...Mightier Than the Sword
A Fan Fiction Archive

by Jen

Rated G.
Disclaimer: I don't own these characters, Rysher does, yadda yadda yadda, I think we all know by now. Except for Julia Megan I get to take claim for her creation, or rather Rollie does, :-) *LOL* *Smirk*.
Summary: Rollie is left with a child he never knew he had, (ya, pretty typical in fanfic)
Classification: R/A friendship, ya it ends there

Part One

Cold was not the word to describe that morning, freeze your ass off was more like it. Rollie Tyler was feeling the New York winter as he made his way from his bedroom to the downstairs workshop. As he was coming downstairs he saw Angie coming in. She called to him.

"Rollie, did you know there was something left out in front of your door? I found it when I was coming in?"

"What was it?" He asked already walking over to the coffee maker without even looking in her direction.

"Oh I think you better come and take a look for yourself."

"God Ang, what could be so important that I have to see for myse…." He stopped as he came around the corner to find Angie holding a small girl in her arm, who couldn't have been anymore than a year and a half. She had deep brown eyes that looked suspiciously familiar. The little hair she had seemed to match his own.

"Rol, you wanta explain some things to me?" Angie asked as she walked up to the stunned Aussie.

"Bloody hell." He said in a half whisper.

The little girl turned to him and met his gaze. Angie then handed him a sealed envelope that she had taken out of the girl's jacket pocket. The front read "Mr. Rollie Tyler" in neat undescript printing. He opened it up and pulled out a folded sheet of typing paper. Rollie began to read out loud,

"Dear Mr. Tyler,
This is your daughter Julia Megan. She is eighteen months old. Her
mother recently died in a car accident. She was left to me, as I am
her aunt. I however am unable to take care of her. My sister told
me several times that you are her father, I'm not completely sure of
how true this is, but I was left with no other choice. She did say
that you would probably not remember her, as your relationship was
quite brief. I felt the only thing for me to do was to leave Julia
with you. Please feel free to run blood tests if you are not convinced.
Julia has been well cared for through her life, and she is quite a
delight really. I am sorry that I had to leave her, but I feel you can
give her a better life. I hope to someday come back and see her. Please
do not try and find me, I've taken great pains to make sure you do not.
She has no medical problems and she has had all immunizations for her
age. Take care of her.

P.S. Don't be surprised if she knows who you are, her mother never kept
you a secret. Her first word was Daddy."

"Rol, do you have any memory of this?" Angie asked.

"No. I.... I mean, I can't remember anyone, from eighteen months or I guess more than that now."

"I didn't think you were the type for one night stands."

"I'm not. I don't think I've ever had one. If I did I think it would stick out in my memory."

"I suppose you should have the blood test then, if there's any doubt in your mind."

"How could I not be her father? I mean look at her."

Angie looked at the girl's face, and had to admit there was more than just a slight similarity. "I suppose you do look alike, but I want you to do it just to be sure."


"And if it turns out positive? What are you planning on doing?"

"WHEN it turns out positive, I'm going to see about what I legally have to go through to become her guardian."

"What?! Rollie you can't be serious. What do you know about raising kids? Have you looked around this place, not exactly childproof is it?" Angie blurted out, but then regretted when she saw his hurt expression. "I mean, shouldn't you think about this more?" She asked a little more sympathetically.

"Ang, I don't need to think about it anymore. If she's my daughter, well I can't imagine giving her away to some agency where I don't know that she'll ever wind up in a home. I mean even though she wouldn't have a typical family with me, at least I'd always be here and it would be one place to call home." He replied surprising even himself with his very sudden paternal feelings for this girl who had now fallen asleep in Angie's arms.

"Well even though I may not agree with you, I will support whatever you decide to do. And I don't want you to think that I think that you would be a horrible father, that's not it at all. I just worry that you are being too...impulsive on this." She said meaning every word of it. She wanted to be there for him. It was just so hard to picture Rollie with....a child. "Well I guess you two should start getting to know each other so.." She handed the girl over to Rollie, she immediately woke up and looked at him with a thoughtful expression.

"Dada." She said as she pointed at him and smiled. She then lay back against him and went back to sleep. 'Oh ya' he thought 'This is definitely going to be fun.'

end notes:
1)Julia Megan is named after two of my close friends, Julia W. and Megan
2)All that setup that tops the story is the general format for XF fanfic, I'm just used to typing it out that way.

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