She reached up and hugged him. "Thank you for being part of my family." She whispered to him in German and blushed.
[i "Yes, my queen?"] He looked down at her fondly.
Alex was still unnerved to see the man he'd viewed as a villain for so long, acting gently with her. Then again, Ari had that affect on people.
She closed her eyes at the kiss on her forehead and smiled at him. "Erik?"
The older man's eyes grew soft and understanding. [i "I know, my dear,"] he assured her.
Rising from his chair, he leaned forward to press a kiss to her forehead. [i "Rest easy, knowing that you have us all behind you."]
[b "I don't think she knows the meaning of 'rest',"] Alex remarked with a smirk.
"I used to have more than just mental walls, Erik... Being in that place broke me in more pieces than I care to think about." She explained and looked up at him.
[i "As long as you're comfortable with it,"] Erik was mildly reassured. [i "I never could adjust to the idea of someone else in my head. I wear that helmet to keep him out."]
"this is the first time I've felt okay opening up." She said and looked at Alex. "The professor has been trying to help me let those walls down since I met him."
Erik's face fell into a frown. [i "Heaven forbid Charles Xavier be kept out of the loop for once in his damn life."]
[b "Do you want him in your head?"] Alex looked concerned for her well-being. [b "We can make him stop."]
"he was listening in... He's also apparently glad I kept my walls down for him to be in my head..." She said and sighed.
[i "He knows about my new position already, doesn't he?"] Erik looked mildly annoyed that he might have been beaten to the punch with the secret.
"yeah, the professor and I were just talking." She said and smiled at him.
Both men noticed her attention shift to something not in the room with them. [b "Everything okay?"] Alex's brow furrowed with concern.
Ari snickered and paused hearing a familiar voice in her mind.
[i "I can practically see the shock on Charles' face over the news that I'm a diplomat,"] Erik almost looked excited. [i "I do love making a scene."]
[b "We couldn't tell from your years of dramatic speeches and entrances,"] Alex snarked with a grin.
"you already know Charles..." She said and smiled. She named off a few more and looked at him.
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