A/N: Content replaced due to reference error. My thanks to atrum infractus.

Reminiscing

Tang… tang… tang… thump…

Mommy, can I hold the baby?

Only for a minute, sweetheart. You don't want to miss your bus.

Tang… tang… tang… tang… rattle… thump…

Can I take him to school with me? Only it's a special show and tell day, and we're supposed to bring a little brother or sister if we've got one.

Your brother isn't a toy.

Tang… tang… swish…

He's going to be in my school? How come?

He needs to go to a bigger grade, and yours is closest, honey.

Tang… tang… tang… tang… tang…

Why do I have to look after him? If he's smart enough to go to high school, he should be smart enough to look after himself!

He may be smart, but he needs your help.

Tang… tang… rattle… thump… tang… tang…

You have to go with him? Why? Why can't you stay here and let him go by himself?

Tang… tang… tang… rattle… tang… tang…

Finally! No more tagalong little know-it-all!

Tang… tang… tang…

What d'you mean you won't be coming to the game? What's so important about his damn thesis, anyway?

Don't talk like that about your brother!

Tang… tang… tang… thump…

Mom – Dad. I've decided to quit baseball.

But we thought you loved baseball!

I did – I do. But I'm only ever going to be okay at it, that's all.

Tang… tang… tang… tang… swish…

I wanted to tell you first – I've decided to join the FBI.

You have, have you?

Yes. I've already taken the exam. I start training next week.

Are you sure about this, son?

Dad – I want to do this.

Tang… tang… tang… tang… tang… tang… tang… thump…

Hi, Mom. It's me – how are things?

Great sweetheart! It's wonderful to hear from you! Where are you?

New Mexico. My first big assignment since fugitive recovery.

That's not that far away – do you think you'll be able to come for a visit once in a while?

I was thinking maybe next weekend. I could drive up there, stay overnight.

Oh, honey – could you make it the week after? Only your father and I won't be here – your brother's accepting an award in New York next weekend.

Tang… tang… rattle… thump… tang…

Dad, guess what?

You sound excited.

I am – Dad, I've met a girl.

Tang… tang… tang… tang…

Will you marry me?

Tang… tang… tang… swish…

Hey Dad. What's up? You never call.

Tang… tang… tang… tang… thump…

She's got what?

Tang… tang… tang. Tang… tang… rattle…

What do you mean, 'no'? Why won't you come with me?

It's only supposed to be temporary, right? Until she's better?

Yes, but – dammit! We're engaged, here! You should come with me!

I have a job to do. I can't just up and leave. And we're not married yet.

Tang… tang… tang… rattle… thump…

Let me introduce you around the office. This will be your desk while you're here.

Tang… tang… tang… swish…

When you say 'incurable', you mean there's nothing they can do?

Yes, my son. That's exactly what I mean.

Well then go find someone else! Get a second opinion!

Tang… tang… tang…

'Please leave a message, and I'll phone you back. I promise.'

Beep.

Hi, it's me again. It's two thirty in the morning. I guess you must still be working. Call me when you get in, okay?

Tang.

What are they doing? Why are they turning that off?

She wants to come home. It's not helping anymore, anyway.

Tang. Tang.

Where the hell is he, anyway? He should be here, with you. With us.

Try to understand, sweetheart – this is how he deals with things. It's okay, really.

No. It's not okay. I'm sorry, Mom, but this is just wrong.

Tang… tang… tang… rattle… thump…

Honey, you need to let go of your anger. You can't stay mad at him forever.

Want to bet?

You need to be the strong one. Your father and your brother will need you to be strong. Promise me?

Tang… tang… tang… tang… tang… tang… swish…

I promise.

Tang… tang… tang… rattle… thump… tang… tang…

Permanent relocation? What about your position in Albuquerque?

This is where I need to be.

This is highly unusual. Of course we'd love to have you stay on.

Thank you.

Tang… tang… tang…

Maps – maps of what?

What are you doing? Those are classified! Don't touch those!

What do these marks stand for?

Crime scenes. Now leave them alone!

Tang… tang… swish… tang… tang… tang… swish…

Did she suffer? Mom. Did she?

No. No, not at the end. She had one of those – she really liked that.

Tang. Tang… tang… rattle…

I don't know when I started counting on you to do my job for me, but I sure as hell have! Why don't you snap out of your precious bubble for once?

Tang… tang… tang…

Toast and torii.

Looks like Cheerios to me.

Torii – plural of 'torus'. A round shape with a hole in it.

Mind if I have a rectangle?

Tang… tang… tang… tang… tang… tang… tang… tang…

It's okay for you to cry, you know. For your mom. It's okay.

Tang… tang… tang… tang… rattle… thump… tang… tang… tang… swish…

"Don! You coming for supper? Dad made your favorite!"

Tang.

"Yeah, bro – I'll be right there. Just let me put the basketball away."