Chapter 4

Over the next week Tommy, Jenna, Greg, Adam and Liz had gone to the police and told them about their mother.

The police were as skeptical as everyone else was, until Tommy showed them the bottle of Valium. The police took it and said that they were going to do a full investigation.

The police also arrested their mother, Francine Cassidy, until further notice.

Tommy, Jenna, Greg, Adam and Liz were relieved. They couldn't do anything else.

Until the investigation was finished, they couldn't have a funeral for their dad. The body was needed for the investigation.

Now Tommy was walking into G-Major, to work. It was the only thing he could do until he got news about the investigation.

Tommy needed to talk to Darius. So he knocked on the office door and he was told to come in.

"Ah Tom, take a seat. Where have you been? Why did you have Jude tell me you were going to be gone for the week, and not tell me yourself?" Darius asked, clearly angry.

"I have a lot of family issues to deal with so I told Jude to tell you I would be gone for a week. My dad died, ok! My mother poisoned him with Valium! My brothers and sisters and I had to have her arrested! They are doing an investigation so until they are done, we can't give my dad a funeral! On top of that I have yet to talk to the candy company about all of this and I have to run the company while I work here! So don't get angry at me!" Tommy yelled. He slumped in a chair and felt himself crying again.

Darius didn't know what to say to that. But he did soften his face. He was no longer angry. How could he be? Tommy just told him why he couldn't be.

"Tom, wow I had no ide—" Darius tried to say but was cutoff by Tommy.

"Don't ok, just don't. I'm going to go in the studio and do my job. Did Jude finish her album yet?" Tommy quickly wiped his tears.

"Not as far as I know. Tom, I just want you to know that I'm sorry for what you're going through. I also want you to know that if you need anything, all you need to do is say so" Darius told him.

"Thanks. I'll be sure to remember that" Tommy stood up, face somber, and walked out of Darius's office.

Tommy slowly walked into the studio when he heard Jude's voice. She was singing again. Tommy was always mesmerized by her voice.

He didn't know what to say if she asked what was wrong. He knew she would know something was wrong.

The door was left open but he knocked anyway.

Kwest stopped recording Jude singing and looked up.

"Oh hey T, what's going on?" Kwest asked, noticing Tommy's red puffy eyes.

As Tommy was about to answer, Jude stepped out of the recording booth.

Jude noticed that whatever he had to deal with had caused him to look defeated and sad. Those two things weren't things Tommy usually portrayed.

"Tommy, what's wrong?" Jude asked, concerned.

Tommy took a deep breath, trying not to cry but the tears were threatening to fall anyway.

"My dad, he uh, he died last week" Tommy drew in a shaky breath and as he let it out, tears came down his cheek. He didn't even bother wiping them away again.

Jude immediately hugged Tommy. Tommy hugged back. Kwest put a comforting hand on Tommy's shoulder.

"Tom, that's brutal. I'm sorry. I know it must be hard. You loved your dad" Kwest consoled.

"Yeah, thanks" Tommy reluctantly let go of Jude and put on a fake smile.

Kwest took his hand off Tommy's shoulder as well.

"Jude, did you finish your album yet?" Tommy wiped his tears away and threw himself into work, acting as if nothing happened.

"Tommy—" Jude tried but was stopped by Tommy.

"Jude don't, please? I really don't want to talk about it now. Can we just finish you're album if you're not already done?" Tommy pleaded, which he never did.

Jude was about to protest but she saw in his face that he really didn't want to talk about it.

"Yeah. I finished recording everything but the last song still has to be mixed" Jude answered.

Tommy nodded and looked at Kwest as if to say 'I can take it from here and I'll talk to you later'.

Kwest nodded and left the studio.

Jude sat on the couch and Tommy played the last song Jude recorded, "White Lines".

As Jude's vice filled the room, Tommy couldn't help but get a smile on his face. Jude was an amazing singer and songwriter, and this song showed it.

Jude saw the smile form on Tommy's face and she smiled too.

When the song finished playing, Tommy mixed it. When he was done, he put all of her songs on a c.d.

Tommy turned to Jude.

"Girl, you now have a second album" Tommy told her and he flashed a smile. She loved his smile.

Jude grinned and hugged him. He hugged back of course.

When they broke away Tommy was still smiling.

"How about we take this to Darius? Maybe he will give you the day off. I have some other stuff I have to do after this" Tommy's smile faltered at the last part.

Jude noticed this and her smile turned into a frown, in concern.

"Tommy what's wrong? You know you can tell me" Jude put a comforting had on one of his.

Tommy retracted his hand when she touched it. Jude looked hurt by the action.

"Tommy, why won't you tell me anything?! You know what goes on in my life but I know next to nothing about yours! Tell me something!" Jude screamed.

"You don't need to know and you don't need to help me. I can take care of it myself" Tommy turned away from her.

"I may not need to know but I think I deserve to know. I'm your friend Tommy and I want to help you. Please Tommy, tell me what is on your mind. I can tell you're sad and angry about something. You know, I worry about you sometimes" Jude said. But, continued when Tommy turned back around.

"You definitely aren't the type to show your emotions. There are things you don't tell me. For instance, I never knew who you really were until last week. You hide things well. I think you don't have an outlet to get out all your emotions so you just push people away. I think you used to have one before. When I sing, that's how I let out my emotions. I think that used to be the way you let yours go. But when you stopped, you didn't have an outlet anymore. Tommy please, confide in me" Jude looked into his eyes, telling him that he could really confide in her.

Tommy looked at her in awe. She was being so mature about it. She really wanted to help him. He couldn't believe how she gathered all that from him just crying.

Tommy took a deep breath and motioned for her to sit down on the couch with him. She complied and Tommy let out his breath.

Tommy then told her everything that was going on. Jude hugged him again.

Tommy pulled back from her and she looked into his eyes.

She saw that his eyes looked tired and he had frown lines from so much stress.

"I'm so sorry Tommy. I can't even begin to understand what you're going through. But I can help you get through it. As can Kwest and all of the people here at G-Major. I can see that you don't want to talk about it anymore so; I say we go take my c.d. to Darius so we can be happy again. What do you say?" Jude comforted.

Tommy gave her a sad smile.

"Alright, let's go"

A/N: I didn't know where to stop o I stopped it here. Well was it bad? I wasn't really sure where I wanted to go with this chapter so I just rolled with it. I like this chapter. I you like it too. REAVIEW PLEASE!!!!!!