I recently received a message from someone that wanted me to do a drawing for a very special person in their life. They wanted it to be an anonymous gift for Pete. They told me that Pete’s son once told him: “When you love someone, it’s kinda like your heart is touching theirs”. Obviously I fell in love with this quote and instantly jumped at the chance to complete this request. In the time since I worked on this piece, I’ve began to learn a lot about Pete and he is someone who I have come to respect and admire. His story is raw and inspiring.
Here’s how Pete explains himself:
Pete on repeat, one day at a time: A Dad’s roadtrip through Alcoholism, Divorce, Wellness and Recovery. Somehow, THERE’S A BRIGHTSIDE.
The smoke was making her eyes burn. She rubbed at them with the heels of her scarred hands. When she looked up at the Mother again, it was her own mother she saw. Lady Minisa Tully had died in childbed, trying to give Lord Hoster a second son. The baby had perished with her, and afterward some of the life had gone out of Father. She was always so calm, Catelyn thought, remembering her mother’s soft hands, her warm smile. If she had lived, how different our lives might have been. ― Catelyn IV, A Clash of Kings.
“Cissa…” Lucius whispered again, holding the trembling woman close against himself. “Cissa talk to me, alright? You can talk to me…”
With red eyes she looked up at him, wiping away a few tears from her cheeks despite the uselessness of the gesture, her face was almost immediately covered in them again. “I- It’s feels so wrong, Lucius…” Narcissa spoke in a shaking voice. “It feels so wrong to be here, to be head mistress, when he should’ve been here in this office… I killed him..”
She swallowed visibly and took a step back, looking down as she hugged her waist tightly. “I killed him. He saved us after the war and I just killed him.”
“He asked you to, Cissa. He told you to do that, that’s nothing you could help.” Lucius shook his head, taking her hand gently in his own to kiss it. “You saved our son by doing that, that’s not something you should feel guilty about my love.”