Todd hasn't been dealing well with the news
. He lied. He said he was coming back, and now he's not. All of that, just to abandon us again.
Molly was upset, sure, but her words stuck with Todd. That Dad deserved a rest. That he'd done enough.
But it was bullshit. Dad would never just accept rest, or even death. He was too noble. Too obsessed with his work. It had been one of the things between them after the reunion. He could never make time for Todd and Jenny, what with all his JSA business. I've lost more parents than most people have. Twice now.
He's tried the healthy ways of dealing. He's cried. He's talked. And Damon has been a wonderful help. But all this, the death, the failed revival, and most of all, the words of the Oans. That Todd and Jenny could bring Alan back. That all it took was the Willpower. Sure, Jenny hosted the Starheart, but it was Todd's fault that Dad wasn't back. Todd hadn't lent enough power. He was still too resentful, too bitter. Things had been better, sure. He'd forgiven Alan for most everything. But that didn't make the pain go away.
On some level, maybe Dad died because Todd wanted him to.
Maybe it really was...music?
Todd's contemplation is lost, as four distinct notes sound off from somewhere in the room. A room with no radio, no television, nothing.
A room with a floating silver ball.