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Simon Bican

Go Ask Alice (Jan. 20th '18)

By Simon Bican, in 2018

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Repository Tilani
17 year old Muggleborn Human ☆ He/Him

[[I'm forward-dating this a bit, I know. Also for simplicity's sake anything in green and italics is to be read as translated from Romanian.]]

In the spotlight he was a man transformed, a being whose body was made for beauty and expression, who fed on music and adoration in equal measure. But once the music stopped and he was no longer on stage he was the Prince no more. Instead he was the beast slinking away to his tower, the frog hiding in the pond. He needed his downtime after performance, to separate from the role and find himself again. Or rather, hide himself again.

After the performance was his nightmare, the gathering of parents and siblings and grandparents to dote upon daughters and sons - admittedly mostly daughters - who had spent the evening displaying the skills and routines they had spent the whole summer working on... and doing nothing but. Simon, too, had fall into that extreme focus as he prepared for the showcase with two routines; first the Knave of Hearts pas de deux with a girl named Violet (who was wonderful to work with, if only for the fact that she was not Silvia), and his solo piece, the grand pas from Paquita. That he had been working on for months, sneaking out to F3 to practice in secret.

And it had paid off. The applause still rang in his ears long after departing the stage, long after changing out of his costume and back into mundane clothes: jeans, sneakers, a t-shirt with the Nightwing logo on it. Now if only he could pretend he had no been one of the dancers and slink outside to the warm night air without being noticed.

But of course he was noticed. "You did wonderfully," came a voice speaking Romanian, as his family always did at home. With those three words his mother held him captive even as the exit was just within reach. "Before you run out, I just wanted to let you know that." With that, she stood up on her toes and pressed her lips to his cheek, just missing the heart Simon had, on a whim, painted there when doing his makeup earlier. He'd since wiped most of it off, but some of it still lingered: a smudge of liner around the eyes, a smear of red across his lips, and of course the faded heart. "My little prince," she added, and then she departed in a swirl of perfume and sapphire dress.

After waiting a moment to see who else would ambush him - no one came - he pushed the door open and headed out. The air was warm, the sun having set about an hour before, and filled with the sounds of the city. Cars, people walking down the street, whatever music escaped from the theatre he was leaning against. A story was being told here, and he blocked it out with the headphones he pulled from his pocket. He narrowed his world now to the phone in one hand, flicking through video after video of other dancers and dances, before settling in to try and recapture that lost moment of wonder.

(Simon)

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Repository Sammy
17 year old Halfblood Human ☆ He/Him/His/Himself

Aunt Myrtle and her daughter, Violet, were Teddy's favorite muggles. See, his mother was a muggleborn witch and the only in the family that they knew of. In his childhood, he got to spend a lot of time with Myrtle and Violet, watching movies at the cinema, going hiking, going on day trips, et cetera. They enjoyed having time to spend together, especially in the summers when Teddy would come back home from school. Yet, with time, the danseuse who had been working on her dance skills for years started to work in intensives, camps, master classes, and other summer programs to improve herself over the summer.

This was the main reason Teddy began to attend the summer sessions at Tally, but he made sure to attend her final performances every year. This year she was in a new intensive (to her) that she was very excited about. She and Teddy had written letters back and fourth about their summers. So far, hers was much more exciting. She was working on a number from the Royal Ballet's Alice in Wonderland and a solo piece from the third act of Anastasia by Sir Kenneth MacMillan.

Teddy was really captivated by the Alice's Adventures in Wonderland performance. Violet was playing her part beautifully along with the danseur. There was something, however about the danseur that caught his attention. He wasn't too sure of it, at first because of the makeup and because he was trying to pay attention to Violet, but he could of swore he saw Simon as her dance partner. That all shattered, however when he came out for his solo. It was definitely him.

Simon did a wonderful job. He payed attention to detail and truly became the character. The performances caught him off-guard because this showed a different side to him. It showed a more tender, yet strong side to the young man Teddy was used to endlessly belittling him and pushing him away. It intrigued him. He wanted to know more. Yet, how could he ask? The least he could do was congratulate him. He did phenomenally.

