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looked up at the pair. What could they do?
I think that if you test Tom Tom, you'll find he is the blood type
your seeking. I'll allow him to help"
The doctor's jaw
dropped. Devon jumped up.
you serious" he said in English. Everyone looked at him and he
repeated it quickly in French.
The doctor rushed Tommy
down the hall into another room. Devon stood next to the father who
couldn't take it much longer, he also went down the room to his son
as Devon followed him there. The doctor had already taken a sample
and was testing it in a machine.
perfect" as the nurse hooked up and took two bags of blood from the
boy. They rushed it down the hallway and disappeared from view. The
dad was very concerned as Tommy smiled weakly at them still lying on
the bed. The nurse came back into the room and gave Tommy a glass of
juice. He was told to drink it easily and eat a couple of cookies and
rest for a few minutes before he tried to move.
was very glad at the change of events but he wanted to see his
brother. He tried talking to the nurse who told him that only that
Sebastian's guardian could see him. Devon started to get loud for
several rooms to hear. He was telling them that he was
guardian and the nurse laughed. Before she left, she told them all to
go the waiting room for further news.
Sitting in the waiting
room, Devon was getting very worried. What if something happened and
they wouldn't tell him. Finally about a 1/2 hour later, the doctor
came out shaking his head. He went to Devon and told him that he'd
better come to the room to see Sebastian as things weren't looking
so good for the young boy.
Everyone followed him
into the room where Sebastian had tubes in his arms and his leg was
red with bloody bandages. Devon almost got sick. The doctor was
talking to him telling him all that was going on. Tommy's father
just shook his head and stepped back. Tommy was trying to follow the
conversation but all the medical words were above his understanding.
Devon was just looking at Sebastian. He looked so peaceful.
The nurse came back into
the room when the doctor left for a short time.
here? I thought I told you to wait until someone came and got you?
Now go" she said forcefully.
Devon just stood stock
still. Tommy moved a short step but not much. He was following
Devon's lead. All Devon was hearing was some talk in his face. It
was when the nurse got in front of him and put her hands on his
fucking little bitch" and he slapped her hands off of him and then
slapped her on her face with his full hand. He remembered what the
lawyer had said "I
am D E V O N S H I R E. I am not some little stinking kid. I am a
free person and that, bitch, is my brother and I am not leaving this
fucking room by your directions. Now get the hell out of my face"
The nurse stepped back
quickly. She knew the name. She'd heard about the phone call that
got the hospital administrator all worried. The doctor came back in
and looked at them, then went over to check on the machines.
Tommy stepped up and
looked at Devon.
You've kept that secret all this time? You little fucking butt
thought you were my best friend! My most trusted mate! You got my ass
up in front of all those people to make a fool out of my self. Well
FUCK YOU! Papa, lets go!"
he started to move off.
The father just stood
there. "No We will not leave"
mouth dropped. He wanted to say something. Devon was getting this
falling feeling in the pit of his stomach. He was about to lose his
best friend and
brother. Another "fuck" was forming at his mouth when he heard
something behind him.
He jerked around to see
Sebastian looking at them both. He heard everything.
as he moved his hand towards him. The father pushed him abruptly
towards the boy's hand. Tommy came and took the hand. He looked
into his eyes. The younger eyes of his best friend.
be mad at him. Things you don't know about. Be his best friend. If
not for him, then do it....for....me" and the hand went limp.
immediately teared up but he still held the hand. His blood was now
pumping thru the boy's veins. The doctor who'd been watching the
meters got all excited.
talking to him. He's responding" So Tommy spent the next hour
just babbling about nothing. His life. Devon stood back weeping
silently. His brother's only chance of survival was in front of
After 90 minutes, the
doctor told them to leave the room. Sebastian's signs has steadied
off. It was a drastic improvement.
father led them both off to a private room just off the cafeteria.
Devon spent the next 2 hours telling Tommy and his father about what
all had happened to him. At the end of it all, he was begging
not to give up on him.
For his part, Tommy had
no intentions of that at all. He now was looking at the idol of his
dreams and something told him that he needed to be there for him. He
looked at his papa who'd been watching them both, somewhat shocked
by what he'd heard.
I'm sorry, but I must stay here with him"
know son. There is more though he hasn't told you"
what more could there be"
financial reversal is because of him. All because of him. I did
nothing I couldn't I tried all I ever could but nothing helped"
For the next of many
times, Tommy's mouth just dropped. "All of it, papa?"
