Without you, I’m not whole.
Summary: Vic checks in on Robert during his first evening without Aaron.
Vic strolled into the back room of the pub carrying a casserole dish in her hands. She smiled at her older brother who had his phone to his ear.
Robert held up a finger to Vic.
“Yes, hi this is Robert Sugden, again. I’m ringing in regards to my husband, please call me back immediately” He advised, harshly. He hung up his phone, slamming it on the coffee table.
“The barrister?” Vic asked as she placed the dish in the microwave.
“Idiot won’t call me back. I’ve left five messages” Robert replied. He took his frustrations out on the coffee table by kicking it over. Shaking his head, he sighed sadly, “I just want to know where Aaron is.”
Vic placed a calming hand on Robert’s tense shoulder. “Rob, why don’t you sit and eat something” She suggested, kindly.
Robert moved away from his sister as he grabbed his phone off the floor. “I’m not hungry. I have more calls to make” He told through a steady breath.
“Sit” Vict repeated, in a soft but commanding tone. Robert didn’t fight her. He slumped himself down in the kitchen chair. “Is Liv in her room?” She checked while spooning the pasta she made into a bowl.
“No. Liv went over to Gabby’s for dinner” Robert informed. “Did you know Liv is making a playlist for Aaron?” He spoke, proudly.
Vic placed the bowl of pasta in front of Robert. “That’s very sweet of her” She noted while sitting down next to him.
Robert nodded, “at least Liv is doing something useful.” He crossed his arms over his chest, leaving Vic’s meal untouched. “Me? I can’t even find out which prison Aaron is in” He mentioned, his voice cracking.
Vic moved out of the chair and pulled Robert in close for a comforting hug. Robert leant his head against her shoulder, wiping at his eyes.
“I miss him so much, already” Robert burst out in a shaky sob.
Vic ran a soothing hand through Robert’s hair while he wept in her arms.