AN - Sorry I haven't uploaded this quicker but having my kitchen redone. Definitely picked the wrong time of year. lol

"Q? What are you doing here?" Asked Bond. M had been given more sedatives as she wasn't taking the news of her condition well. For such an independent woman, the news that she would never walk again was not going down well.

"I'm here to see M. I came as soon as I heard." Replied Q as he made his way to the other side of M's bed.

"How is she doing?" Asked Q as he took her other hand in his.

"Honestly? Not good. They gave her more sedatives as she wasn't taking the news well."

"She never has been good at being told what she can and can't do." Replied Q as he gently stroked her hair away from her face.

"This is going to take a while for her to get used to, but I know she'll come out stronger on the other side. She always does." Muttered Q.

"To be honest, I don't know how you can say that. You haven't worked with her long enough to know her." Snapped Bond.

"Who did this kid think he was, coming in here and pretending to know her." Thought Bond.

"I've known her long enough." Was the only reply Q gave him.

"Mmmm... Bond?" Asked a very drowsy M.

"I'm still here M." Replied Bond. "Do you need anything?"

"No. Have... Has my family been told yet?"

"As far as ..."

"Yes." Said Q. "Your family is on their way M."

As Q spoke, Bond could see more life come into M's eyes. Her entire focus was now only on Q.

"Can we have a minute Bond?" Asked Q. "I need to speak to M about something important."

"I really don't think now is the time to discuss work. Do you?" Snapped Bond.

"James." Said M. "Don't make me order you to leave."

"Fine. I'll be right outside if you need me."

"I'll be in safe hands James. You don't need to worry." Replied M as he left the room.

"What was that about?" Asked Mallory once he'd left M's room. Even he could see the tension building in the room before Bond was all but thrown out.

"Who bloody knows." Snapped Bond. "Has her son arrived yet?"

"His security team have been here for about half an hour. Has he not been in yet?" Asked Mallory. "He must be getting an update from the doctor about her condition."

"She wants to talk to you Bond." Said Q as he poked his head round the door.

As he entered her room he could see the pain killers were having the desired effect on her. She seemed to be more at ease again, thankfully. He was just glad that she hadn't completely given up on getting out alive as he didn't know if he would have survived her death.

"You shouldn't be so hard on yourself James." Mumbled M. "You saved my life and I am truly grateful."

"I would do it all over again. You know that?"

"Yes. I feel quite proud that my so called son would risk his life for me again."

"How do you know about that?" Asked a puzzled James.

"The nurses have been telling me how handsome my son is but since I knew he was still in London, they must have been talking about you." Laughed M as she began to drift back off to sleep.

"I'll stay with her now Bond. You should get some rest." Said Q as he retook his seat beside M's bed.

"I'm fine." Snapped Bond.

"I think that you should both go and let me get some rest." Said a heavily drugged M. She could tell even in her state of pain killer bliss that the two of them were not getting along as well as she hoped.

"I don't want the nurses to think that my sons can't take care of themselves without their mother around."

"Sons?" Asked a shocked Bond. "Your her son?"

"Yes." Said Q as he held a tight grip on M's hand. "I'm one of her children but you already know my sister Bond."

AN - Ah another cliff hanger. Will Upload the next chapter at the weekend as work is dragging me down just you enjoyed this. :)