Jul 04, 2020 5:15 PM
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Star shakes his head - and it isn't so much disagreement as exhaustion warring with confusion and concern.

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Erie taps the tablet beside him. Let him know we found them? Message to Pin?

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Lee nods to Erie, slightly, and slides the tablet over to show Star.

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He tilts his head, not quite understanding what he's seeing.

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"We found them," Lee says, softly, gently. "And we'll fix them, but -- we have them. I thought you'd want to know."

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-He starts crying. He doesn't know why, it's not entirely bad, more overwhelmed than anything else, but he can't stop.

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-Yeah, tears are not something he's ever been good at, not really. Not even Lee's. He tries, but he always feels like he gets it wrong.

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"It's okay," Lee soothes. "It's -- it's okay, it's going to be okay, Star -- "

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"No, it's-" He doesn't know how to explain that it's okay, that it's not bad tears, doesn't know how to-

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"Okay. Okay. I get it, Star, you don't have to try to explain."

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He relaxes a little against them, still crying a little, but he's calming down.

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Lee continues to make reassuring noises as she waits.

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Eventually, he seems to have cried himself out.

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Lee pauses in her murmuring to look Star over thoughtfully. "More sleep? More food? Just rest for a while?" she offers.

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He shrugs tiredly, still kind of lost. "Dunno."

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"Alright," Lee says (looking kind of sad). "If you're cold or hungry or -- anything, we'll try to help, if we know?

"And -- if not, or if you don't -- want to tell us -- I can tell another story?"

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"I know you will."

(And he does, he just doesn't know what he needs or wants right now).

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This gets a quick, if tentative, smile. "Good. I -- good. Would a story be good, while you work it out? Or quiet?"

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"I- a story. Would be good? I think?"

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So she tells one.

It's not, exactly, a happy story, but it's not a sad one either; it's about growing and learning and overcoming challenges.

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He relaxes against them as she speaks.

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Lee smiles at him, and keeps telling the story.

Eventually, though, she finishes it.

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Star shifts a little, so he can lean against her a little less awkwardly. "Thank you."

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"I'm glad it helped."

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