IF YOU TELL ME YOU HONESTLY THINK YOU CAN ACTUALLY BE A BOTHER TO ME I’LL SLAP YOU WITH CARP.
>Hug him and kiss his forehead.
WHAT HAPPENED, GRUBBY?
I can’t imagine that it’s that fun to deal with an overemotional fishboy on a semi-regular basis, though.
>Sigh and lean in closer.
I was looking at myself in the mirror and all of a sudden, I couldn’t stop looking at my scars. I just started thinking about how fucking useless I was to have all of these fucking god damned things, especially the ones I made myself. I mean, how weak am I to let things bother that much? How the fuck did I let this get quite as far as it has?
I DON’T LIKE SEEING YOU HURT. WHICH DOES NOT AND SHOULD NOT MEAN THAT I DON’T WANT TO HELP YOU. BECAUSE I DO.
>You hug him tight and lean your chin on the crown of his head and just…no….
THEY AREN’T ANY LESS SHAMEFUL THAN MINE.
THEY ARE A MARK OF WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU, YES, BUT THEY’RE ALSO A MARK OF WHAT YOU’VE OVERCOME.
IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT THAT CONDY DID WHAT SHE DID. IT’S NOT, YOU HAD NO IDEA. AND EVEN IF YOU REFUSED TO COME SEE HER, SHE WOULD HAVE MADE YOU COME BY FORCE, ANYWAY!
YOU ARE NOT SHAMEFUL FOR BEING TORTURED, DIRK, THAT’S NOT A MARK OF WEAKNESS. BECAUSE LOOK AT YOU! AFTER YOU WERE BETTER, THE FIRST THING YOU DID WAS PLOT FOR REVENGE, AND NOT IN A FRENZIED STATE EITHER. DOES THAT CONSTITUTE WEAKNESS? NO IT DOES NOT. AND HAVING EMOTIONS DOES NOT MAKE YOU WEAK! IT DOESN’T, AND IT SHOULDN’T.
AS FOR THE ONES YOU MADE YOURSELF, THAT’S NOT A MARK OF WEAKNESS EITHER. YOU’VE BEEN GOING STEADY WITHOUT SELF HARM FOR A LONG TIME NOW, MAN…AND THE LAST TIME, THE LAST TIME SOMETHING UPSET YOU, YOU DIDN’T.
YOU DIDN’T DO IT.
AND I AM SO, SO PROUD AT YOU.
>your voice gets choked up with emotion a lil’ there…
I TOLD YOU, IT’S OK TO BE SCARED, OR TO FEEL SAD.
IT DOES NOT MAKE YOU WEAK.
IT JUST MAKES YOU HUMAN.