Simon and Violet had both done wonderfully and Teddy, having came by himself, offered his cousin a congratulations. The spoke for a moment and he couldn't help but ask. "So, Violet, where's the Knave of Hearts?" "Simon?" she asked, surprised by the thought. "So it was him. He's one of my more angry, brooding peers in school." She looked at him bewildered, "Are you sure we're speaking of the same Simon?" "Yes, it just had to be him. I'm shocked, but I'd know that ass anywhere." She rolled her eyes at him and told him to go find his friend, that he had probably left, and that they could catch up later. He wasn't so sure Simon would call him a friend, like Violet assumed, yet perhaps they could be now that he saw this different side of him.

Teddy made his way out of the building, trying to find Simon and let him know how well he did. Teddy scanned the crowd and found him more than a few yards away. Wanting to catch up to him more quickly, Teddy jogged over to him, tapped him on the shoulder, and said, "So it was you, Knave of Hearts."

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Too absorbed in his little video world to notice anyone's approach - let alone Teddy's - that when the tap on his shoulder came, he practically leaped three feet in the air. Not an impossibility, mind you, given the leaps he had done not long before in the grand pas. Worse though was that he dropped his phone, pulling the headphones from his ears and skittering across the concrete with only the anti-breakage charm Simon (like most students) had put on it keeping it safe.

He swore under his breath before turning on the tapper. And promptly froze, colour draining from his face as it dawned on him he had been caught. It made the red traces on his lips and the shadow of the heart on his cheek stand out all the more starkly. His phone lay on the ground, forgotten in Simon's shocked panic.

Ted. Teddy Spellman.

Shit. All of Tallygarunga would know of this by the end of their first day back.

He'd be ruined. The peace and quiet that had come with the persona he'd accidentally cultivated would have gone, and instead there'd be... There'd be expectations, people wanting him to be their little dancing boy.

For one moment he thought he could deny it, say what was him? But then Ted named him Knave and that was it. Game over, man, game over.

"Congratulations, Ted," he said, trying to keep his standard level of snark but struggling for the thick layer of panic that coated his tongue. He swallowed hard and tried again. "You've solved the mystery. I stole the Queen's tarts. Now what do you want?"

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The strength of his response, showed that Simon was most definitely not prepared for anyone, let alone Teddy to know about him dancing. Teddy wasn't all that sure why he would be ashamed of his dance or fear others knowing about it, but he, for one thought Simon was phenomenally expressive, talented, and fit to do that. He knew because of his cousin, just how much work one had to put into ballet. He admired it as an art form and sport. He would never seek to publicly shame anyone for it.

Simon seemed to think that Teddy would go around and tell the whole school, based off of what he told him. Teddy was willing to be forgiving on the matter, even as he turned red, because he knew Simon was responding like this because of Teddy's ability to find information on anything, accurately and quickly. He had good reason based off of the information that he did have, to assume that Teddy would want something to remain quiet.

That, however, wasn't Teddy's style.

Sure it would have been nice to make him stop calling him Ted. Sure it would be nice for him to tell Simon he had to hang out with him whenever he got left alone. Yet, all of that wasn't satisfactory.

"I am not really the kind to take bribery, but you don't have to worry, I won't tell the Queen. I would rather see you keep your head intact." He then smiled playfully at the Knave, taking a mental note of the makeup still on his face. He wondered if he could get Simon a makeup removing potion to make taking the makeup off of his face easier after performances.

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Even as worried as he was, Simon could not help but roll his eyes. "So that's a no on the bribery then?" he snarked. "What could it be then? Nothing like a little blackmail between friends, I guess." Simon was no fool, he was well are that you could never buy silence, only rent it. So what would Ted's starting price be?

The closest thing to the Red Queen right now was Simon's mother, and he highly doubted Teddy would run inside and tell her. By now she did have the idea that her son was a dancer, and a knave. More than once he had stolen baking she had made before it was ready - and especially when it was never meant for him in the first place.

Scratch that thought. What he could tell her was about the things that never happened. Nope, never happened, not once and certainly not twice. Zero, zilch, nada.

The worry gnawing at his stomach was growing now, turning from thousands of tiny teeth into a handful of wicked fangs, of tearing incisors. His teeth were back, and he was ready to use them. How dare Ted do this, ruin his secret, interrupt his coming down from the dancing high, and insist on sticking around through everything?

