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"What is she doing here?" Ally whispered harshly to his brother, once concerned eyes looking at his father now flashing accusingly from you to Matty.

Matty kept his head low, moving around the bed to readjust his stuffed bear to his father's side, barely a whisper replying, "She can help daddy."

"We don't need her help Matty! We were fine before she came."


You stood silently in the doorway;  you had not registered what he had said to his younger brother, nor seen the way that he had spread his arms wide to barricade you from moving past the door.

In the dim light of the room Matty had lead you into, Mr. Kirkland was there, sprawled out on crumbled sheets, completely unmoving. He looked pale—paler than when you had first met him—almost ethereal against the moonlight that was just managing to stream through the half-drawn curtains. But you could see the droplets of sweat beading his forehead and eyebrows, wetting his already disheveled hair.

He looked so... drawn; to the point that it made him look older than his twenty-something years.

You drew a sharp breath, [e/c] eyes snapping away from his haggard form.

Your mind was overwrought, overcome with a sudden sense of hopelessness and fear. It was like when you had walked through the streets of London a few days ago and seen that a person had collapsed on the pavement. So many people just stood there, too shocked or scared to act - The bystander effect it was called.  But this wasn't in public where someone else could just step in. There was only you that could help, and somewhere, between the haze of processing  what you had just seen and the accumulated tiredness of several restless nights, you knew what you needed to do.

You took a deep, steadying breath and proceeded to scan the room, looking for anything that could help give a clue to Mr. Kirkland's condition. The most obvious thing you noticed was that there was an empty green bottle laying label-down on top of a high dresser, along with various lager cans that adorned every free surface in the room. You weren't sure if he had drank all of those cans, but there was a sickly smell of spirit that lingered in the room. Gin, perhaps from the green bottle, although not being much of a big drinker yourself; that was only a guess. With nothing else to suggest why he was unconscious, you proceeded to treat him on this basis.

You had not noticed what was lying beneath the bed.  

"I. Said. Get. Away. From. My. DADDY!" Ally had shouted, gaining your attention long enough to see his hands connect with your side as he tried to push you out of the room, his powder eyes alight with that same fire you saw only a short while ago in the doorway.

"Ally stop-"

"Don't call me Ally!" he yelled, stomping a foot, "Only Mummy, Daddy and Matty can call me that!"

"-Alfred. Your father is ill. I need to take a look at him." You reasoned, trying to quell your surfacing irritation.

"No! We don't need anyone. Get out! - GET OUT! "

"Ally..." Matty whimpered through the fabric of his bear.


"No Alfred. I will not get out! If I don't do something your father could get worse. Move out of my way and let me help your father!"


He fell completely silent. Reluctantly, and with one last defiant stare slowly lowered his arms, fisting them into the fabric of his shirt in a huff. Stepping aside, he went and joined his brother sitting on the other side of the bed.

You turned back to Mr. Kirkland, lowering down to your knees to lean over the bed.

"Mr. Kirkland..." You called, tapping him on both shoulders, "Mr. Kirkland, it's Miss ______. Can you hear me? If you can hear me I need you to respond. Open your eyes or show me that you can hear me."

No response.

"Mr. Kirkland, I'm just going to press down on your thumb now. If you can feel it, give me a response please."

Still no response.

... No, no. This can't be good at all...

You had checked his airways, breathing and circulation. There were no obstructions or anything noticeably wrong with his airway, and no signs of any injuries but a rather large, albeit superficial bruise that adorned the knuckles of his right hand. With that being said, the only thing left that you could think of was to put him in a position of recovery.

... I don't like this. His flesh is wan, his temperature is colder than normal. This can't possibly just be the result of too much alcohol.

...Mr. Kirkland, why are you not waking up?

In your deliberations you had not noticed Matty climb off the bed, or that he had scrambled underneath to retrieve an object he had seen.  However, when you felt a small hand gripping the sleeve of your pajama shirt, you saw him stood at your side.

He was holding an object out to you.  

"What is...?"