His father nodded "I'll
go home now and check back later. Take the mobile" as he handed it
to him. As he left and looked back in the window, he saw Tommy
holding Devon hard in a hug.
Tommy was weeping into
Devon and Devon was weeping into Tommy's shirt. At the end of it
all, both boys were drenched. They walked back to the room where
Sebastian was. No change there. They stayed until late that night
before Tommy called for a taxi to take the boys back to the studio.
Devon was too worked up to go right to bed. He was talking to Tommy
about his life with Sebastian. Tommy knew at that point and time that
Devon was devoted to his brother and sister. He was also acutely
aware that Devon also cherished Tommy's friendship. They were on
the roof talking until late into the morning where Joan found them in
Devon's bed asleep fully clothed.
Previously Joan had done
some research into this woman named Iris. She found that she was the
financial advisor for Devon's Great Great Grandma who was also a
cousin many times removed from herself. She'd fired off an email to
test the waters. The response came back within a few hours. Not quite
what she expected but it did confirm some fears that Joan had.
After all that had
happened she wrote another email to Iris....
Iris. I find your recent reply disturbing but in light of recent
events I feel I must at least share what has happened within the past
few hours. Five men had barged into my residence here in Paris. I
suspect they are associated with your man called only Paul by Devon
and Sebastian. I am not currently aware of how they traced down my
residence but the attached movie which was filmed by my security
camera and are not in the possession of the Paris Police, I guarantee
that this film has not been altered in any way however, it is a
picture of two separate cameras. In the film you will see for
yourself how each boy protected themselves. Unfortunately, Sebastian
is in critical condition in the best hospital that Paris has to
offer. Devon and his close friend have been taken into custody. I am
unable to see to their status myself but have engaged an attorney to
attend to this. As soon as I hear any status, and if you explicitly
tell me that you want to be notified, I'll forward this data to
Iris had received the
film and was shocked beyond her imagination. She knew she must at
once, inform the grandmother but something wasn't right. She was
glad that Devon was alive, Sebastian was with him, but the
circumstances were not right. Iris decided to do a little
investigating herself. The information that she'd uncovered made
her extremely upset. She took her information and went to her
Closing the door and
starting some background noise, Iris played the tapes and revealed
the information to the grandmother. The grandmother took it in
stride. She was a little set back from the tape, but her hardened
life also made such viewing possible. She leaned back and looked out
seems we have a problem Iris"
need to help the boys and ensure all possible protection is taken"
Grandma didn't say much
for awhile before she turned around.
Iris was her most trusted
source. She instructed her to wire or make available $1 billion for
Joan to ensure the boys are OK. As soon as she can (Joan) arrange it,
the boys must be brought back here. All this would be kept in secret
until they return. At that time, Devon will take the appropriate
Iris wired the
instructions along with the request for the attorney's name. When
Joan got the email, she just laughed. The woman must be daffy. She
called the attorney who checked on the wire information. Joan was
shocked to her core to find it was all as written.
Iris received the
attorney's name. Her checking revealed that he was extremely well
connected in France.
Back in Paris, Devon
awoke the next morning eager to get back to Sebastian. Tommy was
still sleeping. Devon slipped out of the room and took care of his
morning routine. He found Joan sitting on the roof in full view of
Devon was concerned.
you OK Ms. Joan?"
quite so Devon"
everyone can see you"
them Devon. It is now time in your life, Devon, to become the man I
know you to be"
What's wrong? Has something happened to Sebastian? Oh Fuck! I
should have stayed" he shouted getting up.
down Devon, please and eat"
Devon did so. Tommy came
out about then and walked around Joan. He looked at her for a few
can fix that ma'am if you want it" he said quietly.
know and I will have it fixed in the United States soon"
ma'am. I'll try not to stare, ma'am"
at me Tommy, get used to it. I'm for real. I know what the
neighborhood kids think. I listened to you tell Devon about it" as
Tommy turned very red with embarrassment.
am truly sorry. I didn't know that you existed like this, ma'am.
noted. Now eat"
there any word on Sebastian?" Devon inquired as he at his cereal.
is doing much better thanks to Tommy. I hear it was quite a session.
