"And these should get you started on the basics. But if there's ever anything you need help with just give me a call. Ok?" Jen accepted the old books Harry handed her.
"Alright" She replied and held them to her chest. Relatively little time had passed, it was still dark outside, the apartment was still wrecked and no-one had even attempted to clean anything up.
"Do you know what you're going to call him? Harry asked as he looked around to where Maddie sat on the relocated sofa. She was splitting her attention between her new baby and her estranged husband. The child was unharmed by the whole endeavour and Danny's arm was in a make shift sling. Both were sleeping and she looked to them before answering.
"Well, if you don't mind, I thought I'd call him Harry" She answered in a small voice. Dresden's eyebrows went up in surprise but, behind him, all Bob could do was smile.
"N-no, I don't mind" He stammered and Jen smiled at his awkwardness. He finally laughed and returned the smile. "You're sure you can't stay" He asked and it was Jen's turn to laugh.
"My Brother is wanted by the police, Maddie disappeared from the Hospital and at any moment my car will be discovered smashed to bits. I think we've kind of burnt our bridges in Chicago"
"Not all of them" he said. It made her smile and Harry realised the in the whole time he had known her he had never seen her truly happy. Oh, she had smiled before but it had always been restrained; like she had too many things to worry over to be genuinely cheerful.
She met his eyes and he saw what it was that gave her that new freedom. Her family was safe. What ever there was to come, they would face it together. She held his gaze as Maddie roused her husband
"Thank you" it was a simple phrase but Jen managed to convey so much into it that there was only one reply he could give.
No sooner has the family left through the ruins of the back door than there was a knock at the store front. Harry opened it to find Murphy standing in the street light. She didn't look happy.
"What did you do?" she demanded.
"Erm?" he replied but she didn't wait for a more complete answer.
"The suspects wife disappears from Cook and his sisters car is found wrecked only hours after I show you their police file. Now all sightings of the perp have dried up and everyone connected to him has disappeared." Harry shrugged in what he hoped was a non-committal way
"Well, you know, I wouldn't worry about that Murph. I mean, in the grand scheme of things I'm sure the one responsible will get what they deserve"
"Right, and this has nothing to do with mystics or magic or any of your weirdness?" She gave him The Look. Twice in one day, ouch. He cringed inside but gave her a winning smile.
"Nope" Murphy sighed and took a step away from the door. She paused before turning back.
"Come on" She said. Harry looked at her in confusion.
"Where are we going?" he asked.
"To get a drink. After the day I've had I need it" Harry thought about everything that had happened over the last 24 hours.
"Yer, me too"
"Good, because you're buying" Harry snorted a laugh as he grabbed his coat and followed her out. True, it hadn't been the best day ever but at least it had a better ending than most. Besides, he could always have his day off tomorrow.