Oct. 13th, 2005

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I wrote fic...and it's not about Milliways.

Title: Yizkor
Author: Catch22Girl
Summary: Sarah was the good Jew. Post-s3
Disclaimer: Not mine. Belong to FOX and Real Time Productions.
Note: Yizkor translates to "may He remember" - Prayers said on 4 occassions during the year in honor of the dead.

Sarah was the good Jew. She went to temple while Adam studied and practiced Torah while Adam played Sega. After his 13th birthday, Adam went non-practicing and only had his Bar Mitzvah because of the presents and chances for large checks. Sarah, however, kept attending temple. It made their mom, a cantor at a local reform synagogue, very happy. Adam's non-practicing status did not stop his mom from leaving answering machine messages or e-mails about how she hoped to see him this week at services.

He was dating a Catholic girl at the time of Sarah's death, Mary, who took him to church with her the Sunday after everything. But he didn't feel anything. Even through the funeral he was stoic, putting his arm around his mom, reciting his memories of Sarah, watching her husband throw in the first shovel of dirt.

It wasn't until Yom Kippur, when his mom lit the Yahrzeit candle for Sarah next to the one for his grandfather that the reality of her death set in. Next morning, he went to temple with his dad, the first time he'd attended a high holy day service in years. And as he went through the day of prayer and atonement, he confessed his own sins and admitted to himself that he felt partly responsible for Sarah's death. As he said the prayer for martyrs, he included everyone that died, regardless of blood or religious affiliation.

Last night his mother took out a third candle. "This is for those that died in the hotel," she whispered to him, lighting the match and saying a few words in Hebrew.

"I won't forget," Adam said in return.


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