He pushed forward from the wall at his back, and into Teddy's personal space. He didn't let anything like the three inches Teddy had on him stop him from doing his best to be intimidating. Were he a cat, he would be twice his normal size, puffed up in rage and terror. "Fuck you, Theodore Spellman," he ground out, voice so low it was almost a growl. "This is mine, and I don't want you to share it. You can't have it. So name your price."


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Teddy felt like his back was curling along his spine, adrenaline pumping through him as Simon got into his personal space. He didn't deal well with physical intimidation. He felt his blood pumping as the other tried to scare him. His breathing got heavier and he could feel himself getting frustrated.

He pushed Simon back against the wall, his right hand against Simon's left shoulder, and his face very close to Simon's. He looked into his eyes, with a fiery passion no one had seen before from Teddy. It was hard to tell if this was anger or passion of a different nature, Teddy, however, would not take physical intimidation of slander.

"You don't get to tell me who I am or what I want, Bican. I am not defined by your shitty attitude or your closing off of the world, but I won't let that make me bitter, either. Just know that... this isn't payment."

Teddy felt a lot of things in the heat of this moment, his head feeling heavy as blood pumped to it in higher numbers. The next thing Teddy knew, he pressed his lips against Simon's and his left hand played with the edge of Simon's shirt, trying to find the right place to be. It was all happening so fast.

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To say Simon was surprised by the sudden burst of physicality from Teddy was an understatement. Teddy may have had a good three inches on him in height but he'd never been this aggressive before. It was so out of character, in Simon's eyes, that he missed the entirety of Teddy's speech.

What he could not help but notice was Teddy's lips on his.

He froze, neither returning the kiss nor pushing him away. When this had never happened before it most certainly would have been in a better place. Not with a Simon afraid and lashing out, and this Teddy who... was this Teddy. When he did find his ability to move again it was in his hands, which twisted into the fabric of Teddy's shirt but nothing more. To push, to pull, to hold Simon didn't know - and then the choice was made for him.

"Simon, darling, are you still out here?"

"Mama!" Simon half-gasped against Teddy's lips before pushing him away.

"Simon, is that you?" The voice was closer now, and as it approached his attempts to right himself and move away from Teddy became more panicked.

But he gave into her questions. "Yes, Mama,
I'm here.
" It was probably better to get this over and done with, try and take control before Teddy decided to be 'helpful'.

His mother came around the slight corner, and stopped short at the sight of Simon not alone."Simon, who is this?"

While it was clear from Simon's behavior who she was, there was little resemblance between mother and son. She was a tiny, delicate thing, almost a foot shorter than him with a face lined with hundreds of thousands of easy smiles. They did share the same colouring, the warm undertones of the skin and dark hair.

There was no getting out of it now. "A friend from school, Mama, Theodore Spellman. Ted, this my mum, Viorica Bican."

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So many things had just happened and it all happened so fast, Teddy wasn't even sure if it was real. It was like he was in some kind of novel or muggle drama series on the television. Not too sure of why he was reacting the way he did, he let go off all of the tension and anger when he heard Simon's name from someone else, in a tongue foreign to him. "Oh shit," he thought, "what the hell just happened?

The whole scenario became much more odd when the tangling of Simon's hand in Teddy's shirt turned into him pushing Teddy away as he said "Mama." Teddy's eyes widened as he turned to Teddy's mother, red smeared on his lips, as well, now. He didn't know what was going on or even what would be appropriate to say, so he turned silent and his whole face and his ears turned bright red when he realized that he had just pinned Simon against a wall and tried to kiss him after getting in what had to be the most heated altercation of his life in front of Simon's mother.

What had he done? What came over him? He wasn't normally like this.

Then, Simon introduced Teddy to his mother. He grinned to the best of his ability, unable to contain his blushing. He couldn't believe himself. He just got so caught up in anger and passion, it was like this other side of him took over. It was fight or flight, and apparently, he fought. He then stuck out his hand to greet her, "It's a pleasure, Mrs. Bican."

He still felt a bit like he was outside of himself, but he managed to pull himself into social graces.