The doctors would like you both to return as soon as your done
is a cell phone for each of you. It is the latest top of the line. Be
careful of them"
Each of the boys took
them, Devon simply set his down on the table. Tommy did too following
Devon, what I'm about to say to you might rock you, but I have my
reasons, much like I've had them before, OK?"
ma'am. Your usually right on, ma'am"
contacted Iris and your Great Great Grandmother"
Devon turned white and
started to hyperventilate until Tommy put his hand on his shoulder.
you, Tommy. She wants to see you, Sebastian and Tommy as soon as
Sebastian can visit. Tommy, I've already called your father, met
with your father personally and he is attending to your passport as
we speak. All this is to be kept on the qt, uh, secret. Your
grandmother has something in mind Devon. Do you trust her? My gut
instinct is too also"
she was with Paul on the camp situation"
see. Is there any chance she could have been given the wrong
um <chomp chomp> I guess there is
she was acting on it, ever thought of that?"
have to ask her, Ms. Joan, even before we went to the United States"
well, I'll arrange that conversation as soon as I can. In the
meanwhile, I have arranged for strict security for you, Tommy and his
entire family. Pierre is heading it up"
could be expensive, can we afford it ma'am?"
be surprised what we can do"
<chomp chomp> from both boys.
Iris has made $1 billion to you" and Tommy blew his cereal across
was all Devon said.
So the days went when
Tommy's friendship grew stronger with Sebastian and Devon. He
cherished the closeness of the boys. Sebastian's wound healed at an
amazing rate. The best doctors were being consulted. Devon began to
assume a more assertive leadership now that he was emancipated. The
lawyer began to explain several important options that Devon didn't
even knew he possessed. Joan began to appear outside of the house.
Everyone was accompanied by security personnel everywhere they went.
was a big event. The security team actually checked everyone as they
passed thru the door. Joan was there in full force guiding everything
that was happening in the event. The media room was full of drink,
food, and finger food. Not all that many people attended as they were
carefully screened close to 50. All of Tommy's family was there,
even his mother. Sebastian was wheeled into the room that had also
been opened up to a full studio that even Devon didn't know could
be done. Joan had told him that back in the day, when the full
orchestra would play, the additional room was needed to house them
The party was a success.
Tommy was in all his glory as he would go from his parents, to Joan,
to the Shire brothers. Tommy's dad had told the family what had
happened with Devon's blessing.
At one point mid-way in
the party, Devon got every body's attention by thumping into the
microphone he found live thanks to Joan. The room quieted
all for coming" he said in French. "This day is very special for
me since my brother can come home"
Sebastian beamed and
am here to announce several things so please hold any applause, if
any, to the end. First off, I've set up college accounts for all of
Tommy's siblings including him when he decides to attend"
Silence thru the
crowd except a murmuring in the back from Tommy's parents. Devon
could see the cancer ridden mother begin crying some.
our attorney has provided and acquired the appropriate paperwork and
passports for Miss Joan, Pierre, Sebastian, Tommy and a sibling of
his choice and myself will be leaving for a tour in the United States
and other business in one week"
who'd been passing out drinks, almost dropped them as she turned
around abruptly, sat the tray down and rubbed her face. She made eye
contact with Devon who had paused. He rubbed his face and said "It
to take care of that" in English. Joan turned red and ran from the
room in tears when she realized that her dream was about to come true
and it was due to this young man.
Devon smiled as he looked
the room over. Everyone was stunned at the news.
if Tommy and Sebastian would come to me here"
Tommy looked at his
family stunned again as his sister came up to him. She put her hands
on his shoulders and said in English to him. He understood her
perfectly as he had been getting a crash course in English since the
accident "You star is call you again my brother, go and make us
proud" and she pushed him towards the stage. No one else in the
family could understand what she said. Tommy looked back at her, she
clapped for him as he turned around for the stage no knowing what was
Sebastian had rolled to
the stage and got out of his chair and slowly walked up the stairs.
Anyone helping him was shooed away. He reached the stage where the
other two were waiting. Devon came to him and hugged him fiercely.
The room erupted in cheers and clapping. Devon whispered something to
him and Sebastian nodded. Sebastian looked around the stage for
something. Devon yelled at him for something and both of them waited.
Devon went to the
Sebastian has been gone for awhile, many things have changed in all
of our lives. Mostly for the positive I believe. For Tommy, he has
been receiving a intensive course in English in preparation for the
trip, he just didn't know that though and Maria, will you come now"
as he gestured for her to come up. She left her parents happily since
she was "in" on the show that was about to begin.
