It was only a matter of time
Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:01

Drew held up his hands in a shrug. “Whichever can help me.” He twisted his hands in his lap. “Dad,” he changed his mind. There was no way to tell this story without naming names, and Garen the Counselor would have to tell other people about it. Drew didn’t want DJ to get in trouble for punching Leo—well, okay, part of him did, but Drew had already broken the guy’s nose and he didn’t deserve to get in trouble on top of that.

(Or maybe, whispered a shadowy corner of Drew’s mind, he did deserve it. But even if that was true, the more reasonable part argued, Drew wasn’t the arbiter of justice and it wasn’t his job to go around carrying out karma.)

The point was that Garen his dad wouldn’t have to tell, so even though they were in the counselor’s office they could have a father-son conversation. “So,” and then Drew hesitated, suddenly not sure where to begin. There was no good way to tell your dad you’d punched someone. Dad might full-name him—Drew didn’t hear Andrew Drake Tennant unless he’d done something really bad—and he would definitely do the whole I’m not mad, I’m disappointed thing, which was way worse than him just being mad. Although Drew couldn’t remember ever seeing his dad really, really angry, so maybe that actually would be worse than disappointment, because it took a lot more to make Garen Tennant mad than disappointed.

“You know how Dakota transitioned this year?” he tried, starting earlier than last night. “Connor came up to me in Spellwork on the first day of classes and basically said it’s my fault Dakota’s queer, and he started saying things about,” and then Drew trailed off with a significant look, because he couldn’t voice about you and Aaron. He’d already been on the receiving end of one you-don’t-need-to-fight-our-battles-for-us lecture. He didn’t need another one. “And I, I mean I couldn’t help it, I was really mad, and I cast a Trip Jinx on him. It wasn’t on purpose, I didn’t even say the incantation, I just was really mad. And he said,” Drew continued, rushing to get to this part because it was the important bit, “that if I do anything that makes him upset he’ll tell their dad about Dakota and he’ll put her in an institution.” Drew didn’t know how realistic that was, but Connor seemed to believe it, and Mr. Farnon did seem like the kind of person who’d do something evil like that.

“So now it’s like—I’m really worried about Dakota. Like, if her dad pulled her out of school and she had to go back to England, she wouldn’t keep getting all the services and stuff that Rose got for her.” Drew met Garen’s lighter brown eyes for a second and then looked down at his hands again. “And now if that happens it’ll be my fault.”

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