Matthew makes his way up the plush, burgundy carpeted stairs to Isaiah's nursery. Coming in search of Hope and his nephew, he has finally tracked them down in Joy's enormous home.
As he makes his way up, he can hear his nephew laughing and vocalizing with Hope, and hearing them together like that makes him smile in spite of himself.
Matthew stands just outside the nursery, not intending to eavesdrop, but needing a moment to collect his thoughts, he pauses there trying his best not to be affected by how they sound together.
When Hope starts to sing, he rests his head against the wall and listens. After years of not hearing Hope sing and then hearing her unexpectedly like this, he stops in his tracks.
Matthew instinctively wraps his arms around himself as he listens, trying to steel his resolve to keep Hope at a safe distance.
But when Hope stops singing, Matthew knows.
He wants more. Much, much more.