"I don't care what you think, it's your job to be kind to him, to protect him." the older man was stern but fair, and Gale knew he was right. "The other kids say he's stupid for believing..." A six year old Gale muttered, looking at the floor as he kicked at it with his worn sneakers. He didn't believe in the things that his step brother did, but he didn't think any less of him for his beliefs, but he was beginning to feel like he didn't fit in because he took up for Charlie so much. The other kids were so mean to him, though, and he didn't like it. His dad put a hand on his shoulder and lifted his chin so that their eyes connected."You have to look out for him, Gale. You're all he's got." The older man said with a gentle smile, and Gale smiled back, nodding. "I will." He agreed, earning a hug from his father. There was nothing he loved more than feeling like someone was proud of him, and because of that, he knew he would never abandon his step brother just because he believed in things like giants. Even if they weren't real, that didn't mean other people should make fun of him.
It was early in the morning and Gale was still fast asleep in his bed. The years had passed so quickly, and he was no longer the young child that had run around his parents' house playing pretend with his siblings. No, he was in college now, but one thing hadn't changed. He still shared a room with Charlie, and he still took up for him whenever he could. There wasn't anything that could get him not to do so. For as long as he could remember Charlie had trouble with the other kids their age making fun of him, and even if Gale didn't believe, he didn't join in. He had tried many times to convince Charlie that there was no such thing as giants, but his step brother would never listen, no matter how much he tried.
That morning it was storming, and normally it didn't matter, but today it was really loud and really close, and a particularly loud crack of thunder pulled Gale from his slumber. He shifted in bed, messing up his blonde hair even more. He still stayed where he was, it always took a few minutes for him to actually wake up, but he could tell Charlie was already awake, because he could hear him moving around. Though, when he heard the sigh, he knew what it meant, and he blinked his eyes open in time to see his dorm mate sit down on his own bed. Gale pushed himself up, crawling over his bed and then moving over onto Charlie's, crawling over to sit beside of him."Ignore them."
He said softly, bumping Charlie's shoulder with his own. He knew it wasn't as simple as that, but he couldn't really think of anything else to say to him. Looking up, he listened to the rain and then it thundered again, lightening shining through the window. "Did you sleep alright?"
He asked, looking back over at Charlie as he yawned and rubbed one of his eyes. He was still rather tired, but he was awake now, and he knew there was no going to sleep again.