Things and Stuff
James felt his heart breaking even more as his youngest son sobbed into his chest. He softly rubbed his son's back as he looked over him and saw Lucy was also in tears. When the phone rang, James lowered his head, gazing towards the top of Thomas' as his thoughts were brought back to Gwen. He wasn't sure how he could leave Thomas when the boy was so upset, but he also knew he had to go to the hospital. What if the overdose was too severe and he never got to be there in his sister's final moments? James slowly shook his head. Elijah was locked up back in Dublin, Warren was dead and now it seemed possible he would lose Gwen too. James couldn't help but believe he was to blame for the suffering of his siblings. He only hoped his other half siblings, back in Italy, would never feel as compelled as Warren was to visit New York. Though after he breaks the news to Rayna, he suspected none of his mother's side of the family would ever want to anything to do with him again anyway. He wouldn't be surprised if Rayna blamed him too.
Lucy soon returned with the news Gwen was going to be okay. James let out a long, relieved breath at the news. He knew he would have a lot to talk about with Gwen once she was out of hospital, but for now he was both relieved and too exhausted to consider how he was going to make sure she got off the drugs for good. He nodded in understanding when Lucy made it clear they should let Gwen get some rest rather than going down to the hospital to see her yet. Lucy left Thomas with James whilst she and the rest went to the kitchen to prepare some food. Dinner was the last thing James wanted, but he understood the kids at least needed feeding before bed.
"Love you too, mate," James told Thomas, continuing to hug the boy until he moved back. Looking to his son's grieving face, James couldn't help but think how something as minute as a minute had been what decided whether Thomas lost an uncle or a father that evening. Whilst James wished it had been himself rather than Warren who had perished, he knew Thomas would have been even more devastated to lose his father. Whilst the boy was clearly upset about losing Warren, James knew it was even more traumatic to lose a father. Yet again, the man was reminded of how much time he spent away from home and how much of Thomas' life he'd had to dip in and out of for the sake of the business. James didn't have much of a childhood because of his own father's mob ties, so it brought it back home that Thomas was losing out too. James needed more time with his family while he could still get it.
"You know, Warren really loved you, Thomas," James spoke to the boy, managing a brief smile. "Since he ended up in hospital the other week, Benji's been passed from guard to guard outside. Poor dog isn't getting the same attention Warren always gave him, is he? I think your uncle would want you to take care of his dog. What do you think, Thomas?" James proposed.
Bella:D (Thomas, Lucy)