Title: my heart is torn just in knowing

Disclaimer: not my characters; just for fun. Title from Plumb

Warnings: takes place just after season two's "Forever"

Pairings: none

Rating: PG

Wordcount: 100

Point of view: third

After Mikey, Robert spends the night in the hospital chapel. He prays forgiveness, and he prays for understanding; neither comes to him, in those unending hours. At dawn, he is just as lost as he was at dusk.

Our Father, he whispers, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name. He didn't pray after Dad-he hasn't prayed since he left the seminary. But now he kneels, begging God to explain why He took Mikey.

Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, he continues, fingers clasped in memory of a rosary.

God does not answer.