The end of the weekend brought the return of the rest of the foxes, and with that came a whole new set of people to introduce Drew and Nathaniel to. Of course, Renee and Nicky had already met them, but Aaron was still dreading having to deal with it.
He helped Andrew to turn around his shirt, since he had been putting it on the wrong way around, and then helped him to put his arms through the holes. On the other side of the room, Neil was lacing up his own shoes, after assuring Aaron that he would be able to do it on his own. That remained to be seen, but Aaron was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.
“Guys, there are going to be some people coming over today.” He moved to get Andrew’s sneakers, letting them put them on himself before lacing them quickly. “They’re going to want to talk to you, they’re friends with Renee, Nicky and I.”
Andrew, who had looked bored until the mention of Renee, frowned at him. “I do not want to talk to people.”
Aaron chuckled. “I know, Drew, it’ll just be for a while okay? Then we can get rid of them.”
Neil was ready by the time Andrew was, and they both went out to the kitchen and climbed their way onto the stools by the counter. Aaron got them bowls and poured them both cereal, chocolate flavoured for Andrew and wholemeal for Neil. Then, he gave them both spoons, and poured milk into both bowls. “All of it, or no snacks until dinner.”
Andrew doesn’t ever respond, but doesn’t block them or ask to leave the chat either
He just straight up doesn’t acknowledge the chat
Everyone in it assumes Andrew is just ignoring them in the chat and carries on, pretty much forgetting he’s even in it
At one point they decide to have a competition to see who can get the cutest picture of Neil
They give it a week and whoever sends the cutest picture by the end of Thursday gets 10 bucks each from the others
Andrew of course doesn’t acknowledge that, just like he doesn’t acknowledge anything else they send him
But he watches the pictures coming in even more than usual all week
The one of Neil smiling after Matt called him one of his best friends
The selfie Dan took of her hugging Neil with their cheeks smushed together
The one Allison secretly took from the back of Matt’s truck of Neil staring dreamily at Andrew while he’s sitting on the trunk of his car smoking
The one Renee takes of him sitting between Dan and Matt on the couch in the girls’ room, all wrapped in a blanket
The one Nicky sends of Neil standing in the kitchen, yawning and stretching, two minutes after getting up
The one Dan sends of Matt standing behind Neil, grinning as he slouches with his forearms resting across Neil’s shoulders while Neil scowls at the camera
The one Allison takes of Neil looking super confused after she purposely referenced a movie he hasn’t even heard of
Late Thursday they’re all arguing over which picture is cutest and asking how they’re supposed to pick a winner and questioning if there was any way they could convince Andrew to judge or if they should all just have to vote for one that isn’t theirs to be cutest and see what wins that way
Andrew sends a message to the group chat for the first time ever at 11:59 pm on Thursday
It’s a picture of Neil being so cute that it physically pains Andrew and he 500% wants to kill him for daring to make him feel like this
Neil’s curled up in the fetal position asleep cradled in one of the bean bag chairs and his hair is sticking out in every fucking direction and his arm’s reaching out so that he’s still holding Andrew’s hand in his sleep and there’s the faintest hint of a smile on his lips
Neil’s curled up facing where his and Andrew’s hand are intertwined, resting on the edge of the beanbag chair, because he definitely fell asleep staring at Andrew so that he wouldn’t miss one extra second of Andrew’s beautiful face
With the picture Andrew sends “I win, fuckers.”
None of them argue and Andrew doesn’t respond to the group chat again, but they know he’s watching it
Neil looks super confused when the next morning at practice Matt, Dan, Renee, Allison, and Nicky each cough up ten bucks to Andrew without even being asked
I CANNOT be the only one who is truly in love with Andrew Joseph Minyard’s canon height. Like it really does just make everything he does that much more impressive. Here let me give you some examples:
•During one of the games, 6'5 starting backliner Matt Boyd hid behind 5 foot even Andrew Minyard when being chased by a character only referred to as Gorilla.
•Without even pulling out his knives, all Andrew had to do was stand between Matt and Kevin to get Matt to back off.
• 5ft BABY Andrew nearly kills 4 grown men when they attacked Nicky outside of the club??? Not just A man. FOUR. MEN.
• despite his height he still manages to take his short legs clear across the field at record breaking pace to break Riko’s arm before he can decapitate Neil. A+, Minyard.
•ALSO let’s just take into account that exy racquets are customized to the height and arm length of the holder SO while Andrews net is bigger the length of the stick is short MEANING when Andrew blocked The Impossible Goal™ in the bottom corner he had to be moving quicker than a fucking bat out of hell.
•despite being called a “midget with an attitude problem” no one fucks with Neil or his hubby bc they know better…
•“When I leave you wanna keep *hand motions* doin dis. But den when I come around you don’t wanna POST UP.”
•Also Andrew is canonically 3 inches shorter than Neil so Neil actually has to bend down to kiss his boyfriend OR (bear with me) Andrew has to stand on his damn tip toes I’m done with this