Private Fool Me Twice

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Jae kept eye contact with James, as he felt it's something his friend needed as he told his story. However difficult it was. The merteen nodded when James asked if he recalled that his parents were dead, and calmly listened as James continued to talk. It hard to resist the urge to reach out and comfort James as the story became harder to tell. He couldn't be sure if the touch would be welcome or not, and an awful part of him feared he would be burned once again if he tried.

The similarities between the two of them. . . Forced to live with distant relatives and "gifted" life-changing magic. Jae winced at the mention of their failure of a training day. Apparently he couldn't forget that day as much as James couldn't.

"It's okay." Jae said when James finished. "I get it. One day you think you're normal then all of sudden you have powers you never wanted or asked for." It was Jae's turn to look directly at James. "I have magic that actively wants me to harm others and hurts me when I don't use it. I wanted to train that day because I wanted to see if I can use my magic the way my mother's people can. And that day I learned that my magic could be used for something other than singing people to their doom.

"I'm sorry too. That I kept pushing you that day. . . But if you're a monster for your powers then so am I. So we should stick together." Jae tried to smile but it was awkward and uncertain.
 

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James squeezed his eyes shut and balled his fists, he was not going to cry. He wasn't entirely sure what he'd expected from opening up to Jae like this, but it wasn't this.

"T... Thank you." James answered quietly, a few tears starting, which were quickly wiped away. "Sorry. It's just.." He trailed off.

He gave a forced sounding laugh when Jae apologized for pushing him. "Don't.. Just. Don't. You didn't know. And.. if not for that I wouldn't be here. Wouldn't be getting the help I've probably needed for a long, long time."
 

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Jae quietly patted the spot beside him on the bed, gently urging James to take a seat. "I. . . you're right. I need help too, you know. And I put it off because I was so used to relying on myself." When he was made to move to America, Jae never expressed is problems to his aunt and uncle. Didn't want to burden them or seem ungrateful when the move was for the benefit of the family.

Then, when he came to the island. . . He made a sound, not quite a laugh and not quite a grunt. "We could. . . I don't know, go talk to the school together. About finding someone to talk to. We should support each other through this." Jae said, both a statement and a plea.
 

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James nodded, taking the open seat. "Hell yeah, I'm not gonna leave you behind. After everything that's happened, I'm not going to.. I won't fuck you over like that. I think you mentioned something about living with one of the teachers now? What if we talked to them, and go from there?"

James would stretch a little on the bed. "Besides, I've got a new trick to show you at some point, outside. Don't want to burn down the dorms do we?"
 
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After everything that's happened. . . Now if that wasn't the understatement of the century, but it left him feeling hopeful. "Mr. Edwin? Yeah, he'll know where to start, he's been a huge help to me." The vampire has lived on the island for a while now, and taught at the school for almost just as long. He shifted, his back hitting the bed so Jae could stare up at the ceiling.

He smirked when James mentioned his new trick, "Are you sure trick is the right word?" He joked, "Well, while you've been working on your trick I've been improving my magic. I can control more water now."
 

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James nodded. "Yeah him, though I thought his name was Eduardo or something?" He'd seen the Vampire teacher around the school a few times before, and truth be told, he'd always found him a little intimidating.

He'd shrug when Jae asked about his new trick. "Well, I couldn't do it before, soooo I'd call it a new trick." He'd say with a slight chuckle. "Besides, if you've gotten better at controlling them. It means we've got a better safety valve. If my trick goes wrong, you can bail me out." He said with a slight smirk. "You would bail me out, right?" James asked, jokingly.
 
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