speaking of angus's family: angus being lup and barry's kid is such a good idea even if it's obvs not canon... like he's the right age... a very smart magic boy... the memory of his grandfather's name died long before he was born... his dnd race is never mentioned... please consider barry just dropping to his knees to hug the kid he now knows is his son as soon as he gets his memories back
Listen, listen, you are in luck because I saw a ficlet going around the other day which is exactly this feeling and I am going to send it your way it’s adorable and you’re going to love it I promise because it’s adorable.
But also, consider: even in completely non-au terms this is a possibility. Angus McDonald absolutely, without a doubt, gets seven new parents after Story and Song (more than that, even, because Kravitz and Ren and all of the BoB are around and they’re not about to be left out). He’s got rooms in houses all over Faerun. Magnus coaches his soccer team, Lucretia reads him bedtime stories, Taako and Lup make him lunch to bring to school.
Barry hasn’t dealt much with kids in the past, but there’s something about this kid that just clicks - he thinks it’s something about how curious Angus is, how excited he is to learn new things, and that’s something Angus has in common with Barry. Barry remembers being Angus’s age and seeing all of the mysteries of the world around him and being excited at the prospect of one day knowing all of the answers. He still feels that way sometimes, especially when Angus comes running through the door after school chattering a mile a minute about some new theory or discovery. He’s never too busy to listen to everything Angus has to say and ask questions until Lup forces food in front of them because it’s been hours already and, in her words, they “need sustenance to fuel the nerd-chat.” And this is new, they’ve had years without each other, they still have so much to learn about each other, but it’s a good kind of new. It grows into a warm kind of familiar, a comfortable new presence. In time, it’s difficult to remember that they didn’t always have each other.
Lup once taught Barry about the importance of hugs, and it’s a lesson that Barry passes on to Angus at every opportunity. Every time he comes in with a perfect score from a big test, or on days when he’s quiet and sad, or any time he walks through the door after he’s been away for a while Barry gives him the best kind of hug - sincere and close, with a feeling that’s just like home. Angus is his kid, too, because Barry has also learned that the family you find is as real as any family you’re given.