After explaining a little more, your estranged uncle let Hawks in.
“We put [mothers name] back in her room just now because we didn’t know who was at the door and I was worried it was.. him… you know?” Your uncle said, “We’d let her out but she is still insistent on being let go so she can go back home to be there for her husband and we have to watch her like a Hawk, excuse the pun, so she doesn’t escape.”
“Love the pun.” Hawks said with a chuckle. “So she really did get addicted to his quirk, huh?” He added with a sigh as he walked in and sat down at the table.
Just then the other male in the house poked his head around the corner.
“Hawks this is my boyfriend, Brian.” Your estranged uncle said gesturing to the beaming face that had popped out from behind the wall.
“Didn’t see that coming.” Hawks said with a laugh, “how are you.” He said as he smiled and stood up to reach out for the guys hand.
“Ahhh oh my goooodddd.” The boyfriend said as he scooted forward and shook Hawks hand. “I’m freaking out right now I can’t believe you’re in our house.” He squealed, fanning himself rapidly.
“God, Brian can you please chill a moment, please?” Your estranged uncle said with an exaggerated sigh to his overt boyfriend. “Sorry Hawks he’s a big fan.” He said to the winged hero.
“Always a pleasure to meet a fan.” He said with his signature smile, looking from your uncle to the boyfriend.
Brian squealed and balled up his fists by his side, shaking rapidly.
“Babe would you mind checking on [mothers name?].” Your uncle deadpanned to his overly excited man.
“Oh sure thing babes, nice to meet you Hawks, toodles!” Brain said as he held his hand up and wiggled his fingers in flamboyant departure as he sashayed out of the room.
“Nice guy.” Hawks chuckled.
“He’s extra but I love him.” Your uncle said, shaking his head.
“Listen, would you let me talk to [mothers name].” Hawks asked your uncle, “I think it’s good that she’s away from her husband but I think she might need professional help.”
“I think so too but we were too scared to take her anywhere in case he found her and took her, at least here she’s safe.” Your uncle said.
“Wise of you, but I will guarantee he safety.” Hawks said as he stood up. “I promise you he won’t get her.”
“That’s really good of you Hawks.” Your uncle said with a relieved sigh, “I’ll take you to her room.”
He led Hawks out of the dining area and down the hall to a door.
“Hey sis, there’s someone here to see you.” Your uncle called as he unlocked the door from the outside.
“Is it [fathers name]?!” Your mum gasped hopefully as she ran to the door
She came face to face with Hawks.
“HAWKS!” She wailed happily, “you’re here to save me!” She gushed as she flung her arms around him. “Please take me back to the apartment so [fathers name] won’t be worried, he’s probably there right now worrying about where I am!”
“Hi Mrs L/N,” Hawks said in a friendly voice, his face mere inches from hers. “How are you?”
“So much better now that you’re here to help me.” She gushed again, pulling her body against his.
He remained steadfast with his hands in pockets.
“I have some bad news Mrs L/N, unfortunately your husband didn’t end up coming back to the apartment… it was never his intention to do so.” Hawks said in a calm voice.
“But he said he missed us and wanted to come back.” She said in confusion as she let go of Hawks and stepped back.
“I know.” Hawks said sympathetically, “it was a cruel trick.”
Your mum’s bottom lip started to quiver slightly.
“N-no he doesn’t lie, if he says he’s going to do something he does it and he said he was coming back, are… are you lying to me Hawks? Are you lying about him not being there? He’s waiting for me isn’t he?!” She said, her sadness and confusion turning to desperation and despair at being kept from him. “Let me go, please take me to him why are you all trying to keep me from him?!” She wailed, her agitation becoming more and more apparent.
“Would I lie to you, Mrs L/N?” Hawks said calmly as he tilted his head to the side slightly.
“W-Well I don’t know?!” She said, “why are you stopping me from seeing him?”
“I’m not Mrs L/N, I’m just saying he’s not home.” Hawks said gently, “and you’re not going to like what I have to say next but it’s important that I tell you even if you don’t believe me. I know who your husband is and I know about his quirk and you have been under the influence of his quirk for so long that you no longer know how to regulate without it.”
Your mum stared at him in utter confusion.
“What do you mean?” She asked blankly. “Under the influence of his quirk? I don’t know what you’re saying?”
“He’s been doing it so subtly she no longer recognizes its happening.” Hawks thought.
“When you were sad did your husband ever touch you with his quirk to make you feel better?” Hawks asked your mum.
“Well yes of course because he cares about me and wants to cheer me up.” Your mind replied.
“And did he ever touch you with his quirk to make you feel guilty or remorseful whenever you went against his wishes?” He asked, watching your mum closely for her reaction.
“W-Well yes BUT I WOULD HAVE FELT THAT WAY ANYWAY?” Your mum said loudly, “he’s not a manipulator, he does it because he cares!”
“No he’s a manipulator.” Your uncle said in a bland voice from the doorway.
“YOU’RE BEING BIASED, YOU’VE HATED HIM FROM THE VERY BEGINNING!” Your mum yelled at him.
“AND CAN YOU BLAME ME!? HE CUT ALL OF US OFF FROM SEEING YOU, HE’S A HORRIBLE PERSON!” Your uncle shouted back.
“HE’S A BIG FAT MEANIE!” Brian chimed in from behind his boyfriend.
“STAY OUT OF THIS BRIAN!” Your Mum yelled at the effeminate male.
There was a distressed gasp from behind your uncle and Hawks cut in at that point.
“Ok, drama central, let’s quit while we’re ahead.” Hawks said as he stepped between your mum and your uncle. “I’m sorry Mrs L/N but I’ll be leaving you here for now, in the safety of this house with your brother and his man.”
“Thank you Hawks.” Your uncle replied.
Hawks nodded at him then turned and nodded to your mum before walking out.
Brian took over from there and Hawks and your uncle walked back to the front of the house.
“Keep her here and safe and I’ll arrange for her to stay at a mental health respite, I’ll let you know where and when, once I have her details admitted.” Hawks said to your uncle.
“Thank you ever so much Hawks I really appreciate it, I hate seeing her like this and I just want her well again.” Your uncle said sadly.
Hawks nodded and smiled as he stepped to the door and walked out.
“It’s nice out here.” He said as he looked around the quiet countryside.
“It’s very peaceful.” Your uncle agreed.
“Perfect place to bring up a family.” Hawks mused.
“Well the house just over the way is for sale.” Your uncle hinted, wondering if Hawks was looking for a place.
“Is it now.” Hawks said, rubbing his chin thoughtfully, “well thanks for that you might end up with some new neighbours.” He said cheekily.
“If it’s you, it would be a pleasure.” Your uncle said with a laugh.
Hawks smiled and walked a little way out before turning and flicking your uncle a salute.
“Thank you again.” Your uncle said as Hawks took off.