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Viorica turned to her son, one immaculate eyebrow raised ever so slightly. "'Friend?'" That one word was enough to set Simon's cheeks aflame - something she promptly ignored as much as the colour already on Teddy's lips and cheeks.

To Teddy she said, in heavily accented but well-spoken English, "It is lovely to meet you, Theodore. I'm so pleased you decided to come see my boy perform. I always ask him, invite your friends, let them see you soar. And finally someone has come to see him."

"Mama, I didn't-"

"Simon has never let us meet his friends from school before," she continued on, barrelling over her son's attempt at correction. "Silvia yes, and I'm sure you know what a butterfly she is. But never Simon. You cannot know how happy it makes me to know that one of his friends has finally come to see him."

Simon opened his mouth to try and correct her again, but shut it without a word. She may have been embarrassing him to no end, but he hadn't made her happy like this in...

Well. He couldn't remember.

She reached up and touched her son's cheek - the one without the heart - in a gentle caress. Pride emanated from that touch and the smile accompanying it. "He did so well tonight. I am so proud. Tell me Theodore, what did you think of my handsome knave?"(Simon)

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Teddy was very touched by Mrs. Bican's love for her son. Teddy could tell that she wanted the very best for him and he couldn't help but find that sweet, even if he didn't quite catch every word as the brick from the walls behind Mrs. Bican's head faded in and out of focus when he was trying to stop reflecting on the very uncharacteristic moment he just had. It was hard.

Yet, he still caught much of the gist of what she had said. He couldn't be convinced, given the fondness she showed her son, to tell her that he had really come to see Violet. So, he responded, "I wouldn't have missed it for the world. He has been a great friend to me." It felt odd saying that because Simon often avoided the label friend prior to this point, but had used the term earlier, even if it was heated.

Then she asked his opinion. Teddy wasn't an expert on ballet, but with years of watching Violet, he tried his best. "I found his performance to be quite touching actually. He did a phenomenal job in both roles, really coming into the character. It was like night and day seeing him perform on stage. He has clearly put a lot of effort into becoming the characters and making the dance work for him and his partner. I'd say he's very skilled for people our age."

Teddy was quite nervous in this moment and really didn't want to disappoint Mrs. Bican, but it was what he really thought of the performance. Simon had done very well and he loved it. He just hoped that Simon or his mom wouldn't hate him profusely after this entire exchange, because he definitely did not mean for these things to happen.

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While Viorica beamed at the praise heaped upon her son, Simon did the opposite. His face twisted into an over-dramatic frown that was almost comedic in its ridiculousness. It was not just due to how she continued to embarrass him (although it was no small part) but Teddy's reply.

At times Simon seemed to exist in a sort of Schrödinger's confidence, at once intensely proud and yet intensely suspect of his own skill and hard work. Teddy's comments triggered the latter: what would a guy like Teddy know about ballet and what was good? He was looking at it with the eye of a casual audience, surely. And also it was just because he didn't rude to Simon's mother.

(The same argument could not be applied to Viorica, as she clearly knew what good ballet was. The angry eleven year old that was the true Simon argued that it was because she was his mother, pointedly ignoring the many, many times she had been more kindly critical than cruely kind.)

"Oh, don't make that face," she told him. Then to Teddy: "Does he make that face at school? I don't know why he insists on doing that. He has such a handsome face." To emphasise the point, she patted his cheek again.

It only made Simon's scowl deepen. "Mama, are you trying to embarrass me?"

"Don't be silly, Simon. I do not try - I succeed."

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Teddy felt a little silly, seeing Simon act this way in front of his mother. He had seen him be standoffish at school and make that face, but for some reason, he thought that was part of Simon's act in hiding himself from the outside world. He always made faces and over expressed extreme emotions, something Teddy was beginning to perceive as a means of hiding how he truly felt about things and turning things on others.

Simon's mother was having none of it, as she called him out on it and Teddy couldn't help but chuckle at her comments. "He is quite the master of facemaking, I'd say. I'm glad I'm not the only one that worries it will cause him wrinkles."

Teddy was nervous about upsetting Simon at first, but there was something very appealing about this unique chance for him to poke fun at him and he him react. Most of the time it was the other way around, so it was nice to have things happen a little differently.