The question died in the air. It only took you a moment to register that he was holding an old-fashioned brown medicine bottle, the contents half full with tablets that read: 'Temazepam-15 mg to be taken orally before retiring.'

Sleeping tablets.

"...Where did you find these?" You questioned breathlessly,  fumbling hands taking the bottle from him.

He pointed to the spot under the bed hesitantly.

Suddenly things started to make more sense.

Your eyes darted down to the information on the white sticky label, frantically searching in the low light for any further information about the medication.

-Overdose symptoms... "Somnolence", "Hypotension"? what do these words even mean?...

"Mental confusion"..."Dizziness"...




Your eyes stared widely in disbelief.

"Do not drink alcohol while taking temazepam as this may increase side effects and possibly cause a fatal overdose.."

...Oh god no.

"...Is daddy going to be okay?" asked Alfred from across the room.

When you didn't reply, he asked again.

"...Daddy's going to be okay, right?"

He was looking at you with a desperate expression, hoping that you would tell him that yes, things were going to be okay. But with this current new piece of information, you realized with terribly certainty how serious things had become.

I need to call an ambulance now.

"Matty, Ally, do you know if your daddy has a telephone... or a mobile phone?"

Alfred nervously shook his head.

Feeling a sense of dread, you frantically patted down your pyjama bottoms in the hopes that you had slipped your mobile phone into your pocket on the way out of the flat. Although you were now certain your mobile was still on your bedside table, you were not entirely certain if Mr. Kirkland would have a landline phone, and if he had a mobile phone himself, you wouldn't have time to search.

"He's... sleeping at the moment. But Miss. ______ needs to go to her house to get her mobile phone to call an ambulance. Alfred, I need you and Matty to stay with your father. If anything happens I need you shout so I can come."  You instructed, trying desperately to sound as calm as possible for the children's sake.

"...Daddy told us Mummy was taken away in an ambulance."

You stopped short of the door, a shaking hand poised to open it. With a choked sob he continued,

"Daddy said mummy had gone to sleep and was never going to wake up again..."

You could hear muffled sobs.


You couldn't bring yourself to turn around. These poor boys had already lost their mother, how could fate be so cruel as to place them in such a horrible situation? They were so young... You didn't want to see them crying. You didn't want to see how terrified they were.  

"...Daddy's never going to wake up, is he?"



Ring Ring.

Ring Ring.

"... Ambulance please."


"-H-hello. I need an ambulance right away..."



"...Daddy--Wake up Daddy."

"--Daaaddy. Please Daddy."

Alfred watched as Matthew pressed his hands against his father's back, his face changing between being scrunched up with concentration and sniffing away tears. He didn't try to stop him. He was small. Tiny really; probably smaller than average for his age - and even with all his body weight pressed against his father's unconscious form was having little effect on moving him.

"Ally... Why won't daddy wake up?"

He climbed up with Matty, pressing his forehead to his fathers, a warm, loving gesture his father often used to do with him when he was a good boy.

Except this time daddy felt cold.

Alfred crawled close to their father, hoping that if he couldn't wake him up being near him, at least he could make him warmer.

"Daddy... Please wake up... You can't go to sleep like mummy did. We love you... Please Daddy. I promise I won't laugh at your eyebrows again... Please... I don't want you to die daddy."

Matty wrapped his arms against his father's neck, nuzzling against his father and Kumajirou.

They cried at the side of their father, wishing he would wake.

They were scared.

They didn't want to be alone.

They just wanted their daddy to wake up.  

Please wake up daddy...



And then it happened.

Slowly, his face contorted with pain.

And his eyes opened.

Arthur groaned, clutching his stomach.

"..Eughh...Bloody gin."
... I am so sorry this took so long. This chapter has been sitting waiting to be finished for a while now, and it's only been due to some circumstances changing that I've had time to sit and properly write this. I'm not going to lie, I'm not that happy with how it's come out. There are some bits I like, some I don't.

Hopefully, past this chapter things will get a little less dark. I feel really cruel writing Matthew and Alfred upset and giving Miss. Reader a hard time.

