"He will turn the
hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of
children to their fathers."
So this isn't what I wanted for the Father's Day
issue. However, a wrist injury has meant limiting my
typing. Hopefully by next time, that'll be
mended! For right now, I have a list of more tropes
that appear in Dyeland stories. I've saved a bunch for
"rainy days" such as this and picked the ones most related
to fatherhood. Because they're so related, some
mom-related tropes snuck in, too. Then I just picked a
couple of my favorite dad-centric story scenes from Dyeland
stories and re-posted them here since copying and pasting is
easier on the ol' wrist than typing. By next time, I
should be back with all new material!
Dyeland Dad Tropes
Dad- Vincent. Still. He may not be
fighting off bad guys like he did in his younger years but
Vincent still comes running when he has reason to believe any
of his kids or his wife are in danger.
Peer Parent- Max and Violeta have them. Granted,
Andrew isn't really their peer because he's ancient but he
appears to be too young to have fathered them. JenniAnn
is younger still yet mothers them both.
Dad- Max again. His birth father neglected him,
misused his money, abandoned him, and then shot Max's adoptive
mother. I think Max might have preferred to take his
chances with Darth Vader. Also, while not his father,
Behnam was mostly raised by his unnamed uncle who he despised
for his cruelty and, ultimately, killed to save Isra.
Children Raise You- To some extent, Shelby is this for
Andrew and JenniAnn who, in turn, helped Vincent out.
Shelby was still a toddler when her parents were killed in a
car accident leaving her and her brother orphaned. After
a brief and disheartening stint with foster care, they ended
up Below and, due to little Shelby's regular colds, she
started spending time with JenniAnn at Willowveil. Then
Andrew would come around to visit. Repeatedly, Shelby
caused Andrew and JenniAnn to act more as a unit and less as
individuals which ultimately gave them confidence enough to
raise Belle together. With Vincent, lil JenniAnn/Psyche
helped push him out of his reticence and paranoia and into a
full-blown relationship with Catherine. Finally, Zany
helped Eric to grow up and give up on his narcissism.
Parents- Is the character regularly recurring in Dyeland
stories? Do they have children? If yes, chances
are they're this. I only write bad parents in hindsight
or as barely there characters.
by Rape- While very sad, I've tried to offer an
optimistic spin on this trope. In "Safe," we learn that
Jonah was conceived in rape. It tormented him but he was
blessed with a father figure in Ben Hendricks. In turn,
Jonah was a great father to his kids. The first Eleora
(in "Shadowlands") was conceived during the Nephilim's reign
of terror and was lovingly welcomed by her mother, Odelya, and
the angel Elazer. While I never delved into her story
too much (yet), it's implied that she must have had a pretty
great life because the current Eleora's parents surely
wouldn't have named her after a deeply tragic person.
Given what was going on, it's safe to assume that a lot of the
secondary characters who left Earth with Reuel were conceived
in rape. That they were saved before the Great Flood
indicates that they were all moral people who found favor with
Girl- Belle is definitely this although she loves her
Mama, too. Since she's a bit older now, Shelby is less
so with Andrew than she used to be but still loves and admires
him. Kim tells me Joy will likely be this. Both
Kendra and Hailey are close with their dad, Zeke. And
while past thirty years old, JenniAnn will still request
Vincent read to her and never goes more than a day or two
without seeing him. ALL the girls tend to be this way
with Joshua. Violeta can be particularly demonstrative
Guy Junior- Galen Jr. is named for his father who was
killed in a tunnel collapse before his birth. When Eliot
married Brittony, he adopted little Galen as his own.
Given Eliot and Galen Sr. were friends, it can be assumed
Eliot will help Brittony in telling Galen Jr. about his birth
Am Not My Father- Jonah built his life around this
trope. Whereas his birth father abused women, Jonah
became a police officer so he could protect them (and men and
children). He also helped ensure his own wife and kids
had a loving home life. In "Shadowlands," Max had a
nightmare in which he hit Rose because he was so fearful of
being like his father, Rex. Thankfully, Rose was able to
help Max see that he is NOT his father and never will
Am X, Son of Y- While it will go unnoticed by most, Fr.
Mike is actually doing this every time he introduces himself
using his full name because his surname, Solas, actually
stands for Son of Lewellyn and Sibyll. As mentioned
before, this is also how Davidson and Aaronson came to be used
by Joshua, Maryam, Yosef, and John.
Someone to Remember Him By- Vincent again. Cora
found out she was pregnant with him shortly after her husband,
Lor, was killed. Except for their eyes, Vincent and Lor
are very similar in appearance. This leads to Tell
Me About My Father years later when Cora and Vincent are
reunited. Vincent, who had feared he was a child of rape
or some other sort of abominable behavior, was very relieved
to learn that he was conceived by a very much in love
couple. Cora also put the permanent kibosh on Vincent's
concerns that he was abandoned via That
Thing is Not My Child! Cora was devastated when
she lost the son she dearly loved and wanted to raise.
