A/N: We say Goodbye to Tommy in this chapter, I've left it open enough for him to come back in the future if it makes sense. Hope you guys like it, et me know what you think :)
They spent the next day playing with Tommy. They wanted to remind him of his parents, so he didn't lose his memory of them, but also, they didn't want him to be too emotional and sad. It was difficult for Erin and Jay to talk about them because Tommy was so young, they first had to explain to him the concept of death and dying before they could tell him that he would never see his parents again. He had heard the gun firing and was scared of the loud noise but didn't equate it with danger and death. After they had struggled through those conversations, Tommy didn't leave their sides much for the remainder of the day and slept in their bed again on Tuesday night as he was afraid that Erin and Jay would also leave and never come back. When the three of them walked into intelligence on Wednesday, Tommy was clutching his bunny, feeling unsettled as he left the safe surroundings of Erin and Jay's apartment. Walking through the precinct was difficult, as everyone said hi to Erin and Jay, Erin felt Tommy's grip tighten on her hand, clearly indicating his discomfort with strangers. Even once they walked into the bullpen which was filled with people that Tommy was familiar with, Tommy's grip did not lessen. Jay was just going to be doing paperwork, so they brought up a second chair to Jay's desk, so that Tommy could sit and colour while Jay worked. They set the little boy up with lots of sheets of paper and with a pencil case full of crayons, but he only looked at them. Jay looked at Tommy, who was longingly looking at the stationary and said, "Hey bud, you ok?" To which the little boy nodded his head, but his lower lip protruded. So Jay double checked and said, "Are you sure?" At Jay's second question, Tommy looked up and locked eyes with detective and slowly shook his head. "What's going on Tommy?" Jay asked. Tommy then quietly said, "I heard you on the phone saying my auntie Mandy was coming today to pick me up. But if I go live with her, does that mean I'll never see you or Erin again?" Tommy's aunt was almost in Chicago. Her flight landed that morning and she said she would be at the precinct after lunchtime. Jay gave the little boy a sad smile, and said, "You know she only lives over in Springfield, which isn't that far away. So we can visit if you'd like, or we can write to you at your aunt's house and we can be pen pals. Plus, you have baby cousins now who will be fun to play with and I'm sure you'll make friends when you go to school." Tommy seemed to accept what Jay said and liked when he mentioned them writing to each other and soon the little boy was lost in his colouring. It was a picture of Tommy, Jay and Erin, all with big smiles and all holding hands.
Saying goodbye to Tommy was difficult, just as Jay and Erin had expected it to be. When Platt escorted Mandy up to the bullpen, Tommy immediately jumped off his chair and rushed towards her for a big hug. Mandy bent down to her nephew's level and engulfed him in her arms. Mandy picked Tommy up and rested him on her hip, then she moved over to where the intelligence unit were standing to greet her. Everyone shook the woman's hand and introduced themselves, then Jay and Erin led her into the break room so they could talk to her. The excitement of seeing his aunt again had drained Tommy, so he was resting in her lap with his eyes closed snuggled against her. Erin and Jay sat on one side of the table, while Mandy and Tommy sat on the other side. Mandy was the first one to speak when she said, "Before you say anything, I just wanted to say thank you so much for taking care of Tommy, the sergeant downstairs said you two looked after him rather than send him to DCFS, so really thank you both." Erin smiled at Mandy's comments and replied, "It's ok, we knew you were on your way, and he's a good kid, so we didn't really need to do much out of the ordinary." Jay then took over what Erin was saying and said, "We've got some tips if you'd like about what might be good for Tommy in the future. We talked to a child psychologist who thinks that Tommy should start talking to a therapist, they've suggested that you wait a week or so, until he's settled in, but they think it would be good to talk to a professional to help him deal with what he saw and how to cope with it. We just want to prepare you… he's been quite clingy since we found him. He doesn't like to be alone, and if he is alone, he likes to know that your close by. He gets really scared by loud or sudden noises, and if it happens, which sometimes is unavoidable, he shuts down." When it happened the day before, Tommy sat on the floor knees tucked to his chest and clasped his hands over his ears. He sat there unmoving for almost an hour, despite Erin and Jay's attempts to comfort and calm him. Jay continued, "Another thing is that he's well behaved, but you've got to watch out for destructive behavior, so anything out of the ordinary for a kid like excessive sleeping, having no energy, and not eating well are signs that he's not doing well. And if you start to notice it you've got to let someone know so it can be dealt with as soon as possible. The earlier these things are dealt with, the better the chance that he doesn't have any long-term effects." A silence settled and Mandy lovingly looked at her nephew, rubbing her thumb up and down his soft round cheeks. Erin noticed her worried expression and said, "I know this might sound overwhelming, but these are just potential situations, and we'd rather you be prepared and armed with information instead of surprised and not ready to deal with whatever may happen in the foreseeable future. We have loved having Tommy with us the last couple of days, so if you need anything, just let us know. We'll give you our information and how to best get in contact with us. And we were thinking that maybe we could write to him, we know he's a little young, but we thought it would be nice as he gets older but of course it's your choice and if you're uncomfortable with it we understand." Mandy stood up, carrying Tommy with her and waited for Erin and Jay to stand up before hugging them both. Then she said, "You two have done so much for Tommy, I am so grateful that he was looked after by two amazing and thoughtful people. I'm sure he'll love getting letters from you and maybe as he gets older, he can write back. We've got to get going, so thank you both again. Tommy we're going now, so do you want to say goodbye to Erin and Jay and say thank you to them." Tommy was already starting to wake up, so when his aunt spoke to him, he rubbed his eyes before he looked around at the adults he was with. Mandy put him down so he could stand up and then he slowly walked over to Erin and Jay, he hugged each of them when the crouched down and then he said, "Thank you Jay and Erin for letting me live with you and giving me chocolate ice cream. I'm going to miss you." Both Erin and Jay told him that he was no trouble and that they'd miss him too. Then Mandy picked him back him and picked up his bag with her other hand. As she started to walk down the steps of the bullpen Tommy looked over his aunt's shoulder and waved to the detective until they were no longer in his sight.
After Tommy had left, Erin and Jay walked towards Hank's office. Both of them were drained from the intense and emotional day, but they had agreed days ago that today was going to be the day that they told Hank- no matter what. They were lucky that he hadn't already figured it out. Erin normally wore slightly baggier clothes anyway, so her small bump was hidden well, but had she preferred tighter fitting clothes, Hank would have seen evidence of their news weeks ago. Erin knocked on Hank's office door and waited for him to say come in before she opened the door and entered, hand in hand with Jay. Hank pursed his lips and lifted his eyebrows in anticipation of Erin and Jays news. The only reason the two of them would come into his office together holding hands, is if they had personal information to tell him. Throughout their time in intelligence, the couple had acted very professional in his presence, so much so that he didn't even know they were back together until he saw their interaction when Erin was in hospital. Hank thought that they were going to tell him that they were engaged, so when Erin said, "Hank, there's something that Jay and I want to tell you," he wasn't prepared for what was said next.