Patroclus turned to look at Roxanna and smiled lightly at her. God it was good to see her. "I love you," he said, instead of a greeting. It felt important to say. He had spent days just wishing he could see her face again. Now she was here and it was the best.
JJ rushed in, ushering Nicholas into a chair because she knew he was still weak. "Oh, baby," she said, her voice full of lament. "Oh, Jesse-"
"Missed you," Nicholas said, much less openly upset than JJ. He was clearly struggling to hold it together so he could be the strong one for them. Joey moved inside the door, Bastian in his arms.
"Hey," he said softly to Jesse. "Bastian wants to see you."