Andrew Tennant
You rang?
Mon Oct 29, 2018 23:49

Drew had been over at his family’s suite playing Animated Scrabble with Madeleine when his bag made the little shhh sound that meant he’d gotten a message from Remington. (He’d picked shhh! for the noise his message paper made to notify him because he figured that if it went off in class, anyone who overheard it would just assume that someone was shushing someone else. The downside was that now Drew wanted to check his paper every time someone got shushed, even when it was real, but so far he hadn’t gotten caught so he was calling it a success.)

As soon as he read Remington’s message, Drew knew that something was up. Usually they used the message papers she’d enchanted to schedule the next self-defense club meeting, or plan a time to work on Rocky Voices stuff together, or talk about whatever was going on in the school. Drew had never seen her send a message like this, where she said she really needed someone and didn’t explain why.

He apologized to Madeleine and said he had to go because Remy needed his help with something. Madeleine had looked a little sad, but she didn’t try to convince her brother not to leave. She’d just said to say hi to Remington (Madeleine also said he should bring Remington over to play Scrabble because Remy was probably better at it than Drew was, which was probably true but not important). Drew took the passageway from the admin quarters, which wasn’t super close to where he was supposed to meet Remy, but the odds of him getting delayed by running into another friend were pretty low in the passageways. Not zero, because a lot of his friends knew about the passageways, but still low compared to outside in the normal hallways.

Even though he’d been sure something seriously weird was going on, arriving to find Remington sitting on the floor crying shocked him like he’d been flying his broom through a thunderstorm while wearing a suit of armor. Worse still, she started crying even more once she said hi to him. “S-sorry, I know you were probably—probably hanging out with—doing something more important.

Drew so stunned by the fact that Remington was crying that he couldn’t think of a single response to her comment. How could he not be here if she was this upset? “No way,” he said, “this is the most important place I could be.” Drew sat down on the floor next to her and put his arm around her shoulders to comfort her. “What happened? Do I need to beat someone up for you?” It was supposed to be a joke, but if she said yes, Drew would at least think about it. It just depended on who it was. He wouldn’t mind the chance to punch Connor again, for instance.

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