed almost too...trite, maybe is the word I'm looking for? Or predictable, maybe that's it. I was so glad that they didn't take that option, and that last episode actually made me like him - it's amazing to see a single man, especially in that time period, be willing to take care of a little child all on his own. I grew up in the 80s, and I couldn't tell you one kid I went to school with who was living only with their father/father figure. Mothers, yeah, but no fathers. So that I think definitely puts Evan into a sort of hero status, and makes him a good man, no matter how flawed he is. He's definitely still a hero to Alex for that, however I do love how the biggest twist of all was who really was the unexpected hero at that one crucial point in time.

(Am I rambling? I feel like I'm rambling, LOL) Anyway, I'm glad you liked the fic. :) Thanks for reading!
Apr. 7th, 2008 11:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you for writing Evan so sympathetically. It's obvious that he cares deeply for Alex and the idea of him having to bring up another orphaned girl (Molly's father is conspicuous by his absence) is very sad indeed.

For as much as they were constantly at odds in public, they always managed to have that spark of life about them. - I love this description. It characterises their relationship perfectly and it shows how observant Evan is. :)
Apr. 8th, 2008 02:45 am (UTC)
It's definitely a bit heartbreaking to think, isn't it, that if Alex is really gone and that Evan's going to be there again to raise Molly as history repeats itself (I hope they don't do that in the show, but since it's not my creation I don't have a say *pouts*).

Oh, I think Evan is quite observant. *g* Episode seven nailed that for me - Alex makes the comment wondering why the hell Gene Hunt is in her head, at which point Evan goes all O_o and backs away. I think the man sees more than we give him credit for, and I hope he's back in some way next season, whether it be the future or past version.

It was my absolute pleasure to write Evan that sympathetically. :) Thanks for reading, and I'm glad you liked it!
Apr. 9th, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC)
Episode seven nailed that for me - Alex makes the comment wondering why the hell Gene Hunt is in her head, at which point Evan goes all O_o and backs away.

Well, I'm not surprised! *lol* There they are, with some smooth music, cocktails in hand, everything is going well... and then she suddenly blurts out that all she can think of is Gene Hunt? But yeah, points for deciding to back off. Some men would have ignored that and kept going.
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