This is a snapshot of Will and Toby's life about fifteen years after season 4. It was written as part of a present for knittycat's 1 year anniversary of writing fic. Several of us wrote 365-word pieces from various 'verses to celebrate. I'll have you know it's very hard to write a piece that's exactly 365 words long. The song that inspired it is longer than the fic!

This is my declaration, in the face of Will's stupidity and all the trials Will and Toby must face: when love is present, nothing is impossible.


Toby kissed Daniel's head and wiped away the tears that lingered on his freckled cheeks. "It'll hurt for a while, darlin'," he said, tucking him close. "Are you sure you don't want me to get you a band-aid?"

"N-no," Daniel said, sniffing bravely. He inspected the skinned, raw flesh of his leg with macabre curiosity. "Daddy says it'll heal faster if I leave it open to the air."

Toby smiled. "I guess your daddy knows what he's talkin' about, sometimes. We'd best listen to him."

He helped Daniel hobble to their family's blanket, where Jordan was sorting through the picnic basket, and sat him down with Brad's folded-up sweatshirt under his knee. "At least I scored a run," Daniel said, smiling hopefully.

Jordan found the oatmeal cookies and passed him one, biting into her own. "Only one, before dinner," cautioned Toby.

"Sure, Papa," Jordan said. She leaned against his shoulder, and he put a hand around her slim teenage waist, feeling her pulse, her willowy limbs, mid-transition from childhood to adulthood, and watched Daniel eat his cookie. How had they become so grown-up?

"You know, I thought for sure Brad's team was going to lose," said Jordan, leaning back on her elbows in the early evening twilight, "but maybe with your run, Danny, they've got a fighting chance."

"Daddy's up to bat!" Daniel yelled suddenly, sitting forward, his knee forgotten. He clapped, sounding far too assured for a young man of ten. They all put their hands together and cheered as Will stepped up to the plate. He smiled and waved at them, tapping the bat in the dirt before his feet.

Will had never been a good softball player, but somehow he managed to get a hit, and they all stood and clapped as he made his way to first, then second base - before getting tagged out by Andi. He returned to their blanket with a kiss and a sheepish grin for Toby. The kids high-fived their dad.

"Looks like we're going to lose after all," Daniel said with a cheerful shrug.

"Not even close," murmured Toby, burying his face in his husband's neck. "We won a long time ago."

There was a man back in '95
Whose heart ran out of summers
But before he died, I asked him
Wait, what's the sense in life
Come over me, Come over me
He said, son why you got to sing that tune
Catch a Dylan song or some eclipse of the moon
Let an angel swing and make you swoon
Then you will see, you will see

Then he said here's a riddle for you
Find the answer
There's a reason for the world
You and I

Picked up my kid from school today
Did you learn anything cause in the world today
You can't live in a castle far away
Now talk to me, come talk to me
He said Dad I'm big but we're smaller than small
In the scheme of things, well we're nothing at all
Still every mother's child sings a lonely song
So play with me, come play with me

And hey Dad, here's a riddle for you
Find the answer
There's a reason for the world
You and I

I said son for all I've told you
When you get right down to the
Reason for the world
Who am I?

There are secrets that we still have left to find
There have been mysteries from the beginning of time
There are answers we're not wise enough to see
He said you looking for a clue, I love you free

The batter swings and the summer flies
As I look into my angel's eyes
A song plays on while the moon is hiding over me
Something comes over me

I guess we're big and I guess we're small
If you think about it man you know we got it all
Cause we're all we got on this bouncing ball
And I love you free
I love you freely

Here's a riddle for you
Find the answer
There's a reason for the world
You and I