Pierre will you push that button on the wall please"
The wall slide back when
another stage slid on top of the one they were on. There were a set
of drums on it, a huge chair and small chair before the keyboards.
Everyone gasped still not grasping the situation.
Sebastian was sat down in
the chair. He wasn't happy about it since his leg was lifted up on
the recliner. Devon said over the air to embarrass him some to
submission: "my brother thinks he can strut around the stage. the
doctors said he'd be able to strut like before in 10 days, just
before the concert <Looking at Sebastian straight in his eyes>
at New York Jets stadium in 11 days. Tickets have already sold the
stadium out and approximately <looking at Tommy in his eyes>
150,000 tickets have been sold already"
mouth opened as he stood there. Sebastian's smile returned as he
made himself comfortable on the chair. He knew his brother was
already looking after him. "Our backup singers are still being
formed but we have a couple of other members to my little group to
pick up if they
to join us. Now, Tommy, if you will sit at the drums for a moment"
Tommy closed his mouth
and sat at the drums adjusting the seat. He didn't see any sticks
to pick up.
for a special treat for Tommy, he has never heard us play as Devon
and Sebastian Shire. So, Tommy, please enjoy and Miss Joan, if you
around, I could use your assistance" and the lights dimmed. Devon
didn't know if she'd even realize what was going on. For
something that he didn't even expect, a disco ball and strobe
he said as he sat his organ. He adjusted some of the knobs and levers
and closed his eyes. His microphone along with Sebastian's was
live. Sebastian just watched his brother. The room got quiet. Devon
just sat there with his hands on his laps.
sorry, but I have to focus my thoughts before I can do anything. <and
he began to slowly just make noise on his organ> things for the
past 2 years have been rough. Our parents were killed, a new love
came into our lives which was the outcome of me ending up here. So,
Rosie, to you, this ballad is dedicated."
his hands moved over the keys in such assuredness that even Sebastian
took notice. This was a new brother he was seeing. The music was much
like an interlude that his sister, Amanda would play. Then Sebastian
recognized it as the same
played. He hadn't heard it in so long that he didn't realize it.
Sebastian's microphone was adjusted by someone he didn't know as
he was watching Devon.
Devon was playing and
finally said "I'm ready Basty" and on into the song they
played. The room was so tuned to the music, that all of it just moved
everyone in the room. Tommy was just mystified as everyone else. He'd
never seen the two of them, the same ones that had appeared before,
perform for him. He slowly began to realize all that Devon had done
for him as the music unfolded.
At the end of the song,
Tommy was given a set of sticks by someone he didn't know before.
He held them, looked at them. They were engraved with his name.
Another shock when Sebastian hammered out one of Tommy's favorite
songs. Devon was watching Tommy and Tommy finally began to hit out a
beat. Devon matched along with the song as Sebastian sang the lyrics
he'd written along with his brother some 2 years ago. The room was
in awe when Tommy, Devon and Maria sang harmony along with Sebastian.
Sebastian, later it was learned that he closed his eyes during the
song he could visualize seeing Rosie and experiencing the who reason
for the song.
Everyone clapped and
cheered after the song was over. Devon thanked everybody and wished
them to enjoy the rest of the evening. The others on the stage had
left when Pierre came up to Devon on stage before he could leave and
whispered something in his ear. Devon straightened up his back and
looked to the back near Tommy's parents. He could see the pleading
in the father's eyes.
Devon nodded and went
back to the organ. He pushed some buttons and knobs until he had his
stuff set. Some handed him a headset which he put on. He was
surprised hear Joan in his ear. She told him that back in her
father's days the whole orchestra would be accompanying him. Devon
nodded not knowing if the microphone was live or not. She told him to
get ready for the best she could offer during a live recording..
Previously the crowd had
gotten louder but when the lights dimmed and a soft red silhouette
appeared all around the room, it quieted immediately. Devon plunked a
few keys here and there.
this thing on?" came over the whole music system "I guess so.
I've been asked to sing a special song that I wrote shortly after
my parents death. I hope you enjoy it"
He began a long
introduction to the song, he could hear changes to the music here and
there. A background sounding orchestra was beginning to fill in here
and there. Finally he began to sing the song. It wasn't that he
didn't like singing it but it left him emotionally drained. Here
and there he could hear some background singing that he'd have to
find out who it was.
