*takes a seat next to him against the wall* We have some of the most brilliant scientists in the world in the Avengers and X-Men. They could find a quick antidote.
And we have mutants who can heal injuries and stuff, and we nearly get crushed and killed everyday in the Danger Room. *nudges him gently, offering a smile* We’ll survive. We love you too, Vic. That’s why we’re here for you and…frankly, it’d be a darker place without you here. You really brighten people’s days, you know? The least we can do is try to return the favor.
I guess… my parents made me really paranoid, huh? -looks down and chews on his lip- You’re right, of course you’re right. I need to stay and be there for my team. Lead them. Do you … mind training extra with me so I work out how to use these new mutations?
You really think it’d be darker with me gone? -the first smile since he broke out in tingle filled sweats twenty four hours ago appeared-
I don’t mind at all. *smiles* I’ll help in any way I can.
*nods* Yeah. You really know how to make people smile. I don’t think I ever would have gotten to sleep had you not read to me. That…really meant a lot to me. I don’t know if I ever thanked you for that, so I’ll do it now…Thank you, so much.
Thanks… -Vic said softly, looking down again.-
I try. -Shrugs. His cheeks flushed red against green skin.-
A-anytime. If you need me to, I’ll do it every night. I like you. A lot. You’re a wonderful person Evan. And you make me smile… just so you know.
*smiles* You think so? Gosh, thank you. I’m glad I can make you smile. Not sure how though, I don’t have a funny bone in my body! Well, save for the humerus of course.
-Vic blushes slightly more.- Yes, I think so. -He nods before finally looking up and meeting Evan’s gaze.- You always do. Just from being around, talking to me. From being you. You make me smile… that’s all. -He giggles slightly at the last part and then coughs, trying to gain a manly cough but failing dismally.-