Disclaimer: I claim no ownership over 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' nor am I profiting from this.

Pairing(s): gen.

Warning(s): none.

Word Count: 100.

Esmeralda observes and realizes the transition during an early nursing session. Her son sniffles and threatens her with falling asleep on her breast. Esmeralda runs a finger through his downy hair; their unspoken order to either unlatch and sleep or wake up and nurse.

Her finger comes to rest against his ear. His fluffy hair is fading from her raven into his father's gold and sunshine blonde.

His empty space has been cold for hours, and she suspects it will remain cold throughout the week.

"We'll surprise him," she coos. "I promise he'll come home eventually."

Her son sniffles again.