Teddy was more than happy with the opportunity to have met Simon's mother. He smiled at Simon and then looked back at Mrs. Bican. He appreciated her taking the time to talk to him and get to know him, not even realizing he had lipstick all over his face or remembering how much he had embarrassed himself mere moments ago.

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Mama, please, Simon almost said, but he stopped himself before the words escaped. To do so would give Viorica more fuel for the fire, more embarrassment ammo for the attach; Simon did the same with others, but more out of meanness than fond ribbing. Still, he had learned at the feet of this master and was not fool enough to think he had surpassed her.

"Oh, he already has the wrinkles," she said with a laugh and a smile that crinkled her own features. "But they are not laugh lines like his mother's. I hope you can make him laugh more than I can.

"Now," she continued, "I had better be inside. They will wonder where I have gone. It was very nice to meet you, Theodore, and I hope you will come see my son dance again. Even if he doesn't invite you-" she punctuated this with a sharp glare at her son "- then I invite you."

Seemingly satisfied with how much she had embarrassed her son, she moved forward to embrace Teddy. And not one to resist one more poke, she said softly in his ear, too quiet for Simon to overhear, "By the by, you have a little something on your mouth."

Then she released him, smile practically beatific. "Now Simon, you be nice to that boy," she told her son, in a tone that meant there was only one acceptable reply.

"Yes, Mama."

And then she was on her way. Simon watched until she was gone, back to Teddy the entire time. Once he was certain the were alone, he spoke but still did not turn back to face him. "Yeah, I know. I wonder how we're related too."

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This moment was one that likely could never be replicated. Teddy learned that Simon had kept pretty much everyone away from his family and he figured out that Simon was a danseur. The fact that this moment was coinciding with Teddy responding aggressively to Simon's attempt to physically intimidate him, kissing him, and then getting interrupted doing so by the arrival Simon's mother, only served to make the moment more unique. It helped that Mrs. Bican wasn't afraid to poke fun at Simon, because it took some of the tension off of the moment and revealed some more about Simon.

It was all going well, that was, until Mrs. Bican pointed out that Teddy indeed had some of Simon's makeup on his face. She knew what they had been doing this whole time. Teddy was glad she still treated him well considering the situation, but he couldn't help but turn a bright red upon knowing that she caught them the way she had. He had never imagined that he would meet her, much less while he was kissing her son a little too aggressively. It was all a lot for him to handle and then she left.

Simon chimed in, commenting on the situation in his normal, standoffish way. Teddy responded, still red as a well cooked lobster, saying, "Actually, she quite reminded me of you," as his eyes moved from focusing on the mortar joints of the wall to Simon. "She is much like you, but without the malaise toward life that you carry on your shoulders." He couldn't help himself. He was still very confused by all that had happened and even though he calmed down from his fight or flight response to being physically intimidated, he was still quite vexed by the entire situation.

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"Malaise, huh? That's quite the word." Simon couldn't deny its accuracy, however. "But I don't see the rest. She's more like Silvia than me. I'm sure you can see it." Like her mother, Simon's twin was an expert in poking at him - probably where she got him from.

If Silvia was like their mother, the same could not be said for Simon and his father. Mummy's boy and Daddy's girl the twins were, but as the years went by Simon and his father had drifted apart, a relationship strained by magic and secrets growing worse. This summer had been the worst, with his father staring at him like he'd seen a ghost when he and Viorica had come to pick the twins up. It was three whole days before Aurel had said anything beyond 'please pass the salt'.

Simon heaved a great sigh. "You didn't have to lie to her, you know. Now she'll ask me all about my 'friend'-" here he made air quotes "- and be heartbroken when you never come to anything I do." He still didn't look over at Teddy. Him being out of sight made it easier to talk to. "And you didn't have to lie when you said I was good. Why were you even here?" Had Teddy heard a rumour and decided to spy on him? Had he planned to confront Simon about this?

It couldn't be a coincidence. Surely.

