His shoulders sagged. [b "It's going to be a bit before I'm used to being the one people look to for answers. I'm barely allowed to vote on the weekly food menu back at the school. People were asking me questions in the courtyard and i had no idea what to say. I made Erik take over for the time being."]
Ari looked up from her book and smiled at him. "Hey. How was your day?"
With the duty of calming everyone passed to Erik, Alex took a few minutes to duck into a nook in the castle wall, away from prying eyes. [i In and out], he focused on his breathing. It was going to be no use to anyone to get overwhelmed by a panic attack when their future was still on shaky ground.
Much more composed after a few moments, he sought out the queen's chambers where they would be staying. If she was being released in the morning, the least he could do was make sure it was comfy and cozy enough for her to rest in when needed.
When he returned to her hours later, he held a tray of small pastries. [b "Thought you might want something other than soup,"] he smiled.
Ari talked with the red skinned male before he disappeared again and sighed.
Alex was in way over his head.
He'd been stopped nearly every twenty feet to answer the desperate questions of well-wishers who sought updates on their queen. He did his best to soothe their fears, but he couldn't blame them. They faced a war against people who wanted to overrun their country. Ari had been the first leader in recent memory to fight for them.
[i "You needn't looked so panicked, you know,"] Erik drawled from a bench overlooking the courtyard. [i "They only want their queen well again. They fear for her health, not their safety."]
[b "Do me a favour as our newly appointed diplomat and work to alleviate some of their concerns,"] he practically begged. [i "They don't believe me without seeing her for themselves."]
Ari rested and blinked hearing a familiar bamf sound. She looked to her right to see a tall man with red skin and a similar tail to her friend Kurt. "You must be Azazel, what are you doing here?" She said and smiled kindly.
Meanwhile Jean was reading a book on the family history of Ari. "Oh, wow.... Scott look at this."
It wasn't until he was walking the corridor that he remembered he didn't actually know where the hell anything was around here. Given he'd been in the country long enough to go right into war, he'd barely logged the layout of the castle, let alone where he could find a jeweler.
[b "I need help,"] he blurted to Emily as soon as he'd spotted her in the courtyard.
[i "How are you already in a panic on our down-time?"] she raised a pitying eyebrow at him.
Alex thrust the bullet he'd been holding at her. [b "Your mother wants this on a necklace. I don't know where to even look for someone who can do that."]
Emily took the ammunition and examined it. [i "Leave it to me. I'll get it done. In the meantime, have a beer and relax or something. It's our first day off."]
[b "Do not let Scott know about that,"] he warned before they parted ways.
Ari snickered and smiled. "Thanks... I love you, alex."
Alex snorted. [b "It's cute that you think he'd listen to anything I have to say. The man is an absolute menace. Tell him 'no', and he'll find eight different ways to disobey you. But, I'll make sure the nurses tape a sign to your door that says 'Piss Off'."]
With one last kiss to her forehead, he set off.
"I actually would like a nap." She said and smiled at him. "Make sure Deadpool doesn't bust in here."
[b "Well sure, if you want to put it in a sweet and welcoming way,"] he scrunched his nose playfully.
[b "I'll go get started on this then. I can let the others know you're free for visitors, as long as they behave themselves. Do you want company while I'm gone?"] he stood from his chair.
Ari snickered and rolled her eyes. "I want it to be a reminder that he's welcome to our home and family."
Alex took the bullet from her and inspected it. [b "They could probably drill through it at the top here and thread a thin chain through it. Definitely possible to make a necklace. Scott will be both touched and haunted by the reminder that you almost died for him. I, personally, plan to use it against him for the rest of his life,"] he beamed at her.
She rolled her eyes and smiled. "Can you please do me a favor though?" She asked and picked up the bullet that the doctors had removed. "I want to give your brother something... So can you take this and get the local jeweler to make it into a necklace or something? Something tasteful?"
Alex pressed a kiss to her temple. [b "Don't worry. I can employ everyone we know to make sure you follow what the doctor says. I'm sure Beast would be more than happy to babysit and read you the latest in his science journals."]
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