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He tilts his head and makes a querying noise.

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"She was -- it was very obvious she had power? And that came through in her body language some? But -- she wasn't being threatening, exactly, just -- that was there?"

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"-ah." Yeah. He can get that. He leans his head against Lee's.

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She squeezes him.

"The other doctor -- their cybernetics expert, the first one said -- she was -- very obviously heavily cybernetic?"

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"-Huh. That's a thing?"

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"Apparently!"

She squeezes him again.

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He squeezes back. I'm okay.

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She nods, slightly, and -- buries her face in his shoulder for a moment.

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He presses a kiss to her hair.

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"Love you," Lee murmurs into his shoulder.

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He goes still. Because he can't be hearing that right.

(He doesn't deserve that, doesn't deserve Lee anyway, even if he's being selfish and staying and, and, and...)

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"sorry--" she begins, almost-immediately.

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"No- it's-" He doesn't know how to say this, doesn't know how to explain. (It isn't her, it's him, it's always him.)

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Autumn shifts, exasperation plain, and spins around, his tail hitting both of them in the face. Stop being idiots.

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Autumn looks innocently at them, perched on their knees.

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-He still doesn't know how to say anything. But he hugs Lee tighter, trying to get across the things he can't say.

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Lee hugs him back, seeming a little uncertain.

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"I just- I don't-" Words were Lee's thing, not his, and he doesn't know how to explain himself. Doesn't know how to-

"I- just-" Stops. "How can- you?"

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"I don't -- you're you, I --"

She looks up to meet his eyes, hesitantly. "Erie, you're the -- the best thing that's ever been in my life, and that's not because of how are lives -- are -- "

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"I- I'm not- words are- you. I can't- I don't know-"

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"It's -- it's okay if you don't feel the same way -- you don't need to anything --"

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"No, it's not- it's not that- it's-" He doesn't have the words to explain how much he does feel the same. "I do- I just-"

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"Okay. Whatever it is, it's okay, Erie."

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