"Most kids never do," Maximus supplied with a smile. "When I was in middle school and my brother was younger, during the summer he'd wake me up at like six in the morning."
“Oh Gawd, I wouldn't have done that. I'd a chase that boy through the house.” he said and laughed. “ some times a swear children have crazy thoughts.”
"I once told him to 'fuck off' and he told my mom," Maximus said, smiling lightly at the memory.
"That was back when he told our parents everything. Now he tells me everything instead."
" nice, have you guys grown any closer?" Alastor asked softly. He wanted to learn as much as he could about the other before their dance
Maximus nodded, a small smile on his face.
"Yeah," he said "we're like each other's secret keepers."
" that's awesome. " He said, looking down at the table as he remembered some of the closer friends he had, then he remembered the things they'd done to him..
He shook his head slightly as he felt the phantom pain from the deep scars. He knew a few of the newer wounds weren't false pain and he'd have to take a Tylenol soon.
Maximus raised one eyebrow but didn't press.
"It's great sometimes, but other times, it isn't so great." He told Alastor.
He began to sketch a cherry blossom tree.
"sooo.. what's you favorite season? And do you have swim class next?" He asked softly. " Do you even swim?"
Maximus shook his head.
"No," he said "to both actually."
"Do you swim?" He asked. "Like as a sport?"
" sometimes but often I just swim for fun," he said and looked at maximus's drawing " that's pretty yah know"
Maximus smiled to himself and nodded in thanks.
"Thank you," he said quietly. "Gee I'm getting all flustered."
" I mean- your even prettier but I think you already knew that," he said with a smirk. " Or is it knew information?" He asked, moving closer to maximus
Maximus smiled uncomfortably and moved backwards, away from him.
"Don't call me that." He insisted and returned to his sketch.
"I'm starting to rethink my decision of going to homecoming with you." He stated, honestly. "That was a creepy move."
Alastor sighed " it was meant to be a pickup line, I'm sorry" he mumbled.
He could hear the brute honesty in maximus's voice, and now he just kept his mouth shut, looking in the opposite direction of the other.
He'd made his only.. friend? Date?.. whatever they were, uncomfy and it upset him. Maybe he should have just kept his mouth shut before that..
"It's okay," Maximus said honestly. "But just know, I'm not one for cheesy pickup lines, makes me feel awkward. How am I supposed to respond? With another pickup line? By saying no thanks? Being honest? It's just a situation I'd rather not be in."
" i- I didn't know.. but I'll try not to do it again" he said softly. Alastor sighed as the bell rang, standing up and grabbing his stuff. He'd already made enemy's with a jock this morning by accidentally bumping into him, now he had class with him..
Maximus shoved his sketchbook in his back and put it on as stood up.
"What class do you have next?" He asked, "The last period of the day?"
"swim class" he said with a bit of distress. " And I have it with a student I've already pissed off"
Alastor didn't even know how he made the man mad he even apologized
"I can go sit with you." Maximus said. "I don't have a tenth period."
" oh, sure if you'd like to" alastor mumbled and started walking to his next class.
Alastor walked into the changing room, getting ready for swim class
Maximus walked in after him, avoiding eye contact, but instead sitting down on the bench and staring at the floor.
Alastor walked out in his usual attire for swimming. But the thing was, his back was covered in so.e dark bruises and stitches that were wrapped with gauze and plastic wrap
"I don't think you can swim with that stuff on." Maximus pointed out, looking up quickly and then to his phone, which he had in his hand.
" kinda have to, I should be fine."
"I don't think you will." Maximus said honestly. "It'll just get wet and then be useless."
He dug in his bag and pulled out his sketchbook, opening it on his lap.
"Plastic wrap won't keep it safe from the water, and the chlorine will sting once it gets in." He added, as an afterthought.