PARANOIA // Thomas Shelby
Chapter One // Chapter Two // Chapter Three
Fandom: PEAKY BLINDERS | BBC
Pairing: thomas shelby x original character
Timeline: post season five
Warnings: sexual language, extreme profanity and racial slurs, explicit scenes, gory detailing, triggering topics, drug use and abuse, alcohol use and abuse, underaged consumption of alcohol and smoking.
Description: In which the Birmingham boss finds a new ally in London and perhaps something more
Upon Tommy's return home, the bleak winter had taken a turn for the worse. Clear windows were now shivering under soft snow. The morning's milkman had delivered a frozen bottle under the frosty dawn light. Ghostly, The cold cobbled streets of Birmingham held a touch on notoriety with each step taken by the MP. Following his icy return home, Thomas Shelby had moved his family back to the working streets of their past home. At first, this request was vetoed but after a long week fighting with Lizzie more than any other member of the family, the Shelby's were back in Small Heath.
Thomas Shelby, in all of his distinction, entered the Garrison, a simple ghost of its former life, a pub in the rebuilt Small Heath. The place to avoid, as the Shelby clan had cleared it out to hold a family meeting. Among the present, there subsisted Ada, Polly, Arthur but no sign of Fin or Michael. Muttering quietly, Ada and Pol discussed plans for the newest Shelby babe. There was a comforting joy between the two women but Tommy, he was a whole mood on his own. As Fin finally broke through the doors behind him, the stoic brother only looked up to draw a cigarette to his lips.
"Fin!" Arthur's voice boomed as he pointed at the youngest brother while Ada pulled up another chair. Huffing heavily, the young boy took his place at the table. Leaning forward to address the table, Arthur wanted to know everything about the business in London.
"Come on Tom, tell us what's been 'appening in London then" Ada interrupted before Arthur could get a word out. Taking a drag of the lit bud, Thomas leant back to locate an object lodged in his inner jacket pocket. Due to the morning frost that stuck to the charcoal jacket, Tommy's shivers at the cold interior pocket. Softly, the MP plucks a small photograph of an honest woman. The delicate still graces the table contrasting the rugged face of his eldest brother.
"This is the woman-" Thomas began before Ada jumped in.
"Lucille Hughes, Tommy why are we doing business with the Hughes?" she questioned as the image was of a woman shed befriended during her time in London.
"HUGHES! This is why you TWO decided to go to London without... Wait this is why we had to come back, what did you do Thomas Shelby" Polly piped up as her gaze scattered between Arthur and the MP. Before Arthur could say anything to defend their actions, Tommy had already started chuckling to himself as he stubbed out the smoke. His mind wandered to how his sister knew more about Lucille than he did. The dirty blonde curls appeared, once again, in the clouds of his mind.
"Alright, Ms Hughes is open to discussing business with Shelby Limited, right Arthur?" Arthur sent a nod towards Tommy as his brother continued to smirk. In response, Ada and Pol both raised a brow while staring wildly at the MP.
"Tom, the Hughes will have your head if they find out you two are in cahoots," Ada illustrated to the icy blue-eyed man.
"Not me, us, Shelby Company Limited distilleries" Tommy followed up but Ada's frown confirmed his suspicions.
"Livelihood at risk" the words of the beautiful businesswoman echoed in the blinders mind like a harmonious lyric stuck on a gramophone. Thomas pierced his lips together as his mind was thrown back to leaving her office four days ago.
As Lucille walked towards the door of her office go see him out, Tommy took the time to admire the figure. Carefully, looking her up and down, the taller woman confused him. No ring. No tan line. No person. His eyes were constantly drawn back to the image of a strong working woman that resided on her bulky desk. While he was out of view, Tommy stripped the image of Ms Hughes from the desktop. His smile dropped as she turned down his business proposal. Standing immediately, the MP knew he'd have to woo and impress the woman but also look for holes in her business- her masterpiece.
"-Good day, Mr Shelby and send my regards to your dear brother." That was the last thing he wished to hear from her lips. She had sent him away without a second thought and instead of insulting him, this act had further intrigued Tommy. Unwillingly, Tommy exited the modest office into the dense space where the secretary sat fidgeting in her seat. While brushing off his long cotton coat, he zoned out to the exchanged between Ms Hughes and the younger worker until his ears perked up at "Lucille" She was sweet. The young secretary hadn't meant to call her boss by her first name in front of a potential client but instead of correcting the young woman, Lucille (a name me now knew because of that slip up) smiled and retreated to the bare main office.
"Pleasure to meet you Mrs Dennet" Quickly, Tommy plucked a business card from his wintered coat and tossed it to the fumbling woman. During his walk out of the converted warehouse, Tommy took note of the red lights that appeared as he drifted away from the Hughes. As he watched the way the red lights shifting back to a mundane position, he saw the guns held close to their chests. She has security. No. She has people who watch her movements. On Thomas' way out of London, he was constantly drawn back to the image of Lucille he had lifted from her office.
With a cough, Thomas was snapped out of the ripe recollections of his appointment with the elegant woman. Pol smirked as she finally discerned why Thomas was persistent about attempting business with the Hughes. Straightening up his suit, the MP cleared his throat before the Shelbys resumed their meeting about expansion. After three hours and two bottles of whiskey, Thomas got each of his kin on board even Michael who had shown up over an hour tardy.
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