Disclaimer: as usual I don't own any of these characters. Well, besides Sebastian and Chrystal. The idea I'm sure is puly mine though. Enjoy.
Marcus and Shari were both quite surprised when they received a call in the middle of the night.
"Hey Marcus, sorry to be bothering you so late."
"Matt?" grumbled Marcus recognizing a very old friends voice. "Matt, it's almost one in the morning."
"Sorry, but I need some help."
"Help? What kind of help?"
"I know you and Shari have only been married a couple of months... but would you happen to have room for a kid?"
"A kid?" said Marcus curiously.
Shari looked at him interestedly.
"He turns ten september tenth we think. Right now he's in the hospital. My sister Emma's taking care of him and she wants him away from the man he lives with. He's here because of stress and high blood pressure. He's going to end up very ill he's not careful. The man isn't his legal guardian. He doesn't go to school, and he was considered a doorstep baby. He's a good kid though and I'm sure he'd love to have parents like you."
"I don't know. Shari, are you up for adopting a friend who needs some help?"
"I've got no problem with it."
"Alright. We'll take him."
"Perfect. She'll be there in about an hour." he said. "Thanks guys."
Before Marcus could say another word, Matt hung up.
"Come on Shari. Matt's sister's going to be here in about an hour." said Marcus getting out of bed.
"So... what is the kid's name?"
"I don't know. All I know is it's a little boy who turns ten Spetember tenth and he seriously needs someone who cares."
In a little less than an hour Matt's his red headed sister arrived, and in her arms, wrapped in a blanket, was a little brown haired boy who looked absolutly exausted.
"So how exactly do you expect to tell the man who's been taking care of him that he's no longer in the hospital?" marcus asked her.
"Simple, he's been planing to run away, I'll just tell him that Henry ran away when I was on break." said Emma.
"So his name's Henry?"
"Yeah, but he's probobly going to ask if he can change it." she said. "It's not his real name. He never had one. He has no legal papers, there was no note when the man found him. He's just a no named child. We had to guess on when his birthday is. He was only a week old when the guy got him. So I figured September tenth is ballpark. The tenth or eleventh maybe even the thirteenth. Who knows?"
Shari gently took the little boy and was astonished at how light he was. "He's so thin."
"Anything special that he needs besides good food?" asked Marcus.
"Here's two medicines. He has one for high blood pressure. But unlike my baby brother, this is probobly the only bottle he'll need. Three times a day, breakfast, lunch and dinner. It's simple enough. The other is sleeping pills. You get get it refilled, and he takes them on a needy basis. He's on one right now so it works quite well. For now though he just needs plenty of rest, plenty of good food, and someone who cares."
"Just like Matt?" asked Shari remembering the tough times Marcus's young friend had gone through.
"Exactly. I realized what was going on the moment I met him. So I asked Matt if he knew anyone in your family who would take him and give him a good home and he sugjested you. For a while though I almost thought he was devoid of emotion untill I finaly coaxed a smile out of him. Igot him to warm up a bit. He's shy, but very sweet, and once he's trusting he's just another little boy, just like any other."
"And papers?" asked Marcus.
"Let me take care of that.If he changes his name, call Matt and tell him to let me know. but I can handle the papers."
"How?" he asked.
"I have a good friend in child services who can handle it all." she said. Then she left.
"I wonder who that would be?" asked Shari curiously.
"I don't know. But that might explain where Matt's paper work comes from. But in that case, they sure are a master forger."
Shari just shook her head. "Come on, let's get the poor boy into bed." she said.
Marcus followed Shari into the guest room.
Shari gently placed him on the bed, and covered him with the thick red tiget blanket.
"Let's let him rest." said Marcus softly. "He'll probobly be out for a good amount of time and I've got to get to work early in the morning."
"Alright." she said.
So they went back to sleep.
Ginger: So that's my first chapter. I hope it's alright. This story is actualy a spin off of one of my earlier ideas. But thanks for reading and please, review.