Characters: Mother Maria Lane, Dee, mentions Jess.
Setting: The beginning of Vol. 6, Act 18.
Summary: Mother Maria Lane watches over her newest charge.
Written Using: The tw100 prompt ‘Bundle’.
Disclaimer: I don’t own FAKE, or the characters. They belong to the wonderful Sanami Matoh.
A/N: This one’s a triple drabble.
It was the early hours of the morning, and Mother Maria Lane had barely slept. She knew she should, she had other children who needed her too, but gazing at the precious bundle cradled in her arms, she knew she wasn’t about to set this little one down in his crib just yet. He’d had such a bad start in life; he needed to know he was safe now, with someone who loved him and would protect him.
The doctors at the hospital had estimated he was no more than a day or two old, quite possibly less than that. What kind of person would just abandon an innocent, helpless baby? He wasn’t even left somewhere he’d easily be found, like on a doorstep, or outside a hospital, just dumped in a filthy alley, amid the garbage and the rats. It was a miracle he’d even been found. He could have died there, cold, unloved, and alone. There was no excuse for treating any child that way.
Unfortunately, it was unlikely the mother would ever be traced; there’d been nothing but a filthy, stained sheet with the baby. Jess had said he doubted the forensics experts would be able to get any usable evidence from it, especially as they had no way of knowing whether the sheet had been left with the baby or if it had already been in the alley and the baby had just been left on it.
Holding her new charge closer, Mother Lane smiled down at his sleeping face. She couldn’t change the way he’d entered this world, or get justice for him, but there was one thing she could do. She could make sure he never had any reason to doubt that he was loved.
“I’ll always be here for you, Dee. I promise.”