Never say never
Fri Jul 20, 2018 23:57

There was this thing that Aaron did sometimes if he got too overwhelmed or if he and Dad were having a Serious Conversation: he would turn into his animagus form, a border collie, and hide under something. Usually he hid under the couch, but sometimes it was one of their beds. Dad didn’t like it when Aaron did that. Drew thought he got why: sometimes you needed a little while to calm yourself down if you were upset, but running away during the middle of a conversation wasn’t cool to the person you were having the conversation with, especially if it was an important one.

If Dade could turn into a dog and hide right now, Drew would bet his entire month’s allowance that he would do just that. In fact he was almost surprised Dade hadn’t crawled under the bench in addition to curling up in a ball. Realizing that even with their sound inaudible the pair of Ceti were now very conspicuously having an intense conversation, Drew glanced around the room to check that no one was paying attention to them. It was hard to tell because they were sitting on the floor and everyone else was standing, except for Rosemarie, who had been knocked off her feet by her partner’s disarmer. It seemed like no one had noticed yet, but Drew wished they were somewhere else anyway.

Unfortunately they weren’t, and Drew couldn’t do the spells that would make it like they had disappeared completely, or that would make people’s eyes just kind of skim over them without seeing. He considered trying a Disillusionment, but that would probably make it so Drew and Dade couldn’t see each other either, which wouldn’t help. He decided not to cast any spells. Considering how upset Dade was, he didn’t want to risk startling him by picking up his wand again anyway.

It wasn’t like they could do anything else, though. They were well past the point where either of them could go back to the lesson. Both of them already knew the spell, and everyone else in the class was already paired off anyway. Usually Dad gave Aaron a little while to calm himself down before trying to talk to him again. Now that he was in the current situation, Drew didn’t know how Dad could do that. He wanted to say something right away, because even a second longer of silence would be too awkward, and gave Dade too much time to worry about what he’d just said anyway.

He managed to count to ten in his head before answering. “I’m not gonna stop being nice to you,” Drew said, unable to keep the incredulity out of his voice. “It’s not stupid. It’s what friends do.” Besides, Dade couldn’t actually mean that he wanted that, right? Who on Earth wanted someone to stop being nice to them? Dade was probably just overwhelmed. He looked overwhelmed. Drew didn’t know how to fix it but he wanted to. He wanted to hug Dade again, but that seemed like a really bad idea considering that Dade had pulled away so much. And also—and also what did Dade mean when he said he didn’t know? Drew thought about that for a few moments before he decided what to say.

“Listen,” he told Dade gently, disobeying the request to stop being nice because he didn’t know how to follow it, “whatever’s going on with you, it’s okay. It doesn’t matter what it is, I just wanna help. Even if you think I can’t help, or even if it’s something that can’t be changed, sometimes just telling someone about something makes it less…” He didn’t know what word he wanted there, but settled after a moment on, “scary. It’s your business and you don’t have to tell me,” because I think I already know, “unless you want to. It doesn’t matter either way. We’re friends no matter what.”

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