Author's Notes:
Written for Challenge 405: Remorse at tw100.

Spoilers: Exit Wounds.

This one has two versions, drabble and double drabble.

Summary: Jack has some final words for his brother.

Drabble Version

“I’m sorry,” Jack said quietly. “I know it’s too little too late, you have every right to hate me, but I can’t change what happened. I wish I could, for your sake.”

There was no reply, but he wasn’t expecting one, the man he was speaking to could no longer hear, let alone speak. Still, these things had to be said.

“I should’ve tried harder, I was supposed to protect you but I failed, I let you down, and I’ll never forgive myself for that.”

Jack closed the morgue drawer, shutting his brother away; all he had left was remorse.

The End



Extended Version

“I’m sorry,” Jack said quietly, standing by the morgue drawer. “I know it’s too little too late, and you have every right to hate me, but I can’t change what happened. I wish I could, for your sake. You didn’t deserve what was done to you.”

There was no reply, but he wasn’t expecting one, considering that the man he was pouring his heart out to was no longer able to hear, let alone speak. Still, these things had to be said; he’d been waiting a very long time to say them.

“I should have tried harder. I was supposed to protect you, keep you safe, but I failed. I let you down and I’ll never forgive myself for that. I wish there was something, anything, I could do to help you, but there isn’t, not now. Maybe one day there will be, but until then all I can do is keep you from harming yourself or anyone else. I love you, Gray, I always will, and I forgive you.”

Jack closed the drawer, shutting his brother away, possibly forever. He used to hope that some day he’d find Gray and rescue him; now all he had left was remorse.

The End