Owen was sitting with his mom in his dad’s room. He had barely made it through the surgery. Now they were waiting for him to wake up. He was taking turns with Grace since only two people were allowed in the room at a time. Whoever wasn’t in the room sat in the waiting room with Kyle and the kids.
Grace poked her head in the room. “Owen, Uncle Daniel needs to talk to you. I will sit with Mom until you get back.”
Owen nodded then slipped out of the room. He saw his uncle waiting near the waiting room door. He followed him out of the room and down the hall. He stopped outside a closed door.
“I know you two are divorced and you moved on, but something happened tonight and Patrick needs a friend.”
Owen looked at the closed door and frowned. “What happened?”
“He killed his mother. He also tried to kill himself.”
Owen closed his eyes. He couldn’t imagine what Patrick was going through. “I will sit with him.”
He went into the room and saw Patrick laying on the bed. It was obvious he was crying. Without thinking about it, Owen climbed into the bed with him and wrapped his arms around him. He felt Patrick grab the front of his shirt and bury his face in his chest. He rubbed his back not sure what he could do other than be there for him. “I’m here. You aren’t alone. I will be here.”
Zaiden blinked a few times then groaned. His head felt like it was going to split open.
Raelyn heard the groan and smiled. Grace went to get the doctor leaving her alone with her husband.
“Hey, baby. Have a nice nap?”
Zaiden looked at the woman frowning. “Who are you?”
The doctor came in smiling. “If you would step out to the waiting room, Mrs. Maynard, I will be out to talk to you after I examine your husband.”
Raelyn nodded and left the room. She knew that something wasn’t right.
She looked around the waiting room. “Where’s Owen?”
“He’s with Patrick. I’ll go get him for you.”
“Thank you, Kyle.”
Kyle went down the hall to the room Daniel had told him they were in when he explained what was going on. He lightly tapped on the door.
“Owen, your mother is looking for you. Your dad is awake.”
Patrick looked at Owen. “Go. I’ll be okay. I would like to talk to Kyle anyway.”
Owen squeezed his hand before walking to the door. He stopped and kissed Kyle’s cheek before going to find his mother.
“Come sit down. I promise I only want to talk.”
“I would rather stand.”
“You don’t like me, do you?”
“You worry me.”
“I worry you?”
“You are worried that I am going to take Owen from you.”
Kyle didn’t need to respond. Patrick knew he was right.
“You don’t need to worry about that. Owen and I were talking before you came in. I know he loves you. I also know that Andy loves you. Once the triplets get to know you, I’m sure they will love you also.”
“You are okay with that?”
Patrick smiled and nodded. “Owen and I are always going to love each other. We have the kids that will always connect us. Things are different now. He has you. Me…well I have a lot of things I need to figure out before I even think about getting involved with someone again. For now, I am going to focus on being the best father to the kids that I can be. I would like it if the two of us could be friends. It would make things less awkward and make Owen happy.”
Kyle knew it would make Owen happy to have them get along. “I guess we could try.”