August 16, 2011 – To Be Persuaded

Summary: **Part of the 2011 LiveJournal's Twisted Shorts August Fic-A-Day** series. Fred gets an offer she isn't sure she should refuse.

Challenge: for the livejournal 2011 August Fic a Day Challenge. And #6471 on TtH.

Timeline: post-season 4 'Supersymmetry' AtS; before Nathan died for Eureka.

Warning: maybe kinda angsty?

A/N: Okay, trying a completely Fred POV piece here.

Disclaimer: BtVS and AtS characters belong to Joss Whedon / Mutant Enemy. Eureka characters belong to Andrew Cosby, Jaime Paglia and SyFy Network. I claim no rights to any copyrighted material. Please do not copy or take this story without my permission.


After listening to the man, I had to admit his proposal was tempting – especially since things were so uncomfortable between Charles and myself since my professor tried to send me through another portal. His death was like a mucus-free Fyarl in the room for us. And I didn't know how to get past it.

Six years ago, I would have jumped at the chance to work for this Global Dynamics Company without any hesitation. Then again, six years ago, they probably wouldn't have known me from Eve. Mr. Stark even admitted that it was my paper in Modern Physics Review that caught his attention.

Last year, when my parents came to bring me back to Texas, I told them that my place was here, helping to fight demons. Was that still the case? So much had happened since then and I'm not sure the joy I feel in helping is worth the pain anymore. Could I feel happier helping the world in a different way?

And if I leave, that's the same as saying I've given up on my relationship with Charles. Is that fair to do to him after he killed Professor Seidel for me? But did he do it for me? I mean, completely for me? Even if he did, should gratitude be the reason I give up my dreams?

What would happen if I told Mr. Stark that I still wanted to study supernatural things? Does he know about them or would he think I'm crazy? Maybe Lorne would be willing to help.

An hour later…

Huh, I never heard about that Gene Rainy guy who almost stopped time a couple years ago. Wonder why nobody ever mentioned him to me. Then again, why would Lorne and Angel have been the only ones to go after him? Maybe it was during that time when Angel was kind of crazy.

Certainly looks like Mr. Stark is interested in that research. More interested than he is in mine? And why does that make me feel insecure? Shouldn't the idea of him leaving me alone be what I want?

If it hadn't been for us going back to our teen days last night, would Charles and I have been able to work through things better? I just never thought he could kill a human being – even one that tried to hurt me. That's what I told Wesley, and I meant it when I said that's part of the reason I loved Charles. Now that it isn't true, what do I feel for him? What should I feel for him?

"Mr. Stark? If the offer still stands, I would like to try it…at least temporarily," I said, surprising him and myself, but not Lorne. "But only for a couple months. I don't want to sign any employment contracts that keep me there longer than that."

Maybe some time away will help me work out my feelings.

A/N: Not sure how I feel about this way of writing.

Tomorrow's (hopeful) fic: Giles/Leverage.