He was started to find
Tommy and a standing Sebastian putting their hands on each of his
shoulders. By the end of the song, most of the room was in tears
especially Tommy who told Devon in his ear in English "Thank you.
It is my mother's special song she cherishes it and says she will
remember it until the day she dies"
Devon was profoundly
moved at that moment. The song was very special. The party ended that
night with Tommy staying the night at the studio. Joan had the
caterer's clean up.
Over the next week, Tommy
was spoken to in nothing by English. It was difficult at first but he
slowly got into the swing of things. Soon the day was upon them when
they were going to leave for the states.
Pierre got all of them a
limo, secured the studio with live-in security guards. Tommy and his
sister were all excited. Joan entered the airport with her shroud
over her faCE Citing religious reasons. Devon and his brother were
excited as well. For Devon it was over a year since he'd been back
to the states.
the plane ride to the
states was uneventful. When they arrived at New York City, however,
it was quite different. The plane was met by many fans. The group was
escorted off the plane quickly and into a small room. The escorting
group was functional but separated Devon and Sebastian from the rest.
Quite a controversy
stirred in the airport when Pierre and Joan could not find the
others. The guards later got Devon and Sebastian into a small waiting
room. Devon had an eerie feeling that things were not going as
planned. He had asked repeatedly politely to rejoin the others.
Alone in the room
Sebastian was talking excitedly with his brother. He told him that he
couldn't defend him and he was sorry about that. Devon smiled and
held his brother. He reached into his pants and pulled out a cell
phone. He reached in his shoe and pulled out a battery. He joined the
two of them. He got signal and dialed a number.
is as I thought it was. I am trapped with Sebastian and need help as
soon as possible. We are trapped at the airport"
He took things apart and
put them back.
worry, time is on our side I think. Sit"
Sebastian sat unsure what
to think. They heard a big commotion just outside the door. It wasn't
long before the door was slammed open and there stood a smiling
finally got your little punk ass back. I knew you'd be back
eventually. Now your mine dickwad!" he said moving to strike Devon
across the face.
wouldn't do that If I were you" was all Devon said.
Paul hesitated. Something
about the kid was different. Paul jumped as he heard a gun go off
just outside the door. immediately a Pierre and some police security
person moved into the room quickly. Pierre put his pistol in the
middle of Paul's eyes.
Quietly he said "Make
the wrong move and your a dead man. I promise that on my mother's
grave. Devon, are you and Sebastian OK?"
sir. We are quite so now. Will you please take care of this
sir. You have orders to remain here at the airport for another 3
hours. I believe your getting an important visitor"
sir" he said making no attempt to move.
Pierre took Paul back to
the wall. Paul tried to say something but another security person
showed three men into the room. They immediately handcuffed Paul and
read him his rights. He was charged with kidnapping and assorted
other felonies. Devon knew at that point who his visitor would be and
Paul would never enter into his life again.
Everyone left the room
except Sebastian and Devon. Devon broke down crying into Sebastian's
arms. He had no idea why but had some suspicions. Devon eventually
got himself together and opened the door. Right outside was everyone
else waiting comfortably.
about all that" Devon said to no one in particular.
Joan came to him and
hugged him. He hugged her back.
Ninety minutes later a
big commotion was being made just outside the waiting room. Devon
stood up immediately. He walked over and stood in front of Joan.
Sebastian quickly stood in front of Tommy and Maria. Pierre watched
from the side, his hand on his pistol but probably not needed.
When Devon saw his
grandmother he quickly ran and fell in front of her crying, begging
forgiveness. The others stood where they were.
child, you are only exploring your youth. It was I who was led astray
by that, that son-of a uh man! For that, we've lost 2 years of your
Devon looked up and saw
her concern in her eyes. He hugged her next for several minutes. He
then introduced her to the others in the room.
believe you are giving a concert tomorrow night?"
ma'am. Will you be there?"
be there in person BUT I've brought some others who want to either
be in the group with you or see you if you will"
Grandma" he said confused.
Out from the waiting
hallway came his sister, Iris and Peewee. Devon didn't know who to
hug first but did Iris, Amanda and then shook hands with Peewee
Peewee hugged him instead.
Sebastian was almost in
tears from seeing this but Tommy put his arm around him telling him
that everything was right with the world.
The night concluded
several hours later with a drained Devon. He couldn't sing even if
he wanted too.