That night you rehearsed what you were going to say to Hawks, it wasn’t going to be a straight out lie but just some… half truths, to protect you and your family.
The next morning Hawks waited for you at the elevator, anxious to see you and make sure you were ok.
Just as he saw you enter the building he was called by the receptionist.
“HAWKS!” She called down the hall. “CALL ON LINE TWO FOR YOU!”
“Yeah, ok.” He called back, making eye contact with you as you approached him. “Morning chicken.” He said gently in his usual friendly voice. “How you goin’?”
“I-I’m ok…. thanks.” You replied softly, looking down at the ground.
“Hey listen, I gotta take a call but I’ll be down to see you in a sec, yeah?” He said gently.
“Ok.” You nodded.
He walked past you, heading for the reception desk and you watched him walk away. Those feathers were a sight to behold.
You entered the lift and went down to your office.
“Hawks here.” The winged hero said as he picked up the phone.
“Hawks, I’m coming around with updates on the case.” The voice said from the other end of the line.
“Ohhh it’s you Prez.” The winged hottie said in a laid back voice. “Well, I don’t have a choice then do I, so I’ll see you soon.”
The president of the Public Safetly Commission sighed as she hung up.
“Boss is on her way in,” He commented dryly to the receptionist. “Show her into the conference room and page me when she gets here.”
“Yes, Hawks.” The receptionist said.
“I’ll be at the payroll office.” He added with a smirk. “Got important business with the officer there.”
“I see.” The receptionist replied, quirking an eyebrow.
Hawks didn’t say any more and turned away, heading off down the hall and to your room.
“Sorry about that chicken.” The golden eyed dynamite said as he wandered into your office and plopped down in the chair, lounging back as soon as his backside hit the seat.
“T-that’s ok.” You replied, looking down at your desk.
“You ok?” He asked, sitting up and leaning forward onto the desk.
“M-my…” your voice caught in your throat.
“Calm it Y/N, just say it like you rehearsed, breathe…”
Hawks got up and walked around to your side of the desk, reaching out and wiping away a sole tear that rolled down your cheek.
“Oh shit I’m crying already?! How embarrassing!!”
“Hey…” he said softly as he crouched down so that he could make eye contact with you. “You’re hurting really bad Y/N, don’t force yourself… did he, your dad, walk out on you and your mum?”
You nodded, sniffing slightly. It’s what you had intended to tell Hawks anyway, technically your dad had walked out on you two.
“M….mum isn’t taking it too well…” you whispered.
“And what about you?” He asked softly, gently taking your chin on the broad side of his finger and lifting your face slightly.
Another tear rolled down your cheek as your eyes met his, your quivering bottom lip melting his heart.
“You’re making me want to protect you with everything I have.” He whispered just under his breath as his gaze shifted from your left eye to your right then down to your lips.
“Uh… Hawks?” The receptionist said from your office doorway.
Hawks pulled a face and let your chin go as he looked over to the receptionist, still crouched in front of you.
You were so embarrassed you couldn’t look at the lady who had just caught you two in an… interesting position.
“You found me.” Hawks deadpanned to the receptionist, “that was quick.”
“I’m sorry, I tried to page you but you didn’t respond so I came down…..”
“Boss is here then I assume?” He sighed as he stood up.
“Yes, she is, she’s in the conference room.” The receptionist replied, glancing at you.
“Ok. Thanks.” Hawks replied.
The receptionist nodded and turned away, walking out the door.
“Sorry Y/N, I have to go but I’ll be back.” He said softly.
You nodded sadly.
“Listen,” he said as he placed a hand gently on your head. “If you don’t want to work and you need somewhere to hide just come up to my office, it’s on level 3. My name is on the door.” He said. “Make yourself at home.”
He removed his hand and walked out, leaving you with a cocktail of feelings swirling in your gut.
“Should I go to his office? I feel like I really need him right now…”
Hawks entered the conference room and made eye contact with the hero council president.
“Make it quick, I was in the middle of something.” He said dryly as he walked over and sat down.
“He’s disappeared,” she said bluntly.
“Whaaaat?” Hawks jeered. “Your cream of the crop couldn’t catch him?” He added with a smirk.
“Unfortunately no.” She replied briskly. “We need you to find him for us. Did you have a chance to visit him the other week?”
“Sorry. I didn’t.” He replied bluntly, resting his cheek in his open palm.
“It’s imperative that he is found immediately, he and his family need to be controlled as quickly as possible before they cause any more trouble.” She said as she tapped the table to punctuate her words.
“What have they done?” Hawks asked, “I know what their relatives have done but what has this guy in particular done.”
“Well…. nothing yet but this is a necessary preventative measure we must take.” She said sternly.
“So this guy has disappeared and he’s left behind a wife and daughter correct?” He asked as he stood up.
“Correct.” She replied with a stiff head nod.
“Interesting.” Hawks mused. “You wouldn’t know this guys address would you?”
“No unfortunately.” She replied.
“Good job.” He replied sarcastically, “your boys are amazing.”
The president scowled but didn’t say anything.
“I’ll check it out.” He said as he turned and left.
“Father disappears, leaving wife and daughter behind… where have I heard this story before….” Hawks mused as he strolled up to his office on level 3.
As he neared his room he smirked.
“So she did come after all…”
He opened the door and walked in.
“Hey chicken…” he said jovially as he entered.
“Y-you don’t seem surprised to see me?” You commented.
“Feathers, remember?” He chuckled, “knew you were here.”
“O-oh…” you said softly as he approached you.
He stopped in front of you and you looked up at him bashfully. He tenderly brushed a piece of your fringe back from your forehead.
“I care about you Y/N, I want you to feel like you can tell me anything.” He said.
“He’s almost talking like he knows what’s going on?”
“Come and sit down a minute.” He said as he walked past you and sat down on a plush looking lounge along one of the walls in his office.
You turned and walked over, sitting down next to him.
He placed his hand gently on your knee, you could feel the heat rising in your face.
“H-HES TOUCHING ME!!”
“What’s your dads name Y/N? I’ll find him for you.” He said as his smoldering eyes met yours.
“O-oh uh n-no I-it’s ok…” you stammered.
“C’mon Y/N, I can at least bring closure for you and your mum…”
“No I… he was a manipulative person, although it hurts that he left it’s probably for the best.” You replied, trying to hold yourself together as Hawks gently stroked his fingers over your knee cap, his eyes watching you intently.
“I see.” He said as he removed his hand from your knee. “Emotional manipulation?” He asked as he leaned back against the couch and took his hand from your knee and stretched his arm out behind you, resting it along the backboard of the lounge.