The Hellewell-Fyres Home, Oasis Springs, 2013
It had been a month since Henry and his dads had arrived in Simsland from San Myshuno in New Tokyo, America.
"Henry? There you are," said his father, Caleb. Henry had a habit of running off. He'd get excited and curious and before you knew it he'd be gone to some remote part of the property, totally oblivious of whoever was calling for him.
"There you are you rascal," said his father. He had crept up behind Henry and given him a surprise. Henry loved surprises.
"Wee!" he said as his father lifted him up and he giggled.
"I'm going to take Henry for a bath," said Caleb.
"When are we going to discuss the letters for Henry to join the Sweglords?" said Jonathon.
"It's a decision he has to make himself when he's eighteen," said Caleb. "And it's optional."
"But what if we are attacked or there is a crisis of some sort?"
"We'll cross that bridge when we come to it."
"Henry, stop splashing," said his father.
"What daddy?" said Henry, splashing the water with his free hand.
"Henry, don't chew. Take the duck out of your mouth. It's not good for your teeth."
"What daddy?" said Henry, munching on the rubber duck's tail. Henry loved to chew things.
"Now Henry, what did I say about splashing?"
"I'm a giant storm daddy!"
"Now what's going on?" said Caleb.
"Henry won't eat his sandwich," said Jonathon.
"It's got lumpy bits in it," grumbled Henry.
"Henry, you will be getting no ice-cream if you don't eat your sandwich."
"Huh?" Henry thought that was very unreasonable of daddy.
But the two made up after cross words.
The Hellewell-Fyres Home, Oasis Springs, 2021
Henry sat sulking on his bed after a rough day at school.
"Hey, Henry, dad says you've not been talking since he picked you up from school. Gonna tell me what's wrong?" said his papa, Jonathon.
"We had another group project at school," Henry replied. "I couldn't find a group that wanted me."
"I see," said his papa. He stood there, thinking for a moment. "Hey, Henry, dad is thinking of sending you to an outward bound camp. We think it might help you make friends and it'll take your mind off school."
His papa sat down on the bed beside him and they talked for a bit.
"Goodnight Henry," said his father, Caleb. He had been out until late at an evening meeting of the Sweglords. "Things will look better in the morning. They always do."
The Hellewell-Fyres Home, Oasis Springs, 2024
Henry had just arrived from school and he was not pleased to see his dad, who had come out to greet him.
"What do you want, dad?" said Henry.
"It was," said Henry, with a stress on 'was.'
"Henry," said his father.
"What?" said Henry. It was clear he had been crying.
"You gonna tell me what's going on?"
"I'm fine, dad. Just go away, okay?"
"Dad's a killer, papa. I don't want anything to do with him."
"He's a hitman. It's his job," said Jon. "Some people don't have the luxury of choice. Believe me, he wouldn't be a hitman if he could choose."
"I don't get it," said Henry. "Why can't he just leave and get a proper job?"
"It's not that simple, Henry," said his papa. "Leaving the Sweglords can equal a death sentence on you and your family."
The Hellewell-Fyres Home, Oasis Springs, 2027
"Henry, what's wrong?" said Jonathon.
Henry leapt up and ran to his papa.
"Hey," said Jonathon.
Henry sobbed into his papa's shoulder.
"So you're going to tell me what's going on Henry?"
Henry was about to speak, when his dad came outside.
"Henry," his dad smiled warmly at him.
Henry gave his dad a look of utter disgust and walked back inside to his room.
Grimworms' Cabins, Moonlight Falls, 2031
"You packed and ready to go?" said his father.
Henry didn't reply. He couldn't bare to look at his father.
"You should be happy to know your papa has persuaded me to let you back into the Sweglords. So has uncle Paris. You're lucky you're loved so much Henry."