Baby- Speaking of Lor, he was this. He was found
on the doorstep of Declan and Siobhan Cleary who were unable
to have children of their own. They absconded to the
woods where they lovingly raised their son.
a Son to Me- Andrew felt this way about Max and now
there's no "like" about it because he and JenniAnn legally
New Parent Nomenclature Problem- Max struggled with this
when it came to Andrew. He settled on Maja for JenniAnn
quickly enough but it took encouragement from Joshua for him
to feel comfortable with calling Andrew "Dad."
DNA Test- Arthur and Liam took a DNA test although
existing evidence already pointed to Arthur having fathered
the boy. Thankfully, both parties were quite happy
(after some initial awkwardness) when it turned out that they
were father and son.
Grandparent- With the exception of pre-revelation Doreen
Lee, I think all the grandparents who have surfaced in Dyeland
stories have been this. It especially benefits the
Dyeland kids because at least a few of them have ended up with
more than the standard 4 grandparents due to adoptions.
Vincent aka Appa goes so far as to supply two of his
grandchildren with a house and sees most of them several times
a week since he's also their teacher/principal.
Grandson- While likely not truly identical, Avi strongly
resembles his Appa Vincent.
Family Quirks- Like Andrew, Belle has very expressive
eye brows. JenniAnn paces anxiously in the same manner
as Vincent does.
"A...a boy," Irit whispered with tears in her eyes.
She placed the baby in his mother's waiting arms.
"Yeshua..." Maryam cooed.
Hearing his mother's voice and feeling her warmth, the baby
ceased his crying.
"Yosef, he... he..." Maryam's voice broke as her
emotions, all the love she felt for the tiny one,
"Is... is beautiful," Yosef finished, tears trailing down
his own face. "Yeshua..."
Maryam adoringly counted her son's fingers and toes.
She gently traced the contours of his sweet, little
face. She paused for a moment, noticing a small mark
on his temple. Smiling, she bent to kiss it then
dotted his face with more kisses.
"I love you, my own," she repeated as she began to carefully
wrap Yeshua so he would be comfortable and warm. As
she did, Maryam thought of the angel's visit. She had
been so astounded and then so pleased... the Messiah was
coming... he would be born to her. Maryam sighed
raggedly but then smiled again. The Messiah had,
indeed, come but that night he was simply her precious,
beautiful baby... hers and Yosef's and God's. And she
loved him with a depth she had never known.
"I love you high as the sky and back again," she murmured
then beamed at her husband.
Yosef kissed the boy's forehead. "I... I love you
across the earth and back again, Yeshua."
"Would... would you like to hold him?" Maryam offered.
Without thinking, Yosef nodded.
Maryam laid the baby in Yosef's arms then kissed him again.
Yosef noticed the strain on his wife's face.
"I am well," she assured. "Treasure these moments
with... with our... our son."
While Maryam delivered the afterbirth, Yosef obeyed her
command. He gazed down at their son... the child God
had entrusted to them. He thought of his dismay and
anger and heartbreak when Maryam had told him she was with
child. Yosef remembered, too, the nights he had laid
by her side, praying he would be able to love the child as
if he were his own.
Holding the boy, Yosef knew his worries had been in
vain. There was no child he could love as much as he
did the one in his arms, their Yeshua.
"I... I love you so, my... my Yeshu. I always will,"
Yosef huskily vowed.
After Irit and Sarai had tended to Maryam and gotten her
settled on sweet-smelling, fresh hay and linens, Yosef
returned Yeshua to her.
Without another word or disapproving look, the two women
left the little family alone.
Yosef kissed Maryam. "You did so well, my love.
So brave..." He looked at Yeshua again and
sighed. "Your eyes... he has your eyes. How
Maryam beamed. "We have been mightily blessed."
She peered up at the stars, including the one that shone so
brightly, and then turned her loving gaze upon Yeshua.
Yosef held his wife in his arms as she cradled their son and
sang to him.
“My soul and my spirit rejoice for now, my
own, you are here.
The Mighty One has done great
things, best of all brought you near.
My little one, my precious
one, to you these promises I make:
I will love you in the
daytime, in the nighttime, in the morn as you wake."
Tidings Part 2":
Sean was just letting himself fall into sleep, when
Kemara’s stomach moved under him. Blearily, he raised
his head, thinking that she needed his help to stretch
Her brown eyes were huge staring down at him. No. Not at
him...at her stomach.
“Did you feel that?”
Uncomprehending, Sean felt the motion again, a slight,
He shot bolt upright. “Was that-?”
He pushed up her nightgown and spread his hands across
“I think so!” Kemara concentrated, waiting to see if the
motion would reoccur.
It did - from the opposite side.
