Okay my darlings, I'm about to shock you all by telling you that this is the last Chapter. I hope you've all enjoyed it and I feel I'm ending on a good note. Thank you all for the lovely reviews. Prosper-the-VXIII, Liz1967, All-The-Way-007, GreenVelvetCurtains and all my other lovely reviewers.
Nearly a month went by and there had been no word from Hayley with regards to Mason. M had telephoned Julie every few days for the first 2 weeks and there was never any news. James could see that M was becoming depressed about the situation because he knew she was worried about how the boy was coping. James walked up to Eve's desk and gave her a warm smile after she finished up a phone call.
"Hello James, how's your day been."
"Surprisingly quiet. Is she busy."
"Actually she's just finished a meeting, they've just left."
"Hey, how is she."
"She's okay, I think she'd pinned her hopes on Hayley agreeing to let us fostering Mason."
"Maybe it's for the best, I mean the job you two do, the hours you both work. It would have been tiring, especially on her."
"I think she wanted it to be the beginning of a fresh start. She and I are together and I think the idea of fostering a young child and moving on after David's death was what she wanted. Still, if it's not meant to be then we just have to make do."
"If it's really that important then you can still foster, there are lots of other Children out there who need homes, people to love them."
"I might suggest that to her, I'll give it a few months to let recent events pass by first."
James went into M's office to find her leaning over her desk, gathering up the files from her meeting. He came up behind her and wrapped his arms around her.
"How did the meeting go." He asked, kissing her neck.
"Alright I guess, Mallory's being his usual annoying self but I'll cope."
"So apart from that are you doing okay."
"I'm sorry James."
"At the moment you seem to be stuck with a moody woman."
"There's still hope."
"I don't think so James. If she had wanted us to have Mason then she would have contacted us by now. It's all over."
"I'm sorry darling."
"Did I come across too pushy with her."
"No you didn't. Look, she barely knows us, you can't expect her to just hand her Son over to us."
"I know, I know. Lets forget about it shall we, it's time to move on."
"You don't sound like you're sure."
"I'm not sure myself but I'll cope. I have to go down to the lab to see Q, I'll see you at home."
"Okay, love you."
"I love you too."
James watched her walk away and saw how unhappy she looked. He took out his mobile and dialled the number he wanted.
"Hi, DSI Dodson."
"It's James Bond, can I have a word."
James arrived at Holloway an hour later to see Julie waiting outside the Prison for him.
"Thank you for meeting me Julie."
"It's no trouble. I've arranged for you to see Hayley but please don't push her."
"Is Mrs Bently really that depressed."
"She tries not to show it but yeah, she is. The whole idea of fostering kept her focused on something other than her grief."
"It's not your fault. Shall we."
"After you." Julie smiled.
James and Julie made their way to the visitor's room to find Hayley waiting for them. She stood up as they entered and gave a small smile.
"Hi DSI Dodson, Mr Bond."
"Hello Hayley thank you for agreeing to see me." James said.
"Well DSI Dodson said it was important."
"I wanted to talk to you about Mason."
"Please, just hear me out."
"I know you probably think that Emma has some sort of hidden agenda for wanting to foster Mason."
"The thought had occurred to me."
"She hasn't, look Emma is one of the most caring, compassionate, understanding women you could ever hope to meet. The only thing she wants is to help you."
"But why, I killed her Husband."
"Not intentionally and she knows that, she accepts that. All she wants is to give Mason a stable home until you get out."
"And what happens when I do get out. If I do get out of here in 4 years, well that's a long time. She'll have become attached to him and so will you, you can't deny that."
"I won't deny it, the possibility is we will get attached but we understand he'll be going with you when you get out. It will be tough for you and Emma and I just want to help you get back on your feet. Help you find a place to live, help you find a job."
"I don't deserve your help."
"Everyone deserves a second chance. Emma's been given one with me and she wants nothing more than to give you and Mason one aswell."
"DSI Dodson, could you take me to my cell for a few minutes."
"Hayley…" James began.
"I'll be back in a few minutes Mr Bond." She smiled.
James waited for what felt like hours, pacing back and forth. He was stopped in his tracks when the door opened and Hayley and Julie walked back in. Julie stepped back and Hayley stepped forward and handed James an envelope.
"What's this." James asked.
"You've convinced me Mr Bond. What you have in your hand is the papers for fostering Mason. I've signed all the relevant pages, all it needs are yours and Mrs Bently's signatures. It will take about 4 weeks to process but as I'm giving you my permission to foster Mason, there shouldn't be any problems."
"Are you serious."
"I am. I do trust you both, I just didn't want to have to put all of this on you both. You have my permission to foster Mason, if he has to go to anyone then I'm happy that it's you."
"Hayley thank you so much."
"We'll bring him to visit you as often as you want."
"I'd like that. Take care of him Mr Bond."
"We will and it's James."
"James." She smiled.
James arrived home around 8pm and found M pouring herself a drink. She looked up when she heard him enter and smiled at him. He walked over and took the drink from her hand and put it to the side and pulled her into his arms and kissed her deeply. Her arms went around his neck, bringing him closer to her.
"James, what's gotten into you."
"I have some good news."
"Oh yes and what might that be."
She took the brown envelope from him and opened it and began to read it's contents. He watched her very closely as she read the forms and smiled as he saw her lips curl into a smile as she looked up at him.
"It's she serious, she's really going to let us foster Mason."
"Oh James." M cried, as she hugged him.
"I thought it would make you happy."
"How, how did you manage to convince her."
"I just told her the truth. How trusted you can be, how loving you are and will do anything for that boy and for her when she gets out. I've told her that we'll take him to visit her as often as she wants."
"Well of course we will. It's really going to happen."
"It is. We're going to be foster parents."
"Oh James, this has just completed my day for good news."
"Oh, what other news do I not know about."
"Well, Joanna and Bill cames to see me after I'd been to see Q. James, they're engaged."
"Oh my god, really."
"Yes, I'm going to have Bill as my Son-In-Law. God help me."
"M, that's great news."
"Everythings falling into place at last. I have you, my Daughter's engaged and you and I are going to be foster parents. Finally James, I can begin my life again." She smiled as he kissed her.