Hermes liked strings, but he would do anything for Hecate. And he had a feeling he wouldn't be able to get away with strings since this was Kat's friend anyway. "Like she said, no strings," he followed up.
"I-" Thomas just stared at them, feeling very sweaty and overwhelmed. He had lived in poverty for most of his life and while things were stable now, it was only by a small margin. But Kat had one explained that Hermes' money came from shady means and that he didn't want any part of.
If he refused, were they going to smite him? And could he really justify refusing when having money would mean his son could live a better life than Thomas had, even after Thomas was gone.