Kemara began to laugh and cry at the same time. She
wished she had a camera to capture Sean’s goggle-eyed
“Did you feel it that time?” she asked putting her hands
“Maybe. It was so light…” He slid down again and pressed
tiny kisses over her belly. “Daddy loves you,” he
Later that evening, following
another visit from her parents and Catherine, JenniAnn
held her breath as a nurse began to gently wash
"There, she likes it!" the woman cheered as she wiped
behind the baby's ears and neck. She dipped the
sponge in warm water then wrung it out some before
holding it out to JenniAnn. "You can do it," she
Andrew stepped nearer, affectionately squeezing JenniAnn
Life in the Tunnels, at Catherine's shelter, and in her
mom's in-home daycare had given JenniAnn multiple
opportunities to care for newborns. Still, each
new task with Annabelle made her nervous. She'd
never felt so responsible for another person in her
Andrew lowered his head, whispering directly into her
ear. "She's right. You can do this.
You're her mother."
Calming, JenniAnn nodded. Everything her parents,
Catherine, and Vincent had taught her came back to
mind. She bathed Annabelle gently and quickly,
waiting to wash her hair until nearly the end and
removing her diaper last.
Andrew watched JenniAnn's hands move so gently and
expertly. He realized with a start how truly new
this all was for him. For all but the last
fourteen years, his friends had mostly been angels and
humans in Heaven. He'd never been there as a
friend, as someone he loved so much, became a
mother. That didn't mean he hadn't thought of
it. He had dreams for all his friends, JenniAnn
included. He blushed as he remembered the first
years with her and how, sometimes, he'd wondered what it
would be like for them when she got married and had
children. Always he had envisioned himself as
looking in from outside of her family but now...
"Love, could you please grab a diaper and some clothes?"
JenniAnn requested as she patted Annabelle dry.
Snapping back to attention, the angel nodded. When
he had the diaper and a sleeper, he looked on with
admiration as JenniAnn cuddled their little one.
The nurse laughed softly when Annabelle set her hand on
JenniAnn's and let out a tiny sigh. "You did very
well, Mom. Look how content she is."
JenniAnn smiled kindly but could only nod. She was
overcome. Each new "first" made her feel more and
more like she was something beyond just being
JenniAnn. She was Annabelle's mother.
"I'll be on my way then. Let us know if you need
Andrew smiled appreciatively. "Will do.
Thank you, Karen."
Once the nurse was gone, Andrew stroked JenniAnn's
hair. "You wanna get her dressed?"
"Yeah." JenniAnn set Annabelle back in her
bassinet and unbundled her. While Andrew put the
diaper on, she caressed the shamrock-laden sleeper that
Kemara had sent along with Monica and Violeta.
When Andrew was ready, they got Annabelle into it and
"Today has.... it's been like a dream," JenniAnn
whispered as she picked Annabelle up.
"Yes. But a real dream," Andrew assured.
"And... and far better than any dream I've ever had."
JenniAnn snuggled against his shoulder.
Andrew rested his chin on her hair and wrapped his arms
around both of them. "Laja, I heard from God
earlier. I'm on leave until the 17th."
JenniAnn smiled. "I'm glad He believes in
The angel chuckled. "Also apparently sorority
leave... if that's a thing. Violeta's going to
stick around until the end of the month. And even
after the 17th, I'll be near. I have an assignment
in Manhattan for several weeks."
A tear slid down JenniAnn's cheeks. "He's really
watching out for us. I know He always is, of
course. But to have it be so obvious..." She
looked to the ceiling. "Thank You."
Andrew kissed her forehead. "You're tired," he
JenniAnn nodded. "I don't wanna lay her down...
but I would love a shower."
"I'll take her... happily."
JenniAnn smiled. "Knew you would." She
transferred Annabelle to Andrew then admired the sight
of them for a few moments before gathering her
things. She kissed them both then stepped into the
Once Andrew heard the water start, he sunk into the
recliner and gazed down at Annabelle. Sucking away
at her pacifier, she stared back up at him. The
"Annabelle," Andrew cooed.
The baby latched onto one of his fingers.
Andrew's eyes filled. "You know, I... I wanted
this so badly that at... at first I couldn't even say
it. Not even to God. Because if you went
away..." He shook his head. "From the first
moment I held you, I wanted you to be mine, baby
girl. And I know your mama feels the same.
We are so blessed. And I want you to hold onto
something. Even when you're older and it might be
hard to believe. But you have to hold onto this,
Annabelle. We will always love you. No
matter what. Even if you think we'll be angry...
even if we are angry... we'll still love you.
Nothing will change that. Ever. I... I meet
a lot of people who don't realize how loved they
are. I pray you'll never be like that.
La... Your mama and I will do everything we can to
make sure you always know this." He kissed her
hair. "You are God's beloved child... and ours,
Annabelle's face scrunched up.
Andrew laughed when a pungent aroma filled the
air. "I guess I was getting a little too
serious." He kissed her hair again then got up to
change her diaper.
Once she was cleaned up, they settled back into the
recliner. Andrew rocked and sang. "'Tell me
why the stars do shine. Tell me why the ivy
twines. Because God made the skies so blue.
Because God made you, that's why I love you.'"
As she drifted to sleep, Uncle Andrew prayed for a
peaceful, pain-free night for his Annabelle.
newsletter is dedicated to John Dye for giving me some
fun talks with my dad. He rather enjoys Best
of the Best. :-)
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