He was smiling. That was always a good sign, and she'd take it! She smiled at him with a small "Thank you,"as he helped her gather all the books. She gave a small giggle as he bat at the brim of her hand, causing it to move slightly more forward. Her hands reached up, adjusting it back. She giggled as he made a face and a grabbed his tie, acting like he was hanging himself with it. Reaching over, the small blonde placed a hand on his arm. "But it looks so good on you!" She hoped the words would be some small comfort.
She made herself comfortable on the grass, giving a small wiggle as she crossed her legs, hands grabbing her feet as she did so. A softer smile made its way to her face as another giggle erupted as he explained his mishaps with books. "Aha! Must be a Flinders thing, then!" She could only imagine what it must be like to wake up with books on top, underneath, and on every side of you. It was a funny image, that much was certain. "That must be so uncomfortable though! Does it ever wake you up? Or is it just waking up in the morning and turning and going THAT'S WHY MY BACK HURTS! ?"
Iris listened, a frown and a look of concern worming their way onto her face, erasing the bright, sunny smiles she'd previously held. "...Oh." Those..weren't good things to be thinking about at all. It sounded like a lot of pain. A lot of confusion. Something about his mom, and Matt, it sounded very vaguely familiar. Like there was some story she'd heard, or heard around, before, but she couldn't dredge it up. She didn't have the memory for those sorts of things. Lei was a new name. Wait no. She'd heard that somewhere too--very recently. Where....?
She shook her head slightly. No use. Things that weren't frequent simply didn't stick for her. Instead she reached over, wrapping her arms around Aiden. He looked like he really needed a hug to her. "I don't think you're cursed. I think...bad things happen to everyone. But.... also that if a lot of very bad stuff is happening to you, maybe it's... for some kind of reason, you know? Like...preparing you, and keeping you humble. They say the best people have the worst troubles. Maybe there will be someone who needs you, but like... you aren't in a place where you can handle that yet. So you gotta work to get there."