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25 October 2008 @ 11:33 pm
 
We're taking the boys to St. Leon's, today.

It's a nice school. Good courses. Good dorms. Affordable. Excellent reputation. The boys even picked it out themselves.

... then why don't I want them to go?
 
 
 
Vincent Valentinebeastunderneath on October 26th, 2008 06:57 am (UTC)
It's been a long day for all of them - the twins, Byron, Petra, Carbunkle, and of course Cid and Vincent, all groomed to within an inch of their lives. They toured the grounds and the classrooms and spoke with the dean and their councilors, and met the boy and girl who would be showing them the ropes. They reviewed the rules and their expectations, set up course schedules, and assigned them a dorm room in the boy's wing, which was where they were all gathered now.

The boys stood in the middle of pale gold room, side by side, curly heads bowed, dressed in identical white shirts and black ties and trousers. Cid and Vincent stood back, letting the others say their goodbyes first.

Petra stepped forward, dressed in a long pink summer dress, looking lovely and motherly. She knelt in front of them, and took their hands in hers. "You stay sharp, boys, all right? Learn all you can, about everything, and remember to treat the others the way you would passengers onboard, understand? Nice, and polite." She takes a CD out of her purse, and hands it to them. "I... I'm not very good at this. Being a mom sucks. But um... I recorded some songs for you guys, all right? The ones you really like, the ones we baked to, and the ones with the lullabies you like. It should work on your stereo." She hands it over.
xx_thing1_xx on October 26th, 2008 06:59 am (UTC)
Collen sniffs, and gently pulls it from her trembling hand.
xx_thing2_xxxx_thing2_xx on October 26th, 2008 07:01 am (UTC)
Caleb says nothing, subdued and unable to look up.
Vincent Valentinebeastunderneath on October 26th, 2008 07:08 am (UTC)
Petra clears her throat.

"Okay, well... be... be careful, and have fun, okay? I guess... I will, miss you both." She leans in then, uncharacteristically tender, and presses her mouth to both their brows. "Bye," she says softly, finally, and it sounds a bit thick. She abruptly stands and leaves the room.

Carby's next, a weathered, older figure with heavy, lined jowls and sad eyes that made him look like an unshaven basset hound. He wrings his cap in his hands, wearing a wrinkled pale blue dress shirt and pants that sat just below the paunch of his stomach. He runs a long gnarled hand over the sparse bristles of his hair. "Hello, boys," he warbles.
xx_thing2_xxxx_thing2_xx on October 26th, 2008 07:13 am (UTC)
Caleb still doesn't respond, like he was in a trance, his body there, his mind not.
xx_thing1_xx on October 26th, 2008 07:18 am (UTC)
Collen sniffs, but doesn't raise his head either.
Vincent Valentinebeastunderneath on October 26th, 2008 07:19 am (UTC)
Carbunkle rolls in thin lips, chin trembling.

"C'mon boys," he says, in a sad attempt at cheer. "Aren't ye... aren't ye gonna say goodbye to your Carby...?"
xx_thing2_xxxx_thing2_xx on October 26th, 2008 07:24 am (UTC)
Caleb takes a small step forward and presses his face against Carby's belly, but does and says nothing else.
xx_thing1_xx on October 26th, 2008 07:26 am (UTC)
Collen hesitates, then joins Caleb grudgingly.
Vincent Valentinebeastunderneath on October 26th, 2008 07:28 am (UTC)
The trembling in his chin worsens at their reactions, and he drops to his knees, arms about them and clutching them close. He smelled like exhaust and cheap aftershave.

"I love you boys," he chokes out, crying hard and trying to stifle it. "Like ye were my own. You gotta remember that, gotta know that."
xx_thing2_xxxx_thing2_xx on October 26th, 2008 07:30 am (UTC)
Caleb turns his face away.
Vincent Valentinebeastunderneath on October 26th, 2008 07:40 am (UTC)
Carbunkle weeps openly over them, tears and snot running down his face. "We're just tryin' to look out fer ye - give ye chances we never had! I ain't never been to school as nice as this - I know I'd want ye te have the best. God boys, please don't hate me - I don't think I could bear it."
xx_thing1_xx on October 26th, 2008 07:42 am (UTC)
Collen reaches out, and puts a hand on Carbunkle's shoulder, but says nothing.
Cid: serioussmokin_highwind on October 26th, 2008 07:46 am (UTC)
Cid comes up and puts a hand on Carbunkle's other shoulder. "They don't hate ye, Carb. They just don't wanna let on how much it hurts. Say goodbye now."
Vincent Valentinebeastunderneath on October 26th, 2008 07:53 am (UTC)
Carbunkle pulls back reluctantly, sniffling terribly, and cupping their heads in his rough hands, just looking at them, before stiffly getting to his feet. "Goodbye, boys," he says choked. "I'm... I'm gonna miss you something fierce." His face collapses then, and he turns away, walking unevenly out.

As he walks past Vincent, the gunman lays a hand on his slumped shoulder, meeting his eyes silently. Carbunkle nods after a moment, and crying quietly leaves the room to join Petra.
cookusumlovin on October 26th, 2008 07:54 am (UTC)
Byron clears his throat and steps forward. "Guess that makes it my turn. Hey, guys."
xx_thing2_xxxx_thing2_xx on October 26th, 2008 08:07 am (UTC)
Caleb drops his head, bottom lip trembling.
cookusumlovin on October 26th, 2008 08:13 am (UTC)
Byron goes to crouch by Caleb. "C'mere. C'mere Caleb," he coaxes quietly.
xx_thing1_xx on October 26th, 2008 08:14 am (UTC)
Collen just bites his lip, head down.
xx_thing2_xxxx_thing2_xx on October 26th, 2008 08:20 am (UTC)
Caleb makes a wet, sniffling, sobbing sound, and shakes his head.
cookusumlovin on October 26th, 2008 08:22 am (UTC)
"Why not?" Byron asks carefully. "Are you angry? Are you sad, and don't want to show it? Talk to me. I'm just Byron."
xx_thing2_xxxx_thing2_xx on October 26th, 2008 08:29 am (UTC)
Caleb shakes his head again.

"L-leave us, we don't care. We'll b-be fine here, together.... We won't miss you at all."
cookusumlovin on October 26th, 2008 08:47 am (UTC)
Byron stares at him for a long time, then finally leans in, and wraps Caleb up in a tight hug. "I'll miss you, Caleb. I love you. You're a good, smart boy - a young man, now." He pulls back. "We know you're going to do your best to be proper men, right?" He looks to Collen as well.
xx_thing1_xx on October 26th, 2008 08:48 am (UTC)
Collen steps forward, head down. He nods.

"Yeah," he says finally, softly, and robs at his nose. "We know what to do. We aren't babies."
xx_thing2_xxxx_thing2_xx on October 26th, 2008 08:56 am (UTC)
Caleb sniffs, and wraps his arms around Byron's neck, pressing his face into the cook's neck.
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