a drabble for "The 4400" written for BlackEyedGirl in the Yuletide 07 Challenge

by Amy L. Hull


"You don't know anything about parenthood!"

"You know I consider every one of the 4400 family."

Tom clenched his fists. "And were you there when they were born? When they took their first steps? When they played Little League on opposite teams and cried no matter who lost?"

"I was there for Shawn when his family abandoned him. I'm doing the same for Kyle now."

"I am his father!"

"And he's an adult who knows I have his and humanity's best interests at heart."

Tom ground his teeth and jabbed a finger toward Jordan. "Whatever happens, you're responsible."

"I know."