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Teddy chuckled because he found it ironic how Simon didn't see how the ways in which he picked on Teddy were very similar to the ways in which Mrs. Bican had picked on him. He did see, however, that she was much more like Silvia than him in her method of banter. His was more sharp and cruel, theirs more playful and endearing. Yet, something made Teddy feel as if this was more because Simon was a moody male teenager than anything else.

Teddy rolled his eyes when Simon accused him or lying and attacked their friendship. Each time Teddy tried to get one step closer to the real Simon, he was pushed harder. It got old. He felt bad about it, for some reason. He felt like he must be doing something wrong to get pushed so strongly away from someone with whom he was genuinely interested in developing a friendship. He didn't understand what it was, though.

"My cousin, Violet, was Alice and I did think you did well. I've watched enough ballet to know a good performance. You are good. Stop using me to beat yourself up." Teddy got tired of Simon's attempts to come up with ulterior motives for him to be nice to him. He didn't understand why Simon was that way. What did Teddy do to merit that kind of response? He couldn't wrap it around his head.

"Have you ever thought for once that I just want to be your friend and I'm not trying to hurt you? Maybe, just maybe, I don't want to hurt you or use you for profit. It's just a thought." he added.

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"Violet, huh?" That explained a lot. It was all just a horrible coincidence. "How long do you think you can hold off running to her for all the juicy details? Five minutes? Ten?"

He shook his head then, as if to shake away the next biting words that wanted to come out. Instead Simon focused on his mother's request: be nice. She was right. Despite all his behaviour Teddy was his friend - or at least the closest thing he had to one.

"I'm sorry," he mumbled quietly, the two words blurring together into one msorry. Then, louder and clearer, "That was a dick thing to say."

Why yes, Simon did have the ability to say he was sorry. And more importantly, actually kind of mean it. Okay so he still was not looking at Teddy when he said it but it still counted, right?

Simon sighed and ran a hand through his hair - then promptly grimaced at the feel of hairspray and gel that still clung to it, and now his hand. "You're the closest thing to a friend I have - how fucking sad am I? One friend and such an ass to him? - and-"

And what, Simon?

Simon didn't know.   (Simon)

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This scenario was rather overwhelming in general.

Simon was getting Teddy to realize some things. In particular he began to realize just how much Simon was building up walls to keep others away. He didn't quite know why and didn't really mind if he ever did. He just wanted him to be happy.

Sure, Simon was mean to him. Sure Teddy knew that it was a way to filtering out the people that would hurt him. That didn't mean it hurt less when every attempt to show Simon he wouldn't hurt him was met with a painful blow.

Then Simon said it. As much as Teddy wanted to make him say it again or rub it in his face, he knew this was a breakthrough moment for Simon. He decided to let it go and receive his apology and comment of friendship.

There was something about always being on the defensive or offensive that got to people. Teddy got that because he was always having to respond to dry humor thrown upon him. There must have been some hurt that caused that. He didn't want to respond to that by creating more hurt when Simon finally opened up to him.

Teddy walked over to him and wrapped his arms around Simon quietly. He rested his coiffed hair on his shoulder and said, "It's okay. I understand."

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Simon stood there quietly for some time, not pulling away from Teddy but not leaning into the hug either. Instead he was just there, calmly enjoying the solid presence at his back.

Teddy was too good a friend for someone like him, Simon knew, clearly fighting through the general cloud of jerk to get through to someone who just... wasn't enough. Maybe that was why he was such an active jerk to him - better to snap and snarl now as a warning to stay away than a full-on vicious attack later, right?

With a great exhale of breath Simon relaxed, fully leaning back into the hug. One arm came up to rest a hand on an arm wrapped around his torso. "You really thought I was good?" he asked in a tentative voice, as his fingers idly drew short lines across the bare skin of Teddy's forearm. "I mean, I know I'm good-" he added more firmly, and it wasn't an entirely unearned gloat, "but... you actually liked it? You're not just saying that because you - because you're my friend-" and here that tremulous note, so foreign and strange even to Simon, reappeared "-but... fuck, just forget it."

A part of him wanted to walk away then, avoid the burning embarrassment that rose like bile up his throat. But he didn't. He held on. Or rather, continued to let Teddy do the holding on.

