James Ellis was the perfect toddler. He was adorable, calm, and obedient. Neither parents knew where his black hair came from, but it suited him quite well.
He learned all of his skills easily, and his parents greatly appreciated that.
Despite the god send that James was, it was a chaotic time. Connor and Molly still managed to see each other every now and again, though. Molly even brought in a couple thousand dollars from her new job. The diner nearby was the only place in town lenient enough to accept a first-time chef with no training.
But, it appeared that her maternity leave would start soon. Molly was once again reluctant to tell Connor that she was pregnant, so she put it off for as long as possible.
Once she did manage to get the word out, the soon-to-be father of two wouldn’t let her lift a finger. His absent-mindedness didn’t make him the best chef, but Molly appreciated the thought.
Until the stove burned down. Neither of the parents were very brave, so they panicked pretty badly when the kitchen caught on fire
By the time Molly had managed to calm herself down, the fire had grown very large and extended into the bathroom. Her mind raced as she realized that’s where Connor had run off to.
She put out the rest of the kitchen and sprinted over to Connor.
But she was too late.
James, who had become a child mere minutes before, ran into the bathroom. He arrived just in time to see Death’s cloak sweep the fire away and claim his father once and for all. Shock swept across his mother’s face. “My water broke,” she whispered before rushing to the hospital.
Mark Ellis was the spitting image of his late father.
James and his mother grieved uncontrollably. Every second of the day seemed to be spent crying. Molly was too depressed to do anything.
So James took it upon himself to throw a small funeral. Only Connor’s closest friends and relatives were invited
He was also introduced to his uncle, Jared, but James didn’t like him very much. He was kind of mean.
He was rude to Molly, and James hated that.
But, seeing as Molly had no one else to turn to, he was her shoulder to cry on.
A few nights later, James pulled Jared aside and warned him to stay away. “My mother doesn’t need someone like you messing up her life while she’s vulnerable like this,” he said, heatedly. Jared looked completely taken aback and apologized to James, completely lying to his face. “I’m a good guy! I’m cool Uncle Jared. I don’t know what would make you hate me this much, but you have the wrong idea.” He believed his own falsities.
Unfortunately, “cool Uncle Jared” continued to visit.
James would just make himself busy with Mark.
But Mark’s BFF would always be his imaginary friend. Imaginary friends always pay attention to you.
They don’t lay down in their room all day. Imaginary friends make better mommies.