"no one gets left behind."
"S-So you got into AMDA," Theo’s eyebrows raised as he sat on the couch, nestling into Harvey’s side as if by instinct. Harper’s eyes flickered over the scar on the side of his face, before drifting to his hand, the fingers intertwining with Harvey’s.
For just a second, she felt a pang in her stomach, but forced a smile: she had gotten into a school in New York, and they could actually pay for it now that they’d downsized. “Yeah,” she grinned. “I’m going to New York!” Her hands flung up as her smile became genuine.
"Leaving us behind?" Harvey’s tone wasn’t serious, but her smile faded just as quickly as it had arrived.
"What?" her brow furrowed as she looked at her two best friends, hands gripping around her cup of coffee.
"I said - "
"I heard you," she said, sharper than she intended. "What is that supposed to mean?"
Theo and Harvey exchanged a glance that seemed to warn each other to diffuse the situation before it got bad. ”C’mon, Harper, we all knew you’d be off to New York eventually and forget about us,” his smirk seemed less kidding than he intended, and Harper latched onto that, the pang suddenly a pain that resonated in her whole body. “You’re just not an Ohio girl.”
“Harvey,” Theo hissed, elbowing him in the side.
"Is there something you guys aren’t telling me?" her gaze had locked on Theo, and he felt himself withering at the pressure. "Theo?"
"Harper, the thing is, you’ve always been New York good. I mean, other kids in Vocal Adrenaline, they’re pretty good, but they’re good enough for Ohio, you know? We were always preparing for you to go to New York and forget about us,” he reasoned, half-adding that that was part of why he and Harvey had latched onto each other, but that wasn’t true, it was more than that.
She seemed to be letting it sink in, and slowly the two boys waited for the sudden outbursts she had been prone to do, lectures that Harvey didn’t really listen to. “That’s not fair, that you put me in a corner like that. Do you really expect me to forget you?”
"No, Harper, it’s just - "
"It’s nothing! You two, you’re my family. I’m not going to just leave you behind just because I’m going to New York," she said firmly, though they appeared unconvinced. "The three of us, we can get an apartment and…" She stopped in the middle of her sentence, and got to her feet. "I’m not leaving you two behind. Either you two come to New York with me or I stay here."
"We can’t ask you to do that,"
"Then you’re coming with me!"
"We don’t, we don’t have that kind of - "
"I don’t care! I’m your family. And in families, no one gets left behind.”