Alan’s not so lucky. (tw character death)
JUST HEAR ME OUT.
THE HEART ATTACK IS FATAL, k?
Lora stays in DC instead of moving back ‘cause she can’t stay in the place
where she lost them both. Too many memories there. Roy sorta takes Sam in,
keeps tabs on him for her (Sam might as well have been her son, after all) as
much as he’s around.
Roughly in the same timeline
as Legacy, the city wants to flatten the area around the arcade to revitalise
the place and forces everyone to sell up.
So Sam goes one last time, to
get all his dad’s shit moved into storage (he knows what it meant to Alan,
understands now why he worked so hard. Roy told him about the trust fund Alan
had set up for Flynn Lives in the first year, how it’s all that keeps the
organisation running - Alan’s funding and Roy’s tireless hard work. He tells
him who ISOlatedThinker was, since nobody else but Lora can know.) and while
he’s clearing the place out he shifts the Tron machine.
Suddenly everything falls
Losing Alan taught him not to
be so reckless, as tough as it was (still is) - he saw what it did to Lora, was
old enough to understand about losing Alan what he hadn’t understood about his
dad. Besides - there was no chance of ever bring Alan back.
He understood what’d happen
to the people who cared about him. So when the laser prompt pops up, he hits N
instead. Takes a look around. Remembers what Lora is working on, vaguely
recognises the laser. Remembers his dad’s stories about Tron and the grid.
He thanks Alan for keeping
the power running at the arcade for all these years, because maybe - just
maybe - there’s hope.
When he goes in and finds his dad - old
and grizzled, like Alan never got to be - he’s almost resentful but so, so
glad he’s alive. He recognises Tron’s voice, when Rinzler tackles him to the
floor, because he misses Alan enough to clutch at straws.
He still tells Kevin that
Alan sent him, because in a way he did. Kevin laughs it off, fond memory shadowing the name. “Bradley?”
They make it off-grid, all
three of them. Sam insists on going back for Tron.
doesn’t really understand why he’s so adamant - at least, not ‘til long after Sam
comes back off the grid again, cradling Tron half-alive in his arms, looking
much more distraught than Kevin thinks he ought to, considering Sam doesn’t actually
know the guy.
Sam calls Roy up, insisting that he comes to
the arcade now and to ask Lora to
fly home asap (but also to tell her it’s nothing to worry about - she’s had
more than her fair share of stressed out flights). He tells him to tell Lora
that Alan was right (Kevin finally, finally notices the odd way his son’s voice
catches when he says his godfather’s name) and when Roy asks, “About
what?” he just smiles wryly over at Quorra taking care of Tron.