Marty gets a letter from Doc telling him he's bringing his family back to the future. However, once Doc gets back, Marty sees that he's behaving unusually. In spite of himself, he starts to wonder if others are right and their friendship cannot survive this change.
This fanfiction contains the following tropes:
- Berserk Button: when Needles says that Doc "tried to kill" Marty in the incident where he nearly caught the train, Doc punches him. Afterward, he lampshades it, saying that Needles "touched a very raw nerve."
- Big Brother Worship: Jules and Verne "follow [Marty] around like ducks."
- Blunt Metaphors Trauma: Clara is confused by George's statement that he is "apparently a master at eating his own feet."
- Call-Back: the plot is related to Marty nearly being run over by the train in the third film.
- Death Glare: Doc glares Biff into submission after the latter protests his punching Needles.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Clara, Jules, and Verne don't know a lot about the twenty-first century, because they've never been there.
- Full-Name Ultimatum: When Marty storms away after saying that Doc doesn't care about him anymore, Doc yells, "Martin Seamus McFly, you get back here!"
- It's All My Fault: Doc blames himself for nearly causing Marty's death because he told him the wrong time to set.
- Like a Son to Me: Doc tells Marty that he loves him "like [he was his] own son" after The Reveal.
- Man Hug: Doc and Marty hug several times, culminating in one last hug after the reveal.
- MayDecember Romance: Doc and Clara's age difference is highlighted when George thinks Clara is Doc's stepdaughter.
- Meaningful Name: Jules and Verne's middle names are Marty's aliases — Jules Clint and Verne Calvin.
- Ordered Apology: Verne tells his father to apologize to Needles for hitting him.
- Out-of-Context Eavesdropping: Marty accidentally overhears Doc and Clara arguing while getting a drink.Clara: Emmett, you have to tell Marty.Doc: I can't. He won't understand.Clara: Emmett, he's your best friend.Doc: Even so — Clara, I just want to forget the whole thing. All of it. As long as Marty doesn't mention it, I won't.Clara: But he deserves to know!Doc: No. It's over with. That's all. I don't want to talk about it.
- My Beloved Smother: Marty thinks Clara gets too nervous about his interaction with her sons, although he cuts her some slack since she's new to the time period.
- Open Mouth, Insert Foot: Not knowing about the age gap between Doc and Clara, George asks where "Mrs. Brown" is. He's mortified when he finds out that Clara is Doc's wife and apologizes profusely.
- The Reveal: Marty thinks Doc wants to break up their friendship and simply doesn't want to tell him just yet. Actually, Doc thought Marty had been killed when the train hit the Delorean, because he had said the wrong time to set. When he saw that he had survived, he "just wanted to forget the whole thing."
- Write Back to the Future: Doc sends another cross-decade letter telling Marty about his plans and sending him some family documents it wouldn't do for a historian to find.