Thank you very much for all the feedback I've been getting for this story! I always get comments from you lot that make me want to keep writing!

As always, comments, critique and ideas are always welcome ♥

Chapter Two - Chapter Four 
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GoldenWingedAngel Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I'm tearing up.
Wolfy7980 Featured By Owner May 2, 2015
Part 4 plz
DocileGloom Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Student General Artist
It has just been posted (:
PunkRockAllTheWay Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015
This is the best story I have ever read. I love you for making this!
DocileGloom Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you very much! Hopefully when I get some more time I'll be able to continue (:
Anime1225 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
Part 4
DocileGloom Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Student General Artist
Just been posted (:
Wolfsoul36 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
♥Gah! I love this! I can't wait for more!♥
xxScribbleChanxx Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist
Sk8rchic2000 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer

Part 4?
LunaGamerImInPortal Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Student General Artist
( cries of relife ) thank god ;u;
Jessi2306 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Plz pt 4 plz oh plz oh plz
Tairulz Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Wow this story is good! Can't wait to see the next chapter :D
HomeroomCOOKIES Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
It's been two years, love. We need the chapters now, our hope is withering D:
DocileGloom Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Student General Artist
I've actually got about 3/4 of the way to posting the new one. I could ideally do with a beta or someone to kick my arse into shape aha!
blazethemage Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Student General Artist
Please please please continue it's such a good story!!!!
DocileGloom Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Student General Artist
thank you (:
blazethemage Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Student General Artist
No problem!
Jasuchiiii Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist
LoneWolfeWolf Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Student General Artist
Nooooooo, plz continue
Femdenmark92 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
Omg damn it iggy
Kitty-Grin Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Levlion526 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
Is chapter 4 out?!
DocileGloom Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Student General Artist
Not yet (: I haven't had much chance to write it.. But stay tuned! I do intend on finishing it
Levlion526 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
YAY! :icondragonhugplz:
SpikeyMacksy Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
i'm such messed up person, i laughed a bit at the death bit...
mainly at the, ' i won't make fun of your eyebrows again'
sadmac356 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
I had to go back and reread that part, but when I did, I giggled a bit.
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kylievang Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
is this the ending?
DocileGloom Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Student General Artist
No (: I've just not wrote the next bit yet.
kylievang Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
oh... may I ask why not? Not to sound mean or anything
DocileGloom Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Student General Artist
(: No it's not mean at all! Basically, I'm naturally a very slow writer, which is why you might notice my submission's dates between literature works are normally quite far apart. Not only that, but also at the moment I'm looking after a new puppy in the house, so when I do normally find time for myself I'm doing something else such as working on paid commission, doing housework or going out drinking. I honestly wish I had time to finish all the works I have in progress. Although as a positive I have actually wrote quite a bit of the next chapter (:
kylievang Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
thank you? I love the story. I was kinda bummed out when the next chapter wasn't on
DocileGloom Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Well it's glad to know that my story is well received (:
I'll try and get it done - It's finding the time that's the issue -_-
kylievang Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
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MaskedMaid Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
Oh I just love this story, please continue it. Pretty please with a cherry on top. :D
chibi-chocolate123 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
this is a really wonderful story! are you planning on continuing it?
trishbutt Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aha, I love this! When will the next chapter be out?
DocileGloom Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you! I'm not sure yet (: depends when I get inspired to write it.
estherbunnyfoofoo Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope that happens soon, I wanna see what happens next!
Rima12Mashiro Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Yay i have a new story to read and its AMAZING!!!!!!:D
DocileGloom Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you very much (:
giantstorylover Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
MORE please!!!!
PhoenixOfWinterfell Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This story is amazing! I really like it. Are you going to continue it? Please? Preeeeettty pleeeaaaseee? :iconbegplz:
DocileGloom Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student General Artist
(: I plan to continue it! thank you very much for the compliment :D
PhoenixOfWinterfell Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yay! Oh, and no problem! :D I really like it!
SukiOneeChan Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is so good! I just love you're Fanfics and art!
DocileGloom Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you very much (:
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