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Humanity By EJBowman Characters: 4941

Updated: 2017-12-27 12:03

"Sorry, " Koris said as the boy scurried out of the way and he slid in.

Flick sat with his knees pulled toward his chest and backed-up against the bath. Koris came down to his level by kneeling on one knee beside the boy.

"You're fine, it's okay, " he repeated over and over again as he rocked the trembling boy back and forth. "You're safe, it's okay."

They sat there like that for just under five minutes. Flick's attacks could last between ten minutes and an hour. The only time it had lasted two hours was when he was fifteen and another teenager in his remedial art class attacked him with a pair of safety scissors. Koris remembered how heart-breaking it was to find the boy quivering in his hiding spot in the cabinet underneath the art room sink. How could one child have so much fear?

"Err ya mar?" the young man said in a muffled voice.

"Pardon?" Koris had to ask.

Flick looked up: "A-are ya mad?"

Young pulled the boy closer and kissed him on the top of his head. "No, of course not."

"I'ma sorry."

"Shh, you have nothing to be sorry for."

Flick nodded even though he didn't believe that. All those fancy people out there would be judging him and Koris.

"Y-ya should go back to the party thingy, " he said.

Koris shook his head. "No, the party isn't important."

"But I kinda want to be alone for a little while."

"Oh, " he said while nodding in understanding. "Are you sure? I can stay if you want."

"Nah. I'll be okay. I… I j

hope I'm not a home wrecker."

Flick took his head out of his knees when there was a knock at the door. He had not kept track of time during his anxiety attack, but surely fifteen minutes hadn't passed already.

"C-come in, " he stammered, presuming it was Koris on the other side of the door.

He was startled when a blond man popped his head through the door.

"Gah!" he squeaked.

Flick stood up and tried to move backwards but his foot got stuck on the wall of the bath and he fell backwards into the tub.

Lysander cursed under his breath before stepping fully through the door and locking it behind him. Flick accepted the help out of the bathtub even though he was embarrassed. Lysander had a very soft, yet emotionless expression. He felt pity for the quivering young man with the tear-stained face.

Patting the sink counter, he gestured for the boy to sit up on it instead of the ground or on the toilet that had no lid. Flick complied, but kept his head low.

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