Imagine Barbara Kean being your mother and Lee taking you in after her fall.
Your arms curled around a teddy bear as you sat across from the woman you now knew as Lee Tompkins.
“Would you like some cookies, [f/n]?” Lee offered gently, flashing a warm smile.
You shook your head, still staring at her. “No, thank you,” you mumbled. Your mother had always taught you to be polite. She hadn’t been around much for the last while. She was always off with Mr. Galavan and the other grown-ups, leaving you to play with Silver or your toys. Silver didn’t seem to like you much, though, so mostly you played with your toys since you weren’t allowed outside.
You stopped staring at Lee in favour of adjusting your teddy bear’s worn fur. He was missing one of his eyes and his stitching was starting to fray in places, allowing bits of stuffing to slip out every so often.
“That’s a very cute teddy,” Lee piped up. “Does he have a name?”
You nodded. “Mama calls him Sandman. He’s a gangster.” You held him out so she could see him better. “He says it’s a pleasure to meet you.”
Lee smiled and shook his little paw. “Thanks. You’re cute. For a gangster.”
You hid the tiniest hint of a grin and hugged Sandman close again. “Mama says Sandman is supposed to protect me when I sleep if she’s not around.” You blinked at Lee, “Is mama okay?”
Lee’s lips tightened, “She had a bad fall and she’s been very sick. She’s going to need a lot of help before she’s back to normal again.”
You tilted your head to one side, “Does she need my bandaids? They have pictures of puppies on them.”
Lee shook her head, smiling softly, “I’m sure she’d appreciate the sentiment, but the doctors have lots of bandaids.”
“Do they have puppies on them?”
“I’m sure they do.”
You nodded seriously and pursed your lips. “Is Mr. Gordon going to come home soon?” you asked after a few moments. “He always tucked me into bed when he and mama were dating. They were gonna get married but then bad stuff happened and mama and me had to leave. Is he still gonna be my daddy?” You paused as though deep in thought. “Does that make you my new mama?”
Lee smiled, “Do you want me to be your new mama?”
You considered it. “Sandman says he’d like that,” you announced after a long moment.
Lee laughed, her eyes crinkling at the edges. “I’m glad to have his approval.”
Gif Credit: Lee