Alex barked out a laugh. [b "Oh god, that's even better. You can deal with the crybabies. We all know patience is your strong suit."]
Scott slumped in his chair, groaning. [i "Is it too late to ask for execution?"]
"no, he'll be our ambassador to america." she said and smiled. "so instead of stubborn teens, he'll have to deal with stubborn politicians."
Alex crossed his fingers. [b "Make him chaperone to all of the teenagers who can't control themselves, and will no doubt drive him crazy?"]
Scott huffed. [i "I raised you, I'd like to see anyone more challenging than that."]
"Alex." She chided and smiled. "I have a better idea for him...."
He nodded. [i "Yeah, we're good. Though I think I'm still indebted to you for the rest of my life for the whole saving me thing."]
[b "Damn right you are,"] Alex teased as he rejoined them, a coffee mug in his hand. [b "I have half a mind to make you clean the entire castle from top to bottom, all on your own."]
She snickered slightly and said. "Jasper takes care of everything for me." She said and smiled at him. "So are we good now?"
[i "Fresh start,"] he nodded. [i "Still weird thinking my kid brother is going to be king of any country. If I can make a request, please do not, under any circumstances, let him be in charge of planning any major state events. Unless you want diplomats from other nations being subjected to his awful jokes and a DJ with strobe lights everywhere at your first formal dinner."]
She shifted slightly and forces herself to sit up all the way pulling him into a hug. "It's okay.... We were both assholes to each other, so let's call it even and start fresh, deal?"
Scott couldn't bring himself to meet her eyes. He certainly didn't deserve forgiveness, so there was no way he going to be able to accept it so easily from her. [i "Charles has spent years teaching us to be better than what the media paints us out to be. No matter how angry and hostile people are to us, we're supposed to remain peaceful. Then I became just like them the second you walked in."]
He could feel his hands shaking slightly, but he held on to her. [i "Alex has been my responsibility for the last five years. Our parents don't understand what we are, even though they pretend to try. I have been his protector for as long as I can remember, and it's not a role that I'm capable of putting aside easily. I felt threatened to have someone else take that role from me. I know you'll take care of him, and I guarantee he will try to take care of you."]
"you were just doing your job... Albeit a little on the grumpy protective brother side .. but still...." She said and squeezed his hand weakly. "I owe you an apology too... I've been a brat and a giant bitch about a lot of things... But you remind me so much of my brother Dimitri, and it made me remember so many things especially the night my family was killed... It made me angry and I took it out on you... I'm sorry, Scott..."
[i "I'm sure if it was Mystique, she would have looked a lot less awkward about it,"] Scott admitted. [i "I think the nurses were annoyed that I'd be fighting with myself in the hallway, about coming in here."]
He allowed himself to take her hand. Alex rose from his seat, pointing to the door. [b "I'm gonna give you guys a minute."]
Scott waited until the room was empty before speaking again. [i "There isn't much I can say in the way of an apology that will excuse my behaviour. I have been nothing less than fucking garbage."]
"you're not a bull in a china shop." she pointed out. "unlike juggernaut..." she reached out and poked his hand gently. "i hear you were checking on me a lot.. is that true? or was that all mystique?"
Scott shuffled in to her bedside, hands still kept awkwardly at his sides. [i "I'm more worried about accidentally knocking into one of these machines. I'd rather not be the reason for the queen having a medical set-back."]
[b "I doubt she'd have you executed,"] Alex smiled softly, endeared by his brother's turn of opinion.
Ari laughed slightly and coughed. "It's alright." She said and looked at him. "You know you can come closer, I'm not going to bite."
Alex nodded. [b "He offered to watch over you so I could get sleep but I said no. I think everything that happened has smartened him up. A little bit, anyway."]
He disappeared for a moment, returning with his brother a few paces behind him. Scott hovered awkwardly in the doorway. [i "Apparently the castle doesn't have a gift shop, so I couldn't get any flowers or stuffed animals for you. Not even a 'get well soon' balloon."]
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