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Heart Attack [Feb. 7th, 2010|06:41 pm]
Paradigm Shift

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[caden_fan]
Title: Heart Attack
Author: caden_fan
Rating: PG for one swears
A/N: Caden loves his Peyton.



The ribs at the grocery store were never as good as the ones from the butcher. John dug through them anyway, looking for something acceptable. They'd lost track of time at the zoo and the butcher closed at noon on Sundays, but John had promised Caden that he'd cook ribs tonight, so prepackaged product of USA/Canada/Australia/Mexico ribs would have to do. He flipped one package into the cart and was searching for another when he heard Caden call, "Daddy, we need you!"

John looked up and saw Caden two aisles down, eyes big and arms waving frantically. "Hurry, Daddy!" He dropped the package in his hand and ran, pulling an epi-pen out of his pocket as he dodged the other shoppers. Had there been citrus in something from the sample tables? Rodney usually skipped those for that very reason, but surely it couldn't be a reaction to lunch this late?

Caden had disappeared down an aisle when he spotted John running, but he was easy enough to find, hanging on the side of a cart next to Rodney. John ran up behind Rodney, taking him by the shoulders and pulling gently. "I've got you, Rodney. Sit down and I've got a pen - "

Rodney pulled away, objecting. "What? What are you talking about?"

Caden grabbed a box out of the cart and thrust it towards John. "Look, Daddy!"

"Caden, back off, I'm trying to help Papa here."

"Who isn't in need of any that sort of help right now, thank you." Rodney answered.

John took a closer look and saw that indeed, Rodney wasn't pale or shaky or having trouble breathing. In fact, he looked just fine. "Someone," John said, pointedly looking at Caden, "was yelling for me like there was an emergency."

"Daddy, I'm trying to tell yous." Caden handed him the box. Cereal. Okay. Wheaties. With a football player on it. John was still trying to adjust to the fact that Rodney wasn't dying before his eyes. "Daddy, Peyton is on the Wheaties and there are only two boxes left. We need more!"

"Peyton. On the Wheaties box. That's what you called me for."

"Yes. Can we go to the other store and see if they have more, please, we have to!" Caden was practically vibrating.

John was livid. "Caden, you scared the hell out of me!"

"John. The offspring is merely being enthusiastic."

John turned to Rodney and bit back a retort. Instead, jaw set, he paced away, counting to ten in Ancient. He felt a hand on his shoulder.

"Hey, you're really upset." Rodney was quiet.

"I only thought you were dead. No big deal?" John snarked.

"Well, yeah, we can let that be a big deal. But, um, over it yet?" Rodney asked.

"Not quite. I'm still harboring thoughts of burying your child in one of those Wheaties boxes where no one will find him."

"Okaay. Shall my child and I take the truck home and you can maybe go for a run and meet us there?"

John took a deep breath. "Nah. I'll let him live."

"Good of you."

There was a tug on his jeans and John looked down. Caden's big eyes melted the rest of the panic-adrenaline pumping his system. "Daddy, are you mad at me? I'm sorry."

John hefted Caden onto his hip. "Nope. Not mad."

"Then can we go gets more Wheaties?"
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Comments:
[User Picture]From: littlebuttercup
2010-02-08 03:50 am (UTC)
AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW.

I needed that, lol.

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[User Picture]From: caden_fan
2010-02-08 04:38 am (UTC)
Hee, you and me both. :: huggles ::
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[User Picture]From: mangst
2010-02-08 06:49 am (UTC)
Caden!!!! I've missed that little guy. :)
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[User Picture]From: caden_fan
2010-02-09 05:01 am (UTC)
Me too! Thanks for reading.
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[User Picture]From: wanted_a_pony
2010-02-08 05:10 pm (UTC)
Aaawww. I think Caden needs a little talk about "What things are really an emergency"... & John needs a bigger talk about "What things are really important to a little kid." And then Laura needs to keep the little kid overnight & shoo the big kids off for a cuddle together! :-)

This was a nice way to start the week. Thanks for writing & sharing!
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[User Picture]From: caden_fan
2010-02-09 05:02 am (UTC)
Thanks for reading!
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[User Picture]From: psyko_kittie
2010-02-09 12:21 am (UTC)
AWE!! How I've missed this little 'verse!
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[User Picture]From: caden_fan
2010-02-09 05:03 am (UTC)
Thanks for reading! I take it no one here would complain if I dust off my ps_verse folder and post a few things that haven't seen the light of day yet?
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[User Picture]From: helenkacan
2010-02-09 11:22 pm (UTC)
::starts up a cheer::

FIC FIC FIC
GO TEAM GO
WIN WIN WIN

Um, well, you get the drift.
Our boys and kids are always a terrific combination!
Thanks for showcasing John's eternal concerns for people he cares about. And - hee - the meat of generic unspecified origin. Yuck!
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[User Picture]From: caden_fan
2010-02-10 03:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks for reading!

That meat squicks me big time. I would just rather have hamburger that hasn't already spent days on a boat or something. ;)
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[User Picture]From: sandyurbahns
2010-02-10 06:58 pm (UTC)
Yes, Yes, PLEASE, PLEASE, all I could think about during the Super Bowl was...What is Caden thinking? How is he doing? I pity both John and Rodney right now. I really miss the little guy.
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[User Picture]From: caden_fan
2010-02-11 02:48 pm (UTC)
lol, me too. I'm sure it wasn't a pretty evening.
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[User Picture]From: sandyurbahns
2010-02-17 08:37 pm (UTC)
Going through your Caden folder, did you happen to find the second part to "The Legacy" I've been waiting years for that story to appear. Please, Please!
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[User Picture]From: caden_fan
2010-02-22 01:28 am (UTC)
::drags toe in the sand::

Uh, well, you caught me there. The "new" second half as opposed to the "second half I wrote and SOMEONE beta'd and didn't believe a word of" (and she was right) is still in my head. I re-promise to write it down and post it, sooner, rather than later.
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[User Picture]From: outsideth3box
2010-02-10 12:26 am (UTC)
Yow! I can hear poor John's heart thudding from here!

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[User Picture]From: caden_fan
2010-02-10 03:18 pm (UTC)
It is kinda noticeable, isn't it? Poor guy.

Thanks for reading!
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[User Picture]From: goddess47
2010-02-10 12:41 am (UTC)
Awww.....

Kids with one track minds.... LOL

Fun! And, well, if you have more, I suspect that would be AWESOME!
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[User Picture]From: caden_fan
2010-02-10 03:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks for reading!

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[User Picture]From: silver_cyanne
2010-02-10 05:29 am (UTC)
Awww boys! All three of them. Nice to see you writing in this universe again, I've missed them too.
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[User Picture]From: caden_fan
2010-02-10 03:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks for reading! I'll dig out the folder this weekend and see what's presentable!
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[User Picture]From: skeddy_kat
2010-02-10 11:02 pm (UTC)
Hooray! Glad to see more and to hear that there is more coming. The Superbowl got my hopes up. I went back and did some rereading, hoping a little more might appear.
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[User Picture]From: caden_fan
2010-02-11 02:49 pm (UTC)
So you're that voice in my head! ::sidles away::

Thanks for reading!
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