Waking Up || Angel & Cordelia
"I am too," Angel simply responded. He sat in silence for a while, letting the news sink in to Cordy and trying to think of a sliver of good news to tell the girl. He wasn’t about to break the news about Fred and Illyria yet.
"Connor’s here," he said a little too abruptly. "In New York. He’s attending NYU, studying to be a lawyer." Angel grinned as wide as any other proud parent would. "He’s going to take down Wolfram & Hart." So the goals Angel set aside for his son were a little too ambitious, but he wasn’t expecting his son to save the world in a day. No. Connor could just start with the Los Angeles Branch and work his way from there.
"Of course, he’s just finishing his freshman year," Angel tried to downplay the pride swelling up within him and glanced down at his hands. "He still has to get through college and then get into law school." Things really had changed a lot in a short time period and not all for the worse. He and Connor were on speaking terms, more than that even. Angel always loved Connor, through the best and the worst, but now they truly felt like a father-son duo.
His eyes moved back up to Cordy, sure that she would love hearing the good news about Connor. She loved that boy just as much as Angel did. “I think he’s doing good in college. It sounds like he’s making a lot of friends, getting good grades, not partying too much.” A crease appeared between his brows as he continued, “he’s staying safe.” Safe being relative to their lives, that is, but he was sure Cordy understood what he meant.
"He is?" Cordelia was startled out of her reverie, her mood brightened instantly. The boy had struggled with a lot in his life, the thought of him escaping into something as normal as going to college…it warmed her heart. Cordy smiled at Angel’s obvious pride, mirroring her own. She wished she could have been around to see Connor achieve this. "That’s so great! Although, I can’t say I approve of the career path. Do we even know any good lawyers?” She teased.
"But…speaking of lawyers…you two are speaking? I thought Wolfram & Hart worked some mumbo jumbo," Cordelia waggled her fingers, "and gave him a normal life sans demons and goo? Not that I’m not thrilled, of course!" Nothing would please Cordy more than knowing that Angel had managed to remain in contact with his son. Both of them deserved to be happy, even if a certain Gypsy curse didn’t agree. "I’m just surprised."
Did Angel re-enter Connor’s life? Or did the magic put in place by Wolfram & Hart get lifted? Would he remember her? Cordelia wasn’t sure what she was hoping for. She would love for him to remember her, but there was a lot of unpleasant memories tied to her as well. The amnesiac version of herself, the Jasmine debacle. It was a lot for them to overcome, she wasn’t sure if Connor would be able to look past all of that.