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This was a nice hug. Simon seemed to be pushing away from his hard exterior and opening up a little bit. It was nice to have a friend be honest with you and communicate when you worked hard to show them that you weren't going to hurt them. When he leaned into the hug, Teddy smiled and listened to his words. He communicated a fear that Teddy shared.

People were always so quick to shield themselves from a world full of judgement and hatred and in many ways they had every right to. The world was hurtful. Simon communicated a concern that he was doubtful that Teddy liked his performance and that there was some reason why he wasn't willing to share. Normally Teddy would press for an answer, but he wasn't sure if that was what he wanted to do.

Teddy was getting a lot of mixed signals at this moment. Simon was drawing circles on his arm and leaning back into the hug. He felt shivers travel up his spine and blushed as this happened all while trying to remain attentive to what the other young man was saying. The other young man making him feel somewhat perplexed. Did those moments at parties mean more than just kissing? Was there something else there?

He tried not to dig too deep into that hole because he knew it could lead bad places, so he focused back on the matter at hand and letting the moment exist as it was. Lifting his head, he said, "You can tell me what you want to say. I really did enjoy it though. You're probably the best partner Violet has danced with and your solo was really impressive. It's not often I see that kind of talent at the intensives she does." His right thumb rubbed against Simon's torso softly, his hand remaining in same position within the embrace as he spoke, an action he didn't partake in consciously. Then, he placed his head back on the other's shoulder, not wanting to show that he was still very much blushing.

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Simon chuckled, a low and throaty sound with a surprising amount of warmth to it. "Of course you haven't seen that kind of talent before, since you hadn't ever seen me dance." He was back to confident now, openly preening at Teddy's praise.

Maybe it wasn't so bad that his mother had invited Teddy to his future dances. And maybe it wouldn't be so bad that Teddy knew about all this. Sure, he might have been the biggest gossip Simon knew, with a nose for gossip like a niffler had for shiny things, but he wouldn't share this.

Teddy was a good friend. Again, a better one than Simon deserved. But this time he wasn't going to shove him away.

Instead he turned into the hug, pulling back enough so that he could hug Teddy back, and press himself in so closely he could rest his chin on Teddy's shoulder. The same movement would allow Teddy's head to settle back down on Simon's shoulder, much as it had been before the physical rearrangement.

"Hey, so, you wanna go inside and get some mini pies and sandwiches before the girls realise they don't have to stick to their diet?" He hoped there was still some good left - Simon knew all too well the urge to gorge once it was all over. "You could say hi to Silvia, and my mum can make a pain of herself again. I'm sure she'd like that."

A sudden thought occurred as he held Teddy tight, and Simon had to voice it aloud. "What did she say to you, anyway? Mum, when she hugged you."

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Teddy chuckled to himself when Simon commented on his own dancing skills. He had just questioned Teddy's observations and now he was riding them on the way to a great ego boost. Teddy expected no less, but there was something about Simon's way of doing this that couldn't do much else, but make him laugh.

A lot had just happened and Teddy managed to be right in the middle of it all. Yet, he wasn't upset about it at all. In fact, he was quite pleased with the success this moment provided in bringing the two of them even closer together, even if it meant that he was experiencing mixed emotions from Simon's way of expressing this. Simon was quite the curious one, wasn't he?

When Simon turned around and hugged Teddy, he blushed to a bright red color, realizing that they really had a breakthrough. He rested his head on the other's shoulder again, smiling. If he could pause this moment for a while, he probably would have, the confusion and feelings he was having with it and all. There was something very comforting in knowing that someone saw the effort you put in to be there for them and return it in some way.

Teddy thought that food sounded like a great idea. In fact, his stomach growled when the idea was mentioned. Smiling and finally pulling out of the hug, Teddy smiled, trying not to focus on the many feelings running through him in this moment, saying "Food sounds wonderful and I'd love to see your mom and Silvia again." He was genuine in these remarks, especially when considering the prospect of meat pies.

The blush that had slowly faded away returned, however, when Simon asked him what his mother had said. "She was just admiring the artwork we made on my face. By the way, is it possible we could go to the washroom first and charm this stuff off?" With that remark, he followed Simon into the restaurant and they cleaned up and enjoyed themselves over some